Contributing to Insurer Financial Performance
The Burnham System
CPCU 540
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The Burnham System is written and promptly revised by

Ray Burnham, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AIC, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, ALCM, AAI, AAI-M, APA, ARP, AIAF, AMIM, AAM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, PRC, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, ChFC, and PRC;

Jean O’Reilly, PhD, CPCU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, AIC, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M. ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, AIAF, and PRC; and

Lisa Tobey, JD, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AIAF, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, ACS, PRC, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, ChFC, and PRC.

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Contributing to Insurer Financial Performance Study Guide

The Burnham System is the gold standard for CPCU 540 study guide materials. Using our guide you will learn everything needed to pass the CPCU 540 Exam in the shortest time possible. Simply, you will learn more, faster.


Included for FREE with your purchase of this Digital Study Guide:

  • CPCU 540 Audio Study Guide Narrations, in MP3 file format, expertly narrated by Lisa Tobey
  • Ray's answers to each assignment's review questions
  • Ray's definitions for each assignment's key words and other new terms
  • ¬†CPCU 540 Course Glossary
  • A sample diagnostic exam with answers and explanations


Study guide last updated: September 10, 2023


Current Text Edition: 1st


Ray's estimate of course difficulty (1, easiest and 10, hardest): 6


Number of study guide pages: 30


Covered within this study guide:

  • Developing a Holistic View of Insurer Finances
  • Developing a Holistic View of Insurer Key Financial Measures
  • Interpreting Insurer Financial Statements
  • Analyzing Key Ratio Results
  • Assessing Investment Opportunities
  • Strategically Managing Capital

As a good study guideline, figure anything in those 30 pages might be on your exam and that there will be nothing on your exam that is not covered in those 30 pages.


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The Burnham System is written and promptly revised by

Ray Burnham, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AIC, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, ALCM, AAI, AAI-M, APA, ARP, AIAF, AMIM, AAM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, PRC, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, ChFC, and PRC;

Jean O’Reilly, PhD, CPCU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, AIC, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M. ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, AIAF, and PRC; and

Lisa Tobey, JD, CPCU, CLU, ARM, AINS, AIS, API, SPPA, AIM, AIC-M, ARM-E, AU, AU-M, AAI, AAI-M, APA, AIAF, AMIM, AIT, ARe, AFSB, ASLI, AIDA, ARC, ARM-P, ACS, PRC, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, ChFC, and PRC.

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