About The Securities Guys

Jeff Tharp has been teaching securities licensing for almost 20 years. He is an exciting and interactive teacher that gets students excited to learn the material.

Jeff can help you with the SIE, the Series 6 Top Off, the Series 63, and the Series 26 exams.

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Brian graduated from RPI with a degree in Graphic design in 2005. Later that year he started working for Bankers Life and Casualty, a truly horrible insurance company. But he loved the field and loved helping people. So he moved from Bankers to MetLife where he stayed for almost 5 years. However, he was just starting investments in 2007-2008 and, starting during the greatest recession of a generation was not easy. So he left MetLife and went to West Chester University to pursue a degree in teaching Math. He got his BSed in Math in 2012 and started working as a substitute at his old high school where he had the reputation for being able to teach any math concept to any student no matter how many times others has failed. After that, he went and earned his Masters in Mathematics in 2015 from WCU and then came back into the insurance/investment industry. He has passed 12 tests the first time, so he is good at learning material and is also a skilled teacher in complicated topics.

Brian holds a Series 7, a Series 66, and a Series 24 license.

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How to register for the webinars?

The current webinars we offer;

SIE Study Course: This is a 6-class course spread out, usually, over 6 weeks. This allows the student time to absorb the information.

When one ends, the next one generally starts the following week, 2 weeks later at the latest. The price for 12 weeks of membership for these classes is $149.

SIE Cram Course: This is the “Jeff Tharp Cram Course”. This is a 2-day weekend cram course, designed to stuff all the important information for the test into your brains before you test.

These are generally offered once every 4-6 weeks. The cost is $119.

Series 65 cram course: This is an intensive, 2-day cram course on the Series 65. This is the hardest test we offer help for, make sure you are willing to work before you attempt this class. It is better to wait until you are ready, then spend the money when you aren’t, and not be ready to take the test.

The expectation is to do one of these every 2-3 months depending on demand. These will be $150.

Series 26 cram course: This is an intense, 2-day cram course for the Series 26. It is a tricky exam, make sure you are able to put the time in to study the material. These are expected to be offered every 2 months, and cost $150.

Series 63 study course: This is a 1-day webinar for the Series 63. The live webinars, when offered, cost $40, while the replays of all previous classes is $20.

Go to our Upcoming Classes for the list of scheduled classes.

Go to our Step-by-Step instructions on signing up for the webinars.

 Webinars in the more distant future (maybe never)

Series 66 course: This class is simply a combination of the Series 65 and the Series 63. This is likely to also be a 2-day course, similar to the Series 65, but with slightly different materials. This will likely come long before the Series 7. This is likely to be similarly priced as the Series 65.

Series 7 course: This one has been asked of me several times. Depending on how things change, how my time is available, I may start putting something together. This will be several days, I do not know if it will be consecutive days or single days spread over consecutive weeks, but expect this to be 30-40 hours minimum of class. Pricing will depend on final time, structure, and demand. Let’s be honest, if you think it is a painful test to take or study for, imagine trying to teach someone else. This is not a small task.


Go to our Registration Page and register as a General Member to join the mailing list and be notified of all future classes.

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The SIE is the first exam people looking to get an investment license must now get (as of October 1, 2018).

After the SIE, a Top-Off exam must be taken.

We have two options for the SIE;

A 2-day Cram Course, covering all material in 2, 8-hour days, and

A 6-Class Study Course, covering all material over 6 weeks, meeting 3 hours, once a week, typically but not always on Wednesdays.

Additional information on the SIE 2-day Cram Course

Additional information on the SIE 6-Class Study Course

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The Series 6 is a securities license required for individuals to be registered representatives and sell mutual funds, variable annuities, and variable life insurance. 

You must have the SIE to be able to use the Series 6.

The Securities Guys and the Series 6 Top-Off

The material is basically complete, and first trial class of the Series 6 Top Off will likely be held at the end of February or early March of 2019.

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The Series 63, The Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination, is also required by many states (including PA) for an individual to register as a registered representative. The exam covers state securities laws, rules and regulations, ethical business practices, and fiduciary obligations.

The Securities Guys and the Series 63

The Securities Guys offer two primary solutions for the Series 63.

  • We offer live cram courses that generally take about 4-5 hours
  • We have replay videos and soon independent videos of the Series 63 material

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The Series 26 exam is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Passing the Series 26 exam will provide an individual with the qualifications necessary to become a limited principal and to supervise and manage sales activities for investment companies and annuities.

The Securities Guys and the Series 26

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The Series 65 exam is no joke. It is a very difficult test. It however is certainly passable with the right work. Reading the book, taking a course, taking pratice exams, and continuing to study up until the day of the exam are all strongly recommended.

The Series 65 is a securities license required by most U.S. states for individuals who act as investment advisors. The Series 65 exam, called the Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination, covers laws, regulations, ethics and topics such as retirement planning, portfolio management strategies and fiduciary responsibilities.

The Securities Guys and the Series 65


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