Getting a CFA is a savvy -- albeit arduous -- way to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, it's also an increasingly common track.
In June, a record 22,784 people took the third and final exam, according to data released yesterday by the CFA Institute, the Charlottesville, Va.-based nonpr ofit that administers the test. Some 11,620, or 51%, of those folks passed. That number is more than any other year but 2006, when an improbable 76% of candidates cleared the final test hurdle.
Meanwhile, the Level II test drew a record 44,175 candidates, and almost 19,000 of those folks passed, also a new high.
The number of people who took the first test was second only to late 2008 when a flood of candidates rushed for accreditation in the face of the gathering economic storm.
The bummer for those who have just learned the secret CFA handshake is tw ofold: more employers will expect the designation and more other candidates for a job are likely to have it. That said, my hat's off to those who stuck it out.
Related: Wet, Hot CFA Summer
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List of the Day: How People Overcomplicate Their Decisions
1. They make the unimportant important.
2. They make two alternatives more "equal" than they really are.
3. They change their preferences.
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