The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program is a globally recognized standard for measuring the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Three levels of examination measure a candidate's ability to apply the fundamental knowledge of investment principles at a professional level. The CFA exam is administered annually in more than 70 nations worldwide.
As Thomas Bowman, CFA and AIMR President and CEO, has noted on the AIMR Web site, "Growth in world financial markets has created an unprecedented demand for investment practitioners.
This demand has clearly established the importance of a globally accepted standard with which employers and investors can validate the knowledge, integrity, and professionalism of investment managers and financial analysts.
That standard is the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.
The program's rigorous curriculum, three levels of examination, and work-experience requirements make the CFA charter perhaps the most recognized achievement within the global investment industry. Those who have demonstrated the commitment to learning and ethical behavior that the CFA charter entails receive the ultimate degree of respect from their peers, their employers, and their clients."
The CFA Institute site outlines the CFA program in comprehensive detail. For more information, go to www.aimr.org/cfaprogram