Becoming a certified financial analyst gives an edge in the world of finance.

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world of banking and finance courses, which gives these professionals an edge in the world of finance. Enrolling in a CFA Program is an individual’s first step toward earning this qualification.

As of July 2014, there are approximately 120,000 CFA members in 35 countries. The largest employers of CFA Charter holders are JP Morgan, UBS, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and RBC.

The CFA Program is organized into three levels, each culminating in a six-hour exam. The program curriculum progresses in complexity as one moves through three levels. The exams are widely considered to be extremely difficult with pass rates usually below 50% for all three levels. It covers a broad range of topics relating to investment management, financial analysis, stocks, bonds and derivatives, and provides generalist knowledge of other areas of finance.

Advantages of taking banking and finance courses

Students seeking degrees in finance, accounting, and related fields take coursework on an overview of national as well as international banking systems and regulations that govern the lending, investment and holding of funds. Students also learn about the Federal Reserve, commercial and consumer lending, financial auditing and how to asses a debtor's ability to pay off loans.

A variation in the field is International Finance and Banking which prepares students for careers such as treasurers, comptrollers, and chief financial officers (CFOs) of globally reaching manufacturing and trading corporations; investment bankers in financial services encompassing international banking, investment and insurance; and asset managers with institutional investors, hedge funds, private equity firms etc.

Banking and financial courses prepare students for immediate and long-term success in both financial and non-financial firms, in professions ranging from asset management, investment banking, corporate finance and financial consulting, to sales, trading, and research to roles in risk management.

Reference : Imarticus Learning