CFA Discussion Topic: CFA and IBanking

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tomas
@2019-03-01 17:56:04
Hi guys!!
Congratulations to the ones who passed and positive energy to the ones who didn't.
Two questions:
1) Is the real CFA Level I exam tougher than the exams and questions on this web site? Or is it the same level?
2) I am 23 years old, sitting for the exam in houston this June and after that try to make it into Investment banking. Trading (equities or Fixed income) and M&A are my choices. Between these, what area is the most interesting for you guys with IB experience? and what is the top IB concerning working atmosphere?
I love finance and i am as competitive as anyone, but I don't want to be stabbed in the back everytime i turn around.
Thanks a lot
robertucla
@2019-03-14 15:44:33
Do not pursue CFA to break into IB. Bankers don't care too much about CFA. If you come from a target school w/ gpa you are better off networking to get into IB. If you want to get into PM or ER CFA will help you a little bit more. Good luck
kanish
@2019-04-29 18:59:30
I am a paid member of this web site and passed the exam last June. I believe I can answer your first question: the real questions were slightly harder than the basic and review questions on this site, however they were similar to mock questions in terms of difficulty levels.

I tried sample notes and questions of Schweser and Stalla. I think all of these notes providers, including analystnotes, are very good and offer similar quality of study notes and questions. It really depends on your preferences and certainly the real difference is the price.