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CAIA vs CFA: Competing or Complementary? Which is Better?

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The CFA and CAIA designation attracts a very similar pool of candidates: those who are committed to a career in the field of investment and financial analysis. However, there are notable differences. These differences can help decide which designation to pursue, or whether to go for one or both. CAIA vs CFA: A Comparison Similarities […]

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CAIA Exam Dates and Testing Window in 2017

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Did you know that many CAIA candidates complete both parts of the exam within a year? If this is your plan, you might want to plan ahead, mark the dates, and make sure you don’t miss the testing windows. Unlike some of the professional exams such as CPA and CMA, the CAIA exam is offered […]

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CAIA Exam Fee and Related Program Costs in 2017

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The CAIA program can be a substantial investment! A typical candidate should expect to spend at least $3,000 to get the designation, and $350 every year to keep the membership active. Here is the cost breakdown. CAIA Exam Fee Breakdown 1. Enrollment One-time non-refundable fee of $400 that you need to pay before taking the […]

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CAIA Calculator: Review and Recommendations

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Candidates need bring their own CAIA calculator in the testing center, but only two brands are allowed. Now, which brand is better? Let’s look at their pros and cons. CAIA Calculator #1: Texas Instruments BA II Plus For the purpose of the CAIA exam, both “Texas Instruments BA II Plus” and “Texas Instruments BA II […]

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What is CAIA? History, Growth and Number of CAIA Members

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CAIA stands for Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. It is a professional designation granted by the CAIA Association to professionals in the alternative investment field. The CAIA program involves a 2-tier exam and professional experience requirement. What is CAIA? The CAIA Association was founded in 2002 by two organizations: Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the […]

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CAIA Exam Pass Rate 2015: What We Can Learn from These Statistics

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One of the practical considerations on whether to tackle a professional exam is the pass rate. You don’t want to go through one with very high percentage as the designation won’t get the respect from the business community. At the same time, you certainly don’t want one with ridiculously low percentage because you want a […]

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CAIA Study Prep: Official CAIA Study Guide vs Uppermark vs Schweser

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The CAIA program is relatively new and understandably there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to review materials. The Association publishes its own CAIA study prep materials through Wiley, but many candidates uses third-party review providers such as Uppermark or Schweser. What is the best choice for you? CAIA Study Prep Materials: An […]

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CAIA Level 1 Curriculum: An Overview

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CAIA Level 1 curriculum introduces the foundations (e.g. ethics) and various asset classes in alternative investment. I list out a list of exam content below for your reference. To learn more about what candidates are expected to know in each topic, you can download the CAIA Level I Study Guide and Errata for free. If […]

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CAIA Uppermark: Pros and Cons

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Uppermark has been providing CAIA study guide for candidates since the inception of the exam. The company was founded by Dr. Padideh (Paddy) Jalali, CAIA, who remains as CEO and an important member of the faculty team. Uppermark is headquartered in Massachusetts, USA. Its study prep materials are available for candidates around the world. CAIA […]

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CAIA Level 2 Curriculum: An Overview

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CAIA Level 2 curriculum covers the advanced level of the topics in Level 1. I list out a list of exam content below for your reference. To learn more about what candidates are expected to know in each topic, you can download the CAIA Level II Study Guide and Errata for free. If you have […]

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