Should I get a CFA? If so, when?
I am 24,straight out of uni. Covering as a Global Equity Research Analyst for a Top Brazilian Hedge Fund (I am Brazilian) in a $150MM L/S book inside a $4-5B fund (50% dedicated to overseas markets). The team is only me and my PM (he is pretty young too, ~35). Aim for the book is to gain representation within the fund (more AUM). We cover US mainly, but also China and every other country.
Should I do a CFA? Is it worth it? If so, when should I do it? My boss is favorable to it, but I got so sick of school by sophomore year of uni cause barely anything had to do with public markets from an investment perspective.
Before anyone asks "How did you get in?", my father was a broker turned investor and my elder brother is a long-time Sell-Side, from positions from Sales to IB and Wealth Management and all. I got immersed in public capital markets early on and more so during uni. Made a macro paper on LTCM (on my own) and as part of a class I made a pitch + report on AMD as a buy and possible short in INTC to fund it and eliminate risk in Oct. 2019, an M&A report on Alexion a bit before that (and both happened! :D). Had some connections, got a face 2 face with the PM, talked about them, sent him the work.