The Case Approach to Financial Planning: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition

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The Case Approach to Financial Planning: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition is designed to foster sound financial planning logic and decision-making using the CFP Board of Standards, Inc. 7-step systematic financial planning process.

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The Case Approach to Financial Planning: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Fifth Edition, meets the demand for comprehensive and realistic financial planning analytical practice problems. The fifth edition has been comprehensively updated to meet this demand, with several new cases added in chapter fourteen.

With twenty up-to-date case studies, strategies to develop client-specific recommendations, and learning aids like access to a fully integrated Financial Planning Analysis Excel™ package, this is a must have for any aspiring financial planner. It provides the tools and foundation to learn by doing.

This title features:

  • A content review of the major subject areas typically taught in a college-level financial planning curriculum
  • A comprehensive review of important financial planning mathematical formulas and procedures
  • A step-by-step guide to the preparation of a comprehensive personal financial plan
  • Financial planning strategies that can be applied to a variety of clients and client circumstances
  • Instructions on how to do calculations essential to creating a financial plan.

New in the Fifth Edition:

  • New case studies, including a psychology of financial planning case study and a new case study on ethics and practice standards
  • The latest tax figures and data, including a new section summarizing the time value of money calculations, including updated tax rates and standard deductions, pass-through deductions, qualified business income, and more
  • Update on educational financing, including the latest figures for a gift tax exclusion and the latest on 529 plan contributions, the American Opportunity Credit, and the Lifetime Learning Credit
  • The latest retirement plan figures, including retirement plan catch-up provisions and taxation of social security benefits
  • Updated estate planning figures, including trust and estate ordinary income rates and capital gain tax rates
  • A preview of possible changes to the Secure Act (Secure Act 2.0), including RMD and 401k plan proposals
  • Analysis of the different types of business entities, including partnerships, LLCs, S-Corps, and C-Corps
  • Discussion of risk and return, including inflation risk and market risk
  • A new section on benchmarking, including the most widely used market indexes
  • A new section personal automobile policies, including discussion of bodily injury and property damage liability

Topics Covered:

  • The Financial Planning Process
  • Financial Planning Computations
  • Cash Flow and Net Worth Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Life Insurance Planning
  • Health Insurance Planning
  • Disability Insurance Planning
  • Long-Term Care Insurance Planning
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Planning
  • Education Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • And More! See the “Table of Contents” section for a full list of topics
Additional Information
SKU 7200005B
Publication Date August 10, 2022
ISBN 978-1-954096-55-4
Page Count 642
Author John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP®; Ronald A. Sages, Ph.D., AEP®, CFP®, CTFA, EA; Michelle E. Kruger, Ph.D., CFP®
Edition 5th
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John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP®

John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP®

Professor John Grable teaches and conducts research in the Certified Financial Plannerä Board of Standards Inc. undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Georgia where he holds an Athletic Association Endowed Professorship. Prior to entering the academic profession, he worked as a pension/benefits administrator and later as a Registered Investment Adviser in an asset management firm. Dr. Grable has served the financial planning profession as the founding editor of the Journal of Personal Finance and co-founding editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy and Financial Planning Review. He is best known for his work in the areas of financial literacy and education, financial risk-tolerance assessment, behavioral financial planning, and evidence-based financial planning. He has been the recipient of numerous research and publication awards and grants and is active in promoting the link between research and financial planning practice where he has published over 150 refereed papers, co-authored several textbooks, co-authored a financial planning communication book, and co-edited a financial planning and counseling scales book and a graduate-level personal finance book. Since earning his Ph.D., Dr. Grable has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC), as Treasurer and President for the American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI), as Treasurer and board member for the Financial Therapy Association, and as an Academy of Financial Services board member. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Cato Award for Distinguished Journalism in the Field of Financial Services, the IARFC Founders Award, the Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development, and the ACCI Mid-Career Award.


The University of Georgia

Michelle Kruger is a Ph.D. candidate with a concentration in Financial Planning at The University of Georgia (UGA). She graduated magna cum laude with a B.B.A. in Finance from the Terry College of Business at UGA in 2015. Michelle teaches classes in computer application in financial planning, as well as advanced financial planning seminar courses. Her research interests include financial planning interventions, risk tolerance assessment, and behaviors associated with building wealth. In addition to her graduate studies, Michelle works as a research assistant at the Financial Planning Performance Lab, the nation’s only applied clinical facility designed to obtain evidence about the effectiveness of the financial planning process. She has worked as a financial planning analyst at Elwood & Goetz Wealth Advisory Group, a fee-only, comprehensive financial planning firm located in Athens, Georgia. She also has served as a financial counselor at the Aspire Clinic, an interdisciplinary teaching and research institution, applying marriage and family therapy theories and techniques to her work with financial clients.


Assistant Professor at Kansas State University

Ron Sages is an Assistant Professor of Personal Financial Planning for Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where he teaches in the CFP® Board Registered Master’s and Doctoral Programs. Courses he currently teaches for KSU include Investments, Estate Planning, Financial Ethics, Applied Behavioral Finance, Advanced Retirement Planning, Advanced Estate Planning, Research Methods I, and the Case Studies/Financial Plan Development Course. He was a 2016 recipient of the GPIDEA Faculty Excellence Award for his instruction in the Case Studies/Program Development Course. In addition to his responsibilities at K-State, Dr. Sages is a Senior Investment Officer and Director of Personal Financial Planning for Eagle Ridge Investment Management, LLC, a wealth management firm, based in Stamford, Connecticut. A former wealth management entrepreneur for 25 years, including an additional 20 years of Money Center Bank experience, Ron earned his doctorate in Personal Financial Planning from Kansas State University in 2012 and his MBA in Finance and Taxation from the University of Connecticut in 1979. His research interests are in behavioral finance, risk management and financial literacy. As a financial planning practitioner and researcher, Ron aspires to bring applied research to financial planning practitioners in an effort to provide practical solutions to client-focused challenges. Ron is a member of the Stamford (CT) CFA Society, Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County (CT), the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, American Council on Consumer Interests, Financial Planning Association, and the Financial Therapy Association.