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I was flummoxed to read (Lex, August 19) that holders of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualifications should increase this year to 187,000, “almost eight times the estimated population of polar bears”. Is this a subtle comment on global warming or has Lex followed a recent Dilbert strip and appointed an in-charge of odd analogies?

As Lex notes that Chinese applicants are driving demand, eight times (a lucky number in Chinese) may indeed be compelling, but perhaps we could be informed how the number of CFAs relates to the number of pandas rather than polar bears?

Martin Sabine
Hong Kong

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