Financial Risk Manager™ Level 1

The Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) Exam is the globally recognized standard for measuring the skills and knowledge of those who manage financial risk. A practice-oriented examination offered in two parts, questions are designed to relate theory to practical, real-world, problems. As such, candidates are expected to understand risk management concepts and approaches as they would apply to a risk manager?s day-to-day activities. The FRM Exam Part I focuses on the essential tools and concepts required to assess financial risk. Passing the FRM Exam Part I is the first step for an individual to become a Certified FRM.

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Exam Details

Time Limit: 4 hours
Cost: Varies
Number of Questions: 100
Format: Multiple Choice
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Exam Date(s): May and November
Exam Results: Usually provided within 60 days
Official Exam Website: http://www.garp.org/frm/


Additional Exam Details

Part 1 curriculum covers the tools used to assess risk
Foundations of Risk Management (20%)
Quantitative Analysis (20%)
Financial Markets and Products (30%)
Valuation and Risk Models (30%)



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Professionals FAQs
  1. Where can I look for a financial planner?

    References from trusted friends or family members can help you find a financial planner; however, keep in mind that your friends' financial situations and goals may differ from yours and, therefore, their planners won't necessarily be the best fit for you.The Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards certifies financial planners and maintains an online list of certified financial planners on its CFP Board of Standards website.
  2. If I am looking to get an Investment Banking job. What education do employers prefer? MBA or CFA?

    If you are looking specifically for an investment banking position, an MBA may be marginally preferable over the CFA. The caveat here is that the MBA would most probably need to be from a Top-20 B-School.The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is well worth considering if you (a) are aiming for an entry-level position in investment banking, and/or (b) cannot afford to shell out six figures for an MBA or have to settle for a lesser-known B-school.That's because in the investment banking field, most entry-level positions are at the analyst level.
  3. Can I still pass the CFA Level I if I do poorly in the ethics section?

    You may still pass the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) Level I even if you fare poorly in the ethics section, but don't count on it. The CFA Institute has long emphasized that ethics is a particular area of focus for it. The seriousness with which the CFA Institute views ethics is evident from the fact that for exam candidates with borderline total scores, performance on the ethics section can mean the difference between passing and failing the exam.
  4. Under the USA, registration as an IAR includes all of the following EXCEPT:

    Under the USA, registration as an IAR includes all of the following EXCEPT: A. Minimum net capitalB. Passing a qualification examC. Filing a consent to service of processD. Posting a surety bond The correct answer is "A", since only an IA would need to prove minimum net capital requirements.
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