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Preparing for Level II: IFT Products and Study Strategy

As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, Level II is significantly more quantitatively intense relative to the Level I. Specifically, there is an emphasis on pricing and valuation across multiple topics. Some candidates might have cleared Level I by slogging in the last few weeks; this strategy is much less likely to work at Level II. It is critical that, firstly, you have the right materials to study from, and secondly, you use a well thought out strategy for preparation. In this blog, I will address both of the above. Beyond the curriculum, at IFT we feel that we have… Read More

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Level III Study Advice – March 2019

With less than 3 months left for the exam it is crunch time.   Spend as much time as possible studying and make your study time as productive as possible.  Here are some do and don’ts: With every reading focus on the main points; do not get hung up on the details. Our lectures help you do that.  (If you try to understand the depth of every single point you’ll not have time to practice… which is suicide.) Understand the curriculum examples… especially the ones which are relatively short and focused. I hope our videos are helping you with that. Practice… Read More

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Level II Study Advice – March 2019

With less than 3 months left for the exam it is crunch time.   Spend as much time as possible studying and make your study time as productive as possible.  Here are some do’s and don’ts: With every reading focus on the main points; do not get hung up on the details. Our lectures help you do that.  (If you try to understand the depth of every single point you’ll not have time to practice… which is suicide.) Understand the curriculum examples… especially the ones which are relatively short and focused.  Some examples seem to go on and on.  At this… 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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Final Advice for Level III Candidates

Dear Level III Candidates, Over the years I’ve seen intelligent and hardworking Level III candidates fail because they did not manage their time well on the morning (structured response) exam.  Please do not let this happen to you.   Be careful about how much time you should spend on each question and stick to the time limit.  If a question is taking too long just write down the most sensible things you can come up with and move on.  Never ever leave anything blank.  Even if the examiner wants to give you some marks he/she can’t unless you’ve written something.  So… Read More

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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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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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