Is there any point to pass the CFA Claritas Exam to get into sales and trading ?

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tsutomu
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Hi guys,

I'm studying a triple bachelor (Math, Econ, CS) in France and I have a particular interest in developing skills related to roles of fixed income strategists or analysts.

I've just made some background research about the recently launched investment certificate Claritas by the CFA Institute (2013).

The point is that it is very new and I would like to know whether firms such as Goldman Sachs and its peer IBs or hedge funds would ever value this certificate, other things being equal (namely : good marks, leadership positions in university societies, excellent analytical and quantitative skills, etc).

Plus, for most people starting a career in finance, they'll have to pass the CFA. So, any use of this damn certificate ?
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(Original post by tsutomu)
Hi guys,

I'm studying a triple bachelor (Math, Econ, CS) in France and I have a particular interest in developing skills related to roles of fixed income strategists or analysts.

I've just made some background research about the recently launched investment certificate Claritas by the CFA Institute (2013).

The point is that it is very new and I would like to know whether firms such as Goldman Sachs and its peer IBs or hedge funds would ever value this certificate, other things being equal (namely : good marks, leadership positions in university societies, excellent analytical and quantitative skills, etc).

Plus, for most people starting a career in finance, they'll have to pass the CFA. So, any use of this damn certificate ?
I guess you could do it to differentiate yourself but why not just sit CFA Level 1 as you'll probably be embarking on the CFA program anyway once you start employment?
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I guess you could do it to differentiate yourself but why not just sit CFA Level 1 as you'll probably be embarking on the CFA program anyway once you start employment?
So, sitting the CFA Level 1 can improve chances of being accepted for internships or what ?
Because I really don't want to spend time and money on something that wouldn't improve my employability, so to speak.
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So, sitting the CFA Level 1 can improve chances of being accepted for internships or what ?
Because I really don't want to spend time and money on something that wouldn't improve my employability, so to speak.
I think it would definitely show your drive and interest in working in finance and differentiate you from the competition. As to whether this will be the make or break of your internship application, I'm not sure but it certainly doesn't hurt.
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I think it would definitely show your drive and interest in working in finance and differentiate you from the competition. As to whether this will be the make or break of your internship application, I'm not sure but it certainly doesn't hurt.
Thanks for your advice. I'll try to email some people in the City to know if a CFA qualification at an earlier stage during undergrad studies would make any difference.
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