Program Syllabus

RFP® Program Syllabus


Module 1 – Behavioral Financial Planning

Financial Planning is 90% process and 10% content. The most important interactions with clients occur while learning about their goals and values, not while discussing their insurance coverage or retirement plans. This module will teach the student to identify the six steps in the financial planning process, the use of systematic procedures to acquire and process client information, distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative data, and discussing the importance of assumptions in financial planning.

Topics included in this module are:

  • Personal Financial Planning Process
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Financial Counseling
  • Cash Flow Planning – Reasons for Saving
  • Formal and Informal Budgeting
  • Meeting Client’s needs
  • Reconstructing Client’s Personal Financial Statement
  • Analyzing the Client’s Situation
  • Preparing the Financial Plan

Module 2 – Household Planning
This module will treat the household as the proper organizational structure for an individual’s financial activities. The student will look at the economic theories that have led to the household financial approach and learn about the cost of time and how household outlays can be separated into two parts: maintenance and leisure. The discussion in this session will focus on the household as an enterprise with similarities to a business, using household finance as an approach to link to personal financial planning.

  • The Household Structure
  • The Theory of Consumer Choice
  • The Life Cycle of Theory of Savings
  • The Theory of the Firm
  • The Household Enterprise
  • Household Finance
  • The Household as a Business
  • Total Portfolio Management

Module 3 – Time Value of Money
Clients are always confronted with opportunities to earn positive rates of return on their funds, either through investment in attractive projects or in interest bearing securities or deposits. Therefore, the timing of cash flows– both outflows and inflows- has important economic consequences, which financial managers explicitly recognize as the time value of money. Time value is based on the idea that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar that will be received at some future date. This module will discuss the role of time value in finance, the use of computational aids using Excel to simplify its application, understand the concept of future value, and the effects of compounding interest more frequently than annually, understand the concept of present value, and describe the procedures involved in determining deposits to accumulate a future sum, loan amortization and finding interest or growth rates.

Topics included in this module are:

  • Basic Terms and Concepts
  • Basic Calculations
  • Intermediate Calculations
  • Advanced Calculations

Module 4 – Investment Planning
The central purpose of investment planning varies throughout a client’s life. At one point, the goal may be to accumulate wealth, at another to conserve wealth, and at another to produce income. A financial planner’s role is to develop, implement and monitor a long-term investment strategy to help client’s achieve their objectives. This module will describe how a client’s unique situation may influence investment strategy, identify five common investment objectives and explain step-by-step process for developing an investment strategy.

Topics included in this module are:

  • The Planning System for Asset Allocation
  • Goal Setting and Risk Profile
  • Identifying and Reviewing Investment Alternatives
  • Evaluating Specific Investment Considerations
  • Employing Portfolio Management Principles
  • Implementing Portfolio Management Decisions
  • Reviewing and Updating the Portfolio

Module 5 – Tax Planning
Taxes are another expense for the household enterprise. However, for many of us, tax takes on greater significance. It is often a large outlay, and we receive no pleasure in paying it. Often, our objective is to minimize the payment, and we employ planning techniques to help us do so. This module will concentrate on income taxation. The session will focus on developing tax-planning strategies as stand-alone techniques and identify the different tax deductions available to the client.

  • How to compute the three categories of income tax
  • What are the personal exemptions for single and married people
  • Understanding withholding income tax and how it affects your income
  • What income are not considered for income tax computation purposes
  • How to minimize income tax legally

Module 6 – Estate Tax Planning
No financial plan is complete without reviewing a client’s estate plan. A financial planner must work with a team of legal and other professional advisers to see that the client’s estate planning objectives are achieved. Since the key objective of estate planning is to minimize estate taxes, the financial planner must have a general sense of the Philippine estate tax structure before they can evaluate existing and proposed estate planning techniques. This module will define the role of a financial planner in estate planning, identify common goals of estate planning, identify the estate planning instruments, and understand the tax code on estate taxation within the Philippine setting.

Topics included in this module are:

  • Types of Estate Planning Documents
  • Gross Estate and its Allowable Deductions
  • Net Estate and Estate Tax for Unmarried Decedent
  • Net Estate and Estate Tax for Conjugal Partnership of Gains
  • Net Estate and Estate Tax for Absolute Community of Property
  • Basic Concepts of Donations
  • Gifting Strategies and Donors Tax

Module 7 – Insurance Planning
Insurance is a vital tool for managing risks and should be included in a financial plan. It is a device to transfer the financial risks of loss due to illness, disability, death, property loss, and lawsuit from the insured to an insurance company. When considering insurance coverage, the financial planner needs to understand certain terms. Loss is the unintentional decrease of something valuable because of some future event. Risk is the possibility of suffering a loss. Risk management is the task of controlling risk. This module reviews the basics of life, disability, health, long-term care and property and liability insurance. By using a systematic approach to buying insurance, financial planners can provide clients with an excellent means of managing risk.

Topics included in this module are:

  • Choosing Insurance Agents and Companies
  • The Risk Management Process
  • Life Risk Exposures
  • Types of Life Insurance
  • Client Data and Selection Process
  • Health Insurance
  • Disability Income Insurance

Module 8 – Financial Planning Practice
Some financial awareness is better than none at all, and financial planners who want to intensify their relationships with clients will appreciate the value of written financial plans. Financial plans can be in the form of a comprehensive plan or shorter versions such as a snapshot plan and a focus plan. Snapshot plans give clients a picture of where they stand financially, help them clarify goals, and indicate whether they are achievable while a focus plan can be attractive to a client who has specific concerns, such as retirement or investment. This module will discuss the features and benefits of written financial plans, explain the role of financial planner in designing the plan, and describe the process of administering a plan with use of software.

Topics included in this module are:

  • Simple Capital Needs – Risk Adjusted
  • Retirement Needs Analysis
  • Integrated Decision Making – Financial Planning Case Study

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