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Published 15th February 2011, 6:12pm

 Accessing materials to prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam can sometimes be challenging.
To assist candidates, the CFA Society of the Cayman Islands recently donated a set of curriculum study materials to the George Town Public Library, one that spans all three levels of the study programme.
"While I was studying, I was fortunate to be able to use my office, as my shared apartment was too noisy," noted CFA Society Board of Directors member Alistair MacDonald.
"Not everyone has that option however, so it's important to provide all candidates with the opportunity to study somewhere peaceful. George Town's library is the perfect place."
Thanking the society for its donation, Education, Training and Employment Minister the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP commented, "As an accountant I know the challenges that come with accessing current materials while preparing for designation exams.
"I therefore thank the CFA Society for their generous donation and giving those who are studying for the CFA full and easy access to the materials require for exam preparation.  It is extremely important that we as a community support those who are furthering their education as this will provide a brighter and better educated future for our islands.
I also encourage persons interested in or working in the financial sector to visit the George Town Library, examine the materials, and see if this invaluable designation is something they'd be interested in pursuing."
This is by no means the Society's first donation either.  Last year they made a similar presentation as well.
"The CFA syllabus was of great value to persons pursuing the programme last time and this year's will undoubtedly be equally helpful to students," said Acting Director, Cayman Islands Public Library Services, Juliet Lawson.
"The library is honoured by the society's continued support and we hope that this partnership can continue well into the future. For those who need them, the books will be added to our reference collection." 
Ranked by The Economist magazine as the gold standard among investment analysis designations, the CFA credential is a graduate-level self-study programme for investment professionals. It was first proposed in 1942 by eminent economist and investor Benjamin Graham.
The CFA Society of the Cayman Islands is the local chapter of the CFA Institute, a global non-profit organisation comprising the world's largest association of investment professionals.
Local membership exceeds 100 persons, who are offered a range of educational programmes and services, as are programme candidates, investors, employers, institutions and members of the public.
Globally, the CFA Institute has more than 100,000 members and 135 local societies that award the CFA and Certificate in Investment Performance Management (CIPM) designations. Its mission is "to lead the investment profession by setting the highest standards in ethics, education, and professional excellence." (GIS)