Hi. My name is Ben, and I’m a CFA. And the fact that you’re reading this blog means that you’re at least curious about becoming one too. As a charterholder, I understand what it means and what it costs to make that commitment—both in dollars and in your personal life.
It sounds pretty ominous: A 300-hour study commitment over the course of four to six months, which works out to be roughly between 12.5 and 18.75 hours per week. Oh, and that 300-hour assumption is an average; any individual might need to put in considerably more effort in order to master the material well enough to pass the test.
Financial operations do not lend themselves to innovation. What is recurrently so described and celebrated is, without exception, a small variation of an established design…” Yet, financial bubbles keep occurring due to “...the brevity of the financial memory.
Preparing for the CFA® certification process involved devoting a year and a half of my free time to pursuing a single goal with very narrow margins for success at each stage across three exams. Although I completed the process with the fastest timing possible—namely, December for Level I and June for Levels II and III
I began my career in the bond market research department of a major sell-side investment bank. At that time, "Wall Street" was run by firms whose salespeople, traders, and research teams established the markets’ liquidity and dictated market prices to clients.
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