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Hari (IV01547701)

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Hi there,

i want to choose between CFA or FRM, but i'm liitle confused. Could anyone plz help me and tell which one is better course - CFA or FRM?
Govind Sharan (IV012401)

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CFA® Charter is a globally recognized certification in the area of Investment Finance offered by the CFA Institute, United States. It is a key certification for investment professionals, especially in the areas of Portfolio Management and Investment Analysis. The CFA designation is a valuable credential certifying you as having in-depth knowledge of security types and investment vehicles. It also indicates that you are expert in quantitative methodologies for analyzing securities, such as assessing their value and identifying their underlying risks.

On the other hand, the FRM is an excellent way for candidates to improve their knowledge of market risk, operational risk, credit risk, integrated risk management, valuation and risk models, and risk management in investment management, among other topics. So, FRM is specifically for risk management professionals be it on exchanges, broking houses, portfolio management services and so on, whereas, CFA covers the whole gamut of financial analysis including the risk management domain.

There are many CFA holders who are also Certified FRMs, as the designations attest to different skills and aspects of a candidate's capabilities and the two professional designations complement each other very well.
mingxing2 (IV04909401)

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i am so interested in this topic.
Lewis-H (IV06991501)

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FRM certification is more specialized than the CFA charter. ... The CFA charter requires knowledge and expertise in a much broader range of financial analysis topics, such as portfolio management, economics, reporting, quantitative analysis, and more. Another difference is exam structure.

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Mark Wilson (IV07279301)

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The primary difference between CFA vs. FRM is the topics that it covers. CFA, on the one hand, covers a broad range of topics in Finance like Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Accounting, Fixed Income, Derivatives, etc.. In contrast, FRM is a specialized exam for obtaining expertise in Risk Management. Additionally, CFA prepares you well for careers in Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, Financial Research. In contrast, FRM is suited for those who want to make a career in Risk management in Banks, Treasury Department, or in Risk Assessments.

CFA is the most generic international course in finance, as it covers every topic of finance in absolute detail and it is the most highly recognized and respected course in the field of finance throughout the world. CFA is best suited for students who want to build their career in :

Equity Research
Investment Banking
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity
Corporate Finance
Portfolio Management
Financial Advisory
Roles related to equity research, portfolio management is where you research and identify some investments that best suits your client’s interests and manage their money in order to generate returns for them. Investment banking is where you help corporate companies in fund raising, consultation, Merger and Acquisitions, etc.

FRM, on the other hand, is a very niche course that is focused entirely in risk management. FRM also is recognized internationally and is a highly respected course. FRM is conducted by GARP which was founded in the year 1996 and is headquartered in New Jersey U.S.A. FRM is best suited for profiles like :

Credit Risk
Market Risk
Operational Risk
Banking and Treasury
Quant Trading
All these roles might seem a little scary and confusing to some of you who are a complete newbie in financial markets. To give a brief on these roles related to risk management is where you access and analyze various types of risks and take precautionary measures to avoid risks beyond a certain limit.

I hope this helps!
Mark Wilson
keluaran hongkong (IV07312701)

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nice information
kingyonmedical (IV07435901)

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CFA is the best and internationally recognized you can easily make your career after doing CFA. There will be a lot of opportunities for you.

Peteroposts (IV07488101)

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Merci pour l'information
Ericyer (IV07682801)


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Location: Burbank

Thanks for the information!!
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