CRE career path advice to PE analyst

Hi, currently I am a research analyst for a commercial real estate analytics company (real capital analytics, reis inc, costar etc.) I am also finishing up my Certificate in Real Estate Finance and Investment at NYU. Eventually, I would like to be an analyst/ in acquisitions on the buy side at a PE firm and I am looking for some advice on how to get there.

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How I use books to prevent burnout (plus my top 5 from the past year)

Mod Note (Andy): Alistair also has a webinar coming up with us on 7/13 at 7pm, see the event page here.

I am obsessed with books.

I bought 134 books in 2014.

During August and September alone, my credit card has 19 separate transactions for a used book store near my house. (side note: What kind of person buys a new book every 3 days?!)

I spend more time and money buying books than I'm comfortable admitting, but it's worth it. Every now and then I read a book that changes how I see the world, and it reminds me that books are one of the best investments I can make in my life.

But for me the importance of reading goes well beyond just learning: I use books to prevent burnout. Reading is one of the best ways to de-stress and escape the day-to-day insanity of work and life.

Here's why I think reading is important for people in high-stress jobs, and here's my 5 favourite books from the past 12 months.

Winland Electronics a case of hidden value laying in plain sight

It's not often that a value fund piles into a stock with a $5m market cap.  Especially a fund with billions under management, but that's exactly what's happened with Winland Electronics (WELX).  The small company was noted in FRMO's latest quarterly remarks (read here).  FRMO, a part owner of Horizon Kinetics a multi-billion dollar asset manager purchased 15% of the company, a strange acquisition given FRMO's size.  The second largest shareholder after FRMO is another value investor named Thomas Braziel, the manager at B.E. Capital. (note: If you're looking for some interesting reading this interview with Braziel is a must read.)

Between FRMO, Braziel, and Matthew Houk (an associate of FRMO) 41% of the company's shares are spoken for.  

Apparently more than a few FRMO shareholders reached out to Murray Stahl (one of the company's two executives) and asked why a $390m market cap company making a roughly $500k investment, and was it even worth their time?  We know this because Stahl took the time to write about FRMO's Winland Electronics investment in the company's Q3 report.

Demystifying BAAM (Blackstone)

As requested by @MBAGrad2015 in my previous post (about GSO) and several other users who pm-ed me about BAAM, I decided to start another "demystifying" thread - the Blackstone's 2014 Hedge Fund Solutions (BAAM) overview. All is based on few recent presentations that I was able to gather.

Again, I'd like to use this thread as an invite for other monkeys with more valuable info, so please feel free to chime in.

Hope some of you guys find this useful. Don't forget to check the attachments.

How do you guys deal with negative press about finance?

Finance-hate is so common, that almost anything related to the ills of the finance industry passes as news these days, whether or not it makes any sense whatsoever. People are very influenced by the stories they hear. People seem to assume that my peers are Patrick Bateman, Leonardo di Caprio, or some character out of a Michael Lewis novel, but frankly those people are fairly rare in real life. I see very little resemblance between what I do in IBD and these fictitious characters.

I also see very little relationship between what I do and any possibility of harm done to others. I've thought and reflected about it a great deal, and I simply think these people are just plain wrong most of the time. So much of what is said about finance is just so off base that it irks me. People I meet (including my roommates in college) make all sorts of negative, untrue assumptions simply because of what I do for a living.

Examples in the last month:

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What Accounting Software Does Your Fund Use?

Our back-office is currently looking to change over to new accounting software but I really dislike the program they picked out.

Just looking to get some feedback on what other accounting software is out there for funds?

What does your your fund use to generate monthly reports, balance sheet, income statement, general ledger, etc.?

Thanks for the feedback.

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How to get a PE Summer MBA Internship?

What firms offer structured summer internship programs? What tips do you have for getting into these? What's the competition like for summer internship slots vs. full time at mega fund and upper mm? I'm guessing there's less competition but it's still probably pretty tense.

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