Boost your career with the CFA Designation

Written on 30 January 2015.

CFA Institute

Nathalie Columelli discusses the CFA charter, a globally recognised graduate-level programme based on the highest ethical and professional standards in finance. The EDHEC MSc in Finance is a CFA Program Partner.

EDHEC MSc in Finance is a CFA Program Partner. What are the benefits for EDHEC students?
The EDHEC MSc in Finance closely follows the CFA level 1 exam curriculum. Being recognised as a CFA Program Partner ensures that our programme is closely tied to the best standards in professional practices and ethics and gives students a well-suited preparation to sit for the Level 1 exam. Scholarships and registration fee reduction are also offered to students wishing to register for the exam. Any level may be undertaken while at EDHEC.

What are the benefits of holding the CFA Charter?
It is a real career booster in one’s professional path. The CFA programme is globally recognised as a gold standard by which to measure competence, integrity, and dedication in investment management and finance. Therefore, if you are looking for a passport to the world of finance and investment, it is an edge. It is not surprising that the CFA qualification is increasingly listed in financial job ads. Earning the CFA charter could be the most important move you make in your career. It is held by more than 110,000 investment professionals working in more than 130 countries.

Typically, in which types of jobs do CFA holders work?
In the financial industry, CFA holders work as portfolio managers, research analysts, corporate financial analysts, compliance officers, auditors, and risk managers or are in top executive positions.

What are the main topics of the CFA programme?
It is a self-study programme that is administered by the CFA Institute and grounded in real-world investment knowledge. Passing successively the 3 exams, you learn a comprehensive body of knowledge providing a set of skills required for sound investment decision-making. It is organised around 10 topics and regularly updated to stay relevant to the latest best practices in the industry. Topics include: ethics, economics, quantitative methods, financial reporting and analysis, corporate finance, asset valuation, portfolio management, risk management and wealth management.The Level 1 exam focuses on the candidate’s knowledge and comprehension. Topics mainly include investment tools and ethics and cover asset classes and portfolio management.

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