Hi, first of all, is it just me or is fixed income the most difficult topic in CFA level 1? Most of the time, I look at the question and feel lost immediately.

I am having more trouble with quant then fixed. With fixed its just toying with the same formula and manipulating the variables. I find fixed is easier to learn if you can justify the components of the formula so you know what variable your missing from the equation. Sometimes you need to mix and match formulas, others its simply solving for a variable. Quant is just straight memorizationâ€¦I have trouble remembering most of the formulas.

FSA is the most difficult topic on CFA 1. All those arbitrary rules to remmeber.

Fixed income can be tricky but sometimes its pretty straight forward. FSA requires a lot of input in terms of remembering things. I had found Ethics tricky and judgmental.