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5 Popular Stocks in Japan that Offer Yutai Gifts (June 2020 Update)

A year ago I posted Top 5 Popular Stocks in Japan that Offer Yutai Gifts where I shared a popular list of yutai stocks. Given the interest received for that post, I created an updated list for 2020 that I … Continue reading

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Taking the 2019 Autumn CMA Exam in New York

Over the past months I have been preparing for the CMA (Certified Member Analyst of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan) exam and although this is a Japanese exam, they have test centres in London, Hong Kong and New York.Since … Continue reading

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Introducing the CMA Exam (Certified Member Analyst of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan)

Having lived in Japan for over 3 years now and having spent some time preparing for this exam, I thought it would be worthwhile writing about it. This is a Financial Analyst exam administered in Japanese twice a year by … Continue reading

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CFA Level 3 General Overview and Tips

So you’ve reached the final CFA exam. This is not something to be sniffed at so you should be proud of your achievements. You are almost there and I am hoping that this article will help you in your studies … Continue reading

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Calculators in the CFA Exam

Although the CFA exam isn’t a number crunching exam, you will come across numerous questions that require the use of a calculator. Your two weapons of choice are the Texas Instrument BA II Plus and the Hewlett Packard 12C. Before … Continue reading

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Top 5 Popular Stocks in Japan that Offer Yutai Gifts

Yutai Gifts 株主優待 (Kabunushi Yutai) are perks that companies give to their shareholders as a form of gratitude for owning their stocks. These gifts are often tied to the product or service that the company provides. A lot of retail … Continue reading

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The Dividend Discount Model

The Dividend Discount Model, also known as the Gordon Growth Model is a formula that allows us to calculate the intrinsic value of a stock. The model assumes that the fair value of a stock is the present value of … Continue reading

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CFA Level 1 General Overview and Tips

So, you are seriously considering taking the CFA exam and you might be looking for some information online, if so, congratulations you have come to the right place. I sat and passed the exam back in 2011 and I would … Continue reading

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Opening a Brokerage Account in Japan

Before you continue reading I assume that you are a resident in Japan as you will have to submit proof of residency when opening up a brokerage account with a Japanese broker. When I was looking to open up an … Continue reading

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