Level 3 CFA Curriculum Changes 2015

 
The readings and Learning Outcome Statements (LOS) are out for the 2015 CFA curriculum and there have been some significant changes. Make sure you download the curriculum outline and new LOS from the CFA Institute website.
The most surprising change has been a modification of the topic area percentage weights on the exams. The previous topic weights had been the same for years, before I was a candidate, and no one really saw the changes coming. The actual changes are relatively marginal but still surprising. While new topic weights were given to many topics in the first two exams, it looks like the weights have been removed altogether from the Level 3 exam.
At first glance there appears to be huge changes to the Level 3 curriculum this year but closer inspection reveals less new information and a simple reshuffling of study sessions and readings. The Institute has changed study sessions around, condensing some and separating others.
Private Wealth Management has been separated into two study sessions. Economics and Capital Market Expectations were two study sessions last year but have been rolled up into SS7 this year. Asset Allocation has been separated into two study sessions, eight and nine, this year. Equity Portfolio Management has been condensed from two study sessions to just one. There are also readings that have been moved from one study session to another.
After all that, only one new reading has been added (asset allocation) and three readings have been removed (one in Ethics and two in Equity Investments).
The new (11th) edition of the Code and Standards is not materially different from the previous edition. Some of the standards have been modified to include a more proactive requirement, i.e. the need for supervisors to take positive steps to promote compliance rather than disciplinary action.
New readings:
(20) Market Indexes and Benchmarks
Dropped readings:
(3) Ethics in Practice(24) International Equity Benchmarks
(25) Corporate Performance, Governance and Business Ethics
The removal of topic weights from the exam is not necessarily a big change. Suggested topic weights for the Level 3 exam always had a large range and were not very useful anyway. Portfolio management, i.e. individual and institutional, are still going to be major sections and worth every minute of study time.
The Level 3 CFA exam is still all about the essay portion and the best way to approach it is still by going through old exams released by the Institute. The guideline answers to the essay exams reference a specific reading from the curriculum so make sure that reading is still included in the curriculum. We’ll cover several essay questions from prior exams in our review leading up to the 2015 exam.
‘til next time, happy studyin’
Joseph Hogue, CFA

Poem

If it’s your desire to be the best
Please take the CFA Program Test.

Read more

Editable Excel Study Plan – Send to Your Inbox

Send Microsoft Excel + PDF files of CFA Program Study Plan to Your Inbox

Manage your subscriptions

CFA exam study material

For general inquiries, please write to us at info@finquiz.com. For pre-sales inquiries, get in touch at sales@finquiz.com.

CFA Institute does not endorse, promote or warrant the accuracy or quality of FinQuiz. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute. BA II Plus is registered trademark owned by Texas Instruments.

Copyright © 2008-2018 FinQuiz:CFA Exam Prep. All rights reserved.
Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | info@finquiz.com

Limited-time discount!| Savings of 50% | Code GET50OFF 15 Days 10 Hours 8 Minutes 54 Seconds
Shop