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CISI Chartered Wealth Manager: Financial Markets Unit

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CISI Chartered Wealth Manager: Financial Markets Unit


The CISI Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification is a postgraduate level specialist qualification which encompasses the breadth of knowledge needed to provide the highest quality of service to clients.


It is a progressive qualification comprised of three units, Financial Markets, Portfolio Construction Theory and Applied Wealth Management.  It provides a sound grounding in economics and an interpretation of economic statistics, financial statements, investment analysis, portfolio construction and applied wealth management.


The Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification is recognised as the gold star qualification for private client wealth managers, and why so many employers place such importance on recruiting individuals who are able to achieve this CISI standard.


With the Chartered Wealth Manager exams being held just twice a year, it is crucial that candidates provide themselves with the best opportunity to pass first time. The investment of time needed to complete all three Chartered Wealth Manager papers is substantial, which means that finding the right study support is imperative.


This is why EIMF partnered with FSTP to offer this effective 5-day study programme that has produced excellent pass rates time and again. The methodology and approach create a learning environment more conducive to candidates passing their exams first time, reducing the costs and time spent on resitting exams. Over the last 9 sittings, FSTP students have consistently produced exceptional results with Merits and Distinctions.



Why Choose the CISI Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification?


The Chartered Wealth Manager is the mark of an up to date, experienced and qualified financial sector professional.  Professionals become part of an elite group of CISI Chartered Wealth Managers, similar in standing as other Chartered professionals with a specific occupational role, such as Chartered Surveyors.


The Chartered Wealth Manager title is separate from CISI membership designations and should be added underneath your name on business cards and letterhead.  It formally demonstrates your professional competence to employers, colleagues and customers and set you apart from the competitors.


 Furthermore, the Chartered Wealth Manager qualification is:


  • Highly regarded qualification developed in consultation with leading stockbrokers, investment banks and professional trade bodies, including the Wealth Management Association (WMA) and recognised by financial services recruiters as the best qualification for roles in wealth management
  • Meets RDR exam standards and FCA compliant for the following regulated activities: advising on and dealing in securities and derivatives, advising on retail investment products and friendly society tax-exempt policies and managing investments (regulated activities 2, 3, 4, 6, 12, 13, 14 and 10)
  • A Specialist, client-focused practical qualification offering in-depth knowledge of investment issues. Around 40% of the study time is allocated to working with client case scenarios
  • Offers free CISI Student membership – become associated with a chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • Provides access to full membership of the Institute and MCSI designatory letters



Is the Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification right for me?


The Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification is suitable for wealth managers, IFAs, private client managers, discretionary portfolio managers and private bankers. It is suitable for staff working in wealth management who wish to demonstrate the highest level of competence in devising investment portfolios that meet clients’ needs.



Qualification Structure


The Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification is achieved by passing three units. All units within the programme are assessed by three-hour written exams.


The Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification is recognised by Ofqual as the CISI Level 7 Diploma in Wealth Management on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). On the European Qualifications Framework this equates to a level 7 qualification (Master’s degree).



Total Qualification Time: 609 hours


Total Qualification time is an estimate of the total time a candidate might typically take to complete the qualification. It includes Guided Learning Hours and any other time a candidate is likely to spend in studying for the qualification.





Financial Markets


This unit exam requires candidates to think critically in the context of the analysis, interpretation and comparison of company information, making recommendations on fixed income and real investments, equity and much more.


The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to think critically, apply, and communicate clearly in the context of:


  • the analysis of macroeconomic government policy targets, instruments, and their effectiveness.
  • the impact of macroeconomics on the behaviour of markets, sectors, companies, and investment themes.
  • the analysis, interpretation and comparison of company information and financial statements in order to determine the prospects of a single company and investment class, as well as the relative prospects of different companies and investment classes.
  • the determination of prices and values for bonds and equities.
  • the evaluation, recommendation, and use of liquidity, bond, equity, and property-based investments for wealth management and private client purposes.
  • the evaluation, recommendation, and use of alternatives and derivatives-based investments for wealth management and private client purposes.
  • the analysis and comparison of market structure, trading venues, and financial indexes.
  • the analysis of the trading, clearing, settlement, lending, and custody process.


Preparation class dates: 07 & 08 October 2019 and 05, 06, 07 November 2019 (9:00am – 5:15pm)



Portfolio Construction Theory in Wealth Management


This unit exam requires candidates to think critically in the context of the theory of investment as applied to the management of private client funds, the tailoring of a portfolio to clients’ needs and much more.


The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to think critically, apply, and communicate clearly in the context of:


  • establishing: client risk level in relation to quantitative and qualitative client circumstances. investment objectives to meet the client risk level and circumstances. investment strategy to meet the investment objectives.
  • the fundamentals of investment theory, risk, return, and correlation needed to structure a portfolio of financial assets to suit wealth management and client requirements.
  • the asset mix and types of asset allocation, rebalancing, and derivatives to control risk and maintain the portfolio.
  • direct and indirect investments used to construct and maintain the portfolio.
  • theory and evidence of portfolio theory, asset pricing models, efficient market hypothesis, anomalies, and behavioural finance.
  • approaches to investment stewardship, environmental, social, and governance portfolio attributes, voting and stock lending.
  • investment management, styles, and market and sector valuations.
  • portfolio, benchmark, and index performance.
  • the taxation of investments and strategies when structuring a portfolio of financial assets to suit wealth management and client requirements


Preparation class dates: Spring 2020 TBC



Applied Wealth Management


This unit exam requires candidates to identify the requirements of a client from the relevant information available, structure and manage a suitable portfolio of financial assets and communicate their recommendations to the client.


The aim of this unit is to enable candidates to think critically, apply, and communicate clearly in the context of:


  • the structure and conduct of financial services regulation.
  • the integrity, standards, and professional values required of practitioners.
  • the prevention, detection, and reporting of financial crime.
  • developing a picture of circumstances and preferences of clients from the information obtained, and the determination of appropriate financial and investment solutions.
  • communicating effectively the recommendations, advice, and action for the client.
  • managing liquidity to meet short and long-term funding requirements.
  • matching clients to appropriate financial protection and retirement strategies and communicating the recommendations and approaches.
  • the structuring and managing of social investment and of philanthropic activity.
  • the scope of taxation applicable to private clients.
  • the appropriate application of trusts and intergenerational financial and investment planning.


Preparation class dates: Autumn 2020 TBC



Assessment Structure


All units are assessed via a 3-hour examination of 100 marks. All unit exams are scheduled every year in June (exam registration closes in March) and January (exam registration closes in September).





Preparation course per Unit fee: 1,400 Euro + VAT (eligible participants can get HRDA subsidy of 595 euro thus lowering the fee to 805 euro + VAT). The fee includes the following:

  • 35 hour of classroom instruction: get valuable time with our expert trainer
  • Online student portal: get access to our secure student area, where can download the latest study resources, including course materials, revision guides and past exam papers.
  • Quality training materials: Subject experts have prepared all course and revision material. And we keep everything up-to-date with the latest regulatory developments.
  • Optional for every unit: Marked mock exam. A practice exam taken in 3 hours, which is marked and individual feedback given. Additional Fee: 200 Euro + VAT


Exam fees (paid directly to CISI) for each unit: £434, resit fee: £288. CISI Qualification Registration Fee: £32 (paid only once if candidate has not register for exams with CISI before.



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