Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management with Python

Financial Analysis Done Right – Rigorously Analyse Investments & Manage Portfolios using Python for Finance / Investing

Say hello to Financial Analysis done right. Become a PRO at Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management with Python. Apply robust techniques that are rigorously grounded in academic and practitioner literature using Python for Finance.

What you’ll learn

  • Calculate stock returns manually as well as on Python, using real world data obtained from free sources..
  • Extensively work with a variety of Python libraries including Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, to name a few..
  • Understand why the math works, and what the equations mean – even if your math is weak and if math freaks you out..
  • Witness the power of diversification and how the risk of your portfolio can be lower than the individual assets that make up the portfolio!.
  • Estimate the Expected Returns of Stocks using the Mean Method, State Contingent Weighted Probabilities, as well as Asset Pricing Models..
  • Calculate the total risk, market risk, and firm specific risk of stocks from scratch, and explore how the different risks interact..
  • Measure your investment portfolio’s performance by calculating portfolio returns and risks..
  • Optimise your portfolios by maximising your returns while minimising your risk..
  • Create custom functions to automate your Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management techniques, leveraging the power of Python..
  • Explore computations from scratch, so you understand how Python works behind the scenes..

Course Content

  • Before You Start… –> 6 lectures • 10min.
  • Special Announcement –> 1 lecture • 2min.
  • Understanding Price, Risk, and Return Relationships & Calculating Returns –> 5 lectures • 58min.
  • Estimating Expected Returns –> 6 lectures • 1hr 43min.
  • Understanding and Measuring Risk & Relationships –> 5 lectures • 1hr 18min.
  • Measuring Portfolio Returns and Risk –> 4 lectures • 1hr 3min.
  • Mastery Check –> 2 lectures • 6min.
  • Exploring The Effects of Diversification & Optimisation –> 6 lectures • 2hr 4min.
  • Decomposing Diversification – Investigating Why It Works –> 6 lectures • 1hr 40min.
  • BONUS: Continue Your Journey On Mastering Finance –> 2 lectures • 3min.

Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management with Python


Say hello to Financial Analysis done right. Become a PRO at Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management with Python. Apply robust techniques that are rigorously grounded in academic and practitioner literature using Python for Finance.

Explore Python’s robust modules including Pandas, NumPy, Matplotlib, Seaborn, and a whole lot more, working extensively with real world Finance data.

Discover the simplicity and power of Python for Finance. Take command by creating your own functions, cleaning and wrangling real world data.

Remove the guesswork by conquering the mathematics behind your own Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management process.

Explore and master powerful relationships between stock prices, returns, and risk. Quantify and measure your investment risk, from scratch.

Discover what your financial advisor should be doing to manage your portfolio – to manage your investments.

While you do need to know how to code, there’s no prior Finance knowledge required. We’ll start you from the very basics, and build you to a financial analysis PRO, leveraging Python for Finance, thanks to:

6 SECTIONS TO MASTERY (plus, all future updates included).

Introduction: Understanding Investment Security Relationships & Estimating Returns

  • Explore powerful relationships between risk, return, and price.
  • Gain a solid command of the baseline fundamental law of Financial Analysis – The Law of One Price.
  • Calculate stock returns for dividend and non-dividend paying stocks, manually.
  • Download and work with real world data, and estimate stock returns on Python from scratch.

Estimating Expected Returns

  • Estimate expected returns using the average (mean) method.
  • Create your own function on Python to automate the estimation of Expected Returns using the mean method.
  • Estimate expected returns using ‘state contingent weighted probabilities’.
  • Take the analysis further by learning how to estimate expected returns using Asset Pricing Models including the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
  • You’ll learn each approach theoretically AND practically, ensuring you fully understand why the formulas work the way they do.

Understanding and Measuring Risk and Relationships

  • Estimate the total risk of a stock manually and on Python.
  • Estimate the market risk of a stock; again, manually and on Python!
  • As a by-product of learning to measure the market risk, you’ll also learn how to quantity the relationships between securities – something that will be a focal theme of portfolio management and investment / financial analysis.
  • As with the expected returns, you’ll learn to measure risk manually as on Python. Thanks to a solid understanding of why the equations work the way they do, you’ll see how some defaults in Python’s NumPy module can lead to inaccurate estimates.

Measuring Portfolio Risk and Return

  • Estimate the return of a 2 asset and multi-asset portfolio.
  • Measure the risk of a 2 asset and multi-asset portfolio.
  • Discover the 3 factors that influence / impact portfolio risk – 1 of which is more important than the other two combined!
  • Explore how to calculate portfolio risk and returns on Python, from scratch.

Exploring Diversification & Optimisation

  • Risk reduction by diversification.
  • Explore Optimal Diversification – identify the ‘optimal’ number of securities to hold.
  • Optimise your portfolio weights to achieve a target expected return.
  • Minimise your portfolio risk (mathematically) using robust financial analysis techniques, leveraging Python for Finance.
  • Explore the power of Python’s SciPy library to quickly and efficiently optimise your portfolios.

Decomposing Diversification

  • Investigate and explore why, fundamentally, diversification works for financial analysis / investment analysis.
  • Rethink the way you measure the relationships between securities for financial analysis by extending the current measure.
  • Explore precisely how and why the most important factor of risk influences / impacts portfolio risk.



We’ve used the same tried and tested, proven to work teaching techniques that’ve helped our clients ace their exams and become chartered certified accountants, get hired by the most renowned investment banks in the world, and indeed, manage their own portfolios. Here’s how we’ll help you master financial analysis, take command of one of the most important concepts in Finance, and turn you into an Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management PRO:

A Solid Foundation

You’ll gain a solid foundation of the core fundamentals that drive the entire investment analysis and portfolio management process. These fundamentals are the essence of financial analysis done right. And form an integral part of Finance as a whole.

Example Walkthroughs

Every major concept is taught with example question walkthroughs, so you can literally see how we analyse investments and conduct rigorous financial analysis, one step at a time.

Loads of Practice Questions

Apply what you learn immediately with 150+ practice questions, all with impeccably detailed solutions.

Cheat Sheets & Resources

Mathematical proofs, one page cheat sheets, workable .ipynb and .py Python code – all included.


Say goodbye to information overload.

Engage with carefully thought out, clutter-free, and engaging study materials that focus on the 20% finance fundamentals that drive 80% of the results.

Easily follow through complex financial analysis concepts with great visuals that don’t overdo it.

Explore byte-sized lectures that don’t cut corners – so you receive the right amount of information which will hold you in good stead wherever you go, whatever you move on to do.


Finally understand why  the math works.

Learn why we divide some variables by something, and multiply other variables by something else. Get past the painful approach of memorising countless equations. Not only will we rip apart each equation one variable at a time, we’ll also give you mathematical proofs that show the equation’s logic one step at a time. Save yourself time and effort by understanding why the equation works the way it does. Then go out and create your own equations, and redefine the way you conduct your own financial analysis.


Watch your confidence grow.

Apply what you learn immediately in example question walkthroughs and progressively challenging quizzes with impeccably detailed solutions.

Engage with over 150 questions ranging from simple true and false ones to more complex problems that take you outside your comfort zone.

Questions are relevant for Ivy League / Russell Group University students studying any core Finance / Financial Analysis course, as well as professionals studying for the ICAEW CFAB, ACA, ACCA, and CFA qualifications.

All questions designed in-house, by Russell Group Distinction Tutors.


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