I'm a PhD quant at a tier one BB. I decided to make the jump over to buy side, and will be starting soon at a major fund. The job is much less quanty than the one I'm doing now (it is not a quant fund). I have a pretty good understanding of markets from the perspective of sell-side trading in liquid products (mostly fixed income).
Is there any reason for me to do the CFA? What sort of signal does it send about somebody with my background (good signal: not "just" a quant, interested in finance more broadly, client focused; bad signal: does useless certifications).
Are here any other certifications (other than an MBA) which send good signals on the buy side?
Thanks ahead of time for any input.