UI is our standard package. Here, you will have access to all six of our colourful coursework "Stations" and your travel pass will entitle you to take a tour of our imaginary city whenever it suits you. In this journey, you will meet many remarkable personalities, such as Gauss, Bernoulli, Cervan...
Station 1: Understanding Risk & Return
Station 2: Risk Profiling
Station 3: Diversification
Station 4: Asset Classes
Station 5: Portfolio Construction
Station 6: The Magic Black Box
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Station 1: Understanding Risk & Return (UI) In this module, we will take you through a journey of imagining and visualising the relationship between risk and return, these quarrelsome and often misunderstood siblings of the investment world. You will see them in an entirely different light by the time you reach the end of this enlightening... more
Station 2: Understanding Risk Profiling (UI) Is the glass half full or half empty? That is the question! Understanding Risk Profiling examines the diversity of human perception and particularly the paradox that while the same investment may appeal to one investor it may be equally unattractive to another. Personal preferences play a key... more
Station 3: Understanding Diversification (UI) Understanding Diversification delves into the simple but wise age-old parable of not putting all one’s eggs in a basket. But are all eggs and all baskets created equal and how many eggs should we put in a basket anyway? To explore and answer these questions, we will trace the steps of a myster... more
Station 4: Understanding Asset Classes (UI) Understanding Asset Classes continues the theme of diversification by focusing on the building blocks of investing, namely the many types of “egg baskets” and their classification and characteristics. These include cash, stocks, bonds, property and commodities and more "exotic" and less tangible ... more
Station 5: Understanding Portfolio Construction (UI) Understanding Portfolio Construction is the stage on which all the actors introduced in Modules 1-4 can interact and perform! In this gathering, risk and return take on new personas and asset classes begin to behave in a manner that is different to when they were in isolation: Normally rambunctio... more
Station 6: Understanding The Magic Black Box (UI) Understanding the Magic Black Box is a revealing glimpse into an essential tool of our study program: The silent engine which operates tirelessly behind the scenes, generating the dynamic numbers which allow us to create a lively variety of graphs, tables and diagrams for illustrating or elaborat... more
Zola Sookias, Founder & Managing Director
Mr Sookias has extensive experience in investment management, including roles in equity and fixed income analysis, portfolio management, DB and DC pension consulting, product development, manager search & selection, fund performance evaluation and monitoring, and investment publishing.
He has worked with major US investment houses, notably Black Rock Asset Management, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America, as well as a boutique firm specialising in the natural resources sector where he was the senior metals and mining analyst.
His European experience has been with Irish Life International and SEB where he was responsible for developing the investment platform serving the pan-European market, and Black Rock Asset Management Ireland, where he was Investment Director responsible for governance and oversight for the company’s Irish-domiciled active and passive funds.
Mr Sookias holds a BSc. in Geology & Chemistry and an MSc. in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.