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Which topic did you find the easiest in Level 1?

  • This topic has 24 replies, 11 voices, and was last updated Jul-17 by Dr_Pain28.
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    • Sarah
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      Which topic was the easiest and why?

    • Zee Tan
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      It was either Alt Investments or Economics, but gave the edge to Alt Investments because to be honest Econs was tough, just that it was quite enjoyable 🙂

    • Sarah
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      Alternative Investments was easy too and so was Economics I just like derivatives the best. To be honest since I come from a finance background it was all familiar stuff other than accounting cause I avoided accounting courses like a plague.

    • fabian
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      My work helps a lot here 😀

    • Reena
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      Because it was more basic and introductory at that time. The rest are all pretty new to me!

    • Snippy
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      I just found it more interesting than the others.

    • christine
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      If I recall correctly Alternative Investments was also one of the shorter chapters 😀

    • Snippy
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      @christine With the new LOS changes, they’ve made it a bit shorter 😛

    • christine
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      @sidmenon even better! 🙂

    • AjFinance
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      It was either Alt Investments or Economics, but gave the edge to Alt Investments because to be honest Econs was tough, just that it was quite enjoyable 🙂


      @zee
      I agree. Also I feel that Level 1 CFA Economics book is one of the best reference books for someone looking to revise the basic econ concepts.

    • lulu123
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      @zee @ajfinance @diya do you all say economics because you took it before and were reviewing OR because it simply is a more fun/easier topic?

    • Zee Tan
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      @lulu123 economics because it’s fun. I didn’t find it easy (hence I voted Alt Investments!)

    • AjFinance
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      @zee @ajfinance @diya do you all say economics because you took it before and were reviewing OR because it simply is a more fun/easier topic?


      @lulu123
      I voted for Alt Investments. I found both economics and Alt Investments interesting. I have studied economics while in college,but the way it was presented in the CFA curriculum is much more interesting. I remember there is an explanation which even includes cuban cigars as example 😛

      However, as @christine mentioned, the Alt investments topic was very short. Also, relatively I found Alt Investments easier.

    • Sarah
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      @lulu123 I am an economics major so I think that may have helped.

    • lulu123
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      @zee @ajfinance @diya and then what was the topic(s) you found most difficult? (to study or difficult exam-wise) (maybe there was a thread on this already but I’m curious for you three haha since you all said econ/alt invest)

    • Zee Tan
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      @lulu123 there was an earlier poll asked by @hairyfairy about tough subjects: http://forum.300hours.com/discussion/106/which-topic-did-you-find-the-hardest-in-level-1

      I answered FRA 😀

    • lulu123
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      @zee why FRA?

    • lulu123
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      @zee why do MOST people hate FRA so much?

    • lulu123
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      because its too long? because you dont like “accounting” per say? because you never saw it before? because it actually is DIFFICULT exam-wise? lol

    • Sarah
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      @lulu123 I saided equity in the poll but in retrospect I pick FRA. I just simply hate it, I remember in first year accounting I slept in every single class because it is so BORING and TEDIOUS. At that point in time I figured that pursing a CA would result in failure only because I’d never manage to stay up long enough to learn.

    • lulu123
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      @sidmenon why did you pick econ as the most difficult (in that thread) ?

    • lulu123
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      @sidmenon nevermind just saw your comment in the other thread 🙂

    • WannabeYuppie
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      I think it’s a tossup between Ethics and Corp Fin, though I usually score more in Ethics. I always attempt it in the middle of a paper as a ‘break’ and it is the only section where I’ve been consistently averaging >70.

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      For me portfolio management just gets the edge over equity, though that is probably because I just find it the most interesting topic. I like to think that spending some quality time on this topic should also help prepare me for Level 2 & Level 3… a better return on my study time compared to subjects like Quant, corporate finance or economics

    • Dr_Pain28
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      @mitch895 I am in the same boat as you. I thought portfolio management and equities were the easiest due to my schooling background. I was most familiar with the topics in these sections. BUt unlike you I gave the edge to Equities.

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