Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) (pronounced “KAI-ah”) is a professional designation offered by the CAIA Association to investment professionals who complete a course of study and pass two examinations. The “alternative investments” industry is characterized as dealing with asset classes and investments other than standard equity or fixed income products. Alternative investments can include hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, and structured products. The CAIA curriculum is designed to provide finance professionals with a broad base of knowledge in alternative investments.
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association was founded in 2002 by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM). The CAIA Association is an independent, not-for-profit, global organization committed to education and professionalism in the field of alternative investments. CAIA designees are required to maintain membership in the CAIA Association and adhere to professional and ethical standards. Currently, there are over 6,700 CAIA members.
The Journal of Alternative Investments is the official publication of the CAIA Association. Edited by Dr. Hossein Kazemi of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the JAI is one of nine journals published by Institutional Investor Journals.