Webinar: Corpfin Analyst to Top 10 MBA Program, How to Prepare -- 7pm ET, 8/4/15


On Tuesday Aug 4th 7pm ET Wall Street Mentor Arshan will be hosting a webinar entitled "Corpfin Analyst to Top 10 MBA Program, How to Prepare", with a q&a session to follow. Arshan is an industry veteran with experience in corporate finance.


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage in exactly 1 month, for 24 hours September 4, 2015 before going into the WSO Video Library.

August 4, 2015 - 7:00am to 8:00am
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Is Meritocracy Dead in America?

Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 8/22/12.

Here's an interesting spin on the class warfare that seems to have grown much worse over the past decade. MSNBC's Chris Hayes opines in his new book that America is no longer a meritocracy, but an aristocracy with a couple hundred million serfs. In a lot of ways, it's hard to argue against that. He makes the point that the ruling elite weren't satisfied just climbing the ladder, they had to pull it up behind them. What do you guys think? Is America still a meritocracy, or are we forever doomed to this inequity?

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When will the 80% LTV days come?

We used to have a pretty good lending relationship that was funding 80% LTV for retail and hotel properties provided of course that the debt service coverage was very strong. However, once the recession hit, this changed pretty fast. Nowadays I am only slowly starting to hear about 80% LTV, but only for property types like multifamily. For the most part 75% is still the max is most asset classes. Anyone seeing any conventional bank lenders (not private lenders) pushing LTV now? If so, what asset classes? What markets?

Introducing: The Hedge Fund Name Generator

Prospective HF managers: Having difficulties coming up with a creative name for your hedge fund? Just visit hedgefundnamegenerator.com . And in case you want to start a hedge fund tomorrow, here are the most liked hedge fund names on that website:
1. SilverStone Partners
2. LiquidStone Group
3. SilverRiver Associates
4. RedHill Sons & Co
5. BlackBay Sons & Co

The difficulty can be seen both in the fact that the random Hedge Fund Name Generator has been around for six years already, and by the increasingly poor choices being made: Dabroes Management. Genius Hedge Fund. 5:15 Capital Management. Point72 Asset Management. And, as this jaunty little video from the Journal notes, Brown Trout Management.

No offense to the guys who work there, but why on earth would someone invest millions of dollars in funds that named Genius Hedge Fund or Brown Trout Management? My hedge fund's name is Green Crescent Advantage. What name did you get?

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7 Things I Learned While Running a Business

Thought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a side gig. I probably won't operate it for too much longer because my regular job takes too much time, but I thought there were some good takeaways from running it that I will definitely consider for any future business I start. After all, that is my end goal. I'd be happy to answer any questions!

For the past 1.5 years, I've run an editing service with a friend from Germany. Having studied abroad twice, I've had several international friends (non-native English) ask me to look over their papers for grammar mistakes, and they would usually compensate me with dinner or alcohol. Alcohol was the preferred payment, as Systembolaget (Sweden's government-run liquor chain) was beyond expensive. When I returned home after the second stint abroad, I reconnected with a friend I had met abroad, and we decided that there might be a market for offering affordable editing services, as editing services are typically not within a student's budget. At the time, most base prices started at $0.02/word, so you can do the math for a thesis/dissertation that is over 20,000 words. No student wants to spend their paycheck from their part-time job on this kind of service. We figured if we kept expenses low, we could charge low and become the "student-friendly editing service." Here are the top seven things I learned about running a business:

#1. A lot of competition is never good.

The ‘Business Cycle’ framework

This post is a follow-up to one of my earlier posts, 'Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework' which had generated some interest among WSO users. In this post, I'll briefly introduce the perspective of 'business/economic cycle' and then show how investors can draw practical conclusions from this concept using publicly available data.

Why I Enjoy Networking with Candidates

I thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who are undergrads or recent hires with advice on how to network into the industry (good fresh perspectives from people who have recently navigated "the system"). I wanted to give a bit of insight from a different perspective as someone on the other side who participates in looking for talent: This is why I enjoy networking and how I think about it.

"I want to find the next 'me'."

I've noticed everyone I've ever met who participates in recruiting is a bit biased in this regard. We like hiring people who resemble us. For me, I respond very well to people who are highly technical and comfortable with numbers. I have a tendency to geek out. I fully acknowledge there is much more to IBD than this, but this is my soft spot. For others it's being a varsity athlete. Another favourite is school backgrounds (If I can be so bold as to say: you Americans love it when you see someone from the same school, especially non-targets).

My Advice: People are much more responsive if you have some kind of hook. If your initial contact is too "copy and paste" it risks fading into the background. The best cold callers I've seen are the ones who take a few extra minutes to customize the email by doing a quick LinkedIn creep to find a common thread.

2016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread

It's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and WSO search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time!

We are all looking for information on timelines and deadlines for every bank possible. If you or your school has information on important upcoming dates, please, please, please share them with us!

I'll collect all the information I can here in this first post, and I'll update it from info in the body of the thread. If you have information and you don't want to post for whatever reason, PM me and I'll add it.

I realize some of this will be speculation, so if you see something here you know not to be true, let me know.

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Rewind - Public Finance from an Analyst's Perspective + Q&A

In case you missed our June 22nd webinar entitled Public Finance from an Analyst's Perspective, have no fear. The full recording of the webinar will be available for free on the WSO homepage on this date: (free for only 24 hours and then it goes into our Video Library). Do you want to a 1 on 1 mentoring session with Ivan? Click below:

July 22, 2015 - 8:00am to July 23, 2015 - 8:00am
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Do clothing brands matter?

For interviews and SA jobs, does it matter where you get your suit?
I find that H&M has dress shirts and suits that fit me well and go for pretty cheap, do interviewers even care as long as the suit fits me properly?