Financial Planning and Wealth Management

100 Hours / 12 Months / Mentor Supported

Course Overview:

Estate Planning: This e-learning course on 'Estate Planning' is designed to help users understand the estate planning aspects. The course covers the basic aspects of estate planning and various methods of property transfers. The course also focuses on various aspects of will creation such as need and importance of will, contents of a will, parties to a will, etc. In the end, the course discusses about gifts and gift tax.

Financial Planning: The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires financial institutions such as banks & savings associations, credit unions, mortgage & trust companies, insurance companies, collection agencies and others to disclose privacy policies, limit instances in which consumer information can be shared with non-affiliated third parties and provide consumers an opportunity to protect some of their personal financial information from being shared. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has introduced a privacy regulation implementing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which imposes certain requirements on its member institutions. This product covers various technicalities of privacy regulation giving relevant and convincing examples.

Insurance Concepts: Know about insurance and various types of insurance such as life insurance, health insurance, general insurance, and group insurance.

Mutual Funds: Over the past decades mutual funds have grown intensely in popularity and have experienced a considerable growth rate. Mutual funds are popular because they make it easy for small investors to invest their money in a diversified pool of securities. As the mutual fund industry has evolved over the years, there have arisen many questions about the nature of operations and characteristics of these funds.  This e-learning course on ‘Mutual Funds’ provides an in-depth coverage of the mutual fund industry and its operations in an interactive format. It is intended to familiarize you with the basic concepts related to mutual funds. The course first provides the fundamentals, explaining what mutual funds are and how they work. The course provides an overall understanding of how equity and bond fund portfolios are managed. Various factors surrounding the performance of mutual funds are then highlighted along with a brief of various standardized performance systems. Finally, the course depicts the recent trends in the mutual funds industry.

Retirement Planning: This e-learning course library on Retirement Planning is designed to help users get familiar with various aspects of retirement planning. The designed course modules are a journey from understanding the basics of retirement planning, its needs, assumptions, and various steps involved in retirement planning to the post retirement sources of income, the concept of social security, various types of retirement plans and the governing regulations.

Course Outline:

Estate Planning
1. Estate Planning - An Overview
  • Various ways that property can be owned and transferred
  • Distinguish between the various forms of ownership
  • Importance of documents required for estate planning
  • Likely “targets of opportunity” for malpractice claims
  • The concept of “privity” and to whom is the estate planner liable
  • Various steps the planner can take to reduce the risk of malpractice suits
  • Most common estate planning mistakes and ways to avoid such mistakes
2. Transfer of Property
  • Transfers through the probate process
  • Testamentary distribution
  • Intestate succession
  • Advantages and disadvantages of probate
  • Assets subject to probate estate
  • Probate avoidance strategies
  • Ancillary probate administration
  • Transfers by operation of law
  • Transfers through trusts
  • Transfers by contract
3. Estate Planning - Wills
  • Definition and importance of will
  • Types of wills
  • Parties to a will
  • Legal requirements of a will
  • Terms and contents of a will
  • Changing or revoking a will
  • Major clauses of a will
  • Will contents
  • Intestacy
  • Tax implications of a will
4. Gift and Gift Tax
  • What to gift, why to gift, and when to gift
  • Gifts that are subject to gift tax
  • Exclusions and deductions
  • Available credits
  • Gift tax liability
Introduction to Financial Planning
1. This course provides an understanding of:
  • The meaning and process of financial planning
  • Basic steps in financial planning
2. Analyzing the Resources of the Person:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • Construction of personal financial statements as a tool for measuring personal wealth
  • The importance of budgeting
  • Evaluation of financial strength by using various ratios
3. Basic Concepts in Financial Planning:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • The concept of time value of money
  • Need for diversified investment
  • Investment strategies
4. Financial Products for Savers:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • Differences between saving and investment
  • Product choices available for saving
5. Financial Products for Investors:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • Product choice available for investment
  • Features of various investment products
  • Difference between various investment products
6. The Psychographics and Life Cycle of the Investor:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • The various individual investor types
  • How they are likely to carry out their financial programs
  • Various stages in an individual's life cycle
  • How individuals are likely to carry out their financial programs in these stages
7. Goals and Investment Objectives:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • How individuals rationally approach various types of goals
  • The broad investment objectives and how they influence the investment product choices
8. Tax Planning:  This course provides an understanding of legal strategies that can be used to reduce federal income taxes such as:
  • Tax-Deferred Retirement Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Home Equity Loan
  • Tax-Exempt Bonds or Mutual Funds
9. Model Portfolio:  This course provides an understanding of:
  • Building a model portfolio for an individual
  • Portfolio Allocation Scoring System (PASS)
  • Portfolio Management
Insurance Concepts
1. Principles of Insurance
  • What is Risk
  • Key concepts in insurance business
  • Methods to deal with risk
2. Analysis and Evaluation of Risk Exposures
  • Three types of risks against which insurance is provided
  • Legal aspects of insurance
3. Life Insurance
  • Different terms used in life insurance policy
  • Roles of life insurance
  • Different types of life insurance
  • Process to determine the amount needed for life insurance
  • Different factors considered while selecting a life insurance policy
4. Underwriting and Claims
  • Various terms used in underwriting process
  • Various types of hazards
  • Process of risk assessment
  • Underwriting procedure
  • Basis for premium calculation
  • Procedure for handling claims
5. General Insurance - Individuals
  • Auto insurance policy and its provisions
  • Factors that affect auto insurance premium
  • Homeowner's insurance policy and its provisions
  • Factors that affect homeowner's insurance premium
  • Various method to reduce homeowner's insurance premium
6. Health, Long-term Care and Disability Insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Different types of health care insurance plans
  • Features and provisions of each health care plan
  • Concept of long-term care insurance and discuss its key features
  • Concept of disability income insurance and discuss its key features
7. Actuarial Principles
  • Role played by an actuary in the insurance industry and the nature of actuarial practice
  • Difference between the principles and standards used in actuarial profession
  • Principles of actuarial science based on probability and statistics, behavioral economics, actuarial models and financial security system
8. Group Insurance
  • Group insurance contracts
  • Group insurance underwriting and its various considerations
  • Various group insurance policy provisions and group life insurance policy provisions
  • Various factors for determining group insurance premiums
  • Different types of group life insurance plans
9. Reinsurance
  • Reinsurance and need for it
  • Different types and methods of reinsurance
  • Alternative risk transfer mechanisms in reinsurance
  • Basic functions of reinsurance
10. Annuities
  • Annuity and reasons to buy annuities
  • Variables used to calculate annuity
  • Operation of annuities
  • Types of annuities
  • Various annuity contract provisions
  • Tax implications in annuities
  • Various calculations involved in an annuity
Mutual Funds
1. Mutual Funds - Concept
  • Concept of mutual funds
  • Basic types of mutual funds
  • Advantages of mutual funds
  • Difference between mutual funds and bank deposits
2. Mutual Funds - Structure and Constituents
  • Constituents and structure of a mutual fund
  • Mutual funds in the USA and elsewhere.
  • Difference between a mutual fund and a commercial bank
3. Various types of Mutual Fund products
  • Basic classification of mutual funds
  • Such other products similar to mutual funds
4. Management of bond fund portfolio
  • Investment of bond funds
  • Basic characteristics of a bond
  • Bond valuation
  • Risks in bond investment
  • Techniques to enhance bond fund performance
  • Managing the bond fund
5. Management of equity fund portfolio
  • Equity portfolio
  • Types of risks and returns that different asset classes offer
  • Equity share
  • The value of equity shares
  • Three types of equity shares
  • Equity research
  • Valuation
  • Passive and active portfolio management
  • Portfolio strategies
6. Accounting and valuation of Mutual Funds
  • NAV and its importance
  • Calculating net asset value
  • Valuing the assets of the mutual fund
  • The financial statements that are prepared by the mutual fund
  • The accounting principles followed by the mutual funds
7.Prospectus and Annual Reports of Mutual Fund
  • Meaning and importance of mutual fund prospectus
  • The contents of a mutual fund prospectus
  • The operational aspects an investor should be familiar with
  • What does the annual report contain?
  • Shareholder expense
  • Investment profile
  • Statement of assets and liabilities
  • Statement of operations
  • Statement of changes in net assets
  • Financial highlights
  • Notes to financial statements
8. Evaluation of performance of mutual funds
  • Measuring fund performance
  • Measuring return
  • Measuring risk
  • Risk-adjusted return
  • Comparing fund performance with a reference
  • Various standardized performance systems
  • Limitations of performance measurement and evaluation
9. Regulations of Mutual Fund Industry
  • Contextual significance of mutual fund regulation
  • Legal environment of mutual funds
  • Supervision and regulation
  • Principles of mutual fund regulation
  • Standards
  • Rights of investors
  • Role of industry players in furthering regulatory objectives
  • Market context
  • Transparency and disclosure
  • Limits on fees and expenses
  • Internal governance within mutual fund complexes
Retirement Planning
  1. Analysis of Retirement Needs:  On completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Define the term retirement planning and discuss its advantages and disadvantages
  • Explain the assumptions of retirement planning
  • Describe the steps involved in the retirement planning process
  • Discuss various sources of income during retirement
  • Explain different financial needs
  • Explain the methods of drawing from retirement accounts
  1.  Retirement Planning -Investment Considerations:  On completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Define fiduciary
  • Describe the requirements that govern fiduciary handling of qualified plan investments
  • Discuss the types of prohibited transactions
  • Understand the concept of unrelated business income
  • Distinguish between the basic types of investments appropriate for a qualified plan
  • Discuss the considerations for designing right life insurance
  1. Retirement Planning - Social Security:  After the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of social security
  • Understand the eligibility criteria for receiving social security benefits
  • Identify the various social security benefits
  • Understand the computation of social security benefits
  • Understand the income taxation of social security benefits
  1. Retirement Planning – Types:  After the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Define retirement plan
  • Identify various types of retirement plans
  • Describe various types of qualified plans
  • Describe various types of non-qualified plans

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **