Analysts band together on policy

Band of brothers (and sisters): an association is becoming the institutional investorÆs de facto voice in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts is taking on a new role as an advocate for financial professionals, says Richard Mak, president and a former Japanese equities specialist at Lombard Odier. A non-profit organization founded in 1992 to promote professional and ethical standards for analysts, and a member society of the Association for Investment Management and Research AIMR, it has recently achieved critical mass with about 2,000 members. As a result, it can go beyond promoting the Certified Financial Analyst programme and become a policy advocate.

Its influence is likely to rise as the number of CFAs based in Hong Kong grows. Over the past three years that number has...

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