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An overview of basic differences between being a MBA and Chartered Financial Analyst

Discussion in 'Study Lounge' started by aaina khan, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. aaina khan

    aaina khan New Member

    Financial analysts gather and evaluate industry and economic fiscal data to predict investment performance. Their findings are used by businesses and individuals to make decisions about stocks, bonds and other financial stakes. They might work for financial institutions, corporations, insurance groups and securities companies. A bachelor's degree in finance or another relevant field is the minimum qualification, but many improve their employment prospects by earning master's degrees. Professional certification is another way to advance a career. The minimum requirement to pursue financial analystcourse is a bachelor's degree. While an undergraduate degree is sufficient for many positions, some require that financial analysts hold graduate degrees. Financial analysts involved in regulated services, such as legal advising or selling stocks, bonds or insurance, might be required to obtain licensure.

    At times when one has accidentally stumbled upon a career in finance and started working ad hoc, a time comes when they feel a block. That’s when they realize they need to pursue something to advance in their career. Hence many head to Business School for a Masters in Business Administration, or to take the certified financial analyst route. People get MBAs in finance, operations, etc., but they tend to come out of school with broad-based knowledge. A CFA certification is more niches. CFAs are investment professionals, and the skills they pick up are super analytical. They tend to stay in the professional niche longer, may head to a hedge fund, private equity firm etc. A full time MBA program generally consists of two expensive years surrounded by one's peers studying various aspects of business. The CFA, on the other hand, is a grueling, individual journey. There are various levels, and it can take years to get through all of them. An MBA can take one into all sorts of industries.

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