CFA CFA General Study materials – which one, if any?

Study materials – which one, if any?

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    • Maroon5
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      Struggling with the sheer amount of words in the curriculum at the moment. Might cave in and get reference books.

      What’s the difference between 7city, Schweser, Elan, etc? Any advice would be awesome.

    • Sophie Macon
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      Back in 2009 when I took the exams, I only knew of Schweser. So I only can comment on that.

      I used Schweser for all my 3 levels, they were short, clear and succinct. Got their practice questions for extra practice too. Number of pages mattered to me (yea I’m terrible that way), but for some it was not enough explanation.

      That said, I’d heard some good 7City reviews from 300 Hours readers too. Now, with their partnership with Wiley, it may have just gotten better.

      I’m in the midst of reviewing Elan materials, so will revert on this…

    • hairyfairy
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      Using Elan at the moment… I used Schweser last time around and elan is a pretty good value replacement.

    • artyeasel
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      Been using 7city all the way – my firm pays for it though.

    • Anonymous
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      Schweser for me – the basic package. Was tempted to order more for Level 2 though, but we’ll see…

    • Reena
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      I’m using the curriculum at the moment…

    • Maroon5
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      now i’m more stumped on my choices. lol

    • hairyfairy
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      now i’m more stumped on my choices. lol

      They’re all mostly ok i think. I’m not sure how understandable the CFAI curriculum is though, everyone I know warns me against them.

    • tacheman
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      7city – firm provided and approved. They’re pretty good and a good way to ensure you pass, but not the cheapest option.

    • policedog
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      Schweser for me.

    • Maroon5
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      No one has swapped between brands over the Levels?

    • Anonymous
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      No one has swapped between brands over the Levels?

      if it works, why fix it?

    • Dan
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      I am using Schweser notes with the study material.

      I like it a lot so far, but if you got little studies or experience in one of the subjects, I really recommend reading the official books, they explain the subjects throughtfuly with a lot of examples.

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      I am using Schweser notes with the study material.

      I like it a lot so far, but if you got little studies or experience in one of the subjects, I really recommend reading the official books, they explain the subjects throughtfuly with a lot of examples.

      +1 to that. The CFA curriculum books are good for reference, as well as the questions at the end of each chapters.

    • Maroon5
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      OK will have a deeper look into these 3 options again…

    • fabian
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      Schweser seems to be the overwhelming majority here (I use schweser as well).

    • Maroon5
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      Thanks guys! I think I’m going to try Elan for now. It seems to be of decent quality and affordable for me at this stage, esp with the discount here at 300h

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