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On the Job With Simple As… My Research ProcessWhen I did my AMA thread a while back I promised at least one person that I would share my general research process. So here you go... Every analyst has his/her own way of conducting due diligence. There certainly is no one correct way to come to an investment decision, however, I’d argue...133111.33
To anyone considering an MBAThere has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an MBA. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an MBA, I thought I’d share some thoughts. You can see my full background story here: ...15684.56
Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/10/14 and ranks #1 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...6075.60
How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)<em>Mod Note: This was originally posted 12/2013</em> Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've...7973.79
Some Observations from an MD<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/15/14 and ranks #2 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11669.16
Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/17/14 and ranks #5 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7064.70
Laziness and the Merits of Hard Work<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/7/14 and ranks #4 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11264.12
How 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/the-wso-private-equity-interview-prep-package">private equity interviews</a>. I found...7661.76
Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at It<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/5/14 and ranks #3 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7361.73
What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/19/14 and ranks #6 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...13156.31
My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessMod Note (Andy): Make sure to see Northsider's response to this post in the comments or by clicking <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/response-to-my-private-equity-recruiting-process">here</a> I am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers...5352.53
Life after Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12</em> Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my...29150.91
Keep In Touch! Networking Template<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> As much as it may be stated on this site, networking is one of the key factors in the success of most young professionals in finance. Whether it is gaining valuable advice, or getting a leg up in...6647.66
How to Crush Your Informational Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): "WSO Best of 2013" - this was originally posted Aug 1st.</em> So summer is winding to a close and recruiting season is rapidly approaching. Monkeys will be dusting off their resumes with the hopes of securing IB and <a...5047.50
Own Your Time: or What I learned from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/24/14 and ranks #7 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3246.32
Young Money? Perception vs Reality on Wall Street<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/6/14 and ranks #9 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8045.80
Lessons From a PE Superday<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/27/14 and ranks #8 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5945.59
Life Goes On...<em>Mod Note: Best of WSO, this was originally posted in 2011</em> [quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors from one of the...9444.94
What You Should've Done by 21: a Controversial Guide to a Realistic Outlook<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12.</em> I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading <a...12144.21
Coffee Is For Closers <em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 10/21/13.</em> You think I’m fucking with you? I am not fucking 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...10044.00
Landed Your First Job? EXTREMELY Important Thread: Office Politics<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/22/14 and ranks #14 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7141.71
David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - "Throwback Thursdays" - this originally was posted October 2013</em> Autumn has arrived. For those seniors fresh off their <span class='keyword_link'><a...6241.62
Breaking the hedge fund case study <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/24/14 and ranks #17 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3240.32
11 Steps to Becoming a Finance Jedi<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #12 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11140.11
Focus on the downside: brushing up on credit skills <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/13/14 and ranks #10 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4639.46
My not-so-secrets to success<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 3/2/12.</em> In the past few months, I've been approached on a few occasions by college-aged folks asking the typical question: how to succeed on the street from a less-than-stellar undergrad background....8237.82
106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/29/14 and ranks #11 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11837.18
A Clueless Freshman's First Networking Event<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 9/18/14 and ranks #13 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2436.24
Reflections on Year 1 at Booth<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...15235.52
What Everyone Ought To Know About Failure <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/26/14 and ranks #18 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2535.25
AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business SchoolI recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...9734.97
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 1 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/29/14 and ranks #20 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4234.42
How diversified is your life?<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 08/13/13</em> Reaching for that golden ring of career success, as most of the monkeys here are trying to do, can have significant costs. Some are obvious: preparing for interviews, networking, and getting top grades...5132.51
Can a Non Target land a IB SA? With hard work and persistence it definitely is <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/20/14 and ranks #21 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4432.44
Thoughts on HBS (Starting Out)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8731.87
The Non-Target Who Didn't Take No For An Answer<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/25/14 and ranks #19 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7331.73
Sincere thank you to the WSO Community<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/7/14 and ranks #16 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5831.58
Picking the right Trading jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/6/14 and ranks #25 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4329.43
Interview with Simple As...Hedge Fund Analyst<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/26/14 and ranks #22 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4327.43
Need to Brush up on your Accounting Skills?Some of you may have heard that Harvard Business School does not teach introductory accounting classes anymore. One of the reasons is that they use an online accounting software from a BYU professor, who is now providing his course for free. Has some pretty good exposure and some top...5025.50
Day in the Life: Hedge Fund Associate - Investment Banking Background<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014, this originally went up April 2014</em> ***To wrap up our conversations on life at a hedge fund (as an associate) we reiterate that this what you should expect if you have an IB background and move to the buy-side at a hedge fund. Again...7124.71
Why I Left A Seemingly Perfect Megafund PE Gig For A Guaranteed Salary of $0.00<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/21/14 and ranks #27 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...14824.48
HF Analyst: The Things I Know For Sure<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/28/14 and ranks #24 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4524.45
Evolution of the Financier<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/6/14 and ranks #28 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4124.41
Leaving the buyside<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #26 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11624.16
2 Lessons Learned at 22<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/23/14 and ranks #35 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5922.59
My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergradThe topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to get hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate?” typically goes along the lines of “it’s a shot in the dark, but yes [insert cliché...7421.74
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Non-Target Freshman to Hedge Fund Internship <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/29/14 and ranks #36 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5321.53
Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> are out in full...14221.42
Basic Overview of the Consumer Sector<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 12/7/14 and ranks #32 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2521.25
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 2 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/14/14 and ranks #34 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...1421.14
The Comprehensive List of Transfer Friendly Schools For Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/6/14 and ranks #31 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8320.83
AMA: Managing Director in the M&A and PE business w/ 20+ years experience <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best Posts of 2014 - this originally went up March of this year </em> I am a 20+ year veteran and Managing Director in the M&A and <span class='keyword_link'><a...13820.38
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive ReviewI’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/suntrust-robinson-humphrey-strh" target="_blank">STRH</a></span> and I wanted...3820.38
The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/23/14 and ranks #29 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3720.37
Performance of Top Tier vs. Bottom Tier Analysts (Q&A in Comments)<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/13/14 and ranks #30 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3220.32
What It Really Means to Be "Alpha"<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up September 2012</em> I'm fairly new here, and deciding what to write about in a blog entry might seem easy enough, but I'd rather people enjoy what I read than just read it and forget it. So I spent some...30920.09
Ask me anything - Non Traditional Background to MM PE to H/S/WSo here I am, the prodigal son returning. I haven’t been on this site in some time but wanted to write this post to generate some helpful content as a way of saying thank you to Patrick and the rest of the WSO team, as their site played a direct role in my breaking into PE. I am writing this...6119.61
760 on GMAT -- Game PlanHey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...4418.44
DeletexxxSorry folks, people have started sending me creepy messages identifying me. I think it's just a friend f*cking with me, but going to delete this out of an over-abundance of caution. 11618.16
AMA: Credit Analyst at +$5B Distressed ShopHave lurked on WSO on-and-off since pre-crisis days. Reading the material on here helped me get my first internship - time to give back. Happy to answer anything and everything. Quick background below. - Beginning third year as investment analyst at a $5B event-driven / distressed debt...9717.97
Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumesWe're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team received 200+ resumes from HR. Thinking "I can make a WSO thread about this", I volunteered to do the initial cull over the Christmas/NY break. ...7917.79
How PWM really works (part 1): past, present, future, and $$$Hey guys, Andy had asked me a while ago to do a blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so I figured I'd give it a whirl despite this...6017.60
Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We were in proximity to a banking...3617.36
Non-Target to [Insert Goal Here]I probably receive a few PMs a month from people who are from some variation of an out of favor background for Wall Street/Investment Banking/Private Equity. It varies from institution, to GPA to current professional position, and all of the above. The most common question I'm asked is:...2817.28
The Street Before Christmas 2013<em>Mod Note (Andy): Because we miss @"Edmundo Braverman" so much I'm posting up his past "The Street Before Christmas" posts for those who haven't seen them. Here are the links to the previous ones: <a...2017.20
AMA... 3rd year ER analystI have been an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span> analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...9316.93
Oil and Gas OverviewHopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have done in the past, we will do a sector overview and we will unlikely hit on every aspect (that would require far too much work). If Oil and Gas is not of interest to you, we...3916.39
Investment Banking 2014: 6 Things To Know For MBAs<em>This comment was originally posted in <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-decline-of-mba-ocr#comment-1180319">The decline of MBA OCR</a></em> 1. IB is expanding off its "bottom-out" following the crisis; However, this expansion is...2416.24
DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-discounted-cash-flow-DCF">DCF</a></span>) <a...1616.16
Lessons From My 20sI'm turning 30 on Thursday. It's true. I've been a bit of a workaholic this past decade. I'm driven by an intense desire to help create a better world in the future than the one we have today--a world that is more sustainable, abundant, and joyous. And I'm excited about...4215.42
PM me your Placement #sIn response to what seems like an endless cyclical influx of high school kids who can’t tell their asses from a hole in the ground asking what school they should attend/transfer to, I think there may be a solution. Everyday there’s a couple dozen discussions asking people to compare...3615.36
5 Steps To Effective NetworkingSo ever since I've posted my story on here (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/106-rejections-1-success-unquantifiable-perseverance">"106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance"</a>) and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I...2615.26
Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst, but I think now is a better time than any to tell you how I made the jump to private equity from a VERY non-target background. A little bit about me: I graduated from a...2515.25
Healthcare Overview... Part 1?By popular demand we’re doing a new overview, this time focusing on healthcare (Finally!). We’re going to keep this simple and stick with three basic buckets. 1) Healthcare Equipment, 2) Bio-Technology and 3) Pharmaceuticals. If there is a lot of demand for an additional space (or...2215.22
Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>5014.50
F*ck the CEO: These 3 People Can Help You More<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/1/13.</em> For a lot of you, the very title of this article probably has you choking on your silver spoon. Shame on you. One of the most important realizations I have come upon since I began my career is it is...3714.37
Sales - debunking 8 MYTHS (From a veteran)I read a lot of misleading information regarding sales jobs in banks on this forum recently (I am lumping sales/sales traders and all products here). I won't mention any particular users, but it got me angry. Given I have not contributed to WSO in a meaningful way in more than a year (apart...3714.37
AMA: Non-Target 2014 grad with 2 off-cycle BB offers (ER & DCM)I've been a long-time WSO reader and have read countless AMA's that have helped me out along the way, and with FT recruiting in full swing I thought it'd be cool to share my story and give whatever advice I could to people in similar situations to myself. So first I'll...3614.36
Five Thoughts on Wall Street Bathroom Breaks<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throw Back Thursday, Originally posted on August, 2012</em> When you work 80-hour weeks regularly and the staples of your diet are $25 Seamlessweb pasta dishes and burger combos, inevitably, nature is going to call – on your office line. For the majority of...12614.26
What banker careers really look like: real private data<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> The most common arguments on WSO are about what it really takes to make it to Wall Street... and then what your options are if you get there. Working professionals come here to engage in witty banter...20814.08
My Dating PhilosophyI figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and since people have some strong opinions about this it might lead to something interesting. Besides which a lot of the folks on here who are even younger than I am(or have less...10114.01
Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in M7 MBAs, or you're HSW or bust, feel...8813.88
Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> I used to go to this barbershop...7613.76
How PWM really works (part 3): PB v. PWM, lifestyle, hours, day in the lifeSorry this took so long everyone! Hope you enjoy and hope it's not too terribly long. For the 3rd installment of my blog, I’ll detail some of the differences between <span class='keyword_link'><a...5313.53
How PWM really works (part 2): Breaking In, Staying In, and Getting OutHey guys, got quite a few questions on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being...4413.44
Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss Keeping with the theme of my article from two weeks ago (regarding cold emails and helping/mentoring the younger crowd) I wanted to take some time to discuss the difference between a boss and a leader and how having one or the other can drastically change your future and career over the...3313.33
A Story of Persistence: If I Can Make It, You Can TooRewind back to October 2011. I was a Senior at a fairly prestigious state school, but it was a non-target university. I was graduating with a major in History, and I believed I wanted to go to Law School eventually. My father and mother both went to Law School and it seemed inevitable that I...2813.28
Quitting time - views on how to leave your jobI've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense to line up another job. With his permission, I've pasted below the advice I gave him on how to tell his current employers that he's exiting. I've made a few tidy up...2713.27
How to feel confident and get a job out of networking events<em>Hey ladies and gents! I saw in the Wall Street Journal a big article on the importance of charisma and presence, it inspired @"Ben_KickassAcademy" and I to throw an article together on networking for you guys.</em> You fill out a name card.  Receive a packet of...1213.12
The insanity of the US tax code: Bad Laws and Predictable Consequences<div style="text-align: justify;"> If taking the same action, over and over, expecting different consequences, is the definition of insanity, it aptly describes the US tax code, where legislators write tax laws designed to elicit bad behavior, moan about the consequences and...1013.10
The 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...9212.92
The 7 "Good" Work Habits of Bad Analysts<em>Throwback Thursday: This was originally posted July 2012</em> This is all representative of commonsense (but ultimately bad) advice I got during undergrad and followed blindly during <span class='keyword_link'><a...4812.48
Official Petition to Bring Back Brady4MVPWe, the monkeys of the Wall Street Oasis online community, hereby petition the resurrection of the user famously known as <b>Brady4MVP</b>. Currently said individual is operating under a moniker highlighting the distinction between mba's and muffins, and he is struggling. Having...4212.42
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FT Recruiting - Compilation of Helpful WSO Posts <em>Mod Note (Andy): FT Recruiting is closed for some firms but still in full force for others. To help you out we created this compilation post linking to the best FT recruiting related discussions on WSO Hope you find it helpful! </em> Also make sure to check out this thread:...3312.33
The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 2Read part 1 here: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-1 Like many of you, I side with those who scoff at the amount of time the developed world wastes in formalized education - i.e., reading and studying rather than doing. In the...3212.32
Don't Masturbate. Don't Look at Porn.In fact, delete all your porn and your LatinaMilf links. I did a while back and it's helped my life immensely. Obviously, this is anecdotal evidence on my part, but if you want some real evidence: http://yourbrainonporn.com/ There are also a bunch of great Ted Talks (Google it) on why...8111.81
MSF Class of 2016Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...66411.64
Personal Finance Part 1: Credit Card Hacking (the legal kind) Last week, @"onemanwolfpack" went over some travel hacks and discussed how he uses credit card points and airline miles to get free airfare. Being the frugal guy on WSO, I figured I would follow up with how I save money using rewards credit cards. NOTE: this strategy only works if...6011.60
Life in Acquisitions (Analyst/Associate)I've had a couple of people PM me about what I do in REIT acquisitions and what the deal process looks like. I figured I'd post this for people's future reference. I work at a fairly large REIT (>$10billion AUM) so this process may be different for smaller shops. We also...4411.44
Your Cold Email Just Got A LOT Warmer<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally published May, 2013</em> I try to let you guys know about it when I find something cool or useful, and today I've got something that can make a <strong>huge</strong> difference in increasing the hit rate on...4311.43
The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 1<strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-2">See Part 2</a> | <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-3">Part...4211.42
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!To complete the trifecta of old, new, and modern classic personal finance books, this is the third book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...3611.36
What I Learned From Both Getting Dream Job And Then Dumped In One DayAlright Monkeys, So I've been a long time user of this site and have wanted to give back for a while - so here goes. Today during my painfully boring Econometrics class I received a call from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...3511.35
From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity ResearchI posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have recently made this jump so maybe this can help. Sorry for the long post but it's all relevant to how I made it to <span class='keyword_link'><a...2811.28
Make the Main Thing the Main ThingI started my job at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> this Summer as a VP and was lucky enough to start the same day as our group of summer analysts and...2311.23
Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!I've been debating whether or not to post this but decided to go ahead with it as I know these sort of posts always spurred me during my darker days! Will just be sharing my story and path from how I went from a pretty poor state school to a non-target university and getting myself a...2111.21
100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...1611.16
Collection of Bridgewater Associates' WritingsCame across this link through a newsletter - it provides links to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/bridgewater-associates-3">Bridgewater Associates</a></span>' writings from 1999 to 2012, mostly on macro...1011.10
Life in General Will Cost More Than You Think <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014 - this comment was originally posted in the thread <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-are-exit-opps-really-like-for-mbb-partners">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...10211.02
How PWM really works (part 4): Misconceptions, how we invest, choosing a broker, and my AMAHey everyone, this is way overdue, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. For my 4th and final blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, I wanted...6610.66
Guide to Corporate Finance Job titles- distinguishing between accounting and financeGiven all the discussion and mixed information on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I...2710.27
How various professionals see the worldRecently I was having a conversion with a buddy who just started a grad job at a large insurance underwriter here in Zurich. He was saying how his perception of the world is changing now that the underlying structure of the global economy is gradually revealing itself to him through his work. He...2410.24
How to Finish WellI've been conspicuously absent from WSO for the last couple of weeks as I prepare for my transition from owning my own family office practice to my new VP role at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...2010.20
Thinking vs doingIt's not often that one sees a limo for sale, especially on someone's front lawn with a price tag of $2,500. The limo wasn't new, it was a late 1980s model, but it was still a limo. I used to drive past that limo weekly when I was in college. I was intrigued, I had the money to...1110.11
Adam the Analyst - Episode 6: What is Your Ideal Working Environment?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 11/2010</em> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sgw3CG3Om7I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...810.08
AMA: ER Analyst at Top BB (Plus About ER & General Advice) Long-time WSO user, created a new account for this AMA. I got a lot of help from this forum during my recruiting process and I owe a lot to WSO. Wanted to try and give back by offering some insight into <span class='keyword_link'><a...749.74
AMA: I'm at the end of the WSO Rainbow and Profoundly UnhappyI'm in my early-to-mid 20's, I work in PE, I'll make nearly $500k this year and I have no fucking idea what I'm doing. I went to the doctor. He said I drink too much coffee, get too little sleep, and drink too much alcohol. I didn't tell him I also have a lot of...1629.62
AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programsI hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few members who greatly helped me on my journey (<em>Mod Note - I moved the shout outs to bottom of the post)</em>. I got into...559.55
Finally, Some Quantification – The Expected Value of Launching a StartupI recently came across a <a href=”http://80000hours.org/blog/341-how-much-do-y-combinator-founders-earn”>blog post from 80000hours.org</a> with some of the best quantitative data I’ve seen to date on the consideration of the payoff of the choice to throw your career path into...509.50
What do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants?I recently received a question from a young monkey looking for a SA position. They asked, "what do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants when you interviewed for your current position?" Below is my response, but I am curious to see what other monkeys would have said....469.46
10 Quick Do's and Dont's I Learned from Travel Hacking Over the Last 18 Months Monkeys, Since moving abroad, I've turned "travel hacking" into my primary side hobby, that is, paying as little as possible in cash for flights and hotels throughout the world. Eighteen months later, I'm sitting on 500,000 airline points with only two credit cards in my...379.37
Prestigious Pete<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 9/22/12.</em> I would like to extend a warm welcome to myself, Prestigious Pete. I am a jealousy amalgam, created from combining all the conceited, self-assured finance super douches into one man called...2349.34
A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I...309.30
Adam the Analyst - Episode 1: Introduction<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 09/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/20_uWZT-W8U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Please spread the word by...299.29
How I Lost A Million Dollars<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="http://www.dailydirtnap.com/">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...299.29
How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-to-be-that-associate">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The...289.28
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Equity Research Interns & Incoming Full-Timers: 5 Simple Tweaks to Add ValueIn finance, just being smart and working your fingers to the bone does not set you apart – because we all do that. You want to make sure you are doing the right thing and working hard the right way. Going back to that 80/20 rule: sometimes what takes 20% of your time makes 80% of the...249.24
Observations of a PE Analyst<em><strong>Edit:</strong> The following pertain to my personal experience in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/private-equity-overview">private equity</a></span> in a region outside...229.22
Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!All, Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the admins, users and interview guide authors for their commitment and consistent assistance to the WSO community. In 2011, I was thanking the community for the help breaking into investment banking...189.18
Think and Grow RichThis is the second book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/money-master-the-game">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...149.14
How to Increase Your EQ Score: Emotional Intelligence 2.0This is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...119.11
Discounted Cashflow Valuations (DCF): Academic Exercise, Sales Pitch or Investor Tool?In <a href="http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-dance-of-disrupted-observations.html">my last post</a>, I noted that I will be teaching <a href="http://people.stern.nyu.edu/adamodar/New_Home_Page/equity.html">my valuation class</a>,...79.07
AMA: I'm the President of a $1bn Global Long Short Fund Feel free to ask me anything. I will be on starting at 1pm to answer questions for a couple hours, then will check the post periodically over the next week for new questions. Thanks, -Keith. <b>Bio: </b><em>Keith R. Weiner is the President of Suvretta Capital Management, a...508.50
Ask an Institutional LP anything.Fire away with questions and I'll give my answers/opinions. I've done diligence on everything from early-stage VCs to megafunds. Feel free to PM if your question is sensitive.498.49
Adam the Analyst - Episode 3: My Mom Loves Bankers<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GMWIfjS4P0k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> Please...398.39
How you workIt's miserable weather outside and I'm spending all my weekends sitting at home, not wanting to go out. Eventually watching re-runs gets boring, so I thought I'd type up a thread instead on <strong>how I work</strong>. Someone posted a thread about this sort of...398.39
Top 5 Memories<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="http://www.dailydirtnap.com/">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...378.37
Can sleeping with a client get an intern fired? I may have made a mistake. A client organization invited us to a business oriented cocktail party. I made decent conversation with one of the clients and a group of the clients and I (with no one else from my firm) went to a bar for drinks. The client in question left with me after the first bar so that we could continue...378.37
3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career<em>This article is originally from <a href="http://www.300hours.com">300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href="http://www.300hours.com/blog/3-important-ways-how-the-cfa-exams-helped-me-outside-of-a-financial-career">read the full article...358.35
Thanks WSO - Finally got an offer!Fellow monkeys! This post is long overdue but I recently received an offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> (think <span...338.33
How to nail your MSF interviewDue to my past activity on these forums, specifically related to MSF/business school discussions, I’ve received a few emails asking about the MSF application process. I think it would be helpful to share my experiences as an applicant, talking to other applicants, both that got offers and...308.30
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>. If you find my summaries to be useful, <a...268.26
How To Make A Good First Impression<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2WXxR1MpZPg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> For anyone looking on how to make a killer first impression and get yourself a better job, this video I recently put...258.25
Comp Season... things to rememberComp season has passed in my firm. I know it's ongoing at the big banks and happens at various times throughout the year for the big funds. A few observations based on my experiences and conversations with people who work in the industry. If you've been working for 5 years or less,...218.21
Accepted an Offer! - How non-targets can "make it"Hey everyone, (Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post) I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do...208.20
15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer<i>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/18/14.</i> <em>Mod Note (Andy):This is being reposted with permission from HBS professor Deepak Malhotra </em> [quote]Hi Andrew, In case this is of value to WSO, my HBR article on “15 Rules for...138.13
Demystifying the CPA Exam and Designation There’s been a couple of threads that have popped up lately about the CPA exam and whether it would be worth it for the authors try and pass it in lieu of other things, or in their spare time. Some of the comments by other posters lead me to believe there’s a lot of misinformation or...118.11
Adam the Analyst - Episode 5: What is Your Biggest Motivation?<em>Moderator Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CIDuqksJ21I" frameborder="0"...108.10
The Tao of Paris – Reflections on life from a newly 30-year-old Business School student[quote]The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday - Paris Hilton[/quote] When I was 13 years old, I had images of myself at 18. These images, which were somewhat plagiarized from iconic 80s/90s movies, involved me driving a jeep along the beach in Southern...98.09
Ways in which NYC is a giant ripoffThis post will piss off the pro-NYC people on WSO, of which there are many. Let me preface by saying that NYC is a great city in many ways. The opportunities, diversity, culture, etc., are awesome. And it's a truly unique city in many ways. Having said that, unless you're wealthy,...2068.06
2015 FT Recruiting Mega ThreadApplications for <b>full-time analyst</b> positions at the following firms are now open unless otherwise stated. Get after it, monkeys! See you on the Street ;) <b>Front-office <span class='keyword_link'><a...1937.93
Four college kids started a hedge fund. Should I invest?<em>TBT: Originally posted August 2012</em> One of the biggest problems with having large corporations as clients is that there’s so much crap you’re not allowed to invest in actively in order to prevent any potential allegations of insider <span...847.84
INTRODUCING: The WSO Applicant Database. Take 5 minutes on WSO to Reach Hundreds of Finance Recruiters and Finance CompaniesGiven that we have built up relationships with hundreds of companies and finance recruiters, we thought instead of just a simple job board (which you can find <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-jobs">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...777.77
Hit Rock BottomLong time lurker, but first time poster here looking for advice. So anyways, I graduated from a non-target, but very well respected school last year with a finance degree. Despite having a 3.87, two boutique PE <span class='keyword_link'><a...577.57
Almost got jumped near East Hampton, where do I avoid thisHi everyone. I'm new to the hamptons, and I almost got jumped by 3 upper-middle class looking characters and their two Chihuahuas because I wouldn't stop calling them proles. They got real close, but someone stepped up and let me into their Ferrari. One of their dogs licked...427.42
A week in the life of a VC intern/VC Intern AMAHey VC-aspiring monkeys, Originally, my plan was to do a week by week take on the VC world as an intern, similar to moneymogul's IB one - however, both my internship and the VC world is very different from IB, so it wasn’t feasible to do that way. So instead, I’ve documented my first...337.33
Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: BSD’s Top 10 Americana Beers for America’s BirthdayIn honor of July 4th, it’s only appropriate we spend a little time here at Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk talking about Independence Day. While I’m not going to delve into the historical significance of tomorrow, I am definitely going to talk about the social implications. The Fourth of July is...317.31
Learning the Office CultureI wish they had a category called "Keep a Job" because this is where it should be located. However, "Get a Job" will have to suffice. I have been pretty MIA here over the last month as I have started my new gig at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...257.25
AMA: Looking back on the first few months at Tuck After seeing an HBS and CBS thread on their reflections on the first term of their MBA programs, I thought I'd do the same. Thank you to @dabears92 for the format that I'm using below. <b>1.) Recruiting</b> a. <span class='keyword_link'><a...237.23
5 Things to Help You Stand Out at Your First InternshipThere are a lot of great lists like this on WSO that have been very beneficial to me over the last few years. I want to throw out 5 that I do not remember seeing on the site. Hopefully this helps some of you guys about to start your first <span class='keyword_link'><a...177.17
Response to "My Private Equity Recruiting Process" Mod Note (Andy): <em>This comment by @Northsider was posted in direct response to @Candor's post <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/my-private-equity-recruiting-process">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been...157.15
3 Lessons From 106 RejectionsFirst off, I wanted to thank everyone in the WSO community for the tremendous and unexpected attention and praise my story drew last week (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/106-rejections-1-success-unquantifiable-perseverance">"106 Rejections, 1 Success &...147.14
Learn How to Decode Body Language from an FBI GuruThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...137.13
Alibaba's coming out party: Valued right, but is it priced right?As Alibaba's IPO approaches and the road show kicks into high gear, questions about its accounting, value and corporate governance that came up at the time of the filing of its initial prospectus on May 6, 2014, are resurfacing. Alibaba's banking team announced on Friday that their...127.12
Lifestyle of Young Wall Street: 5 Banker Neighborhoods<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT, Originally posted on April, 2012</em> The New York City area is home to nearly <b>20 million people</b> and 20 trillion cockroaches living together in blissful harmony. Well over 1 million people alone are packed into the 23 square miles...1097.09
Case study interview for MBB consulting - 24 of my best tips on how to get inAs a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> case interviewer, I've interviewed a lot of people and have seen people make very small, avoidable mistakes. It's...67.06
The HoursThe hours are tough, most don't recognize how much it really is until they are there. Here's 70 hours for you: 9am to 11pm every weekday. Doesn't sound like much, but think about it realistically. You're up by 8am, you get home by 11:30pm.. Sleep, rinse repeat. Increase...1047.04
Will You Buy Your Fiance a Diamond Ring?It's not very common that a private company's marketing campaign goes viral. It's even rarer that one is able to push their brand into mainstream English vocabulary (read: Zamboni, Kleenex, Google etc). However placing your product at the center of societies most important social...2866.86
AMA - Transaction Advisory Senior at Accounting FirmMy story: nontarget undergrad, nontarget MBA, Big 4 auditor for a few years, recently moved to the transaction advisory division of a mid-tier accounting & professional services firm (think McGladrey, Grant Thornton, BDO) in a mid-size city (think Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis). To be a...836.83
What I wish I knew when I was a teenager - want others' opinionsOk guys, one of my cousins just graduated from high school, and I have a few more in their mid teens right now, and for whatever reason I'm usually picked as the advice person (probably because my brother is a flaming communist who can't listen, but that's beside the point). What...786.78
Be Careful what you write to HR (Real Life Example)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up March 2008</em> "Go all the way down to the beginning" From: ****, ***** Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:12 PM To: ****, *** Subject: RE: Help This is how I would...756.75
WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!</strong>: <em>If you're looking for a resume for experienced IB professionals or a <b><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wso-private-equity-resume-template">private...736.73
Hilarious Banker Blows Tinder DateI just watched this and died laughing, so I thought I'd take a quick break from my vacation and share it with you guys. This guy is the PERFECT banker tool. And good news: it's about to become a series. Enjoy: <iframe width="560" height="315"...686.68
Hacks for minimizing the hangover from a night of drinking<p>For most people in finance careers, drinking alcohol is inevitable.</p> <p>Post-work drinks with colleagues, dinner out with clients, or bottles on the weekend with friends—it's going to happen.</p> <p>The upside of all that drinking is the camaraderie...676.67
AMA: Non-Target + <2.7 gpa = EB IB AnalystSo I recently got asked if I would do an AMA in a thread I posted on but declined due to having a unique background and not wanting to be found off-line. But the recent thread by @Nefarious- reminded me of the people that have helped me get to where I am at. So as I mentioned above Im not...646.64
Long TSLA - One Year Later1 year ago I posted an article that argued Tesla was on its way up - <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/long-tsla">Long TSLA</a> - effectively taking the opposite side of a formerly popular poster’s “trade” - (See <a...616.61
AMA - I'm a Non-target who broke into MM IB with no prior experienceAs some of you know, I'm about to begin by MM IB analyst stint in a week. I've been blogging for WSO for a fair bit of time now and I thought it would be good to use some of my experiences to help others. I went over my story in detail <strong><a...516.51
Goldie's Guide to Fatherhood on the CheapSome guys want kids, but don't want to get married. Men's sexual market value (SMV hereon) increases well into their 60s+ if they play their cards right (i.e. stay fit, have your career in order, be an interesting person, dress well, etc.). Whereas the SMV of women decreases pretty...506.50
Why You Should Never Apologize For Your White Male PrivilegeTime recently published this article by Tal Fortgang, a student at Princeton: http://time.com/85933/why-ill-never-apologize-for-my-white-male-privilege/ I'm sure I'll get some monkey shit thrown at me, but I have to say I share much of the same sentiment. Sure, there are...426.42
AMA: Incoming IB analyst – international student, survived FT recruiting twice… <p> I've been a long-time browser on WSO and it's definitely helped me out as I recruited for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>...426.42
AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A BoutiqueI had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, and went to a similarly leveled college on the east coast. It's still a...426.42
Steak 101 - Buying Like A ProI love a good steak. I could eat a 2.5" short loin every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. In fact, I've done my best to make this happen and in the process I've learned quite a bit about how to buy a good piece of beef. Hopefully, you can use this...416.41
AMA: HY/Distressed Analyst at NYC based Mid-Sized Credit Hedge FundHey all, long time lurker first time poster. Just wanted to share my background and answer questions for those interested. Background: 7 years of investment research experience prior to b-school, mostly in equities (some credit) with half of that on the buyside at a hedge fund; sectors...386.38
Looking for a Job? Avoid These Recruiter Pet Peeves <em>This article is originally from <a href='http://www.300hours.com'>300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href='http://www.300hours.com/blog/looking-for-a-job-avoid-these-recruiter-pet-peeves-part-1'>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...356.35
Consulting Full Time Offer After 1 Year of SearchingAfter 1 year of searching, 700 practice cases, and 200 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-networking-guide">informational interviews</a></span> I got 2 job offers at two 2nd tier consulting firms. I started...346.34
Life at a leading strategy consulting firm<strong><em>On getting in</em></strong> It's not a big secret that the leading consulting firms are notoriously difficult to get into. On average an office the size of a few hundred consultants receives a multiple of their size in first round applications per year....346.34
Craigslist Ad Of The Day - Finance Bro Needs Someone To Break In His Sandals For HimSo which one of you posted this on craigslist? [quote]Looking to hire a brah to break in my new Rainbow flops. I don't have time to do it and I need them broken in like yesterday cause my feet are totally soft from rockin' my Tod's driving mocs all winter. This isn't just...346.34
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Congratulations to the 2014 Forum Member of the Year: DickFuldWinning by an astounding margin (31% of the votes vs 15% ), congratulations to user @"DickFuld" for winning the 2014 WSO Member of the Year vote. Also congratulations to to @thebrofessor for coming in second with 15% of the votes. @"IlliniProgrammer" and...306.30
Used B-School to Move From Back Office to IBD Associate at 25I'm using a throwaway, but I've been on WSO for the last three years trying to move from a F500 back-office job Into M&A. I'm 25 and just landed an Associate gig at an elite boutique in M&A. I figured I would outline my story, and give back to the community by answering...276.27
MM REPE SA offer! - Drop out, Career Changer, Sub 3.5 GPAHey everyone, It has been a very long year for me and by no means is it over for me since I just got a SA position. But just wanted to share my story to motivate others in search for their end goal position. Before last Jan, I had no relevant finance experience whatsoever. I was a senior...246.24
WSO Campus Representative Program WSO is now accepting applications to be a Campus Rep at your school for the second half of the 2014-15 school year. We are looking for motivated students with a solid work ethic and strong communication skills who are willing to commit until May 2015 (and beyond). Phone interviews will be...1226.22
Fit/Behavioral Interviews - A Crash CourseA few weeks ago I finished interviewing for MBA consulting <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span> and wanted to capture some of my thoughts while they're...216.21
5 things to think about during an ER interview to make it sound like you know what you are talking aboutI noticed there wasn't a lot of interview advice particularly geared towards <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span> so I'm just writing down a few things...206.20
Trading Intern Frantically Working on a Drink OrderI'm just gonna leave this right here... Note the constant approval-seeking and the panic when the drink doesn't drop right away. I'm thinking FT offer. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/E9hPYr-5tJk"...176.17
An Infinity of No.After a few months now of trolling WSO and four weeks of writing in the contributing blogger intern program, all while working full-time for a F500 and pursuing my MBA full-time in effort to break into <span class='keyword_link'><a...176.17
We Are All Here to Feel a Little Stress<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> Quick story from the associate...176.17
Shadow Insurance 101: The downfall of the insurance industry?I work in the insurance sector, primarily dealing with derivatives and collateral needs for institutions. I haven't seen much on this site about the insurance sector in particular...though there has been some talk about <span class='keyword_link'><a...166.16
Guide to building a successful career at ONE company: Internal NetworkingI just came out of a networking experienced hire event at my company and thought it would be good to share some thoughts on internal networking (specifically for Corporate Finance, but industry in general). I haven't seen anything on this site about this and I guess it makes sense, being...146.14
The Forgotten Cousin of Finance: Commercial InsuranceSo I have thought about doing something over this field for quite awhile but didn't know how much to go into and whatever. Depending on the response I will depends on whether I will expand further. I really wanted to talk about the position of Commercial Underwriter. Specifically...136.13
What I've learned about Hedge Fund Structure and Compensation Over the last few months I’ve realized just how diverse hedge funds are, and how little people (both in/out of the industry) understand about the different structures. This is my attempt to distill some of the bigger differences in ‘team structure and compensation’. It’s a detailed...126.12
Final Round Interviews: The Wall Street Rain Dance <em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> I was cleaning out my office a...126.12
My review of Michael Lewis’ Flashboys: A Wall Street Revolt‘Socialism’, Albert Einstein said, is humanity’s attempt ‘to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development’, and for G.A. Cohen ‘every market … is a system of predation.’ It reminds me of the FX <span class='keyword_link'><a...116.11
But why aren't there activists?A recurring theme to many of my posts on small caps is the reader question "Why aren't activist investors involved?" For a lot of small undervalued situations the solution to undervaluation looks simple on paper. An activist investor buys shares, they distribute or sell assets...66.06
AMA - I'm an Equity Analyst/PM at an Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): this ama is now closed, thanks again to N164 for answering all the q's!</em> I've been in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">Asset...1026.02
Ask Me Anything: REPE Investment ProfessionalHi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that WSO has provided a great deal of valuable information and insight to me over the years, I'd like to give back to the community in the form of an interactive,...945.94
What's the hardest interview question you were ever asked?<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 6/4/12.<em> <em><strong>Andy note:</strong> some of the quotes below were published on CNBC / Yahoo awhile back: <a...2935.93
AMA: I'm an Agricultural Commodities TraderI'm a senior trader with 8 years of experience in the ag markets. I currently trade physicals only but have traded futures and options to a small extent in the past as part of my hedge book. I have experience in grains and a wide variety of other ag byproduct commodities. Feel free to ask...855.85
AMA - London IBD to megafund PEHi all, Happy to answer London-specific questions on recruiting. Pretty keen on anonymity so probably won't give much detail about my background, but could answer questions on <span class='keyword_link'><a...785.78
AMA: Investment Banking Analyst to Startup Co-FounderLong time member of WSO here, I just created a new username for this post. I’m a former investment banking analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge...655.65
2015 Analyst Salary Bump MegathreadLet's try to keep a running list going as people go through full-time recruiting and even starting for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span> next year....2635.63
ASIA 2015 IBD SA RecruitingFeel free to post where you applied to and heard back from regarding 1st rounds and superdays! Just thought this would be a great way to give people a heads up on when to expect the banks' decisions.3535.53
AMA: Non-target undergrad to MBBHi all, Been using this site throughout my college career, and it's really helped me out so I think it's time to give back. I love reading success stories on the site, especially non-target ones, so I thought I'd share my own in order to help others who are trying to get jobs,...505.50
In the market for a cat -- most prestigious breeds?All, As the title suggests, I am in the market for my first cat and was hoping to get your suggestions on breeds. It can be tough to regularly socialize with the hours at work, and it would be nice having some company around the apartment. Are there any breeds that are known to be...485.48
I'm A Former Trader Who Now Owns A Food Truck: Ask Me AnythingThe following is an interview I conducted with Tyrone Greene, with whom I started chatting when I visited his food truck, The Dark Side of the Moo. He's a former trader of precious metals who has made the leap to leave Wall Street and work for himself, and I think his story will be of...475.47
How I Work<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up last year but has been getting some new "How I Work" entries (see bottom of comments), feel free to add to the discussion!</em> The website/blog www.LifeHacker.com has a very interesting series of interviews called “How...455.45
Why I Bought A House<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> Some context is needed. Yes, I...445.44
10 Benefits of Working/Living Abroad, Part 1Here are some things I thought of that the younger monkeys may enjoy to read. A few notes about my bio are at the bottom of the page. If you are a single male (no children) with the ability to earn dollars/pounds/euros remotely, the world is your oyster, here's why: <ol> ...435.43
The Pussy Generation according to Clint EastwoodArticle from Elite Daily. Normally I don't care to read this stuff but this one was entertaining. Curious to hear your thoughts. My take? I don't particularly care one way or the other, so long as it doesn't affect my ability to make money. Enjoy the read, but don't think...415.41
CFA L3 Results How's it going chaps? Results day. And I'm glad to report, i'll never have to sit a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1145861&c=cart&aff=44880&ejc=2&cl=175031"...395.39
Overseas living and travel or mixed cultural background - how to market that in an interviewWhen I'm interviewing candidates, I like to see that they have lived or worked in different countries, even if it's just studying overseas for a semester or doing a volunteer job in another country. I similarly like to see someone whose background indicates they straddle two...315.31
4 Lessons Tennis Has Taught MeFor you monkeys out there who have played the game of tennis, you know it's a peculiar sport. As with any other competitive endeavor, tennis can be incredibly infuriating one moment and immensely gratifying the next. Perhaps it is this state of flux and change that makes tennis an...305.30
The Importance of African DevelopmentI recently came across a Vice documentary that left me in shock. As many of you know, the Ebola outbreak has had no problem instilling worldwide fear. Of the estimated 2,000 cases, 1,000 proved to be fatal. The virus is believed to have originated much in the same way as HIV: through the...285.28
What is the worst thing that can happen?One of the greatest pieces of advice I have ever received about networking and job searching was to ask myself, "What is the worst thing that could happen", when faced with doubt or fear. The reason this question is so valuable is that it can help you put everything in...265.26
Money: Master the GameHello fellow primates, I've been a WSO contributing blogger for several years now, but just started this account on WSO to correspond with a personal blog I recently launched, <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">Deconstructing Excellence</a>. In this...255.25
Charles Aris 2015 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study releasedI've seen a lot of questions about salary progression and exit-ops salaries for ex-consultants. I found this, it is very helpful. <a href="http://charlesaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Charles-Aris-Strategy-Consulting-Compensation-Study-2015.pdf">Here is the...255.25
How to sellMany people struggle with the concept of being a salesperson and what it means to sell. The image of a dirty used car salesman is often what comes to mind.  The reality is that sales are the revenue driver in almost every industry.  I want to share a few tips on how to become a better...215.21
Adam the Analyst - Episode 7: Two Years and Out<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 11/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/V6FIu1u-pkw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...205.20
S&T interns: 3 things that got me hiredBackground: I received a FT offer after completing the S&T rotational internship last summer at a global bank. I was a student-athlete at a non-target in the Northeast. I found the many guides on WSO on interviewing and navigating the <span class='keyword_link'><a...195.19
Signs your banker is bullsh*tting to youThe first time you watch your office's BSD director walk into a client meeting and, in between grovelling, tell a client flat out bullshit without blinking is a common experience for analysts and associates. You know he knows he's bullshitting. You know he knows you know...145.14
Value investing mythsIf something is repeated often enough people will eventually start to believe it. &nbsp;<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3b4fmvt" target="_blank">Buffett</a></span> always buys "good" companies, and Graham...135.13
Consistency is the KeyI have found over the years that people have a misconception about networking. Many people think that networking is a set event that you attend. Unfortunately, b-schools perpetuate this myth by holding...wait for it...networking events where the entire night is to mingle and meet...125.12
A Lesson In Bubble History (Part 1) - The Mississippi BubbleThere was a lot of talk about a possible tech bubble on the site a couple weeks ago and I started looking into bubbles and eventually delved into bubbles of the past. I came across some fascinating stuff. So I decided I’m going to start a series covering some of the bubbles that I found to be...125.12
Making Money Is Not The GoalGrab 10 people off the street and ask them what a trader’s number one goal is, and I would bet that nine out of ten would say something along the lines of “making as much money as possible”. Those people would be wrong. Don’t get me wrong, making money is a wonderful thing—but...115.11
Making money off the new 30 Year Middle East War between Shia and Sunni(<em>Author's note: here’s a sequel to <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/making-money-off-of-fallen-countries">the other article I wrote</a> on investments and conflict:</em>) I’ll be going to Erbil, Kurdistan, to check on some our...115.11
Want to build a startup & raise some money? Part IHey all, Some of you may have seen my post/ama/whatever about being a VC intern <b><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/a-week-in-the-life-of-a-vc-internvc-intern-ama">here</a></b>. I talked broadly about what the VC side of things is like, but I...105.10
ParagraphsHello, . WSO recently eliminated the use of paragraphs in replies. If I hit return twice, WSO only honors a single *Enter*. I don't get a blank line for easy-to-read paragraphs. . Yes; I am a <span class='keyword_link'><a...105.10
The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 3Part 1: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-1">here.</a></strong> Part 2: <strong><a...95.09
How to get out of the Back Office?I am literally trapped inside Goldman's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back office</a></span>. On the 8th floor of 30 Hudson Street. Went there to visit a friend...75.07
Cathford Group Credit Inc.: Eine andere Weise des Tuns des GeschäftsCathford Group Credit Inc. glaubt nicht nur an Wesen verschiedene aus gutem Grund, es auch bemüht sein, daß Menschen, die wirklich glauben, sie können auch unterschiedlich sein und können gemeinsame überwunden und außerordentliche Hindernisse oft in ihren Weg zur Erreichung ihrer...55.05
Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: A book review.If you have ever wondered what the interplay of government, bubbles and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/breaking-into-private-equity-and-vc">venture capital</a></span> have to do with innovation, this is the...35.03
WSO Exclusive: Legerdemath - Anatomy of a Banking Trick<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie" - This one was originally posted in March 2011.</em> <em>The following is an exclusive guest post by Omer Rosen, author of the controversial <a...824.82
AMA: I am an Equity Research Associate<b>Bio</b>: tl;dr version: non-target, non-major, also had a sub average <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa" target="_blank">GPA</a></span> in undergrad but compensated...794.79
I'm a London-based Distressed Debt Analyst - AMA I did 1 year at one of the top restructuring shops (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/blackstone-group">BX</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...694.69
AMA: Internal Wholesaler at a Mutual FundI work at a large MF in the Northeast as an internal wholesaler. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically inside sales. I make outbound dials to financial advisors to sell them our mutual funds among other things. I have over 4 years of work experience and am going...554.55
Best Books to Help Your Investing SkillsHello all, this was my first post (mod just now added to frontpage) so go easy on me. And full disclosure, none of these books is a silver bullet, just a good arrow to have in your quiver. If you're investing others' money, there's no substitute for prudence, good judgment, and...534.53
AMA - I'm an online MBA/MSF Candidate at KelleyHello everyone. This is my first WSO post--and as a matter of fact, my first real forum post in general (aside from the occasional reply on some random interest group). I'll first tell a short bit about who I am, where I live and work, and why I have joined WSO. Next, I'll talk about...524.52
Ask DickFuld April 2014<em>Here are some of the questions Sharon (my secretary) selected for me to answer.</em> [quote]How does one find their path? Every day I wake up and I try to envision where'd I'd like to be, and I'm finding that to be exceedingly difficult to do. I've also...514.51
VC's Rebuttal to Uber's ValuationThis is an interesting rebuttal to Uber's valuation that was posted here awhile back. What do you think? (link inside the post) [quote]<b>How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber’s Potential Market Size</b> July 11, 2014: On June 18, Aswath Damodaran, a finance...464.46
Finished Busy Season in B4 Audit: AMAHi all, I'm about done wrapping up my busy season and as such, I'm open to answering any questions people may have about working in Big 4 audit as a first year. I know some senior associates have done an AMA, but I haven't seen one for first years, so if anyone wants to learn...454.45
Exclusive Edmundo Braverman Interview : Part 1 of 2<em>Mod note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2011</em> Fellow 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...434.43
AMA: Non-Target, Non-Major, Low GPA - Reflections About Grad School and How it Helped Me Break onto the StreetI’ve been a member of WSO for the past four years and frequently I have seen questions regarding the potential benefits of graduate school, specifically on the value it provides when trying to break onto the Street. So, I thought I would share my story, and the thought process I used when...394.39
Blitzed, 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...374.37
Suggestions for WSO Case StudySo, I've been MIA from WSO for a few weeks and was just going through some old threads to catch up. I noticed that back in the fall I promised to put together a Case Study that would hopefully give everyone an idea of what the output of my research process looks like. Well, I think I can...364.36
Straight RazorRecently started using one. Love it. Good article from artofmanliness on the subject (link inside post): [quote]<b>Shave Like Your Great Grandpa: The Ultimate Straight Razor Shaving Guide</b> Our very first post on the Art of Manliness was a introductory guide to shaving...354.35
"RBS Is Going To Go Ahead And Take Those First Year Job Offers Back"Ouch.... Will this happen at any other banks or just RBS? Anyone personally affected by this? Is RBS a sinking ship? From NYT Dealbook: [quote]“Hearing from incoming summer analysts (now soon to be full-time hires) that their offers were rescinded and they were all given a 10k...354.35
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My GMAT Study PlanI just took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> this past weekend and scored a 760 (Q49 / V44), so while everything was fresh on my mind I wanted to...314.31
ANSWERED: Most Common Resume QuestionsHaving helped hundreds of monkeys fix up their resumes, I've found that a few questions come up again and again. These questions account for over 90% of the major mistakes people make on their resume. While these topics are geared towards newer monkeys, if people one day start fixing these...274.27
This Shirt Might Change Your LifeWe've seen a lot of really cool stuff come out of Kickstarter, but this might be something you can use everyday. I'll let the video speak for itself, but this might handle the problem of fitted shirts being too tight and regular shirts being too baggy. <iframe...274.27
Be Nice To Your Interns<strong>A while back, I was listening to some "dumb intern" stories from a couple of young professionals.</strong> One of the rites of passage for <span class='keyword_link'><a...254.25
Relationships while establishing yourselfHello everyone, I was curious to know how you feel about getting into a relationship or being with someone while trying to establish a career. What if that person does not have the same aspirations, but is a great individual? More importantly, if you really care about that person and she...244.24
Relationships...Given the spike in relationship related threads on these boards in the last few months, I figured I would drop this article here, which seems to address like 90% of them. Despite its potentially maudlin title, it's worth a read. Really like this guy, great writer. http://markmanson.net/love224.22
Goldman Sachs 2015 Veterans Integration ProgramA great opportunity for Veterans who are separating from the military and seeking a career in financial services, the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman...2224.22
Why are we the way we are today?After reading SouthernAlpha’s post on failure, I was inspired to write my own. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately and often wonder why I am the way I am today. Like most users on WSO, I am a college student motivated to succeed and hope to start my career in investment banking. However these...204.20
Debunking the Myth of the NFL's Tax Exempt StatusIt’s been a bad year for the NFL. Sure, they generated over $9 billion of revenue in 2013, but consider the scandals and controversies of the past year alone – Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, the Washington Redskins, concussions and player safety, the fact that the <em>Jacksonville...164.16
11 Tips of Speaking Publicly Your heart is pounding, palms are sweaty, you’re weak at the knees, and you are nervous as you can be. Anxiety starts to set in, you start to have thoughts about what they think about you and you try to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.jdoasis.com/"...164.16
Typical interview questions and why you should take them seriouslyHello everyone, I have had quite a few questions on the interview process for consulting. I thought it could be useful if I shared my experience, both from the perspective of someone who has gone through the interview process (both for <span class='keyword_link'><a...154.15
Accounting vs Finance: Part 4 – The work<p>To wrap up this 4 part series, I want to go into a little about the actual work itself and what you will be doing. Per usual, I will compare some typical roles in accounting with the typical roles in finance or...134.13
I Got a FT JOB: Non-target to S&TI've been debating for a bit of time whether to post my story or not, and figured it would be best to do so to help motivate some others in a current situation. Let me start off with some background. I go to a non-target school with a sub 3.0 <span...134.13
Buy Side: An unorthodox routeI work in London and an analyst and myself had to travel to Canary Wharf to discuss financing options with one of the banks based there. Whilst getting our stuff ready, there was a power outage across the whole area (similar scenario to if there was an outage on Wall Street). We were stuck with...104.10
New to WSO - Ole timer in CalifHello all! I live in central California and have been involved in the development of strategies and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> for about 30 years. I have...94.09
Your First Non-Compete AgreementI have little doubt that many of you, at some point in your careers, will have to sign a non-compete agreement. This is a fairly obvious observation since many of you are/will become big time players, and big time players have access to very important information that companies will want to...94.09
Credit Risk Analyst - My ExperienceI've seen a bunch of posts recently asking about credit analyst and credit risk positions. I figure it's probably way past time for me to give back to Wallstreetoasis, so here's my contribution. I'll start with my background - I graduated a few years ago from a decent...84.08
Differences Between Men and WomenHilarious article. Read the whole thing. http://diply.com/menshumor/30-hilariously-true-differences-between-men-women/39636/174.07
Non Target & No Internships to Target with Multiple OffersHey guys. So This past week I received offers from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Strats and <span class='keyword_link'><a...74.07
The Aging of the Tech Sector: The Pricing Divergence of Young and Old Tech CompaniesAs the NASDAQ approaches historic highs, Apple&#8217;s market cap exceeds that of the Bovespa (the Brazilian equity index) and young social media companies like Snapchat have nosebleed valuations, there is talk of a tech bubble again. It is human nature to group or classify individuals or...64.06
NorthSider's Semi-Regular, Curated Linkwrap - November 2014All too often lately, it seems, I am behind on replying to private messages. Though it is my sincerest intention to follow up on each item in my backlog, there is one question I receive more than all others: <b>Which newspapers, blogs, periodicals, books, editorialists, academics, etc. do...44.04
Take The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) For Free Online And Gain Free Access To Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC)<center><img src="http://i57.tinypic.com/16c9utw.png"></center> Use the promo code “WSOHOLIDAY” to take the <a href="http://about.bloomberginstitute.com/students/bloomberg-aptitude-test/">BAT</a> for free online between December 19th and...44.04
[Show WSO] A compiled list of headhunters with profilesHey WSO, I've noticed that a lot of people often request info on headhunters so I've created a directory at <b><a href="http://www.refout.com">Ref Out</a></b> with headhunter profiles, contact information, current searches, and how to submit your...34.03
How FED talks affect the rest of the world! In the last <a href="http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/fomcminutes20140730.pdf">Federal Open Market Committee meeting</a> (29-30 July 2014) the board members signalled greater focus on monetary tightening. This to be achieved by gradual tapering of the...34.03
Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: And the Secret Ingredient IsChopped. Iron Chef. Master Chef. Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. Sweet Genius. Cutthroat Kitchen.What do all of these have in common besides being cooking shows? At one point or another, during the course of the competition, the contestants are shocked and surprised with the ingredients they get or...24.02
CFA Level 1: How Spaced Repetition Improves MemoryWhen studying for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/cfa-training-free-trial-learn-signal" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Level 1, are you having trouble remembering the concepts you reviewed last month? Or...24.02
Healthy SnacksLet's hear your ideas...NO SMOOTHIES. I've listed some of mine below. -- Baby carrots with hummus (kalamata olive or roasted garlic) -- Pure peanut butter w/ sliced banana on bread (whole wheat sourdough/miche) -- Organic instant oatmeal (Nature's Path - maple nut or apple...1014.01
2014 WSO Community Rankings. Investment Banks (Part 1 of 10): Release ScheduleFor the first time ever, over 10 weeks (starting right after Thanksgiving) we are releasing comprehensive rankings on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment...04.00
King ObamaAll politics aside, how can liberals or Obama supporters not fully condemn this man? Besides the fact that he decides to just act unilaterally when he can't get his way, how is basically allowing 5 million more people to stay and engage in this country a good thing for the core, Democrat...993.99
I miss the 90s/ early 2000'sThat was, in my opinion, the GOAT time period for music: - Incubus - Staind - Vertical Horizon - Linkin Park - Puddle of Mudd - Nirvana - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Lenny Kravitz Etc. Every time I just lay back and listen to any of the above I have an eargasm. Post your favorite...753.75
Is WSO dyingHi All, I've been a long term active submitter for WSO and I cant help but feel its a dying website. Be it post quality or post frequency the site seems to be declining. What are your thoughts?733.73
Banking with chronic health issues Hey WSO, I'm 22 and male and will be interning at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> in NY this summer. Yesterday, I was diagnosed with...723.72
How to deal with the biggest weakness question<em>Mod Notes (Andy): this was originally posted on 9/26/12</em> <strong> <em>Interviewer: "So... what's your biggest weakness?"</em></strong> To be honest, I think the biggest weakness question is one of the most bullshit questions you...703.70
Michael Lewis and His New Book on High Frequency Trading <em>Editor note: There's also a a good complement to this post: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/do-you-think-the-market-is-rigged">Do You Think The Market is Rigged</a></strong></em> For the last year <span...683.68
The Official 'Albums to listen to before you die' threadStealing from Will Hunting and actually hoping to fill any gaps in my music knowledge, I was wondering what you guys considered to be some of the best albums ever. I listen to a variety of music so I got: The Cure - Disintegration Kanye West - Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Gayngs -...1673.67
FREEDOM (done with banking, taking questions)I just walked out of my last day of banking today. I can't believe the feeling. Two years, terrible at times, some great friends made along the way, and thankfully over now. I'll take any questions, though answers may be sporadic as I try to schedule something to do with the time.673.67
How to skip straight to final rounds<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday: this was originally posted September, 2012</em> Guys, I'm back from four days spent recruiting at our top targets. Thought I'd share with you how a ballsy college junior with a 3.2 <span class='keyword_link'><a...1643.64
AMA: Wells Fargo Financial Analyst Program/ Commercial BankingHere is my overdue write up on Wells’ FAP and thoughts on the process/ program. This is most applicable to Commercial Banking or CRE divisions. I applied with less than 1 year experience, got the offer, and ultimately declined - - they countered w/ better corporate title, base, sign-on,...603.60
Suddenly rich out of primarily luck. What would you do if you were me?Hi all, I read and post on WSO occasionally from a different account but created a new account specifically to make this post to protect anonymity. Because of this, I unfortunately must be quite vague. Some background: I graduated from a semi-target in 2011 with a STEM major. Towards the...1563.56
Tell me how to be a Great VPIn just a couple of weeks I will start work at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> in their <span class='keyword_link'><a...543.54
Questions Hall of FameCollection of the best WSO questions of all time543.54
What was your dream job as a kid?When you were little, what did you want to grow up to be? You know, before reality kicked you in the ass or before you realized just how shitty the job you wanted really was? I'm thinking about this now because I just saw a video of a bunch of guys doing what I would've sold my soul...1493.49
Wells Fargo Employee emails CEO asking for a $10,000 raiseA <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/wells-fargo-and-company">Wells Fargo</a></span> employee sent an email to the CEO, John Stumpf, he also CC'd 200,000 other <span...1493.49
Who made you you?Hello monkeys, wanted to talk about something other than fashion, race, politics, and sex. Probably will get 3 comments, but what the hell, right? Wanted you all to share a little bit about a few people who you think had they not been in your life, you would not be the person you are today...453.45
Are Asian men undesirable?Are they really at the bottom of the dating ladder, being seen as undateable? If so, why? Are they better off moving out of the country for relationship prospects?1443.44
Not for the Faint-Hearted: Econometrics as a Valuation MethodAs a recent college graduate, I try to involve the material I learned during my college career in my professional pursuits. I took econometrics during my sophomore year, and I have been applying it left and right. Suffice it to say, economists will stop at almost nothing to construct and test an...433.43
What Do Guys Like to Eat?So, I've been thinking about this recently... I'm content being single right now because I have so much going on, but I do want to eventually get married one day and it seems that, regardless of how successful a woman is, it is still important to have some domestic skills and it seems...433.43
13 Networking Tips and TricksNetworking, like anything else, is a process. I’ve made plenty of mistakes throughout networking (over 1500 e-mails, over 200 calls, 3-5 networking trips prior to FT recruiting). Now that I've been on both sides of the table (although I'm far more experienced as the cold-caller) I...423.42
LOCATION CHANGED - WSO Chicago Happy Hour: Weds. December 17th, 6:30pm, Emerald LoopWho: Finance professionals and college students of drinking age. What: A WSO Meetup Why: Meet your fellow primates. <strong>Where: Emerald Loop, 216 North Wabash (Corner of Wabash & Haddock)</strong> When: Weds. Dec 17th, 6:30pm - 11pm (most people stayed til last...403.40
Books that inspired youWhat are some of your personal favorites or books that simply inspired you? The books don't have to be business/finance related. 1393.39
Friends with age/career/wealth Hi, So I just wanted to see what some of your experiences have been over your lives, whether you're relatively young or not. I'm a partner at a nice firm, have ample free time and live very comfortably. I also have a great wife and am quite content with life. Despite this,...383.38
Are the BRIC's overrated? Hey monkeys, I was a part of a heated and interesting discussion regarding the global power scale in one of my business classes recently. The class had a mix of students from all over the world (MENA region, Asia, UK, US) and from a variety of backgrounds. We talked about the emerging...363.36
AMA: Recent Quitter from Fixed Income S&T to StartupsHello. I am new to the WSO blogger community; this is my first post. I went to a semi-target and interviewed during the crisis, when company presentations & on-campus workshops pretty much dried up. WSO was a crucial source for me when I started finance recruiting in late 2007, and...363.36
BIG NEWS: 2014 WSO Compensation Report is OUT!Dear WSO Community, I'm pleased to announce the release of the <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-annual-compensation-reports">2014 WSO Compensation Report</a></strong>! We had another great year with even MORE entries than last year...343.34
30 Day ChallengeI listen to a lot of Bill Burr and Tim Ferriss podcasts. Maybe it’s because of that, in combination with a few other personal interests, that I’m also interested in people’s experiences in how they try to better themselves. Ferriss might be the ultimate personal guinea pig, while Burr...343.34
Just got my offer. Thank you WSOHello. Today I received an offer from a major oil company in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> department for my first <span...303.30
Breaking Into Banking: Your Timetable is EverythingI've seen many posts on this site, most of which very helpful. I can thank the many of the contributors for helping me break into banking at a top MM, after attending a regional target with very little finance knowledge or exposure at the start of my college career. I've seen tips on...293.29
Stumbled upon a piece of financial history in the office today...By pure chance, as I was looking for something inside the office supplies/storage room, I came across an abandoned old box. I almost ignored it but something caught my eye, and I ended up digging up this old deal <span class='keyword_link'><a...293.29
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Family Obligations - Struggles of a First Generation American Hello my fellow monkeys, This issue is something that I have been struggling with for a while now. But now that I have graduated college and am about to start an IB gig next week it has become something that I constantly think about. So a bit of background, I am the oldest of four and my...263.26
2015 Predictions - a collection of major firms' predictionsAfternoon Monkeys, I find this time of year fascinating, as economists, investors, and talking heads all hurl out prognostications about what the world is going to do in 2015. Some are very specific and grab headlines, others are broader so they run a smaller risk of being wrong. I think...253.25
AMA: Sr. Associate at a CVC fundBeen a long time reader of WSO and I have to say it has been helpful. I thought I would give way to those wanting to explore corporate <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/breaking-into-private-equity-and-vc">venture...243.24
Is Flipping Houses for You? Probably Not, Here's WhyEvery month or so, I see a post here on WSO asking about the pros and cons of flipping houses. Some view it as easy money and they have the excel spreadsheet to prove it! However, in practice flipping houses isn't quite so simple. On occasion, you'll see a foreclosure that you can...233.23
2014 in Film: A Most Vibrant YearIt’s that time of the year folks. With 2014 concluded, it’s time for another look into the very best industry: film. This past year I managed to see 25 films in the theater, which I’ve attempted to capture below. Enjoy. <u><b>Films</b></u> Wild The Imitation...223.22
2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilAs we head into June, all of the qualified teams are wrapping up their final international friendlies before they board their flights for Brazil. There's been a ton of speculation around who will win this year, and I am honestly really excited because of how different this WC feels from...1203.20
"It is different this time." - Rate hikes, Dollar strength, S&P 500 correction incoming?Is it really different this time round? More often than not that phrase tends to go around the room, with various reasons justifying how the current scenario is different from the previous ones and the implications around it. Whilst backward looking, history tends to be one of our favourite...193.19
WSO passes 300k registered accounts...I missed the exact date it happened (now at 306k) but wow this site has grown quickly over the last two years! 100k reached on 10/9/12: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/wso-hits-100000-members 200k reached on 12/11/13:...173.17
International Students (3) - Learn More About The H-1B VisaFor many of us international students here in the U.S., the most dreaded time of our professional career arrives as we are about to graduate with an undergraduate degree, more specifically in finding a company what is willing to offer us H-1B sponsorship; also known as the “Person in Specialty...163.16
Tips on being ruthless/efficient with research?This may sound bizarre for a lot of people here with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> analyst background, but it’s the only venue I know...163.16
10 signs youre seeing a chicki'm bored and high so i thought i'd throw this post up for fun, see disclaimer at the bottom about throwing monkey shit seeing a regular chick can be a great experience, especially if you're into the girl. if 3+ of the below have happened to you then you are what some may...163.16
I am a consultant at a non-MBB firm in London: AMAHi everyone, Quick bio: I have, I like to believe, a non-traditional background. I obtained a liberal arts degree in the UK at a target university. Strangely enough, when I first started, I did not even know what Investment Banking was or the difference between sales and <span...153.15
Insight from Jim Carrey's "Yes Man," (Rewrite of "Yes Man? Hell No.")First of all, I'd like to say thank you to Andy Louis and everyone who commented the original version of this post. It was your collective prodding, thoughts, and commentary that lead me to to conclusion that the way my original post was written was quite missing my intent. I was trying to...153.15
Quit my Finance Job, Learned to Code, Releasing my project: Investment 1 - Smarter Wealth ManagementFour years into a pretty cushiony buy-side job and I was pretty dissatisfied with life. Decided to leave and bought a ruby on rails book and taught myself how to code. I've been working on a few side projects; this is the first serious one I'm releasing: Link is here: <b><a...153.15
How I moved from backoffice to Commercial Banking to Investment Banking/Private Equity (coming from a non-target school)Dear All, I'd like to share my experiences with you to let you know that it is possible to work for a private equity firm or <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment...153.15
Momentum Stocks Are Falling; Is This A Correction Or Something More? 2013 was a banner year for the stock market. Alongside record-breaking advances for the S&P 500, big name technology stocks booked monumental gains. Driven largely by heavy investor interest and sizable expectations for future performance, the stock prices for companies such as Facebook,...143.14
Wharton '14 MBA Commencement - David Rubinstein SpeechHey monkeys, yesterday I watched the speech of David Rubinstein in the Wharton '14 MBA graduation ceremony. Here's the video: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JmHjqClVyBg?rel=0" frameborder="0"...143.14
New Investment Banking Hire Prank This is hilarious, don't let it be you...The email below is in fact “real” (as in it was an email sent out to people), it appears as though it was a prank on behalf of co-workers. I know he learned an important lesson: failing to lock up your computer upon stepping away for even mere...133.13
Winter Break's Internship HuntNow that the holidays are over, my extended family is gone and kids in my area are back in school. The thrill of being home has subsided with two responsibility-free weeks still ahead of me. After contemplating how I'm going to be spending the rest of my time at home, I finally decide to...133.13
How to Change the World - By Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pxBQLFLei70" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of...123.12
My Experience at Trillium Trading - 1st Year NYCIn an effort to describe my experience working at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/trillium-trading" target="_blank">Trillium Trading</a></span> - 1 year in -- I hope to explain starting out, the...123.12
Wal-Mart: The New Consumer Banking Powerhouse?In just a few short weeks, you’ll finally be able to fulfill your lifelong dream of opening a checking account at Wal-Mart! Ok, well, maybe that’s not exactly on the bucket list for anyone here. For millions of “unbanked” and “underbanked” Americans, however, this could be...123.12
How to eat healthy while living in a hotel<body> I worked as a management consultant for 4 years. For 2 of those years I traveled, living in hotels 4-days a week. In total I spent over 250 nights in a hotel. There are good and bad aspects to long-term weekly travel, but in this post I am focusing on one of the...123.12
Blitzed Smashed and Drunk: Cocktails to End the Summer OnLabor Day marks the end of the “Summer Season”. No more white after Labor Day. The Seersucker Suit gets put back in the closet. We may still have an Indian summer to prolong the warmth and feel of the summer before slowly easing us into the fall. The start of the NFL Season is right around...113.11
AMA: Australian IB (+ life, etc.)All, I have some free time over the next couple of days and I've seen a few posts asking about Australian IB, getting a job in Australia, life in Australia etc. over the last few weeks so thought I'd do an AMA for anyone interested. Happy to answer questions about Australian IB,...1113.11
3 Lessons from Rural Indian BusinessRural India is home to roughly 840 million people, almost 70% of the nation’s population and generates about 50 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Yet the global players dreaming of penetrating into the emerging market are unable to set a strong foot in the territory....103.10
How to turn a Networking Event into a GameSeveral years ago I was working in the social media space and had to give tons of pitches to different PE, VC, and Angel groups. The content of the pitch was pretty much the same each time, however, after a while it was getting stale. The content itself was great, but after doing it over 100...103.10
Ways in which the Deep South is a giant bargainNot sure if you folks saw this nice chart on Business Insider, but it shows how much $100 is actually worth in each state based on goods and services you're able to purchase. Aside from Hawaii and DC, the worst states are New York and California - I don't know why anyone would even...1103.10
A guide to the Words of Wall Street New Folks take a peakSo as I've stated in several threads I'm new to the IB culture. Working on educating myself on all aspect, but as with any map you need a legend or it it useless. Ive comprised a list of Vocab word definitions that had been advised as being helpful when holding conversations or any...93.09
Hedge Fund Reinsurance: Why hedge funds care about (re)insuranceThere seemed to be some interest in my previous article, where I gave a very basic outline of what the New York Department of Insurance calls ‘Shadow Insurance’ transactions via the use of captives. Given the interest in insurance as a topic, I have decided to test the waters again write...93.09
Part II: How to get an investment banking job in JohannesburgFollowing my post covering a broad range of questions about the African investment banking (IB)/<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/private-equity-overview">private equity</a></span> (PE) scene, I...83.08
Three Books Every Aspiring Banker (Or Experienced One) Should Read.None of these books are about financial theory or how to get a job in the industry. It’s about something way more important, and it all starts with what’s in your head. <em>Are you good at selling yourself?</em> When the world “sales” is brought up, most people...83.08
Tips for Conversations with RecruitersFT recruiting is in full swing, which means it's the season for lots of phone calls, emails, and info sessions. As a recruiter in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management...83.08
2nd Thoughts About HBSI was fortunate to be accepted into HBS round 1, and am now weighing my options. I was also accepted to Booth(w/ 70K), Kellogg(w/ 90K), Tuck (full tuition), Yale SOM (full tuition), and McCombs (full tuition). Although HBS was my top choice, I am having a tough time coming to grips with the...1083.08
JUST RELEASED: New WSO Prop Trading Interview GuideProprietary ("prop") <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> is an industry that keeps itself under wraps and as a result, there has never been a great...73.07
The New PsychotherapyInspiring and heartfelt story. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Two thousand dollars spent on a trip to Mexico, a cab ride, a seedy hotel room, excessive amounts of cocaine, and hooker orgies legitimately saved a man’s...73.07
What about the Average Joe?I'm currently in my first year of ibanking and in my limited free time I often think about--as I'm sure many other do--getting a top bucket bonus, going on to an elite buyside firm, then to HSW, partner at a PE firm, yada yada yada. Now while if everyone on this forum could make...73.07
WSO Applicant DatabaseHey guys, so we have a new project in the works and I was hoping to get your feedback. Basically, we have the WSO Job board where recruiters and companies post jobs for the community, but we thought to supplement this, what if we could offer them a huge database of relevant applicants that they...63.06
Portfolio Strategies: Growth Investing and Wonderful BusinessesEveryone is special these days. &nbsp;Everyone a winner, children's soccer teams don't even keep score anymore. &nbsp;Likewise it seems that most value investors have convinced themselves that everything they invest in is a 'wonderful business' (a growing company with...63.06
The Current State of Startups From Naval Ravikant<!--?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?--> <div> <div><em>Interested in entrepreneurship, </em><em><span class='keyword_link'><a...53.05
Create your Own ExcuseOver the last few weeks I have received a few messages from fellow Monkeys about networking and a recurring theme is a variation on, "How can I find an excuse to reach out to people I just met at a networking event?" My answer is: Create your OWN excuse! All of us are put in...53.05
Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: A Guide to Recognizing Your CocktailsI’ve never been a big fan of ridiculous cocktail menus. Actually, that’s not quite true – I happen to love a ridiculously huge menu because I find them thoroughly enjoyable to peruse and really figure out what I want but I don’t like it when I’m out with a group of friends. While I...53.05
Alibaba's Governance by Politburo: Corporate Governance and ValueIn <a href="http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2014/09/alibabas-coming-out-party-valued-right.html">my last post on Alibaba</a>, I valued the company at about $162 billion but also argued that investors considering investing in the company might hold back because of...53.05
Thank You EveryoneI have been a member of this site for over 5 years, ever since I was in high school. I asked people on this forum for advice about where to go to college, where to intern, how to prepare for interviews, etc. and even though I didn't get an SA gig, two days ago I interviewed for and accepted...53.05
How long do you last ?Foreplay doesn't count. Be honest1053.05
The value imposersI was riding on a ski lift with an apparently successful investor from New Zealand. Each January he flew to Utah to ski for three weeks with his family. I couldn't even imagine how much airfare and lodging must have cost. Our conversation naturally drifted to investing. He asked what...53.05
Manhattan Beach Farmers Market of the Shearin Group Real Estate BrokerWHERE: 13th Street between Valley & Morningside Drive – Metered parking is available in the underground Metlox parking lot. WHEN: TUESDAYS: 11 – 4 PM SUMMER: 11- 5 PM (Memorial Day thru Labor Day) Fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Organic...43.04
6 reasons US M&A activity will see strong growth this yearUS M&amp;A activity is picking up steam. Deal volume in the first quarter of this year was the highest since 2007 (in dollar terms). The total of $278bn of transactions includes high profile deals such as&nbsp;Time Warner,&nbsp;Forest Laboratories, and&nbsp;WhatsApp.<br>...43.04
Payback: From Michael Milken to HFTTongues have been wagging since 60 minutes and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3bw7vla" target="_blank">Michael Lewis</a></span> ran a lengthy infomercial on a new exchange, the "honest" one for those not...43.04
What makes a "good" balance sheet?As a result of my post on bull markets I've had a few emails and comments asking my thoughts on what makes a good <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-balance-sheet-BS">balance...43.04
A hodgepodge of ER Questions sent to me via PMWSO, Below is a PM sent to me by WSO member, in the name of transparency I thought I would answer his questions publicly. Hey R, Questions Below - I apologize if some of them are fairly basic. 1) Do you know of any resources that provide ER specific modeling on the web/training...43.04
A Non-Target Sophomore's Guide to Earning a BB OfferIt's been a few weeks since I received a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> offer for S&T - I've really used the time to process and thank my...43.04
WSO Conference 2014: The RecapIf you're like me, you're tired and irked by all those online lists telling you how to live your life and find success. You know the ones. The ones with hyped-up titles like <strong>"17 Things You Need to Stop Doing To Yourself Today To Be Happy and...33.03
2015: Not a happy beginning for the Euro Zone<p> The New Year has ushered in with a bitter aftertaste for the Euro zone. On one side, it is threatened by the risks of deflation and slower recovery and on the other hand looms the exit Greece from the currency union as the forces of the radical left (SYRIZA) and center right have a...33.03
Private Equity Recruiting SeasonHi all, I saw this post from Dealbook this morning (link inside the post). Nothing really new here compared to years past. How is everyone doing managing their interview schedules? I'm very curious to hear how people negotiate positions that won't be starting until summer 2016 as...33.03
Cheat sheet to understand ‘Stress Test’ Results <p> Stress testing in the context of <a href="http://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/content/help/institution%20type%20description.htm">Bank Holding Corporations</a> (BHC) or what is formally known as the <strong>Comprehensive Capital Analysis and...23.02
Any fans of whisk(e)y on WSO?So I happen to be a big fan of quality whisk(e)y from scotch to bourbon to Japanese. I'm interested in whether any of my fellow monkeys like to enjoy a dram or two occasionally, and which whiskies you enjoy the most.982.98
The Misguidance at Non-target SchoolsI am willing to admit that I did not make it into any of my target schools. I understood in any such industry talked about in WSO, my credential would put me at a disadvantage. As a result, I pushed myself to make the connections and steps necessary to earn a valuable Summer Analyst internship....962.96
2015 IBD Summer Analyst CompCan pretty much confirm all these numbers. Summer will be pro-rated on base of: Bulges: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span>: 85k + 1.5k stipend <span...842.84
Types of Girls You Will Go On A Failed Date With: Part IThe days of college over. A college campus in Southern California was the best place to be in August/September. Blonde girls walked around with almost nothing on, with those oversize sunglasses, talking about which sorority they were going to join. Over those four years, I have gone on some...832.83
What I learned in b-school: is it worth $250k?<em>Mod Note (Andy) - Throwback Thursday - this originally went up July 2012</em> A while back I mentioned that during the two years of my MBA program at a top-5 school, I'd put a star next to every note I took that I thought was worth carrying forward into my future...802.80
Tinder + Preftige = "The League"Latest dating app makes sure you are "cool enough" before gaining entry... Initial thoughts? Anyone on it? http://www.theleagueapp.co/792.79
Big 4 Audit Senior - AMAI'm a big 4 audit senior who has been active in the campus and experienced hire recruiting process. I have experience with 2 of the big 4 firms. Ask about meet the firms, follow up emails/calls, exit opportunities, interviews ect. 782.78
Where the smart money is going: elite prep school college matriculationMy gifted niece is 12-years-old and my brother is starting to think about where to send her to high school. My brother decided to look into some of the elite east coast prep schools as well as the highly regarded Washington, D.C. area prep schools to see how well they place into...772.77
Moelis LA -- Business as UsualFirst time poster, but thought you all might enjoy this. A friend of mine is a first year analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/tag/moelis">Moelis</a></span> NY. In addition to getting crushed himself, it...742.74
The Dumbest Email I've Received in a While<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie." This one is originally from August 2012.</em> I get a lot of mail and PMs from you guys, and I know I'm not always as diligent about responding to them as you'd probably like me to be. Just know that if you...732.73
You get one stock...ForeverOkay kids...it is game time! We were goofing around at lunch and I asked everyone, "If you could go back in time and buy 100,000 of any stock and still own that stock today, which would it be?" Several people talked about what it would have been like to buy 100,000 shares of BRK-A...732.73
Superbowl recap...Wow, heart broken (i'm from Seattle). Threw a superbowl party down here in BA, good mix of Hawks and Pats fans. A few thoughts: -By far the most emotional game I've ever seen in my life. One of the best Super Bowls ever? Even though we lost, and today feels like crap, I still had...702.70
Tips for a happy marriage (male perspective)Tip #1: Marry a woman who has low expectations Tip #2: Marry a woman with a strong sense of self-discipline1662.66
I Guess That's One Way to Pay for College<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 2/11/14.</em> God, I love the free market. This is absolutely hilarious. Call me old fashioned, but I look back with fondness on the days when a guy could walk into just about any strip club and witness the cold war...1632.63
This is what we imagine when you kids ask "should I start my own fund?"From the WSJ (link inside the post) "Would-Be Financial Whiz Is Charged With Stealing From Investors" The emails to clients are gold. "you idiot f*ck" / "I'm a human being" / "you know that I love you" To anyone out there wanting to start...622.62
Models and Bottles v3.0Newest iteration of models and bottles, unfortunately for these two tools: (a) they're not nearly young enough for their pathetic personalities to be chalked up to sophomoric immaturity (b) dude's an associate at Weil Gotshal, which despite being named after two jewish patriachs,...612.61
Are you Happy? What makes you happy?"Are you happy? What makes you happy?" An interviewer asked me these last year between more standard fit and technical questions. I was (and still am) pretty damn young, and I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had never really thought about happiness before. It came as a surprise...612.61
Blackstone to Spin Off Financial Advisory Business[quote] <b>Blackstone to Spin Off Financial Advisory Business</b> Business to be Combined with PJT Partners, Paul J. Taubman to Become Chairman and CEO New York, October 10, 2014. Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin off...612.61
Uncle Eddie Gets in the Tank<em>Best of Eddie, this was originally posted November 2013</em> I mentioned last week that I was going to try an isolation tank for the first time and a bunch of you asked me to write about the experience, so here goes. Rather than write a really verbose post about everything...512.51
Wall Street Oasis SEO Interns Needed NOWWall Street Oasis is looking for several hard working individuals to join our intern team to help with online-marketing tasks, specifically Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and link-building. <strong><a...502.50
AMA - risk analyst at hedge fund with 5 years of experience. Ask me anythingLong time user here, been wanting to do a AMA for a while but always worried about identity issues. Finally took the time to start a dummy account to post. Don't waste SB since it's a dummy account. Background: Engineering major in school. Did two S&T <span...502.50
Bonus Bananas April 4, 20141) <strong>Energy Future Plan Said to Almost Wipe Out Owners <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/kohlberg-kravis-roberts-co">KKR</a></span> to TPG</strong> (<a...482.48
Excel and VBA Training - Beginner, Intermediate, AdvancedLooking for Excel and/or VBA training? These are good foundational courses. PM me for account access--happy to...472.47
Welcome to the New Wall Street Oasis!After many months and many hours toiling away, we are finally here, a new and improved WSO. Here are a few of the benefits you should enjoy: 1. Fully adaptive theme so that the site works great no matter what device you are on (smart phone, tablet, desktop) 2. Stronger server to speed...1452.45
Pitt, Bale to Star in Film Version of Lewis’ ‘Big Short’wow, this <em>should</em> be a great film considering the big names, thoughts? from bloomberg: [quote] Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are set to star in a film version of “The Big Short,” Michael Lewis’s book about investors who made fortunes in the subprime...432.43
WSO Plan for 2015 and Site SuggestionsDearest Fellow Primates, So, just to keep myself on track and accountable, I wanted to write down what our main initiatives are over the next 12 months to make sure we continue to continue to improve the WSO platform, community and services/products. Along those lines, I wanted to outline...422.42
How to get over burnoutI guess this goes out to the more senior people on this board who have experienced burnout before. I have been working 100+ hour weeks for over 3 years so far, but recently I have become burnt out. I have lost my desire for anything and everything. I have no desire to work, make money, go...422.42
The Efficient Market Debate - want to hear your opinionsSo you know where I'm coming from, I'm a value guy, and I firmly believe that as long as you have people in the equation, markets will never be 100% efficient. I do believe where there's more participants, <span class='keyword_link'><a...412.41
Apple Unveils iOS 8Apple introduced <strong>iOS 8</strong> today in WWDC '14. Notable Updates & Additions: Notification center - It now lets you swipe down to <strong>reply immediately to a message without having to open the app.</strong> Mail - You can <strong>check...412.41
Financial & Valuation Modeling Boot-Camp<strong><span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso35/wsoasis/">Financial modeling</a></span></strong> is a skill that any investment banking analyst will have to master. Although the majority of <span...402.40
Chicago WSO Meetup, Thurs Nov. 20th- 6:30 PMWho: Finance professionals and college students of drinking age. What: A WSO Meetup Where: Sweetwater Tavern, 225 N Michigan Ave. (Between Grant Park and the River) When: Thurs. Nov 20th, 6:30-8:30 PM Why: Meet your fellow primates. What to do when you get there: Ask the...402.40
How I Work: Only With A Gun To My HeadBe honest, dear monkeys...how many times have you said the following, or something else like it: <strong>"I didn't start it until the last minute, because I work best under pressure. I need that pressure to motivate me to finish."</strong> And then covered it up...392.39
Ask Me Anything: First-Year at MBBHey WSO, I used to be fairly active on this forum but ever since I started at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span>, I got way too busy (no surprise there). I'm about...1392.39
Asking out a girl at the officeI'm being serious in this post so please no <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-balance-sheet-BS">BS</a></span> or jokes. I see a beautiful girl at my office walking around all the...1382.38
Finally - Entourage!Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz2HyCgUWh4 <!--break--> 382.38
How High Can Uber Go?Despite all the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.jdoasis.com/" target="_blank">litigation</a></span> and anti-uber campaigns going on against the ride-sharing company, Uber just got a new whopping $18.2 billion valuation from a...372.37
Ask Me Anything - Federal Consulting at a Tier Two FirmIn light of the posts I've seen here and there regarding federal consulting, I figured I'd give a shot at an AMA. We all know that commercial consulting has all the glamour, but federal consulting *can* be just as glamorous. I say *can*, because it is very easy, in my experience, to...372.37
Be a Wall Street Oasis Contributing Blogger<strong>Project description: Finance / Wall Street / Business Blogger</strong> We are looking for several talented writers (professionals in the finance industry preferred) to blog for WallStreetOasis. There is a list of suggested topics you can choose from but if there is an area...342.34
CFA exam DoneFeels good, living the high life right now. how about you? <em>Mod note (andy) - combining two <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1145861&c=cart&aff=44880&ejc=2&cl=175031"...342.34
Most Prestigious Pokemon CardsI need WSOs help in ranking the tiers of Pokemon cards. I figured that I would send them in my thank yous for interviews but I don't want to waste high prestige cards on low prestige firms. I was thinking something along the following: *** Japanese Mint 1st Ed Charizard (Auto-offer from...332.33
AMA: Top 15 Life Co CML Origination AnalystI'm not sure if this interests anyone on here, but I'm bored so here it goes; I'm an Analyst at a large life insurance company doing commercial mortgage origination. We're typically top 15/ top 20 as far as volume is concerned. We write loans on all the typical property types...322.32
Interns, Former Interns & Senior Monkeys: I just got my first intern, looking for adviceAlright monkeys, I just was blessed by being able to have an intern. While the intern will not be with me 100% of the time, I'll have him for the entire summer. He's a junior at a target, finance/econ major, sharp kid. he seems to be interested in the <span...312.31
Being a gay traderHi there I am a incoming analyst to a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> in NYC from an Ivy school. I am gay and open about it at school, but i am not...302.30
New Credit Suisse CEO effects on equity research? (and IB as a whole)Hi guys, As many of you may know, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/credit-suisse">Credit Suisse</a></span>'s CEO Brady Dougan is being replaced by Tidjane Thiam in June, and many analysts are...302.30
Looks like 2015 ManagementConsulted Salary numbers are outThoughts? <!--break!> http://managementconsulted.com/consulting-salaries/2015-management-consulting-salaries-undergraduate-mba-interns/282.28
Chicago WSO Meetup - 2/19/2015 Who: Financial Professionals and College Students of Drinking Age What: WSO Meetup! Where: Sweetwater Tavern, 225 North Michigan Avenue at Water Street (between the River and Grant Park) When: 6:30 PM 2/19/2015 (Thursday) Why: Meet your fellow primates. Also, because Cries has...282.28
What Are You Reading? 5 Great Blogs For Finance Professionals What do you read to keep up with financial news? The vast majority of applicants for finance jobs claim to have a ‘passion’ for finance—but this ‘passion’ can be pretty easily disproven if the applicant doesn’t keep a close eye on the markets. With so much information out there,...272.27
Way too many high schoolers interested in investment bankingLet me first state that I am part of the problem. Okay now that that's out of the way, I'll start my post. Recently I was accepted by an exclusive biz honors program at my state flagship. I was invited to attend at luncheon about the program and went ahead and attended. As I mingled...272.27
Ladies and Gentlemen...From the mouth of the most powerful man on the planet... "A woman's got to work about three more months in order to get what a man got, because she's paid less," Mr. Obama said, speaking at a White House event. "That's not fair. That's like adding an extra 6...252.25
AMA - 1st Year LatAm M&A Analyst in Big 4 Corporate FinanceHi all, I haven't posted here in a while but have benefitted tremendously from the insights posted by others. Figured I would contribute to the community by sharing my experience and answering any questions I can. About me: -Finishing my 1st year working as an M&A Analyst...252.25
I work at CBRE/JLL and it sucks...I think I've finally had my epiphany and am at the age (29) where I really want to just enjoy my daily activity, I'm currently pretty unhappy most days. I've been at one of these top shops for a few years now and have learned a ton whether it be for the good or bad. Since...252.25
AMA - Economic Consulting; Recruiting Qs WelcomeHi all, Since it's recruiting season again, I thought I'd answer any questions anyone has about economic consulting. I've worked at a top tier econ consulting company for the past 3 years and have held various leadership roles on the recruiting team. I've reviewed...252.25
Islamic Finance & EconomicsHey monkeys, I recently came across the topic of Islamic finance in one of my business classes and I found it intriguing to say the least. For those of you already versed with this topic, continue to the end where I have a few questions for discussion and for the rest of us, I'll outline a...242.24
Happy Hour Recap: August<strong>Happy Hour Guest: "This place is a bit more expensive than the Galway Hooker, isn't it?" Me to She: "Have you paid for a drink yet tonight?" Happy Hour Guest: "No..." Me: "So there's no problem, is...242.24
How Much Self-Control Do You Have?Self-control is one of those attributes that is important in nearly all occupations, but especially so in finance. Getting to they gym, eating well, and getting enough sleep (to name a few) require sustained self-control by those working 40 hour weeks, nevermind those of you working in the...242.24
Are Our Representatives Underpaid?Since compensation is probably one of the most talked about topics on this site, what do you guys think about compensation levels for elected representatives? The quote "X is payed more than the president! Outrageous!" is often thrown around but the value that most presidents and other...232.23
King of all TrollsHow do we get this guy to do a one month residency on WSO? http://instagram.com/humansofmanhattan232.23
Calling All Business School Applicants! (WSO Version)Hey folks, Harvard's round 1 is due VERY SOON! Anyway, who's applying to b-school this year? Let's make this thread a motivation for those who are grinding through apps and also give helpful tips when we can. I'm applying to Ross, Duke, Darden, Cornell, McCombs,...1232.23
Types Of Girls You Will Meet In A Club: Part IIWell, I am still recovering from Vegas at the moment but decided to write up Part II of Types of Girls You Will Meet, in recognition of last weekend (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/types-of-girls-you-will-go-on-a-failed-date-with-part-i">see part 1 here</a>....222.22
Relocating to London? Anyone from? I apologize if this the wrong section, it is my career so it seems appropriate. I was given the opportunity to relocate to London for work. I will still be travelling mon-wed/thurs doing the same thing but covering Europe/Asia. I'm leaning towards doing it. What should I know about...222.22
Free Clear Admit HBS School Guide - 72 hours only! For 72 hours only I am pleased to announce that the Clear Admit Harvard Business School guide</a></span> will be FREE for download on the Clear Admit site! Read the post on the <a href="http://blog.clearadmit.com/2014/09/free-harvard-business-school-guide/">Clear...212.21
Dental School or Investment Banking after college?Hey guys, Haven't posted on here for a while, but I feel like I'm at a really important junction in my life and would like WSO's input. I'm currently a junior at a semi-target studying economics. I came into university studying biochem, and ended up getting an early...212.21
Nothing rustles my jimmies more then kids who change their LinkedIn headline to Incoming Investment Banking Summer Analyst TryHards, man... If you are one of these people, please explain your rationale.212.21
Pre-Conference WSO Happy Hour: Friday June 27th at Galway As great a networking opportunity as WSOCon is, not all of it gets done at the main event itself... Arriving in New York on Friday for WSOCon and wondering how to kick it all off in style? We have a Friday night WSO Happy Hour (the night before the main conference event) to welcome everyone!...202.20
The douchiest things I ever said: can you top this?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday: this was originally posted 6/11/12</em> There are some segments of the economy in which it takes a douchebag to drive value. (This is unfortunate, but empirically observable.) And Auntie Bankerella is worried. See, over the years...1192.19
WSO Hedge Fund Interview Prep Package in the Works!<strong>***NOTE: I am willing to pay cash AND give you a free copy of the package if one of your cases or pitches ends up in the actual guide.***</strong> Please send me an e-mail ([email protected]) explaining the case or pitch (long vs. short or type of case study) and...192.19
HarvardNow that the weather is warming up - how will the Harvard MBA students let everyone at the bar know where they go to school if they aren't able to wear their lettered jackets? I am legitimately concerned about the substantial decline of their success rate on meeting women during the...182.18
Boyhood Trailer ReleasedHands down one of my most anticipated films for 2014. Might seem cheesy but is supposed to be very good...already has 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from early screenings. Thought I would share. <iframe width="640" height="390"...182.18
What I learned from raging with 4 MDsAbout a year ago, a colleague invited me to meet one of his mentors, an executive at an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">Asset Management</a></span> firm. When I met ...182.18
Three Contrarian Takeaways from the GMAT<em>Throwback Thursdays: This was originally posted August, 2012 </em> There’s no shortage of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/veritas-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> advice out there – most of...172.17
Training The Street self-study course (ALL of them) for $10Hello all, I just wanted to share this sweet deal that I found on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/training-the-street-boutiques">Training the Street</a></span>'s <span...172.17
Lloyd Blankfein speechhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hnusNyxu5Q I found it quite an interesting speech. It seems like an unplanned Q&A (at least on Lloyd's behalf). It's not really too specific to banking and instead focused on general life/career advice. The video is quite long so maybe continue...172.17
Deeb Salem’s Naivete<strong>Who is Deeb Salem?</strong> An outstanding financial professional who performed outrageously well for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman...172.17
when is the proper time to add "no longer a virgin" to my linkedinWill this help me get into S over H and W since I was only accepted into Dartmouth instead of HYPS? Please help. Also , which hole is the right one? Thanks for your assistance 172.17
New Orleans: Veni, Vidi, Victimized<em> mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. </em> It's official: two years in Paris has made me soft. I always just took for granted that I could maintain...162.16
Adam the Analyst - Episode 4: What is Your Biggest Weakness?<em>Moderator Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 11/30/10, enjoy! </em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CkqmFO2O6gs" frameborder="0"...162.16
IB INTERVIEW ALERT: NEW 2014 Version of WSO Investment Banking Prep Pack Released!<b>Another 100+ Questions Added...Now Over 500+</b>: We've sifted through 2 THOUSAND+ more questions submitted to the WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database">Company...162.16
The Demise of RadioShackTwo weeks ago RadioShack announced that it is seeking a lifeline to avoid declaring bankruptcy. The company is quickly running out of cash and has no foreseeable plans on how to go about saving itself. It is no surprise that RadioShack, an international electronics retailer with stores...162.16
Are these the new Warren Buffetts?Old article - from 1989. Pretty fascinating how many of these guys turned out to be superstars. http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/11/21/new-warren-buffetts/ 152.15
The Monstrous Economic Impact of AthletesThe entire city of Cleveland should be parading in the streets for the blessings that have been bestowed upon them. Over the past few months, news has arrived that the city is gaining two of the most media-glorified athletes in sports history: Lebron James to the Cavs and Johnny Manziel to...152.15
Georgetown University’s MS in Finance Online Program (Sponsored Story)<h3>Developing the Next Leaders in Finance</h3> <P> Georgetown University’s <strong><a href="http://msbonline.georgetown.edu/">Master of Science in Finance (MSF)</a></strong> online program transforms today’s best financial professionals...142.14
So You Think You Work Long Hours? <b><u>So You Think You Work Long Hours?</b></u> Greetings! I’ve decided to interrupt my article series for international students in order to provide some content that’s potentially interesting for all the readers here at WSO. I will however return to writing...142.14
My 2 Months Experience as a VC Intern (Open to Questions)<em>(I just realized there were a lot of typos. Go easy on me)</em> Today is my last day of my VC internship. So many WSOers helped me out along the way. I want to give special thanks to @"NiuShi", @"Mr. Manager", @"smokeythebear",...142.14
AMA: Former TFA Corps Member, Current Commercial Real Estate Junior BrokerHi all, Long time WSO reader, but first time poster. The site's been a huge help as transitioned from Teach for America into the commercial real estate world, so I figured I'd try to give back a little. A bit about me: I graduated in 2012 from a New England liberal arts college....142.14
How Meaningless is the Unemployment Rate?The unemployment rate appears to be less meaningful every month as workers increasingly drop out of the labor force after giving up seeking employment. Distinguishing between them and the people genuinely not wanting work has become even more important for statisticians now that the...132.13
Wall Street bankers wear yoga pants to win deals One of the funniest article I have seen recently, basically bankers willing to use their prospective clients products to demonstrate that they should be awarded the deal, which frankly makes no sense at all...The article includes a number of ridiculous examples including the...132.13
From CB to IBI am new to posting in the WSO forums, but extremely excited about an opportunity that I just received, so decided I had to share my experience. I graduated from a non target university with mediocre grades (hit a rough patch in school and matured late) and a general finance degree. After...132.13
The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSOMy content intern @"Lucas_M" is at it again! This time the top ranked (by silver bananas) posts related to networking, cold calling, and cold emailing. Enjoy! p.s. Need more networking advice? Check out our <a...132.13
The House of Morgan: A Monkey's Review<strong>”A man has two reasons for the things he does: one that sounds good, and the real one.” - Pierpont Morgan</strong> At over 700 pages, “The House of Morgan” is a book that could be used as a doorstop. But it was a doorstop that made many of my morning commutes pass...122.12
Settling for Less than Everything.Hey Monkeys. I'm having a bit of career choice apprehension and I just wanted to soundboard off of you all. Last month I just started a gig at a Big 4 accounting firm doing tax. The job is ... okay, but since my last year in school I've been trying to find something that would 1) be a...122.12
2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Interviews (Part 3 of 10)Not all <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-prep-pack">investment banking interviews</a> are created equal. Some of them will leave you feeling like you conquered the world, but most others will have you shaking your head at that one <span...122.12
Cash is King (and so are Mobile Payments)What's in your wallet? Cash, credit cards, receipts, driver's license… What if all of those could be put located on your smartphone, rendering the wallet obsolete? The current trend towards cash-less and card-less payments has been doing just that. From DealBook: [quote]The drop...112.11
The 3 Benefits of DecisivenessI know many have been following ValueBanker14’s excellent recent posts ("106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance", "3 lessons from 106 rejections", "5 Steps To Effective Networking") and since I have a pretty similar story to him I would like...112.11
5 Pointers to Maximize Your NetworkIt's no secret that having an extensive network on Wall Street allows many to enter the industry and/or opens new doors for those already in it, however, a lot of individuals fail to maximize their network by not sticking to the basics. The list below are some pointers that I've...112.11
Real Estate Compensation DataI've seen several posts about compensation inquiries for REIT and REPE funds. I've found this link that I think can clarify a lot of questions about the different roles and corresponding...112.11
Good/recommended Volunteer Orgs?FT <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> next year, really interested in getting involved (even if marginally) in volunteer organizations....112.11
2014 WSO Rankings for Investment Banks: Compensation (Part 5 of 10)Ever heard of a $0 bonus on Wall St? Obviously, it was much more frequent in 2008 and 2009... but that nightmare scenario can still play out if your group has a particularly bad year. The firms below tend to pay well very well relative to their peers, so you won't have to worry about...112.11
Forbes 30 Under 30 - FinanceForbes just released the list a few days back (Jan 9th). What do you all think of the group this year? http://www.forbes.com/30under30/#/finance1112.11
Accepted my offer today--Thanks WSO!I just wanted to give a hugeeeeee shoutout to everyone who helped me out on here. from all those late nights studying merger consolidation accounting, ESOP plans, operating leverage ratios and other fun stuff, it is finally done. you guys truly are an awesome community and I am glad to have you...112.11
Goldman Releases Millennial Research<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> released <a href="http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/outlook/millennials/index.html">this...112.11
Retaking a CFA Exam - Fun or Super Fun?Ah, everyone loves <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1145861&c=cart&aff=44880&ejc=2&cl=175031" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> exam time and we're definitely getting to crunch...102.10
AMA: Non-Target/Non-Major/No Fin Experience to FT MM ERFirst of all, like much of the people on here, I aspired to work on Wall Street...but not from the very beginning... Around 5 years ago, I pretty much knew what I wanted to be - a doctor. I was pre-med bound, majoring in biochemistry at a non-target school (Top 30 liberal art school) and...92.09
Chess Badassery - Sinquefield CupI know there's more than a few chess players among the monkeys of WSO, so I suspect there's more than a few of you who have been following the <a href="http://www.uschesschamps.com/pairings-results-1">Sinquefield Cup.</a> For those of you that have not been...92.09
Exploiting referral bonus for inside intel on lateral movesIf an employee of my IB hires someone for a position that I referred then for, I get a bonus payment. I know some other IBs do the same. <strong>Note: This is not for SA and grad hires. There are separate programs and hundreds of hungry applicants for those. This is for jobs needing...92.09
Anyone looking for IBD Associate gig at a bulge bracket?Please PM me if you're interested and ONLY if you have prior investment banking experience. I don't usually do this but I'm doing it as a favor on behalf of a close friend. 92.09
Congress Sends Roger Goodell Letterhttp://www.tmz.com/2014/09/10/us-congress-roger-goodell-letter-ray-rice-domestic-violence-video/ What the fuck is this nonsense? Since when was show business gossip a matter of congressional concern? They should get a list of the 12 members of congress that spent the time and effort to...92.09
Attention to detail tricks/tipsSo it’s no secret that attention to detail goes a long way in creating perfect decks/models and landing you that top bucket bonus. At 3am when you’ve been staring at the same deck for the last 12 hours, and the only thing you can think of is sleep, sometimes printing it out isn’t going to...92.09
Smartwatches: Who Will Win?Everybody's scrambling to get a piece of the wearable tech market. With Microsoft's recent announcement of a smartwatch and the beginning of Apple's marketing for a release in early 2015, we may be expecting the next big tech renovation for everyday life. Here's...92.09
Post-MBA IB Mega ThreadHey everyone, This site has a lot of information available for prospective analysts but lacks a lot of content for prospective associates. Since we are in MBA application season, I thought it may be helpful to create a mega thread that discusses investment banking as a post business school...92.09
So what is this oil price decline everyone is talking about?The natural gas boom in America comes at a critical point in the global economy as geo-political tensions in continue in Russia (3<sup>rd</sup> largest oil producer) and the Middle East is torn by conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq. The IMF had initially estimated a 0.5 -1.5% decline...92.09
The Wolf of Wall Street: A Monkey's Review<strong>"Well Mr. Belfort, in case you were wondering, you tested positive for cocaine, methauqalone, benziodiazepnes, amphetamines, MDMA, opiates, and marijuana. In fact, the only thing you're not showing is hallucinogens. What's wrong, you don't like...92.09
AMA - Financial Techonology/Unique BackgroundWhile I know most people on this forum have no interest in IT jobs even if they are in finance, there may be someone with my background who would be interested in my story. Background: Age: 27 Department: Technology - I would say this is MO at my firm if you work on investment related...92.09
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Need Feedback for Hedge Fund Case Study?I'm currently a credit hedge fund analyst with 5 years of experience (2 years at a top bank + 3 years in mega <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF"...72.07
GAME CHANGER in the world of modelingI found it very strange not to be able to find anything about <strong>Thinknum</strong> on WSO. All the analysts are already using this, all the major publications writing about it, and venture capitalists backing the project. I've only been a part of it for couple days now,...72.07
Tell me why i'll never make it to Wall Street - ResumeI need some resume help and was looking at the WSO community to help me out. I'm an Operations Analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span>. However,...72.07
IBD Associate… Now What? Greetings fellow monkeys, I’m currently an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> associate at a <span...72.07
Michael Lewis' Tips to Keep Your Mind SharpWe all know <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://tinyurl.com/3bw7vla" target="_blank">Michael Lewis</a></span> as the author of best-selling books such as "Liar's Poker" and "The <span...62.06
Blitzed Smashed and Drunk: Simple Steps to Make CocktailsThere is nothing better than a well-made drink. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a perfectly steeped green tea, a glass of fresh homemade iced tea or a perfectly constructed cocktail, a well-made drink always tastes better. At the bar, it is very easy to get a well-made drink; at home, that...62.06
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What is your investor profile?Our risk tolerance is highly influenced by our psychology. We are not willing to take the same risks in the short or long term or if we have just lost a lot of money. Over the past 30 years, behavioral finance has worked on integrating these psychological factors into the traditional financial...62.06
Adam the Analyst - Episode 2: Banker Meets Football Coach<em>Andy note: Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted September 2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OPFn9ikQqHE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Please spread the word by...52.05
Why does everyone want Private Equity?Here's a question for all you Analysts in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>. Why is everyone so obsessed with exit opps of <span...1052.05
Bloomberg Aptitude Test - Summer Intern Challenge<center><a href="http://about.bloomberginstitute.com/summer-intern/" target="_blank"><img src="http://imgur.com/C171WFU.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo"></a> <strong><a...52.05
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