ya u can purchase the manuals.. the common and most recommended are ACTEX by sam broverman and ASM by KO. Though there are many others but the difference is just about the language . More over the ASM contains some extra tests other than SOA sample tests.
Basically I want to register for the exam and study for it on my own.
I have a bachelor's in Finance, so I do not think it should be TOO difficult for me to do this.
I however want to obtain some study materials that will teach me everything I need to know for this exam.
Are there any such study guides available for purchase? I'd like them to cover everything from the very basics just in case I forgot some stuff, and not miss any topics.
I would say that it depends on your probability and statistics background. The amount of study time varies per person. If you haven't taken a course in probability in statistics, then you will definately want to devote more hours to studying versus someone who has.
Anyway, you said that you are a finance major, depending on your classes and how they were set up, FM may be easier for you to start with. I know in my finance classes, my teacher made us do everything by hand at first, so I was familiar with some of the formulas and topics. But this is just my opinion, I am a math an finance major and am pretty strong in both but really enjoyed my financial mathematics course. For me FM was a better start than P, especially once I saw the lower pass rates.
But either way, if you put in the time, go over as many problems as possible, and really make sure you understand the information. You should have a good shot.