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Chartered financial analyst

Chartered financial analyst Definition

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a designation offered by the CFA Institute (formerly known as AIMR) to financial analysts who complete a series of three examinations and work for at least four years as some type of financial analyst. The curriculum for the CFA program is based on a Body of Knowledge established by the CFA Institute. The curriculum includes

  • Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative Methods (such as the time value of money, and statistical inference)
  • Economics
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Analysis of Investments (stocks, bonds, derivatives, venture capital, real estate, etc.)
  • Portfolio Analysis (risk, performance measurement, etc.)

The exams are generally taken one per year for three years and are written at a postgraduate level for financial professionals. Exams are challenging, with only 34% of candidates passing the Level I exam in June 2004.




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