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Ms Finance or CFA (or both?) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 08:21
Hi all,

I'm working since 2y in Luxembourg, now in a Big4 (pricing of derivatives with strong skills on structured products), before in the back office of 2 first tier banks (1 intership in the first one and then 10 months in the second one).
I'm 25 and i hold a bachelor in finance (between 2.1 and 2.2..)

Don't missunderstand me, I like me job but I would like to jump in the front office side, possibly in IB.. And I would like to move (UK, Singapore, US..).
My big doubt is how:
- Apply for a ms finance for sept 2014 (I was thinking: WBS, Imperial, Oxford/Cambridge, Cass, Erasmus) but the question is: can they give me a better job?
Also, which one could give me more international opportunities?

- Enroll for the CFA

- Try to do both (first the gmat, I would need another 2wks time and then go for the cfa lev1 in dec..).

Any advise?? :shock:
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Re: Ms Finance or CFA (or both?) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 08:52
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Hey there,

If you're trying to go front of the house, you need either an MBA or a Masters in Finance. Preferably an MBA, because it has the reach and placement into front house opps that you're looking for but a Masters in Finance can open some doors as well. I would advise against doing both the Masters and the CFA at once - they're somewhat at odds from a goals perspective and I think you should consider them mutually exclusive. It's easier to get into IB from the MBA side whereas Masters in Finance students tend to do better in some other fields.

I would give it a good think about where you want to go because in the end there is an optimal solution for each path.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Re: Ms Finance or CFA (or both?) [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 01:37
Hi CriticalSquareMBA,

Many thanks for your feedback!
I think I will concentrate now only on the application and maybe give it a try next june for the cfa..

Just couple other questions:
- When is the best time to apply for a ms finance (ok, sooner the better..)
- As I would like to move abroad (even outside Europe) which uni has a better reputation? As far as I understood Rotterhdam should be the best in the above list, isn't it?

Thanks in advance ;-)
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Re: Ms Finance or CFA (or both?) [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 05:37
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Hi there,

You're quite welcome. Yes, the sooner the better - but apply when you're ready.

As for programs, there's more to consider than just the ranking so take other things into consideration when selecting programs. The Financial Time has released its 3rd annual Masters in Finance rankings and you can find it here.

Hope that helps!

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