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Certifications in Finance

For a bright and successful career academic degree like Graduation or for that matter MBA is not enough one requires to gain specialized skills in Finance. This can be achieved by pursuing Short Term Certification Program in Finance. In India now various short term financial certifications are available. Certification courses that are available can be Local Certifications i.e. Certifications which are offered by local Universities or Bodies and there are certifications that are offered by Global Bodies. These International Certifications in Finance score over their Indian counterparts in several ways: 1. They have international acceptance hence open job opportunities outside India also. 2. Their content is global and so the students pursuing these certifications is assured that they are learning the latest and best international practices on pursuing these certifications. 3. They are offered by organizations who have Global Presence and hence have more reputation among Multi National Organizations. 4. Many of the certifications have both the global content as well as some local Indian content giving best of both worlds to the students. With the increased specializationand even super specialization of the finance profession and evolution of financial markets comes the need for greater skills in your chosen area. How useful a certification is to its holder and his or her employer depends upon one's area of focus and the rigor and scope of the certification. The Certifications in Finance can be grouped into two divisions on the basis of their focus area. 1. Personal Finance or Retail Finance 2. Corporate Finance or Institutional Finance Let us look at some of the reputed certifications in both these domains 1. Personal Finance or Retail Finance: As the name suggests these certifications enable the students to deal with financial matters of the Individuals. Proponents of Personal Finance Certification argue that there are more individuals then corporates so getting jobs in personal finance is easier than corporate finance as one the number of jobs are more and secondly the entry requirements are not very strict. If you are an average student not belonging to the top percentile in IQ then go for certification in personal finance not corporate finance. The skill that you must be good at to succeed here apart from the technical skills is excellent people interface skills. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Once the preserve of institutional money management, the CFA charter is now also sought after by financial analysts and equity research professionals. A CFA charterholder must satisfy ethics requirements, have at least four years of appropriate work experience and complete three difficult examinations in securities analysis and portfolio management. The CFA Institute's Council of Examiners keeps the curriculum relevant to the challenges of the marketplace and the evolving body of knowledge. Preparation is primarily through self-study.Though many institutes in India offer coaching program for CFA. The curriculum is at the graduate level. Most financial service employers list a CFA charter as required, or at least highly desirable. The cost for the entire program based upon 2012 rates is approximately ,2,500. Please refer to the CFA Institute for additional information about the program. Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Chartered Wealth Manager® (CWM®) Chartered Trust and Estate Planner (CTEP®) Corporate Finance or Institutional Services Financial Risk Manager (FRM®) Deepak Jain, CWM, CFP, MFP


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