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Public Finance Analyst - What do you do on the Job?

Hey Guys,

I am curious as to what to expect from a public finance interview. Additionally, I am curious to learn how PF is as a career as I come from an M&A boutique and am curious to learn more about what PF is all about.

I have read the PF MI stuff but are you primarily working in DBC and doing analysis on entities structures through there or what does a PF analyst do --- I am curious and look forward to hearing back from WSO, you guys are very helpful.

I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anything

As a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA:

I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between.

If you have any questions about this, I'm very happy to answer them.

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Hello folks,

I would like to share my story a little bit for those who felt beaten up by the recruiting season.

I was born and raised in a very underdeveloped city in China. I remembered the ranking, the GDP of my province is the second or third lowest in China. Although I went to relatively good elementary school and middle school, comparing to peers, my educational background is definitely below average.

Fortunately, before going into high school, I already knew no matter how hard I study, there is no way I could get into the top universities in China because of the education system (it is more based off your residency, for example the best two universities (Tsinghua and Peking U) only take no more than 10 students from our province a year).

Harvard vs Oxford (Undergrad) Would love to hear your advice!

I was accepted by both the University of Oxford and Harvard University (Restrictive Early-Action) recently. And I would love to hear your advice on which institution to choose from.

* Harvard costs $65,000 a year + four years = $260,000 (No Financial Aid)
* Oxford costs $50,000 a year + three years = $150,000

Winner = Oxford (Parents' income above financial aid status but below $300k)

* Harvard requires you to take core course classes that I have no interest in + constant assessments. The benefit is I get a well-rounded education and can switch majors if I somehow switch career interests out of banking/politics. Far less intense and massive grade inflation.

Any advice for if you dont get promoted to associate?

So my friend started looking for a PE gig at end of her 2nd year (July 2015), but since then she's had a lot of interviews but hasn't landed anything. She's had so many interviews, that most people in her team have realised she's interviewing.

She's due for the associate promotion this July, but given her team already has a lot of associates, and there are 4 analysts up for promotion, she's think its likely someone might not get promoted - and thinks its most likely to be her. She's not enjoying the job, but she doesn't want to lose it either.

So what do you think she should do:

The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle

Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/23/14. To see all of our top content from the past, click here.

The investment banking side of the business is pretty well-known - you have the overworked analysts, the jaded associates, the pushy VPs, and the directors/MDs at the top. However, all these guys are the same species - they are all bankers, and while they have very different roles, they ultimately are all investment bankers at the end of the day.

The trading floor is different - you have the alpha-male trader banging his phone down on one side, the over-eager sales guy shmoozing with clients hungover but desperate to move an axed trade, and the quiet research analyst hunched over reading a 10-k from 2004 in between. Yes, the trading floor has many different types of monkeys wandering about, and its fun to see where traders, salespeople, and research analysts all fit within the beautiful ecosystem known as a trading floor. Lets take a look at each of these roles, how they fit in, and what the future holds for young monkeys of each of these unique specimens.

RE Buy Side Quarterly Dinner/Drinks - San Francisco

Happy New Year monkeys.

As you're reviewing your accomplishments and setting your 2016 goals, I hope you're focusing on improving your network this coming year.

One of my goals for this year is to improve relationships and share knowledge with fellow acquisition, Asset Management, and private equity real estate young professionals in San Francisco Bay Area.

I would like to invite anyone interested in expanding their network and sharing case studies, modeling skills, trials and tribulations, etc to attend this first happy hour.

February 11, 2016 - 9:30pm
Event type: 
WSO Happy Hour

Join the WSO Resume Review Team

We are looking to add several Resume Reviewers to the WSO Resume Review team.


  • At least 1 year of professional experience in Investment Banking or other financial field, IB and/or PE background preferred
  • Previous experience screening resumes, experience with IB resumes preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to make the client happy
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    What happens to departing 2nd year Analysts?

    Say you're a 2nd year Analyst at a BB or MM with no buyside job lined up, no 3rd year / associate promotion, and your 2 years are up.

    Volatile Conduit Market

    I just got back from the MBA's CREF conference in Orlando and met with many different Mortgage Bankers and Lenders. There was an absolute consensus that the Conduit Market (currently 40 or so shops) will be cut down to approximately 20-25 shops by the end of the year. I should mention that this was mentioned by Directors at quite a few large CMBS shops as well.

    Do you guys think that most of the table-funded shops will be gone by the end of 2016? Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Bridger Capital - Secret Society: What do you know?

    So Martin Shkreli showed up on the radio show "The Breakfast Club" with Charlemagne Tha God.

    Interviewed pharma-bro and they brought up the secret society "Bridger Capital", the Illuminati of Hedge Funds. Shkreli was shocked that Charlemagne Tha God knew of this group and that he had been invited to meet them (he posted pictures of the conference room on instagram--now deleted)

    Interview can be found here>>>

    What do you guys know about it?
    - bazaar rituals
    - secret society of upper echelons of finance
    - who is in it

    Where are we at in the market - Revisited

    Just a few months ago I was posting some articles (link inside post) about key institutional players cashing out of certain investments and stacking some cash.

    In the last 60 days Wall St., big box retail, oil, etc have all taken a hit. Folks are making recessionary type plays out of stocks and in to various fixed income and/or dividend paying stocks. We are most certainly it appears deeper in to the second half of this cycle than I thought just 90 days ago. CRE tends to lag behind SFR housing slides. There are already signs of slowing with luxury homes in CA, another indicator of something coming.

    Right now feels a lot like 2005/2006 to me. Prices soaring on SFR sales but in the next 12-24mo volume will drop tremendously, then, boom. But before this it does appear a lot of money will be lost on Wall St. Possibly speeding this process up.

    The Fed has no play here other than to do nothing. In 2008 rates were what, 5%? They could cut their way out. Not today.

    Your thoughts?

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