Financial Services Institutions
The Burnham System
CPCU 560
Basic Study Material

The Burnham System is written and frequently 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, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, and ChFC;

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, and AIAF; 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, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, and ChFC.

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Financial Services Institutions Study Guide

The Burnham System is the gold standard for CPCU 560 study guide materials. Using our guide you will learn everything needed to pass the CPCU 560 Exam in the shortest time possible. Simply, you will learn more faster.


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  • CPCU 560 Digital Study Guide Book, in PDF file format
  • Ray's answers to each assignment's review questions
  • Ray's definitions for each assignment's key words and other new terms
  • A sample diagnostic exam with answers and explanations


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Current Text Edition: 1st

Current Course Guide Edition: 1st


Ray's estimate of course difficulty (1, easiest and 10, hardest): 7


Number of study guide pages: 48

Covered within this study guide:

  • Introduction to Financial Markets and Financial Institutions
  • The Federal Reserve
  • Money, Bond, Stock, and Derivative Securities Markets
  • Commercial Banks, Thrift Institutions, Finance Companies, Insurance Companies, Securities Firms, and Investment Banks
  • Mutual and Pension Funds
  • Risks of Financial Institutions
  • Liquidity Risk

As a good study guideline, figure anything in those 48 pages might be on your exam and that there will be nothing on your exam that is not covered in those 48 pages.


The Burnham System is written and frequently 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, REBC, RHU, ASF, LIA, CASL, and ChFC;

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, and AIAF; 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, RWCS, RHU, REBC, CASL, AIC, EA, and ChFC.