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+119How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)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 never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so...902 months 3 weeks ago
+1185 years ago, I was fired from Oliver Wyman. This is what I learned from it.Five years almost to the date, I was fired from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Oliver Wyman</a></span> (after 11 months at the firm, straight out of ugrad). This is...633 months 4 days ago
+116Never, ever, ever, give up. I know it's a jungle out there guys. It's tough for people just graduating to find jobs, but it's even tougher for those in the work force and those with a non-target educational background to break into Finance (let alone work in a competitive sector). This story is a...761 month 3 weeks ago
+110What I Wish Every First Year Analyst KnewChimps, after working with all of our first years at our firm on several deals, I’ve found that I’m frequently getting asked for tips and tricks that I wish I had known as a new analyst. Now, that being said, this may or may not be helpful to share with the forum, but either way, I’ve...351 week 5 days ago
+105Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.This is a long winded post and is tailored to people looking to get a good look into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">FIG</a></span>. We're unsure if...721 month 3 weeks ago
+97Anatomy of the 10-KStill jet-lagged by 8 hours from a day and a half in London, I haven't slept for a good 48 hours and remembered I owe WSO my process for dissecting a <span class='keyword_link'><a...1244 months 4 days ago
+102Best interview advice I ever receivedThis idea was discussed within a comment thread a couple month ago but I thought it deserved its own thread just because of how awesome it is. I wanted to share with you guys a tip that is virtually guaranteed to improve your interviews. Here's what you do: 1. Arrive at interview...1203 weeks 1 day ago
+99How to make VP in Private EquityA few weeks ago, I shut down my ThinkPad for the last time, turned in my security badge, and said farewell to my colleagues – and to PE and <a href="">private equity interviews</a>. I found...821 month 1 week ago
+95Laziness and the Merits of Hard WorkHere goes a book... and not because I need to defend myself, but because I think I have a perspective a lot of people can relate to but can't necessarily put their finger on. <h3> Laziness </h3> I don't look down on "ordinary" people. I am an ordinary person....1203 months 1 week ago
+91Some Observations from an MDSo I'm recovering from a procedure and out of commission for a couple days, and I thought I would use the downtime share a few observations / career guidance for those people starting out in the business. Take this with a pinch of salt, as its one person's advice, but these are all...1272 months 1 week ago
+90From Homeless to Front OfficeAbout a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (<a href="">20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice</a>). I wish I could...1443 months 2 weeks ago
+88Life Goes On...[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 from one of the world's best universities, completed my banking stint in a top tier group and am...1134 months 3 weeks ago
+91Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes I turned 30 last week, thought i'd pass some advice and my favorite quotations on to you all. I pulled all these from my <em>grand</em> list so it is by no means comprehensive, just a sample. Enjoy. fwiw I'm ex finance (spent 3 years in IB now work with a start up in...841 month 20 hours ago
+81My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessI am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers (from MFs and top MM firms), both elated and relieved to be done with such a crazy process. I saw that another user commented saying he’d do a write-up about his experience going through the recruiting process and figured I’d wait to...1133 weeks 10 hours ago
+81What investment banking is in simple words and my story 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...1514 months 2 weeks ago
+85Coffee Is For Closers 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 very ambitious and hardworking individuals, as we begin to see a lot of younger people...1302 months 3 weeks ago
+81Thoughts From a Former Navy SEALI can't answer if PE is the best job in the world but I can offer a little outside perspective that some may be interested in. Having spent the better part of the last decade in SEAL Teams and other specialized units, I found Seabird’s initial post slightly amusing. If you’ll humor me,...823 months 3 weeks ago
+77Suck it up: 8 Steps to Getting through 100+ Hour Weeks as an IB AnalystThis comment was a response to the @ContemplatingBanker"'s post on <a href="">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this "one of the...603 weeks 1 day ago
+78Stop 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...524 months 1 week ago
+74Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at ItFinancial planners, mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ETF</a></span> managers, and even Warren Buffet all say the same thing: <strong>the...741 year 6 months ago
+70You don't know anything— 5 things to do about itThroughout my career I was constantly reminded of how little I knew. When I interviewed for the job at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span>, as...422 weeks 6 days ago
+63David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/11/13 and is great information 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...6911 months 3 weeks ago
+63Why are we Obsessed with "Work/Life Balance"?I've been doing a fair bit of thinking about the idea of a "work/life balance", and it's a topic that I encounter more often on this board than just about anywhere else, so I thought it an appropriate forum for discussion. When I was in college interviewing for the typical...1494 months 1 week ago
+66We eat what we kill.<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/30/10. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going...1203 days 23 hours ago
+5815 Career StepsLongtime reader here, left the biz in 2012. I thought I'd give back and post some good advice that was shared with me by an older mentor when I was younger. Learn it. Use it. Live it. Hope you find it helpful. <h3>15 CAREER STEPS</h3> 1.) Perception is everything...act as...234 weeks 23 hours ago
+54Life at a Top Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/24/13.</em> So I've seen a few posts lately asking about mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a...17810 months 2 weeks ago
+55Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted in June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">interns</a></span> are out in...1474 weeks 19 hours ago
+78If I see another "Incoming IBD Analyst/Summer Analyst" on LinkedIn.. I'll k--l someone Guys, This is a serious and sincere plea to any of you undergraduate kids who're using these silly titles on their LinkedIn profiles. Please for god's sake, take this out. It just looks stupid and wannabe-ish. I don't know who started doing this and where, but it's just...1611 month 4 weeks ago
+52To summers hitting the desk Monday...Being a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer analyst</a></span>/associate in investment banking is a rite of passage that you will never want to do again, but will be happy you completed....203 months 3 weeks ago
+52Uncle Eddie Rides Again<p>It was a happy coincidence when Patrick emailed me a couple weeks ago to check in and see what I've been up to, because I've been thinking about you guys a lot lately. It's been a couple years since I was with y'all every day, and at the risk of sounding like a big...811 month 3 weeks ago
+51Stay positiveHello folks, I would like to share my story a little bit for those who felt beaten up by the recruiting season. I was born and raised in a very underdeveloped city in China. I remembered the ranking, the GDP of my province is the second or third lowest in China. Although I went to relatively...467 months 3 weeks ago
+47Week 3 of IBD Internship: The Pitch The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his...804 months 3 weeks ago
+53WSO, It Is Time To TalkWSO, it is time to talk. The new trend around here lately has been to post about how badly you hate your job (specifically in iBanking) and then act like a genius when you decide you want to leave. This needs to stop. It is not a shocking revelation that you don’t like working 100 hours a...1392 weeks 4 days ago
+46Advice for New Analysts Seeking PE ExitsI received a number of PMs asking for advice for analysts as to how to successfully position themselves for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">PE interviews</a></span>. ...683 years 8 months ago
+382016 APD/ADC MBB Full Time Recruiting UpdatesHey guys, Thought I'd start another thread for those of us APDs/ADCs (read: spent too many years in school) who are applying for full time positions either earlier this year in the Spring (<span class='keyword_link'><a...8241 hour 4 min ago
+46Advice from an ex-IB MD - DON'T make these mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> Someone asked me last week...239 months 4 days ago
+45Re: Does School Prestige Matter?<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by @MBAApply" from the thread "<a href="">With sponsorship, how much does school prestige matter?</a>" is so insightful...862 months 3 weeks ago
+44Just Got Into a Target, AMAI made it 5 minutes before they closed and I bought a gallon of skim milk. <em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 12/14/15.</em>216 months 3 weeks ago
+41How I got into Banking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal...1095 months 1 week ago
+40Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the DeskThe very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his...854 months 3 weeks ago
+41Best day of my life. I broke into PE coming from Community College. Here is my story.I wanted to tell my story on this forum - as WSO has been the sole reason which helped me learn about the industry and how to break in. I am from downstate New York, born and raised. I was a poor student in high school, so much so I didn't even take my SAT's. I was sent off to a...345 months 2 days ago
+40Advice from an ex-IB MD - The Importance Of Failure<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #9 and was originally posted 11/22/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a...189 months 1 week ago
+40How do you CRUSH your interviews? <em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #10 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> In 2007 I made my hardest career transition. After leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a...3310 months 2 weeks ago
+39Random musings that sound like venting<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #8 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> There'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...221 year 1 month ago
+37My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergrad<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #17 and was originally posted 2/15/2015.</em> The topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to...843 months 3 weeks ago
+38Why You're So Easy to Replace<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> <strong><em>"The meek shall inherit...5810 months 2 days ago
+40From non-target to BB CEO: My story<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 11/25/13. Check out @DickFuld"'s current AMA <a href="">here</a>. To see all of our top content from the past, click...2539 months 2 weeks ago
+37Advice from an ex-IB MD: How to have a great career and a good life<em>Mod Note (Andy): make sure to check out his AMA this Sunday afternoon 3pm et: <a href="">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a> I've received a lot of emails from members asking...397 months 4 weeks ago
+36How WSO has enhanced my IB/PE career<h3>Background</h3> I randomly discovered WSO nearly seven years ago just weeks after I secured a FT MM IB position. The website was extremely nascent at the time with only a few thousand registered users. The majority of the users were college students with only a handful of...435 months 5 days ago
+36A Few Observations on Banking Exit OppsI see a lot of high school/college kids providing advice and "insight" into how firms place, how people should think about exit opps, what groups are best, etc. This has resulted in a lot of really stupid commentary on this forum, and I hope to remedy this. A few...281 week 2 days ago
+34WSO 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 <a...933 months 4 weeks ago
+34Why You Should Reject that Start-Up JobI've always considered myself entrepreneurial at heart. Even since I've started my work in IB, I have continued to work on developing a few "back pocket" ideas that I'm excited about. Indeed, ever since I can remember, I have wanted to start my own business, not because...666 months 3 weeks ago
+35The All-Nighter Experiment: What Worked and What Didn't<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #11 and was originally posted 11/4/2015.</em> [quote]<p>I need this done for tomorrow morning, but don’t spend too much time on it. <strong>I don’t want you to be here all...528 months 3 weeks ago
+33A Monkey's Guide to the GymMonkeys, One topic that I see pop up time and time again on here is regarding the gym. I have a particularly slow Friday ahead of me so I thought I'd post a brief guide to training since I imagine, for the most part, we all have similar lifestyles and the challenges that come with them....1032 months 4 days ago
+33Roadmap for IBD Coverage Associate to Career BankerIn <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>, I think most bankers would acknowledge that the Associate role is unique in that you are beginning to get...186 months 5 days ago
+34Don't. Stop. Hustlin'. Don't give up out there, kids. I'm a high school drop out who's now a Manager at a top 10 consulting firm. For all of those out there who are asking 'do I have a chance if...', here's your answer: you f*cking bet you do. The only thing stopping you from getting...452 weeks 5 days ago
+33OCR: The Saga Continues (Alternate Title: I Now Have Cancer of the Nose)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #12 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): See his original post here: "<a...541 year 3 days ago
+30SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive Review<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #13 and was originally posted 2/22/2015.</em> I’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a...882 weeks 3 days ago
+34What your liquor of choice says about you In a rare moment, I've found myself at a local, wooden, quiet neighborhood bar sitting alone drinking my 3rd Budweiser with a closed out tab. I thought it a pleasant way to break up my week though I hope not to make a habit of it. With not much else to do, and tired of looking at screens...811 month 2 weeks ago
+32Can I turn a jackass into a champion?How many of you guys have a stupid younger cousin named Andy who's a senior at a target school and is pissing away any chance of excellence by drinking moderately and having the confidence of a kicked puppy? All of you? Cool, so I'm about to tell you a very relatable...281 month 1 week ago
+30The Great Strategic Game of Life (1/2)Discussions that center upon issues such as “which b-school is better”, “M&A, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ECM</a></span> or <span...2210 months 6 days ago
+30What I Learned From Losing $1.2 Million At the start of 2008, I was a grain trader with less than one year of full-time experience who, through a series of strange events, found himself as the de facto head of my desk’s P&L. Although I had a senior trader who was supposedly in charge, he had brought his own book of business to...216 months 2 weeks ago
+28Wanna Jump Straight to the Buy Side?<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/17/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Most of my friends are going into...2785 months 3 weeks ago
+30The Truth Behind PE CompensationHello World! Compensation in the PE world can be a bit of a black box. I sometimes get approached by folks who are perplexed by their compensation packages at a middle market PE fund. There is little consistency even across funds of the same size. On the surface, this doesn't exactly...214 months 18 hours ago
+33Follow up on last week's Tinder dateFirst off, a question for you monkeys. Regarding the <a href="">Woodford and creatine</a> combo I use to signal the end of cocaine hours and the beginning of premarket: I started preparing it in the bottles to...212 months 1 week ago
+27HF PM AMAThere appears to be some demand for an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> AMA, so here goes... I believe this will be a communal effort...1301 week 4 days ago
+35Why My Greatest Achievement As A Goldman Sachs VP Was Quitting6 AM meant it was time to check voicemails. 11 PM meant it was time to check voicemails again. Every second in between reserved for hustling, fixing the thousand problems guaranteed to crop up that day. That was my life as a <span class='keyword_link'><a...5810 hours 44 min ago
+2630 year-old breaking inI am still not sure if this will add any value or if anyone will find this useful, but I've seen a couple of "Too old to break into IB?" topics lately and I thought I'd share my journey with you. The advice and stories I've read on this forum have helped me maintain my...251 month 2 days ago
+23JP Morgan Winning Women 2016 threadThis thread is for people applying to the bank's AM Winning Women events this October in NYC and Chicago. But feel free to follow and/or post if you're in another division.2855 hours 20 min ago
+29New To Formal Fashion? Start Here. PT1<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #14 and was originally posted 6/14/2015.</em> I 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...641 year 1 month ago
+202016 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="">IBD</a></span>...5628 months 31 min ago
+26Guide: Cold Contacting Investment Bankers For Non TargetsHi Folks, I posted a thread earlier in the month and there was a lot of interest in techniques and tips for cold contacting investment bankers so I thought I would share what I know. First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span...263 months 4 days ago
+25Eight Habits of Top Bucket IBD Summers<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #20 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> When 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...238 months 2 days ago
+25Investment Banking to Private Equity - 6 Things You Should Know<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by @I Invest" from the thread "<a href="">Why do you go into IB before going into PE?</a>" is...217 months 2 weeks ago
+29Woodford + Creatine = GreatnessStory time. So last night I'm spinning my wheels in the wee hours, taking key bumps, waiting for pre-market. You know, usual weekday routine. I start clicking around WSJ and I see Shillary is leading in 4 key battleground states and that, combined with the coke, gets me mad. I almost reach...212 months 2 weeks ago
+25Preparing for the HF informational interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/27/09. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I got a PM asking how to prepare for...144 years 9 months ago
+25Lateraling Guide<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #28 and was originally posted 6/21/2015.</em> I recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top MM and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I...633 weeks 2 min ago
+243 Myths About Excellence That I Used to Believe<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #18 and was originally posted 7/8/2015.</em> This 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)...461 year 2 months ago
+25Damage Control: How to prevent small mistakes from destroying your "rockstar" statusWe'd all like to imagine that work will go smoothly 100% of the time. No mistakes, no blow ups with our bosses, no frustrations with the people below us. Just sunshine and rainbows every day. Huzzah! Unfortunately, for most of us mere mortals at least, that isn't how it always works...181 month 2 weeks ago
+24Some more truth about BB Ops and how I got out<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #27 and was originally posted 7/21/2015.</em> <center><h3>The Truth About The Back Office</h3></center> Hey guys, so I know there are a...577 months 1 week ago
+25Yes, You Are Having a Quarter Life Crisis (and it's ok)Hello everyone, A big HELLO to those who can relate to this thread. *Don't have to read.* SHORT intro: I'm in my early 20's, went to a non-target school. Found my way to a storied and renowned IB and secured a job in the <span class='keyword_link'><a...541 month 2 weeks ago
+24Pay It ForwardI distinctly remember a phone call I made to a managing director at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Prudential</a></span> Securities when I was in business school—I had...136 months 2 weeks ago
+41Classic Diversity RantHere we go again, boys. Diversity rant. Notice what I did there? I said "boys" because I'm sexist, right? Wrong. Am I sexist? Fuck yeah, if paying for everything and thinking (knowing) that men are better drivers is sexist. But no, I'm actually just speaking to my intended...831 week 5 days ago
+22UG PE Analyst - 2.9 GPA, no internship, non-target<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #25 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> <h3>From Non-Target Undergrad Straight to PE</h3> I've had some downtime the last few weeks...415 months 1 week ago
+23The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/23/14. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The investment banking side of the...372 years 8 months ago
+23A Non-Target's Perspective - My MM PE Recruiting Process It's been several weeks now since I received my offer from a top MM PE firm. As several other users can attest to, the PE recruiting process can be an absolute grind. After having had some time to reflect on the entire process, I thought I'd share my experience in the hope that it...372 weeks 1 day ago
+22Three Things You Didn't Know About Becoming A Rock-Star Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 6/21/12.</em> At the beginning of my analyst program i had a fixed-notion of what it takes to become one of the top-ranked analysts in my class, pocket top-bucket bonus and move on to a prosperous future...286 months 3 weeks ago
+22Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training Hello all. Inspired by another user's idea a few weeks ago, I've decided to keep notes of my internship in progress this summer and begin to release write-ups of each week as the summer goes on in an effort to give back to the community (and because I enjoy writing). If there is...274 months 3 weeks ago
+22Advice From an Advisor to Senior Wall Streeters<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #22 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> I'm so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the WSO community and I wanted to start contributing ideas that I think will be of great value to...139 months 1 week ago
+22The Last "what should I do with my money?" Thread (hopefully)Since I became active in WSO several weeks ago, I've noticed a few threads on "I have this much money, what should I do with it?" And the amounts have ranged from $2,000 to $20mm, and to put it bluntly I'm tired of people giving stock tips to strangers when they have no...1085 months 4 days ago
+21Ask a VP in Equity Research anythingI haven't seen one of these in a while, so I figured I would start one. I am a Vice President in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">equity research</a></span>, with...1062 months 3 weeks ago
+182017 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Pages<a href="">Click here</a> for the 2017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting Megathread discussion page. APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS <span class='keyword_link'><a...39553 min 37 sec ago
+28The Work Always Gets Done<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #16 and was originally posted 6/6/2015.</em> <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...949 months 5 days ago
+21Funniest Stories - The Analyst YearsAlthough working as an investment banking analyst was a living hell at the time, I now look back at my years with nostalgia. Luckily, as time passes, the 100 hour weeks just blend together and the pain has gone away. Of course, I'm still irrationally uncomfortable and nervous whenever I see...483 months 2 weeks ago
+22Allen & Co. - An In-Depth ReviewIn browsing this forum, I’ve come across some misinformation (or none at all) about Allen & Company. The firm has historically been shrouded in secrecy…until today. Hopefully, I can shed some light on this super-secretive firm. All information was gathered through online resources and...331 week 4 days ago
+21Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app processHello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle. <h3>Background</h3> I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no...277 months 3 weeks ago
+21The 24 Interview Lessons I Learned on the Way to Getting My First Full Time JobHello all, I was suddenly grabbed by an idea to write down the lessons I learned from the ten interviews across seven different positions and 6 different companies I attended in the past 2.5 months on the road to my first job out of university. I started brainstorming in rough chronological...2010 months 5 days ago
+21Character: A valuable trait developed through adversity.There was a time when the term character was used to describe the quality of an individual. People of character were individuals who made good choices in spite of difficult situations. They chose to meet the challenges when they were tested by adversity. As a result of their actions and the...205 months 3 weeks ago
+23Ask Fake DickFuld January 2016Yes, you read that right. AndyLouis asked me to when I was going to do an AMA a year and a half ago or so in some random thread. I first researched what "AMA" meant and then realized it was a great opportunity. I had not really been in the DickFuld character yet and I truly never...1151 month 1 week ago
+217 Things I've Learned About Being A ManagerYou've just gotten that promotion and now you're in charge of a small team. Congratulations! And welcome to middle management. All the hard work and the knowledge you've developed about everything your firm does these past few years has been noticed. But, now you have a small...326 months 2 weeks ago
+20How IBD Makes (or Loses) Money and Why that Matters to YouInspired by @CompBanker" 's post on <A HREF="">"The Truth Behind PE Compensation."</A> Many junior IBD bankers are often asked to participate in "business planning" for...93 months 3 weeks ago
+22INTRODUCING: 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="">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...921 month 1 week ago
+212015-2016 salary & bonus discussionLet's talk about the 2015 - 2016 year bonus. Please list the firm, level, salary, bonus using the following format: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">JPM</a></span>, S&T, A0, 150k...1733 months 1 week ago
+20The Truth About Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/24/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> From observing the general population...649 months 5 days ago
+19AMA: Big Four Valuation Associate - Deciding Whether This Job Is Right For You<em>Mod Note (Andy) - This AMA was originally posted last year but @SeekingAlpha180" said he can still take questions from you (+new questions about his transition) </em> <strong>3/7/16 update: </strong>WSO Monkeys - I just moved to a top MM IB doing M&A in...601 month 4 days ago
+21What I Look For When Hiring Junior TradersI’ve been asked before what it takes to get a junior trader role on my desk, and there seems to be a prevalence of topics on the forums about how to secure a job as a junior trader. Having once been a junior trader, and now having hired and trained a few throughout my career, I feel fairly...501 month 3 weeks ago
+19Random Thoughts on the HF IndustryIt’s been a while since I posted (sorry @AndyLouis") so I decided to come back with something a little different from my previous posts. I’ll continue the E&F posts at some point, but given recent market conditions I thought this was more appropriate. The below is a compilation of...436 months 4 days ago
+19Oil and Gas Overview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #29 and was originally posted 1/10/2015.</em> Hopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have...419 months 1 week ago
+193 Tips for Non-TargetsWell I did it. I landed an offer to be a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer analyst</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...395 months 3 weeks ago
+19Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #31 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> <h3>Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview</h3> I think the most useful threads I’ve...3512 months 4 days ago
+19Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #32 and was originally posted 1/25/2015.</em> Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst,...309 months 1 week ago
+11Ask Natalie from Accepted about Business School AdmissionsWSO is excited to have the experts from Accepted on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. Here are messages from Natalie and Jen who will be checking this thread every few days: <h4>Natalie</h4> <em>I'm here to answer any questions you have...8272 hours 57 sec ago
+19Keeping Up with the Zuckerbergs (Learning About/Staying Up-to-Date on the Tech Industry)Now that I’m in the real world (and working in tech banking), I hear from a lot of students claiming they’re interested in working in/around technology, and asking for advice on how to learn more about the industry and keep up with trends. In order to save myself some time and not be forced...231 week 5 days ago
+21Avoid a Classic Mistake: Don’t Be a ‘Try Hard’I’ve written before about how your relationships at work are <em><u>everything</u></em>. If your bosses like you, you get better assignments, more favorable reviews, honestly you even get paid more and promoted over co-workers that probably deserve it more than you...233 weeks 2 days ago
+198 Rules to Live ByThe old guy here... A lot of people emailed me asking for life advice after I posted <a href="">"15 career steps"</a>... Pull up your skirt and repeat diver John Chatterton's 8 "rules to live by."...221 month 5 days ago
+19Demystifying GSO Capital (Blackstone)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #33 and was originally posted 6/9/2015.</em> I’ve been searching info about these guys for a while now. There are few threads on WSO with some insight, but...191 year 3 months ago
+26My Dating Philosophy<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #24 and was originally posted 3/21/2015.</em> I figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and...1129 months 4 days ago
+19Random Musings on the HF Interview Process<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #26 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> This is far from a definitive guide but should give you a high level overview on how to think about the process....101 year 1 month ago
+18AMA: GS Special Situations >> Founder of a Private Equity StartupMy experience bridges three worlds: investment banking, private equity, and startup life. Here’s my story, in a nutshell: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's Plan II and Business Honors programs and was hired directly out of undergrad to <span...1016 months 4 days ago
+22In Response to “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get”<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/15/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Jason Nazar, a contributing writer for...585 days 2 hours ago
+142017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting MegathreadWhen does FT IB Analyst recruiting typically start? I am a recent graduate (May 2017), and am wondering when banks will start taking resumes/interviewing online, or via other methods. Thanks guys!4581 day 4 hours ago
+18From State School to IBD to MM PE: AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last December but @THE PsYcHoLoGy" wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> WSO, I joined this site during my junior year of college, and it has proved to be a great resource time and again. There is a wealth of...536 months 4 weeks ago
+27Accidentally Punched MD in the FaceIt's my birthday today, and learned that my GF paid for a 1 week vacation for the both of us to go to Cleveland. My natural excitement made me spin out of my chair, get up, and swing my fist into the air. I did all of this so fast that I didn't realize my Managing Director was right...522 months 3 weeks ago
+15M&A Interview Questions (Levels 1 through 4)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #46. This one was originally posted 8/16/2015</em>. <h3>M&A Interview Questions - Can You Answer All Four? </h3> I have a set of M&A...3382 months 1 day ago
+18As my username suggests, not sure what to do...First year PE associate...rolled into PE without much of a break once I got done with my third year in banking. As my username suggests, I am fully burned out, and was fully burned out during my last 8-10 months of banking (though to be fair, I think everyone gets there toward the end). PE...373 months 4 weeks ago
+18Global macro recruiting - a primer<Redacted> 361 week 4 hours ago
+16MSF Question and Answer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This one was originally posted 6/30/2015.</em> I 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...2359 months 1 week ago
+19Adam the Analyst - Episode 1: Introduction<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 09/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...292 years 5 months ago
+18To All Freshman and SophomoresSo I have been asked twice in the past week by ambitious young monkeys "What are the best sources to learn to build a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial...221 hour 53 min ago
+18DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #35 and was originally posted 2/24/2015.</em> Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span...189 months 2 weeks ago
+18In This Business, You Need A Hobby—I’m A DJ<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #30 and was originally posted 9/6/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market...391 year 1 month ago
+22Why YOU Aren't Converting Your Interview - DCF Example (No Math)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #23 and was originally posted 8/28/2015.</em> <EM>Inspired by the <a...382 months 1 week ago
+18Best Lessons Learned From F&#%ing UpSome of the absolute best lessons you can learn in life come from f&#%ing up. Advice like "wear a condom" or "don't push that fart out after eating Thai food" or "don't eat pizza for literally every meal because your metabolism will slow down one day and...301 month 2 weeks ago
+19Makena Capital For all interested in Investment Analyst <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> at Makena Capital Management in Menlo Park... <h3>Interview...302 weeks 6 days ago
+17Congratulations to the 2015 WSO Forum Member of the Year: DingDong08<em>Mod Note (Andy): I'm posting this under DingDong08's account so he can reap all the silver banana love :-) </em> Winning by an astounding margin (33% of the votes vs 14% ), congratulations to WSO super user <strong>@Dingdong08"</strong> for winning...208 months 3 days ago
+17Another take on OCR recruiting (the ones that did everything right)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #34 and was originally posted 10/8/2015.</em> I wrote this because while <a...1811 months 4 weeks ago
+24Breaking into Banking is NOT Like Applying to College<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/14/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I have seen a ton threads like...1183 years 7 months ago
+17The Power of Habit<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #50. This one was originally posted 6/20/2015</em>. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, 2012 New York Times bestseller <em>The Power of...131 year 3 months ago
+17Qualities of a Great InvestorMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #44. This one was originally posted 10/19/2015. If you've seen some of my other posts you know that I'm not a stock picker, deal maker, or quant - I'm an...89 months 2 weeks ago
+20Women in the Workplace Pt 2: Rigged Markets, Inside Information, and the “Softer” SexMy <a href="">original post</a> on women in the workplace caused something of a commotion. I hadn't planned on a follow up, but @GLCIB27" forgot to check her privilege, so here we are...913 weeks 22 hours ago
+15Ask an ex-IB MD anything.........<em>Mod Note (Andy): Don't miss his webinar coming up this Sunday! "<a href="">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a>" You can ask me anything. I know there are probably a...1656 months 2 weeks ago
+17The Definitive Top 10 Alcoholic BeveragesLet's talk booze. You all knew the time would come that the discussion would branch out from my tried and true (WoodfordandCreatine™) and get more adventurous. There's no rules when it comes to alcohol, except obviously don't be a pussy. Try everything once. Also, girl drinks...592 hours 30 min ago
+16Special Sits PE Case Study Example<em>The webinar for this case is TODAY, July 6th, at 5:00pm EDT. If you miss it, it will be replayed for free on the homepage on August 6th</em> Even though recruiting season is not necessarily around the corner, I thought I'd share the below with the community. If anyone has...441 month 3 weeks ago
+18Advice from an ex-IB MD on how to make it to Wall Street<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #39. This one was originally posted 9/20/2015. <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...405 months 3 weeks ago
+18Week 4 of IBD Internship: Initiation<em>The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of...371 year 1 week ago
+16Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss <em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this originally went up 8/21/13. If you haven't read Nefarious' other posts make sure to check them out, he did a good series of 3-4 posts around this time (see on his tracker page by clicking his username) </em> Keeping with the...3511 months 3 days ago
+27Shitty Networking 101Welcome to the school of shitty networking. There will be future courses, but here's an intro. I receive messages on nearly every social media platform (even Tinder) from people trying to get a job. Some are fine, and I just ignore them. Some are spineless, or insane, or so terribly...341 week 1 day ago
+17Farted in Pipeline Meeting - Advice needed immediatelyIt was horrible. Smelled like someone killed a fat skunk with an egg stick. The two MDs in the room gave me the most evil stare I've ever seen...even worse than when I royally screwed up on a deal. Any help on what I should do to apologize? Thank goodness a couple analysts were there to...303 months 5 days ago
+16Advice from an ex-IB MD: Who succeeds on Wall Street <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #37 and was originally posted 10/14/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note #2: Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...2710 months 1 week ago
+16From Hedge Fund to Corp Fin to M&APhewwww, it's been a strange ride, fellas. I would like to gloat about my recent career revelations, while hopefully providing some advice/insight to the people who read. I have just finished up a GE-type Financial Management Program at an F100 firm with an offer for an analyst role...254 months 1 week ago
+20testing email notificationsplease ignore this test @jgsantos" 224 months 3 weeks ago
+17How Do We Decouple Income From Work?<p>This is the first post in a series exploring technology, its impact on how we work, and the macroeconomic effects of the displacement it causes.</p> <p>I was at a tech conference earlier this year and ended up at a discussion about workforce automation. A guy from...951 month 5 days ago
+15Quitting time - views on how to leave your job<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #48. This one was originally posted 3/8/2015</em>. I've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense...879 months 3 weeks ago
+15Stimulants 101: How to wake yourself up and get shit done (without destroying your long-term health)If you're reading this, I'm assuming you take a shit load of stimulants to stay awake and get work done. It's the only option on those days where you've been grinding through mind-numbing <span class='keyword_link'><a...794 weeks 1 day ago
+16Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href=" .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>5611 months 1 week ago
+15Officially Out of the HF BusinessMight as well make it official and say I have left the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> business to pursue other interests on good...437 months 3 weeks ago
+15Teller's Comprehensive Guide to Diversity RecruitingI'm creating this thread because I think that diversity recruiting is a powerful tool that is very much underutilized. Just about every <span class='keyword_link'><a...436 months 1 week ago
+15From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity Research<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #47. This one was originally posted 3/20/2015</em>. I posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have...291 year 6 months ago
+15WSO's Best Real Estate BooksPeople ask about the best real estate books to read on this forum almost daily and we're happy to toss <a...276 days 11 hours ago
+15Coming to America - A Canadian in New York (AMA)<EM>Quick Background: STEM Undergrad, public tech co, Canadian MBA, Big Five Canadian <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>, now NYC <span...267 months 5 days ago
+15My Story: From Trading Floor at UBS To Entrepreneur on Kickstarter<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #49. This one was originally posted 4/28/15.</em> “I wish I had this chance if I was your age again.” - said my MD when I resigned in April 2013. (He...189 months 3 weeks ago
+156 REAL Habits I've Observed From Self-Made MillionairesBusiness Insider (and forbes to a lesser extent) are flooding the younger generation with all of these seemingly simple ways to become a millionaire (see <a href="">"13 Habits of Self-Made...171 month 2 weeks ago
+15The Unconventional path to IB/PE (AMA)While taking the time to clean and organize my desk after a hectic 4-6 weeks engaged in a deal, I came across my old “WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ib...161 month 2 weeks ago
+15Extremely Robust Growth Projected - 132 hour work week All right, fellow monkeys. I'm on the tail end of a 132-hour workweek, so just a brief post today. So there I was, middle of the night, massaging an industry growth chart into an artificially-rosy picture that makes our pitch more attractive (a procedure that many of you will be...161 week 4 days ago
+15SA Interview Prep Techniques<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #38 and was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> <h3>4 Summer Analyst Interview Prep Tactics </h3> I recently completed SA recruiting and wanted to...159 months 3 weeks ago
+14BB Operations MD AMAHaven't seen too many posts to shed light on this so ask away. Also see my latest post here: <em>Mod Note (Andy): This is an older AMA originally posted on 2/20/16 but the OP let me know he's still...1112 months 4 days ago
+156 Tips To Boost Your Confidence And Nail Your Next Job Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #42 and was originally posted 11/13/2015.</em> Confidence matters. Often it matters more than whether or not you’re actually qualified. Hewlett Packard...910 months 3 weeks ago
+15Sources and Uses: How to Find and Use Information in IBD (EBITDA example)There is a lot of emphasis on technical skills in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>: being able to do <span...82 weeks 5 days ago
+162 steps to killing it in 2016!<strong><a href="">See part 2 here</a></strong> What's the best way to kill it in 2016? Make some pathetically impotent new year's resolutions, or take stock of how you killed...79 months 2 weeks ago
+14Johnson (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...941 year 5 months ago
+15Brief Introduction to Banking Recruiting at the MBA LevelMost of recruiting discussion here are for SA/ANL, and I realized MBA level recruiting is very different after went through the entire process. So I want to give back to the community and write a short guide about it. Since all these are pretty transparent and will be provided to you in your...687 months 2 weeks ago
+14Is This a Great Country or What?America is not a place without its problems, but there are some things we do better than any other country on Earth. Opportunity has to be at the top of that list. America is one of those rare places where you can truly start with nothing (or with even less than nothing) and become enormously...616 months 1 week ago
+14AMA: Endowments, Foundations, & Asset Allocators It's about time I do another post on here and rather than go into detail on a specific aspect of the industry I'm just going to open it up to a general AMA. The E&F (and asset allocators in general) industry is sort of a black box. Most people don't know a ton about the...281 week 40 min ago
+14The 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...275 months 3 weeks ago
+16Preparing 300 hours for McKinsey and BCG offerHello everyone, I just signed and sent out the McKinsey offer. This is something I have not even dream about 4 years ago when I first found about the world of consulting and MBB firms. It was a very long journey. I could not always see how all dots will connect but being driven by ambition...241 month 5 days ago
+147 Things I Learned While Running a Business<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #40 and was originally posted 7/31/2015.</em> Thought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a...221 year 2 months ago
+14Why I Enjoy Networking with Candidates<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #41 and was originally posted 7/29/2015.</em> I thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who...171 year 2 weeks ago
+24Banking vs. The Buy-side: 10.5 considerations<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #19 and was originally posted 11/21/2015.</em> In the forums I see a lot of questions and comments contrasting banking and the buy-side. It seems many of you are thinking about all the...1310 months 2 weeks ago
+15Dear DiaryA stream of consciousness-style journal-entry kind of thing from my analyst days, when I was coming off a hot-streak at the office and feeling burned out. I wrote this on a Saturday night. For whatever reason, enjoy... I’m in the vortex. The magnetron. I’ve been suffering from too little...122 months 3 weeks ago
+14Advice for an ex-IB MD: What to read if you want to go into finance<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #43. This one was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> I often get asked by young students or recent graduates what books they should be reading to succeed. I was a...810 months 1 week ago
+14What's Your Five Year (IBD) Plan? A VP Reflects and Looks Forward.I don't approve of this as an interview question, but it is something that everyone should try to think about. When I was an MBA candidate, it was more about just getting my foot in the door. I was lucky enough to get into a good bank as an <span class='keyword_link'><a...71 month 2 weeks ago
+13Your Most Absurd IB Interview Questions.. and AnswersAll, I am doing this because I haven't found a thread like this on WSO. I am curious as to everyone's most absurd <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ib...921 month 2 weeks ago
+13Gray Fox AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last August but Gray Fox wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> I've posted here for about five years, but with much less frequency the past year and a half. @xqtrack" @Kenny_Powers_CFA" @BlackHat"...716 months 4 weeks ago
+13AMA: A Bored Financial AdvisorHello everyone. I've lurked here on and off over the years and realize there isn't much activity regarding wealth management, but thought I'd register anyway. I'm in my 30s, at an independent broker/dealer, been doing this over a decade (after getting my B.S. in finance and...7041 min 13 sec ago
+12I'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anythingI'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anything. Interview prep questions, industry questions, etc. etc. 1451 month 3 days ago
+18What if Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan merged together?I know this sounds insane! But theoretically speaking what if <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> and <span...453 hours 27 min ago
+13My Experience as a Market Risk Analyst<em>Post any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer!</em> There doesn't seem to be much information on this website regarding this niche role so I'd like to just expand on this and hopefully future readers can gain insight on this function. I...405 months 4 weeks ago
+13A Day in the Life: Professional Baseball PlayerI figured that I was due for a Day in the Life post but with Major League Baseball’s playoffs in full swing I thought it would be fitting to do a post from my former life as a Minor League Baseball player. I played for two seasons and the following would be a typical day for a home game in...392 months 3 days ago
+13Blackrock MD BY 31: Ask me Anything <strong>Bio: </strong><em>Khe attended Yale University and has 15 years of finance experience, mostly as a fund of funds investor. Khe was promoted to Managing Director at Blackrock at the age of 31, and last year left to explore entrepreneurial passions around community...373 months 3 weeks ago
+16Sorry, you weren't good enough<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #36 and was originally posted 10/16/2015.</em> I liked this <span class='keyword_link'><a...369 months 2 weeks ago
+14Why do we lie about how many hours we work?Back when I was in my second year of consulting, I worked with literally the busiest person in the world. At least, that's what she wanted everyone to think... She would rush around the office with a permanent frown on her face, clutching her laptop and a stack of papers.  I...336 months 6 days ago
+14WSO Campus Representative Program August 23, 2016 update - we've decided there will be no campus rep program this school year. Instead we are testing out working with a smaller group of <span class='keyword_link'><a...1298 months 3 days ago
+14The Biggest Mistakes Even Great Employees MakeAlthough this isn't 100% directed to IB it is a strong overview of working general and the main mistakes that good or great employees do that limit them from being rockstars. <h3>1. They Clock In, Work, Clock Out</h3> The difference between a great employee and a rockstar...266 months 3 weeks ago
+135 Things a Dog Can Teach You About Trading<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in March 2011. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> That handsome guy to the left is my boy...253 years 5 months ago
+13This Week in Oil and Gas - 01/22/2016I plan on posting a weekly discussion topic called "This Week in Oil and Gas" to highlight news of the week (topics well vary). I am open to any suggestions and will hope that other users participate and post their thoughts. Here we go! <h3>Industry...258 months 2 weeks ago
+13Confusion Networking SituationDear Mr. Monkey, I am interning right now at a small investment boutique in my hometown doing some value-adding work. However, I want to work at <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...224 months 5 days ago
+17A One Stop Shop For All Things Diversity Recruiting - The Most Exhaustive List On WSODiversity recruiting has been the subject of several posts over the last few weeks. Although there are existing WSO posts that try to aggregate opportunity for diverse candidates, this one aims to be an exhaustive list that includes all the introductory programs and formal internship pipelines...201 month 1 day ago
+15My system for getting better at work (every single day)I sucked at my first job. It's a weird thing to admit, but it's true. When I started as a management consultant in 2010, I was worse than useless.  I had spent my summers during university cleaning yachts for rich people and working on my tan. Case in point: during my first...165 months 3 days ago
+13Hedge Fund Interview Guide BETA is LIVE!We are finally here! For those of you waiting on the <strong><a href="">WSO Hedge Fund Interview Guide</a></strong>, thank you for your patience -- it has been a long process to get to this...61 month 2 weeks ago
+14Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #45. This one was originally posted 2/6/2015. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email...809 months 3 weeks ago
+12L/S Credit HF Analyst - AMAI'm a long-term lurker, infrequent poster on another account. AMA. Have been reflecting a lot lately on "giving back" and WSO has been huge to me. More interested in talking credit / markets than "my path" or "recruiting" because I only got my jobs via...775 months 3 weeks ago
+15How does models and bottles work?I keep hearing the phrase <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">models and bottles</a></span>, and basically, if a guy has the cash to bottle service girls, he gets laid. But,...1602 months 2 weeks ago
+12AMA: CS/Finance Major -> Software Engineer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last July but Ace wrote and said he could still answer questions.</em> Hey 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...489 months 1 week ago
+12AMA: I’ve held Pre-MBA MM LBO, Growth Equity and Venture Capital investment roles for funds with $500M+ AUM to $5B+ AUMHi All - I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM...411 week 6 days ago
+11AMA: Former McKinsey EMAll, It has been awhile. I did an AMA quite a long time ago (<a href="">"Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB"</a>)...1401 month 3 weeks ago
+14The Truth About Work-Life BalanceAnyone here have a good work-life balance? If so, congrats. You’ve found the holy grail. But you can close this post now, because it's not written for you. This post is for everyone still drowning in work. For everyone struggling to build a life outside of the office. For...3910 months 2 days ago
+12The Art of Eloquence: Use These 4 Phrases to Advance Your Life and CareerIn life, and in careers, technical proficiency eventually fades in importance as compared to the skill of managing people. Eventually, you have to learn not only what to say, but also how to say it. The words, phrases, and sentences that follow will start you thinking about what triggers of the...316 months 1 week ago
+125 things I wish I had known when I was a business undergrad...I graduated from one of the top 10 undergraduate business schools in the US with a 3.85/4.0 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, an honors degree...229 months 1 week ago
+135 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Consulting<p>I worked as a management consultant for 4 years.</p> <p>I learned a bunch of stuff about business and strategy and operations.</p> <p>I also learned how to sound smart about something I knew nothing about, and how to use jargon to make simple things sound...1110 months 2 weeks ago
+12Hack Your Mind! Increase Focus By 200% and Finally Get Shit Done!I know for a fact a lot of you, like me, often debate between checking the latest event on Facebook or finishing that essay or project early. More often than not, we end up scrolling through our news feed, heading over to Youtube, and finally stressing over the looming exams while burdened with...115 months 3 weeks ago
+11Do you guys actually enjoy your jobs?I'm curious why you guys went into investment banking (or why you want to) and how many of you guys actually enjoy your jobs? It seems like so many people going into banking (especially at the analyst level) end up hating their work and the lifestyle that comes with it. I know investment...863 months 6 days ago
+115 Ways to Not Suck at Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/7/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Kids ask how many bankers they need...409 months 1 day ago
+11Shifting Wish Lists and Fleeting Freedoms<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/20/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> As in years past, Christmas has found...383 years 9 months ago
+12Injured both of my legs, what should I do about pants for the next 4-6 weeks?Hey guys, I managed to hurt both of my legs on a labor day weekend trip with my cousins and older brother. We were doing our annual labor day trip to the lake house upstate and I came up short while jumping off of a cliff (think 10-15 feet above the water) into the lake below. Both of my legs...343 weeks 5 days ago
+12From Depression to Community College to Target School & BeyondHey everyone. This past spring I graduated from my local community college and was accepted into 2 of 3 schools I applied to. After receiving endless amounts of useful advice and information from this community, I thought it would be a good time to formally introduce myself and hopefully share...282 months 3 days ago
+12Why 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...264 months 4 days ago
+11From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.I went to a prestigious private high school where lots of students are placed into Ivy league and other target schools across the nation. However, I gave zero f*cks in high school and was addicted to video games. I was naive into thinking that I could pull a 3.0 and get into a good college based...233 months 1 week ago
+15Do You Work Sick? Well, shit. Hillary Clinton's not the only one hiding dirty secrets about her health. I'm sitting at my desk with wads of Kleenex under my arms and some damn baby powder on my temples. I'm working on a word document. The family doctor told me to write whatever I want and...211 week 5 days ago
+11Advice to Fellow Non-Targets / Low GPAs: Use LinkedinI have seen a lot of posts about cold calling/emailing when your background isn't necessarily target and I thought I'd put in my two cents. To people trying to break in: use LinkedIn email religiously. Let me preface this by stating I was a 3.0 student at a very non-target state...202 months 4 days ago
+11Switching from Big 4 to Acquisitions: My StoryI've received a lot of PMs over the months about how I switched from Big 4 audit to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">REIT</a></span> acquisitions....126 months 6 days ago
+12How to find fast and healthy food court meals (even if you're crazy busy)I learned something crazy the other day: high-level Ironman triathletes pee on their bikes during races. That's right.  In the middle of a 112 mile ride, they'll just let loose all over their $12,000 Cervélo bike. These people sound insane, but I sort of understand why they do...122 months 1 week ago
+11Structuring and Flow in an M&A ModelMost of you probably already know this, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to say it again out loud. Especially since I've seen a few confusingly (and unnecessarily) circular models lately, it might be a good time to review. When designing your models, like a good computer program, your...102 months 5 days ago
+11The Three Most Common TechnicalsThere have been a lot of "moral support" threads lately (<A HREF="">here</A>, <A...98 months 5 days ago
+11Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business SchoolI went to London Business School primarily to transition from working for the Clinton Foundation to a job in impact investing. At London Business School, I used a variety of resources at my disposal to improve my financial acumen. I built <span class='keyword_link'><a...78 months 3 days ago
+10The Allure of Investment BankingThough in recent years, many have highlighted the fact that the allure of investment banking has significantly dimmed given the multitude of undergrads wanting to head straight into the buy-side or technology. This however has not been a trend I personally agree with, as more and more students...1074 months 3 weeks ago
+11PERE 50 2016-Real Estate Private Equity Rankings2016 real estate private equity rankings. (See attachment inside the post)73 months 1 week ago
+13Advice from an ex-IB MD: The Habits of Winners<b>Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes – George Soros</b> My goal is to give you as many strategic advantages as possible, so that you can’t help but win in life. A month...67 months 2 weeks ago
+11Value and Taxes: Breaking down the Pfizer- Allergan DealA week ago, I began my series of posts on the drug business, starting with <a href="">my perspective on how the business is changing</a> and then moving on to post on...26 months 1 week ago
+10hot car but no hot girl - HELP!okay guys, i am in a very difficult situation. I have a very nice car, 2006 bmw z4, that gets me compliments all the time. there is this incredibly hot girl at work that i like but i've never talked to her before since i have nothing to talk to her about. i figured that i could use my car...1006 days 15 hours ago
+10Credit Analyst AMABackground: I work for one of the largest banks in the world by assets, in credit analysis. My job is basically to analyze the credit risk of large corporates (generally more than $1Bn in revenue). Products are not limited to loans and revolvers, but extends to everything under the sun that is...6134 min 26 sec ago
+10Get In, Loser. We're Going To Mars.<p>What a time to be alive. We could be (probably are) on the cusp of being an interplanetary species. Elon Musk revealed his plans for taking humanity to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress on Tuesday. And it starts in July of 2018. </p> <p>There are a lot of...515 days 16 hours ago
+10Ask 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.507 months 7 hours ago
+11MSF -->> Big 4 Valuation AMAIt has been a long time since I've posted something constructive on these fora but lately, I have been getting a lot of questions on LinkedIn about Big 4 valuation, especially from those in MSF programs and recent MSF grads. Like most MSFs, I was completely unaware of the diverse career...452 months 4 days ago
+11Transgender at a Hedge FundI currently work at a medium sized fund. My resume looks like what you'd expect, highly selective undergrad, good work experience, MBA from a top 3 program, passed the <span class='keyword_link'><a...381 day 6 hours ago
+11Resume Guidelines from a WSO Drop ReviewerI have reviewed a number of resumes from a recent WSO drop, and while I've received some really wonderful ones that I have passed on (at least one received an offer!), I had far too many that were just terrible, which should not happen given the wealth of advice WSO has to offer on resumes....343 months 2 weeks ago
+10Exiting Big Four (Audit) after 5 years and entering FP&A - Ask me anything<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 7/19/2015.</em> Spent 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...311 year 2 months ago
+10Global Macro's Future "Stars" - Where Are They Coming From?What professional backgrounds are today's and tomorrow's top global macro minds coming from? And how much does the environmental backdrop help explain this? Pretty simple question, but I think it's interesting to note the following trends for context. The first generation of...261 week 3 days ago
+102015 in Film: A Year in ReviewThe best time of the year has arrived. With 2015 behind us, it's time to take a look at the film industry ahead of the Academy Awards. This past year I managed to see 17+ films in the theater, which I've attempted to highlight below....228 months 3 weeks ago
+10Non-Target, 3.0 < GPA, non-finance major, to ERBackground: I went to a non-target, had a 2.7 GPA, and didn't study finance in college. Ended up landing a job in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span>. I...214 months 3 weeks ago
+10Three things I’ve learned from three months in business school<h3>1. What “smart” looks like</h3> Once you get accepted into business school, it soon dawns on you that for the first time in a while, you’ll be sitting in class with some incredibly smart people. Of the thousands of people that applied to the program, these are the people...1311 months 2 weeks ago
+10Non-Targeted Southern School with No Connections, 2016 Capital Markets AnalystSo I am from a very non-targeted Southern school. I grew up in a small South Carolina town and I am the first in my family to get a degree from an accredited school. I didn't come from much money (my family was in real estate and the recession really hurt us), so I had to pay for college....1310 months 1 week ago
+11How to get the MD to push your resume<em>Mod Note (Andy): You can read his ongoing AMA here: "<a href="">BB Operations MD AMA</a>"</em> We all know that the best person to push your resume for a internship at a <span...107 months 3 weeks ago
+10How To Win Friends And Influence People<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I want to teach you how to...710 months 1 week ago
+10The long road to ER from a non-targetI have been browsing this forum for almost two years now since the beginning of my senior year and thought I would share my story on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a...75 months 5 days ago
+72016 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, I would like to start a thread for 2016 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...3033 months 2 weeks ago
+9Who Is Rich?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in September 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a> If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to...958 months 3 weeks ago
+10Anyone else fed up with the banking/finance industy?Happy Monday everyone. It'd be good if we keep this discussion amongst those who have actually been there and done that (i.e. no high school/college students) I thought I'd start a topic that perhaps a lot of you think about but don't bring up often enough - Is anyone else...824 months 3 weeks ago
+10What If No One Wins the Election?<p>Whomever you prefer in the 2016 presidential race, no one can say it hasn’t been interesting (in the same way watching jackals pick apart the carcass of an antelope is interesting). One of the things that makes it so is the fact that we are a month out and it could still go either...781 day 6 hours ago
+10MSF Class of 2018I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...1751 day 14 hours ago
+9AMA First Year Wharton MBAI hosted a WSO webinar (<a href="">link here</a>) on Thursday, December 3rd about my application to Wharton and how I got in, despite having a low <span...647 months 2 days ago
+10When does the rat race end?I just finished my sophomore year and will be heading into SA recruiting this upcoming fall. I am currently spending my summer at a boutique IB, and given the comparatively lax lifestyle I have now compared to next summer and potentially for the rest of my life, I wanted to do some soul...563 months 3 days ago
+10How To Kill a Bank - The Final Chapter<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Many of you remember a series I wrote...482 years 10 months ago
+14Five Ways Video Games Made Me a Better InvestorInstead of spending my free time outdoors, I, like many of you, spent my childhood playing video games. So how has that made me a better investor? There’s at least five very good reasons, so let’s get right into it. <h4>1) Know the Rules</h4> The subtlety in this seemingly...414 days 7 hours ago
+10Ask Me Anything: I went from a non-target to McKinsey, MIT Sloan and BCGHey guys, An undergraduate I am mentoring sent me a link to an AMA from this site from someone in business school. I was reminded that I was using this site 9 years ago in 2006. Back then I still hadn't accomplished much. Through focus. belief in myself and failing MANY times,...376 months 10 hours ago
+10'Equity' (2016) Movie Review: The Harsh Tale of Women on Wall Street<em>"Equity" came out last week (limited release) and currently has a 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes</em> Coming straight out of 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival, Meera Menon's Equity is dubbed “the first all-female Wall Street movie” by many. It is an incredibly...361 month 1 week ago
+10Workaholics vs. Successaholics: Working Hard vs. Working SmartGreetings fellow monkeys: By way of introduction, I have been a shadow-user for quite some time, please excuse my lurking, and I want to thank everybody for all of the thought and effort that is put into your posts. I have learned a great amount from the WSO community and the content is often...282 months 2 weeks ago
+10We're Totally Living in a Simulation<p>Ever since I started writing for WSO again there has been one topic you guys have asked me to cover more than any other, and that is the notion that we're living in a simulation. Well, <em>living</em> probably isn't the right word. More like...261 week 4 days ago
+11"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"As part of <a href="">my business</a>, I hear this question all the time...<em>"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"</em> You've probably asked yourself this question a few times as...154 months 1 week ago
+9The Importance of Thinking Big<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I am here to tell you that...1010 months 2 days ago
+9On Campus Recruitment and Networking: A guide<h3> Recruitment Season </h3> Since it is recruitment season, I thought I would write this post. For all those currently undergoing On Campus Recruitment, being a great network-<span class='keyword_link'><a...711 months 2 weeks ago
+9Wharton Business School: Entrepreneurship Speech I went to Wharton and spoke to some of their MBAs about Entrepreneurship and thought you guys might like the video of it :-) 18 minutes and 40 seconds on the following four topics: <ol> <li>Is quitting your job and starting a business right for you?</li> ...77 months 3 weeks ago
+9AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programs<em>Mod Note (Andy) - we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/18/2015.</em> I 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...619 months 1 week ago
+8Uncle Eddie's Guide to RumI've been meaning to do this for some time now and, with the holiday party/gift giving season right around the corner, I figured now was as good a time as any. Those of you who know me know that I love my rum. Not only does it have a pleasant effect on a body after three or four, rum more...605 months 1 week ago
+8AMA: REIT Acquisitions AssociateWSO has provided me tons of valuable information over the years and helped me break into real estate a few years ago. Now it's time to pay it forward. I am going to be 100% full disclosure on everything (except compensation). I work as an acquisitions associate for a small publicly...585 months 2 weeks ago
+8A Career In Market RiskHello all, I am a less of a contributor on this site but think it makes sense to post my experience in the field of Market Risk and everything around it from a career point of view if it ends up helping few members. <strong>Happy to take questions, ask away...</strong> I spent...458 months 1 week ago
+8AMA - Non-Target >> Valuation >> MM IBAttempting to share my knowledge and experience lateraling from valuation to IB in an effort to give back to the WSO community. The situation: Non-target, landed a valuation role out of undergrad. Leveraged my valuation experience and was able to network into a MM IB analyst role after a...405 months 1 week ago
+8Barclays recruitment process - Business Insight online assessment Hi guys, I would like to know whether someone already experienced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Barclays</a></span>' new recruitment process for London <span...382 days 8 hours ago
+8Affirmative Action Based Upon Income/Wealth Instead of Race?I cannot claim credit for this, I'm reposting from Financial Samurai's blog, a very successful man who I occasionally read. Curious to see what the opinion of WSO is... Excerpt:[quote] For those who believe race is a fine criteria to use for college admissions, are you telling me...371 day 6 hours ago
+8Interactive Debt Sizing MatricesI created these interactive Debt Sizing Matrices after I observed that my colleagues and I were continually running the same calculations when trying value a property and/or size a loan. Feel free to post/send some feedback.324 months 5 days ago
+135 ways a career on WS is not what it used to beIn the old days many people perceived joining Wall Street was a golden ticket. They figured if you put your head down and work hard your career can be whatever you want it to be. Some thought they would make their money and be done in their thirties or forties. Others imagined they would keep...3110 months 3 weeks ago
+8Funniest Scene in a Finance/Business MovieHey everyone! After watching The Big Short this past holiday season, I stumbled across one of the funniest scenes I've seen in a movie, or at least a finance-related movie: The actual scene is from 1:55-2:32. This scene was actually in...228 months 1 week ago
+13How to sleep anywhere anytime 101I'm back from Vegas in one piece, chumps. Thanks a lot for those sordid invitations in my inbox courtesy of your blackout selves. I think I met a couple of you, and I know for sure from the unspeakable smell of my clothes that I met some of your working female "friends." Extra...223 weeks 6 days ago
+9Two Internships Don’t Equal a Job: My journey from an NGO to a VCWhen people ask me about my career, I simply tell them that after becoming disillusioned with non-profit work, I went to London Business School to transition to a role at an investing firm. In reality, the shift was much more complicated than that. The following is a comprehensive history of how...202 weeks 6 days ago
+8The Red Flags That Will Screw You At Goldman SachsSo apparently CNBC has compiled a list of all the words and phrases that could get flagged by Goldman's automated email surveillance system, and be transferred to someone in the compliance department for review. Apparently the list was created in 2008 and has been regularly updated since...163 months 2 weeks ago
+8From weighing 280 pounds and a 2.5 GPA at a Non-Target, to 200 pounds and an Interview with McKinseyHi Everyone, I've been browsing Wallstreet Oasis for the past few years and I want to share my story and more importantly, reiterate to everyone on this forum to dream big. I went to a non-target state school and while suffering from social anxiety and obesity, I was also facing an...141 week 4 days ago
+8AMA: Non-target to target transfer; BB IB & buyside offersHi everyone, this site provided immeasurable help in my journey to break into finance. I realize this post may only apply to a small group of monkeys, but I think I can be most helpful by discussing my transfer process and decision to switch schools at the undergrad level. Since the deadline for...115 months 4 weeks ago
+8Staying Alive: 4 Tips for Surviving Corporate LayoffsAs an Oil and Gas professional, Fridays are both a curse and a blessing depending on whether or not I have a job at the end of the day. Since the price of oil has been on a perpetual decline and showing no signs of a recovery, thousands of employees have been laid off. Everyone from Jim the...98 months 3 weeks ago
+8JV Promote Structures and ConceptsI've noticed a lot of questions on this forum relating to promote structures, deal structures, and other topics relating to JV partnerships and return calculations. One of my former co-workers gave me an issue of the Real Estate Finance Journal that does a fantastic job diving into all...42 months 3 days ago
+8Divergence in the Drug Businesses: Pharmaceuticals and BiotechnologyIn the last two weeks, I have started writing about <a href="">Pfizer’s courting of Allergan,</a> <a...311 months 4 days ago
+7Ask Me Anything: REPE Investment Professional<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/6/2015.</em> Hi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that WSO has...999 months 2 weeks ago
+8Is College Worth the Opportunity Cost?<p>This is going to seem like an odd question to many of you, and I even debated whether I should ask it here. On the other hand, this might be the perfect place to ask it. It's about the opportunity cost of college.</p> <p>I'm asking as the father of two young...791 month 3 hours ago
+29From Heartbroken Undergrad to Elite Wall Street Warrior – My StoryFrequent lurker, first time poster. This is my story, with a bit of personal flair. I’ll cover why not getting an internship was the best thing that ever happened to me. Why a high GPA and and an Ivy League degree are not as important as you think. Why Renaissance, Two Sigma, are not...746 months 2 weeks ago
+7Hillary Clinton's Estate TaxYou might have seen that Hillary Clinton has proposed a hike in the estate tax to 65% (it's currently at 40%). The estate tax is unlike other taxes because you are passing down something for your kids' benefit, not your own. On one hand, you should be able to do what you want with...734 days 5 hours ago
+7NE M7 to MBB: What I wish I knew, observations, and ask me anythingI attend a northeastern M7 school and just finished first year recruiting, having landed 2 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span> offers and 1 2nd tier offer (ATK, LEK,...547 months 3 days ago
+7I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anythingAs a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA: I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between. If you have any...504 months 2 weeks ago
+7Sales and Trading Analyst AMAHey Everyone, I've been a longtime reader of the forum and just want to thank everyone for all the helpful information I've found throughout the years from undergrad to my first internship and onto to being a sales and <span class='keyword_link'><a...504 months 3 weeks ago
+7AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A Boutique<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 2/21/2015.</em> I had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a...445 months 1 week ago
+8Goldman's New Policy for Investment Banking Analysts - 3 Reasons Why it Won't Stop the Bleeding to the Buyside<h3>The Current Promotion Cycle for Investment Banking Analysts </h3> So recently I got word that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman...4110 months 3 weeks ago
+7How To Be A Gentleman: A Monkey's Review<strong>What does being a gentleman mean to you?</strong> Does it mean knowing which fork to use at a properly-set table? Does it mean being so impeccably dressed as to make Patrick Bateman and 007 envious? Does it mean knowing when to tip, how to tie a bowtie, or how to properly...402 months 3 weeks ago
+8The Economics of SexCame across an interesting video that talks about the history of sexual relationships from an economics point of view. Discuss. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"...3811 months 1 week ago
+7AMA: Asset Management BO to FO and everything in between<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This was originally posted 11/17/2015.</em> I mentioned a while back my transition from various <span class='keyword_link'><a...366 months 2 weeks ago
+7It Took 18 Hours to Pour San Francisco’s Biggest-Ever Concrete FoundationWhen I was in San Francisco for the ULI Fall Meeting I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on and a tour of Salesforce Tower, a joint project by Hines and Boston Properties that will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. It was an incredible presentation and tour and the...3310 months 1 week ago
+7Corporate Development Manager - Q&A<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 10/28/2015.</em> Reading through @Harvardgrad08"'s posts I think this type of contribution is extremely helpful in de-mystifying certain...339 months 2 weeks ago
+15How many of the senior bankers on your team do you reckon will die aloneI never really thought of my superiors as being human and just wrote them off as being married, divorced, terribly inconvenienced by the fact that they are indeed married, really good at getting divorced, asexual, or hopeless. That last category includes some of the serial direct promotes at the...334 months 1 week ago
+7A Day In The Life of a SaaS Sales Development RepSo, I know this doesn't go in here, but I know the Other Road won't get any views on this or very many, and its not exactly Sales and Trading. I've been working in a sales development role at a hot startup in the SaaS sphere. We are innovating and disrupting in our field, and...274 months 3 weeks ago
+7WSO Happy Hour - London - Wednesday MAY 18TH, 7PM, The George A few years ago we had several WSO drinks in the City but these have basically died off. I admit some responsibility for this as I used to organise them but have slacked. Nevertheless, spring is here (bar the occasional 2 minutes of snow in April....), deal flow is quietening down pre-Brexit...274 months 2 weeks ago
+8Ray Dalio Teaches Econ 101This is really excellent. Imagine having <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Bridgewater</a></span>'s Ray Dalio as your Econ 101 professor. Then imagine that the class...245 months 2 weeks ago
+7Nootropics: CILTEP vs. Nexus<p><em>Obligatory note: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. These are my experiences alone, and you must decide what is best for yourself. If that includes seeing a doctor before beginning any dietary or nootropic supplement regimen, that is probably for the...233 weeks 2 days ago
+7Analyst Interview - Common QuestionsHi, I have a partner interview with a large commerical real estate firm, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what type of questions I should expect and how to best answer them. I've been told questions will be mostly <span class='keyword_link'><a...226 days 22 min ago
+9Finally cut itGuys, So I finally cut it 3 years after graduating from undergrad, and I would like to share my story to you guys as this forum has been staying with me along the way and indeed the break-in cases here keep on pumping gas into me whenever I got rejected. A bit about my background, I was an...183 weeks 2 days ago
+7IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them<EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal advice. Please ask your relevant immigration / legal council for advice that suits your circumstances.</EM> Background: Canadian MBA, IBD at a Big Five Canadian Bank, now IBD in NYC at a good BB. When I was in school, I...178 months 3 weeks ago
+7Things to read while pretending to work – Nov. 5, 2015It’s the end of the week, you’ve been grinding since Monday, and we both know that very little actual work is getting done today. After all, you wouldn’t be on WSO right now if you were in the middle of a fire drill. Instead of endlessly clicking through WSO / FaceBook / BarStool /...1511 months 1 day ago
+7Cover Letter + Resume Advice<em>Mod Note (Andy): the link for the free WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span> resume template is <a...1412 months 4 days ago
+7How to fail the CFA level 2 ExamAhhh January, the wonderful month that you are. A month filled with ambitious New Year’s resolutions and regret about consumption habits throughout December. It is also the month when the worrying realisation that you have probably exchanged your 89th and 90th years for guaranteed fun now, and...138 months 2 weeks ago
+7Kotler's Four Migrations<p>I was listening to <a href="">James Altucher's podcast</a> a couple weeks ago and his guest was Steven Kotler. For those who don't know, Kotler is a popular futurist who has written several books about...93 weeks 4 days ago
+7Advice from an ex-IB MD: Eight tricks to ace your 1st round interview611 months 2 days ago
+8The HF Pitch: condensing HF case/pitch into key pointsWSO'ers, wanted to take some time out to help prospective <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>/<span...611 months 5 days ago
+7The 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...612 months 2 days ago
+7Sort of a Success StoryIn my previous <a href="">AMA</a> I didn't go as in depth about my past as I am going to go this time. But I think the story will definitely help someone out because it shows that you can...66 months 1 week ago
+7Re - Lifestyle in Private Equity (lower mid to mid market space)<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by 2015 member of the year @Dingdong08" from the thread "<a href="">Long-term PE - Lifestyle</a>" is so insightful (10 silver bananas) that I decided it...57 months 3 days ago
+9I'm writing this from a strip club! (Plus, a movie review)Big news to report: I finally got around to watching <a href="">The Big Short</a> Friday night. I don't know what you monkeys were doing in December that you had time to spare during the holiday crunch to drop 15 bucks on both you...31 month 4 weeks ago
+7Mid 90's was the wildest lending I've seenAnybody here that's about my age (39) and older will remember the mid to late 90's resi lending as being far more aggressive than the 2000's. In 1996, at age 19, after working for a large consumer finance lender (similar to TransAmerica), I got in the mortgage business. Times...31 hour 23 min ago
+7Goldman Sachs Video InterviewMyself, and a few people I know of were invited to do the 15min video interviewers for Goldman Sach's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>...967 hours 14 min ago
+6What is your compensation in Real Estate Finance?I cant find much in the way of compensation for real estate other then the summary page from the HR consultant that is floating around here, so I thought maybe people will be willing to describe what they do, their market, and what their compensation looks like. Industry: Real Estate...853 weeks 1 day ago
+6Brexit Wins - What You Need To KnowAfter months of campaigning, one side leaves distressed, the other ecstatic. The results show 52% voted to leave the EU versus 48% that voted for Britain to stay within the EU. That’s 11,855,663 votes for Remain and 12,698,977 votes for Leave. The goal is to unwind Britain’s 43-year...2823 months 2 days ago
+6BlackRock Virtual Cover LetterHas anyone applied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">BlackRock</a></span> to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not...811 day 1 hour ago
+62nd Year Kellogg Student - Ask me AnythingSecond Year student here. Successfully made the transition from Finance to Consulting. Love the culture here. Chicago is cold as balls. Saw how recruiting worked out for people- internship and then full-time wise, so I finally feel that I'm in a position to give my overall opinion here....679 months 3 weeks ago
+6AMA, I'm the head trader for a Multi-strat HFWent to a top 25 undergrad program, been at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> <span class='keyword_link'><a...603 months 3 weeks ago
+10ACTUALLY, THEY’RE BOTH NAMED BERNIE<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post is a reprint from the January 15th edition of Jared's Daily Dirtnap Newsletter. If you'd like to read more, WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to his Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO...488 months 2 weeks ago
+8Big4 M&A - An ExplanationOver the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">corporate...462 months 3 weeks ago
+6AMA - Big 4 Audit to Boutique M&A ShopHello all, I’ve been a lurker for some time now and have found/utilized some useful information on this site, so I wanted to give back in some way. I recently landed an investment banking analyst position at a boutique bank for M&A. In regards to my background, I graduated from a...401 week 6 days ago
+6AMA: Dropout -> coding bootcamp -> 100K+Hi all, I'm currently working in silicon valley tech as a software engineer. I once considered working in finance because I wanted to make big money but clearly couldn't break in without a college degree. I ended up taking the plunge with a coding bootcamp a few years back and...393 weeks 1 day ago
+6Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: Drinking for the Modern MonkeyWelcome to <i>Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk</i>, WSO’s new blog about all things alcohol related. It’s a celebration of alcohol, a veritable treasure trove of recipes to be tried out, a collection of useless facts, tips and suggestions to survive the next day, an education on more...393 months 2 weeks ago
+62017 FT S&T ThreadFeel free to post deadline dates and whether or not apps are open on here and I will continue to add. As you can tell, I have more names to add as well so just let me know who I left off and I will add: <span class='keyword_link'><a...391 day 2 hours ago
+6What happens if you fall asleep on the job?I can generally function well on little sleep, but sometimes I doze off at certain times (early afternoon, early evening) even when I'm well rested. I don't totally pass out or drop my head on the desk, I just fall into a very light sleep for ten minutes or so while I'm sitting at...377 months 3 weeks ago
+6AMA: Kellogg admit, 30+ URM candidate with 2.6 GPA from low tier state school and consulting backgroundBeen a longtime member but haven't posted much, so I wanted to give back. As the title says, I graduated from a small state school in the northeast with an awful GPA, then re-positioned myself these past 5 years with a plan and goal of going into M7 -> <span...373 months 2 weeks ago
+6AMA - top 10 MBA vs MSF vs MMSI hope this AMA can help you if you're looking at MBA, MSF or MMS in your early careers. Background: enrolled in a top 10 MBA program; nontarget undergrad with 3.5 GPA, experiences in first tier MSF (not MIT). less than 2 years of work in an <span class='keyword_link'><a...333 months 1 week ago
+14Young People of WSO: What is with this fascination towards IB?I'm a lot older than most of you guys and while I never worked in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">FO</a></span> IB or desired to do so, I don't understand the...1285 months 1 week ago
+6Looks like Booth just jumped up my list of schoolsGood for them. "The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students...282 weeks 2 hours ago
+68 Year Anniversary Today is the eight year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Completely mind blowing. Discuss.....263 weeks 16 hours ago
+6Leveraged Finance Lawyer here, AMANot sure if this will be of interest to anyone (if not, I imagine this will quickly fall into darkness), but I am a lev fin lawyer working at a V5 primarily on lender side LBOs/refis/etc (though have done a decent chunk of sponsor side work). If you've ever had any questions that you feel...252 months 1 week ago
+7AMA: Venture Capital Co-Founding PartnerGood evening everyone! (or whatever time it is in your time zone), I wanted to open up some time for Q&A with the WSO community. WSO was a very helpful tool in helping me pursue <span class='keyword_link'><a...255 months 1 week ago
+6AMA: Extreme Non Target to IBDNOTE: Made this post a while back but didn't have enough bananas to post the story into the main body. Starting college as a pre med student, I attended a college highly regarded in the biological research field but a complete fucking joke in anything else. And by a complete joke I mean...192 months 1 week ago
+6AMA: Ex-BB analyst across US and Asia in Oil&Gas/PowerHi there, I was previously employed by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> for 2 years. I was in the US for a year before moving to Hong Kong for my second...187 months 2 weeks ago
+7From Non-Target to ThreesomeFriday night. I'm at the club, grinding on two fine NYU specimens, one is my date and the other told us her name was Chloé. I peer over my shoulder and cringe at the desperate frat boys, raising vodka for the sober women, oblivious to the fact that chicken-legs and chubbies don’t go...182 months 6 days ago
+6Would Non-Targets Be Interested In a Guide to Cold Contacting Investment Bankers?Hi Folks, First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">data room</a></span> sales rep with an extensive background in cold contacting...178 months 1 week ago
+6AMA: Credit Underwriter at Commercial Auto Finance CompanyThis probably won't gauge as much interest as other posts, but I'll give it a shot. BACKGROUND: 1.) Recent grad. Started as a credit analyst and moved to an Underwriter/Underwriting Analyst position after 8 months. Non-target (employers in this line of business will give any...177 months 2 weeks ago
+6Reading List for the Incoming AnalystI'm from a non-target and, in part, due to mistakes avoided by listening to you lot for the last few years, I've landed an analyst role, so thanks! :) My generation primarily and increasingly uses the internet to gain information. Although a wonderful source, it rarely has the same,...176 months 1 week ago
+6This Week in Oil and Gas - 1/31/2016Continuing the weekly Oil and Gas review with major headlines and news you need to know... <h3>Industry News</h3> <strong>Chevron swings for a loss in energy earnings season...first loss since Q3 2002</strong> Supermajor Chevron posted its first loss since Q3...168 months 1 week ago
+6Non-Target, Low GPA, Mediocre Internships. Landed a Tech M&A position. AMA!Hi Everyone! I thought that it was appropriate for my first post to share my story of breaking into IB. I come from a small LAC in the Northeast with a very small alumni base in general, and even smaller in the world of finance. We tend to pump out advisers and insurance guys at an alarming...166 months 3 days ago
+6B School is a means to an end not a goal in and of itselfHas anyone else noticed how many people have b school as an explicit goal? It's kind of odd to see people asking things like "Which job will best position me for b school?". Perhaps I'm just cynical, but the value proposition of B school is the network and the ability to...156 months 2 weeks ago
+6REFM Review - Real Estate Financial Modeling Courses 1-3I just went through levels 1-3 of Bruce Kirsch's Real Estate Financial Modeling (REFM) and another monkey recommended I give a review... So here is a summary and what I though about the courses: Level 1 - starts off as simple formatting and statistics formulas (max, min, avg). Then moves...111 month 2 weeks ago
+8How to Awaken the Giant Within<strong>I’m a sucker for self-improvement.</strong> I’ve probably read 50 books on the subject. <strong>I read them because I genuinely believe that we can change,</strong> that nothing is fixed, and that there are many ways for us to achieve greatness and fulfill our...98 months 2 weeks ago
+6Liberal Arts Undergrads: A few tips to land THE internshipHey monkeys. I just started becoming more active on WSO now that I have made it to the buy side and wanted to share a few tips for fellow liberal arts undergrads. After working on my economics degree on a campus of 2,000 students and residing outside of a large city (I apologize for the...98 months 4 weeks ago
+63 Reasons Canadians Aren’t Seeing Lower Pump PricesCanada is one of the top oil producing nations in the world, producing around 4.3 million barrels per day according the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). You might assume that with crude oil prices testing their August lows that Canadians are seeing extremely low pump prices for...710 months 1 week ago
+14A horrible surprise after Bring Your Kid To Work DayBack from a late summer hiatus, monkeys. I like to take some for myself during this season and get out to the Catskills to detox my liver and clear my mind. Just kidding. I was catching major shit sandwiches from my boss about taking vacation this summer so I basically spent every night in...72 weeks 2 days ago
+62 steps to killing it in 2016 (Pt 2)Hopefully you had a chance to do part one of this exercise that <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""> you can find here. </a></span> There you reviewed 2015, in particular focusing...69 months 4 days ago
+6The Secret Weapon That Lets You Control the Job InterviewMany people enter an interview expecting to be grilled by tough questions: <em>“How would you handle X,”</em><em> “What makes you different from all other candidates?”</em>, <em>“How many windows do you estimate are in Manhattan?”</em> And to their...67 months 2 days ago
+6How to network & get yourself a Career MentorThis is probably one of the most interesting and important subjects that universities failed to include in your curriculum. First I will define a Career Mentor: A Mentor is a professional in your target field that has accumulated decent experience and is willing to help you bridge the gap...61 month 4 days ago
+6TN-1 Visa for Canadians - Academic Equicalency and Credentials EvaluationThis is Part II of my original post <A HREF="">IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them</A> <EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal...45 months 3 weeks ago
+6All the Evil of this World: A Monkey's Review[from Chapter 1]<em> “So why do you want to be a trader?” she asks. <em>“Because I’m good at math.” “Lots of people who are good at math don’t want to be traders.” “It’s fun.” She half-winks at me. <em>“How do you know? You haven’t done it...32 months 1 week ago
+6AMA continuation: Debating Trends in Lower Middle Market PE with the Founders of Nextvest<a href="">After my last AMA,</a> I got a lot of messages and reachouts asking to discuss how we came up with the idea for Nextvest and to get my perspective on how the PE...25 months 1 week ago
+6What makes a good short?Responding to @LionHeart"'s question on how to identify good short candidate - <em>"What is your thought process when determining good shorts, and what are some key items you look for?"</em> Below describes my primary process. There are numerous danger signs...223 hours 12 min ago
+6Pre-Investment Banking Internship: Calling all freshmen and sophomoresJanuary has arrived bringing a new year, new semester, and the pre-IB internship dash. IB recruiting has gotten really competitive. At the top-tier <span class='keyword_link'><a...18 months 3 weeks ago
+5NY Muslim terrorist bombings/Wells Fargo CEO getting grilledSo, NYC got bombed this weekend and I'm surprised nobody has brought it up here. Then, the CEO from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Wells Fargo</a></span> gets grilled in...982 weeks 4 days ago
+5Meat on the Street<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The worst <span...889 months 6 days ago
+5Official Super Bowl 50 threadalright monkeys, it's that time again. being the south, I'm surrounded by Panthers fans, both legitimate and bandwagon, and after their showing yesterday, it's hard to deny their charm & talent. To make this interesting, I want people to make some bold predictions (a la...858 months 3 days ago
+5Attending Tuck @ Dartmouth in the fall, after being waitlisted. Ask me anything (AMA)Age: just turned 25 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span>: 690, 700, 760 Ethnicity: Caucasian Gender: M Geo Loc: US (South)792 months 1 week ago
+5Why are Equity Research and Investment Management looked down upon?It seems like there is a lack of content on WSO outside of the IB and PE forums on here. I would guess that this is because of the site's general focus toward IB, but I also noticed that are no WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a...774 months 2 weeks ago
+5What finance movie would you make?With the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Big Short</a></span> coming out next month, if you were a producer, what finance-related movie would you make? It could be a biopic, documentary, drama...6911 months 3 days ago
+5CRE Trends That Are Emerging Now and Will Prevail Throughout Our Careers What are some of the emerging trends that you all think will prevail throughout our time in the industry? For one, I think cheap debt will be a thing of the past when we look at the steady decline that the 10-year treasury has been on since 1981. How this will affect the identification and...691 week 6 days ago
+5Academia Sinks Its Hooks In Young<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 7/30/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I think you guys will get a kick out of this...659 months 1 week ago
+5What Would You Say to 20 y/o YouHi everyone, I am currently 20 years old and studying Econ in NYC. Ideally, like everyone, I want to land a job after graduation. For those of you in the financial industry, what are some words of advice for someone who wants to make the most out of college in the city? What might you have...631 month 2 weeks ago
+5Obamacare, Crony Capitalism, Economics & Mispricing RiskMonkeys, I wanted to have a discussion on this because I'm sure there are plenty out there who know more about this topic than I do (I'm betting @Eddie Braverman" has some thoughts), but I wonder if ACA is failing or if it can be saved. Most people know about UNH's...601 month 2 weeks ago
+5Ask me anything - MM PE Associate, 1 year inI haven't really posted on WSO before, but this community was extremely helpful to me during my job search and interview process, so I thought I would make myself available to answer questions about my experience for others out there. As way of background, I graduated from a target...588 months 1 week ago
+5Do beautiful/attractive people have a competitive edge in their careers? (Superficially speaking)The world is full of diversity. Some people are just amazingly beautiful/drop-dead gorgeous and some people are just the opposite. Do you think it is easier for the more beautiful/attractive people to get jobs/climb up the corporate ladder than the rest? Just how far do you think your looks can...561 week 1 day ago
+5How early do you get up to seize the day?Was reading an <a href="">article</a> which states that the likes of Tim Cook and Richard <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...552 hours 13 min ago
+52016 analyst bonus threadHey everyone. Bonuses should be coming our around now. What are the 1st 2nd 3rd year analyst bonuses looking like at your firms this year?541 month 1 week ago
+5Marine Officer/Aviator Ask Me Anything<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 5/13/2015.</em> I'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...539 months 2 weeks ago
+5AMA First Year CBS MBA Class of 2017I'm a current first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. OCR recruiting week is finally over (at least for banking). Now I know where I'm going for summer, so I finally have time to create this AMA thread for prospective students interested in banking/investing/consulting/tech...528 months 1 week ago
+8Betches Love This: Investment BankersPR girls majored in him. He&rsquo;s dead to at least a few people. You don&rsquo;t need a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">JP Morgan</a></span> access pass to find him, but you will need...511 month 3 weeks ago
+5Stephens Superday Class of 2017Hi folks, Has anyone heard back from Stephens for their <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">superday</a></span> invites? I was told they'll be sending it out this week, but haven't heard anything yet.512 days 19 hours ago
+7December 2015 CFA resultCongratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam. 43% of candidates passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam. :) > 70% all sections :) Hope it's good news for everyone else...? <!--break--> 498 months 6 days ago
+5What if I Can't Afford a Target School?I see so much hype around this website about attending a target school, and that it is very difficult to break into a good finance career without a target school background. However, is it worth it to <span class='keyword_link'><a...499 hours 16 min ago
+5BB/EB Ranking/Tier List 2016Hey everyone, feel like we haven't had a good ol' argument/friendly discussion in a while. What would you say is the current tier list of <span class='keyword_link'><a...463 weeks 4 days ago
+5Exclusive Edmundo Braverman Interview : Part 1 of 2Fellow WSO Monkeys, I have a treat for you this thanksgiving. I was able to score an exclusive interview with the notorious <b>Edmundo Braverman</b> a.k.a <b>Eddie Braverman</b> a.k.a <b>Uncle Eddie</b>. <i> (<a...454 months 1 week ago
+5Vacation as an Analyst?Hey guys, I am about to begin working at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> in their investment banking division as an analyst in a few months. I have a...425 months 3 weeks ago
+5JP Morgan Launching Leaders 2017 DiscussionHi, I just wanted to start a thread for JPMs Launching Leaders program. Does anyone know when we will hear back? I interviewed for IB and Public Finance a couple days ago422 hours 59 min ago
+5Should I put a "lol" in my email to MD?The MD at my firm just sent me - the intern - an email (for the first time) asking me to complete some simple tasks for him. In it, he also included a joke at the end. I'm debating if I should reply to the joke by saying something like "that's a good one" or...382 months 2 weeks ago
+3MSF Class of 2017<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this was originally posted 8/25/15 but we know @TNA" loves answering these questions so bumping up again to the top</em> With the MSF recruiting cycle quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to create an updated MSF thread for everyone...2353 months 3 days ago
+8For the monkeys still in collegeThis is something that I've been thinking about when I read WSO: I had an amazing college experience, and wouldn't have traded it for anything. However, when I read these forums people always talk about transferring schools to a target/semi-target/ivy etc like it's no big deal...346 months 1 week ago
+5AMA: Non-target --> 2x SA at BB --> FinTech Corp Dev --> Corp Dev at a large companyHello everyone, A few months ago I came to this board with a really tough dilemma and you guys helped me see it through. I now want to pay it forward as I know that people are getting increasingly interested in corporate development/ <span class='keyword_link'><a...345 months 4 days ago
+5How To Get a Drink at a Busy BarSome of you older guys might be wondering why I would post something like this. The answer is that the younger guys need to hear it. That, and there is far too much shit being directed at Goldman for me to choose from, so I'll default to my second favorite topic. As a former bar owner...317 months 2 days ago
+9Geographic MobilityHere’s an interesting stat from the New York Times. In the sixties, 20% of the population used to move ever year. That went down to 15% in the nineties, and is now at 10 percent, the lowest since 1948. No exaggeration here. Of all alarming economic statistics, that is the most alarming of...314 months 1 week ago
+5Stuck in the cycleI'm a frequent poster and long-time reader of WSO and this is a throwaway account. I'll admit this post doesn't necessarily have a point and doesn't really ask a question. Perhaps someone reading this will think "yes, that's me" or "try something...306 months 2 weeks ago
+5Claremont McKenna MSF ClosingClaremont McKenna's MSF program will not be accepting application from students outside of the Claremont College. The program is going to be run like Florida's MSF program, pulling directly from its undergraduate students. I personally think this is a huge loss as the program was...292 months 2 weeks ago
+5How Being Entitled Can Get You FiredMillennials are often labeled as being entitled, and while I don't support this stereotype, this story made me think otherwise: It all started with this summer intern (let's call him Mike) who felt like the dress code was too strict. [quote]"I felt the dress code was overly...272 months 2 weeks ago
+5PJT I have a First Round coming up in next week with PJT's restructuring and special situations team and have little to no knowledge on the restructuring industry. Anyone have any useful advice on how I can prepare for this? I'm looking to study anything and everything you guys throw my...241 week 6 days ago
+5WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!</strong>: <em><b><a href="">Click here...241 month 1 week ago
+5Want to quit, but have no clue what else to do. Anyone have a similar experience?No offense to anyone on this board who loves their job, I truly envy you. But I think I've finally reached the point where I'm over not only the job but the entire IB --> buyside career track. I've been hanging on for the promise of the next job, and have come around to the...236 months 1 week ago
+5Do What YOU Want on Wall StreetYeah, yeah, we've heard it all before.... 97 ways to be a rockstar analyst. 233 things I wish I knew as an associate... There are plenty of good ideas for making it through the day but I'm betting you want to know what I wanted to know when I began transforming my career at...229 months 3 weeks ago
+5Want To Wear Polos To Work? JP Morgan ApprovesThis post is a bit late, but seeing as no one has commented on it yet, I'd like to discuss J.P Morgan's new business casual dress code with everyone. To those who haven't heard yet, Jamie Dimon was well and truly impacted upon his visits to various Silicon Valley firms, and as...224 months 2 days ago
+5Why I feel pessimistic about the future of Wall StreetI'm sure you all know how much Wall Street has suffered since the 2008 financial crisis due to fines, regulations, and job cuts --- <strong>but do you know how badly?</strong> The numbers on these charts may surprise you. <h3>---Heavy fines</h3> <img...222 months 1 week ago
+5Non-Bank Commercial Lending - AMADoubt there's much interest in this, but might as well put it out there. I'm a credit analyst at a specialty finance company. We directly originate loans (mostly lower MM) and typically compete against commercial banks or other similar companies for those deals. Everything is...215 days 9 hours ago
+6Post deleted due to compliance reasons 193 days 8 hours ago
+5List of Transferable Skills in Corporate FinanceLast week, I posted this article <a href="">"Should I reconsider an O&G career due to low oil prices?"</a> regarding whether or not you should reconsider a <span...129 months 3 days ago
+5Valeant Pharmaceuticals/Bill Ackman E-mailsReleased yesterday. Highlights: Halt the Stock Send out a Press Release Advice on Conference Call Don't speak with the media Rome is burning Crossposting, credits to humanafteralll from WSB.124 months 1 week ago
+7Strange Success Story: from Philosophy Major to the Buy Side in 4 yearsTechnically this story starts in 2011. I was a philosophy major, planning to go pursue a PHD after undergrad and spend the rest of my life debating the Big Questions with old fogies in dusty offices for peanuts. Then I went to Paris to study abroad and I realized: I would really like to make a...124 months 4 weeks ago
+5WSO Happy Hour: Wed, 1/20, 7:30pm @ 5th and Mad (formerly known as Galway Hooker)The first WSO Happy Hour of 2016 has been scheduled! Come join us for brews, food, and good conversation at 5th and Mad bar (formerly known as Galway Hooker--NOT the one downtown). Date/Time: Wednesday, January 20th @ 730pm Location: Galway Hooker, Main Billiards Room (ground floor, all...118 months 3 weeks ago
+5Runaway Stories and Fairy Tale Endings: The Cautionary Tale of TheranosI saw the new Steve Jobs movie, with the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, over the weekend. As a long-time Apple user and investor, I must confess that I was bothered by the way in which the film played <a...1010 months 3 weeks ago
+5Interview with a Forecasting Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): user Angelz629 was nice enough to do this interview with us. Our questions are in bold, her responses follow.</em> <strong>What is your current job title and a one sentence description of your primary job responsibility? </strong> Forecasting...108 months 1 week ago
+5The Economics of an Unpaid InternshipGood afternoon everyone, I have been meaning to write this all semester, but am just now getting around to it. Nevertheless, I hope some of you find it useful. By about September of last year (my sophomore year) I was dead-set on doing investment banking. I realized that in order to best...95 months 3 days ago
+5why you can't "Stop Worrying"Us humans are built to worry. Last Tuesday I was on a call with a client who is fast-forwarding a couple of years ahead worrying about whether he will have enough money to retire. Now, as he already knows, the worry is irrational, he has tons of money, but his brain hasn't yet...98 months 4 weeks ago
+5What are the best Industrials-focused PE firms?Currently working on an industrials deal at my MM IB and absolutely loving it. Curious as to what the best industrials-focused PE firms are? I'd love to focus on this industry going forward. Thanks a lot guys. 91 week 5 days ago
+5Thoughts: Marriott Buys Starwood Hotels for $12.2 billion<h3>The Purchase</h3> Marriott International, one of the world’s largest hoteliers, agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $12.2 billion. To be precise, Marriott is going to shell out $11.9 billion in stock and $340 million in cash. Moreover, Marriott...810 months 2 weeks ago
+5New Year's Resolutions are stupid. Try this instead.First of all, Happy New Year!  Hope you had a great new year's weekend, whether you were out partying or just staying home and taking advantage of some down-time from work. My 2016 was off to a great start, until I read this statistic: <a...78 months 2 weeks ago
+5Q&A With Jared Dillian – All The Evil of This World Jared Dillian’s new book <em>All The Evil of This World</em> hit shelves/kindles on June 21st and is already seeing great reviews on <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...72 months 3 weeks ago
+5WSO Happy Hour: Wed 9/28, 7pm @5th and Mad (formerly known as Galway Hooker)The first WSO Happy Hour of fall season 2016 is upon us! Come join us for brews, food, and good conversation at 5th and Mad bar (formerly known as Galway Hooker--NOT the one downtown). First few attendees get a WSO T-shirt! Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept 28th @ 7pm <strong>How to find...71 week 2 days ago
+5Altruistic Capitalists: Debunking Five Myths About Impact InvestingI first became interested in impact investing working for President Clinton’s Foundation in West and Central Africa. My hypothesis was that impact investing could improve essential services such as healthcare and reduce global poverty. As I learned more about the industry, I discovered that...610 months 3 weeks ago
+5A Printfection Review - T-Shirt Printing and Fulfillment with a Nice Dose of Bait & Switch<h2>Printfection Review - My Experience</h2> <h3>History</h3> Basically, I paid for 1,000 WSO T shirts up front a few years ago with the expectation that it would cost me X to ship it domestically and Y to ship it internationally and Z for the fulfillment of those...69 months 19 hours ago
+5WSO Happy Hour - Paris: Fri, 22 July, 8:00pm @ Paname Brewing CompanyWSO Happy Hour is coming back to Paris. Come join us for great beer, food, and conversation at the Paname Brewing Company in Paris! Date/Time: Friday, July 22nd @ 8:00pm Location: Paname Brewing Company 41 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris How...62 months 3 weeks ago
+5Types of RE Leases - A PrimerThis question came up in another post. I thought a simple overview of the different lease structures would be beneficial to future RE monkeys. <strong>The three basic types of leases are:</strong> 1. Gross 2. Modified Gross 3. Net (single, double, triple, and absolute...46 months 1 week ago
+5“Demolition” (2015) Movie Review: Investment Banker Turned Construction WorkerEither investment banking really sucks, or they lack good Wall Street therapists—either way, this movie shows the strange turns that the grieving process can take for a truly desperate person. This is what happens to Wall Street slime ball David Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose wife Julia...42 months 3 weeks ago
+5Winning at a Loser's Game? Control, Synergy and the ABInBev/SABMiller MergerI have been a long time investor in ABInBev, though I became one indirectly and accidentally, through a stake I took a long time ago in Brahma, a Brazilian beverage company . That company became Ambev in 1999, which in turn was merged with Interbrew, the Belgian brewer, in 2004, and expanded to...311 months 2 weeks ago
+5Barclays - LADoes anyone know anything about this office? Is it a generalist program between Financial Sponsors and Gaming & Lodging? I've heard it is separate but on linkedin there are a lot of former analysts that list both groups in their Bios. Would appreciate any further insight into these groups. 310 months 1 week ago
+5The Yahoo! Chronicles! Is this the End Game?<div style="text-align: justify;"> The big news of the day from the tech world comes from Yahoo (I am going to skip the exclamation point through the entire story, but don't read significance into that exclusion), where stories suggest that the board of directors may soon...29 months 3 weeks ago
+5Thank you for your help everyone/ finally decided what to doHi everyone. So its been a very long journey full of ups and downs. It has not been easy, I got 2:2 in my undergraduate in maths from a very poorly ranked university. I am currently doing a masters degree in maths from a non target from the one of the following...26 months 2 weeks ago
+6Morgan Stanley's advice to summer analystsSummer analysts often have tons of questions, yet they're afraid to ask out of fear that they may be perceived as under-qualified. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Morgan Stanley</a></span>...22 months 1 day ago
+5Three things for formidable presentationsLike it or not, we present ideas every day. From the big event, like a speech at a friend’s wedding, to the moments your career are built on, like interviews or stock pitches, to the mundane, like suggesting Netflix and chill is a far superior evening activity to dinner with the in-laws. There...110 months 3 weeks ago
+5How I manage my day-to-day life and limit overwhelm using a simple checklist<strong>How much would you pay for an extra hour each day?</strong> An extra hour to do all the things you wish you could do, but don't have time for because of work—go to the gym and get in shape, go out with friends you haven't seen in months, read a book from the...14 months 3 weeks ago
+5Chances for FT recruiting IB?When I first started applying for SA positions this summer, I was so happy when I got an interview with a boutique bank at my hometown(New York). When I went in for an interview, I found out that they were actually looking for people to join the consulting part of the group at the boutique bank....12 months 1 week ago
+5January 2016 Data Update 7: Dividends, Potential Dividends and Cash Balances <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-981090392514944038' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> In the...08 months 6 days ago
+62017 IBD SA MEGATHREADLet's try and get a timeline of all deadlines for most <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span>'s and Boutiques (including diversity/scholarship events)....02 months 2 weeks ago
+9Voting for Bernie Sanders? Working at MegafundWe're here to make money. Anyone who says otherwise on WSO is a liar. Let's be real. That's why I got into finance initially. I've eventually learned to love the work and read about companies. I worked at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1937 months 3 weeks ago
+8Headed to HBS in the Fall - Ask Me Anything (AMA)I was fortunate enough to be accepted into HBS in Round 2 and will be heading there this Fall. I have never done an AMA on this site before and I feel that now might be a good time to do so. I hope that sharing my experience with the MBA application process might be somewhat useful to the WSO...645 months 5 days ago
+4Top IdiomsI'll start things off Better the devil you know than the devil you don't Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater623 months 2 weeks ago
+4How did Trump do last night?I think he somewhat helped his case but seems like it wasn't enough. 6211 min 46 sec ago
+5MSF Tips: Why You Should or Shouldn't Get OneFour years ago, I made a fateful decision to get an MSF degree. I badly wanted to break into Wall Street, live the lifestyle of a big swinging dick with models and bottles, and not have to study a buttload of stuff like a doctor or engineer. I was successful at it, but I did see several people...5711 months 3 weeks ago
+4Morgan Stanley Analysts Reportedly Walk Out After Receiving Low BonusesCan anyone here confirm this? Dealbreaker is reporting that some <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Morgan Stanley</a></span> analysts, upon learning that their bonuses were far "below...558 months 2 weeks ago
+42nd Year MM IB Analyst - AMAWhile I've kept up with some of the content on this site for the past year and a half, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I'm currently a second year analyst at a reputable MM IB. I can field any questions regarding networking, analyst/intern interviews, MM IB...538 months 2 weeks ago
+6Goldman Sachs CEO's advice for young peoplePersonally, I am not a fan of Lloyd Blankfein</strong>, but I do admire the guy's background. He started out as a peanuts seller at the Yankee stadium and ended up running one of the world’s most prominent banks. In a recent interview, when asked what he advice he would give...524 weeks 1 day ago
+4PE Recruiting FailureHey guys - I regretted posting this for a while but now that it is mid April, I figured the time has come. I am a first year Analyst at a Euro <span class='keyword_link'><a...515 months 1 week ago
+4How culturally diverse is your workplace really?Is there one dominant ethnic group or is there really cultural diversity in your workplace? Hmmmmmm?505 days 11 hours ago
+4REPE - Questions / Day to DayOpening this up to anyone who has questions regarding REPE and would also love to hear about other people in REPE about their day to day worklife. My background: - Top 10 Liberal Arts School - 1 years as an analyst doing M&A in Europe - 1.5 years as an analyst / associate at REPE...486 months 2 weeks ago
+4Summer 2016 Shopping Guide for a Business WardrobeHi Monkeys, <strong>The purpose of this post is to create an organized place where I've found nice deals for a business wardrobe. Again, the purpose is to find a good deal. I don't want to read through the comments and find some hotshot high schooler giving me flack for not...484 months 2 weeks ago
+4Goldman Sachs HireVue Hey everyone! I just finished a first round interview with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span> through hirevue, does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? It's hard to...471 day 4 hours ago
+42nd Year EB Analyst - AMAProbably last thread for my throwaway account. Will answer once I'm off work. Halfway through my second year and staying on for associate through direct promotion <!--break--> 467 months 2 weeks ago
+4Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? Throughout the country, "micro units" have sprung up. Millennials (and others) desire to be in highly dense, metropolitan areas yet either cannot afford a traditional unit or have no interest in possessing space simply for it to go underutilized. At the same time, co-working space has...4210 months 1 week ago
+4How Do You Overcome Feeling ShittyEver feel like you don't want to get out of bed? How do you overcome that feeling? I feel like depression/low mood is rarely discussed here. What do you do to overcome feeling shitty? I think I've been suffering from depression for the past year. I'm also really scared of...409 months 4 weeks ago
+4Shocker: People Who Were Deadbeats in 2008 Are Still DeadbeatsIn the years immediately following the financial crisis, no small amount of space on WSO was dedicated to the debate over what should be done about those Regular Joes who were caught in the crossfire of the mortgage mess and were losing their homes right and left. The subject of strategic...404 months 4 days ago
+4Is it really THAT bad with Deutsche Bank & UBS? According to WSO's current poll, 59% of those that voted said that they would LEAST want to work for one of those banks. Is it really <EM>that</em> bad? Should I not even bother trying to intern with them at all next summer? I understand there are general issues (mentioned...401 month 1 week ago
+4What brand of suits to go for for interviews? Also Color?I can only get it from Macys for right now. Looking to get a summer Intern position or a SA job in Investment Banking. Are the 3 pocket suits acceptable(ticket pocket that's what you call it? Also what color?402 weeks 2 days ago
+4What are some "easier" investment banks in NYC to get into?My gpa isn't the greatest (3.23) and I don't attend a target school but I'm still interested in getting into investment banking. What are some of the banks in NYC that have a lower standard to get into? 391 week 5 days ago
+4Today is the last day of my 30s...How should I spend it? I know this is the site of preteen analysts but if anyone has any good ideas, I'm interested. 391 day 9 hours ago
+4Admitted to HBS, not sure if I should go. What would I do with it? Hi there, o primate council! So as the title suggests, I've been admitted to the holiest of holy. But now as I'm thinking and reading more about it, I'm more and more disillusioned with the idea of getting an MBA at all. I work for an <span...378 months 8 hours ago
+4Still no MD after 30+ YearsMy wife has worked for a big IB in NY for over 30 years. She's 60 years old. Of course, her goal is MD. She's now an ED. Every year, she gets passed over for MD. I'm ready to retire & move to warmer climates. But she is stuck on the MD issue and wants that title in her...353 months 3 weeks ago
+4UChicago is now Number 3 on USNWRWhat do you guys think about UChicago moving up from a three way tie for 4th to tying with Yale for 3rd this year? This is the first time a non-HYP school has made US News Top 3 in a decade or two. Do you think the school will become more normalized and have less of the 'life of mind'...353 weeks 20 hours ago
+4Top Restructuring Groups 2016I know this has been discussed before. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BX</a></span>, LAZ and <span class='keyword_link'><a...332 weeks 22 hours ago
+4Lazard's $400m MistakeI read an interesting article on Reuters this morning. In regards to Tesla's deal with SolarCity, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Evercore</a></span> was Tesla's...324 weeks 5 hours ago
+5"More Revs"Hey chimps. Just wanted to share my experience from earlier today. Wondering if others find themselves in the same position? “You’re good, but you just need more revs, and that’s our fault. We need to get you more revs before you can be an associate”, says the VP in his feeble attempt...305 months 1 week ago
+4Brian Jennings - Avoid this Recruiter!I received this unprovoked, unsolicited, very rude email from a recruiter named Brian Jennings at Thurmond & Co. this morning. This guy requested to connect with me on LinkedIn, not the other way around. I haven't even spoken to him once, much less asked for his help. Was very surprised...306 months 1 day ago
+6How To Kill a Bank (Part 1 of 3)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in 2010.</em> There is a populist movement gaining steam that could spell big trouble for the major banks. Spearheaded in January by Arianna Huffington, the<a href=""> Move...2711 months 3 weeks ago
+4Quitting FinanceHey Bankers, Long time lurker, made an account just for this. I could really use some help, but unfortunately, can't ask anyone at work and I don't think I've spoken to my friends since I started in banking. Long story short, I worked in Lev Fin at a <span...274 months 4 days ago
+4Outside NYC/SF, how would you rate cities for finance/consulting/corporate opps?NYC and SF look to be the top placement cities for almost all the MBA programs. What other cities fall into the top tier of business opportunities for MBAs? DC? Chicago? Toronto? Boston? Dallas/Houston? Atlanta? LA? I am considering a relocation from western Canada and wondering if there is...271 day 11 hours ago
+4J.P Morgan Asset/Wealth Management Video InterviewI have a interview with J.P Morgan where I have to answer 4 questions on video, but there is not an interview on the other side. Has anyone had any experience with this?266 days 7 hours ago
+4How to Read Financial NewsHow do you read your financial news every day? Discerning what kind of financial news to read every day can potentially double or triple your productivity at the desk. Even though some newsletters are your favorites, they might not help you formulate your opinion of the markets. Sometimes,...262 months 9 hours ago
+4Ahhhshit. Just found out I have a hair follicle drug test on Friday. Am I done forHi fellow Monkeys. I was recruited by a pretty large company to be an associate. I went through the multiple rounds of interviews and was finally offered the job. Great! All is well. They need to do the background check and drug test.. problem. I am signed up to take the test...261 week 4 days ago
+7AMA - Analyst at top BB from non-target backgroundHey guys - long time reader / occasional poster, made a new account for purposes of this AMA. Learned a lot from WSO as I was navigating the recruiting process, so hope to pay it back. Happy to answer any questions about the process / networking / the job / anything else that I can be helpful...248 months 3 weeks ago
+5Are we living in a simulation?Analysts at Bank of America have reportedly suggested there is a 20 to 50 per cent chance our world is a Matrix-style virtual reality and everything we experience is just a simulation run by some future advanced civilization. This simulation theory is supported by a lot of smart people,...243 weeks 1 day ago
+4Do Bankers love hungry non-target students?Hello everyone! Im pretty sure this question has been asked thousands of times now but I’d like to share my story with you all. I am a freshman at a non-target school in the northeast (think Rutgers/CUNY/Fordham) with a decent amount of alumni in the industry. And in order to get a glimpse...245 days 4 hours ago
+4Just got a 730 on the GMAT, AMATook the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> on Friday and scored a 730. 49 QUANT, 40 VERBAL. For those of you who are taking it or are just curious about...239 months 3 weeks ago
+4Transferred Big 4 Audit -> Valuations within 8 months AMAHey guys, I recently started in Big 4 Audit in Canada and was able to transfer to Financial advisory. I have always been more interested in finance but didn't go to a University that would give me a realistic chance at a good finance job. I went the big 4 route instead with a plan to...236 months 1 week ago
+4So, Wells Fargo Went Crazy....Now Occupy Wall Street has something to talk about.. again. But this time it isn't naughty Goldman making billions off A.I.G's bankruptcy, but it's <span class='keyword_link'><a...233 weeks 1 day ago
+4I hate banking, what to do?Fellow monkeys, Some background here. I grew up in a third world country and eventually went on to HYP. As you all might know, kids at these places often end up in either banking or consulting. Growing up poor, I was immediately attracted by the earning prospects of an investment...221 month 1 day ago
+4Leon Cooperman Charged With Insider TradingThe former CEO of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span> AM has been charged with insider <span class='keyword_link'><a...221 week 2 days ago
+4AMA: Went from S&T to Cap Markets to M&A to MF PEI'm a long time user of WSO, and as the title says, I've had a pretty convoluted career path so far. I started off in S&T out of undergrad, and was on a prop desk that was getting decimated (historically it was one of the most profitable groups at the <span...203 months 3 weeks ago
+4Question for Those Who Moved CitiesI'm hoping to re-locate to a new city/market next year. Young and want to explore a different part of the country. My key hesitation is whether this experience is worth the potential back-step in career progression. I have a strong network in my local market, know all the major players,...205 days 2 hours ago
+4Where are we at in the market - RevisitedJust a few months ago I was posting some articles (link inside post) about key institutional players cashing out of certain investments and stacking some cash. In the last 60 days Wall St., big box retail, oil, etc have all taken a hit. Folks are making recessionary type plays out of...198 months 2 days ago
+5Your Brain On DrugsI debated putting two articles about this two days in a row, but as I started to dig a little deeper into this opiates epidemic, it really is nothing short of horrifying. I had a sense it was bad, but not this bad. Let me include a chart that I got from my friend Brent, so you can see how...192 months 3 weeks ago
+5AMA: S&T>>MBBHi guys, To use the cliched introduction, I am long time reader of WSO but never contributed. If you do the slightest bit of data mining on this account, you can see it is brand new, which really shows my level of contribution prior to this date. However, WSO has been a great community that...1810 months 3 weeks ago
+4If I expect to be graduating into a recession, how should I adjust my career path starting out?Sophomore / Rising junior here, going to be an SA at a highly ranked <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> in the coming month. Not an expert by any means...185 months 10 hours ago
+4Snapchat Spectacles: Tech or Toy?Snap Inc. (Snapchat) recently made it's first move away from their widely successful app and is set to release their video recording glasses called Spectacles this fall. It seems like many tech CEO's aren't afraid to move out of their comfort zone in hope of creating the next...161 week 2 days ago
+4Reading is fundamental…the ROI of reading. Interesting read from, many startup founders believe that making the time to read is more than just a relaxing habit but absolutely fundamental to the success of their business. [quote] founders who have a reading habit find that it helps their cognition and, by extension,...161 day 2 hours ago
+5Which Wall Street CEO Would You Elect As President? <img src=""> Hey everyone! With the craziness of the 2016 elections going on right now, if you had to choose a CEO from one of the large Wall Street firms to be the president of the USA,...156 months 1 day ago
+4Atlanta Happy HourAnyone work in Atlanta trying to grab drinks and network? Love to meet some more people and learn some more.152 weeks 1 day ago
+4Calculate Your Own Business School RankingUniversity of Washington (Foster) put out its own ranking calculator that allows the user to determine his/her optimal set of criteria based on a weighting system. There are 10 metrics (employment rates, research output, salary, alumni reach, ROI, etc.) and a total of 100 points can be assigned....147 months 4 days ago
+3Ask DickFuld November 2015I'm ready for another round of questions from all of you. Please remember, I'm doing this because I care, so try to keep it civil. Fire away.... (PS -- Let's try to refrain from asking dumb questions this time.)1139 months 2 weeks ago
+5Lender/Debt Fund Modeling vs Broker ModelingThis is a bit early but still curious, I'm looking to make the transition out of brokerage roles to lender/fund side. What are the differences in modeling required? I am used to making a 10 year <span class='keyword_link'><a...133 months 1 week ago
+4Hedge Fund Interview Horror Stores / Hedge Fund Managers and Arrogance?I had an interview with a hedge fund (was looking for experience). Got burned pretty badly. I won't name names or specifics publicly, but it wasn't a typical <span class='keyword_link'><a...132 months 2 weeks ago
+5An open letter to Ben Kunz, inventor of the Shake Weight Dear (no homo) Ben Kunz, Golden God of Gainz, In 2010 I was a mere first-year college track star, sparsely covered in muscle, unlearned in the ways of whey, when I turned on my dorm room TV at 5 in the morning. I saw a totally shredded guy, no homo, shaking a dumbbell in motionless anger like...132 months 1 week ago
+4Good post and model for valuing distressed debtThis site is run by a poster on these forums but I think this post deserves attention because it is well written and includes a good looking <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...122 months 1 week ago
+4The Life of Ricardo: What is Your Comparative Advantage?<!--break--><strong> “You’ve got good grades, the right major, interesting and relevant work experience and extracurriculars, but your CV looks a lot like all the other CVs in this pile”.</strong> - My career advisor in Sophomore year of university, when I expressed...114 months 2 weeks ago
+4I must have sacrificed myself to save my country in a past lifeBecause I am so goddamn lucky. I'm currently an exchange student in Hong Kong. After dinner, a few friends and I decided on a whim to get drunk and go to a horse racing stadium. Horse racing is a big fucking deal in Hong Kong— tons of people go there on Wednesday and Sunday nights to...112 weeks 2 days ago
+45 Things I Wish I Knew About the ERP Program before Signing Up If you are anything like me, you know the direction you want your career to go, and you’re trying to figure out the best way to get there. You may not have the direct work experience you need, so you’re in search of a program that can bridge the gap that will lead to the job you want....98 months 23 hours ago
+4Why is market cap / equity value useful?As I understand, when a company goes public, they only issue a piece of the company to be listed for sale publicly (could be lower than 10% of the actual company). So, for ex in the case of D&B (PLAY) who went public in 2012, they raised $94mm issuing 5.88mm shares. This is obviously...91 month 2 weeks ago
+4Lord of the Billionaire Flies<p>Picture this: you wake up one morning to find yourself living in a shipping container. You step outside and see that you’re not alone; dozens of shipping containers are strung together on a floating platform, creating a sort of trailer park Alcatraz. You can see a tiny island in the...91 hour 47 min ago
+4Merry Christmas, WSO!I want to take a break from reading the year-end countdowns and "predictions for next year" that have dominated news coverage as 2015 draws to a close to thank WSO for another strong, successful year on many, many fronts. I especially want to highlight what a joy each and every one...69 months 3 weeks ago
+4This Week in Oil and Gas - 3/13/2016I've had to take a hiatus from posting due to work obligations but I'm we go (note some news events are older but I've mentioned them as they are of significance): <h3>Industry News</h3> <strong>Former CEO Aubrey McClendon, Shale revolutionary...66 months 4 weeks ago
+4Reorientation: Reflections on my first MBA ReunionLast month, after a year in the “real world”, I returned to Europe for my first business school reunion. After spending a week catching up with friends, I finally had the time to reflect on my post-MBA experience and hear how my classmates were doing. Below are a few of my thoughts one...63 months 4 weeks ago
+4My history with LIBORI never realized how many institutional deals tied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">LIBOR</a></span> were getting done until I joined this...63 weeks 1 day ago
+8Let me sort out "depression" for youIs anybody depressed, burnt out, or otherwise not fit for this industry? Cool, me neither. I see a lot of posts on here wailing about feeling sad or whatever but there is an easy solution to that: quit. If you are about to whine about money, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to make...63 hours 8 min ago
+4Non-Target Undergrad to Non-Target Grad to Asset ManagementFellow Monkeys, I recently accepted an offer as a quantitative equity analyst for a large <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Asset Management</a></span> firm. My story...55 months 1 day ago
+4Beat the Crowd: A Monkey's ReviewMy favorite market news/market research site is Market Minder by Fisher Investments, and I honestly don't know what I would do without it. I say that because much of our media today is not in the business of informing, but of dramatizing to get views. In the age of the Internet, every...311 months 3 weeks ago
+4Natixis Acquires 51% Stake in Peter J. Solomon Co.What do you guys think about this? Mr. Solomon also emphasized that, with the help of Natixis, Peter J. Solomon can continue to evolve in other ways. Hundreds of small advisory...38 months 3 days ago
+4WSO Hall of Fame: Real Estate Forum<img src="" class="img-responsive center-block"> <br></br> <p>The Wall Street Oasis <strong>Real Estate Hall of Fame</strong> provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions...32 weeks 5 days ago
+4Wall Street Movies and Documentaries Research ListI’ve been putting together a list of all the finance movies, documentaries and youtube clips that are entertaining and somewhat informative. I thought it would be cool if you guys could add on with any others you might know about. I have included the full movies where available and clips when...28 months 2 weeks ago
+5New Case Webinars in WSO Investment Banking Interview Prep PackOver the last 12 months, we have made a big effort to improve our <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">investment banking interview</a></span> prep package by bringing to...22 months 2 weeks ago
+4January 2016 Data Update 1: The US Equity MarketsLike most of you, I start every new year with optimism and hopeful resolutions, but the first week each year for the last two decades has been what I term my “Moneyball” week. During the week, I downloaded the raw data on every publicly traded company that is listed globally, and worked at...19 months 1 week ago
+4Ohio State University Stock Pitch CompetitionHi Everyone, I would like to invite undergraduate students in some sort of finance club to a stock pitch competition hosted by Buckeye Capital Investors, Ohio State's student-run investment club. The competition will be on April 1st and we have a decent amount of interest from other Big...17 months 2 hours ago
+4Landed a PE job thanks to WSO!I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who posts the great content on WSO! I have recently accepted an offer to be an analyst at a smaller boutique PE firm in Chicago! I came from a non-target with an average GPA, but thanks to all of the insightful content (and working my ass off to nail...14 months 2 weeks ago
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