Friday, February 5, 2016

Is it time to pursue the CFA credential?

Interested in a career in finance? Don't automatically go for an MBA. It could make more sense to pursue a CFA instead (or, you could pursue both).

According to this story on BusinessInsider: "people that are only CFA charterholders tend to make $27,000 more than people that only have a MBA, and $13,000 more than people that only have a MBA in Finance." I think those PayScale figures represent the "average" business professional working in the finance industry. A physician who transitions into a career in finance is at a very different level.

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential is one of the most respected and recognized investment management designation in the world. The program provides you with a foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

Who is it for? Portfolio and wealth managers, investment and research analysts, professionals involved in the investment decision-making process, and finance students who want to work in the investment management profession

How long does it take? Approximately 4 years to complete 3 exams (Level I, II, and III)

So, if you're exploring the possibility of being a research analyst, a relationship manager, a corporate financial analyst, a financial advisor, a portfolio manager, or a consultant in the financial industry, then maybe it's time to consider the CFA credential. You can learn more about pursuing the CFA from the CFA Institute.

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