NISM Series-X-B: Investment Adviser (Level 2) Certification Examination

 Unit 1: Understanding Securities Markets and Performance

1.1. Know the working of equity markets 
1.2. Interpret key equity market indicators
1.3. Interpret risk and return from equity investing
1.4. Compare and contrast various tools and options in equity investing – direct, IPOs, Mutual funds and PMS 
1.5. Know the working of debt markets
1.6. Understand debt market analytics and indicators
1.7. Understand risk and return in debt investing
1.8. Compare and contrast various debt products – saving schemes, bonds, deposits and debt mutual funds.
1.9. Understand derivative markets, products and strategies
1.10. Understand how derivatives can be used to hedge 
1.11. Interpreting derivative indicators
1.12. Understand the structure of Foreign Exchange Market; difference between spot and forward exchange rates; settlement periods; effect of interest rates
1.13. Know calculation of forward exchange rates using: premiums and discounts; interest rate parity

Unit 2: Knowing Operational Aspects of financial transactions
2.1. Know Investor types and the acquisition process
2.2. Learn about PAN, KYC and other processes
2.3. Know about the Demat and Remat processes
2.4. Learn about the PoA and other agreements
2.5. Understand the processes involved for account opening of NR investors
2.6. Consolidating, reorganising and folio-keeping
2.7. Understand the process flow in Special situations: minor turns major, NRI to RI and RI to NRI
2.8. Know the Operational aspects related to joint accounts, lien, nomination, transmission
2.9. Learn about the documentation required for financial advice

Unit 3: Personal Financial Planning
3.1. Compute and interpret personal finance ratios
3.2. Understand cash flow analysis and determine surplus
3.3. Understand Budgetary mechanism for households
3.4. Understand contingency planning
3.5. Estimate financial goals

Unit 4: Comprehensive Financial Planning
4.1. Understanding Leverage and debt counselling
4.2. Understand Interpretation of liquidity, investment and long-term needs
4.3. Learn about Prioritising and Financing the financial goals
4.4. Learn about Risk profiling and processes in financial planning
4.5. Evaluating insurance needs for life and general insurance (Part of this is in Level 1)
4.6. Evaluating choices in retirement planning
4.7. Create and interpret comprehensive financial planning solutions for the household

Unit 5: Product analysis and selection
5.1. Understanding risk, return and portfolio construction principles
5.2. Learn about Return targets, risk profile and optimisation 
5.3. Understand the impact of market cycles on asset allocation and product selection
5.4. Evaluate and select equity funds, debt funds and other funds
5.5. Attribute portfolio performance and evaluate the investment alternatives
5.6. Evaluate mutual fund portfolios for revisions and rebalancing
5.7. Understand and Interpret the impact of elements of macroeconomic policies on asset allocation
5.8. Interpret behavioural biases in decision making and portfolio management

Unit 6: Regulatory and Compliance Aspects
6.1. Understand Disclosure requirements
6.2. Understand compliances related to transactions
6.3. Evaluate and document costing, taxation and procedures
6.4. Understand Regulation relating to insurance, pension and investment products
6.5. Understand Investor queries, grievance redressal, and service elements

Unit 7: Case studies in Comprehensive Financial Advice 
7.1. Understand practical aspects of providing financial advice through case studies

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