2014 Exam Topic Weights

Topic Area Level I Level II Level III Ethical and Professional Standards 15 10-15 10-15 Quantitative Methods 12 5-10 0 Economics 10 5-10 5-15 Financial Reporting and Analysis 20 15-20 0 Corporate Finance 8 5-15 0 Equity Investments 10 15-25 5-15 Fixed Income 12 10-20 10-20 Derivatives 5 5-15 5-15 Alternative Investments 3 5-10 5-15 […]

The Magic Number

300 hours has become a massive catch phrase for the CFA exams, but is there a magic number for the amount of practice problems and questions one should do in order to boost the chance of a candidate succeeding in the exam. Yes there is, and it is around 800. You should try to do […]

How much do I need to pass my CFA® exams?

Knowing how the CFA® Institute determine the passing score for the CFA® exams is a question that comes up every year, and no one seems to be able to give a satisfactory answer. Even the successful candidates never receive their actual marks, but are rather sent whether they scored less than 50% of the points, between 50% […]

Which financial calculator to choose for the CFA® exam?

Texas Instruments BA II Plus vs Hewlett Packard 12C Choosing which calculator to practice with and use in the CFA® exam can be tricky. There are two approved calculators that the CFA® institute allow, the Texas Instruments BA II Plus (including BA II Plus Professional) or the HP 12C (including the HP 12C Platinum, 12C Platinum 25th […]

CFA® Institute Calculator Policy

The CFA® Institute only allows two calculators in the exam. They are the: Texas Instruments BA II Plus (including BA II Plus Professional) Hewlett Packard 12C (including the HP 12C Platinum, 12C Platinum 25th anniversary edition, 12C 30th anniversary edition, and HP 12C Prestige) It is important to buy the calculator you chose so that […]