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Claritas Prep Pro

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Date(s) - April 06,2014 - June 08,2014
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



This two-month course will prepare participants for the Claritas Investment Certificate examination.

Course description

The Claritas Investment Certificate is a new global certification offered by the CFA Institute. The goal of the Claritas Investment Certificate program is to provide a fundamental understanding of the essential aspects of the investment industry. The certificate is awarded by the CFA Institute to candidates who pass the Claritas exam.

Who should attend

This Claritas program is ideal for anyone working in financial services who seeks a clear understanding of the investment industry and their professional responsibilities within it. The program promotes a shared understanding of the industry, builds employee confidence, and raises effectiveness across all professional disciplines involved with it , outside of investment roles; from client services to compliance; from human resources to IT and operations; and from sales and marketing to legal and administrative services.

Learning outcomes

The course consists of 21 chapters, organized into seven modules.

Module 1: Overview

It is about getting to the heart and the core purpose of the investment industry – its vital role in the world: from helping people save

for the future to funding schools, hospitals, roads and other essentials. The benefits this brings when done well (ethically and all

parts working together) help serve society.

- Chapter 1 The Investment Industry: A Top-Down View

Module 2: Ethics and Regulation

This module focuses on the essential foundations for the investment world – ethics and regulation. The firm ground on which we

build for our clients: trust, reputation, confidence and value – the essentials of a strong and healthy client-focused industry.

- Chapter 2 Ethics and Investment Professionalism

- Chapter 3 Regulation and Supervision

Module 3: Tools and Inputs

This is about understanding how the (economic) world works – the big picture and the fine detail. How the actions of individuals,

corporations and governments play out at micro, macro and international levels, how this translates to a company’s finances, and

how to get a clearer understanding of what this all means.

- Chapter 4 Financial Statements

- Chapter 5 Quantitative Concepts

- Chapter 6 Microeconomics

- Chapter 7 Macroeconomics

- Chapter 8 International Trade and Foreign Exchange

Module 4: Investment Instruments

This module covers the basic investment options, what they are and their purpose – from conventional equities and bonds to more

specialized investments such as real estate and derivatives.

- Chapter 9 Equity Securities

- Chapter 10 Debt Securities

- Chapter 11 Derivatives

- Chapter 12 Alternative Investments

Module 5: Industry Structure

The industry is complex and highly interdependent. This module looks at how the industry helps us invest, who the participants are

and what they do, the different markets where investments take place, and the investment products themselves.

- Chapter 13 Structure of the Investment Industry

- Chapter 14 Investment Vehicles and Structures

- Chapter 15 Investment Market Characteristics

Module 6: Industry Controls

Controls are critical in helping ensure everything runs smoothly. In the fast moving world of investments and risk it is essential to

understand how systems and controls are used in the industry to ensure the client is properly served.

- Chapter 16 Investment Industry Documentation

- Chapter 17 Risk Management

- Chapter 18 Performance Evaluation

Module 7: Serving Client Needs

This is about focusing on clients – gaining a clear understanding of their needs, circumstances, motivations and ambitions so investments

can be allocated and managed in the right way for them.

- Chapter 19 Investor Needs and Investment Policy

- Chapter 20 Asset Allocation

- Chapter 21 Active and Passive Investment Management

How you will learn

The course will be conducted along workshop principles with formal lectures and interactive examples. Case studies will illustrate the application of each product and service in an operations environment. Each learning point will be reinforced with practical exercises and case studies.

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