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CFP Syllabus 2018

Welcome to CFP Syllabus Section. Here you will find CFP Exam Syllabus 2018.

CFP Syllabus 2018:-

Module I - Introduction to Financial Planning

Module II - Risk Analysis & Insurance Planning

Module III - Retirement Planning & Employees Benefits

Module IV - Investment Planning

Module V - Tax Planning & Estate Planning

Module VI - Advanced Financial Planning 

Introduction to Financial Planning:-

Financial Planning Process
1. Establishing client- planner relationships
2. Gathering client data and determining goals and expectations
3. Analyse Client Objectives, Needs and Financial Situation
4. Developing appropriate strategies and presenting the Financial Plan
5. Implementing the Financial Plan
6. Monitoring the Financial Plan
7. Regulatory requirements for CFP Certificants
8. Ethical and professional considerations in Financial Planning
9. Assessment of risk and client behaviour
10. Cash flow planning
11. Budgeting
12. Personal use asset management
13. Personal Financial Statement Analysis
14. Financial Mathematics
15. Economic environment and indicators
16. Forms of business ownership/ entity relationships
17. Ways of taking title to property (sole, joint, community, etc.)
18. Legal aspects of Financial Planning

Risk Analysis and Insurance Planning:-

Risk Analysis
1. Introduction to Risk Analysis
2. Insurance and Risk
3. Risk analysis Process
4. Legal principles in insurance
5. The Insurance contract
6. Legal Liability
7. Identification of life, medical, householders, auto and other property and liability risk exposures
8. Personal property and liability insurance
9. Life insurance needs analysis
10. Life insurance policy analysis
11. Life Insurance policy selection
12. Annuities
13. Medical insurance
14. Insurance of business risk
15. Implementing and reviewing client’s insurance
16. Government regulation of insurance
17. Insurance Pricing
18. Insurance Companies

   1. Types of insurers
   2. Rate making
   3. Underwriting
   4. Production
   5. Claim settlement
   6. Reinsurance
   7. Investments
   8. Financial reserves
   9. Selecting insurance companies


Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
1. Issues in retirement planning
2. Wealth creation
3. Types of plans
4. Defined benefit plans
5. Defined contribution plans
6. Superannuation and other retirement plans
7. Group Life and Health Insurance
8. Retirement needs analysis
9. Retirement income streams
10. Post-retirement counseling
11. Need for reforms
12. Reform proposals

Investment Planning

1. How investment planning is different from selling investment products
2. Investment risk
3. Measuring risk
4. Managing risk
5. Returns
6. Investment portfolio
7. Small savings
8. Fixed income instruments
9. Insurance-based investments
10. Mutual funds
11. Equity shares
12. Derivatives
13. Real estate
14. Other investments
15. Active and passive strategies
16. Asset allocation
17. The regulatory functions, rules and codes of conduct pertaining to planners
18. Matching investment vehicles to needs of clients

Tax Planning & Estate Planning:-

1. Ethical considerations in tax planning
2. Tax compliance matters
3. Taxation terminology
4. Tax calculations and special rules
5. Tax characteristics of business forms
6. Non Resident Indians (NRIs)
7. Heads of income
8. Capital Gains tax rules
9. Tax relief
10. Non taxable transactions (e.g., gifts, estate)
11. Tax management techniques
12. Interest and penalty taxes and other charges
13. Features of trust
14. Taxation of trust
15. Property documentation

Advanced Financial Planning

  • Establishing client- planner relationships
  • Gathering client data and determining goals and expectations
  • Determining the client’s financial status by analyzing and evaluating the client's information
  • Analyze Client Objectives, Needs and Financial Situation
  • Developing and presenting the Financial Plan
  • Capital needs: disability
  • Capital needs: General needs
  • Capital needs: special needs
  • Income tax
  • Employee benefits
  • Asset allocation
  • Investment
  • Risk
  • List of prioritized action items

Miscellaneous Topics:-

  • Internet Resources
  • Foreign exchange issues for individuals
  • Financial Planning for special needs and clients

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