Most CFA candidates find it convenient to use study guides for their preparation for the exam. And a study guide like Schweser CFA study notes is actually enough to clear the exam. However if clearing the CFA exam is not your only aim and you also want to gain some serious knowledge and understanding of your subject matter along the way, reading through the CFA Institute curriculum books is highly recommended for you.
CFA Institute Curriculum books may be quite voluminous and verbose but they contain the most lucid and detailed explanation of concepts in the CFA curriculum in very simple English. They are the best CFA study material. In fact, they are the Bible of CFA candidates, to be referred to whenever in doubt.
These books are especially very helpful to CFA candidates who do not have a background in finance as the explanation provided in them is detailed and simple to understand and grasp. In fact these books are helpful to anyone who wants to further his knowledge in finance.
See this post to know the subjects covered in the CFA curriculum.
The books are spruced up with a lot of solved examples and graphs and tables wherever relevant. They also provide 40-50 practice questions at the end of every chapter.
The e-book version of the CFA curriculum books comes bundled along with the exam registration. The cost of the e-books is included in the exam fees. However if you are more of a paper and pencil person like me you would have to order the print version separately.
The CFA Institute makes available the print version to CFA Institute members for $150 (to be eligible for membership you should have cleared the level 1 though). To non-members it sells through Wiley at Wiley’s rate.
The same books are now also available on Amazon and can be purchased through the link below. Non members and non CFA candidates can use the link below to buy authentic official CFA Level 1 curriculum books. The books are available in both e-book and paper back format. Just select the format that suits you best on the product page and place your order. You are guaranteed to benefit from the knowledge shared in them.