A Difference That Matters

    Watch the video to learn what a difference three letters can make

    A CFA designation is a badge of distinction. It represents a deep knowledge of all things investing, a commitment to ethics, and a passion for always putting investors first. All of which make our members unparalleled professionals who are fully engaged in raising the standards of the investment management industry.

    Why It Matters

    CFA | Three simple letters that mean so much more than the words behind them

    Ask any one of the 125,000 charterholders around the world who’ve earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and they’ll proudly tell you why they put those letters at the end of their names.

    They’ll tell you that it’s the most rigorous certification program for investment managers.
    That it gives them a comprehensive and proven understanding of investment management.
    That it demands strict ethical guidelines when dealing with investors while always putting their interests first.
    That employers feel reassured because of a charterholder’s ability to understand clients.
    That developing markets rely on charterholder expertise to help shape policy and regulations for emerging economies.


    But what our charterholders will speak most glowingly about is how complete they feel as investment management professionals. How well-equipped they are to navigate the uncertainties of the financial world. And how committed they are to raising the standards of the investment management industry.  Because, for them, those three letters make a real difference.

    CFA Institute | A Difference That Matters

    For Investors

    Learn more about partnering with a CFA charterholder

    By partnering with a CFA charterholder, you’re partnering with an investment manager who always puts investors first — someone with proven knowledge and who’s fully equipped to navigate the uncertainties of the financial world.

    Learn more about partnering with a CFA charterholder

    For Employers

    Learn more about hiring a CFA charterholder

    By hiring a CFA charterholder, you’re hiring someone with unparalleled financial knowledge and the communication skills to convey even the most complicated financial matters to your clients — you’re hiring someone who’ll contribute to the integrity and credibility of your organization.

    Learn more about hiring a CFA charterholder

    For Investment Management Professionals

    Learn how to get involved with the CFA Program

    The CFA Program provides investment professionals with a strong foundation in advanced investment analysis, real-world portfolio management skills, and a passion for always putting clients’ interests first.

    Learn how to get involved with the CFA Program

    Defining the Difference

    What distinguishes a CFA charterholder from the rest of the financial industry? Our Chartered Financial Analysts explain why they chose to add “CFA” to the end of their name and how becoming a charterholder made a huge impact on their career, their life, and their community.

    Watch the video to learn more about a charterholder's impact on client

    Caroline Connell, CFA

    "When clients realize I have the CFA designation, it gives them more confidence because they’ve got someone who is more knowledgeable, more rounded."

    Watch the video to discover the difference the CFA designation can make in a career

    Anil Ghelani, CFA

    "When evaluating two candidates, all else being equal, but one has the CFA designation, he’ll bring deeper knowledge and deeper ethics to your company."

    Watch the video to learn why integrity is everything to a CFA charterholder

    Christine Phillpotts, CFA

    "For me, the CFA designation is equivalent to the oath doctors or lawyers take. It’s about being an investment professional who has the best interests of the clients at heart."

    Watch the video to learn how CFA charterholders are raising the standards of the investment management profession

    Guy-Charles Valois, CFA

    "Being a CFA charterholder is about seeing the bigger picture. You’re not just working for yourself but also for the good of the industry."