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This course covers the material from the equities section of the CFA exam including different types of markets and equity securities as well as securities analysis. At its core, investing is all about trying to find an asset that will be worth more in the future than it is today, and this course is focused on the aspects of the CFA exam that address this issue. In addition, we’ll cover equity indexes which are becoming an increasingly important benchmark for investors, and market efficiency which is a bedrock of fair pricing in investments. We will also go over classifying investment options since that is a big part of what investment advisors do. To pass the CFA exam, you need to have good test taking strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the major types of securities, currencies, contracts, commodities, and real assets that trade in organized markets, including their distinguishing characteristics and major subtypes.
  • Explore the efficient market hypothesis and contrast weak-form, semi-strong-form, and strong-form market efficiency.
  • Explore what an equity market index is, and calculate and interpret the value, price return, and total return of an index.
  • Discover characteristics of types of equity securities.
  • Recognize and compare methods by which companies can be grouped, current industry classification systems, and classify a company, given a description of its activities and the classification system.
  • Identify and evaluate whether a security, given its current market price and a value estimate, is overvalued, fairly valued, or undervalued by the market.
  • Identify and understand high level strategies for dealing with equity market questions on the CFA.
Last updated/reviewed: July 26, 2020

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesCFA Level 1 Preparation

  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


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:

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  6:14Types of Capital Markets
  6:36Understanding An Investment Index
  6:41Efficient Markets
  14:10All About Equities
  11:39Stock Valuation
  3:06Equity Test Taking Strategies
  48:26CFA Level 1 Prep: 6 - Equities Markets
  PDFSlides: CFA Level 1 Prep: 6 - Equities Markets
  PDFCFA Level 1 Prep: 6 - Equities Markets Glossary/ Index