Posted by The Team at Brand Financial Training on April 30, 2021 in Monthly Roundup
We know your time is valuable, so here’s a quick summary of the CII-related articles we’ve posted this month.
This Monthly Roundup allows you to see, at a glance, what articles have been posted and you can simply click on any that are of interest to you.
The CII Advanced Diploma – The Path of Least Resistance
If you are about to start working your way towards Chartered status, the road ahead can seem pretty daunting. There are so many units available at all levels of the CII’s financial planning exams, and this can make your exam choices very confusing. There is some good news; there is significant overlap in technical content in some of the CII exams. If taken close together, it can reduce the need to study the content twice and can help you be more prepared for the more challenging AF exams. In this article, we guide you through some of the exam combinations.
Minimise CGT on a Property Disposal with this Exemption
We all know that when we sell our house it is exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) if it is our principal private residence. If we can’t claim it as such, then any gain we make on its disposal will be subject to CGT. Here, we discuss an exemption that few people might know about.
The current CII exams pass rates have now been published. Here, we look at a selection of CII qualifications and their exam pass rates. Those who are planning to sit CII exams in the near future will want to know how past exam candidates have fared.
The ‘new new’ normal – will it ever be the same as the ‘old’ normal?
In England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson aims to lift all coronavirus lockdown restrictions by June 21. North of the border, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced towards the end of February that gradual easing of the stay-at-home rules could begin in Scotland from April 5. In Northern Ireland, lockdown continues until April 1 at the time of writing, with gradual emergence from it expected beyond that date. Wales (again, at the time of writing) was only looking a few weeks ahead and hadn’t yet published an official route to ending the limitations on daily life.
The right preparation is the key to passing the CII AF7 exam
The current pass rate for AF7 is around 43% – it’s certainly a challenging exam! But the good news is there are only so many questions the CII can ask about pension transfers. When you analyse the past exam papers, it is clearly evident (more so than for any of the other AF exams) that certain questions come up time and time again, and this accounts for a large percentage of the exam. We feel that practising these ‘staple’ questions is key to AF7 revision. Here, we take a look at some of the most common AF7 questions.
Friday Five: 5 Questions in 5 Minutes Every Friday
This is a bit of Friday Fun where each week, we ask questions relating to one of these topics: Investments, Taxation, Pensions, Protection, or Regulation. The challenge is for you to answer them in 5 minutes. We post them on the blog every Friday.
To try your hand at answering the questions, visit our blog at one (or all) of the links below: