Best Online CFA Exam Blogs and Communities

CFA Exam forums

It’s always better when we’re together. Many of us studying for the CFA Exam don’t have an offline study community. Fortunately there isn’t a lack of online CFA Exam forums, blogs, and communities that can offer CFA candidates a sense of community…or serve as a shrink and support group. I know it didn’t take me long to find AnalystForum when … Read More

Coming soon: Free CFA Memorization Tricks Guide

New CFA Guides

Within the next week I’ll be releasing my free CFA Memorization Tricks Guide for Level 2 of the CFA Exam. The free guide will feature 5 free memorization tricks for the Level 2 CFA Exam. The free guide will serve as a sample of my full-length Memory Tricks guide coming out in December, which is still in development. I’ve been working … Read More

The Pomodoro Study Technique was made for CFA Studying

Pomodoro for Studying

The Pomodoro Technique is study method that’s become pretty popular among lifehackers the last few years. It’s not rocket science – the hardest part is pronouncing pomodor – but it works, especially for CFA studying. What is Pomodoro for CFA studying? 1. 25 Minute Study Sprint. Pomodoro is studying one topic or concept for 25 minutes with absolutely no interruption, and then taking a five … Read More

5 Ways to Get More From Caffeine & Coffee for Studying

I refused to be that guy who drank 5 cups of coffee a day. We all know that guy. That guy, the caffeine-drug-tolerance poster boy who became a caffeine addict and died of a heart attack at age 25. Caffeine consumption can reach a scary level during CFA study sessions. There are never enough hours in the day while simultaneously working full-time and … Read More

When to Start Studying for the June CFA Exam?

CFA Study Schedule

“When to start studying for the CFA?” is a timeless question of CFA candidates everywhere.  Some version of this “How many months should I study?” question is echoing online CFA forums everywhere this time of year. From my informal surveys of colleagues, 5-6 months prior to the June exam appears to be the rule of thumb. I think this is … Read More

Best Podcasts for Financial and Investment Analysts

Podcasts for finance

I discovered podcasts some twelve months into my professional finance career. Long, mundane projects are somewhat unavoidable as a lower level analyst, and music wasn’t getting me through them. After a NPR podcast recommendation from a friend, I was hooked. My eternal search for the best podcasts to pass the time began. I’m still exploring, and  let’s treat this as a … Read More

Why Bulletproof Coffee is the Dream Coffee for CFA Candidates

Best study coffee

It’s 1:00 pm on a Saturday. I’ve yet to eat food today, yet food is the furthest thing from my mind. This is a normal occurrence for me on Bulletproof Coffee days. Today I woke up, worked out, had a kale shake, and finished my morning off with my personal version of a bulletproof coffee. This is a typical day when I … Read More