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Investments in Personal Financial Planning: Principles and Methods | FPLN.X401

This course provides a comprehensive overview of investments through readings, case studies, problem-solving exercises and discussion. This balance of practical application and theory should be useful to both the practitioner and the investor. The course emphasizes the structure, regulation and operation of investment markets; understanding modern portfolio theory, asset allocation and risk control; detailed analysis of fixed income, equity and derivative investing; portfolio design and construction; fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities; and investment performance measurement and reporting.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the types and functions of markets, investment strategies such as active and passive, mutual funds, ETFs, options, hedge funds, etc.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of mutual funds and ETFs, risk vs reward, various performance measuring techniques, various asset pricing models, and the general process of portfolio construction and how to analyze changes to a current portfolio. Participants will also learn the difference between suitability and best interest in recommendations and the difference between compliance and ethics.
  • Explain option pricing basics, the steps to creating a portfolio including risk assessment, optimum mix of risk and riskless assets, Technical vs. Fundamental analysis, the role of statistics in portfolio assessment, portfolio performance measuring techniques, taxation of various investment accounts, etc. Participants will also learn ways to explain investment concepts in ways that will make the concepts understandable to others.
  • Identify ways to reduce risk, enhance returns, or both. Participants will learn to identify ways to manage their own or client portfolios under differing market conditions.
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