Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM

Professional Designation Program

PFPL584: Wealth Management Strategies

AWMA® Program

Program Summary:

The Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM or AWMA® professional education program is the nation’s original and most well-respected designation for providing financial advice to high net worth clients.

With this designation in your arsenal of knowledge you’ll be able to help clients capitalize on opportunities to preserve, grow, and transfer their wealth. You’ll gain the confidence to optimize clients’ investments to achieve their goals while minimizing investment volatility.

Why choose the AWMA® Program?

  • AWMA® graduates report yearly increases to their earnings, job satisfaction, and number of clients.
  • The AWMA® program was created at the request of financial advisors looking to better serve their wealthier clientele. ­
  • The program curriculum is comprehensive and covers topics ranging from insurance, asset management, income tax, retirement, and estates.
  • Graduates of the AWMA® program qualify to test out of up to 1/3 of our CFP Certification Professional Education Program.

Because of my AWMA® designation, I am now working with higher net worth clients, which allows me to work with fewer individuals while substantially increasing my income. Because my clients feel that I offer more individual attention and a top notch level of service, I’ve received an increase in quality referrals. – Paul R.

Course Topics:

Module 1. The Asset Management Process

Chapter 1. Building Relationships

Chapter 2. Step 1: Gathering Data

Chapter 3. Step 2: Establishing Financial Goals

Chapter 4. Step 3: Analyzing Information

Chapter 5. Step 4: Making & Implementing Recommendations

Chapter 6. Step 5: Monitoring Performance

Module 2. Investors, Policy & Change

Chapter 1. The Client’s Attitudes Toward Money & Investing

Chapter 2. Establishing an Investment Policy Statement (IPS)

Chapter 3. Dealing With Change

Module 3. Risk, Return & Investment Performance

Chapter 1. Risk

Chapter 2. The Risk/Return Relationship

Chapter 3. Managing Risk in Portfolios

Chapter 4. The Time Value of Money

Chapter 5. Measuring Investment Performance

Module 4. Asset Allocation & Selection

Chapter 1. Asset Allocation

Chapter 2. Asset Classes, Characteristics & Performance

Chapter 3. Stock Valuation Methods

Chapter 4. Bond Valuation Methods

Chapter 5. Fundamental Analysis

Chapter 6. Technical Analysis & Market Timing

Module 5. Investment Strategies

Chapter 1. The Importance of Strategy

Chapter 2. Buy-and-Hold: The Benchmark Strategy

Chapter 3. Timing Strategies

Chapter 4. The Contrarian Strategy

Chapter 5. Value Investing

Chapter 6. Growth Stock Investing

Chapter 7. Small Stock Investing

Chapter 8. Active versus Passive Management

Chapter 9. Bond Strategies

Chapter 10. The Enemies of Effective Strategy

Module 6. Taxation of Investment Products

Chapter 1. Taxes & Investments

Chapter 2. General Income Tax Principles

Chapter 3. Taxation of Investment Products

Module 7. Investment Opportunities for an Individual's Retirement

Chapter 1. Assessing Retirement Needs

Chapter 2. Sources of Retirement Income

Chapter 3. Accumulating Capital for Retirement

Chapter 4. Accumulating Retirement Funds in Tax-Deferred Arrangements

Chapter 5. Retirement Distributions

Chapter 6. Investment Planning During Retirement

Chapter 7. Other Sources of Retirement Income

Chapter 8. Investment & Money Management Strategies for the Frail Elderly

Chapter 9. Inherited Wealth

Module 8. Investment Considerations for Small-Business Owners

Chapter 1. Models of Typical Small-Business Life Cycles

Chapter 2. Implications for the Investment Professional

Chapter 3. The Financing Stages of the Growing Business

Chapter 4. The Legal Forms of Doing Business

Chapter 5. Opportunities to Serve the Small-Business Client

Chapter 6. Retirement Plans

Chapter 7. Risk Management: Insurance & Diversification

Chapter 8. Valuation & Disposition of the Small Business

Chapter 9. Lifetime Cash Flow Planning for the Small-Business Owner

Module 9. Deferred Compensation & Other Benefit Plans for Key Executives

Chapter 1. Comparison of Qualified versus Non-qualified Plans

Chapter 2. Methods of Funding

Chapter 3. Types of Non-qualified Plans Used for Retirement Funding

Chapter 4. Life Insurance Plans

Chapter 5. Equity-Based, Incentive Compensation Plans

Chapter 6. Issues on Severance Payments

Chapter 7. Publicly Held Corporation’s Compensation Deduction Limitation

Module 10. Insurance Products for Investment Clients

Chapter 1. The Purposes of Life Insurance

Chapter 2. Measuring the Need for Life Insurance

Chapter 3. Types of Life Insurance

Chapter 4. Settlement Options

Chapter 5. Annuities

Chapter 6. Life Insurance Decision Making

Module 11. Estate Planning for Investment Clients

Chapter 1. The Nature & Objectives of Estate Planning

Chapter 2. Estate Transfer Taxes

Chapter 3. Estate Transfer Techniques During Life (inter vivos)

Chapter 4. Estate Transfer Techniques at Death (Testamentary)

Chapter 5. Planning for Incapacity

Module 12. Regulatory & Ethical Issues for the Investment Professional

Chapter 1. Ethical Behavior & the Modern Securities Industry

Chapter 2. Current Regulatory & Ethical Issues

Chapter 3. Duties Owed to the Client

Chapter 4. Formal Ethical Codes & the Investment Professional

Chapter 5. Closing the Circle: Ethical Behavior & the Asset Management Process

Module 13. Risk Management & Investment Issues for High Net Worth Clients

Chapter 1. Risk Management

Chapter 2. Mutual Fund Analysis & Selection

Chapter 3. Hedge Funds

Chapter 4. Commodity Futures

Chapter 5. Covered Call Options

Module 14. Income Tax & Executive Benefits Planning for High Net Worth Clients

Chapter 1. Estimated Taxes

Chapter 2. Investment Interest Expense

Chapter 3. Self-Employment Tax

Chapter 4. Alternative Minimum Tax

Chapter 5. Executive Compensation Plans

Chapter 6: Income Tax Rules for Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plans

Chapter 8: Informally Funding a Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangement

Chapter 9: Equity Plans & Other Executive Incentive Plans

Chapter 10: Stock Options & the High Net Worth Individual

Chapter 11: ESOPs & High Net Worth Individuals

Module 15. Estate Planning for High Net Worth Clients

Chapter 1. Tax Reduction Techniques

Chapter 2. Asset Protection Strategies

Chapter 3. Business Succession Techniques

Course Details:

The AWMA® program is delivered via the College’s exclusive MyChoice learning platform.  PFPL584 and the AWMA® curriculum are worth 3 graduate semester credit hours and up to 28 hours of continuing education credit with some organizations.

Students typically complete their studies within 12-15 weeks, although your completion time may be faster or slower than the duration cited.

To complete the program, students have to successfully pass the course’s final exam at one of our approved testing centers: PSI,  Prometric , or ISO Quality Testing. The first examination is included as part of your enrollment. Subsequent examination attempts are $100 each. Students must  attempt the exam within six months of enrollment and have one year to complete the program. Full enrollment details can be found here.

Additional requirements exist to obtain and maintain authorization to use the designation.

Live Course Dates

The next live course will be offered during these dates. Remember that you can enroll and begin at any time using pre-recorded course lectures.

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    AWMA Online Program

    Adobe Connect Online

    Classes meet each Tuesday & Thursday.

A complete list of classes can be found here.