Adventures in Financial Analysis

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Chartered Financial Analyst Exam

How Much Is The CFA Designation Worth?

Apparently, the toughest question on the CFA Exam is, “What’s the Payoff?“. As someone who has studied for hundreds, if not thousands of hours, over the past 3 years, I can assure you that this is far from the “toughest… Continue Reading →

Judgement Day Approaches

Judgement day will soon be upon us. No. Not the sci-fi movie from the 90’s pictured above, but the CFA level 1 & 2 exam results will be released soon. The results will be emailed out from the CFA mothership… Continue Reading →

Issues With Regression Analysis

I did not really understand what regression analysis was before I took my 2nd quantitative analysis class for my master’s degree. Sure, I had heard the term regression thrown around, but my understanding was truly limited. Once I dug into… Continue Reading →

How To Remember Everything

I am not very good at remembering some things. There have been more than a few times where I have walked into a store to buy something and suddenly find myself standing in the middle of the store unable to… Continue Reading →

The Best $100 I Ever Spent

The CFA level 3 exam has one major difference from the first two exams. The morning portion of the exam is written or structured response. I like structured response better so I am going to use that term. The previous… Continue Reading →

Sisyphus 2.0

While waiting for the afternoon portion of the CFA level 3 exam to begin, I met a man who claimed to be taking the CFA level 3 exam for the 3rd time. He was hopeful because he managed to pass… Continue Reading →

Aftermath of a Strangle

Last week I posted about a strangle I placed on JCPenny. This week it is time to add up the cost of my education. My call option expired worthless. I sold my put option for $33. Altogether, my education cost… Continue Reading →

Schweser’s Q-Bank For Targeted Improvement

Time is running short. The CFA exams are only 25 days away. I need to apply some time management hacks to zero in on my problem areas so I can quickly improve. My best tool for this purpose is Schweser’s Q-Bank…. Continue Reading →

CFA Level 3 Final Conditions Check

I finally finished up my comprehensive final review of the CFA level 3 material. I now have 4 weeks left until test day. I like using Schweser’s Q-bank as a proxy for my understanding of the material. It is just… Continue Reading →

Implementation Shortfall

Every once in a while, there is a subject I come across while studying for the CFA exams which crushes my soul. Today I found a new one, implementation shortfall. According to the glossary of the CFA level 3 curriculum, implementation shortfall… Continue Reading →

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