Economics is the parent of finance and investing, and as such it’s a major section of the CFA exam. In this course, we’ll cover a variety of areas you need to know as you prepare for the exam. Market structure questions are typically included on the CFA exam, so we’ll go through the different types of structures. We’ll also cover the economic calculations that are a key part of the economics section of the CFA exam, as well as business cycles which have a major impact on the success or failure of investments. Another area we will cover is government policy as it relates to the economy and the business cycle. Moreover, since international trade is playing an increasingly important role in the stock market, we will go through that as well and we’ll talk about the related FX markets, which are a key investment area and a major part of the CFA exam. Finally, since to pass the CFA exam, you need to have good test taking strategies, we will give you some points to consider when the exam time comes.


Learning Objectives
  • Explore economic concepts of supply and demand and associated ideas including normal and inferior goods, and substitute and complimentary goods.
  • Discover characteristics of perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and pure monopoly based on price, marginal revenue, marginal cost, economic profit, and the elasticity of demand under each market structure.
  • Identify and explain gross domestic product (GDP) using expenditure and income approaches.
  • Discover the business cycle and its phases including its relationship to a set of economic indicators and their uses and limitations.
  • Recognize and compare monetary and fiscal policy and the tools used in each area.
  • Discover benefits and costs of international trade including the concept of comparative advantage and the balance of payments between countries.
  • Recognize an exchange rate and distinguish between nominal and real exchange rates and spot and forward exchange rates as well as functions of and participants in the foreign exchange market.
  • Identify test taking strategies for economics problems.
Last updated/reviewed: August 23, 2023

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesCFA Level 1 Preparation Certification Program

  1. CFA Level 1 Prep: Introduction to the CFA Exam
  2. CFA Level 1 Prep: 1 - Ethics and Professional Standards
  3. CFA Level 1 Prep: 2 - Quantitative Methods
  4. CFA Level 1 Prep: 3 - Economics
  5. CFA Level 1 Prep: 4 - Financial Reporting and Analysis
  6. CFA Level 1 Prep: 5 - Corporate Finance
  7. CFA Level 1 Prep: 6 - Equities Markets
  8. CFA Level 1 Prep: 7 - Fixed Income
  9. CFA Level 1 Prep: 8 - Derivatives
  10. CFA Level 1 Prep: 9 - Alternative Investments
  11. CFA Level 1 Prep: 10 - Portfolio Management
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Anonymous Author
Good overview of wht must be studied further, but not intended to be a full prep course.

Anonymous Author
very helpful course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course. However being part of a series, you may consider taking all related courses in sequence:

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Course Syllabus
  Supply and Demand4:06
  Market Structures11:14
  GDP and Economic Growth8:10
  Business Cycles8:13
  Fiscal and Monetary Policy12:32
  International Trade10:05
  FX Markets and the CFA10:26
  Economics and The CFA3:18
  Modern Monetary Theory24:57
  CFA Level 1 Prep: 3 - Economics1:08:04
  Slides: CFA Level 1 Prep: 3 - EconomicsPDF
  CFA Level 1 Prep: 3 - Economics Glossary/ IndexPDF