The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® (CAIAA), an independent, not-for-profit international organization that provides a charter program for professionals in alternative investments, co-hosted a networking and informational seminar with Kaplan Financial on October 10, 2011.
The educational event was run from 6:45-9:00 p.m. on Kaplan Financial’s Admiralty Campus at CITIC Tower. Around 100 individuals attended the event. Seasoned CAIAA executive members and Kaplan Financial representatives were invited to share their experiences and advices to market practitioners, as well as potential entrants to the AI industry.
The following speakers were invited to speak on various topics:
(1) CAIA Update
by Ms Florence Lombard, CEO, CAIA Association
(2) Investment Opportunities in Asian Convertibles
by Mr Brian Pohli, Head of CQS (Hong Kong) Limited
(3) Fast-track the Development of New Knowledge and Skills in the Finance Industry
by Ms Sei Ling NG, VP, Kaplan Hong Kong
(4) CAIA Program: Benefits and Opportunities
by Ms Joanne Murphy, Senior Advisor, Asia, CAIA Association
Chief Executive Officer of the CAIA Association, Ms Florence Lombard said, "We are delighted to host this event with the Kaplan Financial. We see it as a golden opportunity for the Hong Kong professionals to learn more about the CAIA designation and to obtain networking access to others in this specialized field."
"There has been a marked increase in the number of candidates interested in the CAIA program from Hong Kong over the last year," Ms Joanne Murphy, Senior Advisor of CAIA Association, said. "With new retail products and structures, investments from insurance companies and pensions, and government investments in infrastructure and green technology, alternative investing has gone mainstream. The CAIA® designation is the only global educational standard designed for alternative investment professionals, and earning it will truly make you stand out from the crowd.”
VP of Kaplan Hong Kong, Ms Sei Ling Ng added, “Kaplan Financial saw the benefits that go along with earning the CAIA designation 5 years ago. We are proud to be the first provider officially approved to offer CAIA program in Hong Kong. The addition of the CAIA designation to our training portfolio reflects our commitment and dedication to setting the industry standard, following in our tradition established with our leading CFA and FRM program. The CAIA curriculum is highly correlated to real issues and marketplace practices. Kaplan Financial handpicked experienced market practitioners in designing and leading our courses. Not only do they cover the breadth of knowledge, but also provide an appreciation of market-driven changes. Apart from classroom-based training, we also offer self-study option with the Schweser line of paper and online based products. We have been highly successful in helping candidates pass the two-level CAIA exams.”
The prep course for the Level I and Level II March 2012 CAIA examination will begin in January 2012. The course will allow participants to have a better understanding of various topics in the curriculum. It will also help participants applying knowledge in questions and reinforcing techniques in tackling the examinations.
The CAIA Association and Kaplan Financial will jointly organize free information sessions on the CAIA Association, the CAIA examinations, and the Kaplan Financial Prep Course in November and December 2011. Please visit http://www.kaplanfinancial.com.hk for details and to register.
For more information on the CAIA and the exam prep course, please visit www.kaplanfinancial.com.hk. Interested parties may also contact Kaplan Financial at email@example.com.