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CFA Exam Lures Record Crowd of Candidates Seeking Career Boost

A record number of people are set to take the Chartered Financial Analyst exam this weekend after applications poured in from 174 countries, led by those in Asia.

A total of 159,889 candidates registered to sit for the exam’s three levels, an increase of 7.4 percent from a year earlier, according to a statement Thursday from the Charlottesville, Virginia-based CFA Institute. Asia accounted for 43 percent of registrants, with the Americas providing 35 percent and Europe, the Middle East and Africa 22 percent.