Investment Foundations Course of Study

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What Will I Learn in the Investment Foundations Program?

The Investment Foundations course of study provides a fundamental understanding of the investment industry through seven topic areas. Some topics are emphasized more than others. Below are the exam modules and approximate weighting for each.

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Investment Foundations Exam Topics & Approximate Weights

Module 1 Industry overview 5%
Module 2 Ethics and regulation 10%
Module 3 Inputs and tools 20%
Module 4 Investment instruments 20%
Module 5 Industry structure 20%
Module 6 Serving client needs 5%
Module 7 Industry controls 20%

Download a general overview of the course of study (PDF).

Try a Sample Question

Which of the following bonds contains an embedded option that provides the issuer certain rights?
  • (a) Putable bond
  • (b) Callable bond
  • (c) Convertible bond

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How to Learn the Course of Study

All registered candidates have access to our comprehensive study tool, the Learning Ecosystem, to prepare for the Investment Foundations exam.

You can also study the eBook, which contains:
  • 20 chapters (log in to download chapters for free)
  • Learning Outcome Statements (LOS) that indicate what you should know after studying each chapter
  • Chapter review questions
  • A glossary of industry terms

The two-volume print version of the eBook is available for purchase. Purchase the 2017–2018 version.