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Financial Planning II


You will learn how to:

  • Explain the importance of the six steps in the financial planning process to clients
  • Identify clients financial goals and constraints to develop and customize their financial plan
  • Develop a savings plan emphasizing the importance of outlining net worth, cash flow, and saving strategies
  • Analyze legal considerations related to property ownership
  • Demonstrate the importance of asset allocation and risk management when recommending investment solutions for clients
  • Estimate retirement income needs and determine if those needs can be met with the clients available resources
  • Explain the benefits estate planning techniques to individuals, families and small business owners.
  • Explain the potential impact of life events, such as divorce (Family Law) on the estate planning process
  • Develop a financial planning strategy to meet the clients’ needs and objectives

Learning Experience

CSI’s online learning system helps you meet your study goals. You'll benefit from:

  • Interactive resources as well as textbook materials in PDF format.
  • Online activities including standalone review questions to help you reinforce your learning and identify topics that may need to be revisited during exam preparation.
  • A comprehensive financial planning activity that walks you through the step by step process of preparing and presenting a financial plan.
  • Course updates to ensure you’re learning the most current and up-to-date practical material in your studies.
  • Online assistance from CSI's academic support specialists.

What you'll learn?

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Module 1 - The Financial Planning Practice

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Financial Planning in Canada
  • Section 2 - The Personal Financial Planning Process

Module 2 - Savings Planning and Debt Management

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Net Worth and Cash Management Planning
  • Section 2 - Debt Planning
  • Section 3 - Financial Planning and Mortgages

Module 3 - Investment and Tax Planning

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Investment Management
  • Section 2 - Tax Planning

Module 4 - Insurance Planning

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Using Life Insurance to Manage Risk
  • Section 2 - Insurance Contracts
  • Section 3 - Types of Insurance
  • Section 4 - General Insurance
  • Section 5 - Tax System and Insurance Products

Module 5 - Retirement Planning

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Retirement Planning Process
  • Section 2 - Government Pension Programs
  • Section 3 - Employer-Sponsored Registered Retirement Plans
  • Section 4 - Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
  • Section 5 - Retirement Income Products

Module 6 - Estate Planning

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Passing on the Estate
  • Section 2 - Trusts
  • Section 3 - Powers of Attorney

Module 7 - Family Law

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section - Family Law

Module 8 - Small Business

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Business Law
  • Section 2 - Financial Planning for Small Business

Module 8 - Small Business

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Section 1 - Business Law
  • Section 2 - Financial Planning for Small Business
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 110 - 150 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.  It is important to have a thorough understanding of all of the concepts and mathematical calculations contained in the text prior to attempting the final exam.

(weightings are approximate)
Financial Planning Practice 10%
Savings Planning & Debt Management 10%
Investment and Tax Planning 10%
Insurance Planning 10%
Retirement Planning 20%
Estate Planning 10%
Family Law 15%
Financial Planning for Small Business 15%
Exams 1
Exam Format Proctored (remote or in person at a test centre)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 60
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60%
Assignments None
Enrolment Period 1 year†

On successful completion of this course you will be able to download a Notice of Course Completion available through your student profile. This will remain on your profile as formal confirmation of course completion.

* The first attempt is included in the course enrolment fee. Further attempts incur fees.

†Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed  for each exam. You can view CSI extension fees here . Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

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