Most CFA candidates are hard pressed for time to cover their portions before the exam. Therefore, they find it most convenient to use study guides for their preparation. And a study guide like Schweser CFA study notes is actually enough to clear the exam. But if clearing the CFA exam is not the only item on… Read More

## Texas Instruments BA II Plus Professional – financial calculator review

CFA exam policies permit only two models of financial calculator on the CFA exam; Texas Instruments BA II plus (including Texas Instruments BA II Plus Professional version) and Hewlett Packard 12 C (including Platinum, Prestige and 25th and 30th anniversary editions). See the CFA calculator policy here Today I’m going to review the Texas Instruments BA II… Read More

## Kaplan Schweser CFA notes review: Ultimate guide for CFA Level 1

While CFA exams are not exactly a cakewalk, they are not difficult to crack either if armed with the right CFA study materials. Today there are a plethora of options available to CFA aspirants to choose from. In this post I’m going to review the CFA study notes provided by one of the oldest and… Read More

## Practice Questions : Key to cracking CFA Level 1

The key to cracking the CFA exams is practice. Solving practice questions similar to those that appear on the exam, make you familiar with and prepared for the level of difficulty to be expected. It also helps you gain speed in solving the questions. Speed is of essence on the CFA exam. Remember in the… Read More

## All you wanted to know about the CFA Program/CFA Exam

Students wanting to pursue the CFA Program often find themselves pursuing answers to a lot of questions instead. To help you avoid going round in circles gathering information, here below I have tried to present most of the information CFA aspirants should know about the CFA exam before deciding to jump in. Read along to… Read More

## Best CFA study material – Recommended for CFA Level 1

Will I be able to finish studying before the exam? Which is the best CFA study material available? These are some of the questions that plague students wanting to pursue the CFA charter. CFA Level 1 is not a difficult exam per se – it is just voluminous. Armed with the right CFA study material clearing… Read More

## DuPont Analysis : Decomposing the ROE – Financial Analysis Techniques Part 5 – CFA Level 1

Hi, welcome to this edition of the ‘Financial analysis techniques’ series. So far in this series we have discussed different types of important ratios and their interpretation like activity ratios, liquidity ratios, solvency ratios and profitability ratios. In today’s post we will analyze and interpret the most important profitability ratio – ROE i.e. return on… Read More

## Profitability ratios: Financial Analysis Techniques part 4 – CFA Level 1

Profitability ratio: Introduction In the previous posts in this series covering Financial Analysis tools we have covered activity ratios, liquidity ratios and solvency ratios. In this post in the series we will cover the most important set of ratios – profitability ratios. At the end of the day all that really matters to anyone analyzing… Read More

## Solvency ratios : Financial Analysis Techniques Part 3 – CFA Level 1

Hi, welcome to the third installment of the Financial Analysis Techniques series. In the first post of this series we covered activity ratios – which are ratios that indicate operational efficiency of the firm or how well the assets are used. In the last post we covered Liquidity ratios that assess the liquidity position of… Read More

## Liquidity ratios : Financial Analysis Techniques Part 2 – CFA Level 1

In the last post we covered Activity ratios. In this post we move on to another important set of ratios – Liquidity ratios. So what are liquidity ratios? Liquidity ratios assess the liquidity position of a firm. They are a financial analysis tool to analyze a firm’s ability to meet its short term obligations. A… Read More

## Activity ratios : Financial analysis techniques Part 1 – CFA Level 1

To conduct financial analysis meaningfully, financial statement data needs to be converted into formats conducive to analysis. These formats include, common size formats like common size income statements and balance sheets, graphs like bar and line graphs and ratios like activity ratios, liquidity ratios, profitability ratios, etc. From this post we will begin a series… Read More

## Cash Flow ratios – CFA Level 1

In the last post we covered the analysis of the common size cash flow statement. Today, in the last post in the cash flow series, we will cover various types of cash flow ratios, like free cash flow ratios – FCFF and FCFE, performance ratios and coverage ratios and their relevance in analyzing the performance of… Read More

## Common size cash flow statement analysis – CFA Level 1

Hi, so far in the cash flow statement series we have covered the basics of cash flow statements, the different formats in which the cash flow statements are prepared and detailed description of their preparation. Now in the final two installments of the cash flow statement series I’m going to cover the analysis of the common… Read More

## How to prepare cash flow statement – CFA Level 1

Preparation of cash flow statement: Introduction To recap the previous post in the cash flow statement series, cash flow statements can be prepared under two methods, cash flow statement direct method and cash flow statement indirect method. Both the methods are allowed under GAAP and IFRS. So let us see how to prepare cash flow… Read More

## Cash flow statement format: Direct and Indirect Methods – CFA Level 1

From the last post we started the series of posts covering the cash flow statement, beginning with an overview of the topic. In this post we will take the discussion forward and discuss the two cash flow statement format under the direct and indirect methods. The only difference between the two format of cash flow… Read More

## Cash flow statement Overview – CFA Level 1

From this post we begin a series of posts covering the various aspects of the cash flow statement. Over the next few posts we will cover the format of the Cash flow statement or the statement of cash flows as they are also known , the different types of cash flows and the different methods… Read More

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