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CFA Exam Weapons Of Choice

The CFA Institute is fairly restrictive about what you may bring into the examination with you: Pencils Erasers Pencil sharpener Calculators (only 2 types are allowed and they will be inspected). Extra batteries for your calculator and a small screwdriver… Continue Reading →

The Fatal Funnel

40 Days are all that remain until I write for the CFA level 3 exam. I am entering the fatal funnel. The fatal funnel refers to the entry point of a room that is being cleared of possible enemy combatants…. Continue Reading →

Assuming Some Risks

Of all the material in the CFA level 3 curriculum, Reading 18, Currency Management, is my least favorite subject. I did not enjoy dealing with currencies during my CFA level 2 studying and they as just as frustrating in my… Continue Reading →

NIRP

So there I was. Alone in my HMMWV (Humvee), reading Study Session 7 in the CFA level 3 curriculum and I started laughing out loud. It is not often that I laugh at something I read in the CFA curriculum…. Continue Reading →

Below Glide Path

I spoke a fellow classmate from Creighton’s MIMFA (Master’s of Investment Management and Financial Analysis) program last weekend. Me: “So, how far along are you in Schweser?” Classmate: “Oh, I am burnt out. I am about 40% through the Q-Bank and averaging about… Continue Reading →

Do Taxes Reduce Risk?

While studying for the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) level 3 exam, there is a concept I came across which is new to me. In a taxable investment, volatility lowers risk. Here’s the formula: σAT = σ ( 1 – t… Continue Reading →

The Tax Man Cometh

I started studying Schweser Notes in earnest this week. The first two study sessions were Ethics. Ethics was a breeze. I attribute this to two things: Ethics is the only subject that is basically identical from the level 1 curriculum… Continue Reading →

Hello Schweser

The other day I set a deadline of midnight on 27 March to finish going through the CFA level 3 curriculum. I had a total of 6 study sessions (13 to 18) to go over.  For the most part, I… Continue Reading →

Rebuilding Rome

This post is an update from my Diplomacy board game. Original posts are here and here. How much studying did you get done today? Not much. What did you do today then? I rebuilt the Roman Empire, that’s what. On… Continue Reading →

Manufacturing Urgency

Focus. Focus. Focus. I must focus. I am over half-way through my first pass studying the CFA level 3 curriculum. Technically, this is my second pass over most of the curriculum because the final 2 classes of my master’s degree program… Continue Reading →

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