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Celebrating 50 Years of High-Quality Research

CFA Institute Research Foundation
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The CFA Institute Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that sponsors independent research for investors and investment professionals around the world. The foundation’s activities support the CFA Institute mission of promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.

Publications & Research

We publish research that is relevant, comprehensive, and offers innovation and insight, including the following and more:

  • Monographs
  • Literature Reviews
  • RF Briefs

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Currently Funded Projects

  • Financial Market History
  • Entitlement Reform
  • Behavioral Aspect of Risk Tolerance

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We partner with various CFA member societies, universities, corporations, and other organizations to share our research with investment professionals.

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Leadership Circle

The Research Foundation Leadership Circle honors the following investment professionals whose outstanding commitment and contributions have benefited the CFA Institute Research Foundation.

Gary Brinson
Gary Brinson
George Noyes
George Noyes
Walter Stern
Walter Stern

Fred Speece
Fred Speece
James R. Vertin
James R. Vertin
Frank Reilly
Frank Reilly

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The foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation solely sponsored by CFA Institute members and investment professionals. Your donation enables us to continue our important mission to fund, publish, and distribute in-depth, high quality, independent research relevant to the global investment community. Contributions may be tax deductible within the limits provided by law.

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We offer volunteer opportunities for those interested in supporting our research efforts.

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