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Just for fun, What is your bio?  What kind of job do you work?  How long have you been studying?  You’ve got this thing on lock.  Thanks in advance.

"so much better than the other CFA prep courses." - Matt B., USA

Here’s the short bio (the stuff overlaps; I’m not 170 years old):

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Math
  • 30 years in software development (numerical control systems, navigation, traffic control, optimization, portfolio analysis, bond market simulation, oil processing plant design, computer-aided design, Monte Carlo simulation, database development)
  • 10 years designing EFP warheads
  • 6 years analyzing mortgage-backed securities
  • 12 years in project risk management
  • 20 years teaching university mathematics
  • 9 years teaching finance (CFA review courses (all levels, in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor ON, London, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Singapore, Malaysia), asset allocation, international finance, cash flow analysis)
  • 9 years teaching project management (risk management, cost management, quality management, problem solving and decision making)
  • 20 years as a professional magician
  • Member of the 2012 US TREC team: rode in the 2012 TREC (equestrian) World Championship in Mafra, Portugal
  • CFA charterholder
  • Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), Hollywood, CA

The usual.

These days I mostly teach CFA courses, consult in risk management, write software, ride horses, and do magic shows.  I’m recovering from surgery to replace my right ACL which I tore one week before the TREC World Championship in Mafra (I rode almost non-stop for just over nine hours after I’d torn it), and getting in shape for the next World Championship in 2016 in Spain.

I got my charter in 1999, having studied with Schweser for three years; my Level I review course was taught by Carl Schweser, and my Level II course and Level III course were taught by Andy Temte (who succeeded Carl).

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S2000magician wrote:

Here’s the short bio (the stuff overlaps; I’m not 170 years old):

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Math
  • 30 years in software development (numerical control systems, navigation, traffic control, optimization, portfolio analysis, bond market simulation, oil processing plant design, computer-aided design, Monte Carlo simulation, database development)
  • 10 years designing EFP warheads
  • 6 years analyzing mortgage-backed securities
  • 12 years in project risk management
  • 20 years teaching university mathematics
  • 9 years teaching finance (CFA review courses (all levels, in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor ON, London, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Singapore, Malaysia), asset allocation, international finance, cash flow analysis)
  • 9 years teaching project management (risk management, cost management, quality management, problem solving and decision making)
  • 20 years as a professional magician
  • Member of the 2012 US TREC team: rode in the 2012 TREC (equestrian) World Championship in Mafra, Portugal
  • CFA charterholder
  • Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), Hollywood, CA

The usual.

These days I mostly teach CFA courses, consult in risk management, write software, ride horses, and do magic shows.  I’m recovering from surgery to replace my right ACL which I tore one week before the TREC World Championship in Mafra (I rode almost non-stop for just over nine hours after I’d torn it), and getting in shape for the next World Championship in 2016 in Spain.

I got my charter in 1999, having studied with Schweser for three years; my Level I review course was taught by Carl Schweser, and my Level II course and Level III course were taught by Andy Temte (who succeeded Carl).

Were you in the Shweser videos?

kmj2318 wrote:
S2000magician wrote:
Here’s the short bio (the stuff overlaps; I’m not 170 years old):
  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Math
  • 30 years in software development (numerical control systems, navigation, traffic control, optimization, portfolio analysis, bond market simulation, oil processing plant design, computer-aided design, Monte Carlo simulation, database development)
  • 10 years designing EFP warheads
  • 6 years analyzing mortgage-backed securities
  • 12 years in project risk management
  • 20 years teaching university mathematics
  • 9 years teaching finance (CFA review courses (all levels, in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor ON, London, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Singapore, Malaysia), asset allocation, international finance, cash flow analysis)
  • 9 years teaching project management (risk management, cost management, quality management, problem solving and decision making)
  • 20 years as a professional magician
  • Member of the 2012 US TREC team: rode in the 2012 TREC (equestrian) World Championship in Mafra, Portugal
  • CFA charterholder
  • Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), Hollywood, CA

The usual.

These days I mostly teach CFA courses, consult in risk management, write software, ride horses, and do magic shows.  I’m recovering from surgery to replace my right ACL which I tore one week before the TREC World Championship in Mafra (I rode almost non-stop for just over nine hours after I’d torn it), and getting in shape for the next World Championship in 2016 in Spain.

I got my charter in 1999, having studied with Schweser for three years; my Level I review course was taught by Carl Schweser, and my Level II course and Level III course were taught by Andy Temte (who succeeded Carl).

Were you in the Schweser videos?

That depends: is the guy of whom you’re thinking any good?

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

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S2000, are you from MIT or Harvard or the like? Your way of thinking is very logical and makes the CFA monster become a cat!

beating the beasts!!!!

He’s posted some clues..  if you have too much free time (say after June 1), you could find out:

http://www.schweser.com/help/faculty.php?group=all&new_level=default#5

Quote:

Were you in the Shweser videos?

Never underestimate the power of having a thick skin.

escoleru wrote:
S2000, are you from MIT or Harvard or the like?

Close.

California State University, Fullerton.

escoleru wrote:
Your way of thinking is very logical and makes the CFA monster become a cat!

I used to not like cats.  Now we have two of them and they’re a hoot!

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

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Bill Campbell III. Pleasure to meet you sir!

magic sir will CFA help in a career in academics :)

Study Method

Online Videos - Arif Irfanullah (https://irfanullah.co/)
Mocks/Sectional Tests - Konvexity (www.konvexity.com)
Notes - KaplanSchweser

Never say Die
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTPpXpoF54s

Cinderella wrote:
Bill Campbell III. Pleasure to meet you sir!

And you as well, Cinderella.

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

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vicky_cool400 wrote:
magic sir will CFA help in a career in academics :)

Can’t hurt.

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Thank you S2000magician

You are a saint and a bastion of hope in these difficult times.

Yea, you really are a great contributor.  We all really appreciate it man

Just posting to say thanks for all you’ve helped - not just me but I’m sure everyone on this board appreciates it.

C.F.A.

I can’t help but echo the posters above - thanks very much for all your help!

...word is bond...

S2000magician wrote:

Here’s the short bio (the stuff overlaps; I’m not 170 years old):

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Math
  • 30 years in software development (numerical control systems, navigation, traffic control, optimization, portfolio analysis, bond market simulation, oil processing plant design, computer-aided design, Monte Carlo simulation, database development)
  • 10 years designing EFP warheads
  • 6 years analyzing mortgage-backed securities
  • 12 years in project risk management
  • 20 years teaching university mathematics
  • 9 years teaching finance (CFA review courses (all levels, in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor ON, London, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Singapore, Malaysia), asset allocation, international finance, cash flow analysis)
  • 9 years teaching project management (risk management, cost management, quality management, problem solving and decision making)
  • 20 years as a professional magician
  • Member of the 2012 US TREC team: rode in the 2012 TREC (equestrian) World Championship in Mafra, Portugal
  • CFA charterholder
  • Member of the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle), Hollywood, CA

The usual.

These days I mostly teach CFA courses, consult in risk management, write software, ride horses, and do magic shows.  I’m recovering from surgery to replace my right ACL which I tore one week before the TREC World Championship in Mafra (I rode almost non-stop for just over nine hours after I’d torn it), and getting in shape for the next World Championship in 2016 in Spain.

I got my charter in 1999, having studied with Schweser for three years; my Level I review course was taught by Carl Schweser, and my Level II course and Level III course were taught by Andy Temte (who succeeded Carl).

You seem to be living a pretty awesome life there! 

Since starting the CFA program, I’ve always wondered how a completely knowledgeable person (and by that I mean you and other top Schweser instructors)  would score in mocks and exams. Do you guys ever take mocks for fun or self checks? If so, how would a good Schweser instructor score on average for L2 or L3 PM?

I know it’s kind of a weird question, but basically I would like to know how much to study this stuff if I want to have a Schweser-guy type level of comfort with the overall material.

And also, how do you become a magician? How do you learn the tricks? How many hours/years to get decent? Is it very demanding physically or can any average guy get pretty good with enough practice?

I’m very curious about both the CFA and the magician thing, and it’s awesome to run across somebody who may answer both questions from personal experience. Any details you may add on that will be greatly appreciated! 

I’m curious about the warhead stuff!  Last thing I want to say about this topic but we all probably owe S2000 a beer or two if he’s in your city.  If you’re in Chicago, pm me lol.  Thanks again!

thanks again for the help, pass of fail you’ve been very kind to provide clear, concise answers. 

One thing though, how did you come up with your username? I think I remember a thread where you said you owned a Honda S2000? (I shouldn’t be remembering that, and replace it with something CFA L2 ish)

All these CFA instructors are superstars. S2000 is the man on the Dos Equis commericals for all of you unaware. 

You guys are too funny!  I really appreciate all of your kind thoughts.

I’ll come back and answer these questions on June 1 (while you’re all taking your exams); until then, focus on passing.

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

Financial Exam Help 123: The place to get help for the CFA® exams
http://financialexamhelp123.com/

Just read your bio along with others’ . I think you added the “amateur horseman” part just to impress Ms Jodi Joachim ;-)

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One Rec Ho

1recho wrote:
Just read your bio along with others’ . I think you added the “amateur horseman” part just to impress Ms Jodi Joachim ;-)

wink

I’ve been blissfully married for over 33 years; I don’t need to impress Ms anybody.

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

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“The Most Interesting Man in the World” smiley

I think we need to establish a beer fund for S200

S2000magician, so is ‘swaption’ a real wordwink

He moonlights as Sir Richard Branson in his spare time. 

Jaishank wrote:
S2000magician, so is ‘swaption’ a real wordwink

LOL!

Ask my wife.

(So … where did we meet?)

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

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Until I pass the CFA I dedicate my avatar to S2000

http://imgur.com/SOjEV5C

callmenoobie wrote:
Until I pass the CFA I dedicate my avatar to S2000

http://imgur.com/SOjEV5C

That’s hilarious!

It made my afternoon!  Thanks so much!

Simplify the complicated side; don't complify the simplicated side.

Financial Exam Help 123: The place to get help for the CFA® exams
http://financialexamhelp123.com/

As promised:

  • If I were to take one of the CFA exams – and I thank God that I no longer have to – I would have to study for a while to be able to pass it.  Maybe a month, leisurely: 50 – 60 hours, I’d guess.  (Sounds like bragging, don’t it?)
  • I started learning magic when I was 8 years old.  Two things happened that year that got me hooked.  The first was that I joined the Cub Scouts: the father of one of the other boys in my Cub pack was a member at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, and did a show for us every year.  The second was that at our school’s end-of-the-year carnival they had a magician, and I was one of the audience members asked to come up on stage and help.  I do mostly close-up magic (cards, coins, rubberbands, that sort of thing), but I do some stage work as well.  It takes years to learn some sleights or effects; one effect that I perform regularly took me three years to learn.  It’s very enjoyable, and useful, too; when I teach a course in project risk management, people don’t remember the instructor, but they always remember the magician.
  • For 10 years I designed single- and multiple-explosively formed penetrator (EFP, and MEFP) warheads for U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).  The idea of an EFP is that when the warhead detonates, a metal plate (called a liner: usually copper or tantalum) is accelerated and formed into an aerodynamically stable projectile that flies toward the target at 2.0 – 3.0 km/sec.  In an MEFP, the liner fragments into a number of projectiles.  I developed many computer-aided design techniques for designing the liners.  At least 10 years after I left ARDEC, my design methodology was still state-of-the-art: I found an ARDEC paper presented at a warhead conference that showcased some of my design work

That’s about it for now.

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sweet your like the real tony stark w/ a cfa