Louis P. Abel, CFA, CAIA
Senior Vice President
Lou joined Covington in 2020 having previously served as Chief Investment Officer at First Foundation Advisors and Senior Portfolio Manager at U.S. Trust Company. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder with over 30 years of experience. He has expertise in a variety of areas including international investments, alternative investments, and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance).
Lou graduated from UCSD with a BA in Economics, received an MBA in International Finance, graduating with honors, from UCLA, and attended the executive program in investment management at Stanford University. Lou is a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles, the CFA Institute, and the CAIA Association. He is an Ambassador for Professional Child Development Associates and was previous Finance Chair for the Pacific Asia Museum.
What is the CFA and CAIA?
The CFA is a professional designation awarded by the CFA Institute (formerly AIMR) to investment and financial professionals after demonstrating competence and integrity of financial analysis. Candidates are required to pass three levels of exams covering areas such as accounting, economics, ethics, money management and security analysis. Before becoming a CFA charterholder, you must have four years of qualified investment/financial career experience.
The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) is a professional designation awarded by the CAIA Association to investment professionals who complete a course of study and pass two examinations. Alternative investments are asset classes and investments other than standard equity or fixed income securities, which can include hedge funds, private equity, real assets, commodities, and structured products. The CAIA curriculum is designed to provide finance professional with a board base of knowledge in alternative investments.