Adventures in Financial Analysis

My continuing journey into the world of finance.


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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 →

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 →

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 →

One Month Until The CFA Exam

Only 30 days remain. That’s it. I have been living the dream this past week. I completed the Schweser 3-day intensive review. I have been digging deep into alternative investments, risk management and derivatives in the curriculum and Schweser Notes…. 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 →

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 →

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 →

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