Posted by The Team at Brand Financial Training on January 14, 2020 in Newsletter
14 January 2020
We’re now well into 2020 and already some of you are preparing for R06 next week. Don’t forget that you can download our resources at any time of day or night, whether you plan your study well ahead of time, or you’re a bit of a crammer. Either way, we can help!
Wishing you a wonderful 2020.
The Team at Brand Financial Training
PE Ratios – What are they and what do they mean?
The price/earnings ratio is a quick way to see if a share you’re interested in is cheap or not. Find out how to calculate this ratio and learn what it means – useful for your CII AF4, AF5, J10, J12, R02 or R06 exam revision.
A share’s current P/E ratio is found by dividing the latest share price by the earnings per share (EPS – which has to be published in all listed companies accounts so easy to find).
If a share I fancy has a current share price of £5 and the EPS is £1, then the P/E ratio is 5. All I’ve done here is compare the current price to one year’s earnings – usually the previous year, so it’s always going to be a historic measure but what does that figure of 5 mean? Basically, it means that as an investor, I’m willing (or not) to pay 5 times one year’s earnings for that particular share. It tells me that if that company keeps making the same level of earnings, then it will take 5 years for me to get my initial investment back. There is never any guarantee that a company will continue making the same amount of money, so often forward P/E ratios are used instead, using a prediction of company earnings for the next 12 months.
The Revision Diet – What should you be eating and drinking at exam time?
As the nation stirs itself from its post-festive torpor, for many, thoughts will be turning back to revision and exam preparation. It’s also, of course, a time of year when the majority of us are thinking of adopting healthier lifestyles to atone for the holiday excesses. Here are some suggestions for managing your food and drink intake during revision.
If you’re studying and the pressure is hotting up, there’s an added incentive to eat and drink well and to exercise properly – after all, nutrition experts agree that what you put in your body can make a real difference to your revision regime. Eating a healthy, varied diet involving different coloured foods beats overpriced supplements and over-the-counter vitamins hands down.
Here are some other suggestions for a healthier approach to revision time:
Don’t skip meals
When you’re busy, it can be all too easy to give lunch a miss ’ but resist that temptation! Regular eating helps maintain blood sugar balance and ensures your brain has the fuel it needs.
Many of us are no stranger to the all-night work crisis complete with coffee pot. But, while caffeine increases alertness, it’s possible to develop a tolerance to it. It can also interfere with blood sugar and raise levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. So, while no one would deny you your morning cuppa and everyone reacts to coffee differently, it may be worth reconsidering how much you consume. Work out how you react to caffeine, try not to drink it after lunchtime, and aim to restrict yourself to no more than a couple of cups or 200mg of caffeine a day.
One study from two London universities found that staying hydrated could boost attention by up to 25%. Even drinking just 25ml enhanced concentration in tests. As an added bonus, memory and mood also improve.
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Passing R06 isn’t only about having the necessary knowledge and understanding, it’s about being able to apply that knowledge exactly as needed and in a timely manner.
If you go into the exam unprepared, you will lose vital time and marks. It is essential that you have fully prepared for the exam and are ready to answer questions relating to the case studies. With the help of our resources, you can prepare to pass R06.
Case Study Analysis
Our full analysis covers the areas that you are likely to see in the exam. However other questions may be asked, and we strongly advise you to think around other potential areas of questioning. There’s still time before the exam sitting next Monday, we email in PDF format, a full detailed analysis of the case studies issued by the CII for the January exam sitting plus types of questions and examiner’s comments, exam technique and past paper analysis, AND it includes access to email support for 1 working day before the exam (9am-5pm, THIS Thursday 16th January).
We offer 3 full analyses produced for past exam sittings (Oct 19, Jul 19, Apr 19) to purchase. You can find links to the case studies, question papers and our review of the question papers included for each exam (where available). Types of questions and examiner’s comments, exam technique and past paper analysis are also included.
Focussing on the calculations within the exam syllabus, the calculation workbook provides over 50 pages of calculation questions with full step-by-step answers, detailed explanations and cross-references to the relevant CII study text.
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J11 is being withdrawn by the CII. The last and only remaining sitting is in April 2020.
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This is a bit of Friday Fun where we provide you with 5 questions (and answers) relevant to a mix of CII exams. The challenge is for you to answer the questions in 5 minutes.
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Here’s a reminder that the CII update their study texts throughout the examinable year to either incorporate new legislations, correct errors or clarify information. Many candidates aren’t aware of this, which can result in candidates studying out-of-date information.
To find out if you have the most up-to-date information, visit the CII website, navigate to your chosen exam and click on ‘learning solutions update’ in the ‘Unit updates’ section in the sidebar.
Note that we keep our resources up-to-date with any updates from the CII.