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  1. CFA June 2016 Results

    CFA exam results came out this week. My heart was pounding just waiting for the results to come in. Good luck to everyone! CFA to Friday, July 29, 2016- 6:00pm ...

    57 comments - 2 silver bananas - Jul 29 2016 - 6:00pm -

  2. CFA Results- 2015

          Today is the big day we've been waiting for/dreading since early June, when we peeled out of the testing center parking lots, burned our books, and went off to get drunk with our long lost friends. Level I & II results will b ...

    86 comments - 7 silver bananas - Jun 24 2016 - 7:04pm -

  3. December 2015 CFA result

          Congratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam. 43% of candidates passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam.:) > 70% all sections:) Hope it's good news for everyone else.. ...

    49 comments - 7 silver bananas - Jan 30 2016 - 11:00am -

  4. Where the CFA can and can't help you?

          As it goes for industries I'm curious as to what others think about the CFA and how much it can help having at least one level done assuming you already have a decent network. So if you could add any insight for those outside of ...

    78 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 12 2015 - 2:00pm -

  5. 7 Things to Know to Get Your Work Experience CFA-Approved

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. In the whole CFA process, passing the 3 exams is without question the hardest part of the entire shebang. But if you're anything like me, once you got the pesky busines ...

    83 comments - 1 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:46pm -

  6. I Need The CFA Like I Need Hantavirus

    Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap Who doesn't ...

    101 comments - 9 silver bananas - Jun 22 2014 - 11:00am -

  7. (ANOTHER) CFA Level 1 Freakout/All-Suggestions-Welcomed Thread

    Backdrop:-Originally gave myself 7 months to study (came from Econ undergrad, so I figured I would need more time than most)-Department I work in is understaffed like you wouldn't believe, had to work crazy (80+) hours for the last 5 months, despite ...

    19 comments - 2 silver bananas - Sep 29 2016 - 1:00am -

  8. Execution traders

    Hello everyone, I was hoping that someone in the industry or with more knowledge about it that I, could discuss the role of execution traders. Would it be a good position to take out of college at a hedge fund? I am interested in pursuing a position I wil ...

    73 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:47pm -

  9. Why YOU should take the CFA- What it takes

    There is a lot of discussion out there as to why you should take the CFA, why it is shi.t, why it is a waste of time, why it is great, etc... Now I will try to explain why (IMO) you should take it: I. What it takes to pass your CFA: 1) You need to have be ...

    89 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:15pm -

  10. CFA vs. GMAT

    I'm going to start off by saying this is not another CFA vs. MBA thread. The purpose of this thread is to address a completely different issue. I'm trying to figure out what percentage of the college educated population is even capable of passin ...

    102 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:15pm -

  11. Sh*t People Say (to CFA Candidates)

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Warning: this is a ranty post. This article has a go at well-meaning friends, family and colleagues, whom probably only want the best for me and are just concerned about me ...

    83 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:15am -

  12. CFA results: who took it?

    Passed L1 wooooo CFA ...

    61 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jan 31 2015 - 11:00am -

  13. Best CFA Level 1 Prep Material

    ...for the money. Looking to start studying for level 1 now. Your guys' input would be great. Thanks in advance. My background: non-bus major, IB analyst, taken finance/accounting prep CFA study Level 1 one material ...

    208 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:17pm -

  14. CFA Study Tips

    I just started to study for the CFA Level 1 exam coming up in December. I thought I'd see if anyone on these forums (please, only those who have took the CFA Exam) could give me some useful advice regarding studying for the CFA Level 1. Thanks in adv ...

    91 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:17pm -

  15. What is Better, CFA, MBA, or CAIA? NPV Analysis...

    So, the age old question...what is more useful for a long term career in finance, the CFA, the MBA, or the CAIA? Wait, a minute, what even is the CAIA? This article will go through the pros and cons of pursuing each of these three certifications. The upfr ...

    259 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:17pm -

  16. 3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Le Violon d'Ingres (French idiom): A second skill beyond the one by which a person is mainly known. A few years ago, I was young, green and eager to do well in my finan ...

    35 comments - 8 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 5:25am -

  17. Who has more career oppourtunities? CFA or CPA?

    who makes more money or has better opportunities in todays job market...doesnt have to be investment banking.....thanks Apply to Top Wall St. Jobs cpa CFA ...

    118 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:14pm -

  18. CFA as an Undergrad?

    I am a rising sophomore at a non-target and I am majoring in Finance. I am planning on starting to study for the CFA level 1 this summer (summer in between freshman and sophomore) but I am not sure when to actually take the exam. I would rather take it as ...

    51 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jun 7 2014 - 12:26am -

  19. It's Finally Here- CFA Level I & II Results June 2012

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. It's finally here- the results for June 2012 Level I and II. It must have been an eternity for those of you who took the exam in June. But from an outside observational ...

    43 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:01am -

  20. Corporate Finance Q&A with accountingbyday, BJM85, STorIB, and djfiii

    mod note: this very informative q&a was originally posted on 2/12/12 UPDATE 2/22/12: Over 20 questions and 50 responses added so far, keep 'em coming! I also took the bold away from the questions by popular request ...

    137 comments - 12 silver bananas - Dec 31 2012 - 4:19pm -

  21. CFA vs MBA: 8 Points to Help You Decide

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. As we've  covered the MBA subject briefly in a recent post  and many readers wrote in for more, a natural follow up would be the classic question:  CFA or MBA? A very, ...

    39 comments - 3 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:14am -

  22. CFA vs Actuary level of difficulty

    t? CFA ...

    25 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:21pm -

  23. Are CFA pass rates a good indicator?

    Looking at the pass rates of the three levels of the CFA, each in the low 30%'s, the exams seem to be extremely difficult and, admittedly, somewhat intimidating. This is compounded by taking into account who I hope is taking the tests. I would expect ...

    48 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 21 2017 - 11:10am -

  24. CFA Level 1- Can it help me get a job?

    As my name states, I am a miserable JD. Top-ten law grad on a one-year deferral from big law, with the increasing likelihood of a prolonged job search floating on the horizon (i.e., Unnamed Firm to Miserable JD: Drop Dead). I'm looking to escape this ...

    59 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:16pm -

  25. CFA Useful for Breaking Into PE?

    Hey Monkeys, I am curious if the CFA is helpful with breaking into PE. I would imagine it would help a bit since Associates are evaluating investment opportunities. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. private equity Investment Banking CFA ...

    18 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 1 2016 - 7:00pm -

  26. How did the CFA go for you today?

    To the estimated 40% who took the test Saturday and will get a passing score: congrats! To the ~60% who won't... better luck next time (or is there anyone out there giving up?).   For all who took it, what are your thoughts? Any surprises / tips you ...

    57 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 3 2012 - 11:06pm -

  27. value of CFA for private equity job

    Hi, I have no financial/accounting background, I recently got a MBA from a top US school, I am just 30 and currently working for an operational advisory team for a big 4, I plan to join a PE firm in the future and I am wondering if having a CFA would add ...

    51 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 6 2016 - 6:14pm -

  28. Just how hard is the CFA?

    I know the pass rates are supposed to be about 50%-ish for each of the three levels... and I have a handful acquaintances who've had to resit levels 2 and/or 3. But a couple of others claim that the exams aren't really that hard and had first-ti ...

    66 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:13pm -

  29. CFA exam Done

          Feels good, living the high life right now. how about you? Mod note (andy)- combining two CFA posts into one, here are the questions posed from the other: From @"dkim1984": First, congrats to all those that sat this past sat ...

    34 comments - 2 silver bananas - Jun 9 2014 - 4:09pm -

  30. Group: CFA

          This group is for CFAs and those aspiring to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst exam. CFA WSO groups ...

    31 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 24 2016 - 1:47pm -

  31. CFA Study Material Preference

    I am a college senior, graduating in May. I have recently started studying for the CFA Level I exam in June. Currently, I only have the textbooks from the CFA institue. I have read and heard that the Schweser notes and qbank are a must have. I want to dec ...

    39 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:43pm -

  32. CFA L1 + GMAT in 5 months

          Hello I'm gonna keep it simple. Lets say I have 5 months to study and take both exams. The GMAT first and L1 months later. (December) Is this insane? What if I keep a part time job? I'm shooting for a 710 or higher on the GM ...

    32 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 1 2014 - 2:53am -

  33. Why I think certifications like the CFA are overrated (mostly just stating the obvious)

    Throwaway post. Random opening thought: I think it's natural for everyone to 'talk their book', after all there's a reason we choose to be positioned in certain ways in life. I work in the AM industry, and sometimes hear people mention ...

    41 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 22 2014 - 2:47pm -

  34. Could I Ever Get Into an M7- If Not Then What is the Best I Can Hope to Do?/What Should I Do?

          Hello All, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Looking for a profile review of sorts as well as general B-School advice. Any advice/constructive criticism is welcome and appreciated! Academic Profile: Non-Target University ...

    26 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 27 2015 - 10:00pm -

  35. CFA L1

    Hello, I am thinking of taking the CFA1 exam in June 2016 and I have some questions. I'll make them short and straight to the point. 1) If I fail the June 2016 exam, can I study for Dec. 2016 using the June material? 2) Are Schweser notes necessary? ...

    18 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 14 2016 - 7:47pm -

  36. Non-BB Equity Research Q&A with First Year Analyst

          Hey all, Was reading through Flake's ER Q&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My experience / background is a little different than his was, so I wanted to start this thread as an opportuni ...

    57 comments - 5 silver bananas - Aug 21 2012 - 4:02am -

  37. Should I quit my back office paid summer internship to study for the CFA/GMAT/something else

          I am a rising senior at at non-target majoring in STEM who has recently started a back office internship in a small Asset Management firm. When I was interviewing for the internship, I was led to believe that if I finished a set of ba ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 1 2016 - 4:30pm -

  38. How did the CFA exam go for you?

          So how'd it go? Feel confident that you passed? Any surprises? Any interesting stories (ie somebody fainting)? Anything you wish you had studied up more on (or less)? CFA CFA Exam ...

    41 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 3 2013 - 3:51pm -

  39. How beneficial is CFA for traders?

    Consensus seems to be that the CFA is not a substitute for an MBA and that it's pretty useless for bankers. I would like to hear people's thoughts on the value of a CFA for traders. If you work at a small fund and want to move into S&T at a ...

    33 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 13 2016 - 2:04pm -

  40. What if I pass all 3 CFA exams, but don't have the work experience?

    Hi. So I am 23 with a 3.13 in economics from temple university. I was working as a licensed personal banker (series 6, 63, life insurance) making good money (i was top in sales for my bank) and was going to become assistant to one of the best loan officer ...

    28 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:46pm -

  41. CFA Materials: Schweser vs Bloomberg

    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 ...

    20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 28 2015 - 5:15pm -

  42. CFA Scores: Precision or Derision?

    Do precise CFA scores matter? This seemingly simple question is soon coming to the fore front of bean counting brains near you. In a move that may have implications for the thousands of finance professionals qualifying for CFA qualifications in the UK, a ...

    39 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 20 2011 - 12:45pm -

  43. CFA Losing its Luster?

    CFAI Institute announced an influx of 200,000 new candidates this year. Some opinions I've heard say there is an over abundance of CFA Charterholders as is. What do you guys think? I'm currently preparing to sit for level 1 on june 5th. Either w ...

    59 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 11 2011 - 9:21pm -

  44. 7 Reasons for You to Consider the CFA Charter

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. ...

    22 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:18am -

  45. And....A New Wave of CFA Charterholders-To-Be Arrive!

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. After more than 2 months of waiting, the results to hopefully the last of many candidates' CFA exams are here.  If you've been anxiously waiting for your results a ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:58am -

  46. Does the CFA designation have any place in Corp. Finance?

    Studied and passed level 1 over the spring/summer before I really decided what I was interested in. Can't decide if finishing it is worthwhile; does the CFA have any significance in F500 CF roles? To be specific, I'd like to work my way into a c ...

    24 comments - 1 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:46pm -

  47. What is wrong with this picture?

          I am an MBA, a CFA Level III candidate, and have been working in ER for a year. My comp is 60k base. What the hell am I doing wrong? Am I in the twilight zone or is this even remotely normal sounding? MBA Equity Research CFA ...

    48 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 31 2011 - 11:38pm -

  48. Random question but when do you analysts find time for the gym?

    I'm trying to find time between CFA II studying and long hours, but I can't find the time. So, I was curious- when do you guys find time for the gym? I feel that if I go late, I end up too tired to go back to work, and I just can't wa ...

    23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 27 2014 - 4:04pm -

  49. CFA helpful for law--> finance?

    I am currently a junior associate at a top ny law firm doing mostly m&a and private equity work. I am thinking about switching to finance but I do not have a clear idea as to which area of finance to do. I am thinking about i-banking, PE, hedge fund, ...

    27 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 6 2016 - 6:14pm -

  50. The CFA Level I Dec 2012 Results Roundup

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Did you pass? After a long wait- the question that has been bugging you has now been answered. Just a few minutes past 9am ET, the results are finally here, and individual r ...

    20 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:08am -

  51. Any monkeys sitting for the CFA exam this saturday?

          2 days before the big day. I was wondering what everyone is scoring on the Mock/Sample/Practice exams at this point. ****The art of good business is being a good middleman***** CFA ...

    69 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 2 2011 - 12:00pm -

  52. 20 Things I Wish I Knew Before the CFA Exams

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. 6 years ago, I signed up for my CFA Level I as a sprightly, wide-eyed innocent. I wish at the time I had someone who'd gone through everything to point out the potholes ...

    18 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:12am -

  53. Can't find a job, any suggestions?

          Hi, Im a 2015 finance college graduate and im in a bit of a jam at this point. I've been applying to finance entry level roles such as (financial analyst, investment banking, commodity analyst). All i've been offered is fina ...

    14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 14 2016 - 12:44pm -

  54. 15 Things We Love to Hate About The CFA

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. The entire CFA exam process is quite a unique experience. It is challenging, long, but ultimately rewarding.  But sometimes it is frustrating. God, really frustrating. Spark ...

    18 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:16am -

  55. CFA formula sheet- Elan (free pdf)

    Any other CFA L1 hopefuls here's the best sheet I've found for filling in and drilling formulas over these few final days. More comprehensive than the Schweser quicksheet (which is also good though and worth the $29 imho). ***Note that there are ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 10 2016 - 4:46pm -

  56. Is 2 months enough to study for CFA?

    Sorry for this rushed question but the deadline is tomorrow so I gotta make up my mind now. I have essentially 2 months to study for the CFA Level 1 exam and I'm prepared to devote 3 hours to it everyday. Just wondering if it's doable or am I wa ...

    23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 18 2016 - 1:14pm -

  57. CFA: Shweser vs. CFA book

    Hello everyone, Can you please share your experience on which materials are better for preparing for CFA Level 1. I have 100 days left before the exam and I want to prepare as productively as I can. Thank you! CFA ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 5 2016 - 5:37pm -

  58. CFA in 2 weeks

    Hey chimps, Just thought I'd post this on here to dispel some myths about the CFA [sic]. Not bragging, just want to establish that it's not in fact as difficult as people make it sound. I agree there is a lot of content, but the point I want to ...

    37 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 25 2012 - 12:49am -

  59. If You Failed Your CFA Exam Next Week, Would You Retake?

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Apologies in advance for the negative nature of this post, but I feel that failure in the CFA is not an area that's covered enough- people don't like talking about ...

    17 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:05am -

  60. How far are you in the CFA LI Exam for Dec?

    It's coming towards the end of August and I have just started the Financial Reporting and Analysis book. I've already completed Economics, Corporate Finance, and Quants. (I decided to take an unorthadox approach in the prep by not taking the usu ...

    32 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 23 2012 - 8:29pm -

  61. Does Real Estate (property level) Acquisitions Experience Count for CFA designation?

    I am doing property level acquisitions (building acquisition models, taking part in all the due diligence, presenting deal investments to senior investment director, doing credit analysis on prospective tenants, etc), and am contemplating the CFA. I have ...

    28 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 20 2013 - 4:18pm -

  62. CFA War Stories

    Well, as many of you know, the CFA is today. I imagine a lot of you, myself included, are taking one of the exams today. Instead of the usual thread topics, like whether or not it's worth it or what's the best study method, I would love to hear ...

    25 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 2 2012 - 3:47pm -

  63. 8 Easily Avoidable Mistakes That Candidates Make At Every CFA Exam

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. As the exam approaches, we hope you're finishing up the last of your planned practice exams! Our CFA Analysis shows that passing candidates average one full practice ex ...

    15 comments - 4 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 9:31am -

  64. Why did you take the CFA exam?

          Hello, I will be taking the CFA exam this December. After reading the forum, and seeing people talk about how hard work does not equate success, I am starting to have serious doubts about whether this exam will help me reach my end go ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 3 2015 - 8:00am -

  65. 7 Habits of Highly Effective CFA Candidates

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 9:50am -

  66. Is there such a thing as a family finance job?

          Ok all, I am 34 Finance BS, will finish MBA at Ross in fall 2012, working on CFA and FRM. Looking for a job in finance that is 40ish hours a week. Love spending time with the fam (got 3) and only looking to break 6 figures. I know you ...

    37 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 22 2011 - 8:32pm -

  67. Is the CFA useless for value investors?

    Investors such as a Buffett and Klarman don't believe in Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM etc. Buffett calls it "Alice in Wonderland" and Klarman states that he does not even know how to calculate Beta. So if one is a value investor, would it ...

    31 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 17 2012 - 6:03pm -

  68. Anyone Finding CFA L3 More Bullsh*t Than the Previous 2?

          This CFA lark just isn't fun anymore. The brevity and lack of real world application / foundation has really hit a limit on me. Someone give me strength! Any L3s out there hitting the same wall? CFA bullshit ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 1 2013 - 8:37am -

  69. My CFA Study Tracking Sheet

    I managed to pass Level II with a good breakdown (> 70% in 7 sections including all the big ones, 3 between 50-70) in exactly three months. I attribute my success mainly to discipline and desire to pass (Unlike 90% of people taking the test, I've ...

    18 comments - 5 silver bananas - Dec 27 2012 - 11:07am -

  70. So I bit the bullet... CFA June 2011

    I know this topic is a horse that has been beaten time and again, however I just decided to bite the bullet and register for the June CFA exam. I mulled over the many posts concerning the pros/cons, etc... regarding the exam, but in the end it seemed that ...

    29 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 8 2010 - 8:41am -

  71. Do you have an advanced degree?

          Yes, MBA only 8% (32 votes) Yes, MSF only 12% (49 votes) Yes, CFA only 6% (23 votes) Yes, CFP only 1% (3 votes) Yes, CPA only 4% (18 votes) Yes, CAIA only 1% (3 votes) Yes MBA, and CFA and/or CPA and/or CFP and/or CAIA 5% (22 votes) Y ...

    14 comments - silver bananas - Aug 20 2012 - 9:53pm -

  72. The CFA Charter: Not a Golden Ticket to Jobs

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. The CFA charter is a great career enhancer in the right industries and when utilized to it's full potential. Although it is  challenging to attain, if  you are well pre ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:10am -

  73. Professional Designations – Less is More?

    We've all seen that person on an e-mail signature listing out 6 professional designations following their name. You like to take exam. We get it. While you're at it why don't you should include H.S.D. for your high school diploma and that r ...

    26 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 16 2012 - 7:36am -

  74. To Study for the CFA or not?

          I'm currently employed in Ops and finishing up my Masters in Finance in the next 9 months. I'm looking to move to Equity Research once I've finished. Is it worth it to try to Finish level 1 of the CFA this December or i ...

    21 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 31 2012 - 12:03am -

  75. First Step To ER- CFA Level I

    I'm sitting for the CFA Level I in December. Assuming I pass, do you think that would be enough to land an entry-level Equity Research position? I graduated with a Finance degree from Rutgers in May with a 3.5. Decent, but not great. I currently work ...

    20 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 27 2012 - 1:02am -

  76. CFA or MBA Hedgefund Manager

    So there are a lot of posts debating CFA vs. MBA, and there was even on related to AM /PM just now. But I haven't found a concrete answer as related to HF. If the end game is to ultimately become a HF Manager, is it preferable to have a MBA from Whar ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 16 2012 - 4:53pm -

  77. "CFA I Anticipated 2016" Put that on the Resume, Cover Letter, or Neither?

          So I've nearly finished tightening up the resume, and though I have a post in the resume forum as well (would naturally love watching people tear it to shreds for my benefit), I have a question that I want to ask specifically to ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 16 2016 - 6:14pm -

  78. Busted! CFA Police Catch "cheater" During Exam

    Saw this article on dealbreaker this morning (all credit goes to Bess Levin): " CFA Police: 'The Candidate Was Moving His Hat And Hands Around Using What Appeared To Be Signals'" http://dealbreaker.com/2012/07/cfa-police-the-cand... ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 26 2012 - 11:28am -

  79. "Cheating" during the CFA Exam

    It looks like I might have violated the CFA code of ethics... So I woke up early, and drove to the CFA testing center. The parking lot that the CFA exam was using was cash only, so I had to drive around to find an ATM. Got to the test center seconds befor ...

    29 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 5 2010 - 10:14pm -

  80. Msf Guidance

    Hi guys, I'm coming out of a big 4 target/otherwise semi/non target school. Majored in business administration(no finance major) with an emphasis in finance(took corp fin, derivatives, investments courses). FT recruiting didn't go well due to la ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 17 2014 - 6:35pm -

  81. Career Switch (consulting-> buy side)

    Say you're a 28 year old management consultant (non MBB) with a CFA charter (weird combo, right?) and looking at full time MBA programs (class of 2015). You're interested in moving into a buy side role post MBA, and you're a solid candidate ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 13 2012 - 6:40pm -

  82. What's with the CFA being overrated?

    These posts used to be pretty encouraging, but now there seems to be a cynical crowd growing. A lot a people say the CFA is overrated, won't help to get a job, is a waste of time and money, go get an MBA, etc. I guessing these are mostly those who to ...

    29 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 11 2010 - 10:33am -

  83. CFA Question- Junior at Baruch

    Hello all, I am a junior at Baruch College. I am currently a Accounting major. When I graduate, I would like to work in the financial sector. Due to the poor job market for finance majors, I felt that choosing accounting would not only be smart, but benef ...

    17 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 19 2016 - 11:34am -

  84. Best CFA Mock Exam

    Hello everyone, I planning to take the CFA Level I exam in December and want to take a few mock exams before that to get some practice. What mock exam providers would you recommend? I am considering Schweser but I'm a bit put off by the high price. I ...

    8 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 8 2016 - 4:09am -

  85. CFA Charterholders Heading Top Hedge Funds?

          I honestly can't name off the top of my head CFA charterholders who are heading top funds. I don't "count" Cooperman/Gross since they both have MBAs too. Heck, it almost seems that JDs are a more common professiona ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 3 2015 - 6:52pm -

  86. Any way to take CFA as a freshman or sohp?

          i am just going to be a freshman this year and this summer i studied my bro's study note. it is not bad anyway. I want to take CFA as a freshman or sophomore but the cfa institute would not allow. any suggestions? freshman CFA so ...

    26 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 17 2010 - 8:32am -

  87. Sage Advice for CFA III

          Anyone that's passed CFA Level III have any sage advice to offer? CFA ...

    21 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 14 2012 - 12:38pm -

  88. Hiring Fresh CFAs?

    Guys i need to know if there are good firms which hire fresh CFAs.(meand candidates who have passed all the levels of the CFA programme but do not have relevant experience). I guess there must be sum firms who prefer CFA over a college degree and offer fr ...

    27 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 8 2010 - 1:04am -

  89. My CFA blog/journal

    Screw the CFA naysayers, decided to pull the trigger commit to taking the CFA Level I this December 1, 2012. I'm keeping a little blog to help keep me on track, monitor my progress and share the experience a little for my fellow and future CFA takers ...

    20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Sep 7 2012 - 10:10am -

  90. Young grasshopper needs ADVICE. I am so lost....

    Okay so basic stats about myself= Currently 23yrs old, have a year work experience working in operations/investments after graduating from a non target with a 3.3 GPA with a bachelors in finance. I wrote the CFA level 1 this Saturday...and was somewhat un ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 9 2014 - 12:41am -

  91. The Future of the CFA Designation

    Its commonly assumed that the CFA is mainly useful for Asset Management, portfolio management, research, but increasingly, I see on LinkedIn that a lot of people in other positions, IBD, PE, HF, even business development at a BB are taking the CFA and put ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 23 2014 - 2:30am -

  92. CFA L1 Today!

          Im heading out to kill this thing in like 10min. Goodluck all. Post your thoughts after the fact, but keep it ethical! CFA Killing It ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 1 2012 - 7:37am -

  93. [Canada] CA + CFA + MBA?

    Hey guys, first post, I'm currently at a half-decent school (University of Toronto at Mississauga) studying Commerce (50% Economics; 50% Accounting or Finance. For Americans I guess this would be a double-major in econ + acct or fin). I have to pull ...

    23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 9 2011 - 5:36pm -

  94. My Five New Year's Resolutions

    Morning Monkeys, A new year is upon us and it's time to think about all the different aspects of our lives that could use some serious improvement. Like many people, I'm realizing that there's many things that require some attention, especi ...

    14 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jan 2 2013 - 10:45am -

  95. CFA study burnout

    So I'm sitting for the level one exam in December and I feel exhausted. I've only put in about 70 hours or so and I already feel like crap and don't feel like doing this anymore. I have corporate finance and the fixed income book left to do ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 7 2011 - 8:33pm -

  96. Advice for a CFA/CA,CPA

          Hi Monkeys, I am in mid 20's currently working in MM M&A in Canada, looking to complete my CFA in due course, and have recently received my CA, CPA designation (thinking about learning C++ and Python myself). How can I best l ...

    12 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 19 2015 - 6:28pm -

  97. Series Tests and CFA with No Experience

          I am in the middle of a career change from structural engineering to finance particularly ending up at a Hedge Fund. What are the recommended tests/certifications that I could take to not only learn what I need to learn, but also make ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 3 2016 - 4:38pm -

  98. How helpful are CFAs in terms of job hunting/job switching etc

          I am gonna graduate within a month and seriously considering studying for CFA I for next June. Is this actually helpful is terms of standing out from the crowd when you are applying for jobs? ANy insights? If I can pass 2 CFAs within ...

    14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 25 2013 - 4:14am -

  99. My Story to Those Who Are Panicking or Giving Up On Their CFA Exams

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. I just passed Level I in December (congrats to all who did as well!) and wanted to post some words of encouragement to those that might be struggling, panicking or thinking ...

    11 comments - 4 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 9:01am -

  100. CFA Tomorrow?

          Anybody spending today getting ready for 6hours of fun and 240 questions of financial heaven tomorrow? I'm talking about the CFA baby... December style, the Saturday before finals for myself as an undergrad. Horrible Idea... so a ...

    23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 3 2010 - 12:48pm -

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