Do you guys feel that the information learned from gaining a CFA has actually helped job performance as a portfolio manager or analyst? Or is it just another set of letters after your name to hopefully get a better job and a raise.
The reason I ask is because I have an advanced degree and a low six figure job in an unrelated field. I am very interested in finance and I like the idea of managing my own portfolio, but I feel I have exhausted the cheap, watered down information available on google and in how-to books. If I pick up some used CFA books, will it help me gain a better understanding of the structure of the financial world. Will it help me in my decision making regarding my own portfolio? I am not really interested in actually taking the exams, because I will never achieve the CFA designation without relevant work experience. I’m curious if any of you guys feel more competent in your jobs after passing these exams.