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Principles of Wealth Management

Hanken School of Economics via FutureLearn


Learn the skills you need to grow and manage wealth over time

Relying on a strong theoretical background, this fascinating course educates you in the basic concepts of finance and wealth management - including diversification, risk and return and market efficiency - and how to grow and manage wealth over time.

Identify asset classes, understand the power of compound interest and the importance of time value of money

You’ll cover traditional theories in finance as well as more recent developments in financial markets. Learn about asset classes such as stocks and bonds and about financial instruments such as derivatives. Explore overarching principles of finance such as compound interest, the time value of money, investment risk and modern portfolio theory.

In addition, you’ll get an introduction to the history of finance, the dynamics of market crashes, negative interest rates and the role of central banks within an economy.

Study with the prestigious Hanken School of Economics

Founded in 1909, the Hanken School of Economics is one of the oldest business and management schools in the Nordic countries and is the recipient of three international awards, which roughly only 1% of all business schools in the world hold: EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

With strong ties to the academic world and private sector, it’s a fantastic place to join courses on both finance and wealth management.

Additionally, the course also offers you the unique opportunity to gain insight from Dr. Björn Wahlroos, a one-time professor at Hanken and the Chairman of the Board of Sampo Group and UPM Kymmene.

Dr. Wahlroos is also a former Chairman of Hanken and of Nordea, the largest bank in Scandinavia, and has written three books on economics and finance

This prestigious course is designed for both Bachelors and Masters students interested in learning about basic and more advanced topics in the finance and wealth management fields.

It will also be useful for professional practitioners working within the wealth management industry.

To fully understand all content within this course, a mathematical knowledge of upper secondary level is required. However, learners without this level of mathematical knowledge will still find the course useful, but may not be able to engage with the mathematical rationale behind all theories.

The course features mathematical formulae. If you are using a screen reader, you may need one that is able to read this.


  • Why Do We Need Financial Theory?
    • Introduction to the course
    • On the foundations of finance
    • Asset classes
    • Financial instruments
    • Summary of Week 1
  • Basic Concepts in Finance
    • Introduction to Week 2
    • Basic concepts in finance
    • Time value of money
    • Compound return
    • Valuation of stocks and bonds
    • Summary of Week 2
  • Risk and Return
    • Introduction to Week 3
    • Investing in a world of risk
    • Diversification
    • Equity premium puzzle
    • Summary of Week 3
  • Market Efficiency
    • Introduction to Week 4
    • Market efficiency
    • Luck versus skill
    • CAPM, anomalies, and risk factors
    • Liquidity and FinTech
    • Summary of Week 4
  • Wealth Management
    • Introduction to Week 5
    • Risk aversion and investment horizon
    • Portfolio theory
    • Active versus passive management
    • Stock picking
    • Summary of Week 5
  • Market Crashes and Central Banks
    • Introduction to Week 6
    • Market Crashes
    • Central Banks and their Role in the Financial System
    • Negative interest rates
    • Summary of Week 6
  • Wealth Management - A Practitioner’s View
    • Introduction to week 7
    • Financial theory and wealth management
    • General thoughts on investing and wealth management
    • Market crashes and wealth management
    • The future of wealth management
    • Concluding thoughts

Taught by

Niclas Meyer


4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 175 ratings

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