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Acing the investment banking analyst interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/13</em> Been a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of interview season for <span class='keyword_link'><a...78162.78
15 things I wish I knew as a first year banking analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up 2/10/13 and is a must read for all those starting their FT roles</em> I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as a banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee...141132.41
On the Job With Simple As… My Research ProcessWhen I did my AMA thread a while back I promised at least one person that I would share my general research process. So here you go... Every analyst has his/her own way of conducting due diligence. There certainly is no one correct way to come to an investment decision, however, I’d argue...133123.33
How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)<em>Mod Note: This was originally posted 12/2013</em> Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've...8082.80
Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/10/14 and ranks #1 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...6079.60
How to make VP in Private Equity<em>Mod Note (Andy): This was originally posted 7/15/13. See his most recent post updating on his status (posted 5/26/15) <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-pe-the-other-road">here.</a> </em> A few weeks ago, I shut down my ThinkPad...8072.80
Some Observations from an MD<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/15/14 and ranks #2 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11772.17
Thoughts From a Former Navy SEAL<em>Mod note (Andy): This comment by @"M. Blank" is a response to this thread: <a href=http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-pe-the-best-job-in-the-world>Is PE the Best Job in the World?</a> and deserves to go on the homepage for those who didn't see...7369.73
Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at It<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/5/14 and ranks #3 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7567.75
Laziness and the Merits of Hard Work<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/7/14 and ranks #4 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11366.13
Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/17/14 and ranks #5 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7065.70
My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessMod Note (Andy): Make sure to see Northsider's response to this post in the comments or by clicking <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/response-to-my-private-equity-recruiting-process">here</a> I am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers...5460.54
What investment banking is in simple words and my story <em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/9/13</em> There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: <ol> <li>Commercial Banking </li> <li><span class='keyword_link'><a...13259.32
Life Goes On...<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/19/11</em> [quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors...10258.02
What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/19/14 and ranks #6 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...14156.41
Coffee Is For Closers <em>Mod Note (Andy): this post originally went up on 10/21/13.</em> You think I’m f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto WSO in many aspects, which is arguably filled with...11955.19
Keep In Touch! Networking Template<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> As much as it may be stated on this site, networking is one of the key factors in the success of most young professionals in finance. Whether it is gaining valuable advice, or getting a leg up in...6952.69
Life after Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12</em> Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my...29151.91
Own Your Time: or What I learned from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/24/14 and ranks #7 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3550.35
David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - This incredible post originally went up October 2013 and is great info for those thinking about which types of banks to apply to for FT and SA positions</em> Autumn has arrived. For those seniors fresh off their <span...6447.64
F*&King AnalystsSo, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...12247.22
Young Money? Perception vs Reality on Wall Street<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/6/14 and ranks #9 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8046.80
Week 3 of IBD Internship: The Pitch<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up on 7/21/13 The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/new-finance-internship-guide-just-released">Finance...7645.76
Lessons From a PE Superday<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/27/14 and ranks #8 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5945.59
What You Should've Done by 21: a Controversial Guide to a Realistic Outlook<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12.</em> I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading <a...12145.21
11 Steps to Becoming a Finance Jedi<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #12 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11145.11
Landed Your First Job? EXTREMELY Important Thread: Office Politics<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/22/14 and ranks #14 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7142.71
Focus on the downside: brushing up on credit skills <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/13/14 and ranks #10 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4741.47
Breaking the hedge fund case study <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/24/14 and ranks #17 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3241.32
Learn from My Mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/19/13</em> I've always loved this site because even when I was but a wee little lurker in college I could always come on here and hear about all the little details that finance professionals...8640.86
My not-so-secrets to success<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 3/2/12.</em> In the past few months, I've been approached on a few occasions by college-aged folks asking the typical question: how to succeed on the street from a less-than-stellar undergrad background....8839.88
Hedge Fund: The Investment Life CycleMod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 4/23/12. Hey guys, so after some encouragement from a few of you guys I'm gonna go ahead and start a bit of a series of posts on my experience in the <strong><span class='keyword_link'><a...6137.61
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 1 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/29/14 and ranks #20 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4237.42
106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/29/14 and ranks #11 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11837.18
Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the Desk<em>Mod Note (Andy), Throwback Thursday, this was originally posted on 7/2/13. The very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/new-finance-internship-guide-just-released">Finance...8036.80
Reflections on Year 1 at Booth<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...15636.56
Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-make-vp-in-private-equity">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the <span class='keyword_link'><a...3736.37
What Everyone Ought To Know About Failure <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/26/14 and ranks #18 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2536.25
A Clueless Freshman's First Networking Event<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 9/18/14 and ranks #13 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2436.24
AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business SchoolI recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...10536.05
Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework.When I joined the industry, fresh analysts like myself would flit through the morning newspaper like a drowning man who clutches one spar after another for support. Our attempts to stay abreast were as haphazard as that man’s attempts to stay afloat. On page 1, we would read an article...3935.39
Random musings that sound like ventingThere's really no point to this post. TLDR: Sometimes it's just a job with a boss that does boss things. <h3>1) Young PMs in a bull market</h3> 30-something year old <span class='keyword_link'><a...2234.22
Sincere thank you to the WSO Community<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/7/14 and ranks #16 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5833.58
How diversified is your life?<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 08/13/13</em> Reaching for that golden ring of career success, as most of the monkeys here are trying to do, can have significant costs. Some are obvious: preparing for interviews, networking, and getting top grades...5033.50
Just So You Guys Know...<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in August 2007 and it's scary how accurate @bondarb" was in predicting what was to come next:</em> [quote=bondarb]<p>...it is very possible that a big name like Bear or Lehman could flat go...12633.26
The Non-Target Who Didn't Take No For An Answer<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/25/14 and ranks #19 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7332.73
Can a Non Target land a IB SA? With hard work and persistence it definitely is <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/20/14 and ranks #21 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4532.45
Thoughts on HBS (Starting Out)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8931.89
Picking the right Trading jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/6/14 and ranks #25 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4329.43
Interview with Simple As...Hedge Fund Analyst<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/26/14 and ranks #22 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4428.44
Why YOU Aren't Getting Offers<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/16/11.</em> I have been meaning to post something regarding this topic for some time, even though it has been covered to the point of exhaustion. My final breaking point was about 2 weeks ago, when I...8826.88
How finance saved and gave me a life<em>Mod note (Andy): ThrowbackThursday, this was originally posted on 5/18/12</em> A week or two ago there was an article written about how your weight might inversely effect you during the hiring process. During the conversation I dropped some personal information about me losing...5626.56
Need to Brush up on your Accounting Skills?Some of you may have heard that Harvard Business School does not teach introductory accounting classes anymore. One of the reasons is that they use an online accounting software from a BYU professor, who is now providing his course for free. Has some pretty good exposure and some top...5126.51
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive ReviewI’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/suntrust-robinson-humphrey-strh" target="_blank">STRH</a></span> and I wanted...4226.42
Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumes<em>Mod Note (Andy): This was originally posted 12/30/14 and is a great read for those getting prepared for Summer Analyst recruiting</em> We're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team...8725.87
Day in the Life: Hedge Fund Associate - Investment Banking Background<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014, this originally went up April 2014</em> ***To wrap up our conversations on life at a hedge fund (as an associate) we reiterate that this what you should expect if you have an IB background and move to the buy-side at a hedge fund. Again...7125.71
Why I Left A Seemingly Perfect Megafund PE Gig For A Guaranteed Salary of $0.00<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/21/14 and ranks #27 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...14825.48
How to Treat the New Blood: 3 Rules to Follow<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/7/13 </em> Now, most of the posters on WSO aren’t managing anyone yet or even have anyone below them on the totem pole for at least a few years, but those that will (or have) may benefit from this...2125.21
Leaving the buyside<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #26 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11625.16
My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergradThe topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to get hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate?” typically goes along the lines of “it’s a shot in the dark, but yes [insert cliché...7824.78
HF Analyst: The Things I Know For Sure<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/28/14 and ranks #24 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4524.45
Evolution of the Financier<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/6/14 and ranks #28 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4124.41
How I Fought My Way Back (Vol. Bruce Wayne in TDKR)<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/9/13.</em> Hi there, fellow monkeys. Hope all is well. I've been lurking here for a few years and didn't really get to posting until just recently. After some PMs regarding my...3824.38
New To Formal Fashion? Start Here. PT1I spend a bit of time in this part of the forum and consistently and constantly find repeated questions from individuals coming out of college and starting their career regarding suits, shirts, ties, shoes, etc. My goal is to attempt to address every aspect and component you need to know about...6423.64
3 Myths About Excellence That I Used to BelieveThis week, I want to share with you one of the sources that inspired my quest to deconstruct excellence. It was a fascinating (but very long) report in <i>Sociological Theory</i> that made me realize that the three things I thought I knew about what makes great people who they are...4623.46
Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> are out in full...14223.42
UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this is the 2011 Finance-forum post of the year (from Jan 28, 2011). Thanks @Marcus_Halberstram" for a great post!</em> Since it is recruiting season, Im posting a multi-part series on how the whole process works to help the...12823.28
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 2 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/14/14 and ranks #34 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...1423.14
2 Lessons Learned at 22<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/23/14 and ranks #35 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...6022.60
The Comprehensive List of Transfer Friendly Schools For Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/6/14 and ranks #31 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8321.83
Done123123Sorry had to take this away.6921.69
Non-Target Freshman to Hedge Fund Internship <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/29/14 and ranks #36 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5321.53
Performance of Top Tier vs. Bottom Tier Analysts (Q&A in Comments)<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/13/14 and ranks #30 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3221.32
2016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline MegathreadIt's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and WSO search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time! We are all looking for information on timelines and deadlines for every bank...53021.30
Basic Overview of the Consumer Sector<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 12/7/14 and ranks #32 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2521.25
Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & UnemploymentI wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from a non-target school and got my first job within 2 months of graduation. It was a long-term temp.-to-perm. at a <span...1921.19
AMA: Managing Director in the M&A and PE business w/ 20+ years experience <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best Posts of 2014 - this originally went up March of this year </em> I am a 20+ year veteran and Managing Director in the M&A and <span class='keyword_link'><a...13820.38
The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/23/14 and ranks #29 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3720.37
Investment Banking 2014: 6 Things To Know For MBAs<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up on 9/22/14.</em> <em>This comment was originally posted in <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-decline-of-mba-ocr#comment-1180319">The decline of MBA...2620.26
Eight Habits of Top Bucket IBD SummersWhen I was starting out in finance a while back, WSO was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my first real post on WSO and I don't think I've seen one of these posts recently so I thought I'd put it up. With the start of the summer,...2020.20
What It Really Means to Be "Alpha"<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up September 2012</em> I'm fairly new here, and deciding what to write about in a blog entry might seem easy enough, but I'd rather people enjoy what I read than just read it and forget it. So I spent some...30820.08
The Work Always Gets Done<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to read the comment below from @xqtrack" in response to the OP (36 silver bananas): [quote]This is the kind of <span class='keyword_link'><a...9119.91
Ask me anything - Non Traditional Background to MM PE to H/S/WSo here I am, the prodigal son returning. I haven’t been on this site in some time but wanted to write this post to generate some helpful content as a way of saying thank you to Patrick and the rest of the WSO team, as their site played a direct role in my breaking into PE. I am writing this...6119.61
760 on GMAT -- Game PlanHey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...4519.45
Download PDF book collection: Brainteaser and math, Guides, Private Equity, Quant, ResumeIt took almost an half day. If you saw an interesting stuff from the attached photo. PM your email. Later, I will upload these files somewhere. 1319.13
How to negotiate for more money during the interview process<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/22/12</em> So, this question keeps coming up, "if I negotiate with a prospective employer, will I piss them off or ruin my chances?"  I wanted to share the perspective of the person hiring...7518.75
Some more truth about BB Ops and how I got out<center><h3>The Truth About The Back Office</h3></center> Hey guys, so I know there are a few posts about the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back...5018.50
Week 4 of IBD Internship: Initiation<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this was originally posted 10/17/13</em> <em>The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a...3618.36
Non-Target to [Insert Goal Here]I probably receive a few PMs a month from people who are from some variation of an out of favor background for Wall Street/Investment Banking/Private Equity. It varies from institution, to GPA to current professional position, and all of the above. The most common question I'm asked is:...2818.28
DeletexxxSorry folks, people have started sending me creepy messages identifying me. I think it's just a friend f*cking with me, but going to delete this out of an over-abundance of caution. 11618.16
Random Musings on the HF Interview ProcessThis is far from a definitive guide but should give you a high level overview on how to think about the process. I'll update more topics as I find time. <h3>1) Help Wanted</h3> Openings can be sporadic but a few things to keep in mind. There are always one-off openings...718.07
WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!</strong>: <em>Mod Note (Andy): If you're looking for our resume for experienced IB professionals or a <span class='keyword_link'><a...6917.69
REVEALED! Wall Street CEO Facebook Convo<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 10/9/12.</em> <b>WSO EXCLUSIVE:</b> Titans of Wall Street caught in candid conversation on Facebook! Read on below and after the break: <img...5317.53
Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We were in proximity to a banking...3617.36
The Street Before Christmas 2013<em>Mod Note (Andy): Because we miss @"Edmundo Braverman" so much I'm posting up his past "The Street Before Christmas" posts for those who haven't seen them. Here are the links to the previous ones: <a...2017.20
Lateraling GuideI recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top MM and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I gathered and wished people had told me when I went through the process. I also have several friends who also went through this process. Hopefully this will help someone. My...5216.52
Oil and Gas OverviewHopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have done in the past, we will do a sector overview and we will unlikely hit on every aspect (that would require far too much work). If Oil and Gas is not of interest to you, we...3916.39
Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst, but I think now is a better time than any to tell you how I made the jump to private equity from a VERY non-target background. A little bit about me: I graduated from a...2516.25
Demystifying GSO Capital (Blackstone)I’ve been searching info about these guys for a while now. There are few threads on WSO with some insight, but still pretty limited; best source currently is their website. I came across some good 2015 overview <strong>(focus on Europe)</strong> recently that I wanted to share...1916.19
DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-discounted-cash-flow-DCF">DCF</a></span>) <a...1616.16
2016 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to bookmark this page as this will be the cumulative thread for 2016 SA <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>...8215.82
Healthcare Overview... Part 1?By popular demand we’re doing a new overview, this time focusing on healthcare (Finally!). We’re going to keep this simple and stick with three basic buckets. 1) Healthcare Equipment, 2) Bio-Technology and 3) Pharmaceuticals. If there is a lot of demand for an additional space (or...2215.22
MSF Question and AnswerI get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here and allow others to post their questions so everyone can see them and the subsequent answers. Hope this helps. <h3>Summer Analyst...21515.15
Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>5114.51
F*ck the CEO: These 3 People Can Help You More<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/1/13.</em> For a lot of you, the very title of this article probably has you choking on your silver spoon. Shame on you. One of the most important realizations I have come upon since I began my career is it is...3714.37
Sales - debunking 8 MYTHS (From a veteran)I read a lot of misleading information regarding sales jobs in banks on this forum recently (I am lumping sales/sales traders and all products here). I won't mention any particular users, but it got me angry. Given I have not contributed to WSO in a meaningful way in more than a year (apart...3714.37
AMA: Non-Target 2014 grad with 2 off-cycle BB offers (ER & DCM)I've been a long-time WSO reader and have read countless AMA's that have helped me out along the way, and with FT recruiting in full swing I thought it'd be cool to share my story and give whatever advice I could to people in similar situations to myself. So first I'll...3614.36
Five Thoughts on Wall Street Bathroom Breaks<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throw Back Thursday, Originally posted on August, 2012</em> When you work 80-hour weeks regularly and the staples of your diet are $25 Seamlessweb pasta dishes and burger combos, inevitably, nature is going to call – on your office line. For the majority of...12614.26
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...2214.22
My Dating PhilosophyI figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and since people have some strong opinions about this it might lead to something interesting. Besides which a lot of the folks on here who are even younger than I am(or have less...10914.09
What banker careers really look like: real private data<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> The most common arguments on WSO are about what it really takes to make it to Wall Street... and then what your options are if you get there. Working professionals come here to engage in witty banter...20814.08
Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in M7 MBAs, or you're HSW or bust, feel...9413.94
Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> I used to go to this barbershop...7613.76
Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss Keeping with the theme of my article from two weeks ago (regarding cold emails and helping/mentoring the younger crowd) I wanted to take some time to discuss the difference between a boss and a leader and how having one or the other can drastically change your future and career over the...3313.33
Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview <h3>Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview</h3> I think the most useful threads I’ve read on this site were threads from people like @BlackHat" who explained a specific industry in finance and what they do. They always helped while I was in undergrad and was...3213.32
In This Business, You Need A Hobby—I’m A DJ<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap. </em> Things are okay now, but I got...3213.32
A Story of Persistence: If I Can Make It, You Can TooRewind back to October 2011. I was a Senior at a fairly prestigious state school, but it was a non-target university. I was graduating with a major in History, and I believed I wanted to go to Law School eventually. My father and mother both went to Law School and it seemed inevitable that I...2813.28
Quitting time - views on how to leave your jobI've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense to line up another job. With his permission, I've pasted below the advice I gave him on how to tell his current employers that he's exiting. I've made a few tidy up...2713.27
Why I Enjoy Networking with CandidatesI thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who are undergrads or recent hires with advice on how to network into the industry (good fresh perspectives from people who have recently navigated "the system"). I wanted to...1613.16
My Story: From Trading Floor at UBS To Entrepreneur on Kickstarter“I wish I had this chance if I was your age again.” - said my MD when I resigned in April 2013. (He wouldn't let me later go until August) Hi Gorillas, Orangutans, Baboons, Monkeys, and Chimps: I’m a former equity salesperson at UBS Investment Bank (S&T, APAC) that left in...1513.15
The Power of HabitWritten by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, 2012 New York Times bestseller <em>The Power of Habit</em> boasts a ubiquity on recommended book lists that few works from the past few years can match. Because some books age like wine, and some like milk, I usually let...1313.13
How to feel confident and get a job out of networking events<em>Hey ladies and gents! I saw in the Wall Street Journal a big article on the importance of charisma and presence, it inspired @"Ben_KickassAcademy" and I to throw an article together on networking for you guys.</em> You fill out a name card.  Receive a packet of...1213.12
My Biggest Career Mistake to Date: Prestige<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/1/12.</em> I occasionally get PMed by people at colleges I’ve never heard of before, asking if they have a shot at <span class='keyword_link'><a...10613.06
The 7 "Good" Work Habits of Bad Analysts<em>Throwback Thursday: This was originally posted July 2012</em> This is all representative of commonsense (but ultimately bad) advice I got during undergrad and followed blindly during <span class='keyword_link'><a...4812.48
Official Petition to Bring Back Brady4MVPWe, the monkeys of the Wall Street Oasis online community, hereby petition the resurrection of the user famously known as <b>Brady4MVP</b>. Currently said individual is operating under a moniker highlighting the distinction between mba's and muffins, and he is struggling. Having...4212.42
FT Recruiting - Compilation of Helpful WSO Posts <em>Mod Note (Andy): FT Recruiting is closed for some firms but still in full force for others. To help you out we created this compilation post linking to the best FT recruiting related discussions on WSO Hope you find it helpful! </em> Also make sure to check out this thread:...3312.33
Why YOU Aren't Converting Your Interview - DCF Example (No Math)<EM>Inspired by the <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/why-you-arent-getting-offers">"Why YOU Aren't Getting Offers"</a> repost for #TBT.</EM> I just participated in a series of interviews and I was sincerely disappointed. I was...3112.31
WSO 10 Year Anniversary: THANK YOU (10% Off Site Wide for Month of July)As we approach our 10 Year anniversary, I'd like to thank the thousands of members that have made WSO an incredible resource to millions of readers. The last 10 years have been an amazing ride and I can't wait to tackle the next 10! As part of our celebration, we thought a 10% site...3012.30
Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training Mod Note (Andy), <em>throwback thursday, this was originally posted on 6/25/13. The very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our updated <strong><a...2612.26
Leverage and successWhat drives success? Everyone who succeeds credits something different for their success. Some credit hard work. Others credit being in the right place at the right time. Some credit parents, friends, a boss, a wife, the list goes on. The problem with success is that it's hard to...1712.17
MSF Class of 2016Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...71312.13
'Wait.. What?' - Banking BrainteasersI will never forget my first banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-technical-interview-guide">brainteaser</a></span>. ‘So, how would you rate yourself out of 10 in comparison to your...10512.05
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!To complete the trifecta of old, new, and modern classic personal finance books, this is the third book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...3611.36
What I Learned From Both Getting Dream Job And Then Dumped In One DayAlright Monkeys, So I've been a long time user of this site and have wanted to give back for a while - so here goes. Today during my painfully boring Econometrics class I received a call from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...3411.34
Overview of Leveraged FinanceWe have not done an overview in quite some time and needed a post specific to Wall Street. This will elaborate a bit on our hedge fund posts and provide an overview for those that are interested in Investment Banking (You will work closely with Leverage Finance at some point in your career). As...3411.34
Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")Earlier this year I quit my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management consulting</a></span> job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a...3211.32
From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity ResearchI posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have recently made this jump so maybe this can help. Sorry for the long post but it's all relevant to how I made it to <span class='keyword_link'><a...2911.29
Guide to Corporate Finance Job titles- distinguishing between accounting and financeGiven all the discussion and mixed information on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I...2711.27
Cost Estimators: The Bankers of the Construction IndustryRecently guys I have started a career in the construction industry as a project manager and cost estimator for a local company (boutique) and have seen the underlying similarities to the bankers of the financial world. It's also a career most finance and business guys haven't heard...2611.26
How various professionals see the worldRecently I was having a conversion with a buddy who just started a grad job at a large insurance underwriter here in Zurich. He was saying how his perception of the world is changing now that the underlying structure of the global economy is gradually revealing itself to him through his work. He...2411.24
Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!I've been debating whether or not to post this but decided to go ahead with it as I know these sort of posts always spurred me during my darker days! Will just be sharing my story and path from how I went from a pretty poor state school to a non-target university and getting myself a...2211.22
100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...1611.16
The ‘Business Cycle’ frameworkThis post is a follow-up to <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/stop-reading-the-news-thoughtlessly-and-develop-a-macro-framework">one of my earlier posts, ‘Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework’</a> which had generated some interest...1211.12
Life in General Will Cost More Than You Think <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014 - this comment was originally posted in the thread <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-are-exit-opps-really-like-for-mbb-partners">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...10211.02
How PWM really works (part 4): Misconceptions, how we invest, choosing a broker, and my AMAHey everyone, this is way overdue, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. For my 4th and final blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, I wanted...6610.66
AMA: CS/Finance Major -> Software EngineerHey all, Recent graduate here trying to kill time before work starts. I've seen a number of recent posts about people in finance getting burnt out and considering picking up the skillset to become software engineers. I'd be happy to answer any questions about this trade-off, or...4410.44
M&A Interview Questions (Levels 1 through 4)<h3>M&A Interview Questions - Can You Answer All Four? </h3> I have a set of M&A interview questions I like to ask. In my career, I've only had two analyst / associate candidates answer all four levels correctly without coaching. Most people can get Level 1 and...3110.31
The Great Escape - 5 tips for leaving the Back OfficeI like to compare my experience of the Back Office, with one of the final scenes in Lord of the Rings. Towards the end of the Return of the King, there is a moment where Frodo, the hairy footed rapscallion that he is, looks as though he is going to blow everything and keep the one ring for...2210.22
Learn How to Decode Body Language from an FBI GuruThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...1410.14
Reuters IBD Global Review 2015Sup monkeys, here is super detailed analysis of market share, fee share, broken down by division and by industry group and across regions. Should basically answer 90% of questions that get posted on this forum over and over again. (which group is best in x, rank xyz for me etc etc). And all...1210.12
Thinking vs doingIt's not often that one sees a limo for sale, especially on someone's front lawn with a price tag of $2,500. The limo wasn't new, it was a late 1980s model, but it was still a limo. I used to drive past that limo weekly when I was in college. I was intrigued, I had the money to...1110.11
How to Increase Your EQ Score: Emotional Intelligence 2.0This is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...1110.11
AMA: ER Analyst at Top BB (Plus About ER & General Advice) Long-time WSO user, created a new account for this AMA. I got a lot of help from this forum during my recruiting process and I owe a lot to WSO. Wanted to try and give back by offering some insight into <span class='keyword_link'><a...749.74
Gray Fox AMAI've posted here for about five years, but with much less frequency the past year and a half. @xqtrack" @Kenny_Powers_CFA" @BlackHat" and others did similar threads. Earnings season is over and it is relatively quiet, I figured I would do something similar. I've been...639.63
What do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants?I recently received a question from a young monkey looking for a SA position. They asked, "what do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants when you interviewed for your current position?" Below is my response, but I am curious to see what other monkeys would have said....469.46
Prestigious Pete<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 9/22/12.</em> I would like to extend a warm welcome to myself, Prestigious Pete. I am a jealousy amalgam, created from combining all the conceited, self-assured finance super douches into one man called...2349.34
The 48 Laws of Power<i>This is the next book summary from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>, and if you find my...339.33
A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I...309.30
How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-to-be-that-associate">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The...289.28
Notes from a Girl in Consulting (and Finance)I've had a great and interesting journey so far, and to be honest, I'm not sure what I want to do finally - we'll see how it goes. I'm impatient, not detail-oriented, fun loving, not serious - none of the characteristics generally valued in banking or consulting. Yet I...269.26
PERE 50 2015 - Real Estate Private Equity RankingsI haven't seen it posted here and I used to post them annually, so here it is - the 2015 real estate private equity rankings, made up of all the names you would expect. Still, there are some newcomers (Greystar, Almanac) and a couple of big falls and rises. If nothing else, it's good...199.19
Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!All, Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the admins, users and interview guide authors for their commitment and consistent assistance to the WSO community. In 2011, I was thanking the community for the help breaking into investment banking...189.18
Think and Grow RichThis is the second book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/money-master-the-game">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...149.14
Demystifying BAAM (Blackstone)As requested by @MBAGrad2015" in <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/demystifying-gso-capital-blackstone">my previous post (about GSO)</a> and several other users who pm-ed me about BAAM, I decided to start another "demystifying" thread - the...89.08
Discounted Cashflow Valuations (DCF): Academic Exercise, Sales Pitch or Investor Tool?In <a href="http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-dance-of-disrupted-observations.html">my last post</a>, I noted that I will be teaching <a href="http://people.stern.nyu.edu/adamodar/New_Home_Page/equity.html">my valuation class</a>,...79.07
My review of online dating sites If you are a single straight guy living in NYC, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by abstaining from online dating. Yes, I used to look down on these apps as "beneath me," something only desperate losers use. That may have been the case in the past, but it is now the...1029.02
INTRODUCING: The WSO Applicant Database. Take 5 minutes on WSO to Reach Hundreds of Finance Recruiters and Finance CompaniesGiven that we have built up relationships with hundreds of companies and finance recruiters, we thought instead of just a simple job board (which you can find <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-jobs">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...798.79
Don't Ask An Investment Banker What They Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/12</em> When you’re meeting new people, even in casual social situations, the <b>topic of work is never far off</b>. Maybe this is a general commentary on The Texting Generation’s lacking...638.63
AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programsI hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few members who greatly helped me on my journey (<em>Mod Note - I moved the shout outs to bottom of the post)</em>. I got into...558.55
AMA: I'm the President of a $1bn Global Long Short Fund Feel free to ask me anything. I will be on starting at 1pm to answer questions for a couple hours, then will check the post periodically over the next week for new questions. Thanks, -Keith. <b>Bio: </b><em>Keith R. Weiner is the President of Suvretta Capital Management, a...508.50
2015 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APD/ADC!Hi everyone, Thought I'd start a thread for 2015 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3qtvcjr" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1508.50
Ask an Institutional LP anything.Fire away with questions and I'll give my answers/opinions. I've done diligence on everything from early-stage VCs to megafunds. Feel free to PM if your question is sensitive.498.49
How you workIt's miserable weather outside and I'm spending all my weekends sitting at home, not wanting to go out. Eventually watching re-runs gets boring, so I thought I'd type up a thread instead on <strong>how I work</strong>. Someone posted a thread about this sort of...398.39
Can sleeping with a client get an intern fired? I may have made a mistake. A client organization invited us to a business oriented cocktail party. I made decent conversation with one of the clients and a group of the clients and I (with no one else from my firm) went to a bar for drinks. The client in question left with me after the first bar so that we could continue...378.37
3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career<em>This article is originally from <a href="http://www.300hours.com">300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href="http://www.300hours.com/blog/3-important-ways-how-the-cfa-exams-helped-me-outside-of-a-financial-career">read the full article...358.35
Thanks WSO - Finally got an offer!Fellow monkeys! This post is long overdue but I recently received an offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> (think <span...338.33
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>. If you find my summaries to be useful, <a...268.26
Comp Season... things to rememberComp season has passed in my firm. I know it's ongoing at the big banks and happens at various times throughout the year for the big funds. A few observations based on my experiences and conversations with people who work in the industry. If you've been working for 5 years or less,...218.21
Accepted an Offer! - How non-targets can "make it"Hey everyone, (Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post) I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do...208.20
How I went from 10 rejections to one dream internship this year.The background story is here: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/im-so-pathetic-i-cant-get-past-1st-round-interviews">I'm so pathetic--I can't get past 1st round Interviews</a> Finance: <span class='keyword_link'><a...208.20
Why Investors FailAlmost every investing study tells us that buying stocks at a low price to anything results in market beating performance. Even just buying a S&P <span class='keyword_link'><a...168.16
Response to "My Private Equity Recruiting Process" Mod Note (Andy): <em>This comment by @Northsider was posted in direct response to @Candor's post <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/my-private-equity-recruiting-process">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been...158.15
15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer<i>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/18/14.</i> <em>Mod Note (Andy):This is being reposted with permission from HBS professor Deepak Malhotra </em> [quote]Hi Andrew, In case this is of value to WSO, my HBR article on “15 Rules for...138.13
Demystifying the CPA Exam and Designation There’s been a couple of threads that have popped up lately about the CPA exam and whether it would be worth it for the authors try and pass it in lieu of other things, or in their spare time. Some of the comments by other posters lead me to believe there’s a lot of misinformation or...118.11
The Tao of Paris – Reflections on life from a newly 30-year-old Business School student[quote]The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday - Paris Hilton[/quote] When I was 13 years old, I had images of myself at 18. These images, which were somewhat plagiarized from iconic 80s/90s movies, involved me driving a jeep along the beach in Southern...98.09
Is your CEO worth his (her) pay? The Pricing and Valuing of Top Managers!It is the time of the year when stories about CEO compensation are the <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/target-ceos-2014-pay-package-totals-28-2-million-1430227494">news of the day,</a> and investors and onlookers alike get to ask whether a CEO can really be worth tens...88.08
Learning how to Lead: Extracurricular Lessons at Business SchoolWhen I first began applying to business school, I had a very myopic view of what I would learn. I was 27 years old with limited career experience so I incorrectly assumed that my key professional weakness was a lack of technical business knowledge, such as accounting or <span...68.06
Remembering Jimmy LeeJimmy Lee passed away this morning. For those of you who aren't familiar, he was a stalwart of the Street and embodied the character traits that all bankers should try to emulate. Decided to write this post because of the amount of sadistic pleasure in his death that I've seen in...68.06
Ask Me Anything: REPE Investment ProfessionalHi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that WSO has provided a great deal of valuable information and insight to me over the years, I'd like to give back to the community in the form of an interactive,...977.97
2015 FT Recruiting Mega ThreadApplications for <b>full-time analyst</b> positions at the following firms are now open unless otherwise stated. Get after it, monkeys! See you on the Street ;) <b>Front-office <span class='keyword_link'><a...1957.95
CFA Results - 2015Today is the big day we've been waiting for/dreading since early June, when we peeled out of the testing center parking lots, burned our books, and went off to get drunk with our long lost friends. Level I & II results will be released via email today after 9:00 A.M ET. Level III...857.85
Four college kids started a hedge fund. Should I invest?<em>TBT: Originally posted August 2012</em> One of the biggest problems with having large corporations as clients is that there’s so much crap you’re not allowed to invest in actively in order to prevent any potential allegations of insider <span...847.84
Hit Rock BottomLong time lurker, but first time poster here looking for advice. So anyways, I graduated from a non-target, but very well respected school last year with a finance degree. Despite having a 3.87, two boutique PE <span class='keyword_link'><a...717.71
AMA: Incoming IB analyst – international student, survived FT recruiting twice… <p> I've been a long-time browser on WSO and it's definitely helped me out as I recruited for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>...437.43
AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A BoutiqueI had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, and went to a similarly leveled college on the east coast. It's still a...427.42
My FT Recruiting ProcessI've been seeing a lot of posts about FT recruiting and networking, so I decided to share my FT recruiting experiences and offer some advice on the process. <h3>Background: </h3> Non-Target school SA at a MM firm Incoming 1st year at <span...327.32
Exiting Big Four (Audit) after 5 years and entering FP&A - Ask me anythingSpent the past 5 years working for a B4 firm in the Assurance practice and am taking a FP&A Director role within industry in the coming weeks. Happy to answer any questions.317.31
McKinsey Who?Stumbled across this Forbes article from 1999 (link at bottom of post). When reading the first few paragraphs, you could easily think it was written yesterday (aside from the salary #'s). Makes the dotcom bubble of yore feel eerily familiar.... [quote]" <strong>7/26/1999...257.25
AMA: Looking back on the first few months at Tuck After seeing an HBS and CBS thread on their reflections on the first term of their MBA programs, I thought I'd do the same. Thank you to @dabears92 for the format that I'm using below. <b>1.) Recruiting</b> a. <span class='keyword_link'><a...237.23
Alibaba's coming out party: Valued right, but is it priced right?As Alibaba's IPO approaches and the road show kicks into high gear, questions about its accounting, value and corporate governance that came up at the time of the filing of its initial prospectus on May 6, 2014, are resurfacing. Alibaba's banking team announced on Friday that their...127.12
Helping Others GrowCompetition is generally thought of as a good thing but too much of a good thing isn’t good for too long. I was brought up in the kind of intense academic environment where competition gives way to rivalry, sabotage and one-upmanship. Many of you may be part of a similar environment right now....107.10
Case study interview for MBB consulting - 24 of my best tips on how to get inAs a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> case interviewer, I've interviewed a lot of people and have seen people make very small, avoidable mistakes. It's...67.06
Ask Natalie from Accepted about Business School AdmissionsWSO is excited to have the experts from Accepted.com on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. Here is a message from Natalie who will be checking this thread every few days to make sure she is staying on top of questions: I'm here to answer any questions you...1906.90
AMA - Transaction Advisory Senior at Accounting FirmMy story: nontarget undergrad, nontarget MBA, Big 4 auditor for a few years, recently moved to the transaction advisory division of a mid-tier accounting & professional services firm (think McGladrey, Grant Thornton, BDO) in a mid-size city (think Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis). To be a...836.83
Be Careful what you write to HR (Real Life Example)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up March 2008</em> "Go all the way down to the beginning" From: ****, ***** Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:12 PM To: ****, *** Subject: RE: Help This is how I would...756.75
2015 Analyst Salary Bump MegathreadLet's try to keep a running list going as people go through full-time recruiting and even starting for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span> next year....2726.72
Hacks for minimizing the hangover from a night of drinking<p>For most people in finance careers, drinking alcohol is inevitable.</p> <p>Post-work drinks with colleagues, dinner out with clients, or bottles on the weekend with friends—it's going to happen.</p> <p>The upside of all that drinking is the camaraderie...686.68
AMA: Non-Target + <2.7 gpa = EB IB AnalystSo I recently got asked if I would do an AMA in a thread I posted on but declined due to having a unique background and not wanting to be found off-line. But the recent thread by @Nefarious- reminded me of the people that have helped me get to where I am at. So as I mentioned above Im not...646.64
Long TSLA - One Year Later1 year ago I posted an article that argued Tesla was on its way up - <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/long-tsla">Long TSLA</a> - effectively taking the opposite side of a formerly popular poster’s “trade” - (See <a...616.61
"Wife Bonuses" - Allowances of the Upper East SideA New York Times writer put together an article on the wives of rich and powerful men in the upper east side. There's a lot of absurdity in the "national geographic" way the writer describes their lives and an obvious liberal, feminist tilt given the publication, but there is a...606.60
AMA: HY/Distressed Analyst at NYC based Mid-Sized Credit Hedge FundHey all, long time lurker first time poster. Just wanted to share my background and answer questions for those interested. Background: 7 years of investment research experience prior to b-school, mostly in equities (some credit) with half of that on the buyside at a hedge fund; sectors...596.59
The Pussy Generation according to Clint EastwoodArticle from Elite Daily. Normally I don't care to read this stuff but this one was entertaining. Curious to hear your thoughts. My take? I don't particularly care one way or the other, so long as it doesn't affect my ability to make money. Enjoy the read, but don't think...466.46
The Allure of Africa: Why I am Passionate about Opportunities on the Continent When I graduated from college in 2007, I moved to Beijing hoping to find exciting opportunities within emerging markets. In my off-hand discussions with American expatriates, family friends, and my own observations, I got the feeling I had arrived in China 20 years too late. The major cities...436.43
AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund TraderI did one of these before a couple years back when i was on the sellside, and figured why not do another one since these threads seem to get a lot of traction and provide a lot of useful info for kids. My background: -Discretionary trader at a large hedge fund, focusing on credit and...396.39
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Congratulations to the 2014 Forum Member of the Year: DickFuldWinning by an astounding margin (31% of the votes vs 15% ), congratulations to user @"DickFuld" for winning the 2014 WSO Member of the Year vote. Also congratulations to to @thebrofessor for coming in second with 15% of the votes. @"IlliniProgrammer" and...306.30
Greece: A History of Financial DisasterDionysius the Elder, a ruler in ancient Greece, ran up massive debts to pay for his multiple military campaigns. His solution? Change every drachma into two drachmas. Pulling money from nowhere to cover massive debts has seemed to be a monetary policy throughout Greek’s history. First, let...306.30
Used B-School to Move From Back Office to IBD Associate at 25I'm using a throwaway, but I've been on WSO for the last three years trying to move from a F500 back-office job Into M&A. I'm 25 and just landed an Associate gig at an elite boutique in M&A. I figured I would outline my story, and give back to the community by answering...276.27
WSO Campus Representative Program WSO is now accepting applications to be a Campus Rep at your university for the 2015-16 school year. We are looking for motivated students with a solid work ethic and strong presentation/communication skills who are willing to commit until May 2016. Phone interviews will be conducted during...1256.25
Hard work and sacrifice will get you only so far<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post by @SSits" is a comment originally posted in this thread <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/karoshi-death-from-overwork-on-wall-street#comment-1292989">"Karōshi": Death from Overwork on Wall Street"</a> and...246.24
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 <span class='keyword_link'><a...186.18
We Are All Here to Feel a Little Stress<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> Quick story from the associate...176.17
The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSOMy 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 <a...166.16
Guide to building a successful career at ONE company: Internal NetworkingI just came out of a networking experienced hire event at my company and thought it would be good to share some thoughts on internal networking (specifically for Corporate Finance, but industry in general). I haven't seen anything on this site about this and I guess it makes sense, being...146.14
The Forgotten Cousin of Finance: Commercial InsuranceSo I have thought about doing something over this field for quite awhile but didn't know how much to go into and whatever. Depending on the response I will depends on whether I will expand further. I really wanted to talk about the position of Commercial Underwriter. Specifically...136.13
Wall Street Prep's $10 Financial Modeling Courses until July 29th at Udemy.comHey guys, Udemy.com is offering <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/" target="_blank">Wall Street Prep</a></span>'s <span class='keyword_link'><a...136.13
7 Tips on Reneging So you were a summer intern at Company A and got a return offer for FT after you graduate. Congratulations! Except now that you’re half way through the fall semester you are starting to have doubts on whether you should have accepted that offer. Or maybe you were approached by a recruiter from...126.12
How I Limit Anxiety, Stress, and RegretA few weeks ago I wrote a post for WSO that received a lot of traffic and comments: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/why-i-quit-my-job-aka-regrets-of-the-working">Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")</a>. I talked about how the...96.09
But why aren't there activists?A recurring theme to many of my posts on small caps is the reader question "Why aren't activist investors involved?" For a lot of small undervalued situations the solution to undervaluation looks simple on paper. An activist investor buys shares, they distribute or sell assets...76.07
Billion-dollar Tech Babies: A Blessing of Unicorns or a Parcel of Hogs?A unicorn is a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicorn">magical beast</a>, a horse-like, horned creature that is so rare, that even in mythology, you almost never run into a blessing of unicorns (which, I have learned is what a group of unicorns is called). It was...76.07
Cold Calling Best Practices I’ve never been one to take the usual routes to success. The normal application process has never been my thing. Therefore, I tend to go about gaining positions and opportunities by just talking to some strangers. Or, as many call it, Cold Calling. Now, much like the yawn-and-stretch move,...66.06
Random Musing on Mr. MarketAgain take everything I say with a grain of salt... <h3>1) Are we happy yet value investors? </h3> A while ago, I was once asked if I was happy. It was a weird question since I'm generally a happy person but this investor thought I wasn't expressing an appropriate...56.05
Groundhog day in Greece, Hijinks in Brazil and Market Chaos in China: Pictures of Global Risk - Part I<div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-7072515807443754721' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr"...36.03
AMA - I'm an Equity Analyst/PM at an Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): this ama is now closed, thanks again to N164 for answering all the q's!</em> I've been in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">Asset...1026.02
Dealing with Low Interest rates: Investing and Corporate Finance LessonsA few months ago, I tagged along with my wife and daughter as they went on a tour of the Federal Reserve Building in downtown New York. While the highlight of the tour is that you get to see large stacks of US dollars in the basement of the building, I considered making myself persona non grata...26.02
What's the hardest interview question you were ever asked?<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 6/4/12.<em> <em><strong>Andy note:</strong> some of the quotes below were published on CNBC / Yahoo awhile back: <a...2985.98
AMA - London IBD to megafund PEHi all, Happy to answer London-specific questions on recruiting. Pretty keen on anonymity so probably won't give much detail about my background, but could answer questions on <span class='keyword_link'><a...785.78
Why I Bought A House<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> Some context is needed. Yes, I...615.61
ASIA 2015 IBD SA RecruitingFeel free to post where you applied to and heard back from regarding 1st rounds and superdays! Just thought this would be a great way to give people a heads up on when to expect the banks' decisions.3535.53
AMA: Non-target undergrad to MBBHi all, Been using this site throughout my college career, and it's really helped me out so I think it's time to give back. I love reading success stories on the site, especially non-target ones, so I thought I'd share my own in order to help others who are trying to get jobs,...505.50
Marine Officer/Aviator Ask Me AnythingI'm pretty new to the forum and have been using it as a very useful informational supplement to my post-USMC career. I have been Pm'ed by several guys about flying/military in the short time I've been on the forum. I was also surprised to see how many of the young guys/girls were...495.49
In the market for a cat -- most prestigious breeds?All, As the title suggests, I am in the market for my first cat and was hoping to get your suggestions on breeds. It can be tough to regularly socialize with the hours at work, and it would be nice having some company around the apartment. Are there any breeds that are known to be...485.48
I Didn't Think It Could Get Any Worse I was just shown a LinkedIn profile of a kid working as an Analyst who had a list of the offers he'd received through recruiting on his LinkedIn. Jesus Christ children! See picture attached to post. 485.48
10 Benefits of Working/Living Abroad, Part 1Here are some things I thought of that the younger monkeys may enjoy to read. A few notes about my bio are at the bottom of the page. If you are a single male (no children) with the ability to earn dollars/pounds/euros remotely, the world is your oyster, here's why: <ol> ...435.43
FT start dates mega threadI was wondering if anyone knows when the New York FT start dates are for different banks. Bulges: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span>: July 13th <span...405.40
Over-HypedSo Im sitting around this evening (Out of the office) and just wanted to share my insights in IB. I work at a top EB and by pretty much all definitions am a gunner. I have taken on an average of 2/3 staffings a week since starting. Ive picked up double weekend staffings and double friday...405.40
Ex-McKinsey consultant here answering questions for at least a couple daysLeft "The Firm" a little over a year ago. I've been meaning to do this and just never got around to it; no time like the present! I'm doing an AMA at r/consulting on reddit as well, in case you run across that. I joined <span class='keyword_link'><a...1385.38
Looks like 2015 ManagementConsulted Salary numbers are outThoughts? <!--break!> http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-salaries/2015-management-consulting-salaries-undergraduate-mba-interns/335.33
Gates’ vs Waltons: How much will you leave to your kids?I haven’t seen this topic discussed much on WSO. When it comes to inheritance, the common wisdom is that when parents pass on, whatever they have goes to their kids. Clearly, this choice is considerably harder for the wealthy than for the rest of population. Considering that a huge percentage...335.33
This Shirt Might Change Your LifeWe've seen a lot of really cool stuff come out of Kickstarter, but this might be something you can use everyday. I'll let the video speak for itself, but this might handle the problem of fitted shirts being too tight and regular shirts being too baggy. <iframe...275.27
Money: Master the GameHello fellow primates, I've been a WSO contributing blogger for several years now, but just started this account on WSO to correspond with a personal blog I recently launched, <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">Deconstructing Excellence</a>. In this...255.25
Charles Aris 2015 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study releasedI've seen a lot of questions about salary progression and exit-ops salaries for ex-consultants. I found this, it is very helpful. <a href="http://charlesaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Charles-Aris-Strategy-Consulting-Compensation-Study-2015.pdf">Here is the...255.25
How to sellMany people struggle with the concept of being a salesperson and what it means to sell. The image of a dirty used car salesman is often what comes to mind.  The reality is that sales are the revenue driver in almost every industry.  I want to share a few tips on how to become a better...215.21
My Journey From Corporate Finance to IBD via a Full-Time MBA Program - Part 1After reading the forums and taking the advice of contributors for several years I have decided that it is now time for me to give back to the WSO community. I am matriculating at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business this fall as a full-time MBA student with the intentions of...205.20
What do you love and hate most about working in IB?Just curious, what do you all love and hate the most about working in investment banking? I'm referring to tasks, not hours or people or anything like that. I'll start. I love modeling. I really hate filing/tracking company records for compliance. I imagine that's not something...205.20
A girl on tumblr wrote a guide on targetting different types of bankers for money....I follow the investment banking and economics tag on tumblr for study notes and stumbled upon this post. I thought it I'd post it on here for reference for people of all levels. I can't post links but if you search said tags those on tumblr the post is still up and it led me to a whole...1185.18
WSO Monkey at OWS Videos<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 11/16/11. I was talking with my brother the other day about this (he was the photographer for it) and I thought "yeah I should put that post back up!"</em> Last week we sent our very own mascot...165.16
Signs your banker is bullsh*tting to youThe first time you watch your office's BSD director walk into a client meeting and, in between grovelling, tell a client flat out bullshit without blinking is a common experience for analysts and associates. You know he knows he's bullshitting. You know he knows you know...145.14
I Got a FT JOB: Non-target to S&TI've been debating for a bit of time whether to post my story or not, and figured it would be best to do so to help motivate some others in a current situation. Let me start off with some background. I go to a non-target school with a sub 3.0 <span...145.14
Value investing mythsIf something is repeated often enough people will eventually start to believe it. &nbsp;<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3b4fmvt" target="_blank">Buffett</a></span> always buys "good" companies, and Graham...135.13
21 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBAI just saw this posted from Inc Magazine. These are definitely worth watching. Enjoy! (link inside post) <!--break--> <a href="http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/21-short-videos-worth-more-than-an-mba.html">21 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBA</a>85.08
Conversation with an Equities Sales TraderUpdate: I was speaking to a guy in Australia on the cash equities desk at a BB. Just edited the post for the US/global audience, cut out slangs about kangaroos and shit. Hey guys, I think it's about time to post something since I have been a member for couple years now. The following is...65.06
The Floor<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> As you guys probably know by now,...65.06
I'm a London-based Distressed Debt Analyst - AMA I did 1 year at one of the top restructuring shops (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/blackstone-group">BX</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...694.69
AMA: Internal Wholesaler at a Mutual FundI work at a large MF in the Northeast as an internal wholesaler. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically inside sales. I make outbound dials to financial advisors to sell them our mutual funds among other things. I have over 4 years of work experience and am going...624.62
Ask DickFuld May 2015Ready to answer questions...2584.58
"A Son Never Dies" by Sunil Gupta - Moving Letter from a Father of an Ibanking Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to see the comment below by user @DickFuld"</em> <P> This letter was cited in the DealBook here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/business/dealbook/reflections-on-stress-and-long-hours-on-wall-street.html?ref=dealbook - Unfortunately the...544.54
"RBS Is Going To Go Ahead And Take Those First Year Job Offers Back"Ouch.... Will this happen at any other banks or just RBS? Anyone personally affected by this? Also if this is to be expected (as some of you have mentioned) why would anyone accept an offer with them unless it's his/her only hope? From NYT Dealbook: [quote]“Hearing from incoming...524.52
TMT Internet Industry Outlook ReportI have some great reports. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-technology-media-telecommunications-TMT">TMT</a></span>, Internet Industry reports by BBs. One report is on 2015 U.S. Consumer...514.51
Adderall is creating a Brave New WorkplaceThere is no better place than WSO to ask this - <strong> are psychostimulants gradually becoming mandatory workplace drug in the US? </strong> Americans work longer hours and take fewer vacations than most others in the developed world. And God knows people in finance get worked...514.51
Finished Busy Season in B4 Audit: AMAHi all, I'm about done wrapping up my busy season and as such, I'm open to answering any questions people may have about working in Big 4 audit as a first year. I know some senior associates have done an AMA, but I haven't seen one for first years, so if anyone wants to learn...464.46
AMA: Non-Target, Non-Major, Low GPA - Reflections About Grad School and How it Helped Me Break onto the StreetI’ve been a member of WSO for the past four years and frequently I have seen questions regarding the potential benefits of graduate school, specifically on the value it provides when trying to break onto the Street. So, I thought I would share my story, and the thought process I used when...394.39
Straight RazorRecently started using one. Love it. Good article from artofmanliness on the subject (link inside post): [quote]<b>Shave Like Your Great Grandpa: The Ultimate Straight Razor Shaving Guide</b> Our very first post on the Art of Manliness was a introductory guide to shaving...354.35
How I use books to prevent burnout (plus my top 5 from the past year)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Alistair also has a webinar coming up with us on 7/13 at 7pm, see the event page <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/event/webinar-signs-youre-getting-burned-out-and-what-to-do-about-it-7pm-et-71315">here.</a></em> I am obsessed with...344.34
General Real Estate DiscussionI was thinking we should have a place to bs about real estate in general - things we're working on, successes we've had lately, etc. For me - today is the last day of my pre-grad school REPE <span class='keyword_link'><a...304.30
Are we in a bubble?The phrase ‘bubble’ is thrown around very liberally these days. We had the ‘dot-com bubble’ almost two decades ago, the ‘housing bubble’ almost a decade ago, and depending on who you ask—we are in a ‘tech bubble’ right now. The bubble I am writing about today is near and dear...294.29
ANSWERED: Most Common Resume QuestionsHaving helped hundreds of monkeys fix up their resumes, I've found that a few questions come up again and again. These questions account for over 90% of the major mistakes people make on their resume. While these topics are geared towards newer monkeys, if people one day start fixing these...274.27
Non-target to BB IBD SA Offer as a SophomoreI have been an avid reader of WSO for the past couple of years and the stories that I have enjoyed reading the most are about non-target kids breaking into Wall Street. I always looked at them with admiration and dissected every article to gain the most valuable information possible to use in my...264.26
The weak post-MBA finance job marketWhat's going on here? I'm a 2nd year at a M7 b-school graduating soon, and aside from banking, finance job market has been horrendous. On-campus recruiting was mostly banks and some long-only mutual funds. The people who wanted banking got it, but aside from that there are very few...1264.26
Top 20 Hedge Funds ListExcellent 2015 edition of the Barron’s Best 100 Hedge Funds list. Many of the funds on the list fly under the radar on WSO. I am sure that people working in the industry have heard about most of those these funds, but probably ca. 50% have never been discussed/mentioned around...254.25
Goldman Sachs 2015 Veterans Integration ProgramA great opportunity for Veterans who are separating from the military and seeking a career in financial services, the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman...2224.22
I came across my father's HBS 30th Reunion profile book...My father is a graduate of Harvard Business School. HBS's alumni association (not exactly sure if it's actually the alumni association, but I am guessing it is) creates a "profile" book for each graduating class of HBS every 5 or 10 years (any year that there is a class...224.22
Debunking the Myth of the NFL's Tax Exempt StatusIt’s been a bad year for the NFL. Sure, they generated over $9 billion of revenue in 2013, but consider the scandals and controversies of the past year alone – Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, the Washington Redskins, concussions and player safety, the fact that the <em>Jacksonville...164.16
How I moved from backoffice to Commercial Banking to Investment Banking/Private Equity (coming from a non-target school)Dear All, I'd like to share my experiences with you to let you know that it is possible to work for a private equity firm or <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment...164.16
11 Tips of Speaking Publicly Your heart is pounding, palms are sweaty, you’re weak at the knees, and you are nervous as you can be. Anxiety starts to set in, you start to have thoughts about what they think about you and you try to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.jdoasis.com/"...164.16
Winter Break's Internship HuntNow that the holidays are over, my extended family is gone and kids in my area are back in school. The thrill of being home has subsided with two responsibility-free weeks still ahead of me. After contemplating how I'm going to be spending the rest of my time at home, I finally decide to...134.13
End of elitismSomething I've witnessed working for almost 3 years in the industry is the beginning of an end of elitism in banking. I'm at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...1124.12
Thoughts on Goldman vs Lending ClubThe NY Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/business/dealbook/goldman-to-move-into-online-consumer-lending.html?_r=0">had a report</a> last week that <span class='keyword_link'><a...124.12
Your First Non-Compete AgreementI have little doubt that many of you, at some point in your careers, will have to sign a non-compete agreement. This is a fairly obvious observation since many of you are/will become big time players, and big time players have access to very important information that companies will want to...94.09
What do you want to know about getting a VC job?Hey guys and gals, I'm going through the VC interview process now and working on documenting what I'm learning. May end up putting out an ebook or something (ideally co-written with someone with more experience). It seems like there aren't a ton of great resources out there...94.09
Non Target & No Internships to Target with Multiple OffersHey guys. So This past week I received offers from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Strats and <span class='keyword_link'><a...74.07
The Aging of the Tech Sector: The Pricing Divergence of Young and Old Tech CompaniesAs the NASDAQ approaches historic highs, Apple&#8217;s market cap exceeds that of the Bovespa (the Brazilian equity index) and young social media companies like Snapchat have nosebleed valuations, there is talk of a tech bubble again. It is human nature to group or classify individuals or...64.06
An introduction to Shadow Banking in ChinaIn the chaos that defined the period following 2008, China stood, as it appeared, unscathed and emerged as perhaps the only significant economy with growth in a world where growth was in short supply. How did China do this? The answer lies in credit. The Chinese financial system in 2008 was as...64.06
NorthSider's Semi-Regular, Curated Linkwrap - November 2014All too often lately, it seems, I am behind on replying to private messages. Though it is my sincerest intention to follow up on each item in my backlog, there is one question I receive more than all others: <b>Which newspapers, blogs, periodicals, books, editorialists, academics, etc. do...54.05
The value imposersI was riding on a ski lift with an apparently successful investor from New Zealand. Each January he flew to Utah to ski for three weeks with his family. I couldn't even imagine how much airfare and lodging must have cost. Our conversation naturally drifted to investing. He asked what...54.05
The Small Cap Premium: Where is the beef?For decades, analysts and investor have bought into the idea of a small cap premium, i.e., that stocks with low market capitalizations can be expected to earn higher returns than stocks with higher market capitalizations. For investors, this has led to the pursuit of small cap stocks and funds...54.05
Esset Koyal Group Capital Management: Tesla Powerwall Akun hyvä alku vihreämpää maaSen lisäksi luksusautojen Tesla on nyt uusi yritys, joka voisi pikakäynnistys laajamittainen siirtyminen perinteisistä energialähteistä uusiutuviin niistä. Teslan toimitusjohtaja Elon Musk käynnistettiin tänä viikonloppuna Tesla energia sviitti, valjastaa voiman auringon asuin- ja...54.05
The sky over Shanghai is yellow. Observations about the Chinese Equity Crisis <h3>Preface</h3> During these past few months, I’ve had courtside seats to the circus the Chinese equity market has been putting on. Working as a summer intern at a private equity firm out of Shanghai’s financial district, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from some very smart...54.05
Take The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) For Free Online And Gain Free Access To Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)<center><img src="http://i57.tinypic.com/16c9utw.png"></center> Use the promo code “WSOHOLIDAY” to take the <a href="http://about.bloomberginstitute.com/students/bloomberg-aptitude-test/">BAT</a> for free online between December 19th and...44.04
How FED talks affect the rest of the world! In the last <a href="http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/fomcminutes20140730.pdf">Federal Open Market Committee meeting</a> (29-30 July 2014) the board members signalled greater focus on monetary tightening. This to be achieved by gradual tapering of the...34.03
BULL MARKET UNIVERSITY<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> In my to-read pile has been some...34.03
Cheat sheet to understand ‘Stress Test’ Results <p> Stress testing in the context of <a href="http://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/content/help/institution%20type%20description.htm">Bank Holding Corporations</a> (BHC) or what is formally known as the <strong>Comprehensive Capital Analysis and...24.02
CFA Level 1: How Spaced Repetition Improves MemoryWhen studying for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/cfa-training-free-trial-learn-signal" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Level 1, are you having trouble remembering the concepts you reviewed last month? Or...24.02
2014 WSO Community Rankings. Investment Banks (Part 1 of 10): Release ScheduleFor the first time ever, over 10 weeks (starting right after Thanksgiving) we are releasing comprehensive rankings on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment...04.00
King ObamaAll politics aside, how can liberals or Obama supporters not fully condemn this man? Besides the fact that he decides to just act unilaterally when he can't get his way, how is basically allowing 5 million more people to stay and engage in this country a good thing for the core, Democrat...993.99
I miss the 90s/ early 2000'sThat was, in my opinion, the GOAT time period for music: - Incubus - Staind - Vertical Horizon - Linkin Park - Puddle of Mudd - Nirvana - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Lenny Kravitz Etc. Every time I just lay back and listen to any of the above I have an eargasm. Post your favorite...873.87
Is WSO dyingHi All, I've been a long term active submitter for WSO and I cant help but feel its a dying website. Be it post quality or post frequency the site seems to be declining. What are your thoughts?733.73
How to deal with the biggest weakness question<em>Mod Notes (Andy): this was originally posted on 9/26/12</em> <strong> <em>Interviewer: "So... what's your biggest weakness?"</em></strong> To be honest, I think the biggest weakness question is one of the most bullshit questions you...703.70
AMA: Wells Fargo Financial Analyst Program/ Commercial BankingHere is my overdue write up on Wells’ FAP and thoughts on the process/ program. This is most applicable to Commercial Banking or CRE divisions. I applied with less than 1 year experience, got the offer, and ultimately declined - - they countered w/ better corporate title, base, sign-on,...603.60
Questions Hall of FameCollection of the best WSO questions of all time543.54
If you could do it all over...Knowing what you know now what career path would you have taken? or If you were me, what would you do for a career? I spent the past 10 years flying a military jet, I'm going to a top 10 business school this fall. The ONLY experience I have outside of the military or high school...543.54
2015 IBD Analyst Bonuses'Tis the season. So far, I've only seen posts on speculation. Would like to get a post started with actual #'s (or percent of salary). Anyone receive numbers yet?523.52
Wells Fargo Employee emails CEO asking for a $10,000 raiseA <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/wells-fargo-and-company">Wells Fargo</a></span> employee sent an email to the CEO, John Stumpf, he also CC'd 200,000 other <span...1493.49
Ever Want to Just Say "F*@k it" and Move to Thailand?Lately I've been fantasizing a lot about moving out to Southeast Asia. I have a great job; it's challenging and pays me reasonably well, and frankly a lot of MBA's would probably love to be in this seat. But imagine just moving out to one of the islands in Southern Thailand (Ko...473.47
What Do Guys Like to Eat?So, I've been thinking about this recently... I'm content being single right now because I have so much going on, but I do want to eventually get married one day and it seems that, regardless of how successful a woman is, it is still important to have some domestic skills and it seems...433.43
Long term, concentrated, deep fundamental investingI often hear this combination of terms bandied about. Is there anyone at a shop who has a mandate like this? What is your process/edge? Are there any classic books you'd recommend as a practitioner of this style of investing?413.41
Financial & Valuation Modeling Boot-Camp<strong><span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso35/wsoasis/">Financial modeling</a></span></strong> is a skill that any investment banking analyst will have to master. Although the majority of <span...403.40
LOCATION CHANGED - WSO Chicago Happy Hour: Weds. December 17th, 6:30pm, Emerald LoopWho: Finance professionals and college students of drinking age. What: A WSO Meetup Why: Meet your fellow primates. <strong>Where: Emerald Loop, 216 North Wabash (Corner of Wabash & Haddock)</strong> When: Weds. Dec 17th, 6:30pm - 11pm (most people stayed til last...403.40
Books that inspired youWhat are some of your personal favorites or books that simply inspired you? The books don't have to be business/finance related. 1393.39
Ask Me Anything: First-Year at MBBHey WSO, I used to be fairly active on this forum but ever since I started at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span>, I got way too busy (no surprise there). I'm about...1393.39
BIG NEWS: 2014 WSO Compensation Report is OUT!Dear WSO Community, I'm pleased to announce the release of the <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-annual-compensation-reports">2014 WSO Compensation Report</a></strong>! We had another great year with even MORE entries than last year...383.38
Friends with age/career/wealth Hi, So I just wanted to see what some of your experiences have been over your lives, whether you're relatively young or not. I'm a partner at a nice firm, have ample free time and live very comfortably. I also have a great wife and am quite content with life. Despite this,...383.38
AMA: Recent Quitter from Fixed Income S&T to StartupsHello. I am new to the WSO blogger community; this is my first post. I went to a semi-target and interviewed during the crisis, when company presentations & on-campus workshops pretty much dried up. WSO was a crucial source for me when I started finance recruiting in late 2007, and...363.36
AMA: Gas Scheduler to Gas TraderI embark on my journey as a Trader in two weeks, as I just gave my two week notice from a shop in Houston to the East Coast. Going from a NG Scheduler to a NG Trader/Scheduler, still young (3-ish years since UG). You can read more about my background here: <strong><a...363.36
AMA Boutique Investment Banking AnalystI'm currently an analyst at an industry focused boutique located in the NY area(throwaway account to protect identity). At the risk of being screamed at for having no prestige, I'd like to answer people's questions on life at a leading boutique covering a specific industry....353.35
30 Day ChallengeI listen to a lot of Bill Burr and Tim Ferriss podcasts. Maybe it’s because of that, in combination with a few other personal interests, that I’m also interested in people’s experiences in how they try to better themselves. Ferriss might be the ultimate personal guinea pig, while Burr...343.34
AMA: Restructuring Analyst at Top BBHi all, happy to answer London-specific questions on recruiting. Long-time WSO user, created a new account for this AMA. I got a lot of help from this forum during my recruiting process and I owe a lot to WSO. Wanted to try and give back by offering some insight into recruiting, exit opps and...303.30
AMA: Non-target to Fixed Income S&T Analyst Hey WSO, happy to answer your questions today and tomorrow. I can answer any questions regarding: <ul> <li>networking</li> <li>application process</li> <li>interviewing/interview prep process</li> <li>recruiting process</li> ...293.29
Meredith Whitney shuts down hedge fund because...well...she blew itThis is what happens when you think you're smarter than everybody because you were right once (see: Citigroup stock price, 2007-2009). from WSJ:[quote]Meredith Whitney shut her fledgling hedge fund, a setback for the ex-banking analyst who became one of Wall Street’s highest-profile...293.29
Acquisitions- Hired to be Fired?I work at a small real estate investment shop as an asset manager. We have 17 buildings in major and secondary markets along the east coast, probably around $750mm AUM. I started here about 8 months ago along with an acquisitions guy. He was formerly an analyst at a major player and left a...283.28
MSF Class of 2017With the MSF recruiting cycle quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to create an updated MSF thread for everyone applying to the 2016-2017 MSF cycle. Feel free to post questions for this years upcoming applications here. I will answer what I can. Good luck everyone! 273.27
2015 Predictions - a collection of major firms' predictionsAfternoon Monkeys, I find this time of year fascinating, as economists, investors, and talking heads all hurl out prognostications about what the world is going to do in 2015. Some are very specific and grab headlines, others are broader so they run a smaller risk of being wrong. I think...253.25
2014 in Film: A Most Vibrant YearIt’s that time of the year folks. With 2014 concluded, it’s time for another look into the very best industry: film. This past year I managed to see 25 films in the theater, which I’ve attempted to capture below. Enjoy. <u><b>Films</b></u> Wild The Imitation...223.22
Can we get a STICKY for our RE board for a) Underwriting models to be posted/shared; b) Current salary comps across industryWhat do you guys think? This would be very useful to many of us.223.22
Most Prefteejus High School?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 9/27/12.</em> I was talking to a female friend of mine who happens to be an atheist last week, and she was telling me about how she attended a church in NYC just to get into the good books of the head of admissions...1193.19
"It is different this time." - Rate hikes, Dollar strength, S&P 500 correction incoming?Is it really different this time round? More often than not that phrase tends to go around the room, with various reasons justifying how the current scenario is different from the previous ones and the implications around it. Whilst backward looking, history tends to be one of our favourite...193.19
AMA: Consulting > F500 > bschool/startupsHey all - been part of the community for several years now. Figured it was my time to lead one of these. Background: worked several years in management consulting before transitioning to a strategy position at a F500 company. <!--break--> Also recently accepted to a number of M7...193.19
WSO passes 300k registered accounts...I missed the exact date it happened (now at 306k) but wow this site has grown quickly over the last two years! 100k reached on 10/9/12: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/wso-hits-100000-members 200k reached on 12/11/13:...173.17
Georgetown University MSF Program - In PersonHey guys, just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Just spoke with the program and they are going to be rolling out a flex option for students. There will still be the remote option for those working around the country, but there will also now be an on campus option for those local or wanting to...173.17
IB INTERVIEW ALERT: NEW 2014 Version of WSO Investment Banking Prep Pack Released!<b>Another 100+ Questions Added...Now Over 500+</b>: We've sifted through 2 THOUSAND+ more questions submitted to the WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database">Company...163.16
Who Taught You Math???<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this originally was posted on 11/29/12.</em> We. Are. So. <em>Screwed.</em> It's no secret that the educational quality in the United States has been on the decline for well over a decade. But I had no idea exactly...1153.15
What does it take to be a competent investment analyst?A competent analyst is one who has an above-average ability to generate satisfactory investment returns (well know examples will include Ben Graham, Walter Schloss, Warren <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3b4fmvt"...153.15
"Karōshi": Death from Overwork on Wall StreetIt's 2015, and people in America are <em>literally </em>working themselves to death. Let the insanity of this situation sink in for a second. In a country with more wealth and opportunity than any before it in history, young people like <a...153.15
Lehman’s Fuld, 7 Years Later, Says ‘Perfect Storm’ Caused Crisis [UPDATED][quote]Richard Fuld Jr., the man at the helm of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. when it collapsed in 2008, said a “perfect storm” of events caused the financial crisis.[/quote] Maybe this is why I haven't seen any comments from @DickFuld" today.. I guess this means he is the...143.14
Wal-Mart: The New Consumer Banking Powerhouse?In just a few short weeks, you’ll finally be able to fulfill your lifelong dream of opening a checking account at Wal-Mart! Ok, well, maybe that’s not exactly on the bucket list for anyone here. For millions of “unbanked” and “underbanked” Americans, however, this could be...123.12
How to eat healthy while living in a hotel<body> I worked as a management consultant for 4 years. For 2 of those years I traveled, living in hotels 4-days a week. In total I spent over 250 nights in a hotel. There are good and bad aspects to long-term weekly travel, but in this post I am focusing on one of the...123.12
Procrastination [insert better title later]<em>Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.</em> -Mark Twain We have all had troubles resulting from the delay of work, but does that necessarily mean our troubles were borne out of procrastination? Looking at a recent article out of <a...123.12
Blitzed Smashed and Drunk: Cocktails to End the Summer OnLabor Day marks the end of the “Summer Season”. No more white after Labor Day. The Seersucker Suit gets put back in the closet. We may still have an Indian summer to prolong the warmth and feel of the summer before slowly easing us into the fall. The start of the NFL Season is right around...113.11
AMA: Australian IB (+ life, etc.)All, I have some free time over the next couple of days and I've seen a few posts asking about Australian IB, getting a job in Australia, life in Australia etc. over the last few weeks so thought I'd do an AMA for anyone interested. Happy to answer questions about Australian IB,...1113.11
The Importance of LinkedIn for StudentsI am a rising sophomore and aspiring buy-side analyst at a Canadian university. I thought I'd share the importance of LinkedIn and how it has helped me contact alumni and expand my network. I attend a small school with a tight knit alumni base. Due to its smaller size compared to other...113.11
Mid-Market PE Valuations: Where Up is DownWith U.S. stock markets near record highs, and M&A activity on-track for another big year, there has been much commentary about whether markets have once again detached from intrinsic value. By and large, the labour market has returned to normality, the housing market has recovered, and...113.11
A Q&A Interview: Recruiting, Bonus Bucket Placement, And Starting A BusinessWhat’s up guys and gals! Ben from <a href="http://www.charismaoncommand.com/">Charisma On Command</a> here, and today I’ve got a fun Q&A interview to share with you. Why? Because I had a reader email me recently with a bunch of thoughtful questions about starting...103.10
A guide to the Words of Wall Street New Folks take a peakSo as I've stated in several threads I'm new to the IB culture. Working on educating myself on all aspect, but as with any map you need a legend or it it useless. Ive comprised a list of Vocab word definitions that had been advised as being helpful when holding conversations or any...93.09
Hedge Fund Reinsurance: Why hedge funds care about (re)insuranceThere seemed to be some interest in my previous article, where I gave a very basic outline of what the New York Department of Insurance calls ‘Shadow Insurance’ transactions via the use of captives. Given the interest in insurance as a topic, I have decided to test the waters again write...93.09
Tips for Conversations with RecruitersFT recruiting is in full swing, which means it's the season for lots of phone calls, emails, and info sessions. As a recruiter in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management...83.08
2nd Thoughts About HBSI was fortunate to be accepted into HBS round 1, and am now weighing my options. I was also accepted to Booth(w/ 70K), Kellogg(w/ 90K), Tuck (full tuition), Yale SOM (full tuition), and McCombs (full tuition). Although HBS was my top choice, I am having a tough time coming to grips with the...1083.08
WSO NYC Happy Hour: Tuesday, June 23rd, 7PM, Galway HookerThe next NYC meetup is coming up Tuesday, June 23rd, first WSO meetup of the summer! We'll be in the ground floor lounge, in the back on the right (just before the billiards room). Bring your thirst, especially you, @rufiolove" ! Location: Galway...83.08
Finally a Gas TraderYou can see my AMA post (currently ongoing) <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ama-gas-scheduler-to-gas-trader">here</a></strong>. I graduated in May of 2012, from a non-target school with a below average <span...83.08
Non-Target Networking Tips Hey Everyone, This is my first post on Wall Street Oasis, however I have been browsing the forum for quite a few years now. Originally I was interested in investment banking, however my interests have recently shifted over to <span class='keyword_link'><a...83.08
JUST RELEASED: New WSO Prop Trading Interview GuideProprietary ("prop") <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> is an industry that keeps itself under wraps and as a result, there has never been a great...73.07
The New PsychotherapyInspiring and heartfelt story. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Two thousand dollars spent on a trip to Mexico, a cab ride, a seedy hotel room, excessive amounts of cocaine, and hooker orgies legitimately saved a man’s...73.07
What about the Average Joe?I'm currently in my first year of ibanking and in my limited free time I often think about--as I'm sure many other do--getting a top bucket bonus, going on to an elite buyside firm, then to HSW, partner at a PE firm, yada yada yada. Now while if everyone on this forum could make...73.07
Part 2: Reinsurance - Insuring the Insurer<h3>What is Reinsurance?</h3> Reinsurance is a transaction “whereby the reinsurer, for a consideration, agrees to indemnify the reinsured company against all or part of the loss the company may sustain under the policy or policies it has issued”. In plain English, reinsurers...73.07
Portfolio Strategies: Growth Investing and Wonderful BusinessesEveryone is special these days. &nbsp;Everyone a winner, children's soccer teams don't even keep score anymore. &nbsp;Likewise it seems that most value investors have convinced themselves that everything they invest in is a 'wonderful business' (a growing company with...63.06
The Saga of CaesarsCame across this article and thought it was an interesting read. [quote]There have been so many truly extraordinary twists and turns in the saga of Caesars Entertainment over the past eight years that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the whole thing went off the rails. After all, an $18.4...63.06
Alibaba's Governance by Politburo: Corporate Governance and ValueIn <a href="http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2014/09/alibabas-coming-out-party-valued-right.html">my last post on Alibaba</a>, I valued the company at about $162 billion but also argued that investors considering investing in the company might hold back because of...53.05
Thank You EveryoneI have been a member of this site for over 5 years, ever since I was in high school. I asked people on this forum for advice about where to go to college, where to intern, how to prepare for interviews, etc. and even though I didn't get an SA gig, two days ago I interviewed for and accepted...53.05
The Best GMAT and MBA Business School Content on WSO<em>Mod Note (Andy): My mighty content intern compiled a list of the top 20 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span>/B-School posts on WSO. Some of these...53.05
How long do you last ?Foreplay doesn't count. Be honest1053.05
LSE Summer SchoolHey monkeys, I recently got back from the summer school program at the London School of Economics (LSE), so I thought I would share my experience. Before accepting my offer, I found it hard to find any opinions of the program online, so I hope this helps any prospective applicants in the...53.05
A hodgepodge of ER Questions sent to me via PMWSO, Below is a PM sent to me by WSO member, in the name of transparency I thought I would answer his questions publicly. Hey R, Questions Below - I apologize if some of them are fairly basic. 1) Do you know of any resources that provide ER specific modeling on the web/training...43.04
A Non-Target Sophomore's Guide to Earning a BB OfferDELETE43.04
A banking survey of AlaskaWhat often classifies as an "oddball stock" is simply a company that not many investors have an interest in truly investigating. Typically these are stocks that are too small for most investors or companies where information is hard to obtain. Another situation where stocks could be...43.04
PE Fund Performance: Anyone Can Hit Top Quartile Once, but Consistently?To the community that works in PE (or VC, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span>, etc.) I'm interested in hearing your perspective on...43.04
Hi fellow monkeys, are you looking for insights of IB/Commodity Trading in Switzerland? I got them!First of all I would like to shoot out a big thanks to WSO and its seasoned members who always entertained me and allowed me to learn a lot about different topics. Now it is time to give back to the jungle filled with hungry chimps, so I will try to give you some insights into IB in Switzerland...33.03
2015: Not a happy beginning for the Euro Zone<p> The New Year has ushered in with a bitter aftertaste for the Euro zone. On one side, it is threatened by the risks of deflation and slower recovery and on the other hand looms the exit Greece from the currency union as the forces of the radical left (SYRIZA) and center right have a...33.03
Private Equity Recruiting SeasonHi all, I saw this post from Dealbook this morning (link inside the post). Nothing really new here compared to years past. How is everyone doing managing their interview schedules? I'm very curious to hear how people negotiate positions that won't be starting until summer 2016 as...33.03
The Best IBD SA OCR, Interviews and FT Offer Conversion Posts on WSOThanks to my content intern @Lucas_m" for another great compilation post. This one covers on campus recruiting, interviews, and converting SA <span class='keyword_link'><a...33.03
Reality = The OnionWhen Onion article becomes truth... http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-22/humpday-humor-truth-stranger-onion I don't like politics but this one is incredible.33.03
My Story: No-Name School to Sr. Associate at MM IB - A Less Traditional Route<html> <head> <title></title> </head> <body> <p> <p>I know these types of stories are a dime a dozen these days, but I&rsquo;ve been a consumer of WSO posts for a couple of years now, and have felt&nbsp;it&rsquo;s time to be a...23.02
GS vs MS Hunger Games - Who Takes It?Came across this interesting article on Bloomberg yesterday (link inside post), it has some interesting insights into leadership of both organizations and strategy. <strong>What do you guys think, who takes it in the a) mid-term, b) long-term (given their differing...23.02
An ex-Goldman Sachs insider’s 10 tips on how to sail through investment banking interviewsMark Hatz has worked four years for firms like <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> and <span class='keyword_link'><a...13.01
Welcome to the New Wall Street Oasis!After many months and many hours toiling away, we are finally here, a new and improved WSO. Here are a few of the benefits you should enjoy: 1. Fully adaptive theme so that the site works great no matter what device you are on (smart phone, tablet, desktop) 2. Stronger server to speed...1982.98
2015 IBD Summer Analyst CompCan pretty much confirm all these numbers. Summer will be pro-rated on base of: Bulges: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span>: 85k + 1.5k stipend <span...862.86
Tinder + Preftige = "The League"Latest dating app makes sure you are "cool enough" before gaining entry... Initial thoughts? Anyone on it? http://www.theleagueapp.co/812.81
Big 4 Audit Senior - AMAI'm a big 4 audit senior who has been active in the campus and experienced hire recruiting process. I have experience with 2 of the big 4 firms. Ask about meet the firms, follow up emails/calls, exit opportunities, interviews ect. 782.78
Where the smart money is going: elite prep school college matriculationMy gifted niece is 12-years-old and my brother is starting to think about where to send her to high school. My brother decided to look into some of the elite east coast prep schools as well as the highly regarded Washington, D.C. area prep schools to see how well they place into...772.77
Moelis LA -- Business as UsualFirst time poster, but thought you all might enjoy this. A friend of mine is a first year analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/tag/moelis">Moelis</a></span> NY. In addition to getting crushed himself, it...742.74
Superbowl recap...Wow, heart broken (i'm from Seattle). Threw a superbowl party down here in BA, good mix of Hawks and Pats fans. A few thoughts: -By far the most emotional game I've ever seen in my life. One of the best Super Bowls ever? Even though we lost, and today feels like crap, I still had...702.70
GS Analyst dies<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to read the letter <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/a-son-never-dies-by-sunil-gupta-moving-letter-from-a-father-of-an-ibanking-analyst">"A Son Never Dies"</a> written by Sarvshreshth's father Sunil...672.67
I Guess That's One Way to Pay for College<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 2/11/14.</em> God, I love the free market. This is absolutely hilarious. Call me old fashioned, but I look back with fondness on the days when a guy could walk into just about any strip club and witness the cold war...1652.65
This is what we imagine when you kids ask "should I start my own fund?"From the WSJ (link inside the post) "Would-Be Financial Whiz Is Charged With Stealing From Investors" The emails to clients are gold. "you idiot f*ck" / "I'm a human being" / "you know that I love you" To anyone out there wanting to start...622.62
Blackstone to Spin Off Financial Advisory Business[quote] <b>Blackstone to Spin Off Financial Advisory Business</b> Business to be Combined with PJT Partners, Paul J. Taubman to Become Chairman and CEO New York, October 10, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin off...612.61
Know Anyone Involved In A Scam?A couple of my dumbass fraternity brothers have been selling and recruiting for Ignite/Stream energy for a few years now. If you aren't familiar with the company, it's a pyram...<span class='keyword_link'><a...612.61
Excel and VBA Training - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced-552.55
AMA Big 4 TAS Senior AssociateLong time viewer and yet to post anything yet. I've got some free time today and thought I would give back via an AMA. Background: I work for one of the Big 4 in the Transactions Services - Financial Due Diligence group as a senior associate. I mainly perform buy side due diligence for...542.54
Wall Street Oasis SEO Interns Needed NOWWall Street Oasis is looking for several hard working individuals to join our intern team to help with online-marketing tasks, specifically Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and link-building. <strong><a...522.52
Influence of socioeconomic demographicI have friends from non-target and target schools who have gone to wall Street and the one consistent pattern I see is the fact that they all come from super wealthy families; their parents are rich enough to send their kids to private schools all their lives and afford education at ivy leagues...522.52
How do you guys deal with negative press about finance?Finance-hate is so common, that almost anything related to the ills of the finance industry passes as news these days, whether or not it makes any sense whatsoever. People are very influenced by the stories they hear. People seem to assume that my peers are Patrick Bateman, Leonardo di Caprio,...522.52
How to relax after work to be able to sleep?I started as an IB analyst recently and have problems sleeping... But not for the reasons you are thinking! I get so much adrenaline from trying to meet deadlines late at night (idk why..) that I get home and can't fall asleep for 2 or 3 hours - which is a problem when you get home...482.48
2015 Bonus Speculation / ChangesI know it's early, but has anyone received any sort of clue as to what 2015 bonuses should look like for analysts, assuming the market maintains the status quo? Assuming that the ibankers here who have seen multiple bonus rounds would be able to add some solid input. Reason I ask it...462.46
WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: University Power Rankings (Part 10 of 10)The argument of how hard it is to break into Investment Banking from a non-target vs. target schools is one that has gone on for years on WSO. Which undergraduate institution gives you the best shot at the top <span class='keyword_link'><a...442.44
Pitt, Bale to Star in Film Version of Lewis’ ‘Big Short’wow, this <em>should</em> be a great film considering the big names, thoughts? from bloomberg: [quote] Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are set to star in a film version of “The Big Short,” Michael Lewis’s book about investors who made fortunes in the subprime...432.43
WSO Plan for 2015 and Site SuggestionsDearest Fellow Primates, So, just to keep myself on track and accountable, I wanted to write down what our main initiatives are over the next 12 months to make sure we continue to continue to improve the WSO platform, community and services/products. Along those lines, I wanted to outline...422.42
How to get over burnoutI guess this goes out to the more senior people on this board who have experienced burnout before. I have been working 100+ hour weeks for over 3 years so far, but recently I have become burnt out. I have lost my desire for anything and everything. I have no desire to work, make money, go...422.42
Chicago WSO Meetup coming up!Who: Finance professionals and college students of drinking age. What: A WSO Meetup Where: Sweetwater Tavern, 225 N Michigan Ave. (Between Grant Park and the River) When: Thurs. Nov 20th, 6:30-8:30 PM Why: Meet your fellow primates. What to do when you get there: Ask the...402.40
Now I ain't sayin she a gold digger BUT...92% of women are. You guys, be careful. My friend just convinced this dude that she "like, can barely even stand" to fucking sign her half of a lease because she just haaaas to live on her faaaavorite street in the West Village but doesn't make 45x the rent. At first, I...402.40
How I Work: Only With A Gun To My HeadBe honest, dear monkeys...how many times have you said the following, or something else like it: <strong>"I didn't start it until the last minute, because I work best under pressure. I need that pressure to motivate me to finish."</strong> And then covered it up...392.39
WSO - What Do You Hate?Ok, time to let me hear it...we just went through a BIG upgrade & redesign, so first off THANK YOU for your patience. I know it wasn't the smoothest jump in the world and things were pretty messed up there for a few weeks! The site is faster and in my opinion, much cleaner/better,...1392.39
Paid well but boredI’m 31 years old and work as a controller for a F500. I’m making roughly $150k a year in total comp (base + bonus), work a straight 40 hour work week with little to no travel, live in a nice part of the country where the cost of living is slightly lower than the national average, and get 3...392.39
Finally - Entourage!Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz2HyCgUWh4 <!--break--> 382.38
Ask Me Anything - Federal Consulting at a Tier Two FirmIn light of the posts I've seen here and there regarding federal consulting, I figured I'd give a shot at an AMA. We all know that commercial consulting has all the glamour, but federal consulting *can* be just as glamorous. I say *can*, because it is very easy, in my experience, to...372.37
Former Deloitte and Booz Allen, happy to answer questionsHey everyone, I'm pretty new to the site; found it while researching some questions related to B-School admissions and really enjoyed some of the content. Anyhow, I saw plenty of users looking for more info on <span class='keyword_link'><a...362.36
Best Property TypeNow I know this is a question that does not necessarily have a correct answer however I would be curious to hear what everyone thinks is the "best" property type. Assuming you can only develop an expertise in one property type and that will be your niche for the rest of your career...352.35
Be a Wall Street Oasis Contributing Blogger<strong>Project description: Finance / Wall Street / Business Blogger</strong> We are looking for several talented writers (professionals in the finance industry preferred) to blog for WallStreetOasis. There is a list of suggested topics you can choose from but if there is an area...342.34
Most Prestigious Pokemon CardsI need WSOs help in ranking the tiers of Pokemon cards. I figured that I would send them in my thank yous for interviews but I don't want to waste high prestige cards on low prestige firms. I was thinking something along the following: *** Japanese Mint 1st Ed Charizard (Auto-offer from...332.33
Relationship Question: Not the usual oneSo, as someone who used to be on the answering side of this, I was hoping for various viewpoints on what I should do. I'm going to dismiss the money before hoes answers straight off the bat. If you have that opinion, express it in more words and make your case. My situation is as...322.32
FINALLY headed to work in FO After my career started in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">BO</a></span> and MO roles for ~3.5 years I finally received the offer for a <span...322.32
AMA: Top 15 Life Co CML Origination AnalystI'm not sure if this interests anyone on here, but I'm bored so here it goes; I'm an Analyst at a large life insurance company doing commercial mortgage origination. We're typically top 15/ top 20 as far as volume is concerned. We write loans on all the typical property types...312.31
Being a gay traderHi there I am a incoming analyst to a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> in NYC from an Ivy school. I am gay and open about it at school, but i am not...302.30
New Credit Suisse CEO effects on equity research? (and IB as a whole)Hi guys, As many of you may know, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/credit-suisse">Credit Suisse</a></span>'s CEO Brady Dougan is being replaced by Tidjane Thiam in June, and many analysts are...292.29
Chicago WSO Meetup - 2/19/2015 Who: Financial Professionals and College Students of Drinking Age What: WSO Meetup! Where: Sweetwater Tavern, 225 North Michigan Avenue at Water Street (between the River and Grant Park) When: 6:30 PM 2/19/2015 (Thursday) Why: Meet your fellow primates. Also, because Cries has...282.28
Calling All Business School Applicants! (WSO Version)Hey folks, Harvard's round 1 is due VERY SOON! Anyway, who's applying to b-school this year? Let's make this thread a motivation for those who are grinding through apps and also give helpful tips when we can. I'm applying to Ross, Duke, Darden, Cornell, McCombs,...1272.27
Way too many high schoolers interested in investment bankingLet me first state that I am part of the problem. Okay now that that's out of the way, I'll start my post. Recently I was accepted by an exclusive biz honors program at my state flagship. I was invited to attend at luncheon about the program and went ahead and attended. As I mingled...272.27
Community College to BBDear All, I used to read WSO religiously as I was dreaming of even just getting an interview at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span>. I spent two years in...272.27
AMA - Economic Consulting; Recruiting Qs WelcomeHi all, Since it's recruiting season again, I thought I'd answer any questions anyone has about economic consulting. I've worked at a top tier econ consulting company for the past 3 years and have held various leadership roles on the recruiting team. I've reviewed...262.26
I work at CBRE/JLL and it sucks...deleted252.25
Broke into Banking Recently, Happy to Answer Questions, Non-traditional background without a 3.5 GPAGood afternoon all, After pounding the pavement for more than half a year, I locked down a job as an Associate at a boutique in NYC . I came out of a no-name undergrad with a 3.0 and general business degree, then worked in Private Wealth for 2 years before returning to Business School...252.25
How Much Self-Control Do You Have?Self-control is one of those attributes that is important in nearly all occupations, but especially so in finance. Getting to they gym, eating well, and getting enough sleep (to name a few) require sustained self-control by those working 40 hour weeks, nevermind those of you working in the...242.24
Houston Energy IB SceneCan someone who knows what they are talking about shed light on the top banks in Houston and how deal flow has been so far in 2014?1232.23
Interview Science: Slow Talkers Don't Get HiredAcross WSO you can find some great advice on how to approach an upcoming interview, but there's a paucity of science on the matter. However, the April 2015 Journal of Business and Psychology offers <a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10869-015-9403-z">a...222.22
Free Clear Admit HBS School Guide - 72 hours only! For 72 hours only I am pleased to announce that the Clear Admit Harvard Business School guide</a></span> will be FREE for download on the Clear Admit site! Read the post on the <a href="http://blog.clearadmit.com/2014/09/free-harvard-business-school-guide/">Clear...212.21
Dental School or Investment Banking after college?Hey guys, Haven't posted on here for a while, but I feel like I'm at a really important junction in my life and would like WSO's input. I'm currently a junior at a semi-target studying economics. I came into university studying biochem, and ended up getting an early...212.21
WSO Hedge Fund Interview Prep Package in the Works!<strong>***NOTE: I am willing to pay cash AND give you a free copy of the package if one of your cases or pitches ends up in the actual guide.***</strong> Please send me an e-mail ([email protected]) explaining the case or pitch (long vs. short or type of case study) and...212.21
Nothing rustles my jimmies more then kids who change their LinkedIn headline to Incoming Investment Banking Summer Analyst TryHards, man... If you are one of these people, please explain your rationale.212.21
Barclays Power & Utilities: Welcome to the JungleWow <h4>The Ten Commandments for Wall Street Interns</h4> [quote]Incoming Intern Class of 2015, Welcome to Power! I am sure you are all busy at training, but in the interest of helping your transition into the summer, and hopefully helping some of you secure Full-Time offers,...1202.20
AMA 2 years MBB > PEI've been around the forums for awhile now and always appreciated people willing to share tips/advice. I have some free time before I start my PE gig so happy to answer some questions. Graduated from target undergrad, worked at <span class='keyword_link'><a...202.20
What I learned from raging with 4 MDsAbout a year ago, a colleague invited me to meet one of his mentors, an executive at an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">Asset Management</a></span> firm. When I met ...182.18
Private Equity Interview Prep Pack Version 2.0 is Out!Ready to tackle the toughest <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/the-wso-private-equity-interview-prep-package">private equity interview</a></span> questions? Recruiting season is right around the corner and just...182.18
HSW MBA w/ Banking&PE Experience Considering Banking AgainHey guys, I've been following this site for the past 9 years while I was still looking for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer analyst</a></span> positions in college; never thought...182.18
Three Contrarian Takeaways from the GMAT<em>Throwback Thursdays: This was originally posted August, 2012 </em> There’s no shortage of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/veritas-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> advice out there – most of...172.17
when is the proper time to add "no longer a virgin" to my linkedinWill this help me get into S over H and W since I was only accepted into Dartmouth instead of HYPS? Please help. Also , which hole is the right one? Thanks for your assistance 172.17
The Demise of RadioShackTwo weeks ago RadioShack announced that it is seeking a lifeline to avoid declaring bankruptcy. The company is quickly running out of cash and has no foreseeable plans on how to go about saving itself. It is no surprise that RadioShack, an international electronics retailer with stores...162.16
The 4-Hour WorkweekThe next 10 minutes you spend reading this might be one of the top 10 most life-changing events of your life. Reading the book was one of the top 10 most life-changing incidents of mine. <em>The 4-Hour Workweek </em>is the manifesto of a new and better worldview, a profoundly...162.16
Cheapest and time efficient way to eat healthy in New York?Hey Guys, I'm a SA that just arrived in New York and I'm pretty much broke. I train 3-4 times a week and try to stay in shape. That being said, what is the cheapest way I can eat healthy in a time efficient manner. I don't mind eating the same thing every day for three months....162.16
Anyone want to start an investing club? Would anyone be interested in starting a group to discuss anything from value investing, special situations or distressed? I'm also New York-based, so it could be possible to have a meetup. LinkedIn Group is here https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Value-Investing-Group-8347377/about Feel...162.16
Apartments in NYC: Manhattan vs Brooklyn- Just recently moved to NY - Living in Queens at my pal's apt for now - Been looking to find an apt in either Manhattan or Brooklyn. - Budget: $2000 for me and my roommate (so 1000 each) Now regarding Brooklyn, do any of yall know which areas are actually feasible to live in with...152.15
IBD Associate… Now What? Greetings fellow monkeys, I’m currently an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> associate at a <span...152.15
Moelis NY vs EVR NYHey guys I have analyst lateral offers at these places. Im still stuck between doing Career IB or going the PE route. I will be doing a third year analyst stint at both these places. Would appreciate any input. Both offers are generalist.152.15
AMA: M7 admit (from consulting/industry)Led one of these in the consulting forum, figured I would do one with a bschool slant for application specific questions. Background: Recently accepted to several M7 bschools. Worked several years in management consulting before transitioning to a strategy position at a F500 company. ...152.15
"Message Recall Failure"I had just gleefully sent off the fruit of my long labour, as approved by my VP, to a client duly cc'ing the MD when, seconds later, the MD buzzes the intercom asking to see me briefly. Fully expecting a pat on the back and perhaps some scotch and a cigar. He proceeds to hand me a heavily...152.15
SPECIAL WSO Happy Hour: The Re-Return of AndyLouisDate/Time: Friday, August 14th @ 8pm Location: Galway Hooker, Main Billiards Room (ground floor, all the way in the back) http://galwaypubnyc.com/ 7 E 36th Street, between 5th and Madison HE'S BACK! The only man on WSO who is on record as tying @Frieds" in a chugging...152.15
AMA: Former TFA Corps Member, Current Commercial Real Estate Junior BrokerHi all, Long time WSO reader, but first time poster. The site's been a huge help as transitioned from Teach for America into the commercial real estate world, so I figured I'd try to give back a little. A bit about me: I graduated in 2012 from a New England liberal arts college....142.14
Can Apple Music Overtake Spotify?Prior to Apple’s WWDC conference on June 8th, many sources predicted the event would cover more than just software refreshes. Apple did not disappoint, releasing Apple Music. Apple Music combines music streaming, live radio, and a social network for musicians into one bundle. It will directly...142.14
You guys are so lameThere's so much bad information on this website. Don't take a sick day. Don't wear a suit that isn't exactly one of these colors. Focus on talking to MDs. Banking is life. <span class='keyword_link'><a...142.14
From CB to IBI am new to posting in the WSO forums, but extremely excited about an opportunity that I just received, so decided I had to share my experience. I graduated from a non target university with mediocre grades (hit a rough patch in school and matured late) and a general finance degree. After...132.13
Part 1: Insurance 101This is part of a mini-series I hope to continue about breaking down how insurance works. If there are any topics people would like to see covered, please let me know. I hope to cover a lot of different topics, as insurance is a major contributor to the U.S. economy. About 1% of the U.S....132.13
2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Interviews (Part 3 of 10)Not all <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-prep-pack">investment banking interviews</a> are created equal. Some of them will leave you feeling like you conquered the world, but most others will have you shaking your head at that one <span...122.12
Good/recommended Volunteer Orgs?FT <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> next year, really interested in getting involved (even if marginally) in volunteer organizations....112.11
2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Compensation (Part 5 of 10)Ever heard of a $0 bonus on Wall St? Obviously, it was much more frequent in 2008 and 2009... but that nightmare scenario can still play out if your group has a particularly bad year. The firms below tend to pay well very well relative to their peers, so you won't have to worry about...112.11
Forbes 30 Under 30 - FinanceForbes just released the list a few days back (Jan 9th). What do you all think of the group this year? http://www.forbes.com/30under30/#/finance1112.11
Accepted my offer today--Thanks WSO!I just wanted to give a hugeeeeee shoutout to everyone who helped me out on here. from all those late nights studying merger consolidation accounting, ESOP plans, operating leverage ratios and other fun stuff, it is finally done. you guys truly are an awesome community and I am glad to have you...112.11
Goldman Releases Millennial Research<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> released <a href="http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/outlook/millennials/index.html">this...112.11
Ben Bernanke to Join Citadel as AdviserThe revolving door between the Washington and Wall Street has existed for quite some time. Funds are willing to pay top dollar for professionals who can better help them understand and navigate through the uncertain economic environment. [quote]Mr. Bernanke will become a senior adviser to...112.11
How to get back into the industry after a yearHi, I've been working in the industry for about 9 years, but I left my last role after my dad passed away in May last year and my mom the year before. I took it really hard and my family thought it would be better for come work for them. I've been working in a family business...112.11
Information on Union Square Advisors?Hi guys, I've been a long-time lurker here on this site but decided to create an account to ask for some insight. I just finished my IB internship at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...112.11
WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/tag/private-equity-resume">private equity resume</a></span> Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now...102.10
How to build HF track record that is worth anything?Hi, if I want to run my own shop one day but wanted to establish a track record to show investors, what would the best way to get about that be? Currently a CEO in the biotechnology field but I'm absolutely fascinated by equities. My goal is to build a reputable track record. What steps...102.10
Summer Reading List: How to Get Rich Quick, or at Least Kill a Few HoursEver since I can remember, I have read to enrich my experiences. So now, as a proud business school graduate, I can reflect on the books that enhanced my MBA experience. Regardless of career or sector, I think all of the titles below have valuable lessons that one can apply both professionally...102.10
Chess Badassery - Sinquefield CupI know there's more than a few chess players among the monkeys of WSO, so I suspect there's more than a few of you who have been following the <a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com/pairings-results-1">Sinquefield Cup.</a> For those of you that have not been...92.09
Exploiting referral bonus for inside intel on lateral movesIf an employee of my IB hires someone for a position that I referred then for, I get a bonus payment. I know some other IBs do the same. <strong>Note: This is not for SA and grad hires. There are separate programs and hundreds of hungry applicants for those. This is for jobs needing...92.09
Anyone looking for IBD Associate gig at a bulge bracket?Please PM me if you're interested and ONLY if you have prior investment banking experience. I don't usually do this but I'm doing it as a favor on behalf of a close friend. 92.09
Congress Sends Roger Goodell Letterhttp://www.tmz.com/2014/09/10/us-congress-roger-goodell-letter-ray-rice-domestic-violence-video/ What the fuck is this nonsense? Since when was show business gossip a matter of congressional concern? They should get a list of the 12 members of congress that spent the time and effort to...92.09
Attention to detail tricks/tipsSo it’s no secret that attention to detail goes a long way in creating perfect decks/models and landing you that top bucket bonus. At 3am when you’ve been staring at the same deck for the last 12 hours, and the only thing you can think of is sleep, sometimes printing it out isn’t going to...92.09
Smartwatches: Who Will Win?Everybody's scrambling to get a piece of the wearable tech market. With Microsoft's recent announcement of a smartwatch and the beginning of Apple's marketing for a release in early 2015, we may be expecting the next big tech renovation for everyday life. Here's...92.09
Post-MBA IB Mega ThreadHey everyone, This site has a lot of information available for prospective analysts but lacks a lot of content for prospective associates. Since we are in MBA application season, I thought it may be helpful to create a mega thread that discusses investment banking as a post business school...92.09
So what is this oil price decline everyone is talking about?The natural gas boom in America comes at a critical point in the global economy as geo-political tensions in continue in Russia (3<sup>rd</sup> largest oil producer) and the Middle East is torn by conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq. The IMF had initially estimated a 0.5 -1.5% decline...92.09
The Wolf of Wall Street: A Monkey's Review<strong>"Well Mr. Belfort, in case you were wondering, you tested positive for cocaine, methauqalone, benziodiazepnes, amphetamines, MDMA, opiates, and marijuana. In fact, the only thing you're not showing is hallucinogens. What's wrong, you don't like...92.09
AMA - Financial Techonology/Unique BackgroundWhile I know most people on this forum have no interest in IT jobs even if they are in finance, there may be someone with my background who would be interested in my story. Background: Age: 27 Department: Technology - I would say this is MO at my firm if you work on investment related...92.09
Watch out - There's a fake Goldman Sachs in ChinaWe all know that the People’s Republic of China basically copies everyone’s ideas, from making fake Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton handbags to pirating movies and selling DVDs on the street for less than $2. Its newest invention is <span class='keyword_link'><a...92.09
Married Monkey with wandering mind, help me outHello WSO/Ann Landers, I was too embarrassed to ask this on my regular fake name, but I’m a long time user with a bit of a problem/mindf*ck . Feel free to fling away but I want to get this off my chest. So I’m happily married, and somewhere in age between the average new WSO user and...1082.08
Learning curve as a PE associateI have heard that in banking, the learning curve is shaped as follows: you learn everything in your first 9 months as an analyst then afterwards you don't learn all that much new until you're a VP. In other words, the learning curve between month 0-9 is steep then month 10-48 is flat...82.08
Freshmen: What to do during your freshman year summerIt is no secret that Wall Street Oasis attracts a great deal of rising college students. Hence, I decided to make a post on the type of <span class='keyword_link'><a...82.08
Tell me why i'll never make it to Wall Street - ResumeI need some resume help and was looking at the WSO community to help me out. I'm an Operations Analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span>. However,...72.07
HBS 2+2 Admit AMAI've had a number of discussions with people on this site asking me about my experience with HBS's 2+2 program and I've decided to create a post to consolidate that discussion. First a little bit of background. I applied during last year's third round of admissions during...72.07
Business School Running Commentary - Part 2 - Background and Application ProcessThis is the second post leading up to starting my part-time MBA program this fall. I cannot link content here yet but the first is titled "Business School Running Commentary" for those interested. This post is in response to one of the comments regarding more of my background and...72.07
One Simple Tweak to Becoming More Disciplined in Your CFA PrepA few years ago, I spent a significant amount of time in San Francisco.<br> <br> I wasn't aware of it at the time, but SF is a massive gold mine of good food. Coming from London, this was a revelation and gourmet emancipation of epic proportions.<br> <br> Of...72.07
BUND UGLY<em>Mod Note (Andy): Originally published 1 May 2015 in The Daily Dirtnap. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...72.07
What do you guys think about Fantasy Stock Trading?Hi Guys, I'm a co-founder at StockDraft (FanDuel for stocks) - what do you guys think? Do prospective monkeys want to use this kind of thing? 72.07
Blitzed Smashed and Drunk: Simple Steps to Make CocktailsThere is nothing better than a well-made drink. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a perfectly steeped green tea, a glass of fresh homemade iced tea or a perfectly constructed cocktail, a well-made drink always tastes better. At the bar, it is very easy to get a well-made drink; at home, that...62.06
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What is your investor profile?Our risk tolerance is highly influenced by our psychology. We are not willing to take the same risks in the short or long term or if we have just lost a lot of money. Over the past 30 years, behavioral finance has worked on integrating these psychological factors into the traditional financial...62.06
Profiting from TwitterHow does one profit from Twitter? You could buy the stock and hope it increases in price or makes a profit allowing it to pay a dividend. Or, you could do what Tashtego is doing, and use it along with other social media <a href="">to speculate on the US equity...62.06
Howard Hughes - Bill Ackman's Real Estate EmpireUsually I would just quote a piece of the story and make a few quips, but this is really a fantastic real estate read. Ackman and co, including Howard Hughes CEO David Weinreb, own an ungodly amount of land and are doing some exciting things in New York, Vegas, and Hawaii. Howard Hughes cash...62.06
Interview Help - Escaping Ops / Back OfficeHi everyone, I was hired right out of college working a commercial lending operations position in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back office</a></span> at a...62.06
Fall in buy-backs hint at an optimistic business environment or just the end of another bubble? <body> <p> Q2 2014 witnessed a decline in the buy-back binge when for the first time since Q3 2012 buy-back volume recorded a decline. Cash flushed corporates have recorded outflows of $539.3 Billion in share buybacks in the past 12 months and $338.3 Billion alone in the...52.05
Drones are taking overDrones are not just for military use anymore. They're available to everyone, and have provided views and vistas we've never seen before. The best thing about them: <u>mobility</u>. They can just get anywhere. Military, spying, creating amazing footage, agriculture,...52.05
Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: The Last WordI thought it would be a cold day in hell before I wrote signing praise about something from Detroit. While the city may be a mess and rife with crime, the public pension totally shot, and home to sports baseball and football teams who haven’t hoisted a championship in over 50 years, it is home...42.04
Blitzed Smashed and Drunk: Building Cocktails and Breaking Down Flavor ProfilesOriginally, I wasn’t planning to write about the art of breaking down a cocktail this week, but after hearing from @'ArcherVice', I thought this might serve as a good jumping off point to a much larger topic – food and beverage pairings. Pairing food and beverages is a big deal, be...42.04
The Walking Dead: Blackberry, Yahoo and the Zombie Apocalypse!I will start with a confession. I have distinctly lowbrow tastes when it comes to literature, movies and entertainment. I would much rather read a novel about a <i>unhinged serial killer</i> than one written by the <i>latest Nobel Literature Prizewinner</i>, watch...42.04
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