Investment Funds Xplained
Upcoming dates in English

15 & 16 October 2020 - NH Collection Brussels Centre BE - Brussels (Price: 1460 Euro )
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Course Highlight

With the uncertainty of today's financial markets, investors often ask themselves where they can invest to protect themselves against market volatility.

Although there are no simple or guaranteed solutions to this problem, investment funds are interesting financial instruments that give investors an interesting choice of investments regardless of how markets perform.

Investing in funds, however, can be complex primarily because of the large number of funds (135,000 funds in the world) from which investors can choose. The objective of this 2 day course is to provide participants with a good understanding of investment funds, their characteristics and their performance to help investors and financial professionals select the funds that best suit their needs.

You will learn about :   

  • The history and development of investment funds
  • Creating a fund, applying the fund management process, developing fund strategies
  • Distinguishing between funds based on domicile, asset types, structure
  • Understanding fund markets, their players and their operations
  • Selecting a fund, reading fund documentation, understanding fund performance and investor protection

Recommended background

Investors who want to gain a good understanding of funds and their characteristics; people working in financial services who need to understand investment funds.

What you will learn

The course is practical and helps participants achieve a good understanding of the different types of funds, their characteristics, their performance and the terminology used in the fund industry. In the course, you will learn how a fund is constructed, managed and operated to achieve the best possible performance. You will also learn how to understand fund documentation and judge how a fund performs. Actual fund data from the most prominent fund managers is used in the course, allowing you to compare and contrast different types of funds.

Course format

Besides the course materials provided on the day, all course resources are available online, including audio and video material from industry experts. 

Practice-based learning and critical engagement is a key theme through all our courses allowing delegates to acquire the needed skills and techniques to be applied as soon as they are learned and developed.




Introduction to Investment Funds

  • What is an investment fund?
  • History of investment funds
  • Development of fund markets
  • Size of fund markets today
  • Advantages of funds


How Investment Fund are created

  • The fund management process (designing a new fund, establishing investor objectives)
  • Principles of portfolio construction (asset selection, portfolio risk)
  • Portfolio evaluation (CAPM, alpha, beta, tracking error, R2, benchmarks)
  • Investment strategies ("long only" funds (growth, income, geographical, sectors) vs. hedge funds (directional vs. non-directional, global macro, long/short, fixed income arbitrage)
  • Risk in investment funds (market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, operational risk)


Characteristics of Investment Funds

  • Fund structures (incorporated vs. unincorporated; open-end vs. closed end)
  • Fund domicile (domestic funds, international funds)
  • Asset types (equities, bonds, derivatives, real estate, private equity, money-market funds, balanced funds)
  • Legal structures (UCITS funds, alternative funds)
  • Fund types (umbrella funds, index funds, exchange-traded funds, hedge funds)


Day 2:


How do Funds Work?

  • Players in fund markets (investors, fund managers, portfolio managers, distributors, fund accountants, transfer agents, custodian/depositaries)
  • Fund operations (NAV calculation, subscriptions, redemptions, switches, shareholder services, dividends, fund liquidations)


Investing in Funds

  • Reading fund documentation (prospectus, KIID, fact sheet)
  • Judging fund performance
  • Selecting a fund (investor's risk appetite, fund manager, currency, investment strategy)
  • Fund regulations and investor protection (UCITS, AIFMD, MiFID)


The Future of Investment Fund Markets



Price and Registration Dates

Early booking discount: A 10% discount is available if you register 2 month(s) before the course start date.
Belgium Subsidies: Flanders KMO-portefeuille: DV.O225876 and the Brussels Capital Region.

NH Collection Brussels Centre BE - Brussels :   15 & 16 October 2020
Boulevard Adolphe Max. 7, 1000 BE - Brussels, Belgium
Timing: From 09:00 till 17:00
Price: 1460 Euro  (Vat Exclusive)
Early booking discount: A 10% discount will be applied if you register before or on 16/08/2020

Course Lecturers

Paul Kleinbart

Paul Kleinbart is a multilingual trainer and consultant, specialising in financial services and management. During more than 20 years, he created, operated and managed a wide variety of financial services in diverse areas that range from securities settlement and custody to investment fund administration. Since May 2001, Paul’s primary focus has been on transferring his knowledge of financial services and management through training and consulting.  

Kris De Clercq, MBA

Kris has lectured finance to managers for more than 17 years in Europe and Eastern Europe. His teaching as an associate for a UK based global business school included “Issues in International Finance and Investments”,” Corporate Finance” and “Issues in IFRS”. His industry experience is over 20 years working for asset managers, investment banks, global custodians in the UK, Luxembourg and Belgium. He received a universities award for innovation in finance teaching and learning.  

Mag. Johannes Hofinger, MBA, FRM

Johannes Hofinger is specialized in Risk Management, Basel III, IFRS and regulatory reporting. His professional skills are reinforced by strong academic roots. He lectures for global business schools in corporate finance, managerial accounting and financial reporting. The main roles undertaken are lecturing, consulting and project management.  

Our International Experience

Participant feedback

A course with 10 participants is very good to favour the interactivity. Thanks for the perfect course content and lecture.

Very good course, teacher, and approach. Material available on-line prior the course + request to the participants about their expectations from the course.

A pleasant and knowledgeable instructor with a lot of interaction among participants.

An excellent course for people like myself.

Congratulations! Very well done. Nothing more to add.

I really appreciated the empathy and skills of the lecturer Bruno Bosch. Also, the size of the group (7 persons) was perfect to have the necessary interactivity throughout the course.

I strongly recommended this training to my colleagues as I found it very useful.

I think this was one of the best course I've ever attended. The trainer, Mrs Maureen, was extremely pedagogic and the structure of the course was very well planned with just the right mixture of theory versus practical examples and exercises.

It was a very enjoyable course. The group was small which made it easier to be 100% involved.  The exercises and case study were absolutely great and necessary to put the theory in practice. A very knowledgeable teacher.

It was nice to have a lecturer with profound knowledge on the topic so that the level of discussion could go further than the simple basics of valuation.

Lecturer had good understanding of the subject and good understanding of practical application.

Perfect for me. Exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you for the training, which was very clear and met my needs.

The course absolutely answered my expectations and needs.

The lecturer is a knowledgeable person with real market experience which is a plus.

The lecturer is excellent. She explained clear and control good interaction with students.

The training format and takeaways corresponds to what I expected. Thanks for the good preparation

Theoretical explanations good and with good interaction with audience.

There were lots of real life examples and relation to peoples own industries.

This was an excellent course and Kris made it very interesting and useful. He is highly knowledgeable, skilled and open to suggestions.

Thumbs up Maureen!

Very good and interesting training. One of the best I ever had.


Companies who attended our courses


AG Insurance
Allianz Benelux
Argenta NV
AXA Belgium
Baloise Insurance
Banca Monte Paschi Belgio S.A.
Bank De Groof
Banking Association (Kosovo)
Belfius Investment Partners
BNP Paribas Fortis
Bpost Bank
Buy Way
CBC Bank
Celio Finance SPRL
Delen Private Bank
Delta Lloyd Life
Deutsche Bank AG
DKV Belgium
Ethias SA
Euler Hermes Services
Euroclear Bank SA/NV
Euroclear Investments
Europ Assistance
European Investment Bank - EIB (Luxembourg)
European Union - EDFIMC / ElectriFI
Flanders Investment & Trade
Gras Savoye Belgium
Incofin Investment Management
ING Bank België
KBC Bank
Ministry of European Integration (Kosovo)
National Bank of Belgium
NN Insurance Belgium
Record Bank
Société Générale Private Banking
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
Triodos Bank
VGD International -Audit & Tax
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
Zurich Insurance plc, Belgium branch
Vanbreda International
Afton Chemical SPRL
Air Liquide
Allnex Belgium SA/NV
ANL Plastics
Arcelor Mittal ( Belgium & Luxembourg)
Axalta Coating Systems 
BASF Antwerpen
BASF Belgium Coordination Center
Beaulieu International Group
Borealis Polymers NV
Bridgestone Europe SA
CNH Industrial Belgium NV
Cofely Fabricom
Cytec Belgium
DOMO Chemicals (Germany)
Dow Corning
Electrolux Appliances AB - EMA- EMEA (SEE)
Engineered Pressure Systems International
European Owens Corning Fiberglas
Fost Plus
GDF Suez
Griffith Foods
Hamon & Cie
Heraeus Electro-Nite International NV
Jacobs Belgium
Milliken Europe
Niko Group
NXP Semiconductors - Prodis  (Netherlands)
SPX Cooling Technologies
Synventive Molding Solutions (Germany)
Vinçotte International
VPK Packaging Group NV
Yara Belgium NV
Antwerp World Diamond Centre
AVEVE Biochem NV
Carrefour Belgium
Delhaize Corporate Group
Abbott Logistics B.V. (Netherlands)
AbbVie (Canada)
Agfa HealthCare NV
AZ Sint-Blasius
Baxter International (Austria)
Catalent Pharma Solutions
CinnaGen (Tehran)
Datwyler Pharma Packaging International
Groep OZ ESV
Landelijke Christelijke mutualiteit (LCM)
Mutualités Libres: MLOZ
Novartis Pharma
SA Bristol- Myers Squibb Belgium NV
Stryker (Netherlands)
Terumo BCT Europe NV
Zorgbedrijf Antwerpen
AW Europe
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN)
Corelio Printing
De Persgroep Publishing nv
EDF Luminus
Elia System Operator
Engie Electrabel NV/SA
Eni Gas & power
Fluxys Belgium
Itineris NV
Agentschap Innoveren en Ondernemen
Europees Parlement
Ministry of European Integration
National Agency for Protection of Personal Data
Nationale Loterij
SD Diensten NV (SD Worx)
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Stad Antwerpen
Stadsbestuur Harelbeke
Syntra Brussel
UGent - FBW
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Acturus sprl
ARC Europe
BIA Africa
Bia Overseas
Brooser BE Operations 
Cipal Schaubroeck
Computer Task Group
Deloitte Accountancy
Egemin International
Enhesa International
FIS (former Clear2Pay)
Interel Group
K&L Gates
Matexi NV
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
PwC Tax Consultants
Vinçotte International sa
Alstom Belgium
ARC Europe 
Brussels Airport Company
De Lijn
D'Ieteren Auto
Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf Antwerpen
Globachem nv
GSC Greensea Chartering 
HONDA Motor Logistics
Neovia Logistics
PSA Antwerp nv
Retail & Wholesale
Seatrade Reefer Chartering
Thalys International
Trimble T&L
Volkswagen Group Services
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Zeebrugge NV
Witzenmann Benelux nv

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