First off, if you’re reading this, good luck. You’re going to need it on Saturday.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams are this weekend. They are commonly known as the most hellish exams taken by Wall Street professionals. Fewer than 20 per cent of candidates pass all three tests in the first attempt at each.
What makes the CFA so difficult is the sheer volume of information you have to study and use. There are tons of formulas and ideas all over the exam — we couldn’t possibly cover it all here.
So we’ll give you what you absolutely have to know — 9 formulas candidates that will most assuredly show up on all three levels of the CFA exam.
Don’t blow it.
NOTE: We don’t claim to be an expert in offering exam advice.
Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM): Attempts to explain the relationship excess market risk and expected return.
Duration With Convexity Adjustment: Duration is the average time until all cash flows from a bond are delivered. The convexity adjustment helps determine the change in price that is not explained by duration.
DuPont Identity Of Return On Equity (ROE): This breaks ROE into profit margin, total asset turnover, and financial leverage. It explains the operating efficiency, asset-use efficiency, and overall financial leverage of a company.
Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC): The firm's overall cost of capital considering all of the components of the capital structure.
Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF): Measures firm's cash flow after paying expenses, taxes, and financing costs.
Put-Call Parity: Refers to the static price relationship between the prices of put and call options of an asset with the same strike price and expiration date.
Variance of a Two Asset Portfolio: Measures the fluctuation of the returns of a portfolio with two assets.
BONUS: The Herfindahl Index measures market concentration, and is used by regulators to determine whether a company has a monopoly on a market.
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