In the ever-evolving landscape of the finance industry, staying ahead of the curve is essential for professionals aspiring to stand out and progress their careers. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program which stands as a pillar of excellence and the gold standard in the investment management industry equips finance professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a competitive environment. In the past few years the program has seen notable changes – one of the most significant being the move to online/computer-based testing. In this blog we explore the latest developments in the CFA Program, the advantages of pursuing it and how we at Quartic can help you achieve success.
Recent changes to the CFA Program
Recent years have witnessed substantial changes in the program including:
- Technology and ESG integration: As technology continues to reshape the financial landscape, the CFA curriculum has incorporated topics like artificial intelligence (AI), big data and machine learning. Additionally, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations have gained prominence, reflecting the industry’s growing focus on sustainable investing.
- Computer-based testing: All three levels of the CFA Program are now assessed via computer-based testing. This change offers candidates increased flexibility in scheduling exams but requires different exam technique to ensure success compared to sitting a paper-based assessment – especially when it comes to Level III.
Advantages of pursuing the CFA Program
- Global recognition: The CFA charter is globally recognised as a mark of competence and integrity making it a valuable asset for finance professionals regardless of geographic location.
- Career progression: The program covers a broad range of topics providing candidates with a comprehensive understanding of finance, investment analysis, portfolio management and ethics – knowledge that underpins a variety of roles in the investment industry. Obtaining the CFA charter is not an easy task and so, generally, being a charterholder brings with it a certain level of professional respect from others in the industry.
- Network building: The CFA community (candidates and charterholders alike) comprises a vast network of professionals. Joining that network and connecting with like-minded peers, mentors and industry leaders can prove invaluable in building knowledge, keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and identifying potential job opportunities.
Why study with Quartic
- Structured learning: The CFA curriculum covers thousands of pages of content that can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. At Quartic we provide structured study support helping our candidates to intuitively navigate the extensive CFA curriculum. Our study plans are tailored to your individual learning style and pace to ensuring optimal comprehension and retention in minimal time.
- Learning tools: At Quartic we provide a wide range of learning tools using leading technology to provide comprehensive video libraries, question banks, live online workshops, progress tests and mock exams to help you to prepare for the challenging CFA exams. For CFA candidates with non-technical backgrounds, we offer introductory courses on Financial Maths and Accounting. The videos and workshops are backed up with Q-banks containing thousands of CFA exam-style questions, each with fully worked solutions. Our Summary Revision Notes and popular Q SheetTM provide candidates with a summary of all key concepts – an invaluable resource during revision in the build up to the exam date.
- Candidate support: At Quartic we teach investing with a passion, using inspiring teaching methods for all levels of candidates. Our experienced instructors and subject matter experts are all CFA charterholders and are highly skilled in offering insights and explanations that enhance understanding of the curriculum. We break down complex concepts and provide practical examples to make learning more accessible and enjoyable regardless of your background. Our tutor support is second to none – each candidate is treated as an individual and is able to access one-to-one tutor support if required.
With Quartic by your side, you can confidently stride towards conquering the CFA exams and achieving your career aspirations. Whether you are already studying or embarking on your CFA studies, your CFA success story begins with Quartic.