COURSE DATES: 28 Mar - 23 May'16
COURSE SCHEDULE: Mondays and Wednesdays (18:30 - 21:30 hours)
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.
There is no education or experience requirement; however candidates should feel comfortable with the English language.
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.
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
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 Microeconomics
» CHAPTER 5 Macroeconomics
» CHAPTER 6 Economics of International Trade
» CHAPTER 7 Financial Statements
» CHAPTER 8 Quantitative Concepts
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 Debt Securities
» CHAPTER 10 Equity 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
» CHAPTER 15 The Functioning of Financial Markets
MODULE 6: 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 16 Investors and Their Needs
» CHAPTER 17 Investment Management
MODULE 7: 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 18 Risk Management
» CHAPTER 19 Performance Evaluation
» CHAPTER 20 Investment Industry Documentation
EXAM REGISTRATION AND FEES
Exam Registration Fee: US$ 685 per person
Includes access to all study materials (the eBook, practice assessments, a mock exam), and one exam sitting.
Candidates can register for the exam directly with the CFA Institute on their website www.cfainstitute.org.The multiple choice, computer-based exam is offered at test centers around the world.
Attendees will receive a Participation Certificate from Nasdaq Dubai and Genesis Institute on successful completion of the program. To earn the Claritas Investment Certificate and be awarded 36.5 NASBA CPE credits, pass these two exams in sequence: 1. NASBA CPE exam – a multiple choice exam, taken online prior to, and in preparation for the Claritas Investment Certificate exam. 2. Claritas Investment Certificate exam – a multiple choice, computer-based exam offered at many Pearson VUE test centers.