Top 3 Reasons To Become a CFA

If you’re interested in a career in finance, you have a lot of options for financial certifications that can boost your career path. However, many of these certifications are expensive and may be specific to the United States. If you’re looking for a cost-effective certification that will give you global recognition and a deep understanding of finance, you may consider becoming a CFA®. We have outlined the top 3 reasons you should consider the certified…

Let’s Examine the CFA® Scoring System

You finished taking your first level of the CFA® exam, now what? You’re probably have tons of questions about how the exam is scored and when you’ll know your results. These are all valid questions and frustratingly complicated to find direct answers. Your CFA® exam result will either be a pass or did not pass. Seems simple enough, but what determines a not passing score and who’s calling the shots? Let’s check out what goes…

What Are the Differences Between the CFA® Exam Levels?

To become a CFA®, you must pass Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam®. You will be tested on a range of topics that are relevant to the coveted position. But what exactly are the differences in terms of structure and material between the different exam levels? CFA® Level 1 The first CFA® exam you must take is 6 hours long and is broken up into two three hours sessions–one in…

How Much Does it Cost to Get a CFA®

Sure, you know the many benefits that come from being a CFA®, but do you know the exact cost associated with getting to that point? Well, we may not be able to pin down an exact cost, but we can come pretty close. There are a lot of intangibles that could affect the overall price of the CFA journey, but we can outline the basics for you. Before we dive into the rudimentary numbers, you…

CFA vs CPA

CFA® vs CPA, which one is better? The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designations are two of the most sought-after credentials in the financial field. Many finance professionals choose to pursue these qualifications because they want to improve their career options, get promoted, or make more money. Each career path has distinct differences in educational requirements, responsibilities, and opportunities. The best way to choose which certification to pursue is to understand how they…

FRM vs CFA

There are many opportunities if you are interested in building a career in the world of finance. The FRM® and and the CFA® are two top certifications in the financial industry that are internationally recognized. Attaining these rigorous certifications can improve your chances of rising to the top of your field, but which qualification is best for you? To help you decide, we have summarized the differences between these two certifications and the main reasons for…

How to Pass CFA Level 1 Exam

You’ve decided you are ready to take on the challenge of the CFA® exam and become a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®). Make sure you have thought this through because it’s going to be a tough couple years. Even though only 20% of the people who take Level I make it all the way to the end and earn their CFA® license, there is no secret to passing the exam. You will need an organized and…

Which Jobs are Open to CFA Candidates?

It’s easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel if we understand exactly from where that illumination comes. In other words, knowing what jobs are open to CFA® charterholders makes studying for the levels of the exam a little easier. I passed each section of the CFA®, but I knew WHY I was taking the test in the first place. I had a role at my company for which I wanted to…

CFA Salary Breakdown

In considering whether to pursue a professional degree or qualification, two key factors often influence the decision: bettering your career prospects and earning a greater income. There is some consensus that, after a certain point in your life, the position and the job profile matter more than the salary. This is true to a certain extent, but salary remains an important consideration in any career field. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) program is one of…

CFA Requirements

Those looking for an edge in the competitive world of finance should consider the benefits of obtaining the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) credential. Earning the globally-recognized CFA® charter demonstrates a high degree of specialized knowledge and skills used in investment analysis and decision making. The CFA® credential is considered the gold standard in the field of investment management. Many CFA® charter holders go on to have successful careers as portfolio managers or research analysts at hedge…

CFA Exam Pass Rates

The Chartered Financial Analyst® Exam is notoriously challenging. Candidates all over the world take the exam on the same day, in either June or December, depending on the level. (Only Level I is offered in both months, Level II and Level III are only offered once a year in June). Due to the large amount of material covered on the exams, the CFA® Institute suggests that candidates begin to prepare for each level of the…

CFA vs MBA

CFA® or MBA, which is better? This is a question many business professionals ask themselves when they are mapping out their career paths. The answer to this question depends on many factors, including your professional goals, background, and resources. It’s important to know the difference between a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) because both require a significant investment of your time and money. Differences between the CFA® and MBA CFA®…