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  • 18 Dec 2017
CFA : Chartered Financial Analyst

Information on CFA

  • Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) is a professional designation offered by CFA Institute, USA.
  • A CFA designation is a mark of distinction that is globally recognized by employers, investment professionals, and investors as the definitive standard by which to measure serious investment professionals.

Among the countless finance degrees around the world, the Chartered Financial Analyst qualification has become the gold standard.
Financial Times, 13 August 2010


How well is the CFA Known?

There are currently more than 90,000 CFA charter holders working in over 135 countries around the world.

Regulatory bodies in 19 countries recognize the CFA designation as a proxy for meeting certain licensing requirements

The CFA Program has been benchmarked as comparable to a master’s degree in finance by the United Kingdom National Academic Recognition Information Centre.

More than 125 distinguished colleges and universities around the world have incorporated a majority of the CFA Program curriculum into their own courses, including the University of Oxford’s Said Business School; New York University; INSEAD; Peking University; and Nanyang Tachnological University


Career Possibilities

Among these many specialities in the investment profession, CFA
charter holders hold the following types of positions in countries
around the world:

 

Knowledge Academy


Earning the CFA designation

Exam Topic Level 1 Weight Level 2 Weight Level 3 Weight
Ethics and professional Stanfards 15%
    10%
    10%
    Quantitative Analysis / Methods 12%
      5-10%
      -
      Economics 10%
        5-10%
        -
        Finacial Reporting and Analysis 20%
          15-25%
          -
          Corporate Finace 8%
            5-15%
            -
            Equity Investments 10%
              20-30%
              5-15%
              Fixed Income 12%
                5-15%
                10-20%
                Derivatives 5%
                  5-15%
                  5-15%
                  Alternative Investments 3%
                    3-15%
                    5-15%
                    Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning 5%
                      5-15%
                      45-55%

                      Exam schedules

                      • The exams are offered by CFA Institute at hundreds of locations
                        throughout the world.
                      • Level I is offered twice yearly in June and December; Levels II
                        and III once annually in June.
                      • Generally exams are conducted on the first Saturday of the
                        respective month for both exams of each level. The available
                        time for each exam is 180 minutes or 3 hours.

                      For who

                      Investment Professionals

                      • The CFA Program curriculum is designed to complement your experience
                        with a broad range of skills determined to be most relevant by investment
                        practitioners and employers acquiring this additional knowledge will
                        enhance your professional abilities and will increase your standing with
                        colleagues, clients, and your employer..

                      Career Change

                      • The CFA Program curriculum is designed to complement your experience
                        with a broad range of skills determined to be most relevant by investment
                        practitioners and employers acquiring this additional knowledge will
                        enhance your professional abilities and will increase your standing with
                        colleagues, clients, and your employer..

                       

                      Students

                      • If you are a student planning to enter the finance or investment professions,
                        there is no better way to signal your commitment and your ability to
                        perform at a high level than by enrolling in the CFA Program, learning the
                        skills you will need to succeed in the investment industry, and earning the
                        CFA charter.

                      Roadmap to CFA Charter

                      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent/in final year of bachelor’s degree program.
                      • Enrollment
                        Passing Level I, II, III exams
                      • 4 years of relevant work experience (accumulated before, during, or after
                        exam)
                      • Professional Conduct Statement
                        Join CFA Institute and apply for society membership
                        Pay membership dues
                        Earn CFA Charter