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CIMA F3 Financial Strategy - Free Exam Resources Page

We've compiled a great selection of useful resources from all over the Internet to help you to prepare for the CIMA Strategic Exams

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Study Tips From Students

Great advice from current and former students on the most effective ways to revise the course content

5 Tips on how to Reduce Stress and Improve Focus

Tips on how to minimize stress and improve focus leading up to your exams.

Benefits of Peer Learning

An interesting article highlighting the benefits of studying with peers

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F3 Transition Guide *

A useful article showing the key changes between the 2010 and 2015 F3 syllabus.

Five Must knows about the 2015 syllabus

Essential points regarding the syllabus.

Strategic Transition Video

A helpful video that provides information for those students that are affected by the changing syllabus.

Approaching Objective Test Questions

Beneficial information on what you can expect and how to approach the objective test questions.

Objective Test Style and Format *

A helpful insight into the different ways the questions will be formatted.

Formulation of Financial Strategy

Financing and Dividend Decisions

Corporate Finance

CIMA F3 Syllabus Topic

Formulation of Financial Strategy

CIMA F3 Syllabus Weighting


Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

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An article from KPMG regarding Sustainability and Integrated Reporting addressing many questions such as What are key reasons to report , What is Integrated Reporting – and what isn’t? etc, it’s a more comprehensive document covering all aspects and practical application.

Dividend Policy

Explains Dividend Policy and its relationship with investors and choices for businesses in terms of dividends. It also includes dividend irrelevancy theory regarding share price performance. This is a good article that covers the basics required for the CIMA F3 exams.

Financial Ratios

Hedging Instruments

Explains Financial Ratios through the use of financial statements. It demonstrate how to calculate these Financial Ratios and their interpretation.

Cashflow Forecasting

A useful presentation summary that defines and describes the types of hedging. It explains how they are used in the context of risk management and reducing a businesses exposure.

Defines the term 'Cash Flow' and describes the inflows and outflows of an organisation. This is a good introductory revision tool for the CIMA F3 Objective Test.

CIMA F3 Syllabus Topic

Financing and Dividend Decisions

CIMA Syllabus Weighting



Equity Finance and Debt Finance

An interesting article that describes and defines Overtrading, it identifies key symptoms of Overtrading and gives possible approaches to effective debt management.

Initial Public Offering

Discusses the issue of whether a business should use debt or equity to finance its growth plans. It questions how much debt a business can or should have relative to other sources of capital.

Using an animated example, this video defines and describes Initial Public Offering including the reasons for an IPO and the way in which it can be implemented.

Rights Issues

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Defines what is a Rights Issue, how they work and the risks of this form of raising finance. It includes example calculations.

Adjusted Present Value

This video describes Adjusted Present Value theory and identifies when this should be used in terms of financial risk and business risk.

Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH)

Real Options

Describes Efficient Market Hypothesis and identifies where this theory has fallen short in explaining the behaviour of the stock market. This will be useful for additional reading on this topic.

Relevant Costing

A useful article that uses a real examples from the farming industry. It explains how their investment decisions were evaluated with particular reference to net present value and sunk costs.

Discusses which costs are relevant or irrelevant in the decision making process of a business. It identifies sunk and differentiated costs.

Risks of Overseas Investments

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Explains the importance of country risk analysis in building and monitoring an international business portfolio. This involves the analysis of political, economic and business risks. This is a good introductory revision tool for the CIMA F3 Objective Test.

Lease vs Buy

Examines the lease or buy question that is common in making many investment decisions. It demonstrates how to approach this in the context of an examination question.

CIMA F3 Syllabus Topic

Corporate Finance

CIMA Syllabus Weighting


Company Valuation

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Explains the four different types of valuation methods. It illustrates this by using a detailed example and identifies the most common errors in valuation.

Defines intangible assets and methods for their evaluation. It gives useful examples throughout of how intangible assets can be measured.

Capital Rationing

Management Buy-outs

Defines Capital Rationing and identifies the key steps in the Capital Rationing process in a simple to understand format.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Defines and describes a Management Buyout, how to undertake take one successfully, the process for making it happen, and the sources of finance.

This video defines Mergers and acquisition, the benefits from this strategy, how much money should be paid, and the process for making it happen. This compliments the Mergers and Acquisitions topic outlined in the Astranti CIMA F3 Study Text.

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F3 Technical Articles from CIMA Connect

This is a summary table of key articles from CIMA Connect. You will find these a helpful addition to the Astranti resources above.

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