The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program is a globally recognized standard for measuring the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Three levels of examination, administered by the CFA Institute, measure a candidate’s ability to apply the fundamental knowledge of investment principles at a professional level.
CFA Exam Preparation Courses
Level I:Classes begin February 7, 2013
Level II:Classes begin February 9, 2013
Level III:Classes begin February 5, 2013
Benefits of Attending
Who Should Attend?
Study MaterialsThe course fee includes Schweser Study Notes. Please note that names and contact information for all enrollees will be submitted to Schweser to allow the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University to purchase CFA course materials.
From the CFA Institute at http://www.cfainstitute.org/:
First awarded in 1963, the CFA charter has become known as the designation of professional excellence within the global investment community. Around the world, employers and investors recognize the CFA designation as the definitive standard for measuring competence and integrity in the fields of portfolio management and investment analysis.
In the competitive, rapidly evolving profession of investment management, few achievements will say more about your commitment to knowledge and high ethical standards than earning the CFA charter. Employers who understand the dedication that the CFA Program requires often make the CFA charter an eligibility requirement for senior-level positions and frequently are willing to pay for their employees to participate in the program. Many investors include the CFA charter in the criteria they use to select the firms and individuals who manage their financial assets. The global investment community at large recognizes the CFA designation as a symbol of professional excellence.
The broad-based curriculum of the CFA Program compels you to build a working knowledge of principles across core areas of the investment industry, from quantitative analysis and economics to portfolio management and asset valuation. When you establish a familiarity with these core areas, you not only equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make better investment decisions, you also become a more viable candidate to assume positions with a wider range of responsibilities.
“Overall employment of financial analysts is expected to increase by 20 percent during the 2008–18 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Primary factors for this growth are increasing complexity and global diversification of investments and growth in the overall amount of assets under management. Despite employment growth, keen competition is expected for these high-paying jobs. For those aspiring to financial analyst jobs, a strong academic background, including courses such as finance, accounting, and economics, is essential. Certifications and graduate degrees, such as a CFA certification or a master’s degree in business or finance, significantly improve an applicant’s prospects.”
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Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, MS-550
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