Posted by Catriona Standingford on May 8, 2018 in Newsletter
8 May 2018
May is here, the sun is shining and I’m hoping for a beautiful Summer this year… surely one is due!
Last month saw another round of AF, J and R06 exams. It’s always interesting to get feedback on how they went, and this time around it looks like AF5 may have been a little different to usual. The syllabus remains the same, but some candidates felt that the style of the paper was very different. We’ll be getting hold of the question paper on results day and will, as always, write a blog post reviewing the paper which will include taking a look at what may have been very different this time around. We always review the AF, J and R06 papers that have exam sittings twice or four times a year and post those reviews on our blog. So do take a look and subscribe at https://brandft.co.uk/blog to ensure you know whenever a new post is made.
This month sees the launch of The Paraplanner StandardTM by Standards International. There’s always a great deal going on in financial services, and we always keep our ear to the ground so that news relating to learning and development is passed on to you. Do have a read and learn more in our ‘Out Now’ section below.
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What are Call Options and Put Options?
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how often a subject comes up in the exam manuals, it still doesn’t always help us to really understand a topic. It seems that derivatives are one of those subjects, so this article about options has been written to try and simplify things.
Options are generally thought of as complex and risky, and most individual investors would avoid them like the plague. The truth of it is that options can be highly speculative or actually quite conservative – it depends on what they’re being used for. Options are used to not only hedge other investments; they’re also used as insurance to offset losses.
What are options?
Options are contracts which give you the right to buy or sell shares (or something else…) by a specified date for a specified price. You don’t own the shares – just the right to buy or sell them. The point of the option is that the price is fixed so no matter how much movement in the share price occurs, you have fixed that price.
The call option gives you the right to buy shares.
The put option gives you the right to sell shares.
For both options, you have to pay a price (the premium), and this will depend on how attractive the offer is. If the fixed share price offer is good, then the price to enter into the contract will be higher.
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The less you write, the more you remember
Did you know that some therapists encourage their clients to forget their troublesome past by getting them to write in minute detail, over and over again all their complaints about it – until they forget what they’re supposed to be complaining about? Well, it’s true! The more you write, the less you remember.
While there are faster ways to help clients leave the past behind them and create the future they want, my point is the more you write the more you forget.
So if your revision strategy is to copy out the contents of your textbook, word for word, hoping that it will stick, my guess is that you are frequently disappointed!
Of course, the same with any revision strategy, if it’s all you’ve got, then what else can you do?
I’m about to answer that question right now!
Here’s what you need to know:
Only put seven or fewer bits of information on one page of revision notes. Your brain has an infinite capacity to remember an infinite number of pages PROVIDING (and yes, I’m shouting!) you put seven or fewer bits of information on any one page. Write less, remember more!
Use images, symbols and drawings in place of words. More than half of your brain is involved in the visual process. That’s a lot of brainpower! We’ve evolved to process what we see very quickly. And evolution has us remember what we see more efficiently, more accurately and more easily than what we read.
Here at Brand Financial Training, we’ve been watching closely the development of The Paraplanner StandardTM, as we knew it would be of interest to many of you who are either working as paraplanners or who are working towards that role.
Last week saw the UK and international launch of the Standard which was pioneered by Standards International and supported by a sector committee with representation from financial services business owners, employers, financial professionals, practice managers, compliance managers, technical and client administrators and, of course, paraplanners themselves.
By providing a framework for excellence, The Paraplanner StandardTM looks beyond academic knowledge and covers an evaluation of the specific set of skills, principles and behaviours needed to excel in the role.
The Standard encompasses:
An insight into the future of the financial services sector
Responsibilities and expectations
Remuneration and rewards
Essential and desirable skills and abilities
Principles and behaviours
A road map for learning and development
The role specification for an international professional paraplanner
Best practice tools, templates and guidelines
The Paraplanner StandardTM defines the role of an International Professional ParaplannerTM at three levels: Trainee, Certified and Advanced Certified.
Understanding, implementing and adhering to this best practice standard of excellence will enhance your professional development by recognising and celebrating the pivotal role paraplanning plays in the financial planning business of the future.
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