The Mission of the CFA Institute is to provide globel leadershio for the investment profession by setting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. First awarded in 1963, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter has become known as the gold standard of professional credentials within the global investment community. Investors recognize the CFA designation as the definitive standard for measuring competence and integrity in the fields of portfolio management and investment analysis.
New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA)
The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) has been a leading forum for the investment community since 1937. NYSSA was founded by a group of professionals that included Benjamin Graham, the "father of securities analysis" and one of the most influential men in the history of finance. With more than 11,000 members, NYSSA represents an elite segment of the financial industry and, its adherents are recognized as ethical, knowledgeable participants in the investment decision-making community.
National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships (NAPTP)
The National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships, formerly the Coalition of Publicly Traded Partnerships, is a trade association representing publicly traded limited partnerships (PTPs)--commonly known as master limited partnerships (MLPs)--and those who work with them. The Association is an outgrowth of an informal lobbying organization which was formed in 1983. Both the current Association and its predecessor have been highly successful in representing the interests of PTPs in Washington D.C. and the states. Publicly traded partnerships are limited partnerships or limited liability companies (LLCs) choosing partnership taxation which are traded on public exchanges. A share in a PTP is called a "unit," and PTP shareholders are known as "unitholders." PTPs can be found on the New York, American, and NASDAQ exchanges, as well as many regional exchanges. PTPs allow the affordability and liquidity of corporate stocks and bonds combined with the advantages of investing in a partnership. PTPs generally pay their investors regular cash distributions, and many offer growth potential as well. There are over 90 PTPs on the market, the majority in industries related to energy and natural resources.