A Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) is a professional designation given by the CFA Institute, formerly AIMR, that measures the competence and integrity of financial analysts. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas, such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management, and security analysis.
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) is a professional designation granted by the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association to candidates who have completed Level I and Level II examinations. The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association has established the designation of CAIA to certify that the holders have met the association’s educational standard for specialists in the area of alternative investments. The alternative investments that a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst is trained to assess include hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, funds of funds, derivatives and real estate investments.
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) refers to the certification owned and awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. A CFP® professional is trained in the area of financial planning, estate planning, taxes, investments, insurance, and retirement planning. The role of a CFP® professional is to integrate all of these disciplines creating a plan that serves the best interests of you and your family.
A Master of Science in Taxation (MST) is a highly specialized form of a graduate accounting degree that strives to build a solid core of knowledge in the complexities of tax law.