Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA):
The CFA is a qualification for finance and investment professionals, particularly in the fields of investment management and financial analysis of stocks, bonds and their derivative assets. The program focuses on portfolio management and financial analysis, and provides a generalist knowledge of other areas of finance.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA):
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) is a professional designation offered by the CAIA Association to investment professionals who complete two examinations in succession. The “alternative investments” industry is characterized as dealing with asset classes and investments other than standard equity or fixed income products. Alternative investments can include hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, real estate, managed futures and other derivatives, and foreign exchange investments. The CAIA curriculum is designed to provide finance professionals with a broad base of knowledge in alternative investments with a focus on hedge funds, managed futures, and private equity.
Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA):
An individual or a firm, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, that receives compensation for giving people advice on options, futures and the actual trading of managed futures accounts. Registration for CTAs is done through the National Futures Association, a self-regulated organization responsible for reviewing and accepting registrations.
Financial Risk Management (FRM):
Earned by individuals who have been qualified to legally give clients financial planning service and advice.
Professional Risk Managers Association(PRM):
The PRMIA Mission is to provide a free and open forum for the promotion of sound risk management standards and practices globally.