If you are thinking of studying for the CFA Charter and are wondering how relevant it might be to your profession, here’s an interestingtool which shows you the precise number of CFA charterholders in your country. In addition, it breaks down the numbers by industry as well as the top employers who hire these people. Here’s a look at the figures in both Hong Kong and Singapore.
While Hong Kong’s CFA population is nearly double that of Singapore, there are similarities in the professional make-up of those qualified.
In both centres, charterholders largely consist of portfolio managers (Hong Kong: 12 per cent, Singapore: 19 per cent), research analysts (Hong Kong: 13 per cent, Singapore: 11 per cent), relationship managers (Hong Kong: 8 per cent, Singapore: 7 per cent), chief level executives (Hong Kong: 6 per cent, Singapore: 7 per cent), risk managers ( Hong Kong: 7 per cent, Singapore: 6 per cent), accountants/ auditors (Hong Kong: 7 per cent, Singapore: 5 per cent) and investment banking analysts ( both cities at 6 per cent). Even the percentages of unemployed charterholders are somewhat similar; Hong Kong’s figure is 4 per cent versus Singapore’s 3 per cent.