Research & Data

Here are some key facts and figures regarding our global presence:

  • We have more than 135,000 members in 150 countries/territories.
  • There are local member societies in more than 70 countries/territories.
  • More than 300 universities around the world have incorporated the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their own academic programs.
  • More than 4,000 students from 865 universities around the world participated in the 2014-2015 CFA Institute Research Challenge season.

CFA Institute Membership Statistics

22% Portfolio Manager, 15% Research Analyst, 7% Chief-Level Executive, 6% Consultant, 5% Risk Manager, 5% Corporate Financial Analyst, 5% Relationship Manager, 5% Financial Advisor

CFA Institute has more than 135,000 members in 150 countries and territories.*

62% North America, 1% Latin America & Caribbean, 17% Europe, 3% Middle East & Africa, 17% Asia Pacific

Top Employers Globally

This graphic shows the top ten employers of CFA charterholders and candidates globally.**
Companies are ranked by their combined total of total candidates and CFA charterholders.
Top ten companies include JP Morgan Chase, PwC, HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS, Ernst & Young, RBC, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo.

TC = Total Candidates, CFA Charterholders = CFA, JP Morgan Chase – TC 1560/CFA 1524, PricewaterhouseCoopers – TC 1729/CFA698, HSBC – TC 1343/CFA 1063, Bank of America Merrill Lynch – TC 1052/CFA 1355, UBS – TC 797/CFA 1445, Ernst & Young – TC 1551/CFA 568, RBC – TC 830/CFA 1236, Citigroup – TC 1109/CFA 917, Morgan Stanley – TC 776/CFA 900, Wells Fargo – TC 520/CFA 1051

*CFA Institute member geographic distribution statistics are from June 2014.

**Top employer data is self-reported and not verified by CFA Institute. Counts are approximate based on data from June 2014.