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Key Tips to Pass the Level III Constructed Response (Essay) Exam

Key Tips to Pass the Level III Constructed Response (Essay) Exam

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2 weeks ago

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The 5 Fallacies of Level III CFA® Exam

You often hear the statistic quoted that the CFA® Level III exam has a 54% pass rate, and is therefore relatively ‘easy’ to pass. Not so fast – that number is deceiving. Here’s the reality – if you don’t get started studying in September for the June...

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1 month ago

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CFA® Charter vs. CAIA® Charter: Everything You Need to Know

In the finance world, there seems to be a sea (or is that a C?) of financial designations. Two of the most frequently mentioned are the CFA® charter and the CAIA® charter. If you’re thinking about becoming a financial analyst, these are two designations...

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4 months ago

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Is the CFA® Charter Worth It?

Is the CFA® charter worth it? You might be asking yourself that question as you ponder at least four years of studying, reviewing, hard work, and difficult exams. Perhaps you’ve visited Analyst Forum and seen threads about whether you gain anything from...

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5 months ago

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Getting the Most from Your 300 Hours of CFA® Program Exam Preparation

Whether you’re sitting for Level I, Level II, or Level III of the CFA® Program exam, CFA Institute recommends that you allot, at minimum, 300 hours for study for each level. However, if you try to cram all 300 hours into the last few months before the...

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5 months ago

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The Differences Between the Level II and Level III CFA® Program Exams

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve successfully passed (or at least sat for) the Level II CFA® Program exam. Congratulations on making it this far! You’ve probably heard Level III is quite different from Levels I and II. This article will break...

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6 months ago

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The Top 10 Differences between the Level I and Level II CFA® Program Exams

A frequent topic of discussion among CFA® Program candidates is how one level of the exam compares to the next. The near-universal consensus is that Level II is a significant step up from Level I in a number of ways. The following ten points outline some...

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6 months ago

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What Do People Look for Today? One Word: Experience

What Do People Look for Today? One Word: Experience Ever ask your boss a question and find them struggling to provide you with guidance? You become further dismayed when their response lacks depth and critical reasoning. You fear probing any further...

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1 year ago

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Interpreting Your CFA® Exam Results in the New Format

In recent sittings, CFA Institute has changed the way a candidate’s exam performance is reported. The new format of the CFA® exam results gives a wealth of information on performance overall, performance compared to the minimum passing score, performance...

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1 year ago

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Fintech Topics Coming to the CFA® Exam in 2019

CFA® candidates preparing for their 2019 exams at Levels I and II will find new applications of technology in financial services are now included in the CFA curriculum, under the general heading of “fintech.” This introduction to fintech presents an...

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1 year ago

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O. Nathan Ronen, CFA, MBA, JD, PhD, FRM, CAIA, CPA, CFP, CMT—Impressed? You Shouldn’t Be!

First, other than the CFA and MBA, I do not hold the accreditations or designations above. Second, I am going to address what I believe to be the perils of having too many letters after your name, but with a caveat: I know there are others out there...

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1 year ago

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About the CFA® Level I Exam

If you have considered sitting for Level I of the CFA® exam, you probably have questions. You’re always welcome to reach out to our knowledgeable Student Support team with any questions you have about preparing for the exam. We’ve also created this...

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1 year ago

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About the CFA® Level II Exam

You’ve reached your first milestone on the way to becoming a CFA® charterholder by passing the Level I exam! So next up is Level II. As a recognized leader in CFA exam prep, Kaplan Schweser fields a wide variety of questions from candidates preparing...

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1 year ago

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Most Frequently Asked Questions About the CFA® Level III Exam

By this point, you’re a CFA® exam veteran. After passing the Level I and Level II exams, your confidence is strong. That confidence is an asset, but don’t take your foot off the gas just yet. Passing Level III is going to take some work. We answer...

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1 year ago

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Why Become a CFA charterholder? Look at the benefits.

Competition is fierce across the financial industry. Institutional investment firms such as investment banks, hedge funds, and advisory firms all vie for greater market share and higher profits. Likewise, job candidates compete for the most desirable...

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1 year ago

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Potential jobs for CFA candidates

Passing the CFA exam is extremely difficult and time-consuming, but it’s certainly worth it in the long run. If one examines career trajectories within the financial industry, most of the top positions are reserved for people who have some type of...

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1 year ago

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CAIA Blog Posts

CAIA® vs. FRM®: Everything You Need to Know

In the finance world, two common designations are CAIA® and FRM®. If you’re thinking about becoming a financial analyst or working with investments, these are two designations that could advance your career. So, what’s the difference and which is right...

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4 months ago

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How to Become a CAIA® Charterholder

By completing the CAIA® program, you will become part of the elite global community of over 9,000 Chartered Alternative Investment Analysts in over 80 countries. Not only that, but you’ll be making a significant investment in your career.

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4 months ago

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What Can You Do with a CAIA® Charter?

Top employers value the CAIA® Charter, and it is recognized globally as the highest standard of achievement in alternative investment education. Charterholders demonstrate their knowledge and interest in specific financial products known as alternative...

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4 months ago

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FRM Blog Posts

FRM® Certification vs. CFA® Charter: Make an Informed Decision

In the finance world, two common designations are the FRM® certification and CFA® charter. If you’re thinking about becoming a financial analyst or working with investments, these are two designations that could advance your career. So, what’s the...

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4 months ago

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How to Become a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®)

If you want to further your credentials as a risk manager, move forward in your professional development, and have certain qualities you might be thinking about becoming a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM®).

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4 months ago

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What Can You Do With the FRM® Certification?

With the Financial Risk Management (FRM®) designation, you have a credential that can set you apart in the financial services industry. Many of the top financial firms employ FRM certificate holders because they are seen as having attained the “gold...

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4 months ago

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