University of San Francisco’s Master of Science in Financial Analysis
The MSFA Program Director <ul><li>Professor John Veitch </li></ul><ul><li>Director of the MS in Financial Analysis program...
University of San Francisco <ul><li>University of San Francisco, a Catholic Jesuit university, was founded in 1855 as San ...
Why the USF MSFA Program? <ul><li>Practitioner-oriented with a curriculum that covers the knowledge required by the Charte...
Why the USF MSFA Program? <ul><li>Quantitative training in investment management. </li></ul><ul><li>Students move through ...
Specialist Training  <ul><li>The MSFA program provides sophisticated training in in quantitative financial analysis and ec...
Grounded in Ethical Behavior <ul><li>The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit University, is grounded in the importance o...
Which MSFA Program? <ul><li>Professional MSFA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets on Saturdays over 2 years. </li></ul></ul><ul><...
The Professional MSFA Curriculum Program meets Saturdays August to May For Two Years
Professional MSFA Curriculum Year 1:  Semester 1 Microeconomics (3 units) Macroeconomics  (2 units) Financial Markets (3 u...
The Accelerated MSFA Curriculum Program meets week days/nights August to August For One Year (3 semesters)
Accelerated MSFA Curriculum Semester 1:  August - December Micro for Finance Macro for Finance Financial Markets Equity Va...
Frequently Asked Questions about the MSFA programs
USF MSFA Instructors – Knowledge & Credibility <ul><li>USF Faculty   </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. John Veitch, Ph.D. CFA   </li...
Requirements for  International Applicants <ul><li>Minimum TOEFL score  [550-paper or 213-computer]  or a degree from an E...
Scholarships & Financial Aid <ul><li>Professional MSFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program for full-time working professionals. ...
How are the MSFA and an MBA different? <ul><li>Traditional MBA in Finance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves many courses tha...
Will the MSFA program ensure I pass the CFA exams? <ul><li>The MSFA program is an academic degree program.  </li></ul><ul>...
The Professional MSFA Curriculum Program meets Saturdays August to May For Two Years
Year 1 – Semester 1 <ul><li>Microeconomics for Finance (3 units)   </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer choice under uncertainty. Th...
Year 1 – Semester 2 <ul><li>Equity Valuation (2 units)  </li></ul><ul><li>Finance models in the valuation of firm valuatio...
Year 2 – Semester 1 <ul><li>Computer Models for Risk Management (2 units)  </li></ul><ul><li>Excel modeling for risk analy...
Year 2 – Semester 2 <ul><li>Capital Markets Theory (2 units)  </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient financial markets theory. Asset ...
Ethics Courses in the MSFA <ul><li>Year 1, Semester 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Finance I (1 unit)   </li></ul><ul><li>...
The CFA Designation, Exams, and Study Program The CFA ®  designation has become harder to get and why self-study may not b...
CFA Institute <ul><li>Founded in 1990.   Has over 90,000 members and 135 societies/chapters worldwide.  www.cfainstitute.o...
<ul><li>International Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers and media around the world praise the CFA designation   ...
Where CFA ®  Charterholders Work
CFA ®  Charterholder Job Functions
Top Employers of CFA ®  Charterholders   Western Region USA
<ul><li>Level I </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge & Comprehension of Fundamental </li></ul><ul><li>Investment Tools and Concepts...
The CFA ®  Course of Study Body of Knowledge <ul><li>Ethical & Professional Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative Metho...
The CFA ®  Examinations Historic Pass Rates
The CFA Institute Response <ul><li>Bob Johnson, CFA  </li></ul><ul><li>Executive VP in charge of CFA ®  program </li></ul>...
Schweser Response <ul><li>CFA Institute survey shows 57% studied less than 200 hours for 2004 CFA ®  exams.   </li></ul><u...
Academic Programs? <ul><li>Very difficult to pass all three levels of the CFA ®  exam without advanced academic training. ...
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  • The job listings in local newspapers and on the Internet display a recurring requirement for investment–related positions: “CFA charter preferred or CFA candidate desired.” When hiring, promoting, and assigning additional responsibility, a large number of employers use the CFA charter as a benchmark for measuring capability and professionalism. Participation in the CFA Program is a clear signal to potential employers that a student or new employee is serious about a career in the investment profession.
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    1. 1. University of San Francisco’s Master of Science in Financial Analysis
    2. 2. The MSFA Program Director <ul><li>Professor John Veitch </li></ul><ul><li>Director of the MS in Financial Analysis program </li></ul><ul><li>CFA, 1999: Ph.D. Northwestern 1985, Financial Markets </li></ul><ul><li>Education Director, CFA Review Program for the CFA Society of San Francisco. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CFA-SF Exam Review programs to 350+ candidates at all levels each year. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adjunct faculty member, Berkeley Columbia Executive MBA program, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. </li></ul><ul><li>Current research: Econometric studies of the relationship between currency crises and stockmarket returns in South America and the Pacific Rim. </li></ul>
    3. 3. University of San Francisco <ul><li>University of San Francisco, a Catholic Jesuit university, was founded in 1855 as San Francisco's first university. </li></ul><ul><li>USF has over 500 full-time and part-time faculty members across its Schools and Colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>USF is a founding member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is accredited by WASC. </li></ul><ul><li>The USF Business School is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for both our undergraduate and graduate Business programs. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why the USF MSFA Program? <ul><li>Practitioner-oriented with a curriculum that covers the knowledge required by the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) exams. </li></ul><ul><li>USF’s MSFA program is an official Program Partner of the CFA Institute. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are part of a select 20 programs around the world, joining Oxford, London Business School, HEC, HK-UST, and UNC-Chapel Hill. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taught by USF Professors and CFA-credentialed practitioners. The MSFA program is relevant to your professional and career needs. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why the USF MSFA Program? <ul><li>Quantitative training in investment management. </li></ul><ul><li>Students move through the program as a group (or cohort), learning with and from one another and developing bonds that continue beyond the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Support for CFA ® exam study with review materials and programs with the CFA Society of San Francisco Review programs. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Specialist Training <ul><li>The MSFA program provides sophisticated training in in quantitative financial analysis and economics. </li></ul><ul><li>The program is structured around the knowledge and the tools considered necessary for the Chartered Financial Analyst ® examinations. </li></ul><ul><li>In the 2-year Professional MSFA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First year courses emphasize topics that are important on the Level I CFA ® exam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second year courses emphasize topics that are important on the Level II CFA ® exam. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Grounded in Ethical Behavior <ul><li>The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit University, is grounded in the importance of ethical behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>The MS in Financial Analysis program has an explicit ethical component. </li></ul><ul><li>Our CFA ® charterholder instructors address ethical issues that investment professionals are likely to face in their careers throughout the program. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Which MSFA Program? <ul><li>Professional MSFA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meets on Saturdays over 2 years. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on working investment professionals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes all course materials & heavily discounted access to the CFA-SF Exam Review program. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accelerated MSFA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A 1-year, 3-consecutive semester program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on full-time students with strong quantitative backgrounds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covers the same courses with most of the same instructors from the Professional MSFA program. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. The Professional MSFA Curriculum Program meets Saturdays August to May For Two Years
    10. 10. Professional MSFA Curriculum Year 1: Semester 1 Microeconomics (3 units) Macroeconomics (2 units) Financial Markets (3 units) Corporate Finance (2 units) Year 1: Semester 2 Equity Valuation (2 units) Fin. Statement Analysis (2 units) Finance & Ethics I (1 unit) Fixed Income Valuation (2 units) Derivatives I (2 units) Year 2: Semester 1 Computer Models for Risk Management (2 units) Econometrics (2 units) Derivatives II (2 units) International Finance (2 units) Year 2: Semester 2 Capital Market Theory (2 units) Portfolio Management (2 units) Finance & Ethics II (1 unit) Financial Econometrics (2 units) Alternative Investments (2 units)
    11. 11. The Accelerated MSFA Curriculum Program meets week days/nights August to August For One Year (3 semesters)
    12. 12. Accelerated MSFA Curriculum Semester 1: August - December Micro for Finance Macro for Finance Financial Markets Equity Valuation Corporate Finance Fixed Income Valuation I Semester 2: January - April Adv. Fin. Statements International Finance Econometrics Derivatives I Fixed Income Valuation II Computer Models for Risk Management Semester 3: May - July Capital Market Theory Alternative Investments Financial Econometrics Portfolio Management Derivatives II
    13. 13. Frequently Asked Questions about the MSFA programs
    14. 14. USF MSFA Instructors – Knowledge & Credibility <ul><li>USF Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. John Veitch, Ph.D. CFA </li></ul><ul><li>MSFA Program Director. Financial Econometrics </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. John Gonzales, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>International Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Prof. Man-lui Lau, Ph.D. </li></ul><ul><li>Math Economics, Derivatives </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor Practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Chau, CFA </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Income </li></ul><ul><li>Brad Craig, CFA </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Investments </li></ul>Instructor Practitioners Patrick Collins, Ph.D. CFA Investment Management Mark Fredenburg, MA, CFA Equity Valuation Jim Keene, CFA, CFP Alternative Investments Peter Lou, CFA Computer Modeling Satish Swamy, CFA Fixed Income, Portfolio Mgmt Loren Walden, CFA Ethics
    15. 15. Requirements for International Applicants <ul><li>Minimum TOEFL score [550-paper or 213-computer] or a degree from an English-speaking school. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most accepted students have 590+ or 250+ scores </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional MSFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant work experience in finance or investment management. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accelerated MSFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong GRE or GMAT and/or strong academic performance in MSFA fundamental areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accepted students have Quantitative section scores at 80 percentile or above. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Scholarships & Financial Aid <ul><li>Professional MSFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program for full-time working professionals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are eligible for financial aid but NO scholarships or Tutor Assistant positions. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accelerated MSFA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Program is for well-qualified full-time students. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are eligible for financial aid. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exceptional students are considered for partial scholarships in the form of tuition remission. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are NO Tutor Assistant positions due to the short length of the program. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. How are the MSFA and an MBA different? <ul><li>Traditional MBA in Finance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involves many courses that are outside of the finance area, often a majority of the courses! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MSFA Program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training in areas deemed essential by practicing financial analysts and investment managers as determined by the CFA ® Institute. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MBA Option for MSFA Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students in good standing after first year of MSFA can apply for an MBA in Finance from USF Business School. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must take one extra year of coursework (24 units). </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Will the MSFA program ensure I pass the CFA exams? <ul><li>The MSFA program is an academic degree program. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not part of the CFA ® exams or CFAI ® directly, nor is it simply a CFA ® Exam Review course. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students who complete the MSFA program will have learned the material covered by the CFA ® exams. </li></ul><ul><li>Considerable self-study is necessary for any student to prepare adequately for the form and specific content of any of the exams. </li></ul>
    19. 19. The Professional MSFA Curriculum Program meets Saturdays August to May For Two Years
    20. 20. Year 1 – Semester 1 <ul><li>Microeconomics for Finance (3 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer choice under uncertainty. The microeconomics of industry structure including perfect competition, competition with differentiated products and monopoly. </li></ul><ul><li>Macroeconomics for Finance (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>How economies perform in the long run and the short run. The structure of macroeconomic relationships and the role of government policies in financial market outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Markets (3 units) </li></ul><ul><li>An overview of the characteristics of financial markets including their structure and organization. Features of debt markets, including yields, credit spreads, and term structure of interest rates. Equity markets for common and preferred shares. </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Finance (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>The basic concepts of corporate finance: dividend discount models, determining a firm’s cost of capital, capital investment decisions and net present value vs. internal rates of return, overview of mergers and acquisitions, hybrid securities. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Year 1 – Semester 2 <ul><li>Equity Valuation (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Finance models in the valuation of firm valuation and the value of equity. Models include relative ratio analysis such as the DuPont model, general cash flow model for valuing assets and liabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Statement Analysis (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of advanced accounting issues including leases, mergers, pension funds, and international transactions. Analysis of quality of financial reports with emphasis on accounting irregularities. </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Income Valuation (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>A thorough study of the structural features of debt markets. Term structure analysis of interest rates and bond valuation. Assessing sources of risk for debt portfolios, including the role of duration and convexity in evaluating the effects of interest rate changes. Credit analysis for corporate bonds. </li></ul><ul><li>Derivatives I (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>An introduction to derivative markets and derivative instruments including options markets, futures markets, and swap markets. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Year 2 – Semester 1 <ul><li>Computer Models for Risk Management (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Excel modeling for risk analysis and management. Includes financial statement forecasting, bond valuation, Value at Risk, and valuing derivatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Econometrics (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Probability models for portfolio risk, Value at Risk models, and decision making under uncertainty. Simple Regression analysis with hypothesis tests, goodness of fit, and testing for problems with the data or the model. </li></ul><ul><li>Derivatives II (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of fixed-income derivatives including custom interest rate agreements and analysis of interest rate and currency swaps. Analysis of equity options and warrants, hedging and hedging strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>International Finance (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>International financial systems and foreign exchange rate regimes. Foreign exchange market calculations and arbitrage relationships. Exchange rate forecasting methods. Study of currency strategies for international portfolio management. International CAPM models of securities pricing. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Year 2 – Semester 2 <ul><li>Capital Markets Theory (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient financial markets theory. Asset pricing theories and models. Asset allocation and general portfolio construction. </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Management (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio management policies for individual investors, mutual funds, and institutional investors. Fixed income vs. equity portfolio management strategies. Risk measurement and management. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Econometrics (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple regression models with and applications to portfolio management. Time-series analysis and technical analysis of securities’ prices. </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Investments (2 units) </li></ul><ul><li>An overview of alternative investments including REIT’s, commodity trading advisors, hedge funds, distressed debt and leveraged buyouts. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Ethics Courses in the MSFA <ul><li>Year 1, Semester 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Finance I (1 unit) </li></ul><ul><li>Applicable laws and regulations including professional standards of practice, ethical conduct and professional obligations. Topics include conflicts of interest, insider trading, and an overview of presentation standards for portfolio results. Focus is on global regulatory differences and ethical obligations across countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Year 2, Semester 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics and Finance II (1 unit) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional standards of practice regarding Performance Presentation standards and associated ethical obligations. Ethical and practical issues in constructing and maintaining portfolio returns and appropriate benchmark portfolios. </li></ul>
    25. 25. The CFA Designation, Exams, and Study Program The CFA ® designation has become harder to get and why self-study may not be the best approach any longer
    26. 26. CFA Institute <ul><li>Founded in 1990. Has over 90,000 members and 135 societies/chapters worldwide. www.cfainstitute.org </li></ul><ul><li>Mission is to advance the interests of the global investment community by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence and integrity. </li></ul><ul><li>Administers the Chartered Financial Analyst Program ( CFA ® ). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum develops & reinforces knowledge of investment principles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three levels of examination measure candidate ability. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CFA ® exam is given annually in more than 141 nations worldwide. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 140,000 enrolled candidates from 160 countries around the globe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other benefits include membership, access to timely conferences and publications, network of societies and chapters. </li></ul>
    27. 27. <ul><li>International Recognition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers and media around the world praise the CFA designation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients & colleagues regard you with a presumption of expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Your efforts connect you with the prestige of existing charterholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competitive Advantage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers & clients require professionals who demonstrate competence in implementing international investment strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge with a Global Perspective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice analysis is conducted every five years to determine a globally relevant, broad-based curriculum. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>78,000+ charterholders & 100,000+ candidates around the world who are active investment professionals with senior responsibility </li></ul></ul>CFA ® Program Benefits
    28. 28. Where CFA ® Charterholders Work
    29. 29. CFA ® Charterholder Job Functions
    30. 30. Top Employers of CFA ® Charterholders Western Region USA
    31. 31. <ul><li>Level I </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge & Comprehension of Fundamental </li></ul><ul><li>Investment Tools and Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Level II </li></ul><ul><li>Application & Analysis focused on Asset Valuation </li></ul><ul><li>Level III </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis & Evaluation of Client Needs and </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Management Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical & Professional Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasized at every Level!!!!! </li></ul>What is the CFA® Program? Three Levels & Three Exams
    32. 32. The CFA ® Course of Study Body of Knowledge <ul><li>Ethical & Professional Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Statement Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Debt Instruments </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Equity Investments </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Derivatives </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Alternative Investments </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Management </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Measurement & Portfolio Attribution Analysis </li></ul>
    33. 33. The CFA ® Examinations Historic Pass Rates
    34. 34. The CFA Institute Response <ul><li>Bob Johnson, CFA </li></ul><ul><li>Executive VP in charge of CFA ® program </li></ul><ul><li>Successful candidates indicate they spent 250+ hours studying for the exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Exam difficulty is unchanged over past 5 years. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample exam on website is same difficulty as actual exams. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top 1% candidate scores have remained constant. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Falling pass rates due primarily to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidates fail to spend enough time preparing for the exam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidates do not study correctly, study questions rather than studying the material. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candidates over-reliance on prep notes rather than texts and readings. </li></ul></ul>
    35. 35. Schweser Response <ul><li>CFA Institute survey shows 57% studied less than 200 hours for 2004 CFA ® exams. </li></ul><ul><li>Agree that candidates study too little and start too late. Stress of everyday life makes 250+ hours difficult to dedicate. </li></ul><ul><li>Candidates try guaranteed “shortcuts” and rely overly on studying test banks instead of learning the material. Unprepared for the unexpected. </li></ul><ul><li>Partly due to exam day stress, exams increasingly becoming tests of reading comprehension, and need for test-taking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in candidate pool have led to more marginal, less qualified candidates who lack basic economics and accounting. </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum itself has become more challenging each year, despite CFA Institute’s claim about similar levels of difficulty. </li></ul>
    36. 36. Academic Programs? <ul><li>Very difficult to pass all three levels of the CFA ® exam without advanced academic training. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic programs can be structured to address several requirements for CFA ® exam success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conceptual frameworks and “big picture” of results in a field taught by experts; both academics and practitioners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustained exposure to the quantitative, economic, finance and accounting results in financial analysis study areas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to academic exam situations, time management, and study discipline; especially important for practitioners. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of increasingly sophisticated tools and results over the course of the academic program. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cohort program, where students move through a program together, provide opportunities for study groups and support. </li></ul></ul>

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