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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

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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...

Sell Your Options Dearly: DEBT

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...

Are You an “Active” Alumni?

I graduated a few years ago and I still go from time to time to reunions with people from my school. I do it because it's fun mostly but also I admit because the networking is amazing . You get to see friends (or at least acquaintance) that work in a lot of different areas.

My class is still quite young (7 years since graduation) so no one is a famous CEO yet and I mainly use those connexions to find internships for family/friends or to get someone I know an interview. In a few years from now though I think someone in my class could hire me as a CFO for his/her company or become a client of the firm I work for...


Application season is coming up, so I figured I would provide some unofficial info via Q&A on the program to those interested. Anything goes from admissions (chances,...

Associate in Private Equity FoF - will answer questions

Noticed quite a few questions regarding FoF on here recently (probably due to recruiting cycle) so thought a thread might be helpful - no PMs if possible.

My background...

Equity Research Q&A with Flake

Mod (Andy) note: This thread is from December '11, but Flake said he is still up for answering questions, so fire away

Given the holiday season, I'm in a relatively...

Non-BB Equity Research Q&A with First Year Analyst

Hey all,

Was reading through Flake's ER Q&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My experience / background is a little different...

Former BB VP giving advice to all you wannabe bankers

Hey guys,

I have only been on this forum a couple of times, but I formerly worked in M&A at a bulge bracket . I have been out of the business for a couple of years...

Can we really “have it all?”

With almost 9,000 comments, 375,000 recommendations, and 11,000 tweets, Amy Chua's lengthy diatribe against American-style parenting might be one of the most-read articles on...

Hedge Fund to B-School - Chances at Top Schools?

I am thinking about applying this fall to a couple of schools. Would love to get a sense of my chances from people who have more experience with the process. Here goes:...

Investing...In Poker Players

When someone tries to raise capital, we normally think that the person is trying to start or expand his/her own business. Recently, a 28 - year old man named Noah approached...

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