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How To Wear A Suit, Courtesy of Arden Reed

Being that we are currently in the middle of Summer Analyst recruitment, I'm sure a lot of people out there have questions about an extremely important, but often-overlooked, aspect of interviewing: your suit.

Now, there are a billion threads about suits, accessories, whether you should wear your Patek or Rolex with your Brioni suit, etc etc etc here on WallStreetOasis. Generally advice in these threads comes from people who are mid-puberty and have never seen a Patek, but I digress. In any case, today we'll have some information about suits from people who really know a thing or two -- our good friends at Arden Reed.

Why doesn't anyone actually like NYC?

My group isn't in NYC, but when we work alongside our product group counterparts telephonically -- essentially every single day -- everyone in the NYC office loves to tell me how good I've got it because I'm not in the city.

And I'll admit, I love being in a smaller city, I love paying reasonable prices for food, gas and rent, and I love being able to drive to Wal-Mart to buy everything under the sun without having to worry about items being sold out because I live in an extremely overcrowded city.

But whenever I visit NYC it's always totally awesome.

UPDATE: Hipsters in Finance

Oh WSO, how I've matured since I wrote this now infamous post that even made it to Business Insider and even elicited some pretty funny responses.

Yeah, it was kind of a troll post, but maybe 10% of it had some element of meaningful substance -- what is a hipster to do in the finance world?

I guess now I'm qualified to tell you.

Excel Stuff to Learn Before Your Summer Starts

I'm no Excel expert by any stretch of the imagination, but here's a brief discussion of things you might want to familiarize yourselves with before starting your Summer Analyst stint. Please feel free to add to this list -- I know I could use some Excel training too!

With that out of the way, let's Control + Page-down to the next part of this discussion...

Guys, I'm throwing in the towel...

Chasing the investment banking dream for well over a year now, I'm ready to fold. This is too much, it's too hard, and everyone is too smart -- I'm giving up to become an organic farmer, my long-time true calling (shout-out to people on the site who have helped me find my true way).

Regular folk like me are meant to be regular folk -- you all have fun making your money and stealing from the poor to give to the rich.

Bankers: Try This Diet

As many of you know, banking is hard on the mind and soul, but in its most brutal and unnerving form: it wrecks your body. Whether you're on Seamless, ordering in, or getting reimbursed for all of your meals, the fact of the matter is that it's difficult to pass up on that delicious steak -- every single day -- when you know you aren't paying for it.

But pass up you must, or in a year when you head in for your physical, the doctor will wonder whether the nurse pulled up the right chart.

Here's one way to do it: eat literally nothing. That's right -- nothing.

Investment Banking Survival Kit

Most people on WSO aspire to spend a lot of time in the office -- it's just the nature of the beast. But if your office becomes your home, for all intents and purposes, it's important to have your physical work area be one of the positives, not a negative.

It's also very important to have immediate access to many convenient things while you're sitting in your cubicle for 14 hours a day -- saving time not looking for stuff makes you just that much closer to being able to call it a night and get some shut-eye.

Ergo, the Investment Banking Survival Kit.

3 Things To Think About Before Starting Full-time

Happy Monday folks.

Today I'm going to briefly be talking about those boring administrative things that you have to take care of before you start whatever it is that you're starting in the summer. I'm thinking about this in the sphere of investment banking -- where time post-starting is likely to be limited -- so you really have to make sure you've got all your ducks in a row before Day 1.

5 Things You Can Do Now To Help With Recruiting

To the sophomores out there, a news flash: you don't necessarily have to land a FO finance position during the summer to have a good shot at IBD SA recruiting the following year.

Many people work under the misconception that, with things as competitive as they are now, one has to have an IBD SA (MM or boutique) after sophomore year. This belief, while helpful, is simply untrue. I know several people who had no issues with SA recruiting junior year who didn't have an MM or boutique internship sophomore summer.

For those who aren't working FO this summer, here's what you can do to get ahead of the game for next time.

Income Inequality In The United States

"Income inequality" is something you hear or read about constantly, irrespective of what your main source of news or information might be. From USA Today to the Financial Times, income inequality has been among the hottest topics over the past decade or so.

A loaded term that carries quite a bit of shock value by nature, income inequality -- much like gun control, for example -- isn't strictly speaking something that an intellectual, critical conversation can take place over. Everyone has their opinions, which are generally deeply-rooted and related to personal experiences and upbringings, and few are willing to listen for even a second to the other side.

What this means for me is that I generally don't get involved. I'm probably less likely to write about or discuss something like inequality than most other people out there, but I did come across a video recently that was quite interesting...

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