The Association for Investment Management and Research, the 54,000-member global organization of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisors, and other investment professionals, is enhancing and broadening the scope of its capabilities. The measures affect consumers and AIMR members, as well as non-AIMR-affiliated independent financial advisors.
Owner of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, held by 44,000 of AIMR’s members, AIMR in November proposed management guidelines designed to clear up for consumers the back-office mystery of actual trade execution. This is an area an AIMR task force head described as previously functioning “behind the scenes in relative obscurity and even mystery.” Also, in response to a rising demand for its CFA credential, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based organization announced that beginning in 2003, level 1 of its three-level exam will be held twice a year instead of once.
But what may be of particular interest to advisors is the organization’s recent ad campaign. Print ads, directed at consumers and financial services professionals alike, highlight the importance of a CFA, including the “rigorous exams” and “three years of hands-on experience” that designees must have. The ads also proclaim CFA-toting investment advisors’ “objective insights” and the mark’s global aspect.