Exam IFM: Investment and Financial Markets

6 months access with one free extension
  • 80+ video lessons (over 30 hours of instruction)
  • 800+ solved practice problems
  • 5 sample exams with complete video solutions
  • 23+ hours of video solutions
  • Detailed formula sheets
  • Detailed video solutions to the SOA Exam IFM Sample Questions
Upcoming Test Windows Begin On
  • 25 days to prepare
  • 164 days to prepare

What's included in this course?

This online course contains everything you need to pass SOA Exam: Investment & Financial Markets

Course Construction

Initial construction is complete. Coming soon:

  • Additional problems to be added in sections H through M


  • 100% of the syllabus is covered
  • 80+ video lessons (over 30 hours) covering the entire syllabus
  • 5 full length practice exams with complete video solutions
  • 800+ solved practice problems
  • 23+ hours of video solutions

Study Aids

  • Problem system to track your progress and identify trouble areas for you
  • Flashcards covering key information for practice and memorization in our Flashcards app
  • Detailed formula sheets
  • Detailed video solutions to the SOA Exam IFM Sample Questions



Download video lessons to watch on the go and track your way through the course


Work problems at a moments notice when you have them everywhere you go


Track, filter, and flip your way through all your TIA flashcards to have you ready on exam day


A handy tool to quickly evaluate the cumulative normal distribution function for any input
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Michael Yates

  • PhD    |   
  • IFM

Michael earned his BS in Quantitative Finance at the University of Alabama in 2001. He graduated summa cum laude in the University Honors Program and received the College of Commerce and Business Administration's Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award. In 2002, he earned a Masters in Banking and Finance from Alabama and was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Most Outstanding Masters Student in the C&BA. In 2007, Michael earned a PhD in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a University Pre-emptive Fellowship, the Bonham Fund Fellowship and a Continuing Bruton Fellowship. He currently holds the position of associate clinical professor of finance at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches financial management, investments and portfolio management.

Michael has amassed an impressive collection of accolades for his teaching effectiveness. His research in this area has been published in the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He received the J. Mack Robinson Faculty Recognition Award for Distinguished Contributions in Teaching at Georgia State University and the Top Professor Award in their MS Finance program. He has also been awarded the Fischer Black Distinguished Finance Professor Award from the TFE Times and is a three-time winner of the Colonial Company Teaching Excellence Award, a four-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the Auburn University FMA student organization and the winner of the Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at Austin. In his evaluations at Texas, he received the highest composite rating for teaching effectiveness achieved by any professor or instructor in the department in a span of five years.


Expanded Features

This is an on-demand intensive exam prep course for SOA Exam - Investment & Financial Markets. When you register for this course you will gain access to the following items (except as noted) from the day you register for 6 months.

Comprehensive Course

80+ comprehensive video lessons (over 30 hours) covering the entire syllabus that simplify complicated info into more understandable terms and illustrate important numerical concepts through examples and graphics.

Online Discussion Forum

Active dedicated course forum loaded with existing questions and answers on syllabus material and past SOA exam questions. Instructors and our Support Team try to ensure everyone's questions are answered in a timely manner. ?

Detailed Formula Sheets

Your instructor has created formula sheets for each section as a quick reference guide for you. They cover each formula used in that section giving details about the formulas and defining the variables.

Sample Exams

This course includes 4 sample exams with each question having a written solution walking you through the best way to solve it. Video solutions for every question are coming soon. These sample exams are created to give you a true sense of what you can expect exam day. We even offer a computer-based testing (CBT) version to simulate exam day conditions.

Problem System

As you complete lessons you will have the opportunity to test your new knowledge in our Problem System to help assess how well you understand the material. As your exam day approaches you should be spending a lot of time in this system working all the additional problems. ?

Additional Handouts

Download printable PDF handouts to follow along slide by slide through the lessons. An examples and exercises version is also available where we include just the portions of the videos where your instructor is working problems with you.

Offline Videos

Take our videos with you everywhere you go and don't worry about a data cap or WiFi signal. Use our Learn app on iOS and Android to download lessons or solutions videos and have them right at your fingertips. ?

Variable Speed Playback

Watch our lessons and video solutions at your pace! When watching our videos on a desktop or our Learn App you can select the speed that makes the most sense for you. The variable speed increases all the way up to 2x.

Study Schedule

Built directly into the lessons, just enter the day you are going to start studying and select your exam day. We will then populate a suggested completion date for every lesson and the sample exams to have you on track to pass! We also offer a downloadable spreadsheet version to customize yourself.


This course offers over 80 digital flashcards written in a "Q&A" style to facilitate recalling information for exam-oriented questions. They are available on your computer or via our Flashcards app on iOS and Android. The app will download all the flashcards for the course to your device so you can study at a moments notice!

Student Discount

This course offers a student discount to full-time students currently enrolled at a college or university. To receive the discount, you must email customer service either from your school issued email account, or include that email address with your discount request. The discount code will then be sent to the school issued email. ?

MP3 Lessons

Don't want to download the video lessons using our Learn App, but still have access to the lessons offline? We have you covered! Download the audio only versions of the videos and follow along with the instructor using the printable handouts. The MP3s will work in your MP3 player of choice.

Excellent Customer Service

You're never alone with The Infinite Actuary. Get help from your instructor and assistants in our online forum. Anything else you need help with, not related to the course material, just reach out to our customer service team and they will get your questions answered!

Free Extension

Life happens, and despite your hard work, you may fail an exam. If that happens to you, we offer one free 6 month extension for this online course. Once you activate your extension, you will have 6 months access to the entire course again. Learn more about our extension policy here. ?

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