Cognizant partners with CFA Institute to enhance financial knowledge


Hong Kong: CFA Institute has announced that Cognizant has become the first corporation in the global technology and business process services industry to adopt the Claritas Investment Certificate programme, a comprehensive global programme designed to give all professional disciplines in financial services outside of investment roles a clear understanding of the investment industry and their professional responsibilities within it.

Approximately 1,000 professionals of Cognizant will take the certification programme over the next two years to build knowledge and sense of responsibility around the investment industry. This will further strengthen Cognizant’s position as one of the leading providers of industry-aligned business process services to top financial services companies.

Paul Smith, MD for Asia Pacific, CFA Institute and Krishnan Iyer, VP, Cognizant officiated at a contract signing.

The Claritas Programme will be supplemented by study tools provided by CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The agreement is the largest business implementation contract for Claritas since its launch in 2013. Candidates will require around 100 hours of study time and will need to pass an examination in order to be awarded the certificate.

“Investing in talent is key to Cognizant’s focus on helping banks and financial institutions address their dual mandate of improving efficiency while driving innovation. The financial services industry is changing rapidly as a result of economic, risk and regulatory challenges. The Claritas Programme will help our professionals expand their understanding and knowledge of industry functions, relationships and their professional roles, enabling them to make better decisions and provide superior counsel to our clients. This will further strengthen our ability to deliver value to our clients and help them become more competitive,” said Sumithra Gomatam, President, Industry Solutions, Cognizant.

“We are delighted to partner with Cognizant to enhance financial knowledge in the business process services industry, a key stakeholder in global financial services. At a time when the financial services industry is striving to restore trust, fostering a culture of professional best practices and ethics across all industry touchpoints, including in support sectors will go a long way toward increasing public confidence,” said Paul.

The Claritas Investment Certificate was developed in response to the global financial crisis as a way to bridge knowledge gaps across the industry.

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