8/28/15

Hello all,

This week I registered for CFA Level 1. I registered for the June 2016 exam. I am wondering if anyone has used the Bloomberg study materials for the CFA. I know Schweser is the go to for most people but it looks like Bloomberg's product is pretty strong. You can get either program for around $600 and they both look good, although the Bloomberg one doesn't have physical books - they're all PDFs and videos.

Any suggestions on choosing between these two products?

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8/28/15

Can't comment on Bloomberg (i believe its pretty new) but Schweser is usually the go to and I have no complaints with it

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8/28/15

Schweser is the cornerstone for CFA studying and I would say that 75% of the candidates I know use their services. Bloomberg may roll out something of quality, but with Schweser, you already know their products are quality. Study materials for the CFA exams is not something that I'd probably want to take a risk on.

ask why, asshole

8/28/15

I used Schweser (books and online question bank) and found it to be excellent. I agree with the advice above: you should stick with what's proven and not fool around with Bloomberg or other materials. Let someone else be the guinea pig. Your time is too valuable for that.

8/28/15

Agree with people! Go with Schwester

8/28/15

FWIW i got an email that bloomberg was $100 off right now for a short time.

8/29/15
Human Capital:

FWIW i got an email that bloomberg was $100 off right now for a short time.

Right I got the same email. That's what peaked my interest.

8/29/15

disclosure: just passed level 2 this june. have used schweser for 1 & 2 successfully on 1 try each. cannot say whether the program made the difference (i read main curriculum 1st time w/ CFAI materials), but kaplan review materials are def worthwhile imo.

would recommend QBank, secret sauce book (maybe flash cards too if that's ur thing). ultimately, L1 is a pretty low hurdle, but learning it properly now could save you some time & potential anguish prepping for L2

8/29/15

Great! Thanks everyone. I'll let other people fool around with the experimental Bloomberg stuff. Schweser it is!

10/12/15

Regarding Schweser - I'm currently planning on taking the December 2016, but on Schweser's website, they only have materials for the December 2015 and June 2016 exams. I've confirmed with a Kaplan rep that the December 2016 materials won't be available until early/mid next year.

I'd really like at least a year to prepare for this exam, so that I'm not having to study 10 to 15 hours per week - is there any reason why I couldn't buy the June 2016 materials and just use that to prepare for the December 2016 exam?

10/12/15

June 2016 and December 2016 will be the same material

10/12/15

Appreciate it

  • Anonymous Monkey
  •  11/11/15

The issue with buying the June materials is that your access to the Schweser Q bank & online materials will expire shortly after the June Exam.

11/11/15

You can buy the books/notes now and buy the QBank later on

  • Anonymous Monkey
  •  1/18/16

In case you haven't purchased it yet, the Dec exam materials for Schweser are now available

1/26/16

All I used was CFA materials and the Bloomberg 2 week free trial. Passed December 2015. Can't speak for Schweser but I LOVED Bloomberg. If I had known it would turn out to be awesome I would have paid for it and was thinking of doing so if I had to retake.

2/11/16

There is a lot of good insight here (and I hope I'm not making a mistake), but I'm going to go with Bloomberg. I'm taking the December 2016 exam, so I have time to learn. After doing extensive research between the main prep providers, (Schwesser, fitch, wiley) it seems like the only indicator pointing away from Bloomberg is the lack of track record. The price is attractive since Bloomberg hasn't yet been able to differentiate its product, though I really feel like the quality is there. I cant find anyone who has used Bloomberg and taken the exam, but those who have used their free trial mostly have good things to say about them. So I'll try to remember come back and let you all know if Bloomberg was effective or not.

12/20/16

Has anyone tried the Bloomberg prep for Level 1? I'm eyeing the December 2017 exam and considering Schweser vs Bloomberg, although might lean towards bloomberg in the end.

12/20/16

I passed level 1 and 2 using Schweser. I think they do an excellent job of giving you the information you need to know. That said, I wouldn't pay attention to their questions at the end of each section. Instead, you should focus on the CFA material questions that correspond to the section you review in Schweser or Bloomberg or whatever supplemental material you use. They will likely mirror what you see on the exam.

12/22/16

i've been using Bloomberg Prep now for a few days and i'm very impressed, I'll probably stick to it once my trial expires.

12/22/16
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