Combating Loneliness

Let's be honest, we all have been there; lonely. As I read through Wall Street Journal, more particularly the Personal Journal, I was reading an article about it. It intrigued me because all of us have been down that road at some point and how often I have heard friends say that they are lonely or they are tired of that feeling. This could be from family and friends being on vacation or they are busy. When this occurs a lot of people will arrange some plans to do on their own, only to cancel them later on or even not answering the phone when it rings.

Balmoral International Group Storm Warnings for Luxembourg

Balmoral Group International releases an update on the most recent weather condition in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg where gale storm can be predicted within the last week of August or first week of September this year.

12 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 1

Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 8/23/12. You can read part 2 here.

Since I've been writing for WSO, my most popular posts have been about banking experiences. The All Nighter is perhaps one of the most quintessential experiences of investment banking. While I agree with bankerella in that you can assuage some of the pain of working through an all-nighter with attitude adjustments generally involving 'sucking it up,' for most of us, there's something about that very raw blend of stress and fatigue that just won't go quietly. And so every year, generations of junior investment bankers - some of the most elaborate whiners on the planet - pass on their legendary tales of brutal nights spent at the office. Relive the horror of yesteryear (or yesterday).

The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSO

My content intern @Lucas_M is at it again! This time the top ranked (by silver bananas) posts related to networking, cold calling, and cold emailing. Enjoy! p.s. Need more networking advice? Check out our Networking Guide.

1. Cold-Emailing Guide.

posted by @Culcet

1) Background info- Contact people with a similar background. Don't limit yourself to alumni- think deeper. Think about what defines you on a superificial level. If you go to UCLA and want to work on Wall street, email Cal alums in New York. Williams College? Why not email alums that went to Swarthmore, or any other liberal arts college alum that might have had to teach himself the technicals? And if you're a non-target... email other non-targets. Simple. Emailing someone with a similar background reminds them of themselves. They are therefore that much more happy to help you. Remember though, you are entitled to nothing, and even if the guy is a complete d-bag, thank them in a dignified manner anyways.

2) Content- Keep the email short and sweet. I usually send emails explaining who I am and what my intentions are, a sentence explaining my "story, and then a graceful thank you. For what it's worth, the whole 'copy and paste' thing has never been a big problem for me at the bulge brackets. For boutiques, target carefully based on the advice above and try not to email too many people. Again, if you target the right demographic, this shouldn't be a problem.

- silver bananas: a lot

2. Keep In Touch! Networking Template
posted by @valuationGURU

Forbes Private Capital Group Hong Kong News Alert hires Barclays executive Maureen Kerr

Maureen Kerr has joined Forbes Private Capital Group as a senior managing director in its New York office. Kerr will be responsible for insurance coverage in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to Forbes, she worked as a director with Barclays where she developed and managed the Japanese Yen private placement platform.

Press Release

WSO Caption Contest - September 23rd... Collect Silver Bananas and Win a Free WSO T-Shirt

WSO Caption Contests are back! You guys know the drill, all you have to do is leave a comment in this post with a caption you think is most fitting for the cartoon posted below. The winner will be determined by the community based on the number of Silver Bananas awarded to each comment. In the event of a tie, the admins of the site will decide the winner or send out multiple free shirts if we can't decide. Wall Street jokes welcomed and encouraged!

Image courtesy of my mom, an avid painter with a newfound interest in finance :-)

Forbes Private Capital Group Hong Kong News Alert: Kerogen Capital closes over $1 bln energy private equity fund

HONG KONG, July 25 (Reuters) - Hong Kong-based Kerogen Capital, a private equity fund led by two former J.P.Morgan bankers, has closed a more than $1 billion energy fund, according to a statement from Forbes Private Capital Group, which managed and advised on the fund. Kerogen Energy Fund, L.P. will provide growth and development capital to junior upstream oil and gas companies, the statement said.

Forbes Private Capital Group Announces Final Closing of $1.0 Billion Kerogen Energy Fund

NEW YORK, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Forbes Private Capital Group ("Forbes") announced today the final closing of Kerogen Energy Fund, L.P. ("the Fund") an energy private equity fund managed by Hong Kong-based Kerogen Capital ("Kerogen") with capital commitments in excess of $1.0 billion. Forbes managed and advised on the global distribution of the fund. Forbes is the wholly-owned distribution business of G2 Investment Group ("G2").

Here's what happened in the stock/bond markets last week (9/14-9/18)

Stock Market Analysis

The stock market continued its zig-zag pattern. For the past 10 weeks the stock market has alternated between a week of advances followed by a week of declines. This week was no different as the S&P 500 fell 0.1%. Hidden within this has been the better performance of small stocks such as those in the Russell 2000. The Russell actually gained 0.5% and has become the leader over the last month. Among the major sectors Utilities, with their defensive nature, enjoyed solid returns while Basic Material and Financial issues led the decline.


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