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Old 02-23-2018, 01:51 PM
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IMPORTANT: STAGED RELEASE SCHEDULE

Prior to the completion of this manual, all students purchasing this material will be provided content in stages:

First Release (Available NOW): Modules 1 - 6
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Second Release (Available 4/12/18): remaining material including practice exams
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Author Johnny Li utilizes a completely different pedagogical approach. By reading this manual, you should be able to understand the concepts and techniques you need for the exam. Where possible, concepts and techniques are demonstrated with examples and integrated into practice problems included in the manual.

To help you better prepare for the exam, the author intentionally writes the practice problems and the mock exams in a similar format to the released exam and sample questions. Becoming acquainted with the style and format will help you recollect information you’ve learned more easily and prevent you from needing “extra” time to solve problems on the actual exam.

The author has gone to the painstaking effort of putting together a manual that is targeted and focused on teaching the content specifically tested on the IFM exam, unlike the Derivatives Markets text. Li approaches the concepts in a more streamlined fashion and incorporates sample questions that have proven to accurately represent how students experience the SOA exams. The manual is broken into two broad themes: Quantitative and Qualitative.

The first part of this manual focuses on the Quantitative theme, which encompasses all of the topics covered in Derivatives Markets (the required text authored by R.L. McDonald) and the technical topics from Corporate Finance (the required text authored by J. Berk and others). To help you develop a strong foundation, we begin with the easiest calculations that are just straightforward extensions of what you have learnt in Exam FM. These are then followed by progressively harder calculations, ranging from the binomial model to various versions of the Black-Scholes formula.

The second part of the manual is devoted to the Qualitative theme, which encompasses a lot of definitions and hard facts that you have to memorize (unfortunately). There are some calculations in the Qualitative theme, but they are typically trivial. To help you breeze through this theme, the materials in this theme are presented in an easy-to-read point form, with the most important points being clearly highlighted. Of course, we have practice problems to test how well you can remember the materials.

The manual concludes with several mock exams with original questions.
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I finished the ACTEX Summer 2018 Edition manual with a week remaining until the exam and then started Adapt. The earned level on my first try was comfortably in the range that they anticipate for the actual IFM exam.
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