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Linkedin Usefulness?

How important (and or necessary) is linkedin in order to be able to land internships and jobs in finance? It seems as if everyone is using it these days and I have heard mixed reviews on its usefulness. Right now I'm networking through personal connections (i.e. my best friend's father is an exec at a company working with a pe firm and thus I was connected to the pe firm)

Also how important is it to have a lot of connections (to make your linkedin look legit) and what if I've only held one internship at a small firm consisting of less than 10 employees?

MSRE or MBA for investment career?

What is the value of a MSRE in the real estate investment field...from what I have seen most people with MSRE's tend to be in development roles (I was at a good program and...

Study Abroad - Slightly Different Perspective

Maybe I have a slightly different perspective on this topic because I grew up literally in the middle of a corn field and the extent of my childhood multicultural experience...

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When was the last time you thought of ripping off your MD/VP/Associate's head? Have you had enough of your hippy family members who keep yapping about how Wall Street is...

Wall Street’s Exodus to the Regional Office

In recent years, companies have outsourced low-level jobs to back offices overseas in an attempt to cut costs. Today, a similar trend is taking place as financial jobs are...

Do You Find Yourself Stuck in the 'Busy' Trap?

The New York Times put out a great piece on Saturday that everyone on this forum can relate to. In The 'Busy' Trap , author Tim Kreider takes a dive into modern society's over-...

Global Stock Markets: Long Hope, Short Reality

This is a big week for markets in terms of economic data. Yesterday we had a data dump of mammoth proportions and the data wasn't very promising.

A glance, we saw...

How much would you pay for a GMAT score?

Recent college grads! I know your pondering when to take the GMAT . You want to bang it out but you don't want to rush and blow it. For the young guns aspiring for business school, this one test could be your bread and butter or completely screw you over. So what's it worth?

Sam Eshaghoff thinks its $2,500 bucks for SAT's. This guy took the SAT dozens of times for his classmates, generating quite the side income. He managed to dominate the test each and every time, however he had no ambitions of his own. What better way to utilize his talents than to become a professional test taker? The best part is that it pays to cheat.

Sell Your Options Dearly: WASTING ASSETS

Andy note: "Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell...

Naughty Naughty Naughty Economy

When household icon, Christian Grey, hand cuffed the all American heartthrob Anastasia Steele into submission, his intentions were to turn a plain Jane into a kitty on hot tin. Little did he know that the cracking sound of his feathered and tasseled whip drove a libidinousless and otherwise vanilla economy up against the roof.

Moscow to Join the WTO

In about three weeks, on July 23rd, is the deadline for the Russian President, the government, and the parliament to ratify all required documents to become a full member of...

Analyst Severance

I know that it is rare for Analysts to get laid off, but if a 1st or 2nd year Analyst was laid off do they get severance packages? What would it look like? I know Associates...

Seniors: Play Nice with Juniors

Reading WSJ's article "Baby Boomers: Play Nice With Gen Y" I thought about all the new FT entering the workforce...

What should babyboomers in the office learn from...


Just been asked to come up with a trade idea for my desk that will be hinged upon thursday economic data releases - french bonds sales, spanish bonds sales, EU rate decision and UK rate/ QE decision. The strategy has to be very current and I must invest in at least one equity, 1 commodity and one currency.

My thoughts so far:

ECB cut to be 0.25 basis points but no cut in deposit rate
UK cuts not going to occur potential quantitate easing
strong spanish and french bond sales

All this would point to a rally in equities markets. Thus thinking of going with equities with a higher beta which tend to have higher upside when market is in uptick and simultaneously shorting defensives (hedge) - eliminating most systematic risk

The CFA Charter: Not a Golden Ticket to Jobs

This article is originally from . You can read the full article here .

The CFA charter is a great career enhancer in the right industries and when...

Must Read Real Estate Books

Hey ladies,

I think we should get a reading list going since we finally have our own forum. I'm always looking for great RE books.

Megafund vs. MM Private Equity

Approaching the end of the year once again there are quite a few discussions and rumours floating around between analysts in the city. Who is going where, what opportunities are people looking at and what are other analysts considering a good move after your analyst stint.

Given the changing environment some of the larger PE firms went public and are now becoming more and more integrated in terms of product offering. It seems that smaller funds have a lot more to offer than their larger counterparts in multiple aspects. This starts with advancement opportunities, goes through pay, deal exposure, responsibility etc.

A Note to My 18 Year Old Self - "College is a Waste of Time"

For those on WSO with some entrepreneurial spirit - this is a guest post/syndication from Dan Andrews of - an entrepreneur who I have a lot of respect for and...

Equity Risk Premiums: Globalization and Country risk

The equity risk premium reflects what investors expect to earn on equities, as a class, over and above the risk free rate. Implicit in that definition are two key points. The...

VC, not ACA, is the answer!

Hopefully you all understood the first acronym in this blog title, but the second one, just in case you've been living under a rock for the past week, refers to the Affordable...

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