Quick Facts

For the Press/Journalists

In June 1963, 284 candidates sat for the first CFA exam and this year over 172,000 candidates sat for the June exam.

Lots of things change when you can trace your origins back to 1947. Here are more facts and figures regarding our current global presence:

Global Membership Distribution
Member Societies Around the World
Firms Claiming Compliance
Research Challenge Participation
Over 142,000 members in 159 countries Located in 73 countries; see where they are Asset Manager Code: Over 1,300
GIPS Standards: Over 1,400
4,250 students from 925 universities were part of the 2016 Research Challenge

Top Employers of CFA Charterholders*

Employer

# of Charterholders

JP Morgan Chase

1,780

UBS

1,463

RBC

1,451

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

1,451

Wells Fargo

1,255

HSBC

1,232

Credit Suisse

1,003

*This data is not verified by CFA Institute. The employer names are self-reported by members and thus subject to misspellings and other discrepancies. To the extent possible, companies were rolled up to the parent company level for data quality purposes.