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Measuring Leverage - Understanding Financial and Operating Leverage

The CFA L1 curriculum stresses that is not enough to look at a potential project or company's financial return. You also have to assess the degree of risk involved with achieving that return. Leverage--whether financial or otherwise--is a key component of achieving this understanding.

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Understanding a Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Plan's Risk Tolerance

Pension plans are the most commonly tested type of institutional investor in the CFA Level 3 material. This post covers their return objectives and risk tolerance, both virtually guaranteed to show up on the L3 exam. 

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The Pros and Cons of Defined Contribution vs. Defined Benefit Pension Plans

The CFA exam will often ask you to identify the pros and cons of Defined Contribution and Defined benefit pension plans from either a company or investor perspective. Here's what you need to know. 

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A Brief Overview of CFA L3's Institutional IPS Material

 A quick and dirty overview of how the CFA Level 3 exam tests the institutional IPS material. 

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The Art of the Unsuitable - Eliminating Portfolios in L3 Problems

A short post walking you through how to pick a suitable portfolio for an investor and how to justify your answer in a way to earn maximum points on the CFA level 3 exam. 

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Elasticity 101 - Everything you Need to Know for CFA Level 1

Everything you need to know about elasticity for the CFA Level 1 exam. 

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Why Knowing the Material is Just Step 1 to Passing the CFA Exams

Most (successful) CFA Candidates get to a point in their studies where it's pretty clear they know the material in the curriculum. Then they fail anyway. These lessons will prevent that from happening to you as you study, whether for level 1, level 2 or level 3. 

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Financial Market Basics for the CFA Level 1 Exam

Understanding the basics of financial markets is vital for the CFA level 1 exam. This post dives into market structure, the types of participants, and what it means for a market to be efficient.

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6 Ways NOT to Lose Points on the CFA L3 Exam

The CFA L3 morning exam is so different it is essentially it's own study session. Here are five actionable and immediate tips for how NOT to lose points on the exam. 

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9 Ways to Improve How You Study for the CFA Exams

Useful suggestions for how to improve the way you study for the CFA exam. 

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