Fundamental analysis vs Technical analysis

This is mainly addressed to those who have tried both techniques, Fundamental analysis and Technical Analysis, but of course, everyone is free to comment.

Hi! I have read some articles as well as books on both techniques and their users and the following has been stuck to my head:

Technical analysis: (hard work)

- Just read a couple of books to learn them.

- Read charts(support and resistance, trends, fibonacci, japanese candlesticks and do risk management to lessen risk.

- May get a return of 50% or more(sometimes even 100%) in less than a year.

Path to being a Fund Manager (how do you get there)?

This mainly aim for recruiters and fund managers 


I would like to be a fund manager as soon as possible, but I’m not sure where to start. I know what I am asking may not be an easy task, but I would greatly appreciate it if you guys can help me out. 

I would like to know 

1. where do I begin before I get to being a fund manager? (I read entry level for equity research is research associate then equity analyst and finally portfolio manager… did I miss anything?)

Entering the Finance Industry

Hi Guys,

I’m a person with average grades (GPA around 3.5)  from an average private university in my country. I have minimal contacts from the finance / banking industry that i can utilise but I really want to get myself into one of those investment banks.

From what I’ve heard from the people that I talked to, it’s basically impossible for a fresh grad like me to get hired by top investment banks upon graduation. 

Do You Think This Is Fair Comp?

I’m having a hard time with finding hard numbers on this, so I thought I would ask AF. I work at a fairly large, private, multi-family office (~ US $5 billion AUM) in their investments group. My responsibilities include managing the client fixed income portfolios (US $200 million, a very very small portion of the overall AUM of the firm), equity manager due dilligence, and performance reporting.

Can CFA satisfy MBA requirement?

I have a BS in Finance and will soon be a charterholder. I am applying to new jobs, several of which state MBA preferred / required. Have any of you been in a similar position, and have argued that the CFA should satisfy this requirement? Thanks.

I need tough practice questions

Hello all.

I’m taking L1 in June and I’d like a bank of difficult practice questions to suppliment the CFAI material I’m using. 

My wife (along with my cousin, a charterholder, and numerous others) have said that while the Kaplan reading material questions are good, the Q-bank is generally too easy so I’m going to steer clear of that.  In a perfect world, any challenging Q-bank would include good explanations to the answers, too.

Any help is much appreciated!

What keeps you going?

The moment we decided that we were to take up CFA, we knew it was a long and tough journey.

Sometimes we might need some extra motivation or a pat on the back to keep us going on this journey. For those that are currently going on this gruesome journey, what motivates you to keep pressing on? Where do you find the energy to push yourself the extra mile? 

Also for those who eventually became a charteredholder, where did you find the strengh the make it through the whole thing? 

Best Career Path

First time poster here, I was just hoping to gain some insights from those who have had or witnessed similar experiences. I normally search the internet for answers to my questions, but this one proved to be a bit too personal and specific! Here is the situation:

Testing Effect

Hello folks,

I’ve been reading about testing effect, which basically says that doing questions > reading the material (at least for review, I guess).

I’ve finished all the readings for June, and I’m really tempted to review only by questions and don’t read everything one more time.

What do you think?


Here some papers on the subject:


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