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Mutual Fund Course

Overview

Over the past decades mutual funds have grown intensely in popularity and have experienced a considerable growth rate. Mutual funds are popular because they make it easy for small investors to invest their money in a diversified pool of securities. As the mutual fund industry has evolved over the years, there have arisen many questions about the nature of operations and characteristics of these funds.

The Mutual Funds Course provides an in-depth coverage of the mutual fund industry and its operations in an interactive format. It is intended to familiarize you with the basic concepts related to mutual funds. The course first provides the fundamentals, explaining what mutual funds are and how they work. The course provides an overall understanding of how equity and bond fund portfolios are managed. Mutual Funds Course is part of The Mutual Fund Guide as a basic overview and ea brief explanation of the world of Canadian mutual funds. The Mutual Fund Guide was made as a simplified  illustration and depiction of the more complex "Mutual Fund Book" with its accompanying 40 Minute Video and mandatory questions and surveys to complete which are required for the approved (CE) Continuing Education credits. A complete Mutual Fund Strategy is to complete the free Mutual Fund Guide and come for the Mutual Fund Seminar where you will recieve and particpate in The Mutual Fund Course studying and reviewing The Mutual Fund Book for a full Saturday session. Other important and exciting details about the world of mutual funds will be revealed  to savvy Mutual Fund Investors and the wiser Mutual Fund Advisor. Various factors surrounding the performance of mutual funds are then highlighted along with a brief of various standardized performance systems. An inside look at making money with the top new portfolio strategies, using the same old funds to get to new and higher profits than the index or average investor. Finally, the course depicts the recent trends in the Canadian mutual funds industry and how it will survive and thrive both market threats and market share loss to new competitve investment products.

Mutual Funds

1. Mutual Funds - Concept

  • Concept of mutual funds
  • Basic types of mutual funds
  • Advantages of mutual funds
  • Difference between mutual funds, segregated funds, bank mutual funds and bank deposits and gics.

2. Mutual Funds - Structure and Constituents

  • Constituents and structure of a mutual fund
  • Mutual funds in Canada the United States and elsewhere.
  • Difference between a mutual fund, bank mutual fund and a bank deposit like guaranteed investment certificates (gic's).

3. Various types of Mutual Fund products

  • Basic classification of mutual funds: categories, sectors and the new defintions
  • Segregated Funds and other products similar to mutual funds
  • The universe of Canadian mutual funds, investment funds and ETF's

4. Management of bond fund portfolio

  • Investment of bond funds
  • Basic characteristics of a bond
  • Bond valuation
  • Risks in bond investment
  • Techniques to enhance bond fund performance
  • Managing the bond fund

5. Management of equity fund portfolio

  • Equity portfolio
  • Types of risks and returns that different asset classes offer
  • Equity share
  • The value of equity shares
  • Three types of equity shares
  • Equity research
  • Valuation
  • Passive and active portfolio management
  • Portfolio strategies

6. Accounting and valuation of Mutual Funds

  • NAVPS and its importance
  • Calculating net asset value
  • Valuing the assets of the mutual fund
  • The financial statements that are prepared by the mutual fund
  • The accounting principles followed by the mutual funds (GAAP)

7.Prospectus and Annual Reports of Mutual Fund

  • Meaning and importance of mutual fund prospectus
  • The contents of a mutual fund prospectus
  • The operational aspects an investor should be familiar with
  • What does the annual report contain?
  • Shareholder expense
  • Investment profile
  • Statement of assets and liabilities
  • Statement of operations
  • Statement of changes in net assets
  • Financial highlights
  • Notes to financial statements

8. Evaluation of performance of mutual funds

  • Measuring fund performance
  • Measuring return
  • Measuring risk
  • Risk-adjusted return
  • Comparing fund performance with a reference
  • Various standardized performance systems
  • Limitations of performance measurement and evaluation

9. Regulations of Mutual Fund Industry

  • Contextual significance of mutual fund regulation
  • Legal environment of mutual funds
  • Supervision and regulation
  • Principles of mutual fund regulation
  • Standards
  • Rights of investors and the Mutual Funds Disclaimer
  • Role of industry players in furthering regulatory objectives
  • Market context
  • Transparency and disclosure
  • Limits on fees and expenses
  • Internal governance within mutual fund complexes

10. Education AIDS and Mutual Fund Industry Review

  • Annual Report of IGM Financial Inc. and Annual report of Tradex Management Inc.
  • Review of IFIC Statistics, information and website - Review of MFDA rules and regulations.
  • Trends in Mutual Fund Industry Report Analysis by Credo Consulting Inc.
      After completing this course you will be conversant with :
  • Concept of mutual fund investing inside rrsp and open money
  • Structure and constituents of mutual funds
  • Various types of mutual fund products
  • Management of bond fund portfolio
  • Management of equity fund portfolio
  • Accounting and valuation of mutual funds
  • Prospectus of mutual fund
  • Annual Report of mutual fund
  • Evaluation of performance of mutual funds
  • Regulations of mutual fund Industry
  • Trends in mutual fund Industry

 


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