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Why Chartered Financial Analysts Measure Up


At Madison, we are proud to have over a dozen professionals with impressive certifications and designations. Six of our certified professionals are Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA charterholders).  Achieving the CFA designation is no easy task. The CFA Institute has strict requirements that every candidate must meet. Fewer than 1 in 5 candidates successfully complete all three levels of the CFA Program.

What is involved with earning your CFA certification? The CFA Institute requires candidates to pass three, six hour exams. A typical candidate will study over 300 hours in preparation for each exam via a challenging self-study curriculum.  Upon passing all three exams, candidates also must accrue four years of acceptable professional work experience in an investment decision-making capacity.  A candidate must then join the CFA Institute, where they can receive continuing education.

All told, CFA charterholders’ continuing professional development helps them stay abreast and ahead of industry trends, regulations, and innovations. Honed by years of training, CFA charterholders tend to wield an extensive body of knowledge on investing and global financial markets.

The CFA Institute continuing education program monitors new trends, investment theories and practices, and incorporates these innovations after careful deliberation. The global financial landscape is constantly changing which is why CFA Institute strives to keep its curriculum relevant, current, and globally standardized. The CFA charter is recognized by regulators, universities, and certification programs in 40 countries and territories.

In addition, CFA charterholders must hold themselves to an uncompromising standard of ethics designed by the CFA Institute’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. To track compliance, they are required to submit an annual attestation of conduct.

Madison believes that earning certifications like the CFA gives its professionals a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and portfolio management skills for the benefit of our clients. Trust is also key to building a strong client-advisor relationship and our credentialed professionals are bound by the highest ethical standards in the industry.  Simply put, we apply our wealth of knowledge and high ethical standards for your benefit.

This award was issued on 9/1/22 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 01/3/2022 through 07/1/2022. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria.1,585 Cincinnati-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 230 (15% of candidates) were named 2022 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2021: 1357, 216, 16%, 9/1/21, 12/14/20 - 7/9/21; 2020: 1406, 216, 15%, 9/1/20, 12/2/19 - 6/12/20; 2019: 1371, 238, 17%, 9/1/19, 11/19/18 - 6/28/19; 2018: 1413, 239, 17%, 9/1/18, 12/20/17 - 7/19/18; 2017: 985, 288, 29%, 9/1/17, 12/21/16 - 6/29/17; 2016: 918, 368, 40%, 8/1/16, 2/10/16 - 7/25/16; 2015: 1667, 427, 26%, 9/1/15, 2/10/15 - 7/25/15; 2014: 2082, 483, 23%, 9/1/14, 2/10/14 - 7/25/14; 2013: 1367, 509, 37%, 9/1/13, 2/10/13 - 7/25/13; 2012: 1265, 477, 38%, 9/1/12, 2/10/12 - 7/25/12.
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Important Note: This material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for personalized investment advice or as a recommendation or solicitation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Madison Wealth Management does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. © Madison Wealth Management 2020

*Winners appearing on this page do not pay a fee to be considered or to win the Five Star Award. Professionals with a digital profile have paid a promotional fee.
Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria-required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP's consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP's consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client's experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria-considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager's future performance . Wealth Managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients' assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit