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ICMA Executive Education and CFA Institute Join Forces to Offer Fixed Income and Derivatives Programme

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School (University of Reading), and CFA Institute are pleased to announce the introduction of the International Fixed Income and Derivatives (IFID) Certificate Programme to CFA Institute members.

The IFID Programme puts emphasis on developing practical skills for trading, investment and risk management, and aims to develop a broad and in-depth knowledge of the key fixed income instruments, derivatives and markets. The programme is a "Recommended Exam" on the FSSC (Financial Service Skills Council, United Kingdom) Wholesale Banking list for people working and advising in Securities and Derivatives, and it has also met the FSSC's Key 2 "Appropriate Exam" standards for activities: 'Advising on Derivatives' and 'Advising on Securities'.

Commenting on the collaboration, the Head of ICMA Executive Education, said, "The ICMA Centre, due to its status as a CFA Program Partner, already offers its MSc students in Investment Management the opportunity to sit the CFA Program Level 1 exams alongside their degree. Now, with the introduction of this programme, we are delighted to be collaborating again with CFA Institute. This is the first time we will be jointly marketing an executive qualification aimed specifically at fixed income professionals and we look forward to supporting them as they invest in their future."

Dennis McLeavey, Head of Education (EMEA) at CFA Institute, said "We are always seeking ways to extend our educational offerings for our members. We have selected the ICMA Centre to offer our members further executive education courses since their open enrolment executive education is of the highest quality, and we already have strong ties with them through our CFA Program Partnership."

The next two IFID residential courses (also available via distance learning) are both planned for Sitges, Barcelona in Spain, taking place on 26 April to 2 May 2009 and on 25 to 31 October 2009. More details can be found at

Published 7 April 2009

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