What is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)?
Before starting the course on Chartered Financial Analyst, let’s understand what is Chartered Financial Analyst? The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) program is a globally-recognised professional certification program offered by the US-based CFA Institute (formerly the Association for Investment Management and Research, or AIMR). It consists of series of three exams namely Level I, II and III. These exams are conducted twice in a year at various centers across the world.
What is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter?
A candidate who successfully passes all three level of examination is awarded CFA Charter. The CFA Charter is particularly useful for investment and financial professionals
CFA Level I
The CFA level I exam consists of 240 multiple choice questions. The exam is conducted in two sessions of 3 hours each. Each session has 120 multiple choice questions covering all the topics.
CFA Level II
The CFA level II exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions
CFA Level III
The CFA Level III exam consists of item set and constructed response (essay) and item set questions:
- Morning session: Constructed response (essay) questions (usually between 8 and 12 questions, each with several subparts) with a maximum of 180 points. (The point value for each question is provided in the exam book.)
- Afternoon session: 11 item set questions (8 vignettes with 6 items each and 3 vignettes with 4 items each, for a total of 11 vignettes)
The topics that are covered in CFA along with their weightage are:
|Level I||Level II||Level III|
|Ethical and Professional||15%||10%-15%||10%-15%|
|Financial Reporting and Analysis||15%||10%-15%||NIL|
|Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning||6%||5%-15%||35%-40%|