Incoming: Level I December 2017 Results

Dear December 2017 Level I candidates, Tomorrow, the moment of truth will come.  I’m sure you have been anxiously waiting for your Level I result.  You will experience the agony of failure or the thrill of victory. Read my advice on how to interpret your results and what to do next. Click on the link below. If you pass If you fail Best regards, Arif Irfanullah, CFA

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Advice to Those Who Pass the Level I Exam

Dear December 2017 Level I Candidates, Tomorrow, the moment of truth will come.  I’m sure you have been anxiously waiting for your Level I result.  You will experience the agony of failure or the thrill of victory. If you have cleared the exam, this is indeed a milestone. If you are interested in my thoughts on what to do next read on. I passed the exam.  What next? About this time every year, I get the same question from successful Level I candidates: should I take the Level II exam in June this year? As with so many other situations… Read More

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Advice To Those Who Don’t Pass the Level I Exam

Dear December 2017 Level I Candidates, Tomorrow, the moment of truth will come.  I’m sure you have been anxiously waiting for your Level I result.  You will experience the agony of failure or the thrill of victory. If you have failed the exam; always remember failure is not fatal. If you are interested in my thoughts on what to do next please read on. I did not make it. What next? For those who do not pass the Level I exam, the typical advice is to keep trying; however, I suggest a more thoughtful approach.  Put the result on the… Read More

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I just took the Level I exam. Should I start preparing for Level II?

If you just took the Level I exam, are reasonably confident that you’ll pass, and want to take the Level II exam in June, this blog is for you. Let’s start with a quick Level II introduction. The ten topics are the same as Level I, but the weights are different. Ethics: 10 – 15%, Quant: 5 – 10%, Econ: 5 – 10%, CF: 5 – 15%, FRA: 15 – 20%, Equity: 15 – 25%, Alt: 5 – 10%, FI: 10 – 20%, Der: 5 – 15%, PM: 5 – 10%. At Level I, you were tested on basic concepts. … Read More

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Preparing for Level I with IFT

We know how daunting it is to start preparing for the CFA exams. To achieve success, you have to organize, schedule, study and practice, all in the most efficient way. That’s why we have made a simple How to Prepare for the CFA exams series to guide you through the process of beginning your studies.  After you watch the below video, make sure you watch these videos carefully :  Watch the video below, then click here to watch this video next!  (How to Prepare for your Level I CFA® Exam with IFT)  

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Key Tips for the December Exam

With the exam just around the corner, I want to share advice with Level I candidates, especially first time Level I exam takers. Please read the the advice given below carefully. Before the exam day –Print your admission ticket and make sure the name matches exactly what you have on the passport.  If there is a discrepancy, inform CFA Institute as soon as possible. I know people who were sent back on exam day because the name on the exam ticket and the name on the passport did not match. -Get a good night’s sleep before the exam.  A fresh… Read More

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Questions of the Day

Dear Level I candidates, Welcome to the first post of my Level I CFA Question & Answers blog. I sincerely hope that you find the material here useful. With the exam date approaching fast, one of the biggest issues facing Level I candidates is retention. “I’m learning new material but forgetting what I did two months ago…” is an oft-repeated complaint that I hear from Level I candidates. In order to assist you, IFT will post some questions each day so you can test yourself and revise concepts. Today we will start with Quantitative Methods in the next post.  Questions will be posted on… Read More

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Updated Advice: Level I December Candidates

Dear Level I December 2017 Candidates, With two and a half months left for the exam, some of you might be panicking.  If you started your prep on time (let’s call you candidate ‘A’) you might have the feeling, that are you are forgetting material that you’ve studied. If you are the sort who likes to leave exam prep for as late as possible (let’s call you candidate ‘B’), I’d say you’ve hit the ‘as-late-as-possible’ point.  If you don’t start slogging now, the probability of passing is very low. I have some advice for both types of candidates. Advice for Candidate ‘A’ (you… Read More

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Failed the Level III Exam? Sorry To Hear That…

Level III is a strange exam. In fact this is the only exam where I come across some very smart and hardworking people failing. This has to do with the format for the exam. Those who study a lot, know a lot and end up writing a lot.  The problem with this approach is that a candidate might do half the paper really well but scramble through the rest… possibly leaving a few questions all together. The most you can get on a good response is 100%.  If you leave an answer blank you get 0%.  Bottom line is that… Read More

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