There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

The Overall Guide to Investing is a roadmap to the securities market, the various types of investment securities (including stocks, bond, options, futures, tax-advantaged investments, and mutual funds), and the risk-return characteristics of each. The materials focus on the principles and tools of investment analysis, asset allocation, and portfolio selection and management. The course covers available investments and features, the advantages and disadvantages of each investment category (including global investing), and when a particular investment type might be suitable for you.


Delta Publishing

For many years, Delta Publishing has offered a wide variety of continuing education courses for financial professionals. Topics covered by Delta’s courses include accounting, financial management, budgeting, investments, financial statement reporting, business management, IFRS, ethics, valuations, real estate, and business writing. The diversity and breadth of Delta’s course offerings make the company a prolific and unique contributor to the CPE world. Delta’s well-credentialed authors and contributors have also been published in numerous academic and professional journals and quoted by some of the leading financial media outlets.

Course Specifics

Mar 28, 2018
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Recognize the requirements for different types of investments, noting the differences between fixed versus variable-income, financial versus real assets, direct versus indirect, and long-term versus short-term
  • Identify the features and attributes of stocks and bonds, noting applicable benefits and drawbacks of each

Chapter 2

  • Note defining characteristics of primary and secondary capital markets
  • Identify various types of securities transactions and what is involved in each type
  • Recognize the requirements for stock splits and stock dividends, noting similarities and differences
  • Identify applicable advantages or disadvantages of buying stock on margin and selling stock short

Chapter 3

  • Recognize the attributes of return on investment, noting how ROI is classified and measured
  • Identify different types of risk, noting potential risks you may face in a business environment, and applicable techniques to reduce risk
  • Note how investment alternatives affect the risk-return trade-off

Chapter 4

  • Identify the objectives and benefits of fundamental analysis of investments, Altman's Z-Score, and insolvency, noting the importance of risk analysis during periods of financial growth and financial distress
  • Recognize key financial ratios and how these ratios are used to evaluate a company's liquidity

Chapter 5

  • Recognize the various tools used in technical analysis, noting key terms and attributes
  • Note the objectives of charting and what types of charts may be used to analyze investments and market conditions
  • Identify key indicators of market and stock performance, noting how these indicators are used
  • Note the attributes of contrarian indicators and the contrarian approach

Chapter 6

  • Recognize the various types of stock, noting key characteristics, how stock is rated, and how to calculate the expected return from preferred stock

Chapter 7

  • Recognize the defining characteristics of the time value of money concept
  • Note ways to calculate the fundamental value of common stock
  • Recognize the components of price/earnings (P/E) ratio approaches as well as other pragmatic approaches

Chapter 8

  • Recognize the defining characteristics of bonds, noting the various types of bonds that are available as well as factors to consider when selecting a bond
  • Note which bonds carry the least amount of risk as well as ways to determine interest rate risk
  • Recognize the components of municipal and government bonds as well as fixed income securities, noting three approaches for investing in municipal bonds

Chapter 9

  • Recognize key terms associated with options, noting the defining characteristics for each
  • Specify ways to determine the value of an option, a warrant, and return on investment, noting factors that affect price
  • Note the usage of stock options by hedgers and speculators

Chapter 10

  • Recognize key attributes of futures contracts and commodities, noting the returns and risks associated with the use of futures contracts and derivatives
  • Identify the uses of financial futures, interest rate futures, currency futures, and index futures, noting applicable differences and ways to minimize risk

Chapter 11

  • Note the advantages and risks associated with global investing
  • Recognize ways to invest globally, noting the features of various types of international funds

Chapter 12

  • Recognize the attributes of tax advantaged investments such as annuities, limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and a real estate operating company (REOC)
  • Identify various types of retirement and pension funds, noting applicable advantages and disadvantages of each

Chapter 13

  • Recognize key attributes of mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs
  • Determine the total return on a mutual fund
  • Note the requirements for performance benchmarking and target-date funds

Chapter 14

  • Note the objectives and process of portfolio diversification to reduce risk and allocate assets with mutual funds
  • Recognize the use of beta coefficients to adjust asset allocation
  • Recognize various available investment strategies for different life stages and goals

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