Challenging and demanding but equally rewarding - and the
ultimate indicator of credibility in our industry - the CFA not
only marks you out as the best in your field when out in the
marketplace, it also serves to establish confidence in us from our
Looking ahead, we see a strong commercial advantage in having
our client-facing staff holding the Chartered Financial Analyst
qualification. The CFA Programme is a globally recognised and
respected curriculum that provides you with a strong foundation of
real world investment analysis, portfolio management skills and
practical knowledge needed in today's investment industry.
The CFA charter is benchmarked as comparable to a Masters degree
in finance by the United Kingdom National Academic Recognition
Information centre. It is recognised as the definitive standard by
which to measure the competence, integrity and dedication of
serious investment professionals. Not only that, but gaining the
CFA qualification puts you in the company of an elite group of more
than 90,000 respected investment professionals working in 135
countries around the world. Access to their collective expertise,
networks and resources is an invaluable asset.
Typically, you'll take Level I in your first year and complete
Level II and III over the next two years. At level I you'll be
asked basic knowledge and comprehension questions focusing on asset
valuation, some requiring that you perform analysis. Level II
further emphasises analysis along with application of knowledge,
whilst Level III focuses on synthesising basic knowledge with
evaluation tools and analytical methods for effective portfolio
management. Passing all three levels is a requirement of the
Please refer to the CFA
website for more information.
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