Program Benefits

To attract assets, Investment Research Analysts must stand out in the crowd.  The challenge is that, in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, differentiation is both more important and more difficult than ever before.

Success requires achieving three objectives:

  1. Designing the best strategy,
  2. Delivering superior performance, and
  3. Communicating about strategy and performance in a way that is clear, concise and compelling.

CIRA is a global designation for budding investment analysts & asset managers. The CIRA designation reflects on a candidate’s ability to use research, data, benchmarks and multi-asset class risk management tools to deliver appropriate risk-adjusted returns. CIRA candidates are using advanced financial software like Bloomberg, MSCI Barra, etc. and globally accepted models and performance attribution tools to understand the drivers of return in their portfolios.

CIRA candidates benefit from:

  • Rich Investment Management Content
  • Job Opportunities
  • Practical Knowledge
  • One-On-One Access
  • Global Analytical Models
  • Market Savvy Nature of the Certification
  • Access to in-depth market reports
  • Rigor
  • Differentiation
  • Ethics
  • Multiple Perspectives

MSCI Barra

Based on a special collaboration with MSCI Barra, CIRA candidates will have access to select Barra applications, risk models, and datasets.


Based on a special collaboration with Valuefy, CIRA candidates will have access to various Performance Attribution, Portfolio Monitoring & Client Reporting solutions in addition to select case studies and white papers.

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