The CFA program constituting of three exam levels is arguably the most reputed certification of its kind globally. And the reasons are compelling. It is focused on asset management and investment research, both of which are multibillion dollar industries.
The rigorous and comprehensive program is a brilliantly balanced mix of concepts and practice that is meant to train practitioners. The CFA body of knowledge is regularly reviewed so that candidates are armed with the latest tools, ideas and concepts. An important aspect that sets it apart is its emphasis on Ethics; CFA charterholders confirm to the highest standards of professional conduct.
Due to all of this, the CFA charter has become the Gold Standard in the industry. This also explains why, even 50 years after it came in to existence, CFA program continues to be a growth story that attracts hundreds of thousands of ambitious students globally.
Foundation - The focus of Level I is on building the fundamental concepts. It is almost like Finance 101 and the exam is highly conceptual. Fairly broad (with 10 topics), relatively shallow yet as lot of the latter two levels is based on an understanding of Level I.
Valuation - Probably the most technical of all levels. It includes the same topics from Level I, but you progress to get a deeper grasp of Valuation of asset classes such as Equity and Fixed income, as well as advanced financial tools such as Corporate Finance and Financial Reporting and Analysis.
Application - This level gives you the best exposure to reality. The focus of Level III is mostly portfolio management (approx. 55% of the exam) across various asset classes and client types including individuals and institutional clients such as Banks, Insurance Companies and Pension Funds.
The vast CFA exam curriculum presents an excellent opportunity to master the art and science of asset management and investment research. The sheer breadth and depth of the course is intellectually stimulating. And a candidate walks away with so much knowledge that is invaluable in navigating the complex world of finance and investments. The CFA body of knowledge and the curriculum are evolving documents; every year CFA Institute gets the views of thousands of investment professionals and revisits the curriculum. Crucially, the CFA program gives you the big picture and looks at the investment world in its entirety.
There are approximately 140 societies worldwide. Many are fairly active and organize workshops, social events and conferences for their members. With so many Societies worldwide a Member gets the chance to meet CFA charterholders, other candidates and also meet world class speakers who happen to be experts in their chosen fields. These events are powerful platforms for building your professional network, something absolutely essential in the job market
The CFA charter is almost like a default qualification in asset management and investment research. Earning the CFA charter shows mastery of the skills essential in investment analysis and decision making in today’s fast-changing global financial industry. Which explains why employers are increasingly seeking out CFA charterholders - often making the charter a criteria for employment. The CFA charter not just gives you an edge in landing that lucrative job but also in excelling at your role. In short, the CFA designation takes you where you want to go!
CFA is the most respected investment credential in the world. The three letters after your name means a lot. It says you have arrived. It says that you are smart and determined enough to have ploughed through probably the toughest investment exam globally. And it instantly admits you into a select circle of finance professionals, people who share the same passion to learn and respect for ethical practices, people who deliberately underwent the grueling training with the ambition of carving out a rewarding career in Finance. CFA stands out- there are thousands of average to mediocre finance degrees globally, but there is only one CFA .
The Genesis Difference-
Genuinely caring instructors who fight the battle with you till the very end - recognizing that material coverage is only 1/4 of the equation - following up with personal care, motivation and inspiration!
The faculty at Genesis is one of the most amazing faculty’s I’ve come across in my life. The Genesis professors are true experts at CFA training with immense knowledge of the entire CFA curriculum.
All professors have a unique style of teaching, which is sure to connect with students in class.
Be it Mr. Binod Shankar, Mr. Mohit Malhotra, Mr. Yasir Ali, Mr. Vinod Bhatia, Mr. Ahsan, Mr. Lalit Agarwal and others – I truly find all of them exceptional in their teaching approach, having high energy levels and teaching with a passion that totally connects with students.
Thank you Genesis for making my CFA journey happy and worthwhile.
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