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  2. CFA June 2017 Results

    Just got my results for Level 1 and I passed. 7/10 sections over 70%, none below 51%. I am so stoked right now despite it only being level 1, anyone else get results? CFA testing asset management to Sunday, July 30, 2017- 7:55pm ...

    86 comments - 11 silver bananas - Jul 30 2017 - 8:00pm -

  3. Any Crazy CFA Success Stories?

    CFA L1 this Saturday... I've taken the LSAT before, but building confidence for this beast is pretty damn hard even if you've majored in finance, accounting, or econ and put in 300 hours already. So, to help break up some study time, are there a ...

    41 comments - 5 silver bananas - Dec 3 2017 - 11:00am -

  4. CFA level 1 best study material and tips

    I am approching the CFA level one exam and wondering about what is the best path to pass it. I really appricietate some insight about books, forum, tips and any usefull source to tackle the exam. CFA <p class="h4 m-t-none">Asset Management ...

    188 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jun 11 2017 - 9:10am -

  5. CFA Study Hours (that it took you to pass) in relation to alma mater, major, and GPA

    Basically I'm studying for the CFA Level 1 right now and everyone puts up a number of hours that they took to study. However, everyone comes from different background and has a different IQ so it would be nice to see some numbers from people who incl ...

    24 comments - 3 silver bananas - Apr 2 2018 - 6:30pm -

  6. How to Pass the CFA Exam

    Hey all, I passed the CFA exam on the first attempt and thought I'd share my methodology. Enjoy! The Time Commitment It's generally recommended that you start five/six months studying before exam day. I recommend starting seven months before. Th ...

    30 comments - 3 silver bananas - Feb 8 2018 - 12:18pm -

  7. Can a finance undergrad pass CFA 1 while in school?

    I'm a Junior/Senior undergrad at non-target and I'm hoping to take the CFA level 1 this June (I haven't enrolled yet.) I've factored that I can dedicate around 300 hours to study. 150 hours over winter break (3 1/2 weeks x 40 hours per ...

    38 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 21 2017 - 7:52am -

  8. Breaking into IBD: do you think CFA is useful?

    Do you think is useful to break into investment banking division the CFA? Or maybe is better for AM / Trading? Thanks monkeys CFA <p class="h4 m-t-none">Investment Banking Forum Resources</p><ul class="career-resources list l ...

    62 comments - 3 silver bananas - May 31 2017 - 11:21pm -

  9. 7 Things to Know to Get Your CFA Work Experience 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 ...

    84 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 19 2018 - 11:41am -

  10. 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 ...

    63 comments - 3 silver bananas - Jul 29 2016 - 6:00pm -

  11. 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: Taking the CFA- What it Takes to Pass You need to have be ...

    89 comments - 3 silver bananas - Jan 29 2018 - 7:57pm -

  12. 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 Best CFA Preparation Course Our users largely agreed that the Schweser ...

    229 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 12 2018 - 3:48pm -

  13. 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 be released via email ...

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

  14. 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, ...

    153 comments - 4 silver bananas - Oct 7 2015 - 9:35pm -

  15. What Distinction is Better- CFA, MBA, or CAIA?

    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 ...

    260 comments - 1 silver bananas - Feb 13 2018 - 7:53pm -

  16. CFA- worth it for bankers?

    I'm a 1st year analyst in a MM in lev fin and am looking into taking the CFA this year. I've read a lot though that for banking and PE it's not really beneficial. I would be doing it against my banking hours too. The views of any experience ...

    56 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jul 31 2017 - 9:04pm -

  17. "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

    For this type of interview question is: "I see my self possessing as CFA," a good answer? Interview Questions future CFA answers <p class="h4 m-t-none">Job Search Advice Forum Resources</p><ul class="career-resource ...

    92 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 19 2018 - 1:58am -

  18. 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 -

  19. 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 vs. CFA Careers When deciding between these certifications- our users believe that the CFA will be the m ...

    118 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 27 2018 - 9:15pm -

  20. 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 AM of the value of th ...

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

  21. 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...? CFA to Saturday, J ...

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

  22. 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 -

  23. 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 -

  24. Explaining CFA on Resume (for keywords)

    I'm applying for a job that lists some specific finance skills and knowledge in the job posting. It also prefers CFA charterholders or candidates. I'm thinking of putting something like: Passed CFA Level I Exam covers DCF, NPV, financial stateme ...

    21 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 2 2017 - 8:00pm -

  25. 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 ...

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

  26. 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 -

  27. Lawyer to Financial Analyst with CFA Level 1

    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 ...

    67 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 23 2018 - 4:05pm -

  28. CFA results: who took it?

    Passed L1 wooooo CFA ...

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

  29. 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 -

  30. 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 - Jan 27 2018 - 10:05pm -

  31. Quickest Route to CFO or CIO

    What is the quickest route to a CFO or CIO position (preferably at a Fortune 500 Company)? Is a financial analyst or treasury analyst position a good way to begin this pursuit, or would it be better to work in IB, ER, or Asset Management? What is the best ...

    45 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 6 2018 - 4:59pm -

  32. CFA useful?

    Is the CFA useful at all in banking? Banking CFA <p class="h4 m-t-none">Investment Banking Forum Resources</p><ul class="career-resources list list-unstyled text-left"><li><a href="https://www.wallstreet ...

    52 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 22 2018 - 7:00pm -

  33. 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 Alright guys, since we've ...

    137 comments - 13 silver bananas - Dec 31 2012 - 4:19pm -

  34. 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 -

  35. CFA vs Actuary level of difficulty

    What is the CFA and Actuary Exam? The CFA (chartered financial analyst) exam is designed to test the competence and integrity of financial analysts. This is a 3 level exam, with the first level testing basic knowledge and comprehensions questions on inves ...

    25 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 14 2018 - 2:39pm -

  36. 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 -

  37. Does passing all 3 CFA exams matter if I don’t have the work experience?

    I have always wanted to do Asset Management but got into the mortgage industry, since it was easy. That is gone now, so I can get back into what I originally liked about finance. I am confident I can pass the CFA exams. However, I am currently unemployed. ...

    28 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 30 2018 - 3:51pm -

  38. Group: CFA

    This group is for CFAs and those aspiring to pass the Chartered Financial Analyst exam. CFA WSO groups <p class="h4 m-t-none">Off Topic Forum Resources</p><ul class="career-resources list list-unstyled text-left">< ...

    43 comments - 3 silver bananas - May 24 2016 - 1:47pm -

  39. 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 -

  40. How Much Time is Needed to Study for CFA Level 1 Exam?

    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 ...

    38 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 26 2017 - 10:27pm -

  41. Thinking About CFA Level I Dec? Here's What You Need to Know

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. As we trudge through the lull before the June 2012 results, many first-timers are asking if they have enough time to take the December 2012 Level I exam. That's a fair ...

    41 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 4 2015 - 11:09am -

  42. 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 -

  43. (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 ...

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

  44. CFA in 2yrs?

    I would like to finish the 3 levels before the end of my 2 year analyst stint. Someone commented on a recent CFA related thread saying that only 6% of the people pass the 3levels consecutively (not sure about the accuracy), and this got me thinking. 1.) I ...

    31 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 29 2018 - 12:39pm -

  45. 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 ...

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

  46. 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 opportunity to help provide at ...

    57 comments - 7 silver bananas - Aug 21 2012 - 4:02am -

  47. 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 saturday for ALL levels. ...

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

  48. Professional Designations for Email Signatures and Resumes

    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 ...

    42 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 18 2016 - 12:18am -

  49. 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 ...

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

  50. 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 GMAT. I graduated with ...

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

  51. 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 -

  52. 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 ...

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

  53. 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 -

  54. 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 - 1 silver bananas - May 11 2011 - 9:21pm -

  55. 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 -

  56. 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 -

  57. Difference between CFA materials and Schweser

    Can anyone tell me what is the physical difference between the CFA materials and study notes such as Schweser (ie. how many books, how many pages). I was looking for info about level II materials but I guess it should be more or less the same for the othe ...

    20 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 6 2018 - 4:57pm -

  58. How to explain gaps in resume

    What should I say to explain the when I was: considering graduate school, looking for work, improving my health, ect. MBA resume CFA graduate school MAcc MSF Finance PhD <p class="h4 m-t-none">Job Search Advice Forum Resources</p>< ...

    39 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 23 2013 - 2:30pm -

  59. 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 in the South Finance ...

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

  60. 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 -

  61. 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 -

  62. 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 -

  63. Will financial analysts ever go extinct?

    Wondering what is WSO's take on the coming automation of financial analysis. Will markets ever get so efficient from the algos that CFA's and research associates won't be needed? hedge fund automation CFA to Tuesday, November 21, 2017- 10:5 ...

    10 comments - 2 silver bananas - Nov 21 2017 - 11:00am -

  64. 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 all are young and ov ...

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

  65. Should I study for the CFA?

    I just broke into this field as an equity research associate analyzing P&C insurance companies. I'm wondering if I should take the CFA exams. I currently have a FCAS (fellow of casualty actuarial society), so I'm not sure if there is that mu ...

    67 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 5 2010 - 2:01pm -

  66. Is it too late to start studying CFA?

    I plan on taking CFA level 1 this year but started a new job and didn't get started as early as I'd like. At this point do you consider December to be reasonable or should I wait to sit for it in June? CFA analyst ...

    12 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jul 31 2017 - 5:48am -

  67. 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 -

  68. CFA vs Master's vs Both

    1) Will getting a CFA level 1 help me get into a business school at all? 2) Will it help me get an internship or switch out of a job thats more related to finance? 3) Is a CFA more prestigious than a Master's degree in finance? 4) If you are pursuing ...

    47 comments - 1 silver bananas - Jun 17 2012 - 6:24am -

  69. 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 goal. Why did you take ...

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

  70. 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 -

  71. 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 -

  72. Motivating for the CFA

    How do you motivate yourself to stay after work to study for the CFA? I am a huge procrastinator and find it nearly impossible to stay late after work when my normal work is done and I could conceivably go to the gym, go watch TV, go hang out with friends ...

    22 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 5 2017 - 12:01pm -

  73. 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 -

  74. CFA or Graduate in 3/3.5 years- Target with a 4.0

    I'm in the process of choosing my classes for next semester and it would be possible to graduate in 3 years, and definitely graduate in 3.5 years. When I was talking to my alumni mentor, he recommended that I try and complete the CFA Level 1 during m ...

    19 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 23 2018 - 1:25pm -

  75. 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 - Apr 3 2017 - 8:14am -

  76. 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 ...

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

  77. 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 -

  78. 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 -

  79. 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 -

  80. Investment Analyst at Insurance Firm to Fund Manager

    Hi all, I secured a job after graduating and am currently working as an Investment Analyst at a large Insurance firm's investment management team on fixed income. I hope to eventually work at a large fund manager one day and move up the ranks. Quick ...

    8 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 13 2018 - 2:21am -

  81. 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 -

  82. 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 -

  83. 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 -

  84. 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 back office work, I cou ...

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

  85. 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 -

  86. 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 - 1 silver bananas - Nov 8 2010 - 8:41am -

  87. 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 qu ...

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

  88. 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 -

  89. 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 -

  90. 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 -

  91. Do you have an advanced degree?

    Yes, MBA only 8% (33 votes) Yes, MSF only 12% (50 votes) Yes, CFA only 6% (26 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) Yes MSF, and CFA and/o ...

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

  92. 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 <p class="h4 m-t-none">Job Search Advice Forum Resource ...

    18 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 7 2016 - 10:44pm -

  93. 7 Habits of Highly Effective CFA Candidates

    This article is originally from 300Hours.com. You can read the full article here. By Sophie,  Regular Contributor.  Check out her  previous posts  to learn how to optimise your life and ace the CFA exams in 18 months, even with a full-time job. She can be ...

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

  94. Dual CFA/CPA Designation

    I remember looking at a pretty well known Newport Beach HF a while ago and noticed that ~75% of analysts on their website had a dual CFA / CPA designation. I thought it was kind of an odd mix to have, but apparently someone wants to hire them. Anyone else ...

    14 comments - 1 silver bananas - Feb 23 2018 - 1:25pm -

  95. 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 -

  96. 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 financial advisor roles ( ...

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

  97. 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 -

  98. "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 -

  99. 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 -

  100. 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 -

  101. What graduate program can make you a better investor rather than a better candidate for a job in asset management?

    I have been considering the debate between getting your CFA, MBA, or both, and after much thought I am not sure either make you a better investor per se. Both can increase your knowledge set, and a MBA can help you switch careers seamlessly, but I am trul ...

    7 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 28 2018 - 11:33am -

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