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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Banking with a focus on Asset Management

The «CAS in Banking with a focus on Asset Management» provides asset management executives and investment specialists with an integrated and systematic view of the current and future challenges of the industry. The program strengthens the leadership and management of global asset management firms focusing on institutional investors.

SFI brings together a dynamic international faculty, industry leaders, and excellent participants to discuss and learn together. While academics focus on integrating theory, expert practitioners illustrate real-world applications from the front line. In addition to the overarching objective of deepen participants ‘understanding of asset management in a holistic manner, the main goals of the program are to:

  • critically discuss new strategies for growing asset management firms in this complex and challenging environment
  • explore new investment strategies and techniques and learn about new asset allocation trends
  • broaden knowledge about new distribution models and organizational trends across the business

These objectives are based on an in-depth survey of the industry and many discussions with top leadership of asset management firms. Therefore the program will be divided into three 4-day thematic blocks:

  • Strategic Challenges
  • Organization and Distribution
  • Products and Investment Strategies

Contents, Dates and Topics

In this year’s program, there are three overarching modules which need addressing by Asset Management executives:

  • Strategic Challenges
  • Distribution and Organization Issues
  • Products & Investment Strategies

All of these topics are equally important.

Strategic Challenges

Asset management is heavily affected by the current and future macro-economic situation. Current and future asset management strategies and challenges are discussed at length. We view regulation from two perspectives, both as an opportunity and a threat. Asset managers must be well versed in how to deal with clients, so we have a day focusing on client delight. As we look forward, the topics of big data, smart data and fintech opportunities are presented and discussed.

Organization and Distribution

Not only what we do is changing, but how we do it as well. In this block, we focus on change management – both people and processes – performance reporting, fiduciary responsibility, risk management as well as future distribution models of asset management.

Products & Investment Strategies

As markets are characterized by increasing volatility and decreasing returns, we review the asset allocation process, behavioral finance models for asset managers, as well as new product classes and innovation in asset management. We discuss several investment philosophies in depth: factor-based investing, risk-based investing, and impact investing and have a special sessions on pension funds, real estate, managed futures and private equity.

DatesTopics Morning SessionTopics Afternoon Session
Block I
Strategic Challenges
26.06.2017Global Macro EnvironmentViews on the Future
27.06.2017Strategy & Regulation (I)Strategy & Regulation (II)
28.06.2017Porfolio Simulation (I)Porfolio Simulation (II)
29.06.2017Industrialization + Transformation of AMStrategy Messages from the C-Suite
Block II
Organization and Distribution
28.08.2017Risk Management at AM FirmsPerformance Reporting
29.08.2017Change Management (I)Change Management (II)
30.08.2017Client Delight (I)Client Delight (II)
31.08.2017Future Distribution Models for AM FirmsFiduciary Responsiblity & Governance
Block III
Products and Investment Strategies
06.11.2017Managed FuturesSustainable Investing
07.11.2017Factor Based & Risk Based InvestingBehavioral Finance & Model Construction
08.11.2017Private Equity & Impact InvestingNew Product Classes & Product Innovation
09.11.2017Real Estate as an Asset ClassPredicting the Future

Dates 2018

The program will take place on the following dates:

  • 25. – 28.06.2018: Block I - Strategic Challenges
  • 27. – 30.08.2018: Block II - Organization and Distribution
  • 05. – 08.11.2018: Block III - Products and Investment Strategies

Registration deadline is May 25, 2018. Subject to change. Further information will follow soon.

Speakers and Methodology

The «CAS in Banking with a focus on Asset Management» covers topics from a theoretical as well as from a practical perspective. While the participants acquire fundamental knowledge in a self-study phase, during the classroom sessions, selected university professors with close contact to the financial industry focus on the practical implementation of the theoretical approaches.

In addition, proven practitioners present their opinions, based on which the practical implementation of the theory will be reviewed and discussed. A mix of lectures, group discussions, workshops and moderated dialogues will be utilized with a heavy focus on discussion amongst faculty and participants.  The discussions both during the group work and in the plenary sessions do not only promote the exchange of experiences, but also help participants to extend their personal network.

Please see the brochure for more information on the speakers.

Target Audience and Admission

The «CAS in Banking with a focus on Asset Management» targets experienced executives in asset management. Participants typically have a minimum of 10 years of experience, including five years in a managerial role.

In accordance with the requirements of the degree partner, the University of Bern, Swiss Finance Institute has defined participants‘ profiles as follows:

  • significant experience
  • proven analytical skills
  • academic background and professional qualifications
  • strong English skills to follow the course and to actively participate in the in-course discussions

The number of participants for this program is limited. The program management decides together with the university partners on the final admission of the candidates. The following criteria are taken into consideration:

  • Qualification according to the resume and the function
  • Motivation of the candidate for participation in the program

Course Structure

The «CAS in Banking with a focus on Asset Management» is an intensive program consisting of three 4-day blocks of on-site training, an exam and an academically based paper. The program will take place in Zurich.

Each session is led by a renowned academic and includes many guest speakers. Each day begins with a review of the status quo of the specific topic, both in regard to academic research and practice, and quickly moves into the current challenges.

The program contains an intensive simulation on portfolio management which covers all of the topics of the program.

The course is conducted in English.


In order to receive the «Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Banking with a focus on Asset Management» issued by the University of Bern (15 ECTS), participants must pass an exam that covers all modules of the program.

Additionally, participants must author an academically based paper (approx. 15 pages) on a selected topic in the field of asset management within three months of the course closing.

Course Fees

The course fee is CHF 13‘900.- (incl. VAT) and is payable before the program begins. The fee covers tuition, course materials, lunches and refreshments, and official events during the program. It does not include evening meals, hotel, or travel expenses.

SFI Managing International Asset Management

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SFI Spotlight Courses

Participants have the possibility to attend single 4-day blocks as SFI Spotlight Courses. For the attendance of the course a Certificate issued by the Swiss Finance Institute will be awarded.

For more information on these Spotlight Courses please see: