Webinar: Is an MBA worth it for you? -- 7pm ET, 4/28/15


Wall Street Mentor Alex Chu will be hosting a webinar entitled "Is an MBA worth it for you?", with a q&a session to follow. Alex is the founder of http://www.mbaapply.com/ and definitely knows the ins and outs of the MBA process.

If you have any interest in learning more about whether an MBA is righ for you, you should definitely join us on Tuesday eve.


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage for 24 hours (2-3 weeks after the initial presentation), before going into the WSO Video Library.

April 28, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & Unemployment

I wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from a non-target school and got my first job within 2 months of graduation. It was a long-term temp.-to-perm. at a BB doing MO work. At the end of the stint I was let go, as the MD above my boss (ED) decided he’d rather bring in 1 senior manager than have 2 analysts (a perm. analyst was subsequently fired).

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Stock & Bond Market Analyses (4/20 - 4/24)

Stock Market Analysis

It was a profitable week on Wall Street. Large and small stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 and Russell 2000, respectively, both gained over 1%. The biggest advances occurred in Technology and Cyclical issues while Non-Cyclical and Energy stocks lagged. Volume was relatively steady throughout the week.

How to best approach Placement Day

Placement day for SA is coming up. Usually, HR sends a list of groups that are taking interns along with blurbs summarizing the group and a few contacts. Basically, what happens is that everyone reaches out to the same people and it is hard to get an "edge". Is there any way to get an edge over other candidates besides having a superior conversation? For example, would reaching out to people whose contact information is not listed be viewed in a positive way or not?

BIG NEWS: 2014 WSO Compensation Report is OUT!

Dear WSO Community,

I'm pleased to announce the release of the 2014 WSO Compensation Report! We had another great year with even MORE entries than last year (over 5,000)! It took many months of hard work and finally, it's here ...and it's still free :-)

Yes, that's right, access to the FULL 155 page 2014 WSO Compensation Report is 100% free. (up from 108 pages last year). This report contains thousands of data points across investment banking, private equity, hedge funds and management consulting.

The report cuts the data numerous ways including division, city, AUM and company type and can help you know if you are getting paid enough. In the 2014 version, we even have data on target vs. non-target schools, race, GPA and major. Where else can you find interesting insights like that?

Or if you are an employer, this report will give you an idea of what range you should be paying your employees.


Here's how you get access to the full 155 page report:

The Mystery of Capital by Hernando de Soto: A book review.

When I read this book for the first time, back in the early 2000’s, it left an indelible impression. The themes and thesis of this modern classic come to mind repeatedly over the last few years, especially in light of the recent financial crisis.

Not only does it give a view of where we have come from, it demands constant questioning of where we are going and how our economies are evolving. In light of our recent history, I felt the book offered enormous value in this respect alone.

WSO NYC Happy Hour: Tuesday, April 28th, 7:30PM, Galway Hooker

The next NYC meetup is coming up soon! Join us for the first happy hour of the spring season! All are welcome. Repeat visitors encouraged!

Location: Galway Hooker Pub, please say "WallStreetOasis" at the door and the bouncers/staff will direct you to our room. Most likely we'll be in the billiards room (downstairs) or the Guinness room (upstairs)

7 E 36th street (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)

Adderall is creating a Brave New Workplace

There is no better place than WSO to ask this - are psychostimulants gradually becoming mandatory workplace drug in the US? Americans work longer hours and take fewer vacations than most others in the developed world. And God knows people in finance get worked hard, especially juniors.

Personally, I can’t get my hands on them here in (German-speaking) Europe, but I would love to see what the hype is all about. My closest experience to this stuff: pre-workout supplements. But how do adults persuade doctors into prescribing them the drug?! Here, they are almost impossible to get even for the kids who might “need” them; doctors prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress - not in the child's brain but in the child's social context.

Webinar Rewind - Networking in Europe + Q&A

In case you missed our January 12th webinar entitled Networking in Europe, have no fear. The full recording of the webinar can be found below (free until Tuesday 10pm et when it goes into our video library). Do you want to a 1 on 1 mentoring session with Ryan? Click below:


All rewinds will be on Monday / Wednesday / Friday.

And, as always, if you want to sign up to hear about upcoming webinars before they happen, sign up inside the post...

If you had to have a job that could not be finance related, what would it be?

I find myself thinking a lot about possible outcomes in my life if I had chose differently about one thing or another, this came up. I'd probably want to do something with software/code writing.

What do you monkeys think? What would you choose and why?

FT recruiting in August

When does FT recruiting actually start? Does it start right after SA? Or sometime later? And if anyone has FT recruiting experience, can you please share your experience?

Thanks in advance

Monday @Mentions April 27, 2015

Happy Monday WSO!

Upcoming events:

NYC WSO Happy Hour this Tuesday evening! 730pm at Galway Hooker Pub

Webinar: Investing in PE and VC Funds -- 8pm ET, 4/27/15
Webinar: Is an MBA worth it for you? -- 7pm ET, 4/28/15
Webinar: Recruiting in Europe for IB with an MS in Finance Degree -- 5pm ET, 4/29/15

Post of the Week:

F*&King Analysts by @"overpaid_overworked". 38 SB's and will go down as one of the top posts of the year. Thanks for venting Mr Overpaid!

Discussion Topic of the Week:

Married Monkey with wandering mind, help me out by @"Brent Crude". 98 comments and counting.

AMA of the Week: