FIN 565 Financial Plan Development
Course Catalog Description
This course integrates the different aspects of the financial planning process and demonstrates
how to apply this knowledge to the development of a comprehensive financial plan. Students
learn how to solve the main problems related to the financial planning process: cash
management, debt management, taxation, insurance, retirement, investment, portfolio
optimization, and estate planning. At the end of the course, students should be able to construct a
plan according to the CFP Board’s Financial Planning Practice Standards and client objectives.
The course is appropriate for students who want to become financial planners and especially for
those that plan to take the CFP® Certification Examination.
Prerequisites: FIN 550 Financial Planning and Risk Management, FIN 560 Federal Taxation of
Individuals, FIN 555 Retirement and Estate Planning
The course is designed to:
- Synthesize the content found within the Financial Planning curriculum
- Illustrate sources of information for the formulation of a Financial Plan, including research, peer, colleague or simulated client interaction and/or results emanating from synthesis of material.
- Outline qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan.
- Explain approaches to analyze personal financial situations, evaluating clients’ objectives,needs, and values to develop an appropriate strategy within the financial plan.
- Develop logic and reasoning capacity to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to a specific problem.
- Illustrate the impact of economic, political, and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan.
- Explain the CFP Board Financial Planning Practice Standards as they apply to the financial planning process.
By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the content found within the Financial Planning curriculum and effectively apply and integrate this information in the formulation of a financial plan.
- Effectively communicate the financial plan, both orally and in writing, including information based on research, peer, colleague or simulated client interaction and/or results emanating from synthesis of material.
- Collect all necessary and relevant qualitative and quantitative information required to develop a financial plan.
- Analyze personal financial situations, evaluating clients’ objectives, needs, and values to develop an appropriate strategy within the financial plan.
- Demonstrate logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to a specific problem.
- Evaluate the impact of economic, political, and regulatory issues with regard to the financial plan.
- Apply the CFP Board Financial Planning Practice Standards to the financial planning process.
Textbook or References
- Sid Mittra, Anandi Sahu, and Brian Fischer, Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals and CFP® Aspirants, 12th Edition, 2016.
- Michael Dalton, James Dalton, Katheleen Oakley, Cases in Financial Planning, Analysis and Presentation. 3rd Ed., Money Education, 2017.
||Final take home exam
||Comprehensive case study
||Personal Financial Planning Process
| Week 2
||Time Value of Money
| Week 3
| Week 4
|| Health, Homeowner’s, Automobile, and Liability Insurance
| Week 5
||Cash Management, Savings, Credit, and Debt Planning
| Week 6
| Week 7
| Week 8
||Basic Federal Income Tax Structure
| Week 9
| Week 10
||Basic Structure of Retirement Income
| Week 11
| Week 12
| Week 13
||Comprehensive Financial Planning
| Week 14
| Week 15
||Presentation of Final Cases