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Defining Credit Risk and Understanding Credit Spreads

Understanding credit risk and measuring/using credit spreads for the CFA Level 3 exam. Key for the active fixed-income study sessions.

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Efficient Frontier and Mean Variance Optimization for CFA Level 3

The process and advantages/disadvantages of mean variance optimization (MVO) broken down for the CFA Level 3 exam. 

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Fixed-Income Performance Attribution

Fixed income performance attribution has been a popular CFA Level 3 exam topic in the past. Test questions could include solving for one of the missing return components (given the overall return and each of the others), explaining one of the return components, or most commonly, evaluating the relative performance of two managers based on their different sources of returns and their stated strategy for outperformance.

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Factors Affecting the Demand For Life Insurance

Know the five key factors affecting the demand for life insurance for the CFA Level 3 exam. 

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Considerations for Diversifying a Concentrated Position

Some basic considerations to understand for CFA Level 3 before diving deep on how to diversify a concentrated position. 

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The Complete Outline for the Individual IPS

The IPS material matters a lot. This is true in terms of raw number of points and in how it impacts the overall structure of the CFA Level 3 Curriculum. Pay attention.

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The Unique Structure and Content of the CFA Level 3 Exam

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Strategies for Using Interest Rate Swaptions: Removing Embedded Calls or Creating Synthetic Ones

An interest rate swaption is an option on an underlying interest rate swap and it can be used to remove an embedded call option on a bond or to create one synthetically. 

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Tips and Tricks for the Last Week's CFA preparation

Tips, tricks, and wisdom for how to make the last week of CFA studying effective.

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Which Foundation/Endowment Has A Higher Ability to Take Risk?

Identifying factors affecting a foundation or endowments willingness or ability to take risk is a key skill for the CFA Level 3 exam. 

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