December 06, 2020

CFA Acceptance and Norm

The certifications and professional designations have meaning for the company and the employee only if the criteria they follow are understood or clarified. In other words, entities and organizations are searching for designations to advertise, to have integrity and to clarify criteria, education and expertise. Many firms have internal qualification or designation systems, and this is a perfect way to engage and attract staff. So, what really proves an internal certification? Everyone in the company knows what qualification means, what the individual has to do and what requirements he or she was expected to meet. But what is the value of certification to members, consumers or other entities outside of the organization? The CFA classification is popular all over the world and gives your company and everyone the respect and standard they deserve, given its nature. We're going to find out how.

Next the economist classified the CFA classification as the "gold standard" in designations and certifications for investment research. This is a good acknowledgment that definitely places the employee and the organization on a higher level. But what other quality and quality is there to make the CFA 'gold standard'? There are many domains, including worldwide acceptance of legislation, group recognition, curriculum requirements and the kinds of organizations searching for CFA charters.

Regulatory acceptance is critical in global financial circles, particularly if the classification plan holders are to act on global markets or in countries other than their own. According to the CFA Institute, CFA charter holders live in just about every country in the world. This is just one piece of the reconnaissance puzzle. Many regulatory authorities in several countries have waived such conditions to award and review applicants who have reached levels I or II or have already received their CFA appointments. This ensures that these charter holders are allowed to operate in many countries, including Australia, the US, four Canadian provinces, Greece, Hong Kong, Singapore and Turkey. Your CFA charter holders will work without further certification and inspection if their company is engaged in investing activities in these areas. The expanded acceptance of the CFA classification by regulatory bodies in these countries poses a high level of authority.


A significant source of acknowledgement and expectations is indeed the culture through which an organization works. For eg, the National Council for the Certification of Interior Design is a recognized industry norm but is most possibly meaningless. But bear in mind that in general, the finance sector is filled with MBA's, Certified Public Accountants and Certified Investment Banking Analysts to name just a handful. When selecting a designation, so it depends on what job the individual performs, which organizations he or she may be hired and the sort of network he or she has. CFA charter holders of big and small corporations are active everywhere in investment, financial analysis and corporate financial planning. The CFA's include commercial banks, investment banks, consultancy companies, brokerage firms, foundations for financial research and mutual funds businesses, but there is a wide variety of network participants. Because different types of entities employ CFA's, this awareness and standard is also important at both community and single levels. The CFA network has more than 100,000 members worldwide. This is a broad network, but seeing that the CFA's target areas are relatively narrow, the network is getting both stronger operational and human instruments.

We addressed earlier the nuts and bolts of the CFA curriculum and materials. So how does this depend on the acceptance and criteria of the CFA designation? It is a requirement for both the organization and beyond that the program is revised regularly and thoroughly overhauled every five years following heavy industry assessments. This process of curriculum creation stops the corporation from "push" the recognition at the school level so it is easier to sell an evolving complex curriculum. However, the curriculum reforms also prove that every CFA charter holder is aware of global capital markets. The tri-level review scheme also means that each person learns the knowledge, that they understand knowledge, can apply it and that as part of their everyday practices they can continue with the synthesis of it.

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December 03, 2020

Choice of CFA and MBA

You have worked hard at high school to earn a high score in your SAT only to get entry to the top-quality colleges, including Cornwell, Harvard, Yale or even NYU. Now you are faced with another significant life choice after another four years of trying even harder to obtain a degree. You know that graduation will give you a breakthrough in the world of professions. Now are you expected to have an MBA, a CFA, or do you need both?

Both the MBA and the CFA will ensure success in their careers, but because of their high expenses and the challenges of the former, we need to carefully consider which direction to follow. For those who are drawn to both in reality, there are universities offering CFA in their MBA program to encourage a student to have both.

Before the launch of CFA, many businesses actually pay their workers to attend business schools and develop their experience and expertise more. CFA courses are structured to provide experience and skills to students such as financial planning, portfolio analysis and even asset allocation. With MBA, the information gained is important even outside the financial world. The drawback of MBA is its high cost, which can be a little painful, particularly if you are a family member or just start your career. Just remember that CFA really targets the investment market, and thus the application of expertise can be minimal.


There's no harm to both and it can give you far more edge in company than either one of the two. Any graduates will go directly to CFA and then try to follow their expertise through their MBA programs like Chicago MBA or Harvard MBA.

The CFA Institute has recently collaborated with more than 40 colleges and graduate schools in order to use the CFA curriculum in their MBA programs so students can get both better. Aspiring enrollees will do level 1 CFA review right after their graduation as a bachelor at the beginning of their program.

Many consultancy companies also provide coaching programs for potential MBA or CFA candidates. These companies not only work on the application management aspect, but also ensure that the candidate is properly prepared to carry out the tests and interviews.

Happily, for those who look for a change in their future, the combined powers of ICON+ and Aureus will make this less overwhelming. Both companies are among the leading entry advisory firms and career development consulting groups in Singapore. Recently, you have teamed up to deliver a more competitive and assured program to take you past other candidates. The software provides simulation interviews, mock standardized tests and informal consultation to help mold you to the best.

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December 02, 2020

How to Pass the 2021 Level I CFA® Exam

For a step-by-step guide to passing the 2020 Level, check this video

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