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Boost to issue CPD credits for ETP educational materials and events


Boost ETP will start issuing Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for all Boost ETP educational material and events. 

Boost has designed educational tools for anyone wishing to learn how to invest in a short or leveraged (S&L) ETF or ETP. Boost believes that the continued exponential growth of the ETP market will be a function of investor understanding of this market.
The major focus of Boost’s marketing will be providing value-added events and educational tools to help investors, advisers and investment managers understand the benefits, risks and structures involved in the ETP market.
CPD is mandatory for members who are, or are looking to become, Chartered Wealth Managers, Individually Chartered, or members who are affected by the Retail Distribution Review (RDR). The CISI stipulates a minimum of 35 hours of logged CPD per annum on the CISI CPD Scheme or the CISI Accredited Firm Scheme.
Boost’s educational tools include the following:
· Short & Leverage ETF/ETP Adviser Tutorial and Test
· Short & Leveraged ETF/ETP Adviser Tool Kit
· ETF/ETP Short & Leveraged Returns Simulator
· Educational fact sheets
· Detailed FAQ section
· Boost educational seminars, teach-ins and conference calls
The educational materials have been developed in response to a number of concerns by global regulators regarding the use of leverage by investors who may not fully understand the risks involved. In Europe, ESMA and the EBA are concerned that during the current period of low investment returns, inexperienced retail investors across the EU are being tempted to invest in complex financial products (such as CFDs and spread bets), which they may not fully understand and which can end up losing them money they cannot afford to lose.
Hector McNeil, co-chief executive of Boost, says: “When we set up Boost we decided to focus on S&L ETPs as we felt the product is the best of breed to trade leverage and short investments. The challenge we felt was to educate investors and advisers as to the benefits and risks. We felt education is the best way to achieve this. With the ability to award CPD credits BOOST’s customers can now learn about S&L ETPs and gain regulatory credits at the same time.
“At Boost we believe whole heartedly in the ETP market and feel the UK market will follow the US ETP market in growth. Currently ETP assets under management are under four per cent of total mutual fund assets and in the US it’s above 11 per cent. For the UK and Europe to grow, we believe education is key. We have worked hard to get the CPD accreditation and we feel it will be a massive step in Boost’s aims. We would ask any investment professional to visit and look at all the educational opportunities we have available. We are also open to working with third parties who have similar aims.”

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