Breaking into equity research from credit risk
So, my question is regarding equity research.
My background is a mathematics one, from a semi target in the UK. I have managed to get into credit risk at one of the top BB banks (think JP, GS, MS) and am wondering what the best thing is to do to break in to equity research in a few years. I have been told by some contacts within the industry that the best thing to do is to take the CFA exams (to make up for my non finance/economics background) and apply once I have finished the graduate program in credit risk. But from online research a lot of people say it is really not worth the hassle.
I would really like to break into tech equity research, and have realised that a lot of the tech equity research desks are in the US, where it is quite common for people to have done an MBA (while not as common in the UK). Would people advise me to complete the graduate program and get into a competitive MBA, or take the CFA exams (or both)?