Should You Study CFA Topics in Their Given Order, Or Decide Your Own?
By Mike, Associate Writer . He is a current CFA Level III candidate. Is there an ideal order of studying CFA topics? Do you approach your CFA topics in the given order, or skip around as you like?…
@hairyfairy, I actually took classes for both level-1 and 2, they used to train us based the faculty available hours. I also used to read in the same order as the classes. May be because of the classes I did not feel the difficulty but the order was very random. Say for Level-1 I got trained in this order
Ethics, Quants, Derivatives, FSA, Alternative Investments, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Fixed Income, Equity, Economics :))
My view is also that order does not matter. However better to keep concepts like Ethics and GIPS towards last as they are more memory based. No matter even if you study in the beginning also it is just waste of time as you forget 90% of whatever is read.
I am a stickler for going chronologically. I tried mixing it up but I just I couldn’t. So what I am doing is instead of doing a book at a time, I am doing two books simultaneously.
@nav you might want to try it. It is always good to pair a theory and a numerical paper. So when you get tired of looking at numbers, you can switch to the theory subject. Gives you a little break and if you notice your study pace will actually be better compared to doing one subject at a time.
@hairyfairy agree with you. Quants requires a loooottttttt of practice so better to finish it off first and get on to practice questions.
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