Category Archives for CFA Certification

CFA or CPA: Which Qualification is Better?

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CFA vs CPA

Finance professionals often pursue professional qualifications in order to advance their careers. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations are arguably the two most prestigious titles in their respective fields. What are the differences, and which one is better? Here is the text version for your reference: CFA or CPA: An Overview […]

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CFA Exam Results: How to Understand Your June 2018 Report

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The 2018 June CFA exam results release is as follows: Level 1 and Level 2: by email in July Level 3: by email in August Given the volume of emails, do not expect to receive the results immediately after 9am. Readers seem to get it half an hour to a few hours later. The results […]

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How Many CFA Charterholders are there in the World?

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CFAs are in high demand as major investment houses prefer to hire CFA charterholders in their asset management and research divisions. But do we have an actual number of CFA Charter holders around the world, and what do they do? Let’s take a look. Latest Number of CFA Charterholders and Members As of fiscal year […]

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Why CFA is Important: 9 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Wait

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What are the benefits of doing CFA, considering the time and effort you need to participate in the program? 5 CFA Benefits Important to Your Career Among the countless finance degrees around the world, the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification has become the gold standard.” ~ Financial Times Most people agree that the CFA designation is […]

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CFA Pass Rates 2018: What the Latest Statistics Reveals

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If you are contemplating on taking CFA exam, you might want to gauge the difficulty by looking at historical CFA pass rates. Here is the passing rate trend of the 3 levels, as well as my analysis on what we can learn from these statistics. For those who prefer the text version, please find the […]

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CFA Exam Blog: 50 Best Questions from Readers

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Here is a list of CFA exam FAQ I got from fellow readers. If you have a question that you cannot find an answer to, drop us a note and we’ll do our best to respond as soon as we can. CFA Decisions 1. Is the CFA Exam worth it What are the benefits as […]

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What does CFA Stand For (and Why It’s Important to Your Career)

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CFA® stands for Chartered Financial Analyst. The title, granted by CFA Institute (formerly AIMR), is the most global qualification in finance and investment. It covers security research, asset management, portfolio management, hedge fund and other buy-side investment houses. CFA charter holders are not regulated nor granted “privilege” to perform certain attest functions (e.g. CPAs are […]

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CFA or MBA: Could Certification Replace Degree in Finance?

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Finance professionals who consider pursuing the CFA certification often think about MBA. We have a debate on CFA vs CPA on this site, and now let’s discuss whether one should pursue the CFA or MBA: Here is the transcript for those prefer to read the text: MBA is Better Because… 1. A More Well-Rounded Education […]

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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 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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