Chartered Financial Analyst | CFA (level 1) Study Guide


The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation is one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession. As a CFA charterholder, you will join the growing number of professionals who embody the CFA Institute’s mission “To lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

We currently focus on CFA level 1.

Why become CFA certified?

As an aspiring or practicing investment professional, you need the knowledge and skills to thrive in a highly competitive industry. The CFA Program is designed to equip you with the kind of expertise and real-world skills in investment analysis that will help you advance your career. Whether you are a practicing investment professional, a student, switching careers or looking to start a career in this field, the CFA Program offers a way to move forward and achieve your professional goals.

Designed with your future in mind, the CFA Program provides a strong foundation in advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Ongoing input from industry experts ensures that the curriculum remains relevant and prepares charterholders to enter today’s market.

CFA charterholders occupy a range of investment decision-making roles, typically as a research analyst or portfolio manager. CFA charterholders go on to enjoy lifelong careers in asset and wealth management, investment banking, commercial banking, and consulting, alongside a diverse range of career paths in-and-outside the industry.

As a globally recognized credential in the investment management profession, earning the CFA charter demonstrates to employers that you have the knowledge and commitment to thrive in today’s complex and evolving investment industry. The CFA® designation is a mark of distinction, and investment firms know it represents a higher standard.

The CFA level 1 exam covers the vast majority of investment-related topics, which include:

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Investments
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning

The exam format is 240 multiple choice questions to be completed within 6 hours. The recommended study time is 300 hours, and the historical passing rate is less than 50%.

Our CFA (level 1) Study Guide

This study guide covers all of the material you will need to successfully pass the CFA (level 1) certification exam on your first try, and it will guide you through the essentials to help you attain and showcase the knowledge, experience, and skills of a top investment professional.


Give yourself an advantage with the ABC approach:

  • Simpler: navigate through bite-size materials that cover every exam topic
  • Faster: master key concepts in a short amount of time
  • Cheaper: save money by passing the first time

Learn more about the benefits of the CFA (level 1) certification and the unique approach employed in our CFA study guide.

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