I screwed up my undergrad GPA largely because of partying and girls. I'm in sell side ER right now and planning to transition to buyside IM. But the thing is CFA is gold standard in IM and my prospective employer will eventually ask me to take it. I can do both MSF and CFA before MBA but only 2 levels of the CFA. Would it be useful to just have 2 levels and not be a charterholder before apps? And then my OCD, I want to be done with everything related to studies before I embark on MBA path.
Secondly, what if I don't take the CFA at all and focus entirely on the MSF? In that case, do employers in IM pressurize you to take it or does hinder your chances of writing reports and having your name on them? Is MSF as valuable to adcoms as CFA even though CFA doesn't measure performance in GPA terms?
Lastly, if I take the third level just a couple of months before matriculating, will that be okay? In that case, will having passed only two levels of the CFA and not having the charter put adcoms off?