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SPOTLIGHT: The Other Road Rules and FAQsThe goal of Wall Street Oasis' The Other Road forum is to give our users the best possible snapshot of life in other areas of finance (including entrepeneurship, start-ups, and corporate/F500 positions), from internships and recruiting to compensation and career progression. Working towards that goa...
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Reinsurance Opportunities and Career PathsI graduated in 2011 from a non-target in economics and recently landed a gig at a small insurance group as a Reinsurance Associate. It is an entry level role where I am essentially learning their business from the ground up, but I am able to venture into other aspects of the business such as sales, ...
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Why did you take the CFA exam?Hello, I will be taking the CFA exam this December. After reading the forum, and seeing people talk about how hard work does not equate success, I am starting to have serious doubts about whether this exam will help me reach my end goal. Why did you take the CFA? What industry are you in? and How d...
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Advice: Bloomberg vs. Big FourHi all! Long story short, I have a degree in physics/chemistry from college and recently decided not to pursue the science path. Just graduated and don't have finance experience. I recently got offers from Bloomberg and a big four firm, here's where I need help: option 1) data researcher/analyst at ...
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I used to be a teacher and I want to be a FInancial Advisor. What should I do?I used to be a science teacher for two years and have been in education for three years. I have an undergrad degree (not in finance) and I plan on getting my MBA in the near future. Currently, I am interning for an independent FA. My goal is to be an FA and am unsure on what path I should take to ac...
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Delicate Family Situation - Need Some Advice My parents recently divorced, and I intend to drop my dad's last name (my last name is currently hyphenated). I won't go into the specific details, but my dad and I are not close and probably never will be. At the same time, he is my dad, and I have no idea how he will react when he finds out that I...
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Mutual fund wholesaler qsDoes anyone here work as an external wholesaler for a mutual fund? Curious about career progression and common backgrounds people who hold these positions have. Also curious if working as an internal wholesaler is a stepping stone, and what the differences are in these positions. Thanks ...
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Is school choice important for Big 4?I'm a high school senior with a 3.85 UW GPA, 2290 SAT I, 800 SAT 2 Lit, 750 SAT 2 US History, and 10 AP classes. I was planning on attending a higher-ranked school (applied to NYU, Boston College, UNC Chapel Hill, Barnard College, USC, Boston University, Fordham University and SCU) but I received fu...
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Thoughts on Twitter?FT recently released an article talking about a high amount of turnover among the executive levels while hiring an almost equal amount elsewhere. With the rocky transition to a new CEO I was wondering what you monkey's perspective is on the company. Is this a tech company that was caught in the bub...
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Opinions on Morgan Stanley PWMLately I've come into contact with a vp at the MS office in town and intend on doing a summer internship there next summer if I can't get a more desirable spot in Ibd sa, AM, HF, VC, etc. I also want to get the 63 and/or 65 before then so I can have it authorized and not expire after two years if po...
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Big 4/Law interestI'm currently a rising junior with internship offers from PwC Assurance and Deloitte Tax. I worked in corporate finance this past summer. I've done well in school (3.9 GPA, lots of leadership/involvement, URM), but I've had a hard time deciding on a service line. I ultimately would like to pursue a ...
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Zillow IPO, any takers? thoughts on the $1bil valuation? from WSJ: "Zillow Inc. surged its first day of trading as the real-estate website limited the number of shares being sold despite high demand, giving the unprofitable Internet company a valuation of more than $1 billion. Zillow's tiny 3.5-million-share deal opened at $60 on Nasdaq, triple its $20 IP...
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RE: 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work In The Back OfficeI've read this piece not too long ago when I was still a college student. But now more carefully at it (Especially now through the eyes of someone with real industry experience), I have to say there seems to be a lot of misleading information here. I wonder if anyone else here thinks similarly? 1. T...
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Victor Edozien's Review on Brand-BuildingPart of every company's major goal in expanding its influence and increasing its profitability is the task of developing brand-building strategies. The brand-name, whether of a specific product, service or the company itself, identities for the public the value of the thing it represents. People loo...
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3 options - which one is the best? Hey! I am having a difficult time making a decision and was hoping that I could get some advice. I recently graduated and have three options for the fall: 1) A job in operations/strategy at a new startup. The startup recently raised $10-25 million from several prominent VCs in its first round of f...
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StravaDo any of you monkeys use Strava? If so, is the premium version worth it? ...
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7 Things I Learned While Running a BusinessThought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a side gig. I probably won't operate it for too much longer because my regular job takes too much time, but I thought there were some good takeaways from running it that I will definitely cons...
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HELP: PwC FSR GroupHi Everyone, I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge about PwC's Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate (FSR) Group. "The PwC FSR group has experience in all aspects of securitization accounting, tax, finance, servicing, valuation, asset analysis and due diligence, structuri...
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Commercial Bank Credit Analyst vs. Spring RecruitingFriends, I have a second round phone interview with a big brand commercial bank for a credit analyst/relationship management trainee. The location's great and work-life balance would be pretty sweet but that means pay isn't anything special to start. I hear there's lots of golf, dinners, and sport...
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Victor Edozien: More Tips on Innovative ManagementAsaba Group Holdings continues to seek innovative solutions to problems that will enhance their company's viability as well as develop their clients' experience with the company through the services the company provides. Here are more vital steps you can take to develop your business management: 1. ...
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What are the most profitable financial occupations that can be done online?The only thing I can think of is day to day trading and independent investing. Are there other careers that I missed? ...
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Slate Interview with entrepreneur Divya NarendraThe full interview is here. ...
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Victor Edozien of Asaba Group Holdings: Tips on Innovative Solutions in ManagementInnovative management has come of age in recent decades as a result of shifting customer needs and the overall business environment brought about by technological advancement and also policy changes in the global community. Whether we like it or not, every venture, great or small, has to deal with t...
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Shadow Insurance 101: The downfall of the insurance industry?I work in the insurance sector, primarily dealing with derivatives and collateral needs for institutions. I haven't seen much on this site about the insurance sector in particular...though there has been some talk about FIG as a whole. I thought this might be useful for educating some people about t...
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