How To Become A Chartered Financial Analyst?
On September 7th, HSE students met with Edward Bace, Head of Education for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute. The meeting was organized by the HSE Banking Institute.
The meeting was opened by Vasiliy Solodkov, Director of the Banking Institute, who spoke about the CFA Institute’s work in Russia, about their collaboration with the HSE Banking Institute (MBA in Investment Management) as well as about the new master’s programme ‘Financial Analysis’ which was launched this year by the Banking Institute in collaboration with the HSE Faculty of Economics and which is aimed at training students to pass the first level of CFA certification. Vasiliy Solodkov emphasized that he believes developing courses like this along with other Masters’ courses is vital for adapting to a constantly developing financial market
Speaking to an audience consisting mainly of final-year undergraduate and master’s students, Edward Bace told them that the CFA charter was an opportunity to certify one’s knowledge and professional skills in finance. He emphasized that the CFA charter, being the widest internationally acknowledged certificate in finance and investement, is a kind of professional standard combined with business ethics.
According to Bace, for financial companies nothing is as important as maintaining a stable client base, and because of this, the trust between customers and partners is the most reliable basis for a successful business. This trust can be enhanced by the CFA charter since passing the test is a r time- and labour-consuming process: the test covers all areas of finance, and its format demands deep knowledge of each of them. This was emphasized by Dmitry Kachalov, the only CFA charter holder at the meeting (in addition to Edward Bace himself) and co-head of the HSE Banking Institute’s MBA programme in Investment Management – the only CFA Institute partner programme in Russia.
Edward Bace also told the audience that most of the charter holders are portfolio investment analysts (26%), market analysts (17%), and top-managers in companies (8%). He was working as a credit analyst at Standard & Poor when he received his charter and said that since then his life has radically changed, primarily thanks to the fact that his c.v. contains the line ‘CFA charter holder’ and even some work in this direction sets potential employees apart.
Edward Bace finished by telling the audience about the process of applying for the charter. After the presentation he answered some questions from the students, which were mainly related to the contents of each stage of the test, opportunities for training for the test as well as application for some bursaries.
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