Dr Albert Einstein had a famous quote: “In theory, theory, and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.” Since 1900, science has tried discovering insights about (institutional) investing. This course discusses learning points and trends of well-known methods such as asset liability management. The approach is based on experience to indicate where theory and practice do not correspond and that techniques are also subject to fashion.
The goal of this online web session is awareness of theory versus investment experiences. The course discusses ‘obvious’ shortcomings, like the fact that we trust models more than human experience, we rely on the figures from the past instead of the future, we think in % instead of €, we weigh loss more than profit, and we use High School math to arrive at an efficient portfolio.
Insights and experiences covered are, for example:
– The evolution of ALM
– Unexpected events
– Pitfalls in assumptions and reporting
– Coherent economic eras
– Risk perception
– Implementation glitches