Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA) Has anyone ever heard of a new certification called Licensed International Financial Analyst (LIFA)? It is offered by an outfit called The International Research Association (IRA). Information is here: http://www.the-ira.org The LIFA exam is a three-stage exam and they try to compare themselves to the CFA. They will waive the first two stages/exams if you have an MBA, CPA, CFA, etc. and register by a certain date. I cannot determine the credibility of the organization. It seems like a certification mill but I am not 100% certain. The word "licensed" in the certification concerns me. Once they award the certification, there are no containing education requirements. The address of IRA is "Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts". Are they trying to legitimize themselves with this address? This could all be perfectly legitimate but I do have a suspicious nature. Anyone? Thanks.