A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is a professional designation given by the CFA Institute, formerly AIMR, that measures the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis.

Before you can become a CFA charterholder, you must have four years of investment/financial career experience. To enroll in the program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree. The CFA charter is one of the most respected designations in finance, considered by many to be the gold standard in the field of investment analysis.

To become a CFA charterholder, a candidate must meet four requirements. First, a candidate must have 48 months of qualified work experience in the investment industry as determined by the CFA Institute. Second, a candidate must pass all three levels of the CFA Program in order. Each exam is six hours long. Third, a candidate must become a member of the CFA Institute and pay annual dues. Lastly, a candidate must sign off annually that he is following the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Failure to adhere to the ethics and standards is grounds for possible lifetime revocation of the CFA charter.

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CFA Institute: https://www.cfainstitute.org

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