Financial Planning Basics for the Individual

Financial Planning Basics for the Individual


This basic course covers the overall approach by the individual to the financial planning process. It encompasses the areas of expertise needed by individuals to do the process or to know when they need a professional financial planner. Coverage of the areas of the financial plan is provided through basic discussion of the concepts, theories, and definitions involved in the financial planning process. Guidelines are provided for the individual’s implementation of the financial planning process, from the data gathering, risk management, investment selection, through the implementation of the financial plan, and to periodic reviews.   

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  1. Data Gathering and Determining Objectives  
  2. Investing and the Risks Involved  
  3. Other Information Needed  
  4. Determining the Financial Plan and Risk Management 
  5. Kinds of Insurance  
  6. Investment Selection  


  • Identify details of the data-gathering portion of the engagement. (Unit One)  
  • Determine their personal and financial goals. (Unit One)  
  • Examine the various kinds of risks associated with investing. (Unit Two) 
  • Identify other information to be used in the financial planning process. (Unit Three)  
  • Introduce the individual to the process of financial planning and the risks involved. (Unit Four) 
  • Examine the different kinds of life insurance available and the guidelines as to which may be appropriate. (Unit Five)  
  • Discuss the investment choices and the time frame involved. (Unit Six) 



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