CFA is the most coveted degree on finance which consists of 3 levels in total. Passing marks for CFA L-1 comes within a 35% to 45% bracket, in L-2 it increases to 42% or so, and in L-3 the passing marks increases between 45% to 55% or so. CFA is not only about stock markets, it covers anything remotely related to finance. CFA with an MBA is of global value, however, salary prospects outside India is higher due to the standard of living.
CFA covers subjects such as Fixed Income Securities, Equity, Portfolio Management, Derivatives, Professional Ethics and Case Studies, Financial Management, Financial Markets, Mutual and other Funds, Financial Statement Analysis, Financial Accounting and Economics in depth.
For CFA, you have to either be a graduate, or you must be in your final year of graduation. Apart from this, you can have a combined education and work experience of about 4 years. You also need a passport for registration.
There are varied career options you can choose from once you become a CFA. You can work in the finance dept. of a company or in the risk dept., you can also work as an equity analyst, investment manager, portfolio manager, forensic auditor, etc. Mutual fund houses, private equity houses and hedge funds also employ a lot of CFAs.
It is very important to prioritize your education to move ahead in life. Apart from studying, reading novels (management and economics), keeping updated with current news and reading blogs like HBR and Forbes is crucial. Participation in management/business fests and debates is also necessary. Since there is no demand for mediocrity, you have to take your career seriously and invest in yourself.
To get an unbiased and experienced opinion on this topic, watch this video below of Aswini Bajaj who is a trainer, global consultant in delivering lectures on finance and public speaker.
ASWINI BAJAJ- CFA