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CFA Economics: 5 Actionable Tips to Save Your Sanity

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The CFA Economics section represents 6-9% in Level 1, 5-10% in Level 2, and 5-10% in Level 3. While not considered heavily tested, it is an important topic throughout the CFA exam. Candidates’ Typical Frustrations: CFA Economics Candidates have very different views on Economics for the CFA exam. Some find the questions easy to score, […]

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CFA Mock Exam vs Real: Is it Necessary (and More Difficult)?

The CFA mock exam is one of the best tools to get you prepared for the big day. But many don’t take it. So why do CFA candidates skip the CFA mock exam? And why you shouldn’t follow their footsteps? Please find the text version below for your reference. The Psychology of CFA Mock Exams […]

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CFA Level 3 Essay: Question Format, Grading and Tips

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The Level 3 CFA Exam has two parts: 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 strategies for your test day. CFA Level 3 Essay Format This 3-hour exam has […]

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CFA Level 2 Item Sets: The Complete Guide

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In the CFA Level 2 exam, you will face a new exam format known as CFA item sets. What exactly are the the CFA Level 2 item sets? How hard are the CFA items sets, and how can you master them? Well, I’ll try to answer those questions and more in this post! CFA Level […]

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

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The CFA Level 2 exam is built on candidates’ knowledge from Level 1. The Level 2 CFA exam has a higher pass rate, but it doesn’t mean that Level 2 is easier than Level 1. So in this post, I’ll give you  an analysis of CFA Level 2 vs Level 1 as well as the […]

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Kaplan Schweser CFA Review: Why Kaplan Schweser is the #1 CFA Course

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Kaplan Schweser CFA is the most established brand in the CFA prep course market. For years, candidates could either use the CFAI textbook alone or CFAI plus Kaplan Schweser. Nothing else was available… until recently when real competition finally showed up. So given the number of other CFA reviews that are available now, is Kaplan […]

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CFA Portfolio Management Study Tips

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Portfolio management is one of the topics tested on the CFA Level 1 exam. However, only 8-12% of the CFA questions on Level 1 will cover portfolio management. But then, this topic gradually grows in significance as you progress through the three levels on the CFA exam. For example, in Level 3, half of the […]

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CFA FSA Level 1 Tips: 5 Actionable Strategies to Nail Your Exam

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CFA FSA (CFA Financial Statement Analysis), also known as “FSA,” is one of the most heavily weighted sections in CFA Level 1 and Level 2 exams, representing 11-14% and 10-15% of the total syllabus, respectively. (Level 3 doesn’t cover FSA.) What’s more, CFA Level 1 covers all aspects of basic financial accounting. For those who […]

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CFA Quant Study Tips for Level 1 and 2

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The CFA quant section is the most mathematical and formula-driven part of the CFA exam. Plus, quantitative methods are also important in the first two levels of the CFA exam, representing 6-9% in Level 1 and 5-10% in Level 2. In Level 1, candidates are expected to know the basics of quantitative methods. They should […]

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CFA Fixed Income Study Tips for Level 1, 2, and 3

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The CFA fixed income section is a crucial part of your journey toward becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst — how can one become a CFA without mastering such an important asset class? Because of this, the coverage of fixed income is quite comprehensive throughout the exam. It represents 11-14% in Level 1, 10-15% in Level […]

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