CFA Exam Day Arrives

1 12 2012

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The big day finally came. Was I prepared? No. I’d forgotten about three quarters of the formulas and ratios I’d tried to memorize. I still don’t quite “get” fixed income trading, or technical analysis. My head swam as I tried to keep my sigmas and betas straight.

 

I’ll be lucky if I break into the top cohort of failures, let alone pass. Better luck in June, I suppose.

 

But most importantly, I learned something today, something that has nothing to do with financial analysis, economics, or remembering the difference between accounting for amortization and depletion, or Chebyshev’s inequality and the Sharpe ratio.

 

I got a taste – a tiny one – of what it feels like to be a Chinese student.

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Auditing your Time

30 10 2012

I’ve got a problem.

In one month, I’m scheduled to take the Chartered Financial Analyst Level 1 exam. In case you’re not familiar with them, the CFA exams are reputed to be the most difficult exams in the finance field, requiring a mastery of a vast amount of material across several disciplines, including:

-Accounting & Financial Statement Analysis

-Economics

-Securities (Equity and Fixed Income)

-Portfolio Management

-Derivatives

-Options

-Technical Analysis

-Quantitative Analysis

-Alternative Investments

-Ethics

… and a dozen things I’m sure I’m forgetting.

The pass rate is around 40%.

I’m only halfway through the curriculum.

It’s time for an audit… a time audit.

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