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Old 09-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #31
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By the way, i am currently taking level 2 of the CFA examinations and it's really no joke to be stuck at this level for 2-3 years!

I have to say this to anyone who intends to pursue the CFA charter:-
Do NOT underestimate the CFA curriculum, because it's ever changing (the topic content and weightages change every year) and sometimes it's really difficult to remember everything you've studied due to the way the exam is conducted.

Imaging taking your Economics paper, your Corporate Finance Paper, your Accounting Paper, your Statistics Paper, all in ONE day, with topics being combined and tested simultaneously.

That said, to anyone taking the June 2010 paper - Good luck and study hard!
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #32
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By the way, i am currently taking level 2 of the CFA examinations and it's really no joke to be stuck at this level for 2-3 years!

I have to say this to anyone who intends to pursue the CFA charter:-
Do NOT underestimate the CFA curriculum, because it's ever changing (the topic content and weightages change every year) and sometimes it's really difficult to remember everything you've studied due to the way the exam is conducted.

Imaging taking your Economics paper, your Corporate Finance Paper, your Accounting Paper, your Statistics Paper, all in ONE day, with topics being combined and tested simultaneously.

That said, to anyone taking the June 2010 paper - Good luck and study hard!


CFA lvl 1 easy to pass?
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:00 PM   #33
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CFA lvl 1 easy to pass?
The short answer:
No.

The long answer:
Depends on who is taking it. If you are someone who is disciplined when it comes to your studies, it should not be a problem. If you have to work long hours and don't have the time to study during the weekdays, but you sacrifice your weekends to study, it shouldn't be a problem either.

I was very fortunate to have passed it in a single attempt, but I know quite a few people who took level 1 twice (and even thrice) before passing.

Having said that, I also know of a good number of people who have passed all THREE levels in their first attempt.

A fresh finance graduate will not have such a hard time as compared to say, someone who is totally new to the industry. This is because there is a lot of overlap in the level 1 curriculum (at least when I took mine), and most people who have taken level 1 should agree with me that level 1 is like a summary of a finance degree (with a little extra).

To pass level 1, you will need to have good memory, good study habits and of course, luck.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:19 PM   #34
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Am surprised you used the word "excited" for it!
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:05 PM   #35
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LoL. I've sacrificed countless weekends... I am only excited about the things I can do AFTER the exam!

What level are you taking right now?
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:38 PM   #36
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LoL. I've sacrificed countless weekends... I am only excited about the things I can do AFTER the exam!

What level are you taking right now?
Bro how many days they will deliver the study guide after you register?
And when we receive the books, will we have to pay the import tax? if yes how much?thx
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:43 PM   #37
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I am surprised your not excited : (
Yeah BABY! 25 more days. I love finance! ru ready babe? haha ^ __ ^
I don't have credit card sis..can u lend me and I transfer the money to bank account? im still doubt want to take dec 2010 or june 2011, don't want to waste money.heex
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:10 PM   #38
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Bro how many days they will deliver the study guide after you register?
And when we receive the books, will we have to pay the import tax? if yes how much?thx
They send really fast. I remembered I signed up on a Friday and by Wednesday the books were delivered to my office.

As for import tax, you don't (and shouldn't) pay.

Oh, and studying the textbooks is not the smart way to pass the exam. Use the study guides - straight to the point.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:53 PM   #39
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I'm L1. Im yo junior Yeah I know.. so much sacrifice. June 6 I will bring this baby home and end my suffering. Of course excited! hahaha ^ ___ ^

friendlyguy: Yeah I can lend you my card but cash first into my account first babe LOL^^ you just let me know then. CFA L1 is a pain especially fixed income... FAINT! Hope u will like it. What's yo background yo? : )
It's only the beginning.

Wait till you start level 2 - probably the hardest in all 3 levels!

Anyway, good luck and study smart!!!
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Old 13-05-2010, 08:02 AM   #40
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Good question!

It gets crazy after the break - everywhere is just flooded with CFA candidates during the interval.

If you join CFA Society Singapore as a member, they will provide lunch for you during the exam btw.

I think i'll pack lunch this time ard (I usually don't!)
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Old 13-05-2010, 08:56 PM   #41
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I'm L1. Im yo junior Yeah I know.. so much sacrifice. June 6 I will bring this baby home and end my suffering. Of course excited! hahaha ^ ___ ^

friendlyguy: Yeah I can lend you my card but cash first into my account first babe LOL^^ you just let me know then. CFA L1 is a pain especially fixed income... FAINT! Hope u will like it. What's yo background yo? : )
thx sis..not many gers take CFA,, u are an exceptional!!
yeah ll contact u later, now still consider. so is it enough to cover all topics CFA L1 in just 6 months(ll self study)? Im an accounting and finance grads. you? I dun like the fixed income but I like the financial reporting and analysis, my fav topic is valuation yummy ^^

They send really fast. I remembered I signed up on a Friday and by Wednesday the books were delivered to my office.

As for import tax, you don't (and shouldn't) pay.

Oh, and studying the textbooks is not the smart way to pass the exam. Use the study guides - straight to the point.
thx bro.
wah then that's good news. How about the calculator?which one the best?
study guide u mean from CFAI or stalla or kaplan?

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Old 13-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #42
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CFA + Grad Dip or MSc Finance

i came across this program

CFA + Grad dip in finance investment which articulates into a Master of science in finance from city university of new york. seems like best of both worlds ??


http://www.aventis.edu.sg/asm-financ...ma-glance.html
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Old 13-05-2010, 09:30 PM   #43
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i came across this program

CFA + Grad dip in finance investment which articulates into a Master of science in finance from city university of new york. seems like best of both worlds ??


http://www.aventis.edu.sg/asm-financ...ma-glance.html
Its not a masters degree.. plus it grants only preparation for level 1 cfa... it doesnt let you pass level 1? The only plus side is the ceritificate "Registered Financial Specialist" but is it recognized by HR personnel in Singapore?
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Old 14-05-2010, 05:48 AM   #44
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I think I will pack lunch too, get some sleep after that.. hehehe
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Old 14-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #45
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I think I will pack lunch too, get some sleep after that.. hehehe
why not go lunch at subway? faster and healthy right?
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