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LSU Department of Finance CFA Partnership Renewed

06/22/2012 03:54 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Finance has successfully renewed its partnership with the CFA Institute as a Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA, Program Partner. Officially, the renewal is effective June 16. This marked the first time the department was under the renewal process since first becoming a CFA Program Partner in April 2009.
William H. Wright, Jr. Endowed Chair for Financial Services Gary Sanger, who is also the director of the Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading, or SMART, Lab is also the director of the CFA Program at LSU.


“Since becoming a CFA Institute Partner school three years ago, we have experienced a strong increase in interest for both our undergraduate and M.S. in Finance programs by both students and recruiters,” said Sanger.


According to Sanger, the program was established at LSU to signal to potential students, current students and the marketplace that the E. J. Ourso College’s curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited for preparing students to sit for the CFA exams. The program serves to promote LSU’s quality to finance students and financial institutions around the world.


CFA Institute is the global association for investment professionals. It administers the CFA and CIPM curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes research; conducts professional development programs and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the investment industry. CFA Institute has nearly 100,000 members, including the world's 83,840 CFA charterholders, in 133 countries and territories, and 136 affiliated professional societies in 57 countries and territories. More information may be found at


The Department of Finance is a both a CFA Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner, or CFP, Board-Registered Program offering high quality curricula for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking, and spatial econometrics. The inaugural Finance Academy was formed in early 2011, honoring finance student leaders who excel in and out of the classroom. The SMART Lab is a 44-station simulated interactive trading floor that enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. The SMART Lab has 12 subscriptions to the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute.


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