Delos Shipping cofounder Brian D. Ladin is an accomplished investment and financial professional. Having previously served as a partner at both Bonanza Capital and Talisman Capital Partners, Brian D. Ladin has extensive experience managing multimillion-dollar investments and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, or CFA.
Recognized as one of the financial profession’s most rigorous designations, the CFA designation is a key certification for investment professionals working in the area of research and portfolio management. In order to receive the CFA designation, professionals must possess at least 48 months of relevant work experience and pass three 6-hour examinations over the course of several years. The examinations are offered on an annual basis and often require around 300 hours of study. Between 40 and 65 percent of students pass each level of the exam.
The first-level exam is typically held two times a year, in summer and winter, while the second and third are held once a year, typically in summer. The level 1 exam focuses on basic comprehension and knowledge of investment tools. It also tests a professional’s ethical and general standards of practice. The level 2 exam serves to demonstrate a professional’s ability to apply basic standards and complete complex analyses, while level 3 asks professionals to apply all previous coursework to manage the portfolios of a range of entities.