This course introduces you to the concepts of risk and return, the differences between equity and fixed-income investments, the mathematics of investing, the evaluation of investment theories and strategies and the regulation of the investment industry. Learn to calculate investment fees and expenses, time-weighted vs. dollar-weighted returns, arithmetic vs. geometric returns, risk-adjusted returns and after-tax returns. You will gain the skills to develop a suitable investment portfolio established to meet a client's goals and objectives and prepare an appropriate plan of implementation based on this information.

Students are required to attend each online class during the designated timeframe. Please note that classes are not recorded and no make-up classes will be available. 

Who Should Enroll: 
  • Anyone considering a career in financial planning or seeking board certification
  • Accountants, investment advisors and brokers
  • Attorneys, bankers and insurance agents
  • Retirement plan and employee benefits specialists
Learning Outcomes: 
  • How to differentiate between fundamental and technical analysis
  • How to perform basic bond and equity valuations
  • How to examine the capital asset pricing model, arbitrage pricing theory and the efficient market hypothesis

A bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university must be completed either before you pass the CFP® exam, or within five years after you pass it.

Continuing Education Hours: 
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards: 3.6 CE
Applies Towards Certificates:
Textbook Information: 

All courses in the Certified Financial Planning program are based on the most recent textbook edition available from the publisher. Contact our office if you have any questions regarding book editions or ordering. Students are encouraged to purchase books early in order to have them for the first week of class.


Investments: An Introduction, Herbert B. Mayo. Cengage Learning.

Financial calculator. Instruction will cover the HP 12C or TI BAII calculators.            

Optional Supplemental Textbook:

Schweser Review Volume III: Investments, Kaplan Schweser

For withdrawal, transfer and refund information, see Policy Code D.