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CAIA Exam Fee and Related Program Costs in 2017

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The CAIA program can be a substantial investment! A typical candidate should expect to spend at least $3,000 to get the designation, and $350 every year to keep the membership active. Here is the cost breakdown. CAIA Exam Fee Breakdown 1. Enrollment One-time non-refundable fee of $400 that you need to pay before taking the […]

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CFA Exam Success Stories

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We are in the process of collecting success stories from candidates. If you’ve got the good news, please email us at stephanie@financeresume.net. Thank you! In the meantime, you might want to check out the FAQ page.

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Is the CFA Worth It? The Surprise Answer with 5 Reasons

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You may be surprised to find such a post on a CFA exam preparation site. After seeing many people who have regretted starting the CFA journey for various reason, we want to ask each of our readers to stand back and ask this basic question: Why are you getting the CFA? Here are the common […]

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CFA Level 3 Essay: Question Format, Grading and Tips

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There are two parts in the Level 3 exam: the structured response (essay) exam in the morning, and item-set multiple choice questions in the afternoon. This post focuses on the CFA Level 3 essay section: the format, grading, preparation tips and exam strategy on the day. CFA Level 3 Essay Format In this 3-hour exam, […]

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CFA Level 2 Item Sets: The Complete Guide

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In Level 2, you are going to face a new exam format, known as the item sets. What exactly are they? What’s tough about them, and how can you master them? CFA Level 2 Item Sets at a Glance The item set is a type of multiple choice questions, but 6 questions are grouped together […]

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Why the CFA Last Day of Registration is (Realistically) August 17

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The CFA exam has three registration deadline for candidates with varying commitments. For the upcoming December 2016 exam, the deadlines are: Early-bird: Mar 16 Regular: Aug 17 Last: Sep 14 In reality, the September deadline doesn’t make sense. You’d Pay Almost Double in September Seriously, would you do that? Deadline  Cost $ increase from early-bird […]

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Thanks for the Verification

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Hey, thanks for all the trouble — I hope you understand that the verification is necessary to tackle spamming. You will find the first e-lesson in your mailbox tomorrow. Chat later, Stephanie

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CFA Exemptions (and Waivers You Gain after Passing Level 1)

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There is no exemptions for CFA exam as far as I know. Once you start on your CFA journey and pass the Level 1 exam, you start to enjoy the various waivers that you can get from other professional exams and certification. Most of these exemptions are related to security trading, investment advice and portfolio […]

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How Hard is CFA Level 2 Exam? Curriculum, Pass Rate and Difficulty

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The CPA Level 2 exam is built on candidates’ knowledge on Level 1. You will see a higher pass rate, but it doesn’t mean the exam is getting easier. Please find below an analysis of CFA Level 2 vs Level 1, curriculum, exam grading and pass rate trend. CFA Level 2 Curriculum The topics should […]

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Kaplan Schweser CFA 2017: Is This Really the Better Prep Course?

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Kaplan Schweser CFA is the most established brand in the CFA prep course market. Candidates either use CFAI text book alone, or CFAI plus Schweser. Nothing else… until recently when real competition finally comes in. Are Schweser really that good? Should you stick with the biggest name or is there better product in the market? […]

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