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  1. Which CFA Study Program Do You Recommend?

          Good afternoon monkeys, I have recently been doing research for the CFA 1 exam which I plan to take in June 2016. Im looking to get a head start not he studying process. For those who have taken the CFA 1 exam, I am curious what your ...

    41 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 3 2015 - 2:00pm -

  2. CFA Level 1 study hours with finance background?

          Hi Monkeys, Since I'm in the last semester of b-school, and secured a ft ibd job, I have a lot of time on my hands and thus I'm thinking of studying for CFA 1. I see people suggesting 250h of study, which seems a bit much. S ...

    34 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 9 2015 - 9:29am -

  3. CFA level 1 exam December 2015

          Good luck to all of those taking level 1 tomorrow. Thought I'd make a thread for people who have taken CFA exams who could maybe offer tips for those taking the exam tomorrow. I probably won't be taking level 1 for 2-3 years ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 4 2015 - 3:10pm -

  4. Breaking in with a CFA for a college grad.

          Hi guys, I've got kind of a plan about breaking into finance and I just want to know your thoughts. Background: Double major in systems engineering and economics from a school like Texas, UVa, or Michigan. I'm in the Class o ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 15 2016 - 2:15am -

  5. 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 -

  6. 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 -

  7. 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 -

  8. 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 -

  9. Fastest way to Cover all CFA Level 1 books?

          I registered for the Exam Last night and I'm trying to come up with the best strategy/timeline to cover all the books and have at least the last 2 1/2 weeks of November to just take mock exams. I know a lot people will tell me to ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 16 2015 - 9:26pm -

  10. Why Are CFA Pass Rates Declining?

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. So June 2012 CFA season is fully over! Congratulations to those who passed, and to those who didn't make it this time- come back fighting and you'll get it in the ...

    24 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:39am -

  11. 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 -

  12. Before Graduation CFA or GMAT Prep

          Fellow Monkeys, I'm trying to figure out if I should take the CFA Level 1 or GMAT before I graduate in May. The plan is to head to b-school in 3 years, and I do want to continue my career in an investment-oriented role. Do you th ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 17 2015 - 10:25pm -

  13. 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 -

  14. 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 ...

    20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:23am -

  15. 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 -

  16. 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 -

  17. CFA level 1 final prep/mocks

          Hey guys, Coming up on crunch time for lvl 1 in December. Any recommendations for final prep / mocks to take? I am using Kaplan Schweser and have done 2 mocks thus far (68 and 72) and about 800 qbank questions. Plan to do prob 3 more ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 18 2015 - 12:38pm -

  18. One does not simply walk into the CFA exam room without a strategy! Looking for tips and advice…

          The CFA Level I exam is less than 30 days away. Like most first timers I am going through a difficult time in internalizing the topics and scope of applications. Keeping in mind the approaching deadline what do you think is the best p ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 10 2014 - 11:05pm -

  19. What can I do to get ready for CFA level 1 in December?

          Anyone already having experience, or is willing to help is much appreciated. Thanks.:) CFA 1 ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 15 2015 - 3:43am -

  20. Failing the CFA Exams

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. As the CFA is no ordinary set of exams, the  high failure rates   mean that there is significantly more disappointment than the average qualification. Also, CFA candidates t ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:00am -

  21. CFA Level 1 question

          About to sign up for CFA level 1 in December...Any tips? I'm most curious about any supplemental (in addition to the curriculum they provide upon registration) study materials I should know about. I've read about the Schwese ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 29 2014 - 10:15pm -

  22. The Complete Checklist of Items to Bring to CFA Exam Day

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. The Dec Level I CFA candidates take the exam this weekend. Knowing & preparing what you're going to bring can make a lot of difference in your exam- taking the exam ...

    11 comments - 1 silver bananas - May 20 2015 - 9:51am -

  23. CFA Level 1 Anyone else taking it in December?

          Anyone sitting for it? CFA 1 ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 13 2015 - 11:12pm -

  24. CFA Question- Graduating Summa Cum Laude

          Hey, Graduating Summa Cum Laude Math & Finance in May. Is the CFA 1 (I'll take in december) worth my time and money? Thanks, B CFA 1 ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 19 2016 - 11:35am -

  25. 7 Effective Ways to Make and Keep Your CFA New Year's Resolution

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by maki ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:13am -

  26. CFA I- How to study?

          What should be square one if I'm taking it 8 months from now in December? Also, am I going to need to be using excel a lot, or I am fine with using my personal MAC? Any and all other suggestions would be greatly appreciated CFA 1 ...

    18 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 16 2014 - 3:19pm -

  27. 1 Month CFA Study Plan

          Background: I am a recent MSF graduate who will be starting an IB position in late June. Additionally, I was stupid enough to think I would have (read: make) time to study for the CFA during the spring semester. I have to take level 1 ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 13 2014 - 3:11pm -

  28. CFA Results Arriving Soon!

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. As we approach results day, hope all of you expecting your results aren't getting too antsy! I have been keeping busy myself- I've been working on something for re ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:08am -

  29. CFA Level 1 study timeframe

          Can anyone that has done the CFA tell me if it's possible to get through the level 1 curriculum in 2 months? (I studied electrical engineering at undergrad level so have no background in finance. CFA 1 ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 30 2014 - 1:23pm -

  30. Ethics in the CFA Exam- Why You Should Master It

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. I pretty much flew solo for my CFA Level I exam- most of my friends were taking Level I with me so I didn't really have any words of wisdom from more experienced candid ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:08am -

  31. CFA Level 1 before final year of graduation?

          Can I take the CFA Level 1 before the final year of graduation? CFA 1 ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 4 2014 - 2:07pm -

  32. What You Need to Do to Earn the CFA Charter

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. There has been a lot written on  the usefulness of the CFA qualification towards your career, but this post isn't another one of them. Instead, for the ones that are co ...

    5 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:21am -

  33. CFA Time management

          Guys I know that this topic is one of the most repetitive here:) But I really want to ask monkey's who have passed CFA lvl 1, How did you manage to prepare for it, if you had full time job+ "life"+gym? Is it all managea ...

    28 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 1 2012 - 7:40am -

  34. CFA Level 1...anyone pull it off w/ just 2 weeks of study?

          Anyone here manage to pass level 1 with only 2 weeks of studying? CFA 1 ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 22 2014 - 1:08am -

  35. CFA more crucial for non target schools?

    Pursuing an MS Fin at a top regional university, but not necessarily a target school. My thinking is that the CFA has added value for the less elite a school is. Many posts say the cfa isn't worth it. Looking for guidance. Looking to break into an as ...

    14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 29 2012 - 6:33pm -

  36. 10 Tips for CFA Dec Level I Takers

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Last week (12th September) was the last deadline to register for the CFA December Level I 2012 exams. The gate's closed now. If you were planning to take Dec Level I, h ...

    4 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:19am -

  37. Your One-Page Primer for CFA Results Day Tomorrow

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Happy Monday readers! It was an awesome weekend, weather-wise, in London. I participated in a Spartan Race and f**ked up my ankle slightly, but overall my weekend's awe ...

    5 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:04am -

  38. CFA Prep Course

    After carefully searching the archives, it appears that Kaplan Schweser is the preferred CFA prep course... but they offer several tiers of prep packages, which one is the best value??? Do you really need all the extra bells & whistles like note ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 7 2014 - 4:00pm -

  39. CFA Levels Value

          Hi, I was wondering if it is only worth to take the CFA if I try to pass all 3 levels. I was only thinking of going up to Level 1. Is there any value in passing CFA Level 1? CFA CFA 1 ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 5 2014 - 3:33pm -

  40. CFA Level 1 and GMAT during same year?

    I currently work in the life science/pharmaceutical field and am trying to break into ER and thus will be taking the CFA level 1 this coming June. I was also planning on taking the GMAT this year to apply for MBA admission the following year. Since it wou ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 27 2011 - 9:40pm -

  41. CFA Prep Programs: Worth it or not?

          Hi, I am looking to take the CFA Level 1 in December. Has anyone used the Prep programs for additional help? If so, were they helpful. For example, I am looking at using 7 City Learning and was wondering if their tutoring was worth th ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 21 2012 - 5:30pm -

  42. CFA results tomorrow......

          Well, I studied my ass off for 350+ hours for L1. Hit about 80 on mocks (did 7 or 8 or them). Did over 2000 practice questions in addition to mocks. Walked out of exam feeling like I failed, but really not sure how I did. Guessed on w ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 23 2012 - 10:20am -

  43. Make the Most of Your CFA Status On Your CV

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. D-day for Level I and II June 2012 is over, and for better or worse, hopefully you've gotten through the worst of your hangover by now. If you didn't make it this ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:59am -

  44. CFA Results This Week? Here's How You Might Break It Down Further.

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. Hope you're fired up for Level I and II results next week! An overwhelming number of you indicated failure is no barrier- more than 70% of you would retake immediately ...

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

  45. Kaplan Schweser CFA Level 1 feedback

          Curious to see what people have thought about Kaplan Schweser's books and materials? Also, was wondering about the Qbank? Is it helpful? CFA 1 ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 3 2014 - 2:38am -

  46. CFA Level I Help

    I recently signed up for the CFA Level I exam in December. I don't have a lot of finance experience, I'm about half way through my MBA program and I have a liberal arts degree. I'm not currently working, so I plan on putting in 2-3 hours a ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 17 2012 - 3:41pm -

  47. CFA 2013 verification

    I have been so f*cking stupid. I thought to save a few bucks by ordering the Schweser notes 2013 CFA level 1 from ebay. When the package arrived it contained copies of the Schweser notes (not the original books). I already want to prepare for the December ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 21 2012 - 4:11pm -

  48. Things I dislike about the CFA Program

          I know that the CFA is a well regarded program among the Investment community and it can help your chances of getting a better job at an AM firm, ER, PWM and maybe even PE or HF. But Damn it why do they have to focus so much pages on ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 13 2015 - 8:00pm -

  49. CFA formula approach

    Can any recent Level 1 examinees share what formulas or topics they did/did not/wish they had memorize(d) for the exam? In the midst of prepping my formula sheet now. I'm imagining that for example memorizing the formula for excess kurtosis wil ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 25 2012 - 4:44pm -

  50. CFA Online Course

          I'm currently finishing my undergraduation in Civil Engineering in Brazil. I'm having a great internship at a local M&A Boutique that belongs to one of the biggest pharmacy retailers in the country. However I think that, ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 14 2015 - 9:09am -

  51. How many hours for your CFA Level 1: 2012

          All of you who think they flunk CFA level 1: How many hours you put in for preparation.. All of you who think they will pass CFA level 1: How many hours you put in for preparation.. Be honest, And information if you have finance backg ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 8 2012 - 4:33pm -

  52. Selling 2015 CFA Level 1 books

          I am selling complete 2015 Scheweser Level 1 self study package (books 1-5, practice exams 1-2, quicksheet) and CFA Institute Level 1 materials (books 1-6). Brand new. PM me if interested. CFA 1 books ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 23 2015 - 12:12am -

  53. Anyone else facing a quarter life crisis?

    Just an introduction. I'm residing in Singapore and on my last year of a BSc Economics and Management under the University of London International program. I don't know if it's recognised as far as outside Singapore is concerned but the cul ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 3 2012 - 5:10am -

  54. Macc CFA Vs. MSF

          What would be a better option to break into an IB analyst position. MaAc with CFA level 2, or MSF? I know that the majority of the WSO community say the Maac is worthless for IB, but it seems like most the IB work is accounting. MAac ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Jun 19 2016 - 11:36am -

  55. CFA mock exams

          I have been taking the practice tests from the CFA institute and wanted to see if anyone could provide some color with how they compare to the actual exam in terms of difficulty. I am also a CPA and remember not passing any of the moc ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 28 2016 - 4:13pm -

  56. 2012 or 2011 Level 1 Schwesser Notes

          I am thinking of giving CFA Level1 in December. Wondering if some one can direct me to link for cheap Schwesser Note 2012. Read some where that Economics section is changed between 2011 and 2012. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 9 2012 - 10:39pm -

  57. Just got CFA Level 1 Books!

    Just got em in today for the June lvl 1. Continuing working my current job for the time being, but looking to make a change in the summer (after the test) Any idea of how to get an internship at a PWM, boutique investment bank, asset management? Backgroun ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 1 2013 - 2:58am -

  58. CFA Sudden Death: A PCP Investigation

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. PCP is not a common phenomenon in the CFA exams- most candidates would probably pass through the exams without ever knowing what it is. Pray that you never have to find out ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:42am -

  59. CFA vs Financial Modeling/practical courses during summer before MSF?

          My goal is to break into ib/big 4 cf. I'm contemplating either taking CFA level 1 in summer or mastering FM. My question is how beneficial is CFA for ib/non am recruiting? Should I take the CFA in summer to give that time to focu ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Feb 11 2016 - 3:55pm -

  60. Passing the CFA with only reading the Key Concept sections at the end of the Chapter?

          Don't shoot i'm not with #OWS wondering if any monkeys passed the CFA with strictly reading only the key concepts sections at the end of the chapters are working with the questions. This mountain of reading blows CFA 1 ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 14 2011 - 6:12pm -

  61. CFA institute questions vs Schweser

          Hi, quick question: taking level 1 of the CFA this december and just started using the CFAI practice questions after doing most of the Schweser ones. Is it just me or the CFAI ones are much more difficult? I mean, they don't seem ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 21 2015 - 3:04pm -

  62. Hello WSO, new member introduction

          Hello WSO. I've come here hoping to improve my chances of landing a job as an analyst, preferably in ER or IB. My background being at having completed undergrad at a non-target school, with an average GPA, and no clear idea where ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 29 2015 - 10:01pm -

  63. CFA level 1 good MBA year 1 preview?

          Does anyone have any insight on whether the CFA Level 1 exam is a good primer to gauge work handle-ability and curriculum exposure for a top-20 2 year MBA program? As in, since CFA 1 covers such a broad array of topics, would doing it ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 25 2012 - 1:48pm -

  64. Goal: real estate analyst entry level pos, Paths: Go back to school for MSF or pass CFA I?

          So my goal is to obtain an entry level position as a real estate finance analyst at either a bank, REIT, PE firm, or REIB. However, my degree is in Business Marketing (grad. 2011) and its from a non-target school in California. I' ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Mar 25 2015 - 3:12pm -

  65. CFA Level 1

    I am about to signup for the upcoming CFA Level 1 exam in June 2015. I am going to be a senior at DePaul University and am enrolled full time in school. Can any of you who were in a similar position as I am now provide me with what did and did not work we ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 12 2014 - 6:49pm -

  66. What We Learnt from Analyzing CFA Level III 2012 Results

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. How well do you expect to perform in Level III? Since the June exam results, we've covered Level I and Level II extensively. Our analysis broke down the topics' pe ...

    1 comment - 2 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 10:18am -

  67. 3 Key Factors to Nailing CFA Ethics

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. If you're new to the CFA exams, hopefully by now you're aware of  how important mastering Ethics is to your CFA studies. In this follow-up post to the importance o ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:07am -

  68. Anyone selling CFA Level 1 materials?

          Congrats to those that just finished up the CFA exams (hopefully you passed). I am looking for someone selling additional study materials / access, preferably Schweser materials. Also, feel free to provide advice on what did/didn' ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Jun 15 2014 - 6:08pm -

  69. Best way to study for CFA level 1

          Slacked off and have one month left to go through all ten topics. Practice exams are pretty difficult for me. Any suggestions? CFA 1 ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - May 3 2014 - 7:17pm -

  70. Thoughts on Mr. Arif's Youtube lectures?

    what are the best video lectures for level 1? CFA 1 ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Mar 17 2014 - 8:09pm -

  71. Corporate Finance or Consulting + CFA-> ER/AM

          I'm a graduating senior this year and I am contemplating signing up to take level one of the CFA in July 2013. My goal is to get into buyside/sellside research, however, I only have offers in consulting and corporate finance. If ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Sep 20 2012 - 4:24pm -

  72. CFA L1 Ebook 2012

          Does anyone have the 2012 L1 Ebook? If anyone is willing to share, I'm open to sending you all of the Schweser stuff that I purchased (audio review files, quick sheet, and a few other Ebooks) PM me if interested. CFA 1 ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 27 2011 - 8:26pm -

  73. JD of Financial Analyst

          The following post illustrates the JD of a Financial Analyst. http://www.thecfaexperience.com/2011/12/financial-... finance CFA Job Description Financial Analyst CFA 1 ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 17 2011 - 11:38am -

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