CFA Takers: Good Luck To All

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How about a shout-out for those of us who are sleep deprived and freaking out about tomorrow? something to cheer us up and forget that we paid over $1k for this test that (according to all estimates) most of us will probably fail. Something special, because we need it. Give us hope, something to look forward to, that's all we really want. I know it's only level 1, which screams 'n00b'. I mean, if it was any more of a joke it'd be the Series 7, right? But even 'n00bz' need encouragement.

You're all going to do great! And if you don't, it's not like this shit matters. Plus, we'll be throwing a special pity party for the failures, so there's that to look forward to. And because I know some of you are sensitive:

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CFA 2012: Good Luck To All

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