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Understanding the Fundamentals of Investments – A Guide for Accountants
Learning objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the distinction between primary and secondary markets.
  • Distinguish between the financial firms and professionals providing client investment services and how they are paid for their services.
  • Identify the agencies providing oversight to the securities markets.
  • Identify the various investment instruments commonly used by individual investors including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.
  • Distinguish between debt securities and equity securities.
  • Compare domestic, global, and international securities.
  • Understand the various categories of mutual funds including large-cap, small-cap, and blended.
  • Understand the risk/return trade-off that is used in designing the various allocation models.
  • Use the risk profile questionnaire to identify a suitable investment mix for an individual.
  • Recognize the implications of using various investment options inside other instruments such as variable life insurance policies or retirement accounts.
National Registry of CPE Sponsors

A Becker Professional Education is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org

Becker Professional Education Sponsor I.D. Numbers NASBA: 107294, New York: 002087, New Jersey: 20CE00226700, Texas: 009580, Ohio: CPE.186, Illinois 158.002405, Pennsylvania: PX177823

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