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ASM Study Manual for SOA Investment & Financial Markets (IFM) Exam, 1st Edition with StudyPlus+ (online study tools)

By: Weishaus

Edition:1st Edition

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This manual offers comprehensive coverage of the syllabus for Exam IFM. This First edition has over 700 pages and five original 30-question practice exams with detailed solutions. While this manual will be adequate for Exam IFM, the syllabus textbooks are referenced in each lesson if you wish to use them.


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Abraham Weishaus

Formerly financial reporting actuary for Guardian Life Insurance Company. Served on the SOA’s Education and Examination Committee for 11 years. Taught exam preparation courses for the Actuarial Society of Greater New York (ASNY) for 15 years and for CAMAR for 6 years. Currently is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and teaches exam preparation courses at St. Johns University.

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