An Introduction to Alternative Investments

Format: Short Course
Track: Investments
Premier CE: 4 credits for CIMA®, CPWA®, and RMA® certifications
CFP CE: 4 credits
Cost: $295, or discounted with Signature or Elite benefits

Explore alternative investments categories & benefits, the history and strategies of hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and so much more.

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$221.25 with Signature benefits
$177.00 with Elite benefits



Learners must watch the program in its entirety to earn continuing education (CE) credit. The following entities have accepted it for CE credit:

Investments & Wealth Institute® 

  • 4 hours of CE credit for CIMA®, CPWA®, and RMA® certifications
  • Audit-proof, Premier CE
  • Automatically uploaded to your certification record(s) upon completion (may take up to 24 hours to be reflected)

CFP Board

  • 4 hours of CE for CFP® certification 
  • Learners must view each video and pass each section quiz with a 70% or higher passing grade
  • Reported on your behalf to CFP Board within 2 weeks of completing the full program.

One year from the date purchased


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An Introduction to Alternative Investments

This course begins with a high-level overview of alternative investments, including general characteristics of alternative investments, the categories of alternative investments and the benefits of including alternatives in a portfolio. Subsequent modules delve into the history and strategies of hedge funds, private equity and real estate. The series concludes with discussion of risk management issues and appropriate measures of risk and return for alternatives. The presenter for each section of the course is Devin Ekberg, Chief Learning Officer and Managing Director of Content Development at the Investments & Wealth Institute®.

Included Content:

  • Module 1: Basics of Alternative Investments
  • Module 2: Hedge Funds
  • Module 3: Real Estate, Infrastructure and Commodities
  • Module 4: Private Equity
  • Module 5: Risk Management