Re: feeling peevish
Thanks Nords for the info with regards to Buffet, as an enthusiast Berkshire owner I should have anticipated that you would know everything about him. I had read a bio and yes I kind of remember that he earned a degree in economics, but not finance (which was more specifically the topic).
On the other hand, Soros's life is an unbelievable story and just to mention a hint, he was dismissed very early in his working life from a menial job he had landed as a jewish immigrant from central europe in a financial institution (in the UK if I remember well) lead by his co-religious fellows for not being very capable to add up reliably numbers... He reports that as the chance he was given as he had to really wonder what he was capable of ! This is from memory, but the story of his life is worth reading (I enjoyed it very much in any case) and he certainly did not have a degree in finance...
BTW, if having a degree in finance was enough to make a fortune it would be known, but I concur with Sheryl, it is certainly good to reassure clients, but not enough to make their assets proper.