CFA, FRM, CAIA, etc. How much extra qualifications is really enough?

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Chanced upon some profiles in Linkedin. These people have so many extra qualifications like FRM, CFA and CAIA.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/thomas-fursa-cpa-cfa-f...
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anil-kumar-cfp-cfa-frm...
http://www.linkedin.com/in/farhadmian
http://www.linkedin.com/in/petrunov
http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewspieler
http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidhoberman
I was thinking, do their jobs really require them to have these qualifications? Seems like overkill to me. What do you guys think? I can't imagine how much time they spent after working hours to study for these qualifications on their own.

Comments (22)

May 8, 2012

Yea but Anil Kumar has the CV of a frickin' baaawsss!

He doesn't need them to be a baaawsss but sucessful people tend to like absorbing knowledge and are good at it. Thus he isn't sucessful because of them but because of his personality that makes him want to earn them. The others are either from the East where certs. are key.

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May 8, 2012
Oreos:

Yea but Anil Kumar has the CV of a frickin' baaawsss!

He doesn't need them to be a baaawsss but sucessful people tend to like absorbing knowledge and are good at it. Thus he isn't sucessful because of them but because of his personality that makes him want to earn them. The others are either from the East where certs. are key.

Anil's education at universities is already freaking impressive.

Bsc from MIT, MBA from Harvard, double PHD, one from Carnegie Mellon and one from LSE.

I don't even want to talk about his work experience. Goldman Sachs, Solomon Brothers, Long Term Capital Management, Lehman brothers.

Makes me wonder CFA, FRM and CAIA are really necessary for him.

Jul 2, 2018

Maybe it's a fake linkedin which is very common in indians lol

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May 8, 2012

http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidhoberman and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anil-kumar-cfp-cfa-frm... other than these two guys, everyone either work for regulator or in academia. These guys really need to get laid. A mentor of mine once told me that there is a major difference between education and knowledge. Education is passive learning. Knowledge is applying what you learn. All of these guys don't need all these certifications to do their jobs well.

This comes from a guy who wanted MBA+JD+CFA+CPA. Now I am done with all these titles (Other than CFA, I do not want any thing else). I only want to learn the bare minimum to maximize my earning potentials. Networking successfully both for self-education (via talking to other people) and career development (having referrals to get the job) are the most important things to me.

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May 8, 2012

True!

Human:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidhoberman and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anil-kumar-cfp-cfa-frm... other than these two guys, everyone either work for regulator or in academia. These guys really need to get laid. A mentor of mine once told me that there is a major difference between education and knowledge. Education is passive learning. Knowledge is applying what you learn. All of these guys don't need all these certifications to do their jobs well.

This comes from a guy who wanted MBA+JD+CFA+CPA. Now I am done with all these titles (Other than CFA, I do not want any thing else). I only want to learn the bare minimum to maximize my earning potentials. Networking successfully both for self-education (via talking to other people) and career development (having referrals to get the job) are the most important things to me.

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May 8, 2012

I don't know but that anil profile smells like elephant shit

I'm prob getting an mba eventually, but I think its super tacky to have a bunch of acronyms after my name in my business card/linked in name.

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May 8, 2012

This guy's from another planet. As I was reading, I was sort of expecting to see LTCM at some point.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

May 8, 2012

That Anil Kumar profile looks like one of those guys you see at a Memorial Day picnic wearing two medals of honor, a Navy SEAL trident, pilot wings, three Purple Hearts and 50 other medals. Not questioning the validity of his creds, but kind of stood out to me.

May 8, 2012

I'm also kind of annoyed by the guy who's been working for over 6 years but has his GMAT score listed.

May 8, 2012

my boss has CFA, CQF, FRM and another thing about derivatives.

he doesnt need those, but he just likes learning and studying

May 8, 2012

I cant find anything else about this Anil Kumar on google. From his profile you would expect him to appear on various websites, papers, etc...

May 8, 2012

Obvious Fraud is Obvious.

May 8, 2012

Yeah "0 Connections" tends to give it away as an obvious fake doesn't it
With a profile like that I would expect at-least 500+ connections

Simplicity is the highest form of sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci

May 8, 2012

LTCM, Lehman Brothers, and Salomon Brothers.....baws indeed

GBS

May 8, 2012

Spieler was one of my undergrad finance professors.

May 8, 2012

Hi my original topic was on whether all these additional qualifications are actually needed, not whether you wanted to hire Anil Kumar or whether he is a fraud. :)

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Jun 28, 2018

Unnecessary. Shows a lack of interests/hobbies/better-things-to-do IMO. One designation should carry you, whether that is a MBA or CFA or CPA. Tack on some soft skills vs. making alphabet soup.

May 9, 2012

anyone with CFA and MBA on their business cards is a C**T

GS Elevator

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Oct 9, 2013

LOL! This is actuallly a great idea. List a bunch of well known but no longer existing companies, like LTCM, Lehman Brothers and Salomon Brothers so that a prospective employer can't verify past employment. Brilliant! Barrings Bank is now going on my resume.

Oct 11, 2013

Has a CAIA ever done anything for anybody? Like, with two otherwise identical candidates, does having that useless designation actually make you look smarter and more accomplished? Serious question.

Oct 11, 2013
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