CFA® Program Candidate Profile
CFA Program candidates are ambitious, pursuing rich careers in investment analysis and portfolio management.
The CFA charter has been a tremendous asset in my career. The CFA Program helped me bridge the gap between academic and real world finance and helped hone my analytical abilities. The CFA designation is the gold standard for portfolio managers and has helped me win the trust of our clients.
CFA Program candidates learn to embrace ethics grounded in putting investors first.
I remember when I took the CFA exams, there was a lot of emphasis on ethics. I actually found that part boring. But after more than 10 years in the asset management industry, I realize I have always emphasized fiduciary duty in my work. Putting investors' interests first is most important above anything else. If you have that attitude the investment technique becomes easy. You make sure you safeguard your clients' assets first, and then you find ways to grow those assets within certain risk limits.
More men and women than ever before are seeking the CFA charter around the world.
Black investment professionals in South Africa still need an international 'stamp of approval' if they hope to earn the respect of their asset management peers or the trust of the investor community. For me, the CFA designation is a source of true empowerment which can never be taken away.
CFA Program candidates seek access to an unmatched network and learn the language of investment management to work with clients and colleagues.
What I like most about my current role is that although it is a technical job, it also requires fostering trusting relationships and practicing good communication skills when interacting with clients and colleagues.
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CFA Program Benefits
Achieve the highest distinction in the investment management profession.