- Understanding and responding to clients
- Regulatory trends, and investment suitability
- Undertaking budget, savings, and debt planning
- Personal risk management
- Family law, dealing with separation and child custody
- Tax planning, tax effective investments, tax minimization strategies and registered plans
- Retirement planning, annuity based financial products and estate planning
- Applying a systematic approach to investment management
- Debt securities, equity securities and managed products
- Monitoring and evaluating client investment portfolios and calculating time value of money
- Interactive resources as well as textbook materials in PDF format
- Online activities including standalone review multiple choice questions and integrated case studies to help students reinforce their learning and to help them identify topics that they may need to revisit while preparing for their exam
- Access to online discussions forums including access to assistance from CSI's academic support specialists
|Approximate Hours of Study**|
|Hours of Study||110 - 160 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.
This exam includes 60 multiple-choice questions and is focused on all learning domains, except "Investment Management" for which CFA or CIM designates or IMT completers have already demonstrated competency. Students will be examined on all chapters of Volume 1 of the WME textbook, Financial Math Chapter in Volume 2 of the WME textbook, as well as Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 20, 21 and 22 from the KPMG Tax Planning Guide.
Exam 2 includes 50 multiple-choice questions based on case studies. It covers material from the entire Wealth Management Essentials course and focuses on the integration and application of concepts. Students will be examined on Volumes 1 and 2 of the WME textbooks as well as Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 20, 21 and 22 from the KPMG Tax Planning Guide. Chapters to be studied from the KPMG Guide come under the overall topic of Financial Planning.
(weightings are approximate)
|Exam 1||Exam 2|
|Wealth Management Today and Ethics||8%||2%|
|Understanding the Client, Cash Flow and Loans and Mortgages||15%||16%|
|Personal Risk Management||10%||2%|
|Family Law and Tax Planning||22%||12%|
|Registered Plans, Retirement Planning and Annuity Based Financial Products||32%||18%|
|Investment Management and Asset Allocation||N/A||12%|
|Equity and Debt Securities||N/A||12%|
|Portfolio Monitoring & Performance Evaluation and Financial Math||N/A||8%|
|Exam Format||Paper Based|
|Exam Length||Exam 1: 1.5 hours
Exam 2: 3 hours
|Question Format||Multiple Choice|
|Questions Per Exam||60 (exam 1), 50 (exam 2)|
|Attempts Allowed Per Exam||3*|
|Passing Grade||60% (Per Exam)|
|Enrolment Period||1 year†|
*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.
Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.
†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.
Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.
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