As securities industry moves from a product-centred approach to a more client-centred approach, no matter how deeply involved you are in investment management decisions, you must have a solid understanding of each step in the investment management process. This course covers such topics as client objectives and constraints, investment policy statements, strategic asset allocation, periodic rebalancing, and the tactical approach to making investments that diverge from long-term benchmark weightings. You will also learn how to select mutual funds based on their risks and past performance data. Finally, the course also touches on managed products such as exchange-traded funds, hedge funds, and alternative mutual funds.

The course is one of seven within the Advanced Mutual Fund Advice (AMFA) program, which is the learning path required to obtain the Certificate in Mutual Fund Advice. It is also part of the education required for the Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations.

What skills will you develop?

The Foundations of Investment Management (FOIM) course is designed to help you confidently deliver the right advice to your clients based on their individual needs. Completing this course will also help you:

  • Learn a systematic approach to investment management
  • Understand the steps and benefits of a well-executed asset allocation strategy
  • Discover what many successful investment management firms have in common

Who should enrol?

This course is designed for mutual fund advisors who want to build flexibility into their financial planning careers. It is suitable for entry-level professionals who may already have their mutual fund licence, including both junior mutual fund dealing representatives and more senior reps who want to transition from a transaction-based business to one that is focused on providing financial advice.