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World-Class Capital Markets Analyst Certification

CFI’s Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA) Certification Program covers the most critical knowledge and skills required to become a world-class capital markets analyst including:


Fixed income

Foreign exchange



This CMSA® certification program is the bridge between where you are now and where you want to be – from a beginner to an experienced world-class financial analyst with the confidence, and skills to match.



24 courses, 50+ hours of video training, and Excel & document templates


100% online, at your own pace, on your own schedule, with two years of access


Earn in-demand skills from instructors with 22+ years of experience training


CFI's mission is to make the world's best capital markets training accessible to everyone

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What you will learn

What You'll Learn in the CMSA Capital Markets Analyst Certification Program


The Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA) program will teach you the many asset classes, trading strategies, and procedures used in the capital markets. It is ideal for any student who wants to work in capital markets, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side. This program will give you the experience to make investment decisions and utilize appropriate trading strategies for different scenarios.

The CMSA includes 20 courses. The recommended CMSA program study time is 60-100 hours and the average completion time is 6 months.

Common Career Paths

Sales & Trading

Asset Management

Wealth Management



Risk Management

Commercial Banking

The Ultimate Capital Markets Analyst Training System

The CMSA Program is designed to teach you all the skills you need to excel on the job as a capital markets & securities analyst. Learn the skills used by buy-side and sell-side analysts at top global financial institutions. 


By the end of the program, you will understand the various securities within each asset class and be able to incorporate relevant trading strategies into your investment decisions.



Introduction to Capital Markets

Course CodeCMSA 101

Study Hours: 2

Prep Courses  Optional

Math Fundamentals for Capital Markets

Course Code: CMSA 102

Study Hours: 1-2

Economics for Capital Markets

Course Code: CMSA 103

study Hours: 3-4

Eikon Essentials

Course Code: CMSA 105

Study Hours: 1

Foreign Exchange Essentials

Course Code: CMSA 106

Study Hours: 2

Introduction to Equity Markets

Course Code: CMSA 201

Study Hours: 5-6

Core Courses  ( 6 Required )

Introduction to Commodities

Course Code: CMSA 204

Study Hours: 3-4

Fixed Income Fundamentals

Course Code: CMSA 202

Study Hours: 3-4

Introduction to Foreign Exchange

Course Code: CMSA 203

Study Hours: 4-5

Introduction to Derivatives

Course Code: CMSA 206

Study Hours: 2-3

Professional Ethics

Course Code: CFI 265

Study Hours: 2-4

Trading Using Technical Analysis

Course Code: CMSA 205

Study Hours: 4-6

Intermediate Options – Trading Strategies

Course Code: CMSA 211

Study Hours: 4-6

Intermediate Swaps

Course Code: CMSA 212

Study Hours: 4-6

Intermediate Futures & Forwards

Course Code: CMSA 213

Study Hours: 4-6

Intermediate Fixed Income

Course Code: CMSA 214

Study Hours: 6-8

High-Yield Bonds, Subordinated Debt, and Loans

Course Code: CMSA 221

Study Hours: 4-5

Elective Courses  ( 7 Required )

Convertible Bonds

Course Code: CMSA 222

Study Hours: 4-6

Short Duration Products

Course Code: CMSA 223

Study Hours: 4-6

Introduction to Hedge Funds

Course Code: CMSA 224

Study Hours: 3-5

Credit Fixed Income

Course Code: CMSA 227

Study Hours: 3-4

Behavioral Finance

Course Code: CMSA 230

Study Hours: 3-4

Advanced Fixed Income

Course Code: CMSA 231

Study hours: 3

Repo (Repurchase Agreements)

Course Code: CMSA 235

Study Hours: 3

Financial District

CMSA - A Capital Markets Analyst Certification Endorsed by the Global Corporate Finance Society

The GCFS board regularly reviews the CMSA program to ensure relevancy and industry standards are being met. By regularly examining the capital markets & securities analyst certification curriculum, the GCFS board is able to ensure CFI courses include the latest possible trends.

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