Course Overview

Description: There has been much change in the way advisors approach investment planning. The understanding of your clients' financial goals and objectives, compounded with the ever changing investment markets and outside influences found today, can cause our clients to react – and not necessarily in a good way. Join Jeff Rattiner, CPA, CFP® of the Rattiner’s Financial Planning Fast Track® as he covers ways on how to size up where your clients are today and where they need to be in the future. This can help form and solidify an appropriate investment strategy based on analyzing risk and return, understanding the importance of asset allocation, selecting appropriate asset classes, considering tax consequences, and by using important evaluation and measurement criteria and other worthwhile strategies to sync with the client's objectives.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes: After taking this course, participants will be able to understand the following:

  1. Tax aspects of investing (Capital Gains, Ordinary Income, Medicare Surcharge)
  2. Investment vehicles — '40 Act Mutual Funds (Indexed vs. Active Management), ETFs,  GICs, Stocks, Bonds, REITs, Hedge Funds, Private Equity/Debt 
  3. Asset classes — Equity, Fixed Income, Alternatives, Commodities
  4. Investment terms — Alpha, Beta, Standard Deviation, Rho, Rho Squared, Sharpe Ratio 
  5. Insurance products — Annuities and Life Insurance — as investment vehicles 
  6. Personal investment platforms (brokerage accounts, IRAs) versus company sponsored plans (401k, Profit Sharing, Pension Plans, 457 Deferred Comp) 
  7. Active versus Passive Management 
  8. Robo Advisors, Broker-Dealers, Registered Investment Advisors


Instructor: Jeff Rattiner 

Principle Knowledge Topic: Investment Planning

CFP® Credits: 1