The CFA Charter is a three-level exam that is globally recognized and serves as a passport to the best financial jobs in the world. Each level offered by the various business schools provides the study materials required for the curriculum prepared by the business school or institution. However, the course itself recommends more books to the candidates to support their studies and prepare well for the exams. Here is a list of the top five CFA books, according to the general demand and recommendation of successful CFA certifiers.
Schweizer study notes for CFA by Kaplan Schweizer
Schweser prepares CFA candidates with excellent notes on levels 1, 2 and 3 of the CFA course. Schweser study programs are already world famous, and the study materials are prepared with the utmost care to equip the candidates with all the skills and knowledge required to pass the three levels of the exam. The study note is different for each level, and is updated each year as needed to ensure candidates have advanced knowledge on various concepts of investment and portfolio management.
Kaplan CFA Basics: A Schweizer Study Guide to Getting Started by Bruce Kuhlmann
This book is written in Lehman’s terms to help beginners understand financial and investment terminology. It is easy to follow, and can be referred to as a guide to understanding the concepts of CFA before you venture into financial certification. Those who plan to register for the Level 1 exam will find it easier to understand the study material after mentioning the Kaplan CFA basics.
Stella CFA study system
Stella offers books on levels 1, 2 and 3 of the CFA. What is special is that the books come with software that facilitates interactive study. Books and guides are well written so that you can review them after you have prepared through regular study materials. Stala’s popular mobile CFA program is also successful which delivers CFA lessons on your smartphone with internet capability.
Equity Asset Valuation (CFA Institute Investment Series) Gerald E. Pinto CFA
This book is helpful for those who have passed Level 1 and are planning to take Level 2 CFA. This book is very important for all those who attend the exam and covers four main concepts for completing a CFA level study: cash flow model, DDM or dividend discount model, cost coefficient and residual income. The book provides excellent examples to enhance your learning experience of CFA.
Quantitative Investment Analysis (CFA Institute Investment Series) Richard A. Diffusco CFA
Written by world-renowned financial experts, this book clearly explains the quantitative methods required in investing. The main book is praised by a study guide that answers challenging questions arising from investment concepts. Some of the topics specifically explained in the book are sampling and estimation, multiple regression, hypothesis testing, discounted cash flow, probability distribution, etc.