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How To Study Effectively: Proven Methods That Work for CFA, FRM & CAIA Exams

Have you ever wondered if your current study methods are effective for passing the exams? A comprehensive study called “Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques” by Dunlosky et al. (2013), may just help answer that.  More importantly, I’ve read through and applied the learnings of this study for the specific case of CFA, FRM and CAIA exams, …

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CAIA Stackable Program: Level 1 Exemption for CFA Charterholders

CAIA Association – the leader in the alternative investment education space – has some updates on its CAIA Stackable Credential Program, which is jointly developed with CFA Institute. In essence, CAIA Stackable program lets CFA charterholders waive CAIA Level 1 and move directly to CAIA Level 2. Moreover, CFA charterholders who are active, paid members …

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CFA vs CAIA: Which Is Superior? Or Do Both?

CFA and CAIA designations can appear very similar at first sight, as they both target investment and financial professionals. However, there are differences in global recognition, breadth and depth of topics studied, career focus and exam difficulty. They could even be a complementary set of finance certifications to go for, depending on career goals. For …

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How Much Does CAIA Certification Cost? A Useful Estimate 1

How Much Does CAIA Certification Cost? A Useful Estimate

​Here’s a straightforward guide on all the relevant CAIA certification cost you really need to budget for both levels of the CAIA exams. First, we are going to look at the total cost of CAIA exams (and its assumptions). Then, we will delve into the details of the 5 main types of costs, before finally discussing money-saving …

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CAIA Pass Rates: How Difficult Are CAIA Exams?

Are you considering CAIA certification? We often get asked how difficult the CAIA exams actually are. While CAIA pass rates and its historical trend is one way to judge this, it can be tricky to compare difficulty between designations such as CAIA vs. CFA as well. CAIA exams are tough in the sense that you’ll …

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Best Finance Certifications: Our Top List

We’ve had interesting discussions about CFA vs. MBA before, and whether it’s a worthwhile investment. However, that’s not the only alternative qualifications many of us consider in our pursuit of career advancement. With the various professional qualifications available, it can be quite daunting at first when faced with so many unfamiliar acronyms.  In this article, I’ll demystify and compare …

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Get Your Free, Customized CAIA Study Planner Now

CAIA candidates often ask us on how best to plan their studies to pass the exams. Or whether they can finish studying the CAIA curriculum in X months. The ‘problem’ with these questions is that each individual should have their own optimal plan that suits their circumstances – there is no one-size-fits-all.  Since we get …

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2021 CAIA Exam Dates: Important Deadlines You Need To Know

Considering the CAIA designation? It’s a pretty good choice if you plan to build a career in growing alternative investments sector. In response to the pandemic, CAIA has expanded its in-person computer-based testing (CBT) exams to accommodate online proctoring (OP) as well, so you can now take the CAIA exams remotely too. Whether you are …

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Best CFA Calculator Guide: TI BA II Plus vs HP 12C

Did you know that the FRM, CAIA and CFA exams all have the same approved calculators? This CFA calculator guide also applies to the FRM and CAIA exams. Remember that CFA, FRM and CAIA exams all have strict calculator policies. You would not be allowed to use your calculator in the exams if you don’t …

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CAIA Designation: What’s A Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst?

The demand for alternative investments is expected to rise. According to Blackrock, their institutional clients currently allocate an average of 25% of their portfolios towards alternatives, which is expected to rise to between 30-40%, whereas ordinary investors will increase their alternatives allocation from 3% to 25%. The demand for alternative investment managers is likely to continue …

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