CASL®

Chartered Advisor for Senior Living®

5 Courses: 5 Required / 0 Elective

Advanced Retirement Planning Education.

The Practical Tools You Need to Serve a Growing Market.

More than 76 million baby boomers are quickly moving into retirement, and they need qualified retirement planning and income advice. Other designations provide a strong foundation for a broad range of financial planning concepts, but only the CASL® designation delivers the rigor and specialized knowledge you need to be truly effective in retirement planning.

A 2011 FINRA survey found the CASL® designation to be one of the most popular with broker-dealers concerned about the need for credibility, depth, continuing education, and ethics in senior and retirement credentials. Widely adopted across the broad spectrum of financial services, the CASL® five-course curriculum prepares you to lead clients from middle age through retirement and assist them with the management, preservation, and transfer of wealth.



CASL® Curriculum

Course Name
Course #
Required
 
Investments
HS 328
 

Covers various aspects of the principles of investments and their application to financial planning. Discusses risk analysis and risk and return computations. Looks at stocks, bonds, investment companies, options and futures contracts. Includes an extended discussion of tax issues in investing and issues in the practice of portfolio management, including strategic and tactical asset allocation. Provides many examples of ethical and practical issues in managing a client’s portfolio.

 
Fundamentals of Estate Planning
HS 330
 

Covers various aspects of estate and gift tax planning, including the nature, valuation, transfer, administration and taxation of property. Provides a basic understanding of the estate and gift tax system, including strategies of estate planning. Discusses gratuitous transfers of property outright or with trusts, wills and powers of appointment; use of the marital deduction; valuation of assets; and buy-sell agreements. Covers the client interview, fact finding, ethical standards and development of personal estate plans.

 
Understanding the Older Client
HS 350
 

Focuses on the important changes clients face as they age to enable financial advisors to better serve clients' needs. Presents the demographics of aging, as well as economic, historical, biological, psychological and political perspectives. Deals with social aspects—life course transitions, family relationships and social support systems, living arrangements and work and retirement. Covers care issues, including health and health care, caring for the frail elderly and dying, death and bereavement. Also addresses practical considerations involved in communicating effectively with seniors.

 
Health & Long-Term Care Financing for Seniors
HS 351
 

Provides a thorough analysis of the alternatives available for senior clients to finance medical and long-term care, including private resources, government programs and private insurance. Emphasizes the need for care, the settings in which health care services are provided, and the types of resources available to finance them.

 
Financial Decisions for Retirement
HS 352*
 

Focuses on financial decisions clients face as they approach, reach and pass retirement age and on the tools and techniques financial advisors may employ to assist their clients with these decisions. The course covers source of income, retirement calculations, investment considerations both during the accumulation and distribution phases, annuities, housing decisions and estate planning concerns. Especially valuable for practitioners helping clients move retirement assets from employer sponsored to individual retirement plans. Provides perspectives on dealing with aging and retired clients and their families.