Why the Investment Foundations Program?Empower yourself with a practical introduction to complex financial markets and investment management

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How the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Program Benefits Individuals


Learn how your role fits within the complex global industry so you can contribute meaningfully to conversations and decisions.


Gain the knowledge to collaborate effectively with investment management professionals worldwide and raise your professional competence.


Acquire a common understanding of industry structure and vocabulary, regardless of your role or geographic location.


Study with our user-friendly Learning Ecosystem and take the test anytime within six months of registering. Many employers pay for program fees.

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Study with the Learning Ecosystem

Our study platform helps you learn about the global investment industry and prepares you to pass the exam.

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Compare Our Programs

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How Much Does the Program Cost?

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Investment Foundations Course of Study

Find out which topics are covered in the Investment Foundations Program and download chapters from the curriculum.

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