A Difference That Matters

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A CFA designation is a badge of distinction. It represents a deep knowledge of all things investing, a commitment to ethics, and a passion for always putting investors first. All of which make our members unparalleled professionals who are fully engaged in raising the standards of the investment management industry.

Why It Matters

CFA
Three simple letters that mean so much more than the words behind them.

Ask any one of the 125,000 charterholders around the world who’ve earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and they’ll proudly tell you why they put those letters at the end of their names.
They’ll tell you that it’s the most rigorous certification program for investment managers.
That it gives them a comprehensive and proven understanding of investment management.
That it demands strict ethical guidelines when dealing with investors while always putting their interests first.
That employers feel reassured because of a charterholder’s ability to understand clients.
That developing markets rely on charterholder expertise to help shape policy and regulations for emerging economies.
But what our charterholders will speak most glowingly about is how complete they feel as investment management professionals.
How well-equipped they are to navigate the uncertainties of the financial world.
And how committed they are to raising the standards of the investment management industry.
Because, for them, those three letters make a real difference.

CFA Institute
A Difference That Matters™

For Investors

Learn more about partnering with a CFA charterholder  

By partnering with a CFA charterholder, you’re partnering with an investment manager who always puts investors first — someone with proven knowledge and who’s fully equipped to navigate the uncertainties of the financial world.

Learn more about partnering with a CFA charterholder


For Institutions

Learn more about hiring a CFA charterholder  

By hiring a CFA charterholder, you’re hiring someone with unparalleled financial knowledge and the communication skills to convey even the most complicated financial matters to your clients — you’re hiring someone who’ll contribute to the integrity and credibility of your organization.

Learn more about hiring a CFA charterholder


For Investment Management Professionals

Learn how to get involved with the CFA Program  

The CFA Program provides investment professionals with a strong foundation in advanced investment analysis, real-world portfolio management skills, and a passion for always putting clients’ interests first.

Learn how to get involved with the CFA Program

Defining the Difference

What distinguishes a CFA charterholder from the rest of the financial industry? Our Chartered Financial Analysts explain why they chose to add “CFA” to the end of their name and how becoming a charterholder made a huge impact on their career, their life, and their community.

Watch the video to learn more about the importance of earning an investor's trust

Leila Lee, CFA

"For investors to have trust in the people who they’re handing over their money to is incredibly important. You know, it’s everything. And CFA Institute is one great way of elevating the standards of the industry, so that our clients can trust us and ensure that we are putting their interests first."

Watch the video to discover how CFA charterholders are putting investors first

Maria Abbonizio, CFA

"Always look at the interest of investors and putting that first."


Watch the video to learn how a CFA charterholder puts investors first

Anubhuti Gupta, CFA

"It was really the CFA program that taught me how you can do the best for your clients (clients instead of client) and put them first."

Watch the video to learn how CFA charterholders are entrusted with responsibility

Luiz Ribeiro, CFA

"Employers start to recognize you as a person with a code of conduct who adheres to the highest ethical standards."


Watch the video to learn how the CFA designation is a token of expertise

Hong Hao, CFA

"The CFA designation is a token of my expertise."

Watch the video to learn how CFA charterholders are raising the standards of the investment management profession in China

Márcia Sadzevicius, CFA

"Since obtaining my designation, I can now have high level discussions with industry analysts."


Watch the video to find out how charterholders are investing in integrity

Richard Brandweiner, CFA

"If we can invest in ways that focus on genuine, long-term value creation, if we can avoid speculation, if we can hold true to the ideals that CFA Institute represents, the ideals that are espoused by CFA charterholders, we will take a very significant step, starting to regain the trust of our stakeholders and using the work that we do to make a real difference to the world at large."