Upcoming Series 63, 65 and 66 Changes

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has announced that it will implement updates to the Series 63, Series 65 and Series 66 examinations on July 1, 2016. What has changed? Continue reading

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has announced that it will implement updates to the Series 63, Series 65 and Series 66 examinations on July 1, 2016.

The changes are aimed at better aligning the skills and knowledge required by professionals in the securities industry.

The new exam outlines are similar to the current exam outlines, but some significant changes have been made.

What has changed?

Series 63                                                         

  1. The weighting of the exam sections has been modified to put more emphasis on the registration of broker-dealers over investment advisers
  2. Several new topics have been added which reflect an emphasis on communications with customers and cyber-security. Specifically, the following topics have been added or amended:
  • Exceptions for foreign B-Ds
  • B-D supervision of agents
  • Prospectus delivery requirements
  • Types of customer accounts
  • B-D and agent commissions
  • Cyber-security and data protection
  • Outside securities accounts
  • Due diligence for B-Ds
  • Regulation A amendment
  • Regulation D amendment

Series 65                                                         

  1. The weighting of the exam sections has been modified to put slightly more emphasis on the characteristics of investment vehicles and slightly less emphasis on rules and regulations.
  2. Several new topics have been added which expand the types of investment products and add regulations on electronic communications, cyber-security, pay-to-play and anti-money laundering. Specifically, the following topics have been added or amended:
  • Valuation of equity securities
  • Real estate investments
  • Viatical and life settlements
  • Structured products
  • Commodities and precious metals
  • QDROs
  • High frequency trading
  • Regulation A amendment
  • Regulation D amendment
  • Electronic communications and social media
  • B-D and agent commissions
  • Cyber-security and data protection
  • Pay-to-play rule
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Business continuity plans

Series 66                                                         

  1. The passing score has been lowered from 75% to 73%.
  2. The weighting of the exams sections has been modified to put slightly more emphasis on the characteristics of investment vehicles and slightly less emphasis on rules and regulations
  3. Several new topics have been added which expand the types of investment products and add regulations on electronic communications, cyber-security, pay-to-play and anti-money laundering. Specifically, the following topics have been added or amended:
  • Valuation of equity securities
  • Technical analysis
  • Real estate investments
  • Viatical and life settlements
  • Structured products
  • Commodities and precious metals
  • QDROs
  • High frequency trading
  • Regulation A amendment
  • Regulation D amendment
  • Electronic communications and social media
  • B-D and agent commissions
  • Cyber-security and data protection
  • Pay-to-play rule
  • Anti-money laundering

How will this affect my Solomon Exam Prep products?

Solomon Exam Prep will be updating all products offered for the NASAA exams. For those students that currently have materials and are testing after July 1, 2016, we have added an addendum to their Resources folder (located on their student account), that includes all rule changes and updates.

Our Online Exam Simulator has already been adjusted to reflect the new changes, so students will see an option to take full exams structured prior to July 1 or after July 1 – this will allow for any and all students to utilize our products regardless of their anticipated exam date. We are always adding new questions to our database and that will be reflected in the Online Exam Simulator.

In the coming weeks we will also be releasing a new/ updated digital Study Guide that will reflect the upcoming changes. Any current students will have the option of having their digital Study Guide changed to the new edition at that time, or they can continue to study with our current edition and the supplied addendum.

If you have any questions about the changes or our materials, please do not hesitate to call our office at 503.601.0212 or email info@solomonexamprep.com.

New Series 66 Video Lecture – Now Available!

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the release of a new Series 66 Video Lecture. Updated for 2016, this 9.5 hour video lecture offers a complete overview of the NASAA Uniform Combined State Law Examination. Continue reading

Series 66 Video Lecture

Solomon Exam Prep is pleased to announce the release of a new Series 66 Video Lecture.  Updated for 2016, this 9.5 hour video lecture offers a complete overview of the NASAA Uniform Combined State Law Examination.

Jeremy Solomon breaks down each section of the exam into different topic areas so students can focus on individual topics or watch from beginning to end.

Topics covered include economics and business information, investment vehicle characteristics, client investment recommendations and strategies, state and federal securities acts and related rules and regulations, and ethical practices and fiduciary obligations.

Students get the added benefit of being able to download the slides from the Video Lecture to study at their leisure.

The Solomon Series 66 Video Lecture can be purchased alone, or as part of our recommended Total Study Package. Order online or give us a call at 503-601-0212!

Solomon’s Industry News: November 2015 Edition

Solomon Exam Prep is happy to release this month’s edition of “Solomon’s Industry News.” Continue reading

Solomon Exam Prep is happy to release this month’s edition of “Solomon’s Industry News.” Every month we will send out industry updates from the past month, so you can stay current and up-to-date on everything that is happening here at Solomon Exam Prep and in the industry.

Check out this month’s edition here: Solomon’s Industry News – November 2015.

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Series 66, 2nd Edition, Now Available

Solomon Exam Prep constantly strives to produce the most up-to-date materials in order to give our students the best chance of passing their exam on the first try. Thus, we are proud to announce a new 2nd edition of our Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination. Continue reading

Series 66 2nd EditionSolomon Exam Prep constantly strives to produce the most up-to-date materials in order to give our students the best chance of passing their exam on the first try. Thus, we are proud to announce a new 2nd edition of our Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination. The second edition of the Solomon Series 66 Exam Study Guide includes more examples, visuals and practice questions, as well as additional information on the following topics:

  • Time value of money
  • Discounted cash flow method
  • Business structures
  • Trust and estate accounts, including the taxation of trust and estate accounts
  • Financial goals and strategies
  • Modern portfolio theory
  • Capital asset pricing model, including discussions of alpha and beta
  • Efficient market hypothesis
  • Options strategies
  • Fiduciary responsibilities
  • Investment policy statements
  • Suitability
  • Compensation, including comparisons of investment advisers and broker-dealers
  • Prudent investor standards

According to Solomon Exam Prep President Jeremy Solomon, “The NASAA Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination is one of the most challenging securities licensing exams. After passing the Series 7, people underestimate the Series 66 exam and may not be successful on their first try. With this new edition we have greatly expanded our text and hope to convey the importance of the material the Series 66 covers.”

Regulators have set the bar high for this exam for a simple reason: the Series 66 exam, in conjunction with the Series 7 exam, qualifies you to be a securities agent and an investment adviser representative, so you must know what you’re talking about when giving investment advice or effecting securities transactions. This means that you need to know a lot of information, including the three types of securities registration, the nine types of investment risk, the difference between the strong, semi-strong, and weak forms of the EMH; when a securities professional is permitted to sell non-exempt unregistered securities (never); who may issue a stop order to deny, revoke, or suspend; when rescission is allowed and by whom; what contumacy is and how to avoid it; what prudent investor, suitability, and fiduciary mean—and more!

The comprehensive Solomon Exam Prep Guide to the Series 66 Exam works in three mutually reinforcing ways: it focuses on the most important aspects of the exam, provides you with plenty of practice questions, and continually reminds you why you have to take the test in the ­first place: to protect investors.

With practice questions at the end of each chapter, as well as a helpful glossary, the Solomon Exam Prep Guide will give you the knowledge to tackle the NASAA Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination with confidence!


Solomon Exam Prep has helped thousands of financial professionals pass their FINRA, NASAA, and MSRB securities regulatory exams including the Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27, 28, 51, 52, 53, 55, 62, 63, 65, 66, 79, 82, and 99. The Solomon Exam Prep training system includes print and digital Exam Study Guides, Online Exam Simulators, Audiobooks, and Video Lectures to address the learning needs of all kinds of test-takers.

Solomon Exam Prep is led by founders Jeremy and Karen Solomon, both of whom maintain a lifelong commitment to advancing learning and education.  Solomon Exam Prep draws from a pool of seasoned educators, practitioners and communicators who are experienced in both investment education and the process of adult learning.

Study Question of the Month – October

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 7, 52, 62, 65 and 66. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

***Submit your answer to info@solomonexamprep.com to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.***

Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 7, Series 52, Series 62Series 65 and Series 66):

The interest rate on a SLGS certificate or bond can never fall below:

Answers:

A. The Treasury rate

B. One basis point above the Treasury rate

C. One basis point below the Treasury rate

D. Zero

Correct Answer: D. Zero

Rationale: The SLGS interest rate is always one basis point below the Treasury security that has a comparable maturity, unless the Treasury rate itself equals zero, which is the floor below which the interest rate on a SLGS cannot go. In this case the Treasury rate and the SLGS rate will be equal.

 

All study questions are from Solomon’s industry-leading Online Exam Simulator.

Study Question of the Month – September

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 65 and 66. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

***Submit your answer to info@solomonexamprep.com to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.***

Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 65 and Series 66):

Daredevil Dave, a famous skydiver, is your client. “Double D“ as he is known, comes to you and tells you that in 18 months he is planning on doing his most dangerous dive yet: a free fall from an orbiting space station. Double D says that he doesn’t have life insurance and in case he doesn’t survive this space dive, he wants to make sure his family will be provided for. He wants them to receive a monthly payment of $5,000 in perpetuity. He asks you how much money he will need to pay now in order to achieve this. Assuming a 2% rate of return, and assuming this is going to be Double D’s last dive, you tell him that he will need to contribute:

Answers:

A. $3 million

B. $6 million

C. $9 million

D. $12 million

Correct Answer: A. $3 million

Rationale: A perpetuity is an annuity or stream of payments without end. To calculate the present value of a perpetuity, you divide the periodic payment by the rate of return (also known as interest rate or yield). In this case there are two ways to reach the answer: (1) Divide the 2% rate of return by 12 to get the monthly rate of return: 0.001667, then divide the monthly payment by the monthly rate of return: $5,000/0.001667 = $2,999,400 or (2) Multiply $5,000 times 12 months to get a $60,000 annualized payment to the family and then divide that by the 2% yield or $60,000/.02 = $3 million.

Congratulations Kate F., this month’s Study Question of the Month winner!

All study questions are from Solomon’s industry-leading Online Exam Simulator.

Exam Alert: SEC Issues Bulletin Regarding Diminished Financial Capacity

On June 1, 2015, the SEC issued an investor bulletin about “diminished financial capacity”, which refers to when an individual becomes unable to manage their finances. They recommend a number of steps for individuals to take to prepare for such a condition. Continue reading

Exam AlertOn June 1, 2015, the SEC issued an investor bulletin about “diminished financial capacity”, which refers to when an individual becomes unable to manage their finances. They recommend a number of steps for individuals to take to prepare for such a condition. These steps include:

  • Organize important documents and keep them safe and accessible
  • Give your financial professionals emergency contacts
  • Keep your information and contacts updated
  • Report financial fraud and abuse

Some other options to consider include:

  • Authorizing a durable power of attorney
  • Getting someone you trust involved

Source: Investor Bulletin and Consumer Advisory: Planning for Diminished Capacity and Illness

This alert applies to the Series 6, Series 7, Series 52, Series 65, and Series 66.

Study Question of the Month – April

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Relevant to the Series 63, 65, and 66. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

***Submit your answer to info@solomonexamprep.com to be entered to win a $10 Starbucks gift card.***

Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 63, Series 65, and Series 66):

Jenny is an administrative assistant who mans the phones over the lunch hour for a broker-dealer. She occasionally takes orders while the sales staff is on lunch, but does not solicit orders. She is not compensated directly for the orders she takes. Which of the following is true under the Uniform Securities Act?

Answers:

A. Jenny does not need to register if she only takes unsolicited orders.

B. Jenny does not need to register since her job function is mostly clerical in nature.

C. Jenny needs to register as an agent for the broker-dealer.

D. Jenny does not need to register because she is not compensated for the orders she takes.

Correct Answer: C. Jenny needs to register as an agent for the broker-dealer.

Rationale: Even though Jenny’s job is clerical in nature, if she takes orders, even unsolicited orders, she must register as an agent for the broker-dealer. Interestingly, she is allowed to read off bond quotes or stock prices over the phone and she may access account information without having to register as an agent.

Congratulations! This month’s winner is Jessi B.

Weekly study questions are from Solomon’s industry-leading Online Exam Simulator.

Study Question of the Month – December

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available. Submit your answer for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card! Relevant to the Series 7, Series 24, Series 62, Series 65, Series 66, and Series 79. –ANSWER POSTED– Continue reading

This month’s study question from the Solomon Online Exam Simulator question database is now available.

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 Study Question

Question (Relevant to the Series 7, Series 24Series 62, Series 65, Series 66, and Series 79): 

A popular type of business structure that does not limit an owner’s personal liability for the actions and/or debts of the entity and does not have to pay corporate taxes on profits is a:

Answers: 

A. LLC

B. C corporation

C. S corporation

D. Sole proprietorship

Correct Answer: D. Sole proprietorship

Rationale: LLCs, S Corporations and C Corporations all offer some form of limited liability to their owners. LLCs and S Corporations are so-called “pass through“ entities and do not pay taxes on profits at the entity level (as opposed to C Corporations which do). The correct answer to this question is a sole proprietorship. A sole proprietorship does not offer an owner any liability protection and is not required to file corporate income tax returns.

Congratulations! This month’s winner is Jeffrey B.

Weekly study questions are from Solomon’s industry-leading Online Exam Simulator.