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New Asia-Pacific boss of CFA Institute backs low exam pass rate

Paul Smith, MD for Asia-Pacific at the CFA Institute.

Mention Paul Smith, and many people will think of the British fashion designer known for his use of multicoloured stripes.

Saturday, 26 January, 2013, 5:03am

Standardised disclosure system urged

Regular fund reporting helps enhance investor protection.

A new study by the CFA Institute has concluded that harmonised standards for reporting the performance of investment funds are needed to enhance investor protection and rebuild trust in the retail fund market.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Sharper mind means sharper edge

Amid the financial turbulence, making sense of challenges and opportunities through various education channels is one way finance professionals can improve their competitive edge.

4 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

HK financial analysts the least upbeat, survey finds

Hong Kong-based holders of the chartered financial analyst (CFA) qualification are the least optimistic about the global economy next year, according to a global survey of 2,726 CFA holders last month.

Indeed, 55 per cent of Hong Kong-based respondents expected an economic contraction next year, compared to 29 per cent globally.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A matter of trust

Ethical lapses in the banking and finance sector that have been blamed for triggering the global financial crisis have highlighted issues such as trust, integrity and social responsibility.

Without ethics, there can be no integrity in the financial markets, says Ashvin Vibhakar, managing director of Asia-Pacific operations at the CFA Institute.

28 May 2011 - 12:00am

Lifelong learning the key to success

A successful career in the finance industry is more likely to be achieved because of careful preparation. According to Lee Yin-toa, Ernst & Young's partner and financial advisory leader (Far East), financial professionals need to be open-minded, embrace new ideas and commit to being lifetime students.

16 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

'Highly respected' programme

When Ashvin Vibhakar's daughter interviewed for a job, she was selected, in part, on the strength of her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 certification. She was selected from a field of candidates who were not enrolled in the CFA programme.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Enrolments up despite downturn

Despite last year's financial turmoil, more candidates than ever are enrolling in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.

'We expected candidate numbers to fall through a lack of support from employers or as people lost their jobs, but they didn't,' says Dr Ashvin Vibhakar, the CFA Institute's managing director, Asia-Pacific.

8 May 2010 - 12:00am

Trust vital if financial markets are to function

As the fallout from controversial complex financial products continue, the mood in the industry is one of simplification and caution. According to Ashvin Vibhakar, managing director, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute, Asia-Pacific Operations, a more regulated financial landscape has highlighted the demand for professionals who value ethics ahead of personal gain.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Institute seeks expert in Islamic finance

A global organisation, with its headquarters in the United States, is hunting for an expert in the area of international finance that is becoming of increasing importance.

Thanks to Islamic finance's growing impact within the global business community, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute is seeking to recruit a director of Islamic finance.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Key finance sector qualification sees boost in popularity

The number of people qualifying as chartered financial analysts has jumped nearly 60 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region amid the bullish performance of the stock market since the Sars outbreak.

The CFA (chartered financial analyst) Institute says there were 7,499 charter holders in Asia in 2004, with the number rising to 11,760 last year - an increase of 57.8 per cent.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Financial analysts throw support behind quarterly reporting

Two bodies representing financial analysts have thrown their support behind the stock exchange's proposal to launch quarterly reporting to prevent trading stocks by guesses or rumours.

The Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has just ended a consultation about a plan to require all mainboard-listed companies to report their results every three months instead of every six months.

15 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

UK based analyst required

A chartered financial analyst with a commitment to integrity might enjoy this role advocating industry best practices.

The CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity seeks a head for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to be responsible for advocating industry best practices in dealings with members, the media, and other professional associations in the area.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Investment reforms to fuel demand for analysts

The mainland's relaxation on the investment scope for pension funds and qualified domestic institutional investor schemes will lead to surging demand for financial analysts, according to the CFA Institute.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Test of fire opens doors for money-spinners

What helps a ballet dancer turn into a financial adviser? Emily Hollis, who grew up with a talent for dancing and performed as soloist in the ballets Coppelia and Firebird, is now president of ALM First Financial Advisors in the United States, helping manage assets held by more than 100 financial institutions.

28 Mar 2006 - 12:00am