The holidays are behind us and the busyness of life has returned for most of us. The same is true for the CFA Society, as we have a number of events on the calendar over the next few weeks. Most importantly we have our signature event of the year next week, the Annual Economic Dinner. This year’s guest speaker is Michael Pettis, a China expert who currently works and writes in Beijing. There are still tickets available and I encourage you to attend if you are able to. In addition to the dinner our calendar is full of other programming as well, including lunches, happy hours and career support, which you can access here Events Calendar.
Also, in case you missed it in December, we have released our Society Annual report and the annual Compensation Survey, which was expanded this year to include many cities in the Midwest. I encourage you to read both. Our Annual report contains our financial statement for the most recent fiscal year, among other information, and as dues paying members I hope you will take the time to review our sources of revenue and how we spend your dues. Less than 30% of our revenue comes from your member dues, though it is still the single largest source of our receipts. We spend just under half of our total revenue on staff, administration and board expenses, with the majority of our expense going directly toward programming and education for our members. The Board takes its fiscal responsibility seriously, and we attempt to offer the highest quality programming to our members while limiting increases to dues and event fees. If you have any questions about our financials please let me know.
The compensation survey is also a valuable resource, whether you are looking for a job, attempting to hire someone or moving to a different part of the region. A special thanks to all who responded to the survey, and to our Advocacy Committee for their work on collecting and analyzing this information. As always, please contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Economic Dinner next week.
Joshua M. Howard, CFA
President, CFA Society Minnesota