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CFA Society: Top 10 Societies around the World and Fun Facts

cfa societyYou may be encouraging to know that CFA regional offices and societies are established in many cities around the world.


Within the Americas region, CFA Institute has offices in New York and Virginia, which serve members, candidates, and an extensive network of local societies.

As of March 2016, there are 89 CFA societies in the US, Canada, Mexico the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Asia Pacific

CFA Institute opened its Asian headquarters in 1997. It began building relationships with governments, employers, universities and other industry partners. The Hong Kong office engages with over 14,000 members in 20 countries in this large and fast-growing region.

As of March 2016, there are 19 CFA societies in Asia Pacific.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

CFA Institute has offices in London and Brussels. They serve members, candidates, and societies, and offer regional leadership for the investment profession in the region.

As of March 2016, there are 40 CFA societies in EMEA.

Top CFA Societies by Number of Members

  1. United Kingdom: 11,000+ members
  2. New York: 9,000+
  3. Toronto: 8,000+
  4. Hong Kong: 6,100+
  5. Boston: 5,500+
  6. Chicago: 4,200+
  7. San Francisco: 3,200+
  8. Singapore: 2,800+
  9. China: 2,000+ (2011 data)

CFA Society Fun Facts

  • New York, Boston, Chicago (and Philadelphia, which is no longer on the top 10 list) were the founding financial analyst societies that got together and ultimately form the CFA Institute.
  • Since China is the largest growing market for Level 1 candidate, we expect to see China moving up the list pretty quickly in the next few years.

You can find the local chapter of CFA Societies here.

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