Depends on what you’re trying to achieve? Gain work as a buy-side hedge fund analyst? Fat chance. I went to a top 5 MBA, have my CFA and CAIA, and I’m not qualified for those roles. Get a job as a manager research analyst at a consulting fir,? Sure, that’s a reasonable expectation.
My company pays my CAIA dues. I sat for it because in my field (asset allocation) the additional knowledge ain’t bad but I certainly learned far more in my MBA and through the CFA program. If I had to pay any more than $100 annually (personally) I probably wouldn’t renew. For reference, this represents .069% of my annual after-tax, after health care, after 401(k), after trading account allocation. So considering it’s not competing for much capital, and I value you it at around $100 (or .069% of this unaccounted for income), that should provide some context. Just one man’s opinion though so I’d ask around.