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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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Investment Vehicle for Your Bonus (I Hate Taxes)

Ok, real question, not an interview question: if you had a million bucks what would you invest in? Especially if you were a Canadian in the US.

In Canada, I would have put into my TFSA and RRSP to provide some tax relief and then eventually drawn down on my RRSP for the Home Buyer Plan (HBP) in order to contribute to the down payment of a primary residence.

Getting USD bonus soon and am actually saving some coin in the US now, but have no idea what to do with it. Started contributing to a 401(k) (which I understand to be similar to an RRSP).

Interviewing behind your current firms back

All right, heres the deal primates: I am a recent intern to hire (temporarily) working as a junior analyst with a middle market M&A shop. I was contacted by a larger and more reputable firm in the area about an analyst I position and I took the interview I was offered. The place I interviewed at knows I am currently employed but my firm does not know I am looking at outside positions (clarification: the agreement was that they would bring me on as a junior analyst for a 3-month period and then maybe decide to keep me as a full time analyst with a big-boy salary and all the full-time benefits).

Question: A) Is it likely that the firm I interviewed with will contact my current employer?

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What IBs are not laying off/freezing hires currently?

Several investment banks are currently either laying off people and/or freezing hires. From this point of view, what firm should I aim for when looking for an analyst position in corpfin?

2015 Investment Banking Interview Prep Pack PLUS ...New updated version just released!

We are excited to announce a brand new new and improved 2015 investment banking interview Prep Pack, just in time for recruiting season!

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WSO needs your help! We're looking for users to do a site-test

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Hey all, we're looking for someone to help us test the site every other Wednesday, 1245-2pm et.
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Type of tester we're looking for:
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WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!

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Mod Note (Andy): If you're looking for our resume for experienced IB professionals or a private equity resume template, click here..

For those of you looking to make sure your CV format is clean and make sure that your investment banking resume is polished, we have a great sample resume you can now use free of charge (attached to this post below). We know how competitive internship applications and summer analyst positions are nowadays, so we're hoping this gives you an even bigger edge in recruiting.

After seeing members consistently reference other resume templates in the public resume review forum (that are good but inferior in our opinion), we have decided to release the WSO resume template for free to the public. This is the same CV template we use in all of our the WSO resume reviews with experienced finance professionals.

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