This is a required course for the RPA and CEBS designations.     
This course will be revised for fall 2017. If you have already purchased study materials, you will need to complete your exam in 2017.

This course examines approaches to enhancing retiree financial security. The impact of various types of retirement planning structures and the importance of effectively managing retirement assets are discussed. The course focuses on investment principles in accumulating retirement wealth and the essentials of fiduciary oversight and plan governance by plan sponsors. The course explores the appropriate use of individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keoghs, defined benefit structures and other types of retirement savings plans. Use of these retirement savings programs are examined both during the accumulation phase prior to retirement and during the distribution phase once retirement begins. Requirements mandated by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 also are included in the course.

Study Materials  

  1. Learning Guide (2nd edition) includes practice exam on CD (PC only), $195.00
  2. Retirement Plans, 11th edition. Allen, Melone, Rosenbloom and Mahoney, McGraw-Hill, 2013. ISBN 0-07-337743-0, $282.00

Note: The same text is used in RPA 1 Retirement Plan Design (CEBS Course 3).

May meet CE Credit Requirements

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Assignment Topics

  1. Investment Management
  2. Individual Retirement Accounts
  3. Keogh and Small Employer Plans
  4. Executive Retirement Arrangements
  5. Stock Compensation Plans
  6. Defined Benefit Plan Overview I
  7. Defined Benefit Plan Overview II
  8. Cash Balance and Other Hybrid Retirement Plan Approaches
  9. Plan Sponsor Administration
  10. Communication, Investment Advice and Other Participant Services
  11. Fiduciary Oversight and Plan Governance
  12. Wealth Management and Distribution Planning