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.
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.
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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