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Brian will begin teaching finance courses at the College for Financial Planning (https://www.cffp.edu/).  He is slated to teach a course on investment planning in July.  A preliminary topic outline is below:

Introduction to formula sheet and risk/return relationships
Types and measurements of risk, standard deviation, beta, and capital asset pricing model (CAPM)
Correlations and the “correlation pyramid”
Standard deviation of a portfolio, concept and calculation
Modern portfolio theory and application, capital market line (CML), security market line (SML), and asset allocation
Efficient market hypothesis (EMH) and behavioral finance
Zero, constant, and non-constant dividend discount model (DDM), valuation scenario
Risk/return measurements – Sharpe, Treynor, Jensen (alpha), beta reliability
Geometric, holding period, and dollar weighted returns, net present value (NPV)
Fundamental and technical analysis, ratios, anomalies
Features of fixed income, preferred stocks, convertibles
Bond calculations – TEY, CY, YTC, YTM, PV
Duration – concept and calculation, convexity
Derivatives – options, futures, warrants
Real assets – gold, real estate, property valuation, and various investment choices
Review

…you need a supercomputer to file your return: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/technology/ibm-watson-tax-return.html?_r=0

 

According to CBS News, the U.S. Tax Code is 70,000 pages.