AF4 Investment Planning - Q1 2020
AF4 - Investment Planning
This three-day course aims to significantly improve delegates' chances of passing their AF4 exam by developing an understanding of the key technical points that are likely to be tested.
It is also suitable for those taking a further examination, J10 - Discretionary Investment Management, as the learning content is very similar to AF4, although candidates taking J10 only may prefer to book our two day course here.
The programme will consist of three workshops to give delegates more time to build up their knowledge and understanding.
Each session takes place at K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley and opens for registration at 9.00am for a 9.30am start and ends at 4.30pm, providing six hours' CPD each day.
The cost of this three day course is £195 for CII/PFS members (£255 for non-members). It includes all tuition, tea/coffee on arrival and during formal breaks and a buffet lunch. If you would like to join us for this event, please click on the Book Now button below. (Please note, to benefit from the discounted rate, you will be required to provide your membership number at the time of booking.)
Course Dates and Objectives
The dates of this course are set out below. By the end of each day, delegates will be able to:
Day 1 - Tuesday 28 January 2020 - Asset classes
understand the characteristics and risks of the main asset classes
solve compounding, discounting and rate of return calculations
understand the key performance measures of a bond and be able to use these in assessing its suitability for an investor
identify the main economic factors that affect the suitability of bonds for investors
understand the difference between technical and fundamental analysis in assessing the suitability of a share for an investor
calculate and interpret the main data from a company’s Profit and Loss Account and Balance Sheet
understand how internal company and external economic factors can affect the suitability of a share for an investor
understand and analyse a share’s Standard Deviation and Beta
understand the factors in assessing whether to invest in property
understand the principles of futures and options
Day 2 - Tuesday 25 February 2020 - Portfolio Construction and Performance Review
understand the principles of Modern Portfolio Theory including Capital Asset Pricing Model
identify how portfolio construction can mitigate risk including the differences between systematic and non-systematic risk, correlation and Efficient Frontier
understand the characteristics of the main investment strategies
understand the difference between open ended and close ended funds including Hedge Funds, Exchange Traded Funds and Real Estate Investment Trusts
understand the concept of benchmarking
understand the characteristics of “non-main stream” investments such as CFDs
accurately calculate the Holding Period Return, Money Weighted Period Return, Time Weighted Period Return and identify when it would be appropriate to use each
understand the concept of Alpha
accurately calculate and interpret the main risk related returns, Sharpe Ratio and Information Ratio
analyse the performance of a portfolio and identify the cause of under or over performance
Day 3 - Tuesday 24 March 2020 - Consolidation and Revision
understand any remaining elements of the syllabus that were not covered in the previous two sessions
have identified any areas of potential weakness in their knowledge and had the opportunity to revise these
understand what examiners will be looking for to award high marks in candidates’ answers for the written AF4 examination
You will be sent a link to the course materials 10 days before the event, for you to bring as printed copies or to be viewed on your tablet or laptop. Alternatively, printed materials can be provided on the day for an additional cost of £10. Please select the appropriate ticket type below.
There is ample free on-site parking at the venue.
Please note that these events will take place on the 1st floor at K2. A lift will normally be available for delegates to access the training, but stairs will need to be used in the event of an emergency evacuation of the building.
Full joining instructions will be sent to delegates ahead of the first session.
About our speaker
John has over 40 years’ experience in insurance and financial services. Not surprisingly most of his former employers no longer exist because of mergers and takeovers. For example he joined Leeds Permanent Building Society in 1986 and at retirement was working for Lloyds Banking Group even though he’d never changed employers! The last 15 years were spent in the training department specialising in professional exams.
Not wishing to spend retirement watching daytime TV he decided to become a freelance trainer specialising in helping people to pass the CII’s Financial Services exams.
John is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner and a Fellow of both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Personal Finance Society.
This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.
6 hours' CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.
It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at www.cii.co.uk/cpd.