CFA Level I and II 2015 Exam Results Are Out!

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Level I and II exam results were released last June 28.

What makes the announcement of the results so special? Google “hardest exam in the world” and the CFA exams will come up on top of the results (see here).

 

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CFA Level I and II 2015 exam results announced on Twitter. Image from CFA Institute official twitter account

 

So, what were the passing rates for the two levels of “hardest exam in the world” (as indexed by Google)  for 2015?

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Distinguish Between Legitimate Multi-Level Marketing and A Pyramid Scam – Pinoy Style

Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is a legitimate business strategy. However, many scammers have been disguising their pyramid scams as MLM companies . How can a potential investor distinguish between a legitimate networking company and an illegal Ponzi scheme? 

Gotcha! If the word “investment” is used by the company, and you are called an “investor”, those are initial clues that it might be a Ponzi scheme. What are the other things you need to watch out for?

The Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (go see their website here) has come up with an eight-point test in distinguishing between a legitimate MLM company and an illegal pyramid scheme (most likely disguised as an MLM). ALL eight questions must have “YES” answers for a company to be evaluated as legitimate.

Here are the eight questions:

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SEC Issues Advisories on MLM Companies Success200 and FLAG Prosperity

 

Success200 and F.L.A.G. Prosperity Marketing are the latest Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) companies that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Philippines issued advisories on.

 

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Success200 logo. Image from Success200 company facebook page

 

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Freedom Life Alliance Global Marketing F.L.A.G. Prosperity Marketing Logo. Image from freedomlifealliance.com

 

Here are the advisories on Success200 and F.L.A.G Prosperity:

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Newsflash (Serious!) : Fely Viloria Sicam Was Awarded Best Columnist by the “Moonies” Church

 

This is NOT a joke. Ms. Felicitas ‘Fely’ Viloria Sicam of “Are Resident Doctors Really Doctors?” fame really won as Best Columnist in 2015 (in the whole Philippines, no less!) from the Universal Peace Federation, an organization under the Unification Church which some deride as the “Moonies cult”.

Many of my doctor colleagues (the md in thefinancemd stands for an MD degree after all) have already given their opinions about Ms. Felicitas “Fely” Viloria Sicam’s now infamous article (read it here). However, I decided to put myself in her shoes and act as an “investigative journalist”. Here is what I found in my research:

 

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Felicitas ‘Fely’  Viloria Sicam, (center) was awarded Best Columnist in January 2015 by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). (From left to right): Reverend Julius Malicdem, President – UPF Philippines; Thomas Walsh, President – UPF International;  Chang Sik Yang, Chairman – UPF International and Chong Sik Yong, Regional Chair – UPF Asia. Image from Mindanao Times

 

Why did she win the Best Columnist award from the Universal Peace Federation, an organization under the Unification Church, also widely known as the “Moonies“?  This is where it gets juicy…

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Free Stuff: Philippine Stock Exchange’s (PSE) Stock Market 101 Webinar

Want to learn how to invest in the stock market? This may be your best chance to learn it for free. You’ll also learn from “The Source” – the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) itself without going there personally (parking there during office hours sucks big time).

 

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Is it just me or does the poster have too many icons? If you want to join the PSE Stock Market 101 Webinar, register at www.pseacademy.com.ph.

 

Do I think this webinar is worth joining?

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The Common Investor Asks – Despite Very Good Financial Results, Why Did The Stock Price of Apple Inc. Plunge?

On July 21 2015, Apple Inc. reported very good financial results for the recent fiscal quarter. The company’s financial performance actually beat analysts’ estimates. Apple Inc. earned USD 1.85 per share (1.81 analysts’ consensus estimate), and had revenues of USD 49.6 Billion (up 33% from last year and better than the 49.4 Billion analysts’ consensus estimate). Following the announcement, the stock price plunged by around 7%. The common investor asks – how did this happen?

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Apple Inc. reports better than expected earnings but stock price tumbles… The common investor asks – market, why did you react that way? Image from Apple Inc.

 

Wall street types may know what’s going on, but the common investor may be scratching his head. I had a conversation with one such investor and tried to explain things the best I can in the simplest way possible.

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What’s Your Say on This? – Is Superbrands Philippines Credible?

One of the hospitals I work for proudly displayed the Superbrands seal in its posters when it was awarded one years ago so I assumed then that this award was totally legit and prestigious.

Fast forward to 2015 and here are the awardees:

 

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As a Filipino consumer – do I think these brands represent the cream of the crop of Philippine brands? Short answer – NO. Long answer – Not even close. Image from One Lightning Corporation Products Facebook page

 

One of the brands awarded above was the subject of three advisories (cease and desist orders for alleged investment related “modus operandi”) from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Philippines.

The three advisories were issued against that brand in February, March and April 2015. Superbrands handed out its awards May 2015 (see image above). Wow! How did that happen?

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