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+260Acing the investment banking analyst interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/13</em> Been a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of <a...129
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+17315 things I wish I knew as a first year banking analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up 2/10/13 and is a must read for all those starting their FT roles</em> I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as a banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee...152
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+154On 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...1392 months 4 weeks ago
+119How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so...903 months 2 days ago
+118To 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: ...1654 months 2 weeks ago
+1185 years ago, I was fired from Oliver Wyman. This is what I learned from it.Five years almost to the date, I was fired from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Oliver Wyman</a></span> (after 11 months at the firm, straight out of ugrad). This is...633 months 2 weeks ago
+117Never, ever, ever, give up. I know it's a jungle out there guys. It's tough for people just graduating to find jobs, but it's even tougher for those in the work force and those with a non-target educational background to break into Finance (let alone work in a competitive sector). This story is a...77
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+113What I Wish Every First Year Analyst KnewChimps, after working with all of our first years at our firm on several deals, I’ve found that I’m frequently getting asked for tips and tricks that I wish I had known as a new analyst. Now, that being said, this may or may not be helpful to share with the forum, but either way, I’ve...35
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+105Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.This is a long winded post and is tailored to people looking to get a good look into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">FIG</a></span>. We're unsure if...722 months 2 days ago
+98Anatomy of the 10-KStill jet-lagged by 8 hours from a day and a half in London, I haven't slept for a good 48 hours and remembered I owe WSO my process for dissecting a <span class='keyword_link'><a...1244 months 2 weeks ago
+103Best interview advice I ever receivedThis idea was discussed within a comment thread a couple month ago but I thought it deserved its own thread just because of how awesome it is. I wanted to share with you guys a tip that is virtually guaranteed to improve your interviews. Here's what you do: 1. Arrive at interview...1201 month 3 days ago
+99How to make VP in Private EquityA few weeks ago, I shut down my ThinkPad for the last time, turned in my security badge, and said farewell to my colleagues – and to PE and <a href="">private equity interviews</a>. I found...821 month 2 weeks ago
+95Laziness and the Merits of Hard WorkHere goes a book... and not because I need to defend myself, but because I think I have a perspective a lot of people can relate to but can't necessarily put their finger on. <h3> Laziness </h3> I don't look down on "ordinary" people. I am an ordinary person....1203 months 2 weeks ago
+93Some Observations from an MDSo I'm recovering from a procedure and out of commission for a couple days, and I thought I would use the downtime share a few observations / career guidance for those people starting out in the business. Take this with a pinch of salt, as its one person's advice, but these are all...1272 months 2 weeks ago
+92Searching for a Summer Internship?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Bumped this back up from winter 2010 and it is still useful, but <strong>even more companies and banks are listed in the <a href="">WSO Company Database (with e-mail...1231 month 4 weeks ago
+90From Homeless to Front OfficeAbout a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (<a href="">20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice</a>). I wish I could...1443 months 3 weeks ago
+92Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes I turned 30 last week, thought i'd pass some advice and my favorite quotations on to you all. I pulled all these from my <em>grand</em> list so it is by no means comprehensive, just a sample. Enjoy. fwiw I'm ex finance (spent 3 years in IB now work with a start up in...85
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+88Life Goes On...[quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors from one of the world's best universities, completed my banking stint in a top tier group and am...1135 months 3 days ago
+82My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessI am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers (from MFs and top MM firms), both elated and relieved to be done with such a crazy process. I saw that another user commented saying he’d do a write-up about his experience going through the recruiting process and figured I’d wait to...1131 month 2 days ago
+81What investment banking is in simple words and my story There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: <ol> <li>Commercial Banking </li> <li><span class='keyword_link'><a...1514 months 3 weeks ago
+85Coffee Is For Closers You think I’m f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto WSO in many aspects, which is arguably filled with very ambitious and hardworking individuals, as we begin to see a lot of younger people...1303 months 5 days ago
+81Thoughts From a Former Navy SEALI can't answer if PE is the best job in the world but I can offer a little outside perspective that some may be interested in. Having spent the better part of the last decade in SEAL Teams and other specialized units, I found Seabird’s initial post slightly amusing. If you’ll humor me,...824 months 5 days ago
+78Suck it up: 8 Steps to Getting through 100+ Hour Weeks as an IB Analyst<em>This comment was a response to the @ContemplatingBanker"'s post on <a href="">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this...601 month 3 days ago
+78Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework.When I joined the industry, fresh analysts like myself would flit through the morning newspaper like a drowning man who clutches one spar after another for support. Our attempts to stay abreast were as haphazard as that man’s attempts to stay afloat. On page 1, we would read an article...524 months 3 weeks ago
+74Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at ItFinancial planners, mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ETF</a></span> managers, and even Warren Buffet all say the same thing: <strong>the...741 year 6 months ago
+74Life 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...2961 month 3 weeks ago
+70You don't know anything— 5 things to do about itThroughout my career I was constantly reminded of how little I knew. When I interviewed for the job at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span>, as...421 month 1 day ago
+67F*&King AnalystsSo, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...126
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+64Here is How Equity Research Works - 4 StepsI was motivated to make this thread after reading a lot of the other threads in this forum, about why certain top analysts are still on the sell-side. It appears that almost everyone who doesn't work on the buy-side or sell-side, or even a remotely close <span...1061 month 1 day ago
+62Former MS M&A / KKR here to field questionsIn the spirit of thanksgiving, I have decided to host a thread where you can ask all you ever wanted about banking or PE. Please feel free to ask away.252
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+63David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/11/13 and is great information for those thinking about which types of banks to apply to for FT and SA positions.</em> Autumn has arrived. For those seniors fresh off their <span...691 year 1 day ago
+64Why are we Obsessed with "Work/Life Balance"?I've been doing a fair bit of thinking about the idea of a "work/life balance", and it's a topic that I encounter more often on this board than just about anywhere else, so I thought it an appropriate forum for discussion. When I was in college interviewing for the typical...1494 months 3 weeks ago
+67We eat what we kill.<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/30/10. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going...120
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+5915 Career StepsLongtime reader here, left the biz in 2012. I thought I'd give back and post some good advice that was shared with me by an older mentor when I was younger. Learn it. Use it. Live it. Hope you find it helpful. <h3>15 CAREER STEPS</h3> 1.) Perception is everything...act as...231 month 1 week ago
+56What 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...1426 months 2 weeks ago
+58Keep 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...716 months 2 days ago
+56How 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...54
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+57Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted in June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">interns</a></span> are out in...1471 month 1 week ago
+55Just So You Guys Know...<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in August 2007 and it's scary how accurate @bondarb" was in predicting what was to come next:</em> [quote=bondarb]<p> is very possible that a big name like Bear or Lehman could flat go...1301 month 1 week ago
+54Life at a Top Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/24/13.</em> So I've seen a few posts lately asking about mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a...17810 months 3 weeks ago
+6211 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...1111 year 9 months ago
+54My 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....911 month 1 week ago
+78If I see another "Incoming IBD Analyst/Summer Analyst" on LinkedIn.. I'll k--l someone Guys, This is a serious and sincere plea to any of you undergraduate kids who're using these silly titles on their LinkedIn profiles. Please for god's sake, take this out. It just looks stupid and wannabe-ish. I don't know who started doing this and where, but it's just...1612 months 1 week ago
+53Stay positiveHello folks, I would like to share my story a little bit for those who felt beaten up by the recruiting season. I was born and raised in a very underdeveloped city in China. I remembered the ranking, the GDP of my province is the second or third lowest in China. Although I went to relatively...468 months 4 days ago
+53To summers hitting the desk Monday...Being a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer analyst</a></span>/associate in investment banking is a rite of passage that you will never want to do again, but will be happy you completed....204 months 2 days ago
+52Advice From a Seasoned Equity Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 8/9/13.</em> So, I used this website years ago when I was getting into <span class='keyword_link'><a...1068 months 3 weeks ago
+53Own 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...351 year 4 months ago
+52Uncle Eddie Rides Again<p>It was a happy coincidence when Patrick emailed me a couple weeks ago to check in and see what I've been up to, because I've been thinking about you guys a lot lately. It's been a couple years since I was with y'all every day, and at the risk of sounding like a big...812 months 4 days ago
+52 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...801 year 8 months ago
+47The Other Road: Corporate Development Associate Fielding Questions<em>Mod note: <strong><a href=" ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Given the...2886 months 3 weeks ago
+49Landed 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...72
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+54WSO, It Is Time To TalkWSO, it is time to talk. The new trend around here lately has been to post about how badly you hate your job (specifically in iBanking) and then act like a genius when you decide you want to leave. This needs to stop. It is not a shocking revelation that you don’t like working 100 hours a...139
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+47What 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...1241 week 2 days ago
+47Week 3 of IBD Internship: The Pitch The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his...805 months 2 days ago
+47Lessons 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...591 year 8 months ago
+47An 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...421 year 9 months ago
+46Advice for New Analysts Seeking PE ExitsI received a number of PMs asking for advice for analysts as to how to successfully position themselves for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">PE interviews</a></span>. ...683 years 9 months ago
+47Hedge Fund: The Investment Life CycleMod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 4/23/12. Hey guys, so after some encouragement from a few of you guys I'm gonna go ahead and start a bit of a series of posts on my experience in the <strong><span class='keyword_link'><a...6310 months 3 weeks ago
+382016 APD/ADC MBB Full Time Recruiting UpdatesHey guys, Thought I'd start another thread for those of us APDs/ADCs (read: spent too many years in school) who are applying for full time positions either earlier this year in the Spring (<span class='keyword_link'><a...829
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+45Focus 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...471 year 5 months ago
+46Advice from an ex-IB MD - DON'T make these mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> Someone asked me last week...239 months 2 weeks ago
+45Re: Does School Prestige Matter?<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by @MBAApply" from the thread "<a href="">With sponsorship, how much does school prestige matter?</a>" is so insightful...863 months 6 days ago
+44Breaking into Private Equity from BankingSince some of my longer threads/advice seems to have been buried on the forums, I decided to consolidate it through the blog. Enjoy. The majority of the below text is sourced from the following link: Advice...1321 year 8 months ago
+44Breaking 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...951 year 9 months ago
+45Learn from My Mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/19/13</em> I've always loved this site because even when I was but a wee little lurker in college I could always come on here and hear about all the little details that finance professionals...851 year 4 months ago
+44Just Got Into a Target, AMAI made it 5 minutes before they closed and I bought a gallon of skim milk. <em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 12/14/15.</em>217 months 3 days ago
+41How I got into Banking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal...1095 months 2 weeks ago
+41Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the <span class='keyword_link'><a...404 months 4 days ago
+40Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the DeskThe very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his...855 months 5 days ago
+40phantombanker's GMAT Study GuidePlus make sure to see my post <a href="">How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours</a>461 year 6 months ago
+41Best day of my life. I broke into PE coming from Community College. Here is my story.I wanted to tell my story on this forum - as WSO has been the sole reason which helped me learn about the industry and how to break in. I am from downstate New York, born and raised. I was a poor student in high school, so much so I didn't even take my SAT's. I was sent off to a...345 months 1 week ago
+40Delta: Breaking Down the First of the GreeksHey guys, I've seen a few threads on options <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> and how important the Greeks are to your overall options trade. I found a great...335 years 4 months ago
+41How do you CRUSH your interviews? <em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #10 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> In 2007 I made my hardest career transition. After leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a...3310 months 3 weeks ago
+40NYSSA Equity Research Initiation Report***Please look at the bottom of the post before PM-ing me for materials. Summary: NYSSA IRC as a Stepping Stone in Getting a Job in <span class='keyword_link'><a...271 year 1 week ago
+40Advice from an ex-IB MD - The Importance Of Failure<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #9 and was originally posted 11/22/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a...189 months 3 weeks ago
+38UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this is the 2011 Finance-forum post of the year (from Jan 28, 2011). Thanks @Marcus_Halberstram" for a great post!</em> Since it is recruiting season, Im posting a multi-part series on how the whole process works to help the...1301 year 1 month ago
+40A 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...241 year 8 months ago
+39Random musings that sound like venting<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #8 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> There's really no point to this post. TLDR: Sometimes it's just a job with a boss that does boss things. <h3>1) Young PMs...221 year 1 month ago
+38AMA: 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...1113 months 1 week ago
+37Reflections 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...1588 months 3 weeks ago
+37My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergrad<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #17 and was originally posted 2/15/2015.</em> The topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to...844 months 6 days ago
+38Why You're So Easy to Replace<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> <strong><em>"The meek shall inherit...5810 months 1 week ago
+40From non-target to BB CEO: My story<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 11/25/13. Check out @DickFuld"'s current AMA <a href="">here</a>. To see all of our top content from the past, click...2539 months 4 weeks ago
+37Advice from an ex-IB MD: How to have a great career and a good life<em>Mod Note (Andy): make sure to check out his AMA this Sunday afternoon 3pm et: <a href="">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a> I've received a lot of emails from members asking...398 months 1 week ago
+36106 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...1181 year 10 months ago
+42HEY you OCR little f*cksshit on me all you want because idgaf!!!! all your fate is mine, you little f*ckers i volunteered to do ocr because i thought it'd be a nice break but F*CK i'd rather be hunched over my desk than be dealing with these borderline terrifying besuited assailants. first of all, GOD...1069 months 3 weeks ago
+38Gekko's Guidance Part 2--S&T interview Prep<em>Mod note (Andy): "Blast from the past - Best of WSO" - while Eddie is away this month in his place we'll be posting up some of the most popular posts from the past. This was originally posted on 12/11/10</em> In Part 2 of Gekko’s Guidance, I’m going to...593 years 5 months ago
+36How WSO has enhanced my IB/PE career<h3>Background</h3> I randomly discovered WSO nearly seven years ago just weeks after I secured a FT MM IB position. The website was extremely nascent at the time with only a few thousand registered users. The majority of the users were college students with only a handful of...435 months 2 weeks ago
+37Notes for Technical Interview QuestionsDuring a recent round of interviews with several banks, headhunters sent across a number of potential technical questions that they said I should be very comfortable with. However, through all of my interviews I was never actually asked any technical questions (although I did do a 3 hour...403 years 6 days ago
+36A Few Observations on Banking Exit OppsI see a lot of high school/college kids providing advice and "insight" into how firms place, how people should think about exit opps, what groups are best, etc. This has resulted in a lot of really stupid commentary on this forum, and I hope to remedy this. A few...28
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+37What 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...251 year 10 months ago
+35WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!</strong>: <em>Mod Note (Andy): If you're looking for our resume for experienced IB professionals or a <a...934 months 1 week ago
+35IRON MAN<em>Mod Note: This post is from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount... just email [email protected] & mention "WSO Monkey Discount". You can follow Jared on twitter: @dailydirtnap</em> Sometimes when you...611 year 11 months ago
+35Success Story - Thanks WSO!!!Thanks, WSO! I finally had sex for the first time last night. It took a lot of effort and persistence but I finally did it. I couldn’t have done it without the great advice I received on WSO. Looking back on my experiences, my advice for prospective monkeys is to: <h3>1)...423 years 10 months ago
+35Industry Primers Ready to Go!!!!Dear All: I am sharing my compendium of industry primers, market research reports and strategic presentations. The list is sorted by year and the format is as follows: line one has the institution name, line two has the report title with page count and line three has the download link....1202 years 7 months ago
+34Why You Should Reject that Start-Up JobI've always considered myself entrepreneurial at heart. Even since I've started my work in IB, I have continued to work on developing a few "back pocket" ideas that I'm excited about. Indeed, ever since I can remember, I have wanted to start my own business, not because...667 months 4 days ago
+34Sincere 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...618 months 3 weeks ago
+35The All-Nighter Experiment: What Worked and What Didn't<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #11 and was originally posted 11/4/2015.</em> [quote]<p>I need this done for tomorrow morning, but don’t spend too much time on it. <strong>I don’t want you to be here all...529 months 5 days ago
+33A Monkey's Guide to the GymMonkeys, One topic that I see pop up time and time again on here is regarding the gym. I have a particularly slow Friday ahead of me so I thought I'd post a brief guide to training since I imagine, for the most part, we all have similar lifestyles and the challenges that come with them....1032 months 2 weeks ago
+33How 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...501 year 10 months ago
+35Don't. Stop. Hustlin'. Don't give up out there, kids. I'm a high school drop out who's now a Manager at a top 10 consulting firm. For all of those out there who are asking 'do I have a chance if...', here's your answer: you f*cking bet you do. The only thing stopping you from getting...463 days 1 hour ago
+33Picking 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...444 months 2 weeks ago
+33Roadmap for IBD Coverage Associate to Career BankerIn <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>, I think most bankers would acknowledge that the Associate role is unique in that you are beginning to get...186 months 2 weeks ago
+32Thoughts 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...891 year 4 months ago
+32The 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...731 year 10 months ago
+34Why You DON'T Leave Banking for B School Just to Come Right Back...This is the reaction any analyst who has ever worked in banking has when you say you want to leave banking for business school then come back as a post b school associate... <img src=""...691 year 10 months ago
+272017 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Pages<a href="">Click here</a> for the 2017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting Megathread discussion page. APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS <span class='keyword_link'><a...560
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+32Can 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...451 year 3 months ago
+31Finance Culture - Personalities<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 5/20/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a> Make sure to see the great comment below by...861 month 1 week ago
+33Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumes<em>Mod Note (Andy): This was originally posted 12/30/14 and is a great read for those getting prepared for Summer Analyst recruiting</em> We're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team...861 year 2 months ago
+33OCR: The Saga Continues (Alternate Title: I Now Have Cancer of the Nose)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #12 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): See his original post here: "<a...541 year 2 weeks ago
+30Why YOU Aren't Getting Offers<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/16/11.</em> I have been meaning to post something regarding this topic for some time, even though it has been covered to the point of exhaustion. My final breaking point was about 2 weeks ago, when I...891 year 1 week ago
+30SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive Review<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #13 and was originally posted 2/22/2015.</em> I’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a...88
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+34What your liquor of choice says about you In a rare moment, I've found myself at a local, wooden, quiet neighborhood bar sitting alone drinking my 3rd Budweiser with a closed out tab. I thought it a pleasant way to break up my week though I hope not to make a habit of it. With not much else to do, and tired of looking at screens...811 month 4 weeks ago
+30Finally an offer! A story of persistenceBeen waiting literally 1-2 years now to make a post like this. Finally landed a FT offer with a solid VC firm as an analyst! Super pumped and excited to start as I have gone through hell and literally overcome all the things that you could possibly deal with. Went to a top public university...762 years 2 weeks ago
+32Can I turn a jackass into a champion?How many of you guys have a stupid younger cousin named Andy who's a senior at a target school and is pissing away any chance of excellence by drinking moderately and having the confidence of a kicked puppy? All of you? Cool, so I'm about to tell you a very relatable...281 month 3 weeks ago
+30The Great Strategic Game of Life (1/2)Discussions that center upon issues such as “which b-school is better”, “M&A, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ECM</a></span> or <span...2210 months 2 weeks ago
+30What I Learned From Losing $1.2 Million At the start of 2008, I was a grain trader with less than one year of full-time experience who, through a series of strange events, found himself as the de facto head of my desk’s P&L. Although I had a senior trader who was supposedly in charge, he had brought his own book of business to...216 months 3 weeks ago
+28Wanna Jump Straight to the Buy Side?<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/17/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Most of my friends are going into...2786 months 6 days ago
+31Babydick Capital Investor Presentation<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">HF</a></span> Satire601 year 2 months ago
+2930 year-old breaking inI am still not sure if this will add any value or if anyone will find this useful, but I've seen a couple of "Too old to break into IB?" topics lately and I thought I'd share my journey with you. The advice and stories I've read on this forum have helped me maintain my...26
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+30The Truth Behind PE CompensationHello World! Compensation in the PE world can be a bit of a black box. I sometimes get approached by folks who are perplexed by their compensation packages at a middle market PE fund. There is little consistency even across funds of the same size. On the surface, this doesn't exactly...214 months 1 week ago
+33Follow up on last week's Tinder dateFirst off, a question for you monkeys. Regarding the <a href="">Woodford and creatine</a> combo I use to signal the end of cocaine hours and the beginning of premarket: I started preparing it in the bottles to...212 months 2 weeks ago
+36Why My Greatest Achievement As A Goldman Sachs VP Was Quitting6 AM meant it was time to check voicemails. 11 PM meant it was time to check voicemails again. Every second in between reserved for hustling, fixing the thousand problems guaranteed to crop up that day. That was my life as a <span class='keyword_link'><a...60
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+28How finance saved and gave me a life<em>Mod note (Andy): ThrowbackThursday, this was originally posted on 5/18/12</em> A week or two ago there was an article written about how your weight might inversely effect you during the hiring process. During the conversation I dropped some personal information about me losing...561 year 2 months ago
+29leaving IB, next steps...I'm confused. I used to post on here a couple of years ago, most of what I posted was bullsh*t. The truth is I was in my final year at university, I'd just done an internship, wasn't sure how I felt about it as a prospective life, and I wanted to play banker on the internet to...524 years 5 months ago
+28Interview 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...441 year 6 months ago
+27HF PM AMAThere appears to be some demand for an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> AMA, so here goes... I believe this will be a communal effort...131
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+27Hedge Fund Guru Answering Inbox Questions Here. Thanks Mr. Pink MoneySome of these messages are very old but I'm going to answer them anyway b/c I’m in a helpful mood. <strong>Question: How would I know what the career path for [this particular hedge fund]? </strong> Every fund has their own "career path" just depends what...972 years 9 months ago
+31Day 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...711 year 10 months ago
+27EBITDA vs. Operating Cash Flow vs. Free Cash Flow <strong>Moderator note (Andy):</strong> <em>this is a post from 2010 but squawkbox suggested its relevancy remains and can be very useful for those going through FT & SA interviews. "Don't beat it to hell because it's missing some small details, but it's...6711 months 2 weeks ago
+27Need 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...511 year 4 months ago
+27Ex-PE Guy Launches a Briefcase Company - Ask Me Anything!I've been on and involved with this site since its inception. It's been a sort of guide to me since I was a junior in college - it helped me break into banking and then PE. I've tried to give back over the years and am writing this because I think I can give back in a unique way,...1401 year 9 months ago
+25The Hedge Fund Experience - Good, Bad, Ugly<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted Feb 2009</em> Since there aren't any decent/active discussions on the <span class='keyword_link'><a...2141 year 12 months ago
+24JP Morgan Winning Women 2016 threadThis thread is for people applying to the bank's AM Winning Women events this October in NYC and Chicago. But feel free to follow and/or post if you're in another division.298
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+182016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline MegathreadIt's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and WSO search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time! We are all looking for information on timelines and deadlines for every bank...8228 months 6 days ago
+24Cold-Emailing Guide.Hi guys, I figured I would give this whole free online advice thing a try and articulate my thoughts on online networking. In my experience, the success of a "cold call" is largely determined by the communication that precedes it. I’ve never actually had to “cold call” in...2116 months 3 weeks ago
+29New To Formal Fashion? Start Here. PT1<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #14 and was originally posted 6/14/2015.</em> I spend a bit of time in this part of the forum and consistently and constantly find repeated questions from individuals coming out of college and...641 year 1 month ago
+202016 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to bookmark this page as this will be the cumulative thread for 2016 SA <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>...5628 months 1 week ago
+25Don't Ignore That Cold Email - Here's WhyWhile I realize the bulk of the WSO population consists mostly of college students and young professionals, there is also a solid representation of what can be referred to as “experienced professionals” in the mix as well. Some of these individuals (myself included) might be newer to this...501 year 9 months ago
+26Why 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...1481 year 8 months ago
+25The Truth About MoneyI'm seeing a few subtle similarities in the economy today to three years ago, and though it would be precipitous to say a second dip is probably on the way, I don't think it hurts to share some of the wisdom I've gained over the past three years in personal finance. When I...404 years 10 months ago
+25Crips vs. Bloods...which is more prestigious?<em>Mod Note (Andy) - Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 2/28/12</em> Tried the search function, but couldn't find anything. I am a senior at a non-target. I wasn't able to get into banking. So I am considering alternatives to make some cash (high...1363 months 1 week ago
+25A Letter to a ChimpDear My Little Chimp, Slow down, child. I know you are just starting that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> investment banking job and are looking to...342 years 3 months ago
+26Deaf Looking to Break In<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #15 and was originally posted 11/1/2015.</em> Hey everyone! I have been following this site and enjoyed contents from different kind of people. Since my experience is unique, I decided to post...2811 months 1 week ago
+26Guide: Cold Contacting Investment Bankers For Non TargetsHi Folks, I posted a thread earlier in the month and there was a lot of interest in techniques and tips for cold contacting investment bankers so I thought I would share what I know. First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span...263 months 2 weeks ago
+25Eight Habits of Top Bucket IBD Summers<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #20 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> When I was starting out in finance a while back, WSO was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my...238 months 1 week ago
+25How to Treat the New Blood: 3 Rules to Follow<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/7/13 </em> Now, most of the posters on WSO aren’t managing anyone yet or even have anyone below them on the totem pole for at least a few years, but those that will (or have) may benefit from this...211 year 4 months ago
+25Investment Banking to Private Equity - 6 Things You Should Know<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by @I Invest" from the thread "<a href="">Why do you go into IB before going into PE?</a>" is...217 months 4 weeks ago
+29Woodford + Creatine = GreatnessStory time. So last night I'm spinning my wheels in the wee hours, taking key bumps, waiting for pre-market. You know, usual weekday routine. I start clicking around WSJ and I see Shillary is leading in 4 key battleground states and that, combined with the coke, gets me mad. I almost reach...212 months 3 weeks ago
+25Preparing for the HF informational interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/27/09. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I got a PM asking how to prepare for...144 years 9 months ago
+29Keyboard Shortcuts - I'm a huge nerdI think we need a dedicated thread for huge ibanking nerds like myself who are always on the lookout for new and better keyboard shortcuts. Some have been posted in node 881 (link below) and I will consolidate those shortcuts into this thread. I1011 year 10 months ago
+24AM vs HF: The Business of Our BusinessHedge funds get all the glory... and now they're even going to get all the press, courtesy of the JOBS Act, and I'm more than excited to see who thinks they actually need to advertise to bring in the flows. However, while a hedge fund is structured to make one man insanely rich and a...701 year 3 weeks ago
+25Lateraling Guide<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #28 and was originally posted 6/21/2015.</em> I recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top MM and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I...631 month 2 days ago
+242 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...618 months 3 weeks ago
+243 Myths About Excellence That I Used to Believe<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #18 and was originally posted 7/8/2015.</em> This week, I want to share with you one of the sources that inspired my quest to deconstruct excellence. It was a fascinating (but very long)...461 year 2 months ago
+24Does anyone need access to any models, research or training materials?If so, message me. Nothing proprietary here, of course. Also, I will be checking out your posting history to make sure youre worthy of sharing, so if you have a higher post count/sb count, youll be more likely to get what you ask for. If you have a low post count/just joined a couple of days...453 years 5 months ago
+24HF 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...451 year 10 months ago
+25Evolution 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...411 year 9 months ago
+24How I Fought My Way Back (Vol. Bruce Wayne in TDKR)<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/9/13.</em> Hi there, fellow monkeys. Hope all is well. I've been lurking here for a few years and didn't really get to posting until just recently. After some PMs regarding my...381 year 4 months ago
+25Damage Control: How to prevent small mistakes from destroying your "rockstar" statusWe'd all like to imagine that work will go smoothly 100% of the time. No mistakes, no blow ups with our bosses, no frustrations with the people below us. Just sunshine and rainbows every day. Huzzah! Unfortunately, for most of us mere mortals at least, that isn't how it always works...181 month 4 weeks ago
+23Leaving 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...1161 year 10 months ago
+23Stop Using Your Mouse<em>Moderator note (Andy) This was originally posted on 7/9/12</em> As summer has been moving along, I begin to notice more and more the inefficiencies out <span class='keyword_link'><a...1143 months 3 weeks ago
+22The 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...2041 month 1 week ago
+24More classics from resumes/cover lettersWe're digging through resumes for summer analysts again. Thought everyone might enjoy or benefit from a few of the real gems (all emphasis mine): "Objective: To obtain an internship in the field of financial services to utilize my VAST analytical and quantitative...1892 months 3 weeks ago
+42Classic Diversity RantHere we go again, boys. Diversity rant. Notice what I did there? I said "boys" because I'm sexist, right? Wrong. Am I sexist? Fuck yeah, if paying for everything and thinking (knowing) that men are better drivers is sexist. But no, I'm actually just speaking to my intended...84
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+23Sell Your Options Dearly: MARRIAGEAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...704 years 3 months ago
+23Ask 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...611 year 9 months ago
+24Some more truth about BB Ops and how I got out<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #27 and was originally posted 7/21/2015.</em> <center><h3>The Truth About The Back Office</h3></center> Hey guys, so I know there are a...59
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+25Yes, You Are Having a Quarter Life Crisis (and it's ok)Hello everyone, A big HELLO to those who can relate to this thread. *Don't have to read.* SHORT intro: I'm in my early 20's, went to a non-target school. Found my way to a storied and renowned IB and secured a job in the <span class='keyword_link'><a...541 month 3 weeks ago
+23Performance 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...321 year 9 months ago
+23An 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...152 months 2 weeks ago
+24Pay It ForwardI distinctly remember a phone call I made to a managing director at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Prudential</a></span> Securities when I was in business school—I had...137 months 1 day ago
+22AMA: 3rd Year PE Associate ($10bn+ AUM, MBO/LBO, equity, mezz, distressed debt)Hello monkeys, I used to be quite active on WSO under a different name (before and up to the Eddie / MMM days), until the IB grind turned me into a lurker. I can honestly say that WSO played a big part in helping me land the IB gig in the first place, so when I coach young bankers / college...77
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+22Non-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...531 year 9 months ago
+23760 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...451 year 2 months ago
+22UG PE Analyst - 2.9 GPA, no internship, non-target<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #25 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> <h3>From Non-Target Undergrad Straight to PE</h3> I've had some downtime the last few weeks...415 months 3 weeks ago
+23The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/23/14. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The investment banking side of the...372 years 8 months ago
+23A Non-Target's Perspective - My MM PE Recruiting Process It's been several weeks now since I received my offer from a top MM PE firm. As several other users can attest to, the PE recruiting process can be an absolute grind. After having had some time to reflect on the entire process, I thought I'd share my experience in the hope that it...37
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+22Three Things You Didn't Know About Becoming A Rock-Star Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 6/21/12.</em> At the beginning of my analyst program i had a fixed-notion of what it takes to become one of the top-ranked analysts in my class, pocket top-bucket bonus and move on to a prosperous future...287 months 5 days ago
+22Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training Hello all. Inspired by another user's idea a few weeks ago, I've decided to keep notes of my internship in progress this summer and begin to release write-ups of each week as the summer goes on in an effort to give back to the community (and because I enjoy writing). If there is...275 months 1 week ago
+22Advice From an Advisor to Senior Wall Streeters<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #22 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> I'm so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the WSO community and I wanted to start contributing ideas that I think will be of great value to...139 months 3 weeks ago
+22How To Quit Your Job (And Still Win)You’re going to quit at least one job in your life, probably several. In fact, 2.8 million Americans quit their jobs every month. You know what’s heartbreaking about that statistic? Virtually none of those 2.8 million people know how to quit their job <i>and still...11
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+22The Last "what should I do with my money?" Thread (hopefully)Since I became active in WSO several weeks ago, I've noticed a few threads on "I have this much money, what should I do with it?" And the amounts have ranged from $2,000 to $20mm, and to put it bluntly I'm tired of people giving stock tips to strangers when they have no...1085 months 2 weeks ago
+21Ask a VP in Equity Research anythingI haven't seen one of these in a while, so I figured I would start one. I am a Vice President in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">equity research</a></span>, with...1063 months 1 week ago
+28The Work Always Gets Done<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #16 and was originally posted 6/6/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to read the comment below from @xqtrack" in response to the OP (36 silver bananas): [quote]This is the...949 months 2 weeks ago
+23Done123123Sorry had to take this away.691 year 9 months ago
+21Physical Oil Trading Basics (Part 1 of 2)I have seen a few posts on the Commodities Trading forum asking about how petroleum <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> is priced, hedged, etc. I was reasonably...641 month 1 week ago
+21Funniest Stories - The Analyst YearsAlthough working as an investment banking analyst was a living hell at the time, I now look back at my years with nostalgia. Luckily, as time passes, the 100 hour weeks just blend together and the pain has gone away. Of course, I'm still irrationally uncomfortable and nervous whenever I see...484 months 1 day ago
+21Gekko's Guidance (10 Rules to Interviewing) - Part 1 of ?<em>Mod note (Andy): "Blast from the past - Best of WSO" - while Eddie is away this month in his place we'll be posting up some of the most popular posts from the past. This was originally posted on 12/07/10</em> Since everyone else seems to be jumping on the band...453 years 11 months ago
+22Accounting vs Finance: Part 1 – Career PathsIn this 4 part series I’ll be covering in depth the differences between a typical career in accounting starting in (Big 4) public accounting, and a typical career in finance starting in investment banking. First up in the series is a long term look at the career paths of...443 years 2 months ago
+22Allen & Co. - An In-Depth ReviewIn browsing this forum, I’ve come across some misinformation (or none at all) about Allen & Company. The firm has historically been shrouded in secrecy…until today. Hopefully, I can shed some light on this super-secretive firm. All information was gathered through online resources and...33
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+21Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app processHello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle. <h3>Background</h3> I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no...278 months 1 week ago
+21Investment Banking 2014: 6 Things To Know For MBAs<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up on 9/22/14.</em> <em>This comment was originally posted in <a href="">The decline of MBA...261 year 4 months ago
+21Basic 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...251 year 9 months ago
+21Character: A valuable trait developed through adversity.There was a time when the term character was used to describe the quality of an individual. People of character were individuals who made good choices in spite of difficult situations. They chose to meet the challenges when they were tested by adversity. As a result of their actions and the...206 months 3 days ago
+21The 24 Interview Lessons I Learned on the Way to Getting My First Full Time JobHello all, I was suddenly grabbed by an idea to write down the lessons I learned from the ten interviews across seven different positions and 6 different companies I attended in the past 2.5 months on the road to my first job out of university. I started brainstorming in rough chronological...2010 months 2 weeks ago
+21Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & Unemployment<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #21 and was originally posted 5/1/2015.</em> I wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from...191 year 5 months ago
+23Ask Fake DickFuld January 2016Yes, you read that right. AndyLouis asked me to when I was going to do an AMA a year and a half ago or so in some random thread. I first researched what "AMA" meant and then realized it was a great opportunity. I had not really been in the DickFuld character yet and I truly never...1151 month 2 weeks ago
+20What 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...3081 year 8 months ago
+19Equity Research Q&A with Flake<em>Mod (Andy) note: This thread is from December '11, but Flake said he is still up for answering questions, so fire away</em> Given the holiday season, I'm in a relatively good mood and feel the need to give back a little. I've seen a bunch of these "fielding...1502 years 8 months ago
+20Why We Hired a Non-Target 1st Year - IB AnalystSo apologize for the bad formatting here, no idea how to use this thing still but this should be helpful for guys trying to get into Wall St. <strong>Here's the breakdown on how to stand out as a Non-Target.</strong> After having an analyst <strong>already...452 years 3 days ago
+12Ask Natalie from Accepted about Business School AdmissionsWSO is excited to have the experts from Accepted on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. Here are messages from Natalie and Jen who will be checking this thread every few days: <h4>Natalie</h4> <em>I'm here to answer any questions you have...841
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+19AMA: 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...1381 year 9 months ago
+217 Things I've Learned About Being A ManagerYou've just gotten that promotion and now you're in charge of a small team. Congratulations! And welcome to middle management. All the hard work and the knowledge you've developed about everything your firm does these past few years has been noticed. But, now you have a small...327 months 1 day ago
+20Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #32 and was originally posted 1/25/2015.</em> Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst,...309 months 3 weeks ago
+20My path from non-target to BB IB I am posting this because this site has been a tremendous help when I was first getting started. In no way do I view my story as special, I actually believe that people from my background are extremely common in my experience, but people on this board seem to think going to a non-target is a...11
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+20How IBD Makes (or Loses) Money and Why that Matters to YouInspired by @CompBanker" 's post on <A HREF="">"The Truth Behind PE Compensation."</A> Many junior IBD bankers are often asked to participate in "business planning" for...94 months 1 week ago
+22INTRODUCING: The WSO Applicant Database. Take 5 minutes on WSO to Reach Hundreds of Finance Recruiters and Finance CompaniesGiven that we have built up relationships with hundreds of companies and finance recruiters, we thought instead of just a simple job board (which you can find <a href="">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...921 month 2 weeks ago
+18WH's Interview Stock Pitch Checklist<em>This was originally posted on 10/26/12</em> For many positions, the stock pitch is the biggest part of the interview. It gives the interviewee the opportunity to explain his or her thought process and the way they evaluate an investment opportunity. It can separate the...1781 year 8 months ago
+212015-2016 salary & bonus discussionLet's talk about the 2015 - 2016 year bonus. Please list the firm, level, salary, bonus using the following format: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">JPM</a></span>, S&T, A0, 150k...1733 months 2 weeks ago
+20I did it.<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 6/25/12; definitely one of the most inspiring stories of the year posted on the site</em> I finally landed a <span class='keyword_link'><a...722 years 2 weeks ago
+1925 Things I’ve Learned In My 20s1- You can’t date a jerk and expect to turn them into a good person. Jerks are fully committed to being unpleasant. Those brief moments of tenderness they give you are designed to trip you up and give you false hope. It’s best to stay away altogether. 2- The rumors are true: your...723 years 10 months ago
+152017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting MegathreadWhen does FT IB Analyst recruiting typically start? I am a recent graduate (May 2017), and am wondering when banks will start taking resumes/interviewing online, or via other methods. Thanks guys!467
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+20The Truth About Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/24/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> From observing the general population...649 months 2 weeks ago
+19AMA: Big Four Valuation Associate - Deciding Whether This Job Is Right For You<em>Mod Note (Andy) - This AMA was originally posted last year but @SeekingAlpha180" said he can still take questions from you (+new questions about his transition) </em> <strong>3/7/16 update: </strong>WSO Monkeys - I just moved to a top MM IB doing M&A in...601 month 2 weeks ago
+19Goodbye JC100021, Hello Military_MBA_BankerHello WSO Members, I recently changed my WSO handle from @JC100021" to this. You might also notice I went from Gorilla to King Kong & <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Certified...513 years 7 months ago
+21What I Look For When Hiring Junior TradersI’ve been asked before what it takes to get a junior trader role on my desk, and there seems to be a prevalence of topics on the forums about how to secure a job as a junior trader. Having once been a junior trader, and now having hired and trained a few throughout my career, I feel fairly...502 months 6 days ago
+19Random Thoughts on the HF IndustryIt’s been a while since I posted (sorry @AndyLouis") so I decided to come back with something a little different from my previous posts. I’ll continue the E&F posts at some point, but given recent market conditions I thought this was more appropriate. The below is a compilation of...436 months 2 weeks ago
+19Oil and Gas Overview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #29 and was originally posted 1/10/2015.</em> Hopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have...419 months 3 weeks ago
+193 Tips for Non-TargetsWell I did it. I landed an offer to be a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer analyst</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...396 months 3 days ago
+19Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #31 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> <h3>Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview</h3> I think the most useful threads I’ve...351 year 1 week ago
+19Private Equity: How Many Models and Bottles Can I Really Buy on the Buy Side?I was startled to realize over the past Thanksgiving weekend that apparently my 4 years of collective indentured servitude at a bulge-bracket bank and mega-fund was of particular interest to people at WallStreetOasis. As such, I have decided to undertake to the best of my abilities a blog where...275 years 3 months ago
+19Keeping Up with the Zuckerbergs (Learning About/Staying Up-to-Date on the Tech Industry)Now that I’m in the real world (and working in tech banking), I hear from a lot of students claiming they’re interested in working in/around technology, and asking for advice on how to learn more about the industry and keep up with trends. In order to save myself some time and not be forced...23
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+21Avoid a Classic Mistake: Don’t Be a ‘Try Hard’I’ve written before about how your relationships at work are <em><u>everything</u></em>. If your bosses like you, you get better assignments, more favorable reviews, honestly you even get paid more and promoted over co-workers that probably deserve it more than you...231 month 4 days ago
+198 Rules to Live ByThe old guy here... A lot of people emailed me asking for life advice after I posted <a href="">"15 career steps"</a>... Pull up your skirt and repeat diver John Chatterton's 8 "rules to live by."...221 month 2 weeks ago
+19Demystifying GSO Capital (Blackstone)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #33 and was originally posted 6/9/2015.</em> I’ve been searching info about these guys for a while now. There are few threads on WSO with some insight, but...191 year 4 months ago
+26My Dating Philosophy<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #24 and was originally posted 3/21/2015.</em> I figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and...1129 months 2 weeks ago
+18How to negotiate for more money during the interview process<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/22/12</em> So, this question keeps coming up, "if I negotiate with a prospective employer, will I piss them off or ruin my chances?"  I wanted to share the perspective of the person hiring...1115 months 2 weeks ago
+19Random Musings on the HF Interview Process<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #26 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> This is far from a definitive guide but should give you a high level overview on how to think about the process....101 year 1 month ago
+18Banking Lifestyle: What Are the Hours Like REALLY?In light of the recent death of an investment banking intern in London (who was apparently epileptic) and with all the misinformation and romanticized banking <span class='keyword_link'><a...1026 months 1 week ago
+18AMA: GS Special Situations >> Founder of a Private Equity StartupMy experience bridges three worlds: investment banking, private equity, and startup life. Here’s my story, in a nutshell: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's Plan II and Business Honors programs and was hired directly out of undergrad to <span...1016 months 2 weeks ago
+18Harvard Scammed by 23-Year Old<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from May 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> You'd think creativity would count for something. Adam Wheeler, a...733 years 11 months ago
+19Jedi looking to Lateral into IBanking<em>mod note (Andy): this was originally posted on 6/20/2011 and was voted one of the top threads of 2011</em> I’m a jedi knight looking to break into investment banking. I went through the jedi academy (it was kind of one of those things where they recruited me when I was...657 months 3 weeks ago
+17Advice for Princeton MFin ApplicantsAll, Over the past two months, I have seen several threads asking for advice on applying to Princeton Bendheim's MFin program, what the school is looking for, and many other questions. People on the forums have pointed to me because I go to school there, and they think I have some clue...1626 months 1 week ago
+22In Response to “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get”<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/15/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Jason Nazar, a contributing writer for...58
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+18I DID IT!!!I did it!!! For those who are not in the know here is a quick recap. I was offered a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">FO</a></span> <span...541 year 11 months ago
+18Non-Target, Cold e-mailing to Multiple BB / MM SA Offers -- Yes it can be Done!All, I've been reading WSO for quite a long time, but this is my first and perhaps my last serious post about myself. A bit about my background: I am a junior studying finance at a 200% Non-Target university (yes, there are baby sitting positions on my school's career site,...531 year 7 months ago
+18From State School to IBD to MM PE: AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last December but @THE PsYcHoLoGy" wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> WSO, I joined this site during my junior year of college, and it has proved to be a great resource time and again. There is a wealth of...537 months 1 week ago
+19My PE Recruiting ProcessPost #2: Update as of Feb 21, 2014 It has definitely been a stressful month. Recruitment has fully kicked off for me and I was surprised at the amount of traction I’ve gotten so far. With each interview, my responses have gotten better and I learned to <span...522 years 2 months ago
+27Accidentally Punched MD in the FaceIt's my birthday today, and learned that my GF paid for a 1 week vacation for the both of us to go to Cleveland. My natural excitement made me spin out of my chair, get up, and swing my fist into the air. I did all of this so fast that I didn't realize my Managing Director was right...523 months 5 days ago
+19Minimalism and Wall StreetThis is going to sound pretty odd to some of you, but it's one of those macro trends that have been on my radar since roughly before the crisis started in 2008. I'm talking about the current trend toward minimalism in general and its many offshoots in particular, what long term impact...46
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+18My Life - How I got into PE This is my story of how I got into PE. Just want to point out that there are some non-standard paths out there. I thought I would share it if it can inspire some kids on the website. <strong>Below is the full story, but from all those past years, these are some of the major things that...452 years 4 months ago
+15M&A Interview Questions (Levels 1 through 4)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #46. This one was originally posted 8/16/2015</em>. <h3>M&A Interview Questions - Can You Answer All Four? </h3> I have a set of M&A...3382 months 1 week ago
+18As my username suggests, not sure what to do...First year PE associate...rolled into PE without much of a break once I got done with my third year in banking. As my username suggests, I am fully burned out, and was fully burned out during my last 8-10 months of banking (though to be fair, I think everyone gets there toward the end). PE...374 months 1 week ago
+18Global macro recruiting - a primer<Redacted> 36
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+16MSF Question and Answer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This one was originally posted 6/30/2015.</em> I get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here...2359 months 2 weeks ago
+19Free Resume ReviewsI am doing some work with U of Houston on resume prep so working on getting more exp on helping students with their resumes. Only way I know how is to actuallty review and help. Join <span class='keyword_link'><a...3410 months 2 weeks ago
+18A Trading Story :Encouragement for the rest of usI have decided to post my experience for what it is worth. I do not expect this to follow the standard format of posts in this forum I am merely here to present to all of you a story that could have helped me and given me encouragement in the darkest days of the sales and <span...313 years 5 months ago
+20Makena Capital For all interested in Investment Analyst <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> at Makena Capital Management in Menlo Park... <h3>Interview...301 month 1 day ago
+19Adam the Analyst - Episode 1: Introduction<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 09/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...292 years 5 months ago
+18DB Oil & Gas Primer 2013I've been getting a lot of PM's for this primer so I thought I upload it here. Cheers,291 year 10 months ago
+185 Steps To Effective NetworkingSo ever since I've posted my story on here (<a href="">"106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance"</a>) and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I...291 year 5 months ago
+18Non-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:...282 years 4 weeks ago
+18Not all paths lead through IB- what to do if you don't have an offer yetThis is another post to help those of you who are having trouble landing a FT offer or an internship in finance relieve some of that stress. It is very easy to get caught up in a downward spiral of gloom when things are not working out. It may be that you don’t get a call back after...242 years 7 months ago
+18To All Freshman and SophomoresSo I have been asked twice in the past week by ambitious young monkeys "What are the best sources to learn to build a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial...23
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+18DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #35 and was originally posted 2/24/2015.</em> Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span...189 months 4 weeks ago
+18Firm E-mail FormatsFellow Monkeys, If you're a non-target kid like me, you know the rules: network, network, network. Personally, I enjoy it, so I made a little list that might help some people out there like me: e-mail formats for a handful of firms you all might be interested in. I stole from a few...163 months 1 week ago
+18DeletexxxSorry 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. 1161 year 8 months ago
+17Unbelievable! Detailed WSO Success Story: How I Broke into Equity Research<em>Mod note (Andy): this was originally posted on 8/15/12</em> Hello fellow monkeys, I wanted to take some time to write this because I definitely owe it to this community. Last week, I was given a verbal offer to work in Equity Research full-time, at a well-known bank,...1132 years 2 weeks ago
+17AMA: 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...1002 months 1 day ago
+17AMA... 3rd year ER analystI have been an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span> analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...931 year 8 months ago
+1711 ways to Fake Work like everyone else in your office<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 7/11/12</em> Everyone’s on vacation. You’ve pretty much done minimal work the last week because you were celebrating your independence. Let's face it, you've probably checked out since memorial day weekend and now begins the...828 months 1 week ago
+18The Drunk MD StorySo last weekend, I decided to get shit-faced because I had a rough week. The typical…lack of sleep, lack of social life, and lack of sex. I wanted to have fun tonight, regardless of my state of mind. I could have easily went back home and fell asleep in 5 minutes, but fuck it. It’s Friday...803 years 3 months ago
+23What if Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan merged together?I know this sounds insane! But theoretically speaking what if <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> and <span...68
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+18The Definitive Top 10 Alcoholic BeveragesLet's talk booze. You all knew the time would come that the discussion would branch out from my tried and true (WoodfordandCreatine™) and get more adventurous. There's no rules when it comes to alcohol, except obviously don't be a pussy. Try everything once. Also, girl drinks...65
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+18How 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="">PWM</a></span>, so I figured I'd give it a whirl despite this...601 year 10 months ago
+17Attached - Equity Research Template ExamplesHi WSO, A lot of people have asked me for equity/industry analyst report templates. In response I have attached a few <span class='keyword_link'><a...561 year 5 days ago
+18Trader Documentary - Paul Tudor Jones (Must See)Below is a link to the Paul Tudor Jones documentary video that shows him predicting the 1987 Crash (he tripled his money during it). This is a must see for any trader and shows the legendary trader in action before he became a billionaire. Although the video was shown on public television in...543 years 2 months ago
+18Venture Capital Associate Fielding Questions<em><strong> mod (Andy) note:</strong><em> this was originally posted in July but he's still answering q's for those interested in VC. In following the solid threads of the 10x leverage, harvardgrad08...I am offering a Q and A on all VC related...1452 years 5 months ago
+17You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don't TakeIt was a standard Sunday for JRMM – Woke up entirely too early, ate breakfast, watched SportCenter, then had to kill time before the start of day 4 of the tourney. I had just gotten home from hitting golf balls and was about to firmly plant my ass on the couch for the remainder of the day...432 years 6 months ago
+18In This Business, You Need A Hobby—I’m A DJ<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #30 and was originally posted 9/6/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market...391 year 1 month ago
+22Why YOU Aren't Converting Your Interview - DCF Example (No Math)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #23 and was originally posted 8/28/2015.</em> <EM>Inspired by the <a...382 months 2 weeks ago
+18Non-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...361 year 10 months ago
+17For One Day Longer<em>Andy note: "Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2011 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I'm going to keep this short because I have no doubt that you'll be inundated with 9/11...334 years 1 month ago
+17After all the hardwork, it paid offNon-target story where I landed a good offer. Moral though is Non targets if you’re reading this: <strong> This process is much harder than most believe. Do not underestimate the amount of luck involved which means you need to have the part you control 100% down. Stories, technical,...332 years 7 months ago
+18Best Lessons Learned From F&#%ing UpSome of the absolute best lessons you can learn in life come from f&#%ing up. Advice like "wear a condom" or "don't push that fart out after eating Thai food" or "don't eat pizza for literally every meal because your metabolism will slow down one day and...301 month 3 weeks ago
+18Non-Target, Sub 3.5 GPA. FT BB IBDThis is an absolute must read if you're from a non-target! I will try to detail out as much of my journey as I can. This post is kind of long overdue; however, I feel like it's better late than never. (Even if it's really poorly written.) I got an email around November of 2010...299 months 2 weeks ago
+17Energy Trading 101: The Crack SpreadGood afternoon, monkeys. Listen: A crude and natural gas midstream firm like MarkWest Energy Partners and an oil refinery in the middle of Alabama will have different price exposures, and thus require different hedges to protect themselves in the event of future uncertainty. While not...25
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+17The 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...201 year 9 months ago
+17Congratulations to the 2015 WSO Forum Member of the Year: DingDong08<em>Mod Note (Andy): I'm posting this under DingDong08's account so he can reap all the silver banana love :-) </em> Winning by an astounding margin (33% of the votes vs 14% ), congratulations to WSO super user <strong>@Dingdong08"</strong> for winning...208 months 2 weeks ago
+24Breaking into Banking is NOT Like Applying to College<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/14/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I have seen a ton threads like...1183 years 7 months ago
+17Another take on OCR recruiting (the ones that did everything right)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #34 and was originally posted 10/8/2015.</em> I wrote this because while <a...181 year 4 days ago
+17Extremely Robust Growth Projected - 132 hour work week All right, fellow monkeys. I'm on the tail end of a 132-hour workweek, so just a brief post today. So there I was, middle of the night, massaging an industry growth chart into an artificially-rosy picture that makes our pitch more attractive (a procedure that many of you will be...16
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+17The Power of Habit<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #50. This one was originally posted 6/20/2015</em>. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, 2012 New York Times bestseller <em>The Power of...131 year 3 months ago
+17Cioffi Comes to Terms with ObscurityDisgraced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Bear Stearns</a></span><a href=""> hedge fund manager Ralph...126 years 2 months ago
+17Qualities of a Great InvestorMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #44. This one was originally posted 10/19/2015. If you've seen some of my other posts you know that I'm not a stock picker, deal maker, or quant - I'm an...810 months 1 day ago
+15Day 9: Why I Won't Date Bankerella<em>Andy note: See <a href="">"A Male Banker Describes A Typical Female Banker In NYC — And Why He Won't Date One"</a> on BI yesterday.</em> This post was inspired by...1983 years 3 weeks ago
+20Women in the Workplace Pt 2: Rigged Markets, Inside Information, and the “Softer” SexMy <a href="">original post</a> on women in the workplace caused something of a commotion. I hadn't planned on a follow up, but @GLCIB27" forgot to check her privilege, so here we are...911 month 3 days ago
+17Some Thoughts on Private Equity Interview Case StudiesThe infamous <a href="">private equity interview</a> is enough to make seasoned top bucket analysts quiver in their boots. When you go through the interview process with private equity firms,...801 month 5 days ago
+16AMA: A Bored Financial AdvisorHello everyone. I've lurked here on and off over the years and realize there isn't much activity regarding wealth management, but thought I'd register anyway. I'm in my 30s, at an independent broker/dealer, been doing this over a decade (after getting my B.S. in finance and...80
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+16Putting It Out There - the storySo as I've been asked for 'my story' but have never really done it in a full, comprehensive way... here we go. <!--break--> I was born back in 1985 to two parents who realized they were going to become parents when they were 16 and 17 years old. Both of them dropped out...754 years 3 months ago
+15Ask an ex-IB MD anything.........<em>Mod Note (Andy): Don't miss his webinar coming up this Sunday! "<a href="">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a>" You can ask me anything. I know there are probably a...1656 months 3 weeks ago
+16How to Start Trading (Compliments of Bondarb)There have been a few requests to find the classic post by Bondarb, so it made sense to sticky it. This is what he wrote: <strong>Here is how you learn about <span class='keyword_link'><a...571 month 3 days ago
+16Ask CompBankerWallStreetOasis, At the request of Patrick and a few users, I have agreed to start an "Ask CompBanker" thread. The purpose is to share responses to my historical and future PMs with the community while keeping the question asker anonymous. Anyone is welcome to send me a PM or post...541 year 1 day ago
+18REVEALED! Wall Street CEO Facebook Convo<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 10/9/12.</em> <b>WSO EXCLUSIVE:</b> Titans of Wall Street caught in candid conversation on Facebook! Read on below and after the break: <img...531 year 6 months ago
+16Quit the Rat Race and Attempting a Comeback, Here's my AdviceHi fellow monkeys… I’m a brand new poster but have been reading through these boards for a couple of months to pass the time. The preponderance of posts on here regarding happiness and the work life balance have compelled me to add my own .02 cents on these issues, mostly because I think...503 years 7 months ago
+16Sell Your Options Dearlymod (Andy) note): <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 was the first in a series of 3 of "Sell Your Options". More to come later this week & next. If there's...474 years 3 months ago
+17Technical Skills Aren’t Going To Get You To Partner, But This WillDevastated. That’s the only word I can use to describe it. I was totally devastated. I had just gotten off the phone with my VP. It was the summer of 2008, the shit was hitting the fan in the world of finance, and I had just been told I wasn’t going to receive a return offer for my...462 years 4 months ago
+16Special Sits PE Case Study Example<em>The webinar for this case is TODAY, July 6th, at 5:00pm EDT. If you miss it, it will be replayed for free on the homepage on August 6th</em> Even though recruiting season is not necessarily around the corner, I thought I'd share the below with the community. If anyone has...442 months 5 days ago
+17Lessons 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...422 years 2 months ago
+16How to Make an App if You Only Know Investment BankingAfter my <a href="">original post</a> describing why I decided to resign from <span class='keyword_link'><a...413 years 3 months ago
+18Advice from an ex-IB MD on how to make it to Wall Street<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #39. This one was originally posted 9/20/2015. <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...406 months 6 days ago
+18Week 4 of IBD Internship: Initiation<em>The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of...371 year 3 weeks ago
+16Overview of Leveraged FinanceWe have not done an overview in quite some time and needed a post specific to Wall Street. This will elaborate a bit on our hedge fund posts and provide an overview for those that are interested in Investment Banking (You will work closely with Leverage Finance at some point in your career). As...367 months 5 days ago
+16Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss <em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this originally went up 8/21/13. If you haven't read Nefarious' other posts make sure to check them out, he did a good series of 3-4 posts around this time (see on his tracker page by clicking his username) </em> Keeping with the...3511 months 2 weeks ago
+27Shitty Networking 101Welcome to the school of shitty networking. There will be future courses, but here's an intro. I receive messages on nearly every social media platform (even Tinder) from people trying to get a job. Some are fine, and I just ignore them. Some are spineless, or insane, or so terribly...34
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+17Farted in Pipeline Meeting - Advice needed immediatelyIt was horrible. Smelled like someone killed a fat skunk with an egg stick. The two MDs in the room gave me the most evil stare I've ever seen...even worse than when I royally screwed up on a deal. Any help on what I should do to apologize? Thank goodness a couple analysts were there to...303 months 2 weeks ago
+16Advice from an ex-IB MD: Who succeeds on Wall Street <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #37 and was originally posted 10/14/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note #2: Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...2710 months 2 weeks ago
+16From Hedge Fund to Corp Fin to M&APhewwww, it's been a strange ride, fellas. I would like to gloat about my recent career revelations, while hopefully providing some advice/insight to the people who read. I have just finished up a GE-type Financial Management Program at an F100 firm with an offer for an analyst role...254 months 3 weeks ago
+167 Practical Tips for Entering 1st Year IBD AnalystsIt’s been over 3 years since I first came across WSO as a junior in college. Eventually, I was able to land an <span class='keyword_link'><a...243 months 6 days ago
+20testing email notificationsplease ignore this test @jgsantos" 225 months 1 week ago
+16The Street Before Christmas 2012<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h2>The Street Before Christmas...213 years 9 months ago
+16My advice on an initial call with a VCI don’t know how many entrepreneurs are actually on WSO but I know there are a few. Additionally I know there are some people that are just generally interested in how a junior VC team member assesses potential opportunities. First note that all VC's are different. We all have our own...202 years 7 months ago
+16Private Wealth Management/Private Banking Guide for AssociatesOnce and for all - Here is the best guidebook I can give you for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">PWM</a></span>/<span...168 months 1 week ago
+16Distressed Debt Investing (Real Estate)Using debt to invest in real estate has evolved over the last 30 years, and significantly changed after the subprime mortgage crisis, when more stringent regulations were introduced into the system. Looking back at different WSO Real Estate topics, there are a lot of posts regarding financing,...95 months 2 weeks ago
+17How Do We Decouple Income From Work?<p>This is the first post in a series exploring technology, its impact on how we work, and the macroeconomic effects of the displacement it causes.</p> <p>I was at a tech conference earlier this year and ended up at a discussion about workforce automation. A guy from...951 month 2 weeks ago
+15Quitting time - views on how to leave your job<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #48. This one was originally posted 3/8/2015</em>. I've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense...8710 months 1 week ago
+15Stimulants 101: How to wake yourself up and get shit done (without destroying your long-term health)If you're reading this, I'm assuming you take a shit load of stimulants to stay awake and get work done. It's the only option on those days where you've been grinding through mind-numbing <span class='keyword_link'><a...791 month 1 week ago
+4Ask Alex at MBA ApplyHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership...12696 months 4 weeks ago
+17Resume and cover letter - a reviewers perspectiveI just read through a stack of cover letters and resumes to prepare for a summer intern interview day. Here's some comments from the perspective of a late 30s banker on the interviewer side of the table. <br><ol><li>Every cover page and resume looks the same. I skim...648 months 2 hours ago
+16Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href=" .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>5611 months 3 weeks ago
+17So I heard You Want to Start Trading?Let me start off by clarifying. By <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> I’m not referring to investing or trading part-time while you do other things (such as hold...56
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+15Corporate Development: my experiences and background<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target...501 year 9 months ago
+16How to get Respect...Bankers are among the smartest people in the world, though so easily manipulated. Why is it that as soon as graduates enter banking, they suddenly feel so inadequate that they change everything about themselves. We are meant to be the movers and the shakers of the developed world, yet a vast...456 years 5 months ago
+15Divorces: Beating the CourtsIn my earlier years I worked in audit, and was seconded onto forensic projects out of need for resource. I developed a knack for it, and have since worked on a lot of high profile cases (including some of the <span class='keyword_link'><a...441 year 2 months ago
+15Timeline of an Investment Banking Analyst, Year 1<p> <b>August</b> </p> Training’s over, and you’ve just hit the new group. You’re getting to know your bullpen-mates and you’ve picked up a few bullshit staffings. You’re settled into your new apartment in Murray Hill (no roaches yet!) and you’re loving the...442 years 1 month ago
+15How 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="">PWM</a></span>, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being...442 years 2 months ago
+15Officially Out of the HF BusinessMight as well make it official and say I have left the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> business to pursue other interests on good...438 months 4 days ago
+15Teller's Comprehensive Guide to Diversity RecruitingI'm creating this thread because I think that diversity recruiting is a powerful tool that is very much underutilized. Just about every <span class='keyword_link'><a...436 months 3 weeks ago
+15Sales - 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...371 year 9 months ago
+15PM 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...362 years 6 months ago
+17A BIG thank you to WSO from a non-target!I felt that it was necessary to write this post now, as an important step in my life has transpired recently. Coming from as much of a non-target background as possible, I have managed to get the coveted SA offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...302 years 10 months ago
+16An Unconventional Message for all You Prospective Monkeys out thereLong-time reader, first-time poster. Just wanted to share my story so far since I graduated from undergrad ~8 months ago & when I was a prospective monkey, I really appreciated people's stories of their experiences and their advice they had for others. My take is a little different...302 years 8 months ago
+15From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity Research<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #47. This one was originally posted 3/20/2015</em>. I posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have...291 year 6 months ago
+15Non target => WSO Intern => Major US BankMonkeys, Long story short, I went to a non-target, had a sub-par gpa, and was a liberal arts major – pretty disastrous in trying to land a decent finance job. Prior to graduating, I started reading business/finance resources, studying <span class='keyword_link'><a...282 years 10 months ago
+15The 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...276 months 4 days ago
+15WSO's Best Real Estate BooksPeople ask about the best real estate books to read on this forum almost daily and we're happy to toss <a...27
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+15Coming to America - A Canadian in New York (AMA)<EM>Quick Background: STEM Undergrad, public tech co, Canadian MBA, Big Five Canadian <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>, now NYC <span...267 months 2 weeks ago
+15How To Really Network And Land That OfferHey all, I am glad to hear that my story resonated with many, always happy to help (<b><a href="">you can see it here</a></b>). Of the many messages I have been receiving, a...212 years 8 months ago
+14Ask me any question you have about Prime BrokerageI realized that there really isn't much information on prime brokerage on this site, even though it has been a significant source of revenue at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1198 months 5 days ago
+15My Story: From Trading Floor at UBS To Entrepreneur on Kickstarter<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #49. This one was originally posted 4/28/15.</em> “I wish I had this chance if I was your age again.” - said my MD when I resigned in April 2013. (He...1810 months 3 days ago
+156 REAL Habits I've Observed From Self-Made MillionairesBusiness Insider (and forbes to a lesser extent) are flooding the younger generation with all of these seemingly simple ways to become a millionaire (see <a href="">"13 Habits of Self-Made...171 month 4 weeks ago
+15Former BB VP giving advice to all you wannabe bankersHey guys, I have only been on this forum a couple of times, but I formerly worked in M&A at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">bulge bracket</a></span>. I have...1163 months 3 weeks ago
+15The Unconventional path to IB/PE (AMA)While taking the time to clean and organize my desk after a hectic 4-6 weeks engaged in a deal, I came across my old “WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ib...161 month 3 weeks ago
+15CV & CoverLetter - S&T Citi, Internship - No mercy please !Hello there fellow monkeys, I am about to apply for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer internship</a></span> in S&T at <span class='keyword_link'><a...152 years 7 months ago
+15SA Interview Prep Techniques<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #38 and was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> <h3>4 Summer Analyst Interview Prep Tactics </h3> I recently completed SA recruiting and wanted to...1510 months 5 days ago
+15How 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...122 years 1 month ago
+14BB Operations MD AMAHaven't seen too many posts to shed light on this so ask away. Also see my latest post here: <em>Mod Note (Andy): This is an older AMA originally posted on 2/20/16 but the OP let me know he's still...1112 months 2 weeks ago
+156 Tips To Boost Your Confidence And Nail Your Next Job Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #42 and was originally posted 11/13/2015.</em> Confidence matters. Often it matters more than whether or not you’re actually qualified. Hewlett Packard...10
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+14What 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...2081 year 8 months ago
+15Sources and Uses: How to Find and Use Information in IBD (EBITDA example)There is a lot of emphasis on technical skills in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>: being able to do <span...81 month 1 day ago
+162 steps to killing it in 2016!<strong><a href="">See part 2 here</a></strong> What's the best way to kill it in 2016? Make some pathetically impotent new year's resolutions, or take stock of how you killed...79 months 3 weeks ago
+17My Biggest Career Mistake to Date: Prestige<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/1/12.</em> I occasionally get PMed by people at colleges I’ve never heard of before, asking if they have a shot at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1061 year 1 month ago
+14Beautiful 25 Year Old Girlhey guys, read this posting from this girl on Craigslist and one of the responses below....thought you would enjoy. ORIGINAL INQUIRY THIS APPEARED ON CRAIG'S LIST What am I doing wrong? Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful (spectacularly...955 years 7 months ago
+14How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours<em>Moderator note (Andy): this was originally posted on 5/17/12, <strong> <a href="">Here is the link to his study guide</a></em></strong> Background: I recently took the...946 months 3 weeks ago
+14Ask Me Anything: Post-MBA IBD Associate at BB (NYC)WSO, I’ve been a long time lurker, but just recently started posting on this site. So to give you a little background: I graduated UG from a semi-target college (think UVA/UMich/CMU) with a humanities degree (think Political Science/Philosophy). However, I also had a sub 3.0 <span...943 months 3 weeks ago
+14Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in M7 MBAs, or you're HSW or bust, feel...941 year 5 months ago
+14Back-Door Mark: The Oracle of P.B.<em>Mod Note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie". This one is originally from November 2010.</em> My buddy Pat lived in a condo on the beach, and it was a righteous location. When I say on the beach I mean when you opened his front door, you stepped out onto a large...812 months 4 weeks ago
+14Can we get a STICKY for our RE board for a) Underwriting models to be posted/shared; b) Current salary comps across industryWhat do you guys think? This would be very useful to many of us.80
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+15Brief Introduction to Banking Recruiting at the MBA LevelMost of recruiting discussion here are for SA/ANL, and I realized MBA level recruiting is very different after went through the entire process. So I want to give back to the community and write a short guide about it. Since all these are pretty transparent and will be provided to you in your...687 months 3 weeks ago
+13I'm an MD and I run the Sales division: Ask Me Anything <em>Mod note (Andy): we vetted this user to confirm his identity/status and yes in fact he is who he says he is, and is eager to answer your questions :)</em> Bio: I decided to join WSO to help both students and young professionals advance in their Finance careers, whether that be...1661 year 9 months ago
+14The BlackHat Interview: 1/4<strong>Mod note (Andy):</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="">BlackHat</a> interview is here. Questions came from myself and members of writing and intern teams. BIG thanks to BH for his really...632 years 9 months ago
+14Is This a Great Country or What?America is not a place without its problems, but there are some things we do better than any other country on Earth. Opportunity has to be at the top of that list. America is one of those rare places where you can truly start with nothing (or with even less than nothing) and become enormously...616 months 3 weeks ago
+14Life 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...52
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+14One Fell Swoop: Multi-Purpose Networking <em>“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” –Machiavelli ,“The Prince” </em> What if you could kick ass at your current job while networking for another, effectively killing two birds with...502 years 11 months ago
+14Company Email Addresses GuideHey fellow monkeys, It seems like we get posts every month about the email address of certain banks. I decided to make a list of all the banks/hedge funds/prop shops Here it is: The <span class='keyword_link'><a...482 months 3 weeks ago
+15Day 1: To Be A Better ManMy self-development journey started in May 2010. I was broke, overweight and single. Life became one giant question mark, and for me, it was extremely painful and stressful. I went through an emotional journey to rebuild my identity, get in shape and find a purpose in life. It wasn’t easy but...472 years 9 months ago
+14The sell-side 15 - how to stay fit yet still fit inPeople talk about getting the freshman 15 from too much beer in the 1st year of undergrad...when in reality, if you don't make it into the gym at all when you have basically 12 free hours a day, you probably deserve it and should be mocked for laziness. Compare that to your 1st year of...442 years 7 months ago
+15Beginners Guide to Valuation and Metrics By SectorInspired by comments from this: Lets just jump in. <strong>Technology:</strong> In this space there are really two metrics that matter the most, sales growth and EPS...422 years 12 months ago
+13Corporate Finance Q&A with accountingbyday, BJM85, STorIB, and djfiii<em>mod note: this very informative q&a was originally posted on 2/12/12</em> <a name="top"></a> UPDATE 2/22/12: Over 20 questions and 50 responses added so far, keep 'em coming! I also took the bold away from the questions by popular...1373 years 8 months ago
+15F*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...371 year 8 months ago
+14AMA: 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...361 year 11 months ago
+14Very detailed notes of Peter Thiel's startup class at StanfordI came across a blog with very specific notes on the class Peter Thiel is currently teaching at Stanford. I've been going through a class lecture a day when I get some down time in the office. Here are some takeaways I thought we're good from the first 3 lessons. (Some of these are...353 years 3 months ago
+13Praying for LilyI am posting this because I need the WSO community's prayers, your good vibes, positive energy, anything you can send my family's way. Monkeys, I am going through a very difficult time right now. This site has helped me in many ways, I have tried to give back. You all know I am a...1322 years 1 week ago
+14AMA: Endowments, Foundations, & Asset Allocators It's about time I do another post on here and rather than go into detail on a specific aspect of the industry I'm just going to open it up to a general AMA. The E&F (and asset allocators in general) industry is sort of a black box. Most people don't know a ton about the...29
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+14Must readWas recently forwarded this. Ya'll may have read this before, but for those who haven't, enjoy. years 11 months ago
+13Five 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...1261 year 10 months ago
+14PE and HF HeadhuntersA list of Headhunters I came across. Figured I'd share it. Some don't seem that great, but I've interacted with a few names on the list. Really wish I had this list 2 years ago when I entered finance... Best of luck to all! <span class='keyword_link'><a...251 year 8 months ago
+16Preparing 300 hours for McKinsey and BCG offerHello everyone, I just signed and sent out the McKinsey offer. This is something I have not even dream about 4 years ago when I first found about the world of consulting and MBB firms. It was a very long journey. I could not always see how all dots will connect but being driven by ambition...241 month 2 weeks ago
+14Convert Your Summer Internship Into a Full-Time Offer<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 7/6/12.</em> As a former summer/fulltime investment banking analyst, I’ve seen a few waves of Ivy League migrant workers come through New York. <b>A few tips for success for the upcoming crop...221 year 7 months ago
+14Healthcare 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...221 year 12 months ago
+147 Things I Learned While Running a Business<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #40 and was originally posted 7/31/2015.</em> Thought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a...221 year 2 months ago
+9B-School Q&A w/ Betsy Massar of Master AdmissionsI'm Betsy Massar, founder of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Master Admissions</a>. I'm glad to be here on Wall Street Oasis back with kindred spirits. Right out of Harvard Business School I worked for <span...62011 months 4 weeks ago
+14Why I Enjoy Networking with Candidates<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #41 and was originally posted 7/29/2015.</em> I thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who...171 year 1 month ago
+15The CFA Curriculum, As Explained by Two Cows<em>This article is originally from <a href=''></a>. You can <a href=''>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...162 years 9 months ago
+24Banking vs. The Buy-side: 10.5 considerations<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #19 and was originally posted 11/21/2015.</em> In the forums I see a lot of questions and comments contrasting banking and the buy-side. It seems many of you are thinking about all the...1311 months 6 hours ago
+15Dear DiaryA stream of consciousness-style journal-entry kind of thing from my analyst days, when I was coming off a hot-streak at the office and feeling burned out. I wrote this on a Saturday night. For whatever reason, enjoy... I’m in the vortex. The magnetron. I’ve been suffering from too little...123 months 4 days ago
+14Advice for an ex-IB MD: What to read if you want to go into finance<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #43. This one was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> I often get asked by young students or recent graduates what books they should be reading to succeed. I was a...810 months 2 weeks ago
+14What's Your Five Year (IBD) Plan? A VP Reflects and Looks Forward.I don't approve of this as an interview question, but it is something that everyone should try to think about. When I was an MBA candidate, it was more about just getting my foot in the door. I was lucky enough to get into a good bank as an <span class='keyword_link'><a...71 month 3 weeks ago
+14MSF Class of 2018I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...204
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+13Your Most Absurd IB Interview Questions.. and AnswersAll, I am doing this because I haven't found a thread like this on WSO. I am curious as to everyone's most absurd <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ib...922 months 1 day ago
+12A Guide for Switching From Commercial Banking to Investment BankingGiven the number of messages I continue to receive with questions regarding my switch from commercial banking to investment banking, I thought it'd be helpful to provide a few guidelines for those looking to make the switch... <strong>1. Aim low(<span...1742 years 6 months ago
+13Gray Fox AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last August but Gray Fox wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> I've posted here for about five years, but with much less frequency the past year and a half. @xqtrack" @Kenny_Powers_CFA" @BlackHat"...717 months 1 week ago
+15How 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...567 months 3 weeks ago
+135 Benefits to Being in the Back OfficeI worked in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">back office</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...532 years 9 months ago
+12I'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anythingI'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anything. Interview prep questions, industry questions, etc. etc. 146
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+15Advice for new FT recruits - tale of cautionMy company runs a graduate scheme where we take on 15/20 graduates a year with 3/4 of those working in my department. I came through this scheme myself and so I like to check in on the most recent cohort of grads to see how they are doing and offer any advice I think might be of help to them....443 years 4 months ago
+13My Experience as a Market Risk Analyst<em>Post any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer!</em> There doesn't seem to be much information on this website regarding this niche role so I'd like to just expand on this and hopefully future readers can gain insight on this function. I...406 months 1 week ago
+13A Day in the Life: Professional Baseball PlayerI figured that I was due for a Day in the Life post but with Major League Baseball’s playoffs in full swing I thought it would be fitting to do a post from my former life as a Minor League Baseball player. I played for two seasons and the following would be a typical day for a home game in...392 months 2 weeks ago
+13Blackrock MD BY 31: Ask me Anything <strong>Bio: </strong><em>Khe attended Yale University and has 15 years of finance experience, mostly as a fund of funds investor. Khe was promoted to Managing Director at Blackrock at the age of 31, and last year left to explore entrepreneurial passions around community...374 months 3 days ago
+16Sorry, you weren't good enough<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #36 and was originally posted 10/16/2015.</em> I liked this <span class='keyword_link'><a...3610 months 1 day ago
+14Why do we lie about how many hours we work?Back when I was in my second year of consulting, I worked with literally the busiest person in the world. At least, that's what she wanted everyone to think... She would rush around the office with a permanent frown on her face, clutching her laptop and a stack of papers.  I...336 months 2 weeks ago
+13Giving it All Up: From Med School to TraderHey all, I’m new to this board, and figured I’d introduce myself by conducting an interview that might be useful for those on the fence about their career. I’m here today with a friend of mine who gave up everything to shoot for finance. <strong>My friend, who wishes to remain...322 years 7 months ago
+13Investing In The Middle East 101So the "Middle East".... that place with a lot of camels and terrorists, right? NO! Before even thinking of investing in the Middle East, you have to stop calling it the "Middle East". It's Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Saudi...31
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+14WSO Campus Representative Program August 23, 2016 update - we've decided there will be no campus rep program this school year. Instead we are testing out working with a smaller group of <span class='keyword_link'><a...1298 months 2 weeks ago
+13Corporate Development: Personal Experience & Advice<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target...292 years 6 months ago
+13For Those of You Unable to Secure Investment Banking Internships - Keep Your Head UpI know summer recruiting is winding down and a few of you are probably freaking out. There was another thread a few weeks ago called <a href="">On Losing & Failure</a> that I would recommend reading if you...288 months 5 days ago
+13A 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...281 year 9 months ago
+13Why Men shouldn't write advice columns<img src="">275 years 3 months ago
+14The Biggest Mistakes Even Great Employees MakeAlthough this isn't 100% directed to IB it is a strong overview of working general and the main mistakes that good or great employees do that limit them from being rockstars. <h3>1. They Clock In, Work, Clock Out</h3> The difference between a great employee and a rockstar...267 months 2 days ago
+135 Things a Dog Can Teach You About Trading<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in March 2011. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> That handsome guy to the left is my boy...253 years 5 months ago
+13This Week in Oil and Gas - 01/22/2016I plan on posting a weekly discussion topic called "This Week in Oil and Gas" to highlight news of the week (topics well vary). I am open to any suggestions and will hope that other users participate and post their thoughts. Here we go! <h3>Industry...258 months 4 weeks ago
+13THE LAST MILE<em>Mod Note: This is a syndication from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> This one has...243 years 3 months ago
+13Confusion Networking SituationDear Mr. Monkey, I am interning right now at a small investment boutique in my hometown doing some value-adding work. However, I want to work at <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...224 months 2 weeks ago
+13Bonus Bananas Feb. 11, 2011Too many great stories this week. These are the ones you <em>need</em> to check out: 1. <strong>Calpers Sues Pretty Much Everyone on Wall Street</strong> (<a href="">Sacramento...215 years 8 months ago
+17A One Stop Shop For All Things Diversity Recruiting - The Most Exhaustive List On WSODiversity recruiting has been the subject of several posts over the last few weeks. Although there are existing WSO posts that try to aggregate opportunity for diverse candidates, this one aims to be an exhaustive list that includes all the introductory programs and formal internship pipelines...201 month 1 week ago
+13List of FT Financial Leadership Development Programs, and other such thingsHey everyone, In thanks for all of the valuable info and advice I've gotten from WSO over the last couple years, I thought I'd 'pay it forward' and share the list I made of FT FLDP-type programs that I applied to (or seriously thought about applying to) during my senior...175 months 5 days ago
+8NYC SA Recruiting 2012-2013Couldn't find a thread like this (besides the HK/Sing one), but thought it would be good for people to know what stage in the process most of the banks are in. Post updates as you hear back from various BBs and the main boutiques/MM firms in terms of 1st round interviews, superdays, etc. ...5163 years 7 months ago
+15My system for getting better at work (every single day)I sucked at my first job. It's a weird thing to admit, but it's true. When I started as a management consultant in 2010, I was worse than useless.  I had spent my summers during university cleaning yachts for rich people and working on my tan. Case in point: during my first...165 months 2 weeks ago
+13The 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...102 years 2 months ago
+13Hedge Fund Interview Guide BETA is LIVE!We are finally here! For those of you waiting on the <strong><a href="">WSO Hedge Fund Interview Guide</a></strong>, thank you for your patience -- it has been a long process to get to this...62 months 3 hours ago
+13Happy Thanksgiving WSOHappy Thanksgiving Wall Street Oasis! Today marks the five year anniversary of my joining WSO as well as the day I accepted my first and only investment banking offer. It's been an amazing ride so far and I am incredibly thankful to my friends and family that have helped me along the...44 years 11 months ago
+12From Dentistry to Investment BankingEver since I could remember, I’ve wanted to become a dental surgeon. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus were all my strongest subjects. I was one of those kids who studied half as much as others, but still got one of the highest grades in the class. For as long as I could...873 months 2 weeks ago
+12Initiating Report Case Study: Fossil<em>This is an example of how a buy-side analyst would start coverage on a new name and what an initiating memo might look like. I chose Fossil as part of an investment group with some help from BlackHat and this is the final product. Keep in mind this is not a stock pitch, this is an...853 years 9 months ago
+15Don'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: There are also a bunch of great Ted Talks (Google it) on why...812 years 4 months ago
+14Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #45. This one was originally posted 2/6/2015. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email...8010 months 5 days ago
+12L/S Credit HF Analyst - AMAI'm a long-term lurker, infrequent poster on another account. AMA. Have been reflecting a lot lately on "giving back" and WSO has been huge to me. More interested in talking credit / markets than "my path" or "recruiting" because I only got my jobs via...776 months 6 days ago
+13Defeating the Top Groups Myth<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/15/11.</em> So I've been reading these forums for a very long time - since I got to College really. They've been very helpful at certain points (certain people helping out with interview questions) but I...761 year 9 months ago
+13How 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="">PWM</a></span>, I wanted...7310 months 3 weeks ago
+12A Foreigner's Perspective on Getting Adjusted to Living in the USI think that anyone from any part of the world can find a place here. You will never feel that as a foreigner that you won't have access to the same opportunities that Americans do. (<span class='keyword_link'><a...722 years 6 months ago
+11Why do ppl choose megafunds over MM?Wondering about this. Is it just the prestige/pay? Seems like your experience would be quite limited at megafunds (type of work similar to banking, just modelling focused). Why don't more people pursue MM -- especially if it is less competitive? <strong>Moderator...1716 months 3 weeks ago
+13Your Model of Life Is Wrong<em>Mod note: for the tl;dr version, skip down to "Circa 1960"</em> First, some background. I’m going to explain how we got to where we are today in order to frame our place in history and our model of life, so bear with me...<!--break--> <strong>A...633 years 3 months ago
+15How does models and bottles work?I keep hearing the phrase <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">models and bottles</a></span>, and basically, if a guy has the cash to bottle service girls, he gets laid. But,...1602 months 3 weeks ago
+12Part 1: My Pursuit of HappynessBefore I announce what I am planning to do for WSO, it will help to speak briefly about my background - I am turning 27. I left home at the age of 18. I came from a middle class in a very poor nation with extreme political instability. I attended college on scholarships that covered most of my...562 years 10 months ago
+12Lessons from a PE Case StudyAs some of you know, I recently quit my “career” at a Big 4 firm with no prospects, no money, and a growing family. If that sounds irresponsible to you, you’re not alone. Some of my more traditional family members have been unable to hide their disapproval, and I have the distinct feeling...552 years 7 months ago
+12Series 79 free study guideI have a very detailed outline that I'm going to make available to the forum. Either through a editable gdoc or through a personal wiki. Frankly, we all spend way too much time studying / preparing for the exact same things. I'm hoping that a few people will taking it upon...52
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+12Man Week: Trial By FireAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from April 2011 is part of the very popular "Man Week" 3-part series. More to come later this week. If there's an old post from...485 years 6 months ago
+12The 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...481 year 9 months ago
+12AMA: CS/Finance Major -> Software Engineer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last July but Ace wrote and said he could still answer questions.</em> Hey all, Recent graduate here trying to kill time before work starts. I've seen a number of recent posts about people in finance getting burnt out and...489 months 3 weeks ago
+1212 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 1<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 8/23/12. <a href="">You can read part 2 here.</a></em> Since I’ve been writing for WSO, my most...451 year 3 weeks ago
+13Your 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...441 year 6 months ago
+12Official 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...421 year 6 months ago
+12AMA: I’ve held Pre-MBA MM LBO, Growth Equity and Venture Capital investment roles for funds with $500M+ AUM to $5B+ AUMHi All - I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM...41
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+11AMA: Former McKinsey EMAll, It has been awhile. I did an AMA quite a long time ago (<a href="">"Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB"</a>)...1402 months 4 days ago
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+14The Truth About Work-Life BalanceAnyone here have a good work-life balance? If so, congrats. You’ve found the holy grail. But you can close this post now, because it's not written for you. This post is for everyone still drowning in work. For everyone struggling to build a life outside of the office. For...3910 months 1 week ago
+12Rich 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...361 year 6 months ago
+12FT 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:...331 year 9 months ago
+12The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 2Read part 1 here: 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...322 years 4 months ago
+12The Art of Eloquence: Use These 4 Phrases to Advance Your Life and CareerIn life, and in careers, technical proficiency eventually fades in importance as compared to the skill of managing people. Eventually, you have to learn not only what to say, but also how to say it. The words, phrases, and sentences that follow will start you thinking about what triggers of the...316 months 2 weeks ago
+12M&A Transaction TimelineI feel like there is a huge misconception about the timeline of M&A transactions and the functions carried out by affiliated parties during the process. Therefore, I would like to assume the following scenario in order to illustrate the entire process: A private equity funds (“the...309 months 1 week ago
+12WSO 10 Year Anniversary: THANK YOU (10% Off Site Wide for Month of July)As we approach our 10 Year anniversary, I'd like to thank the thousands of members that have made WSO an incredible resource to millions of readers. The last 10 years have been an amazing ride and I can't wait to tackle the next 10! As part of our celebration, we thought a 10% site...291 year 2 months ago
+12Cost Estimators: The Bankers of the Construction IndustryRecently guys I have started a career in the construction industry as a project manager and cost estimator for a local company (boutique) and have seen the underlying similarities to the bankers of the financial world. It's also a career most finance and business guys haven't heard...281 month 3 weeks ago
+13Guide to Corporate Finance Job titles- distinguishing between accounting and financeGiven all the discussion and mixed information on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I...271 year 10 months ago
+12AMA: Investment Director at a mid-sized endowment fundChronic lurker here. I recently accepted a position at an endowment fund. Didn't see a lot of info. here on endowment fund investments - so ask away any questions you have. As background, I am responsible for all of the endowment's alternative investments (private equity, private...27
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+12Man Week: FatherhoodAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from April 2011 is part of the very popular "Man Week" 3-part series. More to come later this week. If there's an old post from...234 years 5 months ago
+125 things I wish I had known when I was a business undergrad...I graduated from one of the top 10 undergraduate business schools in the US with a 3.85/4.0 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, an honors degree...229 months 3 weeks ago
+12A Banking PrimerValue investors come in two types, the ones who will look at financials, and the ones who won't. &nbsp;If banking is your forte I would encourage you to read the paragraph on my approach then come back for my next post. &nbsp;If banking is intimidating or difficult to understand...206 months 1 day ago
+12Champagne DreamsYou hear the occasional story before you take the leap; and longing to maintain the image of <em>The Next Chapter</em> you have so delicately envisioned for yourself, the one that rests deep in the confines of your subconscious and gives rise to those fanciful journeys your brain so...193 years 7 months ago
+12Buyside Viewpoint from a Fixed Income PM<h3> Background </h3> I'm fairly new to this website but have read some fantastic posts that get a lot closer to the reality of both the buy and sell-side than other resources I've seen. So, I figured I'd post my two cents as a starting point. This was mainly prompted...182 years 8 months ago
+12Demystifying BAAM (Blackstone)As requested by @MBAGrad2015" in <a href="">my previous post (about GSO)</a> and several other users who pm-ed me about BAAM, I decided to start another "demystifying" thread - the...181 year 3 months ago
+14Leverage and successWhat drives success? Everyone who succeeds credits something different for their success. Some credit hard work. Others credit being in the right place at the right time. Some credit parents, friends, a boss, a wife, the list goes on. The problem with success is that it's hard to...171 year 5 months ago
+12A few important advices to all of you wanna-be-monkeysI've noticed a surge in topics along the lines of, "I have interviews with A, B, and C. Please rank them," and "I am pretty sure I will get an offer from X and Z. Which one would you pick?" Let me tell you something kids <strong>Treat every single one of your...155 years 1 month ago
+7MSF 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...71510 months 4 weeks ago
+10I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me AnythingI work as a long/short equity analyst at a large hedge fund. I've been lucky enough to be more than just a model monkey early on in my career, but have also been exposed to the stress of being measured on returns. I primarily cover consumer and TMT names. I went the typical path (target...2131 year 9 months ago
+12The ‘Business Cycle’ frameworkThis post is a follow-up to <a href="">one of my earlier posts, ‘Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework’</a> which had generated some interest...121 year 2 months ago
+135 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Consulting<p>I worked as a management consultant for 4 years.</p> <p>I learned a bunch of stuff about business and strategy and operations.</p> <p>I also learned how to sound smart about something I knew nothing about, and how to use jargon to make simple things sound...1110 months 3 weeks ago
+12Hack Your Mind! Increase Focus By 200% and Finally Get Shit Done!I know for a fact a lot of you, like me, often debate between checking the latest event on Facebook or finishing that essay or project early. More often than not, we end up scrolling through our news feed, heading over to Youtube, and finally stressing over the looming exams while burdened with...116 months 6 days ago
+8Interview Questions: Tell Me A Joke...I recently went for a <a href="">finance interview</a> at a smaller shop. The interviewer asked me to tell him a joke. I blanked. I ended up saying: "A man walks into library and approaches the librarian. The...4106 years 4 weeks ago
+127 Indispensable Rules For TradersAs a trader, one of the things I like to do is take notes on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> observations, both trade specific and trader specific. I was...103 years 6 months ago
+12Adam 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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...83 years 11 months ago
+11'Wait.. What?' - Banking BrainteasersI will never forget my first banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">brainteaser</a></span>. ‘So, how would you rate yourself out of 10 in comparison to your...1051 year 2 months ago
+12Life 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="">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...1021 year 10 months ago
+11Real Estate Q&A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href=" ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> So the deal...10111 months 3 weeks ago
+11Do you guys actually enjoy your jobs?I'm curious why you guys went into investment banking (or why you want to) and how many of you guys actually enjoy your jobs? It seems like so many people going into banking (especially at the analyst level) end up hating their work and the lifestyle that comes with it. I know investment...863 months 2 weeks ago
+11What would you like to know about Equity Sales / Research?Hi Guys - I'm working on a blog (or maybe ebook) to give junior staff and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">interns</a></span> an idea of what it's REALLY like to...732 months 2 weeks ago
+113rd Year HF Analyst Q&APrior reading: <a href="">Hedge Fund: The Investment Life Cycle.</a> Quick background: Penn undergrad - 2 years at <span class='keyword_link'><a...703 years 6 months ago
+12SA interviews – an interviewer’s perspectiveFor my earlier thread about my views on cover letters and resumes for SA roles, see here: <strong><a href="">"Resume and Cover Letter - A Revewer's...671 year 9 months ago
+8Private Equity vs Hedge Funds: 4 Key DifferencesFull disclosure, I'm biased to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> path, but have friends at top PE shops. First things first, PE...3631 year 5 months ago
+11Personal 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...602 years 2 weeks ago
+13Alright KiddiesLong time reader, new poster - first and foremost, thank you to the users who take the time to offer constructive feedback/criticism/stories of the past, etc. You fellas know who you are (Eddie, Midas, Monty,Anthony, Comp, Illini, Gekko and obviously Patrick for creating the site - this list is...585 years 10 months ago
+11HELP! My boss won't give me money!!! what to do???HI guys, hope that you can help me. i am doing an intern in research at a new financial services company like <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Citigroup</a></span>. it is a lot better than my last...574 years 4 months ago
+11Black Jack's Recruiting AdviceI received a lot of PMs over the past month asking me for advice/resume help/etc with people seeing that I had had a lot of success landing interviews at many places. I will preface this by saying that I am not in the industry, and like many of you am just trying to break in. I was able to...563 years 7 months ago
+11List of Things You Should be Doing in UndergradHello everyone, Just thought I would compile a comprehensive list of things that should be done while you are an undergraduate student. Just remember, while some of these things may seem intuitive to you, it may not be that way for others. Some of these are self explanatory and will have a...562 years 11 months ago
+11How to Develop a PersonalityI used to work with a guy that had everything on the surface, but absolutely nothing inside. The guy was 6 feet tall, good-looking, charismatic, multi-lingual, graduated from a top business school, and had made MD at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...543 years 5 months ago
+17Talk to meFavorite movies516 years 3 days ago
+11You mad? Why no, not at all, asshole :)In a small conference room, I was greeted by my HR partner and one of the top dogs in my coverage group. I sat down, and my heart started racing a little and I could hear it in my ears. I also had an insane urge to pee. <b>Then a voice came beaming from the polycom: Disincentivy, we...504 years 2 months ago
+11My Story: The Sequel to the "Owning Unsexy Businesses" ThreadHey everyone, About six months ago I created a thread on WSO that ended up having a profound impact on my life. The thread was about owning and operating relatively "unsexy" businesses, and my goal was to pick the brain of other users to hear any thoughts or experiences they could...452 months 6 days ago
+11The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 1<strong><a href="">See Part 2</a> | <a href="">Part...421 year 8 months ago
+115 Ways to Not Suck at Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/7/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Kids ask how many bankers they need...409 months 1 week ago
+12Adam 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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> Please...392 years 5 months ago
+11Shifting Wish Lists and Fleeting Freedoms<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/20/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> As in years past, Christmas has found...383 years 9 months ago
+11A message for all the 3.0 GPA, non-targets trying to get into IBIf you were only to read this blog, you'd think the non-targets, low GPA applicants could never break into IB, much less obtain gainful employment at all. Well I'm here to tell not every kid in high finance is a 4.0 Ivy leaguer. I graduated from a top 20 but non-target school with a...378 months 1 week ago
+12Injured both of my legs, what should I do about pants for the next 4-6 weeks?Hey guys, I managed to hurt both of my legs on a labor day weekend trip with my cousins and older brother. We were doing our annual labor day trip to the lake house upstate and I came up short while jumping off of a cliff (think 10-15 feet above the water) into the lake below. Both of my legs...36
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+12Attention to Detail...Sitting pensively, motionless in the luminescence of my glowing HP monitor, I mouth the words <em> “Why the hell don’t you tie?“</em> I scratch my head in confusion, and rub my eyes pathetically as if waning vision is to blame for this frustratingly minute, yet categorically...353 years 7 months ago
+11What 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...341 year 11 months ago
+11Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")Earlier this year I quit my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">management consulting</a></span> job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a...348 months 4 hours ago
+11So you want to cold email me? Here's how you do it right.This is an old post--I'm deleting it. But here's an update: It's been a while, and now I'm working full time. Our mentee group is pretty active on Facebook. Work has been busy, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. On cold-emailing: It can't hurt. Just email first...332 years 9 months ago
+10The Forgotten IBD: Big 4 Corporate Finance - Q&AAfter spending a few years on the site, I've noticed a lot of misinformation spread around regarding the banks who don't quite fit into the <span class='keyword_link'><a...2331 month 1 week ago
+11UG Recruiting Part II: The first round interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this post went up in 2011 and it follows from <a href="">Part I here.</a></em> Since many people have already have or...307 months 1 week ago
+12How to get a job over equally qualified (or even MORE qualified) applicantsWant to know how to beat the competition in recruiting? How to get a job hundreds of people are vying for? Good, you’re in the right spot. What I am about to lay out isn’t going to get you the job if you aren’t qualified. But it IS going to help you get the job if you are...302 years 7 months ago
+11Transitioning from IB to HF Series - Part 1: Getting the InterviewWith headhunters likely beginning to reach out in December/January, I thought I'd put out a series of posts on making the transition from IB to <span class='keyword_link'><a...283 years 9 months ago
+12From Depression to Community College to Target School & BeyondHey everyone. This past spring I graduated from my local community college and was accepted into 2 of 3 schools I applied to. After receiving endless amounts of useful advice and information from this community, I thought it would be a good time to formally introduce myself and hopefully share...282 months 2 weeks ago
+11UG Recruiting Part III: The Super Day and Offer<a href="">UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview</a> <a...275 years 6 months ago
+11Against All OddsI joined WSO a bit over a year ago during my junior year where I had no idea about the banking industry/networking/interviews/etc. While the industry appealed to me it seemed that I was vastly outnumbered in experience, <span class='keyword_link'><a...265 years 11 months ago
+8Target vs. Non-TargetOne thing that's very disheartening to read on this forum is the bias against kids from targets. Apparently, kids from targets just *happened* to be privileged enough to get into a good school while kids from non-targets unfairly get screwed. I'm sorry, but when did working hard in...42611 months 1 day ago
+12Q&A with a Fixed Income Trader at a Major Bank<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 9/4/12</em> I thought I'd switch things up a bit today. Rather than delve into a note-worthy news item or another Facebook discussion, I'd like to welcome everyone back from Labor Day Weekend with an awesome interview. WSO...262 years 3 months ago
+12Why Investors FailAlmost every investing study tells us that buying stocks at a low price to anything results in market beating performance. Even just buying a S&P <span class='keyword_link'><a...264 months 2 weeks ago
+11Q&A with CompBanker, Part 2I just read through our whole interview for the third time, and wow, there is some seriously thought provoking, downright great advice. If you thought part 1 was hearty with information, just go ahead and read part two below; where <strong>CompBanker</strong> talks about the specific...254 years 3 months ago
+7Regional Boutiques Investment Bank List by CityThere are a lot of people that don't have access to CapitalIQ that would like to be able to source boutiques in their area. This thread will be an attempt to help them out. Alternatively, you could use the WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a...5241 year 4 months ago
+12How 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...242 years 1 month ago
+11Make the Main Thing the Main ThingI started my job at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> this Summer as a VP and was lucky enough to start the same day as our group of summer analysts and...232 years 1 month ago
+11From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.I went to a prestigious private high school where lots of students are placed into Ivy league and other target schools across the nation. However, I gave zero f*cks in high school and was addicted to video games. I was naive into thinking that I could pull a 3.0 and get into a good college based...233 months 2 weeks ago
+11The Sunlight Hurts My Eyes...I want to start to bring back the douchey candor of LSO that we all know and love... Below is my morning, in the best Logan impression I can muster in my sleep deprived state... Hope you enjoy... As I wake after a near all nighter, the bulk of which was wasted tweaking valuation...223 years 8 months ago
+11Non-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...221 year 6 months ago
+15Do You Work Sick? Well, shit. Hillary Clinton's not the only one hiding dirty secrets about her health. I'm sitting at my desk with wads of Kleenex under my arms and some damn baby powder on my temples. I'm working on a word document. The family doctor told me to write whatever I want and...21
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+11Advice to Fellow Non-Targets / Low GPAs: Use LinkedinI have seen a lot of posts about cold calling/emailing when your background isn't necessarily target and I thought I'd put in my two cents. To people trying to break in: use LinkedIn email religiously. Let me preface this by stating I was a 3.0 student at a very non-target state...202 months 2 weeks ago
+10Avoiding The Marriage Zone<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 10/16/12.</em> We're all familiar with the Friend Zone and what a drag it can be to find yourself there, but today I'm going to share with you a far worse fate and why you must avoid it at all costs: The Marriage...1173 years 3 weeks ago
+11So You Made It to Banking, Now What? <strong>Congratulations!!!</strong> You made it into investment banking. Of course early on you're excited and just want to spend 100+ hours in the office to impress everyone and get that top bucket bonus, but how do you really get the most mileage out of your 2 year stint in...173 years 10 months ago
+11100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...161 year 8 months ago
+11the all nighter - just hilarious Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Valuation: more art than science, more bullshit than art You’re manically tapping away at your keyboard, working on a valuation for Terence Chang, an MD in M&A from the New York office (alarm bells should be ringing when you hear MD, double hard when you...146 years 3 months ago
+11The Monkey Lives!I'm often asked about what eventually happened with a lot of the crazy deals we underwrote back in the early 90's. My firm had a penchant for underwriting some of the most bizarre and impractical companies you could ever imagine. The funny thing was, a lot of them worked out in the...145 years 9 months ago
+11Switching from Big 4 to Acquisitions: My StoryI've received a lot of PMs over the months about how I switched from Big 4 audit to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">REIT</a></span> acquisitions....126 months 2 weeks ago
+12How to find fast and healthy food court meals (even if you're crazy busy)I learned something crazy the other day: high-level Ironman triathletes pee on their bikes during races. That's right.  In the middle of a 112 mile ride, they'll just let loose all over their $12,000 Cervélo bike. These people sound insane, but I sort of understand why they do...122 months 3 weeks ago
+11Case study interview for MBB consulting - 24 of my best tips on how to get inAs a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span> case interviewer, I've interviewed a lot of people and have seen people make very small, avoidable mistakes. It's...1110 months 2 days ago
+11Collection of Bridgewater Associates' WritingsCame across this link through a newsletter - it provides links to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Bridgewater Associates</a></span>' writings from 1999 to 2012, mostly on macro...101 year 7 months ago
+11Structuring and Flow in an M&A ModelMost of you probably already know this, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to say it again out loud. Especially since I've seen a few confusingly (and unnecessarily) circular models lately, it might be a good time to review. When designing your models, like a good computer program, your...102 months 2 weeks ago
+11The Three Most Common TechnicalsThere have been a lot of "moral support" threads lately (<A HREF="">here</A>, <A...98 months 2 weeks ago
+11How to Prepare for Restructuring Technical Questions<em>Mod note: This comment was originally posted in the thread "Restructuring Technicals" <a href=>here</a>. Many users found it useful so of course it would get front-paged. Enjoy! <a...82 years 2 months ago
+11PM me for Google+Just got Google+. Trying to give back to the community. PM your gmail me for an invite. I'll get to you, at the latest, by the next day.75 years 3 months ago
+11Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business SchoolI went to London Business School primarily to transition from working for the Clinton Foundation to a job in impact investing. At London Business School, I used a variety of resources at my disposal to improve my financial acumen. I built <span class='keyword_link'><a...78 months 2 weeks ago
+10The Allure of Investment BankingThough in recent years, many have highlighted the fact that the allure of investment banking has significantly dimmed given the multitude of undergrads wanting to head straight into the buy-side or technology. This however has not been a trend I personally agree with, as more and more students...1075 months 2 days ago
+11PERE 50 2016-Real Estate Private Equity Rankings2016 real estate private equity rankings. (See attachment inside the post)73 months 3 weeks ago
+13Advice from an ex-IB MD: The Habits of Winners<b>Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes – George Soros</b> My goal is to give you as many strategic advantages as possible, so that you can’t help but win in life. A month...67 months 3 weeks ago
+10I resigned from Rothschild to start a companyFollowing an internship, I worked as an analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Rothschild</a></span>'s investment banking team in Singapore for two and a half years. During this time, I...1042 years 10 months ago
+11Value and Taxes: Breaking down the Pfizer- Allergan DealA week ago, I began my series of posts on the drug business, starting with <a href="">my perspective on how the business is changing</a> and then moving on to post on...26 months 2 weeks ago
+10hot car but no hot girl - HELP!okay guys, i am in a very difficult situation. I have a very nice car, 2006 bmw z4, that gets me compliments all the time. there is this incredibly hot girl at work that i like but i've never talked to her before since i have nothing to talk to her about. i figured that i could use my car...100
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+10Ask Me Anything: I'm a Currency Volatility TraderI work as a currency volatility trader and manage one of the bigger G10 blocs in London. I've been lucky enough to get responsibility early in my career. I started off managing a single currency book a few months into the job, and have steadily been granted more responsibility to where I am...911 year 11 months ago
+10Economic Consulting Q&A - Past experience at major firms I’ve worked in economic consulting at one of the major firms for a few years. In that time, I’ve gotten a number of private messages from people asking me about what to expect in the interview process, what the work is like, and so on. I decided that it would make sense to assemble as much...881 year 1 month ago
+11I Am The Toxic Asset<em>This was originally posted on 2/28/12</em> There comes a certain risk involved with divulging one's personal troubles all over the internet where potential employers could read it and make all sorts of judgement. However without some risk, there is no return as everyone...863 years 7 months ago
+10AMA: 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...778 months 3 weeks ago
+11How To Be A F%#king Man…<p><em>We’ve all seen and perhaps grown tired of guides and lists that are ripe with tedious clichés and full of humdrum regurgitated meme wisdom. For that very reason, in collaboration with CNBC&#8217;s John Carney (@Carney) here is a fresh and hopefully thoughtful look at...762 years 4 months ago
+101st Year HF Analyst taking questionsJust finished up a couple very long weeks at work and am feeling pretty generous at the moment. So, a little bit about me: - Non-target former varsity athlete/captain - Corp Strat to <span class='keyword_link'><a...748 months 3 weeks ago
+11Credit Analyst AMABackground: I work for one of the largest banks in the world by assets, in credit analysis. My job is basically to analyze the credit risk of large corporates (generally more than $1Bn in revenue). Products are not limited to loans and revolvers, but extends to everything under the sun that is...74
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+10yes..654 years 6 months ago
+10Sell Your Options Dearly: DEBTAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...554 years 10 months ago
+10Get In, Loser. We're Going To Mars.<p>What a time to be alive. We could be (probably are) on the cusp of being an interplanetary species. Elon Musk revealed his plans for taking humanity to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress on Tuesday. And it starts in July of 2018. </p> <p>There are a lot of...51
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+10Ask an Institutional LP anything.Fire away with questions and I'll give my answers/opinions. I've done diligence on everything from early-stage VCs to megafunds. Feel free to PM if your question is sensitive.507 months 1 week ago
+9Current VC associate taking questionsI'm currently working as a pre-MBA associate at a leading Silicon Valley VC firm (nearly $1B in current AUM). Happy to take any questions about working as a VC associate, recruiting, etc. In terms of my background, I've worked in both business operations at a startup and tech...14811 months 6 days ago
+10Here's what happens when your email hits my inbox...<em>Mod Note (Andy): this comment was originally posted in <a href="">The Phone Call that Never Was</a> and I thought it deserved it's own blog post for those that missed it. </em> When...456 months 4 weeks ago
+11MSF -->> Big 4 Valuation AMAIt has been a long time since I've posted something constructive on these fora but lately, I have been getting a lot of questions on LinkedIn about Big 4 valuation, especially from those in MSF programs and recent MSF grads. Like most MSFs, I was completely unaware of the diverse career...452 months 2 weeks ago
+12Graduating into a Bad EconomyAfter reading through the thread on the 2011 hiring freeze, I'd thought it would be valuable to share with the community the thoughts and experiences of someone who graduated into a good economy. While it is easy to sit back and say that my class had it easy compared to today's...434 years 7 months ago
+15Five Ways Video Games Made Me a Better InvestorInstead of spending my free time outdoors, I, like many of you, spent my childhood playing video games. So how has that made me a better investor? There’s at least five very good reasons, so let’s get right into it. <h4>1) Know the Rules</h4> The subtlety in this seemingly...41
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+10The BlackHat Interview: 3/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="">see part 1,...394 years 2 months ago
+10Hard Money Lending - Why, When, & How<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2011. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I've written the following at a reader's request (yes, I take...373 years 5 months ago
+10Signing out!Hey all, I've decided to take a break from the site due to all of the negativity, "poo flinging", flaming, internet laming from those who are just haters. I got an email from wso the other day and thought I could provide some valuable insight having worked at multiple top...356 years 10 months ago
+10Bumps along the way, but finally moving in the right direction...Primates! Today I'm going to tell you a little story. No, it's not the "walk me through your resume" story that must have precisely 3-4 jumps, with a positive and negative at each juncture that logically progresses to a career in IB. This is the story of how I was...344 years 6 months ago
+11Resume Guidelines from a WSO Drop ReviewerI have reviewed a number of resumes from a recent WSO drop, and while I've received some really wonderful ones that I have passed on (at least one received an offer!), I had far too many that were just terrible, which should not happen given the wealth of advice WSO has to offer on resumes....344 months 1 day ago
+10CFA Schedule Template I created this post in response to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Time Management post earlier this week. Many of us monkeys either...343 years 6 months ago
+10Cold email advice from analyst A couple pieces of honest advice when writing cold emails. People may say I'm overly critical but I get 5 of these a day so I am looking for any reason not to respond... -Do not address an analyst or associate as "Mr. XXXX" . Literally my biggest pet peeve. I understand that...331 year 4 weeks ago
+10Sell Your Options Dearly: WASTING ASSETSAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...324 years 3 months ago
+10Non-Target Success. Hard Work Does Pay OffFinally the day I get to post one of these topics, just got an offer for my dream IB job. Here's my story, and some advice to those who want to pull the same move from non-target with no experience to IB FT offer: Graduated from a non-target this past May with no ibanking <span...324 years 1 month ago
+10NSFW Episode 1: QE2, Housing, Commodities<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...315 years 11 months ago
+10Exiting Big Four (Audit) after 5 years and entering FP&A - Ask me anything<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 7/19/2015.</em> Spent the past 5 years working for a B4 firm in the Assurance practice and am taking a FP&A Director role within industry in the...311 year 3 months ago
+10World's Best PE Recruiter Database - Need Your Help to Finish It!Guys & Gals, Headhunters, recruiters, executive search firms: For many of us they hold they keys to the golden gates of buy-side badassery (i swear i'm not really this big of a tool in real life). I'm calling on all of you to please reply back with names of active PE...283 years 10 months ago
+13Be wary of greener grass; there are always tradeoffs...<em>Mod Note (Andy): This comment is from the post <a href="">Career decisions: walking away from FT M&A</a> and is so good (26 silver bananas and counting) that I had to put it as a standalone post on...281 year 1 month ago
+10Valuation Primer - Part Two - Discounted Cash FlowThe second part of my valuation series is about one of the methods under the income approach, the discounted cash flow method. <strong>In this post, I will be showing you how to create a model from scratch.</strong> This model is not meant to teach you any in-depth theory on why...277 months 3 weeks ago
+10Global Macro's Future "Stars" - Where Are They Coming From?What professional backgrounds are today's and tomorrow's top global macro minds coming from? And how much does the environmental backdrop help explain this? Pretty simple question, but I think it's interesting to note the following trends for context. The first generation of...26
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+8Gas Station, Car Wash, Fast Food - Owning Unsexy BusinessesMost entrepreneurs my age seem to be focused on creating the next amazing app or website, which frankly bores me because I'm not a tech geek. Anyone else give much thought to acquiring an unsexy business like a gas station, car wash, fast food restaurant, etc., and then building out an...2251 month 1 week ago
+10The Great Escape - 5 tips for leaving the Back OfficeI like to compare my experience of the Back Office, with one of the final scenes in Lord of the Rings. Towards the end of the Return of the King, there is a moment where Frodo, the hairy footed rapscallion that he is, looks as though he is going to blow everything and keep the one ring for...241 year 1 month ago
+10Some Thoughts on InterviewsA few weeks ago, my father set up a meeting for me with his bosses boss. This guy basically runs wealth. This guy was brought out of retirement, in his mid-50's, to help a friend of his rebuild the WM division at the <span class='keyword_link'><a...234 years 11 months ago
+102015 in Film: A Year in ReviewThe best time of the year has arrived. With 2015 behind us, it's time to take a look at the film industry ahead of the Academy Awards. This past year I managed to see 17+ films in the theater, which I've attempted to highlight below....229 months 6 days ago
+11What the fudge Goldman!?I generally don't like to list things that make me mad. Otherwise, this server would crash quite often. There are certain times, however, that watershed moments occur and <a...216 years 2 months ago
+10Non-Target, 3.0 < GPA, non-finance major, to ERBackground: I went to a non-target, had a 2.7 GPA, and didn't study finance in college. Ended up landing a job in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span>. I...215 months 3 days ago
+10Insights from the other sideI’ve written this post to share some insights into recruitment and to give a specific example of a prospective intern who blew us all away. I’ve intended to give back to the forums that I silently crept on which helped me out in breaking into banking but have never gotten around to it, and...202 years 7 months ago
+10Your job is going to be relatively mindless, repetitive, and dull.<em> Mod Note: This comment was posted in rensponse to this post: <a href="">HELP- Pissed in Big 4 Audit</a>, received a ton of silver bananas, and deserved to go up on the homepage by itself...202 years 7 months ago
+10How 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...202 years 4 months ago
+10Scam Science: Old School Wall Street<em> mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. </em> I have a feeling this week-long series is going to be both fun and...182 years 7 months ago
+10Routes to Buyside PM<em> Mod note: This comment was in response to this thread: <a href="">Best Entry Level Job for Running Future Hedge Fund</a> </em> think b-school is going to...162 years 6 months ago
+10The Street Before Christmas 2010<center><h3>The Street Before Christmas 2010</h3><h5><br>by Edmundo Braverman</h5></center> <center>'Twas the Street before Christmas 2010 Another year over and we're at it again No monkey is safe from Uncle Eddie's rhymes And...155 years 10 months ago
+11Response 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="">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been...151 year 7 months ago
+10Eff George Pay GirlNo matter what sort of game you play, once you have been around the block enough times you are bound to develop a <em> go-to-move.</em> Jordan had his fade away jumper, Mariano Rivera has his cutter, <span class='keyword_link'><a...145 years 2 months ago
+10How To Follow The Markets Like A Pro – For Free!So you are fascinated by the financial markets and maybe even interested in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span>? Great, but access to information doesn't come...148 months 2 weeks ago
+10Learn 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=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...141 year 6 months ago
+11General advice to SA who are interviewinghave screened 20+ sa applicants, want to point out a few general things that the young folks out there should take note of. of course different interviewers have different styles, but I think the general things should stay general among different interviewers. I am mainly referring to the 1st...136 years 5 months ago
+112010 Energy Trading ListHere is an updated list to the one I posted two years ago....135 years 10 months ago
+10Monkey's Day in the JungleGentlemen... <br> They say a picture's worth a thousand words. <br> Well, I'm feeling chatty tonight... <br> Enjoy what's left of your day... <center> <strong>9am </strong> </a> </center> <br> <img...135 years 8 months ago
+10New Years MusingsSeeing as it’s the last day of the year, I thought it wise to offer a bit of musing, as I have become so accustom to doing. Unlike my usual commentary, filled with thoughtful quotes and witticisms, the New Year is one of the few times that no quote or wise words of wisdom can convey the...135 years 9 months ago
+116 useful tips for junior buyside analystsIn the past few years, more buyside companies are hiring analysts straight out of college, or without 2 full years of ibanking experience. If you are in one of these positions, the 6 tips below might be able to help you. My own experience is more in public markets, so it might not apply as well...132 years 7 months ago
+10Reuters IBD Global Review 2015Sup monkeys, here is super detailed analysis of market share, fee share, broken down by division and by industry group and across regions. Should basically answer 90% of questions that get posted on this forum over and over again. (which group is best in x, rank xyz for me etc etc). And all...131 year 1 month ago
+10Three things I’ve learned from three months in business school<h3>1. What “smart” looks like</h3> Once you get accepted into business school, it soon dawns on you that for the first time in a while, you’ll be sitting in class with some incredibly smart people. Of the thousands of people that applied to the program, these are the people...1311 months 3 weeks ago
+10Non-Targeted Southern School with No Connections, 2016 Capital Markets AnalystSo I am from a very non-targeted Southern school. I grew up in a small South Carolina town and I am the first in my family to get a degree from an accredited school. I didn't come from much money (my family was in real estate and the recession really hurt us), so I had to pay for college....1310 months 2 weeks ago
+8Interview Failures<em> Moderator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up 3/31/2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> How about a thread where we post some of the worst mistakes we've made in interviews, or perhaps...2111 year 1 week ago
+10Energy Hedging 101: The Frac SpreadAfternoon Monkeys, Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be. Other times, you have to try and understand the Natural Gas Liquids markets and their respective price...113 years 9 months ago
+10Thinking 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...111 year 8 months ago
+11How 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=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...111 year 7 months ago
+11How to get the MD to push your resume<em>Mod Note (Andy): You can read his ongoing AMA here: "<a href="">BB Operations MD AMA</a>"</em> We all know that the best person to push your resume for a internship at a <span...108 months 3 days ago
+10The 10 commandments for surviving your summer internship<em>Moderator Note (Andy): DM123 completed an engineering degree and an MBA. He has work experience as an investment banking analyst, mid-market lending analyst, and is currently a corporate banking associate at a global <span class='keyword_link'><a...73 years 11 months ago
+10How To Win Friends And Influence People<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I want to teach you how to...710 months 2 weeks ago
+10The long road to ER from a non-targetI have been browsing this forum for almost two years now since the beginning of my senior year and thought I would share my story on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a...75 months 2 weeks ago
+72016 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, I would like to start a thread for 2016 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...3033 months 3 weeks ago
+9The Permanent Recession<em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 6/19/12</em> I was out to dinner the other night with a few friends. Each of us work in some variation of finance and have had a decent level of professional success in our young careers, on paper at least. I'm in PE, two of...993 years 10 months ago
+2Do you believe in God?Official ibankingoasis belief in God poll. Any religion with a God accepted. I'll start. Don't.7952 years 8 months ago
+9Who Is Rich?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in September 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a> If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to...959 months 5 days ago
+10When you're bored..<strong> NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION: <h3> </h3></strong> Old version: Spent the entire night playing this shit. Regret not sleeping..871 year 2 months ago
+10Anyone else fed up with the banking/finance industy?Happy Monday everyone. It'd be good if we keep this discussion amongst those who have actually been there and done that (i.e. no high school/college students) I thought I'd start a topic that perhaps a lot of you think about but don't bring up often enough - Is anyone else...825 months 1 week ago
+10What If No One Wins the Election?<p>Whomever you prefer in the 2016 presidential race, no one can say it hasn’t been interesting (in the same way watching jackals pick apart the carcass of an antelope is interesting). One of the things that makes it so is the fact that we are a month out and it could still go either...82
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+9Wisconsin and the Failure of Reason (aka Unions Want High Salaries More Than Jobs)This is frankly infuriating. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the State Legislature are trying to pass a bill that will strip Unions of collective bargaining rights and shift a fraction of their pension and healthcare cuts onto them. This is an average of a $153 pay cut per month. The...752 years 5 months ago
+9Hit 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...744 months 3 weeks ago
+10Horrid Boss gets a smack in the mouthToday, after 19 consecutive days of horrific abuse, I let my boss really f*cking have it. Background: I'm currently an MSc Economics student in the UK. Two days a week I work at a very well known PE shop in London. I was a Summer intern there last year and I've been keeping the...731 year 2 months ago
+9AMA: Credit hedge fund analyst at MF, former BB trader<em>Mod Note (Andy): AMA/Interview Tuesdays! Email me ([email protected]) if you'd like to do an AMA or interview for WSO</em> My background is working in a high yield/distressed <span class='keyword_link'><a...711 year 9 months ago
+9AMA: 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...1641 year 1 month ago
+9AMA First Year Wharton MBAI hosted a WSO webinar (<a href="">link here</a>) on Thursday, December 3rd about my application to Wharton and how I got in, despite having a low <span...647 months 1 week ago
+9The Asymmetric Risk Profile: Preparing for the Hedge Fund Interview<a href="">Hedge fund interview questions</a> typically are trying to uncover how you think as an investor. One of the best ways to demonstrate your knowledge is to highlight that you look for investments...582 years 3 months ago
+10When does the rat race end?I just finished my sophomore year and will be heading into SA recruiting this upcoming fall. I am currently spending my summer at a boutique IB, and given the comparatively lax lifestyle I have now compared to next summer and potentially for the rest of my life, I wanted to do some soul...563 months 2 weeks ago
+9Top 10 Wall Street CarsDespite the efforts of the good time police, bank bonuses will be up for 2010 and we did a quick check to see how people wished to spend it. A new watch? A Brioni? No and no. What men really want is a new car. Men and cars, never has there been a more perfect union. From the day you...556 years 1 month ago
+11The Dreams of a BB AnalystSat at your desk, getting texts from off old friends, and girls you could've got on, who are out partying just a couple of blocks from you. Sat at your desk, falling asleep, feeling the emotional, physical and mental pain of yet another all nighter. Sat at your desk, hating yourself...505 years 9 months ago
+1010 Tips to Maximize Your GPAGreetings, Thought I’d try and give back to the WSO community by sharing “10 Tips” on how to maximize your undergraduate <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GPA</a></span>. I’ve...503 years 6 months ago
+9Finally, Some Quantification – The Expected Value of Launching a StartupI recently came across a <a href="">blog post from</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...501 year 7 months ago
+4Ask Stacy Blackman Consulting - Business School AdmissionsHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership...5482 years 2 months ago
+10How To Kill a Bank - The Final Chapter<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> Many of you remember a series I wrote...482 years 11 months ago
+10Unhappy at MBBYoung and ambitious ladies and gentlemen, I am feeling unhappy and want to share my thoughts with you. Not a fan of whining in the Internet, but I have found it hard to find people who I can open up to and who can also truly empathize with my situation. A little background, I did my...472 years 8 months ago
+9What 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....461 year 10 months ago
+9Barclays recruitment process - Business Insight online assessment Hi guys, I would like to know whether someone already experienced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Barclays</a></span>' new recruitment process for London <span...46
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+10 Open for Questions - Equities in Dallas<em>Mod note: <strong><a href=" ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> I figured I...453 years 10 hours ago
+6Comprehensive US MSF RankingSince there is not a ranking of US MSFs I elected to make one. I’d like to thank ANT/TNA for his great list on it is an invaluable resource for anyone considering an MSF. This is a work in progress and I welcome any feedback. This is just my opinion and I welcome suggestion or...3451 year 1 week ago
+9PERE 50 2015 - Real Estate Private Equity RankingsI haven't seen it posted here and I used to post them annually, so here it is - the 2015 real estate private equity rankings, made up of all the names you would expect. Still, there are some newcomers (Greystar, Almanac) and a couple of big falls and rises. If nothing else, it's good...451 year 4 months ago
+12S&T Recruitment 2011: An Applicants StoryIntroduction I thought it would be helpful to write down my experience these past 3 months. I’ve been applying to S&T and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">asset...435 years 6 months ago
+915 Steps To Mastering The GMATI took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> a few months ago and I wanted to share my experiences, tips and advice with the rest of the community....432 years 5 months ago
+8Finishing 1st Year as HF Analyst - Ask AnythingThere have been several of these so I don't know how helpful I can be. Will do my best Took a pretty traditional route to get the job: <ul> <li>Target school</li> <li>Top banking group</li> <li><span class='keyword_link'><a...1423 years 1 week ago
+9You NEED To Read This Book<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from February 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> It's not often that I'm surprised by a book about Wall...403 years 8 months ago
+9Non Target sub 3.0 -> BO -> FT Analyst. Long, Detailed Success Story!!I'm not really sure how to start this post, but I'm really only posting as motivation and inspiration to all the non target kids out there who are worried about <span class='keyword_link'><a...403 years 10 months ago
+9The Encierro, Party Gravy, and Lost YouthI can't believe I waited as long as I did to run with the bulls. It's something I've wanted to do for at least 20 years and just never got to it until now, and that's a mistake you should avoid. The<a href=""> Festival San...383 years 3 months ago
+11Transgender at a Hedge FundI currently work at a medium sized fund. My resume looks like what you'd expect, highly selective undergrad, good work experience, MBA from a top 3 program, passed the <span class='keyword_link'><a...38
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+910 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...372 years 2 months ago
+9Can 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...371 year 10 months ago
+10Ask Me Anything: I went from a non-target to McKinsey, MIT Sloan and BCGHey guys, An undergraduate I am mentoring sent me a link to an AMA from this site from someone in business school. I was reminded that I was using this site 9 years ago in 2006. Back then I still hadn't accomplished much. Through focus. belief in myself and failing MANY times,...376 months 1 week ago
+9Equity Research experience and take away for aspiring monkeysThought I’d post some the PM diarrhea I’ve sent to monkeys (who ask intelligent questions). Here we go… I graduated college with an Econ degree from a top 20 school in the US but not an Ivy. Side-note, monkeys get way too hung up on target, semi-target, non-target on this board. In...364 years 2 weeks ago
+8Removed post to discuss MBA Admissions Consultants while maintaining anonymityDeleted as thread is over 2.5 years old and stopped receiving PMs... 1361 year 7 months ago
+10'Equity' (2016) Movie Review: The Harsh Tale of Women on Wall Street<em>"Equity" came out last week (limited release) and currently has a 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes</em> Coming straight out of 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival, Meera Menon's Equity is dubbed “the first all-female Wall Street movie” by many. It is an incredibly...361 month 3 weeks ago
+9Cold Calling 101Whether you're trying to land a position, sell a product, or simply network with others, learning the art of selling should be a vital part of your learning in any profession. The most effective way to do all of the above is to learn the art of selling yourself. While there are many...356 months 1 week ago
+7Prestigious 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...2341 year 7 months ago
+9The World's Greatest Lifehack<strong>It will give you tunnel vision.</strong> It will make you sacrifice many things you enjoy and put them on the back-burner. It will give you a cynical (and sometimes hateful) view of your classmates. You will seriously consider the possibility of purchasing a one-way...332 years 10 months ago
+9A 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...331 year 11 months ago
+10The 48 Laws of Power<i>This is the next book summary from <a href=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="">here</a>, and if you find my...33
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+8AMA: 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...131
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+10A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I...301 year 8 months ago
+10How I Lost A Million Dollars<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...292 years 6 months ago
+9How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The...282 years 1 month ago
+10Workaholics vs. Successaholics: Working Hard vs. Working SmartGreetings fellow monkeys: By way of introduction, I have been a shadow-user for quite some time, please excuse my lurking, and I want to thank everybody for all of the thought and effort that is put into your posts. I have learned a great amount from the WSO community and the content is often...282 months 3 weeks ago
+9David Tepper Personally Earns $4 Billion for 2009 PerformanceDavid Tepper grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA. He became interested in the stock market after observing his dad, an accountant, trade stocks during the day. Following high school, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, where he excelled. After Tepper graduated with...265 years 9 months ago
+9Life after Investment Banking, part 2I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... 1. I don't know what else I could do The picture on this post is an entry I wrote in my journal one hour after walking of the door of the bank....263 years 7 months ago
+9Going From IB to Starting a Business and Back - My Personal Experience Fellow Monkeys, I don't often post, and I keep my commenting to a minimum. However, I recently picked up and finished a new book many of you have likely heard of, Young Money. I found the writer to be biased against the banking lifestyle, and the analysts he tracks, for the most part,...262 years 7 months ago
+9Networking into a Hedge Fund? It's Unstructured.<strong>Introduction</strong> Excluding the back and forth regarding the differences between fundamental hedge funds (from here, “hedge funds”) and quant-shops (with apologies to Ray Dalio), feedback from the <span class='keyword_link'><a...262 years 6 months ago
+10Notes from a Girl in Consulting (and Finance)I've had a great and interesting journey so far, and to be honest, I'm not sure what I want to do finally - we'll see how it goes. I'm impatient, not detail-oriented, fun loving, not serious - none of the characteristics generally valued in banking or consulting. Yet I...261 year 3 months ago
+10We're Totally Living in a Simulation<p>Ever since I started writing for WSO again there has been one topic you guys have asked me to cover more than any other, and that is the notion that we're living in a simulation. Well, <em>living</em> probably isn't the right word. More like...26
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+9Going Postal Over These 4 Work EmailsLately I’ve been thinking a lot about the way people in our corner of the world use email. As even the greenest <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer analyst</a></span> knows, on Wall...254 years 2 months ago
+9matrix reviewc1251 year 9 months ago
+9Weekend Wars: Search Function vs. Work FunctionDear Monkeys, I am sorely disappointed in you...Well, not really. I don't care all that much. But I haven't ripped anybody a new one in a while and I do feel like hurling a few gentle insults while dispensing some useful advice to those who are willing to take it. Join me on a...245 years 7 months ago
+9Equity 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...242 years 4 months ago
+9AMA: 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...24
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+10Investment Baking The next time any one mentions investment banking you will now think of investment BAKING and the picture of the dough boy will pop in your head <img src = ""> <img src =...225 years 6 months ago
+11Observations of a PE Analyst<em><strong>Edit:</strong> The following pertain to my personal experience in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">private equity</a></span> in a region outside...222 years 5 months ago
+9WSO Finance Dictionary is HereI wanted to take this time to announce one of the latest additions to our community: <a href="">The WSO Finance Dictionary</a>. Believe it or not, one intern from the UK has built this entire dictionary from scratch. ...213 years 2 months ago
+9Fit/Behavioral Interviews - A Crash CourseA few weeks ago I finished interviewing for MBA consulting <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> and wanted to capture some of my thoughts while they're...212 years 5 months ago
+9Cap IQ List of PE Firms[Mod Note: WSO now has a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Company Database</a></span> where you can filter by industry (PE) and zip code: ...Anonymous Monkey1204 years 8 months ago
+9Accepted 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...201 year 8 months ago
+9The God of Quants speaksPerhaps one of the coolest guys from the pocket protector posse, James Simons has become an absolute legend in our world of finance, with his army of physicists and mathematicians at the Quant juggernaut Ren Tech, he has beaten and wowed the street year in and year out, showing the world the...194 months 2 days ago
+9NSFW Episode 2: The Euro, Prop Trading, Technology<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...185 years 3 months ago
+9Come On and Take a Free Ride<em>Mod Note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie" - This one is from June 2011.</em> <em><strong><u>Freeriding</u> :</strong> The illegal activity of buying a stock and selling it before paying for the purchase.</em> - <a...183 years 4 months ago
+9The Great Strategic Game of Life (2/2)<a href="">In the first post in this series</a> I was talking about big strategic decisions in life. I made the point that maybe small decisions drain a lot of time and energy from us, and that could...184 months 3 weeks ago
+9My EBITDA multiple is bigger than yoursInvestment bankers talk a lot about multiples. In fact, almost everyone in finance talks about multiples. Jim Cramer is probably talking about some company’s multiple right now. Surprisingly, though, multiples and what they actually represent is deeply misunderstood by a frightening number...153 years 8 months ago
+11"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"As part of <a href="">my business</a>, I hear this question all the time...<em>"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"</em> You've probably asked yourself this question a few times as...154 months 3 weeks ago
+9Think 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="">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...141 year 9 months ago
+9sighBankingIt's 3:30 in the morning and I am still at the office. So...I feel like writing this post. This poem is for all future analysts trying to get into investment banking. From the outside it seems like we are all Gekko, the truth is... "sighBanking" by SuitedWolf no <span...126 years 2 months ago
+9Scam Science: Crossing & Boxing StocksThe best way to get rich and famous as a young stockbroker back in the day was to accumulate a massive position in one or more growth stocks and then sell the entire position when the stock took off. This was drilled into our heads during training. Our one purpose in life was to find a stock we...102 years 7 months ago
+9Adam 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="//" frameborder="0"...102 years 4 months ago
+9The Importance of Thinking Big<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I am here to tell you that...1010 months 1 week ago
+9Physical Oil Trading Basics (Part 2 of 2)After Part 1 last week, I’m pretty pleased with the feedback I have received, both from comments and PMs. <a href="">If you have not yet read Part 1, check it out here</a>. I think last week gave...93 years 4 months ago
+8The puzzle threadNOTE: If you have seen a problem before, please don't solve it. This is a thread for posting logic/probability ques, to help people prep for trading interviews. If you have an interesting question that you have heard or thought of, post it to give people practice. I'll post at...1085 years 11 months ago
+9Fear and ControlAs there is only one thing on everyone's mind today I figured I would talk about something else. Something that is actually a crucial part of today and every day; arguably our greatest enemy and character flaw as human beings. <strong> Fear</strong> is the silent killer. ...75 years 2 months ago
+9Discounted Cashflow Valuations (DCF): Academic Exercise, Sales Pitch or Investor Tool?In <a href="">my last post</a>, I noted that I will be teaching <a href="">my valuation class</a>,...71 year 8 months ago
+9On Campus Recruitment and Networking: A guide<h3> Recruitment Season </h3> Since it is recruitment season, I thought I would write this post. For all those currently undergoing On Campus Recruitment, being a great network-<span class='keyword_link'><a...711 months 3 weeks ago
+9Wharton Business School: Entrepreneurship Speech I went to Wharton and spoke to some of their MBAs about Entrepreneurship and thought you guys might like the video of it :-) 18 minutes and 40 seconds on the following four topics: <ol> <li>Is quitting your job and starting a business right for you?</li> ...78 months 4 days ago
+8Q&A with Nefarious - a Strategy Associate at a Fortune 500 Company - (Part One)Afternoon, monkeys. I've got the first of a two part interview for you today with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Certified User</a></span> Nefarious. <strong>Nefarious works in Strategy at...1063 years 10 months ago
+9The End of The ShowIt is time... ...After 6 years Tier2sta is also leaving the industry.... <strong>Why? A lot of what <a href="">Mr Ridley states</a> is true...</strong> <ul> <li>This...1034 years 5 months ago
+9Mid 90's was the wildest lending I've seenAnybody here that's about my age (39) and older will remember the mid to late 90's resi lending as being far more aggressive than the 2000's. In 1996, at age 19, after working for a large consumer finance lender (similar to TransAmerica), I got in the mortgage business. Times...3
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+9Weekend Wars: Hands vs. EyesI have yet to commission a full-fledged study, but I would bet the two most popular questions on WSO are: 1) How do I break into IB from a non-target? 2) Here's my resume, what do you think? So many different responses, so many times a person told "use search function"...26 years 2 weeks ago
+8My GMAT Study PlanI just took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> this past weekend and scored a 760 (Q49 / V44), so while everything was fresh on my mind I wanted to...100
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+12To All the Hillary Supporters that are allowing themselves to be spoon Fed by Main Stream Media Please read. I'm not a huge fan of Trump but IMO he's a better option than Hilary. Shit is so rigged... And Trump isn't like all the other puppets.96
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+8Goldman Sachs HireVue Hey everyone! I just finished a first round interview with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span> through hirevue, does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? It's hard to...91
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+8Leaving Deloitte S&O after ~2 years, ask me anythingIn the coming weeks, I will be leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Deloitte</a></span> S&O after just under 2 years on the job, to join the corporate strategy group...881 year 2 months ago
+8AMA: I'm an Investment Analyst working at a long-only and L/S fundI've been on the buyside now for just about 1-year. I work at a $10+ billion value-oriented asset manager. We are primarily a long-only fund managing institutional money and we recently launched a hedge fund. Currently, the fund is run by one PM and I'm his only analyst. The L/S fund...861 year 11 months ago
+8Four 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...859 months 3 weeks ago
+8BlackRock Virtual Cover LetterHas anyone applied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">BlackRock</a></span> to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not...82
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+9Be 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...752 years 2 days ago
+8Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot, Part 1/2<em>Andy note: BIG thanks to SirTradesaLot for doing a Q&A with me and offering up his advice for the WSO community - "One of my greatest joys is helping young, ambitious people." He has worked in the finance industry for almost 15 years in a variety of roles at global...722 years 3 days ago
+8Hedge funds vs. Mutual fundsMany people here on WSO are obsessed with hedge funds and look upon the mutual fund industry with disdain.  However, I have seen a lot of misinformation out there on what mutual funds even do, so I wanted to layout the basics of both hedge funds and mutual funds and what makes them similar and...713 years 7 months ago
+10Life Plan (for Everyone) to Ponder<em>Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> After reading and commenting on this board it is very clear that everyone has goals/dreams and an idea of how to...644 years 1 month ago
+8Don't Ask An Investment Banker What They Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/12</em> When you’re meeting new people, even in casual social situations, the <b>topic of work is never far off</b>. Maybe this is a general commentary on The Texting Generation’s lacking...631 year 5 months ago
+9AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programs<em>Mod Note (Andy) - we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/18/2015.</em> I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few...619 months 2 weeks ago
+8Uncle Eddie's Guide to RumI've been meaning to do this for some time now and, with the holiday party/gift giving season right around the corner, I figured now was as good a time as any. Those of you who know me know that I love my rum. Not only does it have a pleasant effect on a body after three or four, rum more...605 months 2 weeks ago
+8Harvard Business School Prof. Malhotra's Speech to MBAs: "Quit Early and Quit Often"Professor Deepak Malhotra is pretty much the best instructor at the Harvard Business School. He is the winner of numerous teaching awards, his Negotiations Class was over 10x oversubscribed (600+ students applying for 60 spots) this year, and his student reviews are downright flawless. This...584 years 4 months ago
+8AMA: REIT Acquisitions AssociateWSO has provided me tons of valuable information over the years and helped me break into real estate a few years ago. Now it's time to pay it forward. I am going to be 100% full disclosure on everything (except compensation). I work as an acquisitions associate for a small publicly...585 months 3 weeks ago
+8Jump from research to banking, after bleeding during interviewI flew into London the morning of my interview, only to find that my luggage was on the next flight. Normally not too much of a problem, except that a) I had to start a final round of interviews for a banking position in two hours and b) as it was a 12 hour trip, I was wearing sandals and...572 years 2 weeks ago
+8Licensing For DummiesSeeing as there have been a few recent posts about the NASD/FINRA Licensing exams, I thought it would be prudent to discuss them with you guys, since most of you monkeys looking for full-time employment on the street will need to take them in some way, shape or form. Very simply, the...569 months 3 weeks ago
+8Lifestyle: The number 1 killer of young traders.We hear a great deal these days about what we can and can’t afford. Of course when you hear it from the lips of a politician you know exactly what he means: you can’t afford that unless it was my idea….then you need to scale a trillion or so. As your career progresses, assuming...562 years 7 months ago
+72015 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APD/ADC!Hi everyone, Thought I'd start a thread for 2015 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1567 months 1 week ago
+8Why I think you should take a corporate strategy gig over consulting (including MBB) at the entry-level I got a lot of help reading WSO when I was an undergrad and wanted to contribute somehow. Wanted to drop my 2 cents, as I feel like <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span> is...552 years 10 months ago
+9In the bathroom...Shitiquette!Scenario: You are analyst A. It is a quiet bathroom. You are in a stall. You are sitting to perform/are performing #2. Now enters analyst B. He/She proceeds to take the stall adjacent to yours. Again, it is a quiet bathroom. Do you: 1.) Stop squeezing to prevent to noises/ploops and...513 years 1 week ago
+8Interview with WallStreetPlayboys: A Top 3 Institutional Investor Ranked Analyst (part 1/2)<em>The following is Part 1 of an interview with WallStreetPlayboys (<strong>he is also available to answer your questions</strong>)</em> <em>Are you a professional and want to do an interview? View our <strong><a...503 years 6 months ago
+8AMA: 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...502 years 2 weeks ago
+10How I used LinkedIn to get Interviews and Land OffersHey Guys, Been using this site for a while now and figured it would be beneficial for me to give back a bit. For starters, I thought I would detail my experiences using linkedin and cold emails to land a summer offer. Coming from a semi-target undergrad b-school, I had my hands full....491 month 4 weeks ago
+14Dress Like A Man: The Anti-DouchesuitI have had a lot of interns ask me where I get my clothes. This isn't surprising, since I look great all the time. I tell them, "I don't get all my clothes in one place, idiot." And then I tell them some version of the following: If you're a male in his early 20s who...49
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+827,394 Days<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie". This one was originally posted in Dec. 2011.</em> [quote=Christopher Hitchens]"I know what's coming. I know no one beats these odds and it's a matter of getting used to that and growing up and realizing...483 years 4 months ago
+6The truth about GE's FMP (it's accounting; forget banking)My two cents about GE's Financial Management Program, the two-year, four-rotation program of General Electric. The very first thing you must bear in mind about the GE FMP is that it’s about accounting. Forget investment banking, capital markets, private equity, or anything even only...2462 years 5 months ago
+6Yet more fun with resumesSince I'm now recruiting for a boutique wealth management firm rather than a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">bulge bracket</a></span> <span...2454 years 1 month ago
+8Excel: Tools, Add-Ins, and MacrosIncluded here is the start of a much needed compilation of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Excel</a></span> add-ins, macros, and tools. For the one person who'll read this, please add your most...456 months 2 weeks ago
+9What NOT to put in a Cover Letter/ResumeI received a cover letter, resume, and some other related collateral (a supposed 'research' report) relatively recently from a cold-emailer that I thought was worth highlighting, because it has some prime examples of what not to say/write to anyone ever. I'll post some excerpts...453 years 2 months ago
+8A Career In Market RiskHello all, I am a less of a contributor on this site but think it makes sense to post my experience in the field of Market Risk and everything around it from a career point of view if it ends up helping few members. <strong>Happy to take questions, ask away...</strong> I spent...458 months 3 weeks ago
+8The best informational interview one could ask for!Fellow monkeys, Long time reader, I have only posted several times. I am here to share my success. I just landed a S&T role at a top <span class='keyword_link'><a...444 months 2 days ago
+8Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Broker<strong>Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Broker</strong> Ever wonder what you do as a commercial real estate broker? The truth is, it’s really hard to do a “day in the life” post for the position because no two days are alike. So, instead of just doing one, I’m...433 months 3 weeks ago
+9AMA: 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="">IBD</a></span>...431 year 4 months ago
+8The Best of Braverman Sample ChapterThought I'd give you guys a peek inside the book now that it's finished: <h1 align=center>Just Another Day at the Office</h1> <br><br><p>People ask me all the time what it was like to work in a boiler room, so I thought I’d devote a chapter to...413 years 3 months ago
+8Your Career is Dying a Slow Death, Here's How to Save itAs some of you may or may not be aware, the golden watch era in Corporate America is dead. Gone are the days where you get in with a company and work for them for 30-40 years, get your golden Rolex and then call it a career. Early on in my career I gave a compelling argument to my boss as...403 years 2 months ago
+8AMA - Non-Target >> Valuation >> MM IBAttempting to share my knowledge and experience lateraling from valuation to IB in an effort to give back to the WSO community. The situation: Non-target, landed a valuation role out of undergrad. Leveraged my valuation experience and was able to network into a MM IB analyst role after a...405 months 2 weeks ago
+8PE vs. Banking - Boy was I in for a Surprise...Hey guys – I’m back to more of a practical post today. I’ve just hit the three week mark at my new job in Private Equity, and I have some observations that I’d like to share now that I have a moment to catch my breath! The time has absolutely flown by, and needless to say I’ve been...391 month 3 weeks ago
+8How 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...391 year 8 months ago
+8What banker careers really look like: schools and promotion ratesHi guys. Answering your questions on career path to start with; also giving some initial generalities about what undergrad schools I'm seeing. The full cut of undergrad/b-school and exit opps data is on the way. Reminder: this is longitudinal career data from a sample set of several...384 years 1 month ago
+8Investment Banking to a Hedge fund... Can You Make the Jump?***Note: This is a summary type post and is broad in scope, the sections are outlined in <strong>BOLD</strong> so if you have no interest in the overview you can skip to the interview section etc... Good luck to all of you starting (or doing) hedge fund interviews right now... hard...372 years 7 months ago
+8Top 5 Memories<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...372 years 4 months ago
+8Affirmative Action Based Upon Income/Wealth Instead of Race?I cannot claim credit for this, I'm reposting from Financial Samurai's blog, a very successful man who I occasionally read. Curious to see what the opinion of WSO is... Excerpt:[quote] For those who believe race is a fine criteria to use for college admissions, are you telling me...37
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+71st Yr Banking Analyst Open for QuestionsHappy to answer any questions about anything related to banking for SA's and FT's that start this summer.1364 years 3 months ago
+2J.P. Morgan Junior IB Analyst ProgramDoes anyone have any insight into this program: Says it is a one-year contract, while the typical role would be for two.9366 months 2 days ago
+8 3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career<em>This article is originally from <a href=""></a>. You can <a href="">read the full article...351 year 8 months ago
+8Working In Big 4 Audit in LondonSomeone was asking me about this in PM and I wrote a long and detailed reply about what it is like to work in Big 4 and what advice I would give to people thinking about interning / working there. Thought it might be useful for others so my reply is below. Happy to answer any...341 month 1 week ago
+8How Buffettology makes Valuations a piece of cakeIt’s common knowledge that knowing the ins and outs of financial statements is a key factor of becoming successful in investment banking. Little known is the fact that <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...342 years 8 months ago
+8How to play better golf (or just not suck)A few weeks back I posted a few pieces of advice on a golf posting and got some serious requests for more info. I hadn’t considered how many out there need some simple advice about how to get around a golf course and not make an idiot of yourself in front of peers and bosses. When I got a...332 months 3 weeks ago
+8Thanks 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="">BB</a></span> (think <span...331 year 8 months ago
+8Interactive Debt Sizing MatricesI created these interactive Debt Sizing Matrices after I observed that my colleagues and I were continually running the same calculations when trying value a property and/or size a loan. Feel free to post/send some feedback.324 months 2 weeks ago
+8Private Equity Recruiting Q&AHave been getting more than a few inbound PE recruiting questions VIA PM, happy to field them here for everyone's benefit. The recruiting process has really shaken up this year and is a pretty significant source of anxiety given how opaque and unexpected it is.... So figured this may be...314 years 2 months ago
+7M/B/B Consultant Answering Your QuestionsI've gotten a lot of useful - and not so useful - information from this site over the last several years, and I'd like to give back by contributing some real content. Am finishing up a stint at one of the M/B/B firms and would be happy to answer any questions regarding <span...1313 years 5 months ago
+135 ways a career on WS is not what it used to beIn the old days many people perceived joining Wall Street was a golden ticket. They figured if you put your head down and work hard your career can be whatever you want it to be. Some thought they would make their money and be done in their thirties or forties. Others imagined they would keep...3111 months 5 days ago
+8How 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...301 year 8 months ago
+8Exclusive Edmundo Braverman Interview : Part 2 of 2<em>Andy note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from December 2011 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> WSO, This is Part 2 of 2 (<a...293 years 2 months ago
+8Part 2- Finally Got It - Top MM Offer- Thank You WSOSo my previous post ( had people commenting on it asking how i went about networking/using linkedin. Here is my advice on basically reaching out to someone cold on linkedin/just how to game the networking system....271 year 8 months ago
+8Citi's Report on Banks' FICC tradingZerohedge has a copy of a 61 page research report that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Citi</a></span> released yesterday about the the FICC <span class='keyword_link'><a...263 years 3 weeks ago
+8The 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="">here</a>. If you find my summaries to be useful, <a...261 year 7 months ago
+8Goals For 2010So this is the time of year when everyone reflects on what they don't like about themselves and then "resolves" to rectify it. That's why I've never liked New Years resolutions. If you have an issue to resolve, resolve it. Don't wait for an arbitrary date on a...256 years 9 months ago
+8Some advice on getting a job or internship by Monty09Hello everyone I put up a post once a year on this topic and this year will be no different... While not a "to do" this is simply a game plan to help close the gap from student to s&t.... 1. Take care of your grades.. while a good gpa may not get a job, a bad gpa will not...256 years 3 weeks ago
+9Thank you, WSO - IBD position at second-tier bank First off, I have really really wanted to write this post for almost two years now and to be able to finally write it is fucking awesome. Secondly, I know that there have been a few posts like this recently, but still I wanted to say thanks to all on this board who gave me help... WSO has...254 years 2 weeks ago
+8A Plea For Common SenseDear Tea Party Congressional Representatives, In 2010, a group of conservative, libertarian and populist voters revolted against a consortium of moderate Democrats and Republicans who had slowly been chipping away at the rights of everyday individuals for roughly twenty five years. They...253 years 2 weeks ago
+8How To Make A Good First Impression<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" 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...252 years 4 months ago
+9Are you special? Or just another wannabe?It’s funny how a completely unrelated conversation connects to finance. I was discussing with our man James Hunt the sad decline of the sports car industry, wherein once proud and truly special marques have lost their way and are now but shadows of their former selves. Complacent in...245 years 11 months ago
+8Free Model-Formatting Course<strong>Summary</strong> This is not a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">financial modeling</a></span> course like the one that is offered at <span class='keyword_link'><a...244 years 5 months ago
+8Four Years of BraverManiaI passed a pretty cool milestone last week. Four years ago last week I began writing for WSO. As near as I can tell (this was before we started using the blog format) <a href="" target="blank">this was my...244 years 4 weeks ago
+812 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 2The following post is Part 2 of an investment banking analyst's nightmare all-nighter. <strong> If you missed Part 1, read it <a href="">here.</a></strong> After...234 years 1 month ago
+8Feudalism in America?[quote]It's a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master's carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you're a peasant when you...225 years 5 months ago
+8Funniest Scene in a Finance/Business MovieHey everyone! After watching The Big Short this past holiday season, I stumbled across one of the funniest scenes I've seen in a movie, or at least a finance-related movie: The actual scene is from 1:55-2:32. This scene was actually in...228 months 3 weeks ago
+13How to sleep anywhere anytime 101I'm back from Vegas in one piece, chumps. Thanks a lot for those sordid invitations in my inbox courtesy of your blackout selves. I think I met a couple of you, and I know for sure from the unspeakable smell of my clothes that I met some of your working female "friends." Extra...221 month 1 week ago
+8The 6 Ways In Which Failure Made Me A ManI grew up in a number of places, all of them outside the U.S., and around the age of 15 decided I wanted to go to college in the U.S. However, where I lived, a university degree (tuition only) literally cost around 1/20 the price of a degree from a top private university in the U.S., and...212 years 6 months ago
+8Comp 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,...211 year 8 months ago
+8Adam 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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...202 years 4 months ago
+9How I went from 10 rejections to one dream internship this year.The background story is here: <a href="">I'm so pathetic--I can't get past 1st round Interviews</a> Finance: <span class='keyword_link'><a...201 year 4 months ago
+9Two Internships Don’t Equal a Job: My journey from an NGO to a VCWhen people ask me about my career, I simply tell them that after becoming disillusioned with non-profit work, I went to London Business School to transition to a role at an investing firm. In reality, the shift was much more complicated than that. The following is a comprehensive history of how...201 month 1 day ago
+8Get Pumped for the Next Star WarsThe second trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is now out... How many of you monkeys double as jedi and are therefore hyped for the next Star Wars movie, which comes to theaters December 16 this year. I know The Force Awakens wasn't a hit with many, but I liked it and...20
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+8Double 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...182 years 1 month ago
+8A day in my life as a Hedge Fund Equity Research Analyst“Which associate career should I pursue: Private Equity or Hedge Fund?” Second-year investment banking analysts who are just entering the associate recruiting cycle consistently pose this question to me. Since I was in their shoes not so long ago, I can empathize with the conundrum these...176 months 2 weeks ago
+8How Not To Screw Up An InternshipI saw a lot of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">interns</a></span> come and go during my time at the Brothers Lehman. Some were good, some were bad, but honestly, I can’t...162 years 9 months ago
+8Finding Associate XHaving entered the working world in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">corporate finance</a></span> with the plan to try to...162 years 7 months ago
+8The Red Flags That Will Screw You At Goldman SachsSo apparently CNBC has compiled a list of all the words and phrases that could get flagged by Goldman's automated email surveillance system, and be transferred to someone in the compliance department for review. Apparently the list was created in 2008 and has been regularly updated since...164 months 19 hours ago
+8From weighing 280 pounds and a 2.5 GPA at a Non-Target, to 200 pounds and an Interview with McKinseyHi Everyone, I've been browsing Wallstreet Oasis for the past few years and I want to share my story and more importantly, reiterate to everyone on this forum to dream big. I went to a non-target state school and while suffering from social anxiety and obesity, I was also facing an...15
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+81st Big Boy Paycheck - Keep your heads up!Dear fellow monkeys, I've been meaning to write this for a month or so now, but hadn't gotten around to it. The reason I felt I had to was because it could be of some use and/or inspiration to many of you out there still looking for a job, and just so you know, there is hope for...145 years 4 months ago
+8WSO Monkey at OWS photosMonkey photos are up on our <a href="">Facebook page</a> - video to come soon For those of you who can't go on FB at work etc. <a href="">I...144 years 7 months ago
+8Sharing a Deal for the Monkeys; Free subscription to the EconomistThought this would be helpful for a few of you guys out there, since this board as helped me so much. You can pick one on the left on on the right. I went with the economist and pop. science. DId something similar to this last year with the same people and got a year free of the WSJ. No...144 years 11 months ago
+8My Valuation Class: The Fall 2015 Model PreviewIt is almost September and as the academic clock resets for a new year, I get ready to teach a new valuation class. With three hundred registered students, it is about as diverse a class as any I have every taught, with a mix of full-time and part-time MBA students, law and engineering...141 year 1 month ago
+915 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...131 year 8 months ago
+8McKinsey application processHopefully this is helpful to applicants. I just concluded the third and final round of interviews for an associate <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">summer internship</a></span> at <span...125 years 7 months ago
+8Why do IB directors change shops?This is an outline of the motivations I’ve seen for senior IBankers to change shops, whether in the same type of role or into a different role (eg from <span class='keyword_link'><a...122 years 3 months ago
+8Who wants to work at Bloomberg?SB + PM = I set you up with a recruiter115 years 2 months ago
+8Governments and Value: Part 1 - Nationalization RiskI have been writing about valuation for a long time and for much of that time period, I chose to ignore the effects, positive or negative, that governments can have on the value of businesses. Implicitly, I was assuming that governments could affect the value of a business only through the tax...114 years 6 months ago
+8Demystifying 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...111 year 8 months ago
+8AMA: Non-target to target transfer; BB IB & buyside offersHi everyone, this site provided immeasurable help in my journey to break into finance. I realize this post may only apply to a small group of monkeys, but I think I can be most helpful by discussing my transfer process and decision to switch schools at the undergrad level. Since the deadline for...116 months 1 week ago
+9Double Dip the CribDo not double dip, young man! Mother always said... "If you double dip, you may end up dead!". 5 years ago, what sort of chance would you have given this nursery rhyme of becoming <a href=""> a reality </a> ? In a perverse...106 years 1 month ago
+8The Stockpicker’s ChecklistThere’s been more than a few questions floating around WSO about the interview Stock Pitch. <em>How to do it?</em> <em>What to look for?</em> <em>Does it really matter?</em> Well, Mebane Faber of Cambria Investment Management <a...105 years 3 months ago
+8The 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...91 year 11 months ago
+9How I Limit Anxiety, Stress, and RegretA few weeks ago I wrote a post for WSO that received a lot of traffic and comments: <a href="">Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")</a>. I talked about how the...91 year 4 months ago
+8Staying Alive: 4 Tips for Surviving Corporate LayoffsAs an Oil and Gas professional, Fridays are both a curse and a blessing depending on whether or not I have a job at the end of the day. Since the price of oil has been on a perpetual decline and showing no signs of a recovery, thousands of employees have been laid off. Everyone from Jim the...99 months 3 days ago
+8Credit 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...81 year 7 months ago
+8Is your CEO worth his (her) pay? The Pricing and Valuing of Top Managers!It is the time of the year when stories about CEO compensation are the <a href="">news of the day,</a> and investors and onlookers alike get to ask whether a CEO can really be worth tens...81 year 5 months ago
+8How to get out of the Back Office?I am literally trapped inside Goldman's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">back office</a></span>. On the 8th floor of 30 Hudson Street. Went there to visit a friend...72 years 5 months ago
+8Christmas Musings[quote] Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Unknown [/quote] Seeing as the Holidays are upon us, I thought it would be a nice reprieve, as I have in the past this year, to take a moment out of the secular world we live in and find a way to charge our spiritual...65 years 10 months ago
+8Governments and Value II: Subsidies and Value<a href="">In my last post</a>, I looked at the negative effects on <span class='keyword_link'><a...64 years 5 months ago
+6Ways 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,...2062 years 2 months ago
+8Remembering Jimmy LeeJimmy Lee passed away this morning. For those of you who aren't familiar, he was a stalwart of the Street and embodied the character traits that all bankers should try to emulate. Decided to write this post because of the amount of sadistic pleasure in his death that I've seen in...61 year 3 months ago
+8JV Promote Structures and ConceptsI've noticed a lot of questions on this forum relating to promote structures, deal structures, and other topics relating to JV partnerships and return calculations. One of my former co-workers gave me an issue of the Real Estate Finance Journal that does a fantastic job diving into all...42 months 2 weeks ago
+8Peter Thiel and Me: Technology, China, and ImmigrationOne of my favorite things in the world (besides Evil, potato salad, and the new Kindle, of course) is when people agree with me. <a href="">In a recent appearance on Bloomberg</a>,...36 years 3 weeks ago
+8Divergence in the Drug Businesses: Pharmaceuticals and BiotechnologyIn the last two weeks, I have started writing about <a href="">Pfizer’s courting of Allergan,</a> <a...311 months 2 weeks ago
+8What makes a good short?Responding to @LionHeart"'s question on how to identify good short candidate - <em>"What is your thought process when determining good shorts, and what are some key items you look for?"</em> Below describes my primary process. There are numerous danger signs...3
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+7My review of online dating sites If you are a single straight guy living in NYC, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by abstaining from online dating. Yes, I used to look down on these apps as "beneath me," something only desperate losers use. That may have been the case in the past, but it is now the...1021 year 4 months ago
+6Ask me anything: 2nd year HF analystI've been on these forums for a fairly long while, and I've noticed that, for various reasons, I've been stopping by less and less recently. If I were to guess, I'd say that's probably likely to become even more pronounced... So before I go, I'd like to offer...2003 years 1 month ago
+7Ask Me Anything: REPE Investment Professional<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/6/2015.</em> Hi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that WSO has...999 months 3 weeks ago
+7Funny Interview Stories<em>Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> So I just was in an interview for a student run Venture Capital fund. He asked what I would invest in, stocks or...962 years 6 months ago
+62015 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...1951 year 3 months ago
+6New York vs. Houston<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally was posted on 12/15/10.</em> Monty09 may have gotten the best plug yet for his <a href="">Energy Rodeo</a> in Houston next month, and it came from none other than the New York...1921 year 6 months ago
+7Treasury Sales VP Taking QuestionsHello,I was told about this site about year ago from an analyst on our desk. I sell government bonds for a large <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span>. I am...921 year 5 months ago
+6Guns: A Great InvestmentThe <a href=""> guns vs. butter debate </a> has long been a favorite of production possibility frontier chartists. This elderly economic theorem is said to not correlate well to free market economies... Perhaps that...2904 years 11 months ago
+7Broker's Life Ruined by One Oxycontin Pill<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 8/9/12.</em> This has me so mad I can't see straight. I'm going to do my dead-level best to ensure this post doesn't turn into a rant. For the most part, I've accepted how ridiculous, arbitrary,...904 years 2 weeks ago
+7Proprietary Trading Firm Interview TipsI’ve seen a lot of posts and private messages asking about proprietary <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> firm interviews. So I figured I’d just make it easier...869 months 2 weeks ago
+7CFA Results - 2015Today is the big day we've been waiting for/dreading since early June, when we peeled out of the testing center parking lots, burned our books, and went off to get drunk with our long lost friends. Level I & II results will be released via email today after 9:00 A.M ET. Level III...864 months 1 day ago
+6Ron PaulI know that there are quite a few fellow Ron Paul supporters here on WSO. So for those of you who missed last night's debate: I posted a collection of his responses. In my opinion, he absolutely killed it (since he actually received a decent amount of mic time for once). <iframe...1824 years 9 months ago
+8Is College Worth the Opportunity Cost?<p>This is going to seem like an odd question to many of you, and I even debated whether I should ask it here. On the other hand, this might be the perfect place to ask it. It's about the opportunity cost of college.</p> <p>I'm asking as the father of two young...791 month 1 week ago
+6Spent 3 Years at MBB - Ask Me Anything Hello Monkeys - I'm heading into my last week at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span>, and need something to do besides pack up my apartment. <strong>Ask away and...1776 months 1 week ago
+7MD Invited Me For Dinner...Part 2(See part 1 <a href="">here</a>) So after I read everything and thought about it, I decided to have dinner with him. I just really didn't want to miss the chance of getting to...753 years 5 months ago
+29From Heartbroken Undergrad to Elite Wall Street Warrior – My StoryFrequent lurker, first time poster. This is my story, with a bit of personal flair. I’ll cover why not getting an internship was the best thing that ever happened to me. Why a high GPA and and an Ivy League degree are not as important as you think. Why Renaissance, Two Sigma, are not...747 months 1 day ago
+7Hillary Clinton's Estate TaxYou might have seen that Hillary Clinton has proposed a hike in the estate tax to 65% (it's currently at 40%). The estate tax is unlike other taxes because you are passing down something for your kids' benefit, not your own. On one hand, you should be able to do what you want with...73
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+9Hilarious 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"...682 years 5 months ago
+8Will My Fund's HR Find Out I Lied About Taekwondo Yellow Belt?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Over the holidays we'll be posting some of the best posts from 2013, enjoy!</em> To whom it may concern, On my resume I have it to say that I earned my yellow belt in Taekwondo which is very impressive feat to accomplish that, but truth of the matter...672 years 10 months ago
+7Q&A With a Buy Side Analyst at Real Estate Investment & Development FirmHi Everyone, I read a lot of these forums a couple years back and they helped considerably in terms of realistic expectations about day to day life as an analyst. I was hoping to return the favor by answering a few questions (if anyone has any) about life as an analyst at a buy side real...671 year 2 months ago
+8Better to Have Been Rich and Lost It, or Never Been Rich at All?<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> When I was in my teens and early 20's, all I could think about was...593 years 10 months ago
+7AMA: 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...591 year 5 months ago
+10Ask Tech Buyout:If you got a legitimate question, feel free to ask it. I'm no longer responding to PMs.576 years 2 months ago
+7Non-BB Equity Research Q&A with First Year AnalystHey all, Was reading through Flake's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span> Q&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My...572 years 5 months ago
+8This is how guys are getting rich in real estateSo about 2 months ago I joined a group that does about $1 to 1.5 billion per year in commercial and commercial real estate loans. Our entire production and underwriting group is comprised of about 25 people. I've looked at a few dozen deals now that have made their way to my desk after...562 years 2 months ago
+8Equity Research FAQHours: 40-80/week depending on earnings, roll outs, roadshows, marketing, etc... Comp: 55-80 base for associates with 10-50% bonus Prestige: No prestige in the firm you work for, more important is your analyst and if he has a marketable franchise. Working for a no name analyst at a...553 years 8 months ago
+7Personal Development SitesHi Fellow Monkeys, I am trying to build up a list of resources for everyone on Wall Street Oasis to share. As I look at the forum, there are a lot of resources on getting a job in Finance. I believe that everyone is attracted to Finance, other than having a genuine interest in the market, is...554 years 1 month ago
+7NE M7 to MBB: What I wish I knew, observations, and ask me anythingI attend a northeastern M7 school and just finished first year recruiting, having landed 2 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">MBB</a></span> offers and 1 2nd tier offer (ATK, LEK,...547 months 2 weeks ago
+7AMA - 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...512 years 3 days ago
+8please help me!I want to start a company ^-^hi guys! hope that you can help! i got a text message really late last night and i was hungry and i got a wicked idea for a company! so i think that combine `txt msg` and `tex mex` to make ... duhduhduh ... ~!! anyways, my idea for company is to make a website that people...503 years 8 months ago
+7"Where will the Finance Industry be in a decade?" <em>This is the first in a series of posts where i'll be answering questions that came in via PM</em> [quote=45c345]<p>1) Where do you think the finance industry will be in a decade?</p>[/quote]In general, I think we are going to see increased regulation across...502 years 10 months ago
+7I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anythingAs a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA: I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between. If you have any...504 months 4 weeks ago
+7Sales and Trading Analyst AMAHey Everyone, I've been a longtime reader of the forum and just want to thank everyone for all the helpful information I've found throughout the years from undergrad to my first internship and onto to being a sales and <span class='keyword_link'><a...505 months 6 days ago
+7Richie Bottles Is Back!You ask -- I deliver. Unlike a recent Palestinian "humanitarian aid" shipment (too soon?), I managed to navigate through the mysterious Internet embargo surrounding this opus of FAIL. Long considered the high-water mark of sub-prime Wall Street asshattery, someone went to a lot of...483 years 5 months ago
+10Man Week: Playing Your PartWith the opening entry to Man Week, I wanted to bring you guys something that is both, useful and fun. I wound up having to deep six dozens of ideas. I realized that there were way too many issues to address and way too many possible routes to take. So I chose a road yet unpaved. Today, I...485 years 2 months ago
+7POPULAR ACCOUNTING/FINANCE QUESTIONSsince plenty of people are interviewing, either for ib, pe or hf, figured it would be useful to start a thread where ppl could contribute their accounting/finance/modeling questions and answers. i didn't have any in particular, but figured i would start off with a response from another...455 years 1 week ago
+7Non traditional investments Q and A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href=" ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Over the...442 years 6 months ago
+7AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A Boutique<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 2/21/2015.</em> I had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a...445 months 2 weeks ago
+72017 FT S&T ThreadFeel free to post deadline dates and whether or not apps are open on here and I will continue to add. As you can tell, I have more names to add as well so just let me know who I left off and I will add: <span class='keyword_link'><a...43
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+7Why You Should Never Apologize For Your White Male PrivilegeTime recently published this article by Tal Fortgang, a student at Princeton: 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...4211 months 1 day ago
+8Almost 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...422 years 3 months ago
+7What 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...426 months 4 weeks ago
+8On Losing & Failure<em>Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself.</em> - Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights Forgive me for this depressing...418 months 5 days ago
+8Goldman's New Policy for Investment Banking Analysts - 3 Reasons Why it Won't Stop the Bleeding to the Buyside<h3>The Current Promotion Cycle for Investment Banking Analysts </h3> So recently I got word that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Goldman...4111 months 5 days ago
+7How do people react when you tell them you are an Investment banker?To your friends, or girls in the club, or random people you meet? Are they impressed if you say you are a M&A investment banker with Goldman, Morgan, Merrills, JPMoran, etc.? What reactions have you received? 1404 years 1 week ago
+7Why Your Walkaway Number Is Lower Than You Think<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from May 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> We spend a lot of time on this site discussing<a...404 years 1 month ago
+7How To Be A Gentleman: A Monkey's Review<strong>What does being a gentleman mean to you?</strong> Does it mean knowing which fork to use at a properly-set table? Does it mean being so impeccably dressed as to make Patrick Bateman and 007 envious? Does it mean knowing when to tip, how to tie a bowtie, or how to properly...403 months 1 week ago
+7AMA: Dropout -> coding bootcamp -> 100K+Hi all, I'm currently working in silicon valley tech as a software engineer. I once considered working in finance because I wanted to make big money but clearly couldn't break in without a college degree. I ended up taking the plunge with a coding bootcamp a few years back and...40
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+7Top Tip: Get any MD to read your resume (or anyone to read anything)So no one is returning your sad, sappy, suck up emails? People think you are cold calling for girl scout cookies? Well man the f*ck up and lets trick someone into reading your resume. Don't bother with this unless your resume is stellar, not because it wont work, but because you probably...393 years 8 months ago
+8The Economics of SexCame across an interesting video that talks about the history of sexual relationships from an economics point of view. Discuss. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"...3811 months 3 weeks ago
+7AMA: Asset Management BO to FO and everything in between<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This was originally posted 11/17/2015.</em> I mentioned a while back my transition from various <span class='keyword_link'><a...366 months 3 weeks ago
+11Harvard's politically correct crusade In my opinion, the firing of Larry Summers by the politically correct liberals, was a disgraceful moment for the world's greatest university. President Drew Faust seems to be bent on fully implementing her politically correct agenda. She recently hired Nohria as the dean of Harvard...1355 years 10 months ago
+7Observations from IB recruiting: Associate levelI thought it would be a good idea to share my observations, and my boredom, on IB recruiting at the associate level. On-campus recruiting: Associates look so happy. I want to be a banker. Nothing like making some money and looking this happy. The elevators at <span...356 months 4 days ago
+7Weekend Wars: Soul vs. HoleIt's been a pretty eventful weekend for me on the personal front. I've had some good things happen, some interesting possibilities open up and some downright crazy monkey turds hit the fan. All in a life's work, I guess. All of this has me a bit contemplative as to how much...345 years 11 months ago
+8Thinking like an Investor: The key financial metricsI've quite often come across the phrase "thinking like an investor" in books and here on WSO, "not thinking like an investor" seems to be a fairly recurrent reason cited for getting dinged in a PE interviews. It's quite natural, since it is not something that one...342 years 8 months ago
+7How I Broke into Finance: BB S&TMany prospective monkeys on WSO find value in learning what one must do to "break into Wall Street" because as many of you know, getting your foot in the door is probably the most important single event for a career in finance. Then once you're in, with some networking, hard work,...332 years 3 weeks ago
+7Corporate Development Manager - Q&A<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 10/28/2015.</em> Reading through @Harvardgrad08"'s posts I think this type of contribution is extremely helpful in de-mystifying certain...339 months 3 weeks ago
+7It Took 18 Hours to Pour San Francisco’s Biggest-Ever Concrete FoundationWhen I was in San Francisco for the ULI Fall Meeting I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on and a tour of Salesforce Tower, a joint project by Hines and Boston Properties that will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. It was an incredible presentation and tour and the...3310 months 2 weeks ago
+15How many of the senior bankers on your team do you reckon will die aloneI never really thought of my superiors as being human and just wrote them off as being married, divorced, terribly inconvenienced by the fact that they are indeed married, really good at getting divorced, asexual, or hopeless. That last category includes some of the serial direct promotes at the...334 months 3 weeks ago
+7My last post for a whileFor those of you who don't know my story, here is that: Long story short, I am not going to business school anymore. I, through both hard work and blind luck, landed a <span...325 years 6 months ago
+8My FT Recruiting ProcessI've been seeing a lot of posts about FT recruiting and networking, so I decided to share my FT recruiting experiences and offer some advice on the process. <h3>Background: </h3> Non-Target school SA at a MM firm Incoming 1st year at <span...321 year 5 months ago
+7Body Odor ProblemOur offices are being re-done and seating assignments have changed. Our assistant (nice girl) now sits in the adjacent cubicle. The problem is she smells like fish (not kidding). Advice or thoughts on how to handle this diplomatically. Thanks.314 years 8 months ago
+7Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot Part 3/3: Becoming the Boss<em>Andy note: Here's the final installment of the 3-part interview series with SirTradesaLot. See <strong> <a href="">Part 1</a></strong>, <strong> <a...312 years 3 days ago
+75 lazy tips to succeed in financeWhen I was thirteen years old, my mother handed me a book and told me that I should read one of the stories in it. "Son,” she said, "here’s your life plan.” The book was Robert Heinlein’s <a href="">Time...313 years 1 month ago
+7Blitzed, 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...312 years 3 months ago
+7Trading Without a Net: Why I Don't Use Stops on Options Trades<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I've received a few messages from you guys about my recent <a...2912 months 4 days ago
+8Regrets in job search: Make sure this doesn't happen to you.There are 3 regrets I've had in job searching. What are yours? 1. My 3rd internship at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BlackRock</a></span>, I was putting bologna on my plate with Ralph...294 years 5 months ago
+7Do's and Dont's as a Trading InternJust some advice as we are getting a bit closer to intern season. Hopefully people will start adding more in the comments, I wanted to stay away from the obvious ones. <strong>The Do Not’s</strong> 1) Do not screw up a lunch order: I know, this is quite obvious, but I can’t...291 year 10 months ago
+7Boat Shoes, B-52s, and Crashing "Le Bal"<em>Clarifying Note: It has been brought to my attention that I might have left you all hanging out there... Admittedly, I promised a story about Eddie and Rufio in Paris, a promise upon which I have yet to deliver. I wish I could bring myself to apologize for the lack of expediency in the...293 years 2 months ago
+8How it works at WSOI believe there is no introduction needed. Enjoy! (Original size looks best)285 years 8 months ago
+7S&T Interview Coming Up? Read This First<em>mod note (andy): this was originally posted 9/30/12</em> It’s interview season, time of great joy and nostalgia: over the past decade, I have been in both sides of many interview tables, <span class='keyword_link'><a...283 years 10 months ago
+8Attention to Detial Is Overrated<strong>Welcome to The Street</strong> Every single day you work on Wall Street you develop an obsessive compulsive disorder for formatting errors, grammar errors, periods at the ends of bullets… etc. You start to become that Psycho VP or that “Managing Associate” you have...282 years 7 months ago
+7Corporate Treasury VP taking questionsHi WSO, In case anyone is interested in learning more about the Corporate Treasury function of large banks (i.e. nature of work, recruitment process, exit opps, comp etc.), I'm here to take some questions. 271 year 1 day ago
+7A Day In The Life of a SaaS Sales Development RepSo, I know this doesn't go in here, but I know the Other Road won't get any views on this or very many, and its not exactly Sales and Trading. I've been working in a sales development role at a hot startup in the SaaS sphere. We are innovating and disrupting in our field, and...275 months 1 week ago
+7WSO Happy Hour - London - Wednesday MAY 18TH, 7PM, The George A few years ago we had several WSO drinks in the City but these have basically died off. I admit some responsibility for this as I used to organise them but have slacked. Nevertheless, spring is here (bar the occasional 2 minutes of snow in April....), deal flow is quietening down pre-Brexit...275 months 11 hours ago
+76 Things to Consider Before Accepting an International Work AssignmentAs a bit of background, I’m now 10 months into a long-term assignment abroad with my US bank’s local office in Brazil. While there have been plenty of highs (just got back from a beach weekend on the island of Ilhabela pictured here), there have been some unexpected hurdles and obstacles...262 years 9 months ago
+8How I Spent My Summer Vacation<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> <strong><em>"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been twenty-one months since my last...252 years 5 months ago
+6Q&A: 1st year BB London Rates Trader Taking Your QuestionsHi everyone! Some of you may remember me, I stopped posting on this forum about a year ago because I got tired of the site for a number of reasons and it wasn't worth it for me anymore. However I'm a big believer of giving back, and I did learn a lot from this site and from a few of...1253 months 1 week ago
+7Learning 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...252 years 2 months ago
+7McKinsey Who?Stumbled across this Forbes article from 1999 (link at bottom of post). When reading the first few paragraphs, you could easily think it was written yesterday (aside from the salary #'s). Makes the dotcom bubble of yore feel eerily familiar.... [quote]" <strong>7/26/1999...251 year 2 months ago
+8Ray Dalio Teaches Econ 101This is really excellent. Imagine having <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Bridgewater</a></span>'s Ray Dalio as your Econ 101 professor. Then imagine that the class...246 months 1 day ago
+7WSO Intern and an overdue (and long) thank you! First and very much foremost, I wholly understand that this isn't so much a ‘success story’ as much as it is an attempt to inject hope and a different perspective into those who are/were in a similar situation. This site has given me so much, and now that I have extra time being home...242 years 7 months ago
+8dear boutiquebank4lifethis is your manager - i know i've mentioned this to you a few times in the past face-to-face but i know you spend more time looking at this site than anything else. now if i see you slack off at work on this site one more time instead of restocking the fucking shelves like I TOLD YOU 15...235 years 6 months ago
+7How to be THAT associate<em>mod (Andy) note: make sure to check out fellow writer Aaron Burr's response in "<strong><a href="">How to deal with THAT associate</a></strong>"</em> September:...234 years 1 month ago
+8Summer Analyst Recruiting Mega Thread<em>Mod Note (Andy): Here's some WSO threads my content intern pulled up for you guys. Hope you find the links helpful! </em> <em>Need the FT Recruiting Megathread? You can find it here <strong><a...232 years 3 days ago
+7Analyst Interview - Common QuestionsHi, I have a partner interview with a large commerical real estate firm, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what type of questions I should expect and how to best answer them. I've been told questions will be mostly <span class='keyword_link'><a...23
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+7Nootropics: CILTEP vs. Nexus<p><em>Obligatory note: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. These are my experiences alone, and you must decide what is best for yourself. If that includes seeing a doctor before beginning any dietary or nootropic supplement regimen, that is probably for the...231 month 4 days ago
+8Underrated banks and the ambitious bastard Across the boards, you see hundreds of questions regarding exit opps; how to get to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">KKR</a></span>? How does someone get into <span...226 years 2 months ago
+7My real response to the MBA essayBecause of my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span> score and the dismal state of MBA applications, I know it makes absolutely no difference what I write...224 years 10 months ago
+7Monday Motivation: PTJEven if you haven't seen <a href=""> Office Space </a> by now, you have certainly experienced <em>a case of the Mondays</em> at some point in time. This downtrodden feel is exacerbated for many monkeys unhappy with their...212 years 8 months ago
+7How to Master 5 of the Most Common Interview QuestionsGoing into an interview, there are certain questions that you have a very high probability of hearing. <strong>These are the questions that should be anticipated and rehearsed beforehand, but I am continually surprised to see that candidates in general are completely unprepared for...213 years 1 month ago
+7The Ebb and Flow That Is LifeHopefully my post from last week, <strong><a href="">Coffee Is For Closers</a></strong>, woke some of you up and made you realize life is not a waiting line. Not only do you not deserve anything, but you...212 years 11 months ago
+7Sharted. Protocol Zero."My friend" sharted. Going protocol zero. What would you do? Go to the bathroom and pray to the gods for a moment that it will be empty so you can exit the stall and toss your underwear? Again, "asking for a friend."21
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+7Trading Ideas: Matter of EdgeOne thing that a lot of students falter with during interviews is the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> idea. Im writing this post to help some of the monkeys...205 years 9 months ago
+7Thanks WSO! +non-target break in storyHey guys, with recruiting season almost over I am happy/lucky to say that I have received an SA offer at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> and have to...204 years 8 months ago
+7How I Landed My First Gig on Wall StreetMany years ago I left Graduate School in an un-related field and was working in the retail fashion industry. After having trouble making ends meet I decided to get into the financial business (I made the decision while sitting on the sidewalk after a motorcycle accident). I began emailing,...203 years 7 months ago
+8Getting Ahead In The Office - Part 2Ben, my co-founder at <a href="">Charisma on Command</a>, previously wrote about the importance of relationships for getting promoted and surviving in the finance world. I wanted to go into the details of the specific things you can do to...202 years 6 months ago
+7Don't lose hope guys - from top to bottom and back againHey all, I was fortunate enough to recently get a full-time offer at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> in NYC as an Assoc. for class of 2010 in M&A...195 years 4 months ago
+7How to run Berkshire Hathaway... if you're from a non-targetIf there is one common link between all of us on this site it is the hunger of ambition and the thirst for success. Today, the most successful investor alive, <a...195 years 12 months ago
+7The TheKing Interview: PART ONE<a href="">DrPeterVenkman presents:</a> An interesting interview with <a href="">TheKing</a>. Questions came from myself and other WSO contributing authors. Thank you to...191 year 10 months ago
+9Finally cut itGuys, So I finally cut it 3 years after graduating from undergrad, and I would like to share my story to you guys as this forum has been staying with me along the way and indeed the break-in cases here keep on pumping gas into me whenever I got rejected. A bit about my background, I was an...181 month 4 days ago
+7The Top 3 Hedge Fund Media MythsNow monkeys, believe it or not there are some good reporters out there doing solid research on the financial industry, have very good contacts, conduct good interviews and perform excellent due diligence so they are adequately informed. However, for every media representative who does that,...173 years 7 months ago
+75 Steps to Answer Technical Interview Questions FASTI was helping out a buddy of mine doing some mock interviews last week and noticed something I wanted to share with the WSO community as you prepare for your own interviews. So, how quickly do you respond to certain interview questions and how do I get good an answering the technical...172 years 3 days ago
+7Basic Questions About PE Recruiting Answered<strong>1. When does PE recruiting cycle start?</strong> Varies from year to year, but for the last 3 cycles, the main process has either run during March / April of your 1st year (2012 and 2014 Associate classes) or January / February of your 2nd year (2013 Associate...172 years 10 months ago
+75 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...172 years 5 months ago
+7Wall Street Prep's $10 Financial Modeling Courses until July 29th at Udemy.comHey guys, is offering <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Prep</a></span>'s <span class='keyword_link'><a...1710 months 1 week ago
+7IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them<EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal advice. Please ask your relevant immigration / legal council for advice that suits your circumstances.</EM> Background: Canadian MBA, IBD at a Big Five Canadian Bank, now IBD in NYC at a good BB. When I was in school, I...179 months 4 days ago
+7Valuation of Metals and Mining CompaniesHey everyone, I just thought that I'd share a great resource for information on the basics of valuing metal and mining companies. The pdf doesn't cover everything by all means but it is a quick beginning step for one to build out their model. It also has links to about 10-15 other...154 years 3 months ago
+6Ask Me Anything: I'm an Equity Prop Trader I'm currently an equity prop trader in NYC. Academically, I majored in Finance and graduated towards the top of my class at a semi-target. Hard work and persistence allowed me to get 3 nice job offers (MM S&T Chicago, prop NYC, prop NYC) despite a rough economy. I very systematically...1153 months 2 weeks ago
+7Things to read while pretending to work – Nov. 5, 2015It’s the end of the week, you’ve been grinding since Monday, and we both know that very little actual work is getting done today. After all, you wouldn’t be on WSO right now if you were in the middle of a fire drill. Instead of endlessly clicking through WSO / FaceBook / BarStool /...1511 months 1 week ago
+8Rant – Rules of the Road<em>Andy note: This is a syndication from Whitehat's <a href="">blog</a>. WH will be starting as a contributing author for us next week, keep an eye out...</em> <p>So...144 years 3 weeks ago
+73 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="">"106 Rejections, 1 Success &...142 years 5 months ago
+7Cover Letter + Resume Advice<em>Mod Note (Andy): the link for the free WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span> resume template is <a...141 year 1 week ago
+7Who's Going To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse?If A zombie infection started tomorrow, who do you think is going to survive the longest time?14
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+7A Response to "Which desk is best?" Type Questions... Please Read Before PostingI've read plenty of threads on this forum asking questions along the lines of "which desk is most profitable/more desired/"baller"/allows me to start a supertight hedge fund in X years/prestigious/has the best upside and opportunities etc". The answer is NONE of them...135 years 7 months ago
+77 Tips on Reneging So you were a summer intern at Company A and got a return offer for FT after you graduate. Congratulations! Except now that you’re half way through the fall semester you are starting to have doubts on whether you should have accepted that offer. Or maybe you were approached by a recruiter from...1310 months 3 weeks ago
+7How to fail the CFA level 2 ExamAhhh January, the wonderful month that you are. A month filled with ambitious New Year’s resolutions and regret about consumption habits throughout December. It is also the month when the worrying realisation that you have probably exchanged your 89th and 90th years for guaranteed fun now, and...139 months 6 hours ago
+6How did Trump do last night?I think he somewhat helped his case but seems like it wasn't enough. 113
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+7The TheKing Interview: PART TWO<a href="">DrPeterVenkman presents:</a> An interesting interview with <a href="">TheKing</a>. Questions came from myself and other WSO contributing authors. Thank you to...124 years 2 months ago
+7Making Money off of Fallen CountriesI recommend first looking into <strong><a href=" "> my previous article about the Ukraine </a></strong> before this in order to understand the...122 years 5 months ago
+7Alibaba'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...122 years 1 month ago
+7A new semester begins: Valuation class online<div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-4154273918731292330' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> If you are a teacher, you measure your life in quarters and...114 years 1 month ago
+8Listen Up, Type A Personalities!I have been an avid reader of WSO and I absolutely respect the audacity of our community. In the light of our on-the-scene-reporting post regarding Erhardt’s sudden death, I feel some of our monkeys are missing the point. Since we know press is increasingly quoting WSO, getting accurate...113 years 1 month ago
+7Helping Others GrowCompetition is generally thought of as a good thing but too much of a good thing isn’t good for too long. I was brought up in the kind of intense academic environment where competition gives way to rivalry, sabotage and one-upmanship. Many of you may be part of a similar environment right now....101 year 3 months ago
+7I have an analyst and associate job opening for two of you MonkeysIf you are interested in working at a boutique sized bank (20 people) that does MM sized deals located in south Florida then private message me. I don't work there, but if I give you my recommendation you will get an interview. Private message me for more information. Hopefully we can get a...94 years 2 weeks ago
+7Advice from an ex-IB MD - on how to make VP<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> <em>See my other recent...91 year 3 weeks ago
+7Kotler's Four Migrations<p>I was listening to <a href="">James Altucher's podcast</a> a couple weeks ago and his guest was Steven Kotler. For those who don't know, Kotler is a popular futurist who has written several books about...91 month 6 days ago
+8Money well spentYou've worked hard all of your life. You have studied and sacrificed. Now is your big moment. You got the offer. You took it. The hard work has paid off. You bought that <span class='keyword_link'><a...86 years 3 months ago
+6IB Background Checks: What You Need to KnowIt's that time of year again: for the incoming class of summer analysts, many of you are going through the (depending on what you've been doing the last semester or so) potentially nerve-wracking process of <b>background checks</b>. And judging by the slew of recent posts,...1061 year 4 months ago
+7Know These 10 Pieces of Lingo for Private Equity and Venture Capital You can't just be a good modeling monkey to impress your bosses. Along with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial modeling</a></span> skills, it is essential to be able...62 years 10 months ago
+7The Best IBD SA OCR, Interviews and FT Offer Conversion Posts on WSOThanks to my content intern @Lucas_m" for another great compilation post. This one covers on campus recruiting, interviews, and converting SA <span class='keyword_link'><a...61 year 1 week ago
+7Learning how to Lead: Extracurricular Lessons at Business SchoolWhen I first began applying to business school, I had a very myopic view of what I would learn. I was 27 years old with limited career experience so I incorrectly assumed that my key professional weakness was a lack of technical business knowledge, such as accounting or <span...61 year 4 months ago
+7Advice from an ex-IB MD: Eight tricks to ace your 1st round interview611 months 1 week ago
+8The HF Pitch: condensing HF case/pitch into key pointsWSO'ers, wanted to take some time out to help prospective <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>/<span...611 months 2 weeks ago
+7Sort of a Success StoryIn my previous <a href="">AMA</a> I didn't go as in depth about my past as I am going to go this time. But I think the story will definitely help someone out because it shows that you can...66 months 2 weeks ago
+7Re - Lifestyle in Private Equity (lower mid to mid market space)<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by 2015 member of the year @Dingdong08" from the thread "<a href="">Long-term PE - Lifestyle</a>" is so insightful (10 silver bananas) that I decided it...57 months 2 weeks ago
+7The 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...1042 years 3 months ago
+7Wall Street Mentor (Richard): Preparing for a Sales & Trading InterviewIn this <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Wall Street Mentors</a></span> Q&A, Richard covers how to prepare for a Sales and Trading Interview. Richard was formerly the...34 years 11 months ago
+7If it is a strategic growth investment in China, the numbers don't matter! Or do they?If I were asked to characterize my investment philosophy, I would describe myself an investor who believes in value, but I would be lying if I told you that it has always come easily or naturally. My faith in value is tested constantly, not only by the recognition that there is far more that I...32 years 7 months ago
+9I'm writing this from a strip club! (Plus, a movie review)Big news to report: I finally got around to watching <a href="">The Big Short</a> Friday night. I don't know what you monkeys were doing in December that you had time to spare during the holiday crunch to drop 15 bucks on both you...32 months 1 week ago
+6AMA: Private Equity Analyst at African Impact InvestorWSO - I would like to share my knowledge on banking/PE/markets in Africa for those in the market and those willing to be party to the African growth story. Could also help for your <span class='keyword_link'><a...10211 months 4 days ago
+7Goldman Sachs Video InterviewMyself, and a few people I know of were invited to do the 15min video interviewers for Goldman Sach's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>...99
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+6I'm a research associate at a major mutual fund, Ask Me AnythingHey guys, I got a lot out of these forums when I was an undergrad and I've decided its time to give back. I went to a top target as an undergrad and have been working on the equity side at a mutual fund on the east coast with 100B+ AUM for about a year now. I'd be happy to...961 year 8 months ago
+4Will 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...29111 months 1 week ago
+6Ask Me Anything: Head Research Analyst (Commercial Real Estate)I am the Head Research Analyst at a regional office of one of the best commercial real estate services firms on the globe. Day to day, I specialize in statistical market research, written analysis, database management, and copywriting/ghostwriting for pitches. I also serve my community on two...872 months 3 weeks ago
+6What is your compensation in Real Estate Finance?I cant find much in the way of compensation for real estate other then the summary page from the HR consultant that is floating around here, so I thought maybe people will be willing to describe what they do, their market, and what their compensation looks like. Industry: Real Estate...85
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+52015 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="">internships</a></span> next year....2847 months 4 weeks ago
+6AMA - 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...831 year 10 months ago
+5Jeffrey Chiang: You will never in your life ever work on Wall Street.enuf said. if you don't know the story behind this clown, ask one of your banking friends. i'm sure his notorious email must've rounded all the banks by now. And, I know you frequent this forum, JC. goes to show you how small the Street is.1822 years 8 months ago
+6Brexit Wins - What You Need To KnowAfter months of campaigning, one side leaves distressed, the other ecstatic. The results show 52% voted to leave the EU versus 48% that voted for Britain to stay within the EU. That’s 11,855,663 votes for Remain and 12,698,977 votes for Leave. The goal is to unwind Britain’s 43-year...2823 months 1 week ago
+6The Do's and Don'ts for Summer Analyst<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">I call upon all bankers to give the newbie summer analysts the Do’s and Don’ts for the summer. I know many college students have or will...793 years 7 months ago
+6What 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...782 years 2 months ago
+6 Ask me anything… I'm a Private Equity Analyst in ShanghaiI'm currently a Private Equity Analyst in Shanghai, China. Academically, I graduated from a target school majoring in Economics and Chinese. I also spent my time at college as the president of an on-campus student organization related to Finance and Economics and a volunteer for a local...7710 months 2 weeks ago
+3What'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...3731 year 4 months ago
+6POLL: BH's Next Investing Topic?I've got a lot of free time this week, am feeling charitable/guilty, and have a few ideas in mind for what I'd like to share with you guys... but would like to hear what the monkeys would be most interested in reading about. So here's some suggestions, and feel free to comment...712 years 1 month ago
+7AMA: 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...695 months 2 weeks ago
+6Hacks 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...681 year 2 months ago
+6NSFW Episode 3: Day Trading, Estate Taxes, Prop 19<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...675 years 11 months ago
+62nd Year Kellogg Student - Ask me AnythingSecond Year student here. Successfully made the transition from Finance to Consulting. Love the culture here. Chicago is cold as balls. Saw how recruiting worked out for people- internship and then full-time wise, so I finally feel that I'm in a position to give my overall opinion here....6710 months 4 days ago
+4The First Annual WSO Fantasy Macro League 2014OK fellas i have seen a lot of half-ass macro theory on this board over the years and now I think its time to figure out who has the chops and who is the true macro master of WSO. The Rules are simple. 10 players. each player must submit 2 trades each week. Each Trade should have a thought...2651 year 4 months ago
+6What's Your Dream Vacation Destination?I would choose Myanmar. The pagodas and temples look sweet, food sounds pretty good, and I've read it's relatively easy to go backpacking there. Also, Bagan looks incredible. Monkeys with wanderlust, if you could drop everything and take a vacation right now where would you go? 63
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+6Diversity in the workplaceAfter SEO and various pro female programs, we now also have LGBT exclusive programs. I am patiently awaiting the day of "Quant risk management for people who are not good math and do other things bad too", and "sales for autists". The case for diversity is weak at...613 years 6 months ago
+6Valuing Oil and Gas Companies (E&P)How to Value Oil & Gas Companies (E&P) We are all familiar with the three valuation methodologies; discounted cash flows, comparables and ratio analysis, but not all companies in all industries can be valued the same. Oil and gas companies offer a unique problem of valuation due...613 years 9 months ago
+62nd year IB Analyst taking questionsHi everyone, I'm a longtime lurker of this forum but I've never posted before. The information I got here over the past couple of years was hugely helpful when I was in school and looking for my job in banking, and still useful today. I wanted to give back by providing an...612 years 5 days ago
+9Long TSLA - One Year Later1 year ago I posted an article that argued Tesla was on its way up - <a href="">Long TSLA</a> - effectively taking the opposite side of a formerly popular poster’s “trade” - (See <a...612 years 4 weeks ago
+6"Wife Bonuses" - Allowances of the Upper East SideA New York Times writer put together an article on the wives of rich and powerful men in the upper east side. There's a lot of absurdity in the "national geographic" way the writer describes their lives and an obvious liberal, feminist tilt given the publication, but there is a...601 year 4 months ago
+6"If You Have Savings In Your 20s, You’re Doing Something Wrong"Slightly Buzzed rant: Let's feed into the retirement crisis the country is currently experiencing with this trash. Most of this I feel like is propaganda for people with liberal arts degrees that are baristas at Starbucks. Average 401k balance is $25k... across the entire spectrum, I am...601 year 2 weeks ago
+6AMA, I'm the head trader for a Multi-strat HFWent to a top 25 undergrad program, been at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> <span class='keyword_link'><a...604 months 1 week ago
+6I F***ING HATE NEW YORKJust saw a freaking mouse walk leisurely in my $2,000 apartment!!!! this city is so god damn filthy. I walk around and it smells like dog piss everywhere, everyone is so rude, subways suck a**, that was me just venting, but I will probably live here for the next couple of years. Tomorrow...259
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+7Do You Have Edge? (Part One)I know - I hate the term as much as you do, but it's real and it's damn near impossible to explain: the phenomenon investors call "edge." In its most basic form, edge is the ability of an analyst to identify, at first glance, what the key issues and concerns are in...543 years 3 months ago
+6AMA - 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...548 months 3 days ago
+6Banking on Insurance: Breaking in from the Insurance industry - fact or fiction?Here's what my boss said to me over a couple of beers. [quote] About half the industry (insurance) is made up of guys who couldn't cut it as bankers. When all else fails, you have dad call up his college bud at [insert name of commercial insurer here] and get you a cush 9-5 gig wining,...531 year 1 month ago
+6JP Morgan Launching Leaders 2017 DiscussionHi, I just wanted to start a thread for JPMs Launching Leaders program. Does anyone know when we will hear back? I interviewed for IB and Public Finance a couple days ago51
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+11Goldie'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...502 years 3 months ago
+6On The List: Regional Equity Research GroupsIn what is now becoming an excellent case study of capitalism in action, I've decided to respond to VanillaThunder's impressive grab of share in the CapIQ List/Silver Banana exchange market by changing my model quite a bit to preempt VT and other entrants. No more extortion! Most...493 years 2 months ago
+10ACTUALLY, THEY’RE BOTH NAMED BERNIE<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post is a reprint from the January 15th edition of Jared's Daily Dirtnap Newsletter. If you'd like to read more, WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to his Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO...489 months 4 hours ago
+6Breaking into VC from storyBreaking into VC/PE from undergrad is very challenging. I did it coming out of university (I cannot reveal which university since that will give me away...I'm on my firm's website). I also cannot reveal which VC fund for similar reasons, but I will tell you that it is an independent...461 year 11 months ago
+8Big4 M&A - An ExplanationOver the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">corporate...46
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+6Conversation with a former top 5 MBA student adcomSo with round 1 mba admissions cycle starting to get into full gear, a lot of applicants are very anxious. I recently had a chance to catch up with an old friend of mine who just graduated from a top 5 business school and was a student member of the adcom. After talking about a lot of random...454 years 3 months ago
+6Muslims on Wall Street, Bridging Two Traditions<a href="">This is a fascinating article</a> from the NY Times featuring some of the cultural differences that Muslims face on Wall Street....433 years 2 months ago
+6Leveraged Sell-Out is back!first post in 5+ years years 6 months ago
+6The Allure of Africa: Why I am Passionate about Opportunities on the ContinentWhen I graduated from college in 2007, I moved to Beijing hoping to find exciting opportunities within emerging markets. In my off-hand discussions with American expatriates, family friends, and my own observations, I got the feeling I had arrived in China 20 years too late. The major cities...431 year 6 months ago
+13Hard work and sacrifice will get you only so far<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post by @SSits" is a comment originally posted in this thread <a href="">"Karōshi": Death from Overwork on Wall Street"</a> and...431 year 1 month ago
+5Trading Vs. I-BankingI’ve been seeing increasingly frequent discussion on the various boards over the similarities and differences between careers in banking and in <span class='keyword_link'><a...1422 months 1 week ago
+6International Students breaking into banking - ask and I'll try to helpHi all, I've enjoyed reading the posts on WSO and have personally been helped by numerous forummers, including one that went the bat for me and wrote a lengthy email to his HR because I was dinged the first round of my on campus interview. He never even met me and helped me...422 months 1 week ago
+6Steak 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...412 years 3 months ago
+2Best Proprietary Trading Firms - Rankings? I'm curious to hear how everyone would rank the top prop <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> firms. I've focused the post on firms in Chicago because that...5402 years 1 week ago
+6What to do with DAT BONUSI understand that a lot of the readers on this board have never received a sizeable bonus and the minority who do were already paid months ago back in June/July, but I hope this post is still helpful to some about how to manage the bonus that you receive from your finance job. 1. Pay off your...403 years 9 months ago
+6FT start dates mega threadI was wondering if anyone knows when the New York FT start dates are for different banks. Bulges: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span>: July 13th <span...401 year 5 months ago
+6AMA - Big 4 Audit to Boutique M&A ShopHello all, I’ve been a lurker for some time now and have found/utilized some useful information on this site, so I wanted to give back in some way. I recently landed an investment banking analyst position at a boutique bank for M&A. In regards to my background, I graduated from a...40
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+10Why there isn't more diversity on the street<em>Mod note (Andy): WSO top comments - this one is from the post in response to diversity in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">investment banks</a></span>. <a...392 years 8 months ago
+6Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: Drinking for the Modern MonkeyWelcome to <i>Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk</i>, WSO’s new blog about all things alcohol related. It’s a celebration of alcohol, a veritable treasure trove of recipes to be tried out, a collection of useless facts, tips and suggestions to survive the next day, an education on more...393 months 3 weeks ago
+6AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund TraderI did one of these before a couple years back when i was on the sellside, and figured why not do another one since these threads seem to get a lot of traction and provide a lot of useful info for kids. My background: -Discretionary trader at a large hedge fund, focusing on credit and...391 year 4 months ago
+6Headbangers Rejoice! Head of Metal Is Now Live!Some of you may remember my first post of 2013, in which I talked about my new year’s resolution: the launch of, the most accessible heavy metal resource on the web: Since then, it’s been an...373 years 4 months ago
+5Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB<em>Mod Note (Andy): Interview/AMA Tuesdays! @karl_pilkington was nice enough to start this one yesterday. <strong><a href="">Click...1372 years 9 months ago
+6Looks like 2015 ManagementConsulted Salary numbers are outThoughts? <!--break!> year 6 days ago
+8How Finance is like Professional SportsIf you look at elite athletes of virtually any sport, they almost always share one thing in common: they started playing the sport at a fairly young age. Sure, there are exceptions, but very rarely do you see a world-class athlete who picked up the sport after high school. Now, what does...371 year 2 days ago
+6What happens if you fall asleep on the job?I can generally function well on little sleep, but sometimes I doze off at certain times (early afternoon, early evening) even when I'm well rested. I don't totally pass out or drop my head on the desk, I just fall into a very light sleep for ten minutes or so while I'm sitting at...378 months 4 days ago
+6AMA: Kellogg admit, 30+ URM candidate with 2.6 GPA from low tier state school and consulting backgroundBeen a longtime member but haven't posted much, so I wanted to give back. As the title says, I graduated from a small state school in the northeast with an awful GPA, then re-positioned myself these past 5 years with a plan and goal of going into M7 -> <span...373 months 3 weeks ago
+4Which office buzzwords do you hate?<p>I came across this <a href="">funny article</a> in the Boston Globe a while back about all the annoying buzzwords people throw around the office.</p> <blockquote>If terms like...2361 year 7 months ago
+7Why you should take cold showers for a weekI started a cold shower challenge two days ago and I'm really digging it, so to all of you monkeys looking for a great way to start the day, I challenge you to take cold showers for the next week. 1) Russian lifters of old were known for freezing their gonads before a lift. Studies show...36
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+65 Rules of Getting a Job from a Non-Target SchoolI’ve been in the industry for several years and I’ve come across every type of situation. I’ve met guys from top schools who work in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">bulge...353 years 5 months ago
+6Do I need ____ math for finance?I'm tired of seeing posts (especially in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> forums) asking whether or not "I should study XYZ quantitative major"...352 years 12 months ago
+7 Looking for a Job? Avoid These Recruiter Pet Peeves <em>This article is originally from <a href=''></a>. You can <a href=''>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...352 years 1 month ago
+8HappyPantsMcgee the Interview.I’ve been fortunate enough to meet <a href="">HPM</a> two years ago at the first Energy Rodeo in Houston and recently had the opportunity to ask him some questions which the WSO audience could find useful. HPM works in strategy at...342 years 1 week ago
+6Day in the Life of an Options Trader<b>5:45</b> – early rise, whichever desk you end up on you are most likely going to be waking up around this time. Adjust your sleeping habits accordingly or suffer for most of the day. <b>6:30</b> – Arrive on the desk, market opens in 90 minutes so its really a...341 month 3 weeks ago
+6Programming/Technical Skills for Finance: SQL and PythonI find that there are a lot of skeptics on WSO as to whether or not programming abilities are useful in finance. Believe it or not, it's more than just for developers and quants, and with the way the industry (and the world) is becoming more and more automated and technology-driven, these...342 years 10 months ago
+6Consulting Full Time Offer After 1 Year of SearchingAfter 1 year of searching, 700 practice cases, and 200 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">informational interviews</a></span> I got 2 job offers at two 2nd tier consulting firms. I started...342 years 4 months ago
+7Life 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....342 years 4 months ago
+6Craigslist 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...342 years 4 months ago
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+6AMA - top 10 MBA vs MSF vs MMSI hope this AMA can help you if you're looking at MBA, MSF or MMS in your early careers. Background: enrolled in a top 10 MBA program; nontarget undergrad with 3.5 GPA, experiences in first tier MSF (not MIT). less than 2 years of work in an <span class='keyword_link'><a...333 months 2 weeks ago
+6Funny first day story<em>I'm reposting this comment, which I made on another post, to my blog -- think it's a good standalone story, but not exactly front-page material.</em> First internship of my life, the guy I worked for had a completely f*cking ridiculous name. In fact, it is so...324 years 1 month ago
+6The Book of Graham<em>Posted with permission from Leveraged Sellout.</em> <p>I emailed my 22 year old cousin Eric, who’s graduating Summa in Economics from Harvard, to see if he needed any help getting interviews at prestigious financial institutions. I was sure there would be recruiters on...322 years 7 months ago
+7Do Women Really Earn Less?This guy does a pretty good job explaining why it seems like women are paid less than men, while in fact, there is little to no wage discrimination between the two. <html> <body> <iframe width="560" height="315"...314 years 2 months ago
+6DEAR CHINA: YOU’RE MAKING ME NERVOUS……Behind China’s wall, there is much, much more than what meets the eye. Have you taken a look INSIDE those newly built skyscrapers of theirs? There isn’t an inside, just an outside. I’m no poet or Hemmingway, but are not China’s empty skyscrapers a metaphor for China itself? Did you know...306 years 3 months ago
+6Private Equity: How to Analyze a CIM Effectively?All, I work at a middle-market fund (started about 8 months ago here) and wanted to learn from someone qualified (associate level or above) who works on the buyside what the best and most efficient way to analyze a CIM is (Confidential Information Memorandum, for those who're not aware is a...30
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+5I have no moneyJust ranting, but MBAs out there, is anybody in the same situation? I had no debt when came out of undergrad. Spent 2 years in IB, and had saved about $100k over that time, not spending any bonuses and not spending much except on rent (about half of my salary). Life was looking good. Then...1303 years 1 month ago
+6An Old Monkey's Follow Up - Good School, Good Job, Good Money, Still Single?Many of you read <a href="">Ben's post about talking to women in public</a> and there was a rather diverse reaction to it all. Many had concerns about coming off as creepy or making a poor...302 years 7 months ago
+6Congratulations 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...301 year 9 months ago
+8Greece: A History of Financial DisasterDionysius the Elder, a ruler in ancient Greece, ran up massive debts to pay for his multiple military campaigns. His solution? Change every drachma into two drachmas. Pulling money from nowhere to cover massive debts has seemed to be a monetary policy throughout Greek’s history. First, let...301 year 2 months ago
+6So Many Eggs in Vee Cee<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 10/5/12.</em> I went through a few rounds of interviews at the fund that I now call my employer, I was asked insane questions, easy questions, technical questions, and borderline bizarre questions, but I was not...294 years 1 week ago
+6Basic Guide Ramping Up On A Company With Public Information Part OneAssuming that you have access to no financial products such as FactSet, Bloomberg, CapitalIQ, Thomson or otherwise, thought it would be helpful to give a step by step guide on how to ramp up on a new company from your home computer. Using FaceBook as an example. Lets go ahead and start with the...293 years 4 months ago
+6NSFW Episode 4: Silver, Welfare Reform, Winter Inflation<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...285 years 11 months ago
+2Ask Clear Admit: Can I get into a top MBA program?WSO is excited to have the experts from the Clear Admit team on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. We encourage all of you to check out their great resources: 1) <a href="">Clear Admit</a> has been providing...5281 year 2 months ago
+14Young People of WSO: What is with this fascination towards IB?I'm a lot older than most of you guys and while I never worked in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">FO</a></span> IB or desired to do so, I don't understand the...1285 months 3 weeks ago
+6Looks like Booth just jumped up my list of schoolsGood for them. "The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students...28
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+6Q&A with CompBanker, Part 1Today, I have a very special treat for monkeys that frequent WSO. This weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of WSO’s finest. Some say he’s part Saint, part Guru, but If you have posted on the forums seeking some good ol’ fashion advice, you probably know the name...274 years 9 months ago
+6From "Poor Me" to BB***FIRST: This is long so I'll put the cart before the horse real quick: THANK YOU WSO. To everyone who's posted insider knowledge, "day in the life" shit, interview guides, models, any feedback in general--you have provided knowledge that tuition can't pay for. I...273 years 4 months ago
+6Used 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...272 years 3 weeks ago
+6Being happy with what you got It goes without saying that every human being wants to be happy. We pursue education, careers, relationships, hobbies, etc., to maximize our happiness. Looking back on my life as well as learning from others, I think <strong>envy</strong> and...264 years 2 months ago
+66 Tips for Networking Into a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm<strong>6 Tips for Networking Into a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm</strong> Last Night on Mad Men, Roger Sterling used a connection at the airport to “happen to bump into” a potential client. He talked to the guy, became fast friends, and got Sterling Cooper <span...269 months 1 week ago
+6Charles 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="">Here is the...261 year 1 month ago
+7AMA: Venture Capital Co-Founding PartnerGood evening everyone! (or whatever time it is in your time zone), I wanted to open up some time for Q&A with the WSO community. WSO was a very helpful tool in helping me pursue <span class='keyword_link'><a...26
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+68 Year Anniversary Today is the eight year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Completely mind blowing. Discuss.....261 month 2 days ago
+6The Number One Reason You Were DingedAt first you might think it was because you screwed up your technicals. Then maybe after writing your story on here, the folks will tell you it was because you didn’t do a very good job with the <span class='keyword_link'><a...253 years 10 months ago
+6Leveraged Finance Lawyer here, AMANot sure if this will be of interest to anyone (if not, I imagine this will quickly fall into darkness), but I am a lev fin lawyer working at a V5 primarily on lender side LBOs/refis/etc (though have done a decent chunk of sponsor side work). If you've ever had any questions that you feel...252 months 2 weeks ago
+8IBD = Investment Banking DivisionThis may be a bit petty, but it's been grinding my gears for a while. Kids - The acronym "<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">IBD</a></span>"...246 years 4 months ago
+6International Students - How to shine during internship interviews!<b>My Background</b> In the fall of 2011 I decided to attend College in the U.S., and in the process leave my home in Scandinavia. I began my college career at a community college with no idea of what I wanted to do in the future, but, that I wanted to major in Economics. Through...242 years 7 months ago
+7What b-school taught me about the job huntSo in an earlier post I shared portions of what I'm calling my quarter-million-dollar notebook -- the eleven pages containing every note I ever took in b-school that I thought was worth carrying forward into my career. (Why is it a quarter million dollars? That's what I spent on...234 years 3 months ago
+6Evaluating Commercial Banks (part 1 of ??)So as I mentioned in BlackHat's excellent post on how to break down a 10K (see here:<span class='keyword_link'><a...233 years 6 months ago
+7Traders LibraryHey guys, Found this site over at ZH, lots of free pdfs that deal with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span>. Haven't had the time to really look through...223 years 11 months ago
+7blog/30 30 30<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie." This was originally posted in July 2011.</em> I was pretty nervous my first day in the business. I'll admit it. Before I got hired, I thought I knew a good deal about the market. Filing into that conference room...222 years 10 months ago
+6Non Target Success Story: MBB Summer InternThis site has really been an amazing help along my career path and I felt that it was necessary to try and give back to the community and hopefully give some hope to the fellow non targets out there that are trying to break in. I also wanted to thank everyone on this site who have been extremely...224 years 1 month ago
+6Life Lessons from a Game of Pickup BasketballSome years ago I was playing pickup basketball regularly at a local gym. It was pretty competitive; the regulars included high school stars and college players, of which I was neither. I was good enough to run with them, but it was an exclusive group and most weren’t so lucky. One day...222 years 8 months ago
+6i think i'm in trouble and need some help please??????hi guys, i hope that you can help me! sometimes i have guests in my house and i wonder what they are doing when i am not there... so anyways, i put my laptop computer in my bathroom one time and covered it with a cardboard box to hide it, but i cut a little hole in the box. then i turn the...214 years 4 weeks ago
+5Why Your Salary Matters to Her<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in January 2011.</em> When women get together with their friends and talk about the new guy in their life, one of the first questions that always comes up is, "What does he do?", which - let's face it -...1211 year 2 weeks ago
+6Guide To Evaluate a Biotech Company I am currently a research analyst intern at a relatively decent sized hedge fund. One of my responsibilities is being in charge of the biotech stocks in the portfolio as well as researching new opportunities in the biotech sector. Hopefully this helps some people who are in need of some help...212 years 3 weeks ago
+6Picking the Right GroupMany threads have been created over the years concerning which group is best, what exit opps are from each group, etc. While strength of groups change with the tides, i.e <span class='keyword_link'><a...213 years 4 months ago
+6What Is Prime Brokerage?I’ve noticed that there is a dearth of information and answers about this area of Wall Street here on WSO, so I’ve decided to give a basic overview of prime brokerage—what it is, how it fits in the overall picture, and what its responsibilities are. To really drive home the explanations,...212 years 11 months ago
+5Living with 5 guys as the only girl; summer analyst housing; Your opinion? ***Updated***So I have the option of backing out of my NYU double room (just losing about 150$ out of deposit), and getting a single room in a converted 3 bedroom apartment (2 rooms, double beds in open space) and one bathroom. I know the guys from a professional org, they will be fellow <span...1211 year 2 months ago
+65 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="">ER</a></span> so I'm just writing down a few things...202 years 5 months ago
+6AMA: Extreme Non Target to IBDNOTE: Made this post a while back but didn't have enough bananas to post the story into the main body. Starting college as a pre med student, I attended a college highly regarded in the biological research field but a complete fucking joke in anything else. And by a complete joke I mean...192 months 2 weeks ago
+7Scam Science: Welcome to Good BurgerIn honor of Edmundo's superlative "Scam Science" series (, I have decided to shed some light on a racket that is nearly as profitable as Wall Street and has been generating increasing public opposition in spite of being at the heart of our economy: the...182 years 7 months ago
+6It's not rocket science...<em>Mod Note (Andy):</em>Very pleased to introduce our newest blogger, Grizzled Guru. He has a very interesting background and a lot to share with you guys, hope you enjoy.</em> I never really started out with any intention of being in finance. I was a child of Sputnik. I...183 years 1 month ago
+6AMA: Ex-BB analyst across US and Asia in Oil&Gas/PowerHi there, I was previously employed by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> for 2 years. I was in the US for a year before moving to Hong Kong for my second...187 months 3 weeks ago
+7From Non-Target to ThreesomeFriday night. I'm at the club, grinding on two fine NYU specimens, one is my date and the other told us her name was Chloé. I peer over my shoulder and cringe at the desperate frat boys, raising vodka for the sober women, oblivious to the fact that chicken-legs and chubbies don’t go...182 months 2 weeks ago
+6The Street Before Christmas 2011<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h3>The Street Before Christmas...174 years 10 months ago
+6How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win BigI was lucky enough to be given some time to interview Scott Adams for WSO about his new book: <em>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life</em>. His book covers an enormous amount of topics relevant to our readership. It’s a tremendously...172 years 9 months ago
+6Trading 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="//"...172 years 5 months ago
+6An 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...172 years 5 months ago
+6We 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...172 years 1 month ago
+6Shadow 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...171 year 2 months ago
+6Would Non-Targets Be Interested In a Guide to Cold Contacting Investment Bankers?Hi Folks, First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">data room</a></span> sales rep with an extensive background in cold contacting...178 months 2 weeks ago
+6AMA: Credit Underwriter at Commercial Auto Finance CompanyThis probably won't gauge as much interest as other posts, but I'll give it a shot. BACKGROUND: 1.) Recent grad. Started as a credit analyst and moved to an Underwriter/Underwriting Analyst position after 8 months. Non-target (employers in this line of business will give any...177 months 3 weeks ago
+6Reading List for the Incoming AnalystI'm from a non-target and, in part, due to mistakes avoided by listening to you lot for the last few years, I've landed an analyst role, so thanks! :) My generation primarily and increasingly uses the internet to gain information. Although a wonderful source, it rarely has the same,...176 months 3 weeks ago
+6Fashionably Late: 6 Steps for Off-Cycle Recruiting<p>So you found out just a <i>little bit </i>late that you want—<i>need</i>—to be an investment banker. Maybe you just missed OCR. Or maybe you didn’t get a job through OCR and are scrambling, still with no luck. Or maybe you are a year removed from undergrad...162 years 9 months ago
+6Babydick Capital Annual Letter 2013<a href=""></a>162 years 8 months ago
+6Advice from an ex-IB MD - why aren't you getting those interviews ?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> <em>My last post <a...1612 months 3 days ago
+6This Week in Oil and Gas - 1/31/2016Continuing the weekly Oil and Gas review with major headlines and news you need to know... <h3>Industry News</h3> <strong>Chevron swings for a loss in energy earnings season...first loss since Q3 2002</strong> Supermajor Chevron posted its first loss since Q3...168 months 2 weeks ago
+6Non-Target, Low GPA, Mediocre Internships. Landed a Tech M&A position. AMA!Hi Everyone! I thought that it was appropriate for my first post to share my story of breaking into IB. I come from a small LAC in the Northeast with a very small alumni base in general, and even smaller in the world of finance. We tend to pump out advisers and insurance guys at an alarming...166 months 2 weeks ago
+6How to break into IBD from a non traditional background (the real essentials)Well here I am, at it again giving back my two cents for the whole dollar I got from this great website. A few people know my background and for those who do not; here is the Reader's Digest version. I am a former business owner who lost his business thanks to the small business credit...153 years 10 months ago
+6B School is a means to an end not a goal in and of itselfHas anyone else noticed how many people have b school as an explicit goal? It's kind of odd to see people asking things like "Which job will best position me for b school?". Perhaps I'm just cynical, but the value proposition of B school is the network and the ability to...156 months 3 weeks ago
+6Burry on BloombergI don't really follow Bloomberg’s risk takers series since I couldn't quite relate with most of the people they profile but last night they had an excellent piece on someone I know we all couldn't get enough of: Subprime genius Dr. Michael Burry. As I said, it’s pretty...1410 months 2 weeks ago
+6The 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...149 months 1 week ago
+6Guide 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...141 year 8 months ago
+6Got some time to kill?Here is how I spend my down time.... I fking hate AA, yet I love them for doing this. *possibly* NSFW, but its AA136 years 8 months ago
+6To cut or not to cut?Taxes. They tell us that next to death, they are the only thing we cannot escape in life. This is certainly true in today's Keynesian America. They say that "you pay the cost to be the boss", today...this quote had jumped outside of it's own parameters. That is because...134 years 9 months ago
+6Giving thanks...Starting to get my head above water- having just come of out a fairly traumatic, life changing summer - I am a different man. To be honest I am dealing with a fair amount of PTSD from it. Being in the room when another baby passed... not to mention my own daughter's life/death...133 years 11 months ago
+6Random Thoughts on MM PE Analyst Interviews I recently provided a friend of a friend with some random thoughts on interviewing for an analyst position at a MM PE fund. He seemed to think they were helpful, so here’s a slightly cleaned up version of some of it in case anyone cares. Obviously this is just one data point, so take it for...125 years 9 months ago
+6Final 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...122 years 2 months ago
+6AMA: 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,...112
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+7My 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...112 years 5 months ago
+6REFM Review - Real Estate Financial Modeling Courses 1-3I just went through levels 1-3 of Bruce Kirsch's Real Estate Financial Modeling (REFM) and another monkey recommended I give a review... So here is a summary and what I though about the courses: Level 1 - starts off as simple formatting and statistics formulas (max, min, avg). Then moves...112 months 1 day ago
+6Will I Get Fired?Hey guys, I got myself stuck in a dilemma the other day at work. I have been interning at a boutique bank for the past month and a half and I have this playful borderline flirtatious relationship with my married co-worker. Yesterday, in an attempt to mess around with her I decided to hide behind...11
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+6Energy Trading Job - Apply NowFriend of mine is looking for resumes but you MUST met the following: 1. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GPA</a></span> above 3.4 2. Degree in Finance, Accounting, Math 3. S/T...105 years 10 months ago
+6Accounting / Financial Theory / Technicals Forum Ok, hear me out, this is slightly dorky but worthwhile. One of my favourite parts of WSO is when you find a thread which is legitimately useful to those who are lucky enough to have themselves a job; contains advice not on universities, exit opps, networking but on a financial concept or...102 years 10 months ago
+6How to Survive and Thrive During UnemploymentA few posts on layoffs got me thinking of my unemployment spell a couple of years back, and I think that now would be a good time to go over lessons that I learned to keep myself sane and productive while searching for a new job. The big key is to look at this as an <strong>opportunity...103 years 8 months ago
+6Argentina Case Study: How a Black Market Currency Emerges A question was posed to me by our chief operating orangutan, Andy Louis, about Argentina's black market currency exchange, commonly called the blue market. Being a foolish person in general, I obliged to write about the potential causes and investment implications that the myriad currency...103 years 3 months ago
+6India is sneezing, will the gold market catch cold?Bloomberg reports today that India’s gold imports may be cut dramatically this month, from about 75-80 tons same time last year, to 25-30 tons. This, as a result of higher import taxes which have slowed demand, and which were intended to slow demand as most gold purchased in India is...94 years 7 months ago
+5Lifestyle 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...1092 years 1 month ago
+8How to Awaken the Giant Within<strong>I’m a sucker for self-improvement.</strong> I’ve probably read 50 books on the subject. <strong>I read them because I genuinely believe that we can change,</strong> that nothing is fixed, and that there are many ways for us to achieve greatness and fulfill our...98 months 3 weeks ago
+6Liberal Arts Undergrads: A few tips to land THE internshipHey monkeys. I just started becoming more active on WSO now that I have made it to the buy side and wanted to share a few tips for fellow liberal arts undergrads. After working on my economics degree on a campus of 2,000 students and residing outside of a large city (I apologize for the...99 months 1 week ago
+6Retail Hates The Middle Class <em><strong>What will retail look like in 2020?</strong></em> <a href=""> According to NYU Stern in a joint project with IBM</a>, the retail landscape is on course to...84 years 6 months ago
+5FLDP Q&A (Most questions answered)Good morning all, I've spent a lot of time on this site, and asked quite a few questions myself, so I figured I'd do my part to give back by answering any questions you might have about <span class='keyword_link'><a...1089 months 1 week ago
+6Random Musing on Mr. MarketAgain take everything I say with a grain of salt... <h3>1) Are we happy yet value investors? </h3> A while ago, I was once asked if I was happy. It was a weird question since I'm generally a happy person but this investor thought I wasn't expressing an appropriate...81 year 1 month ago
+6How to impress your co-workers and get a full-time offerOver the past couple of weeks, the wso users who found <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> on wall street started hitting their desks. Many of you are...73 years 6 months ago
+6But 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...71 year 6 months ago
+6Billion-dollar Tech Babies: A Blessing of Unicorns or a Parcel of Hogs?A unicorn is a <a href="">magical beast</a>, a horse-like, horned creature that is so rare, that even in mythology, you almost never run into a blessing of unicorns (which, I have learned is what a group of unicorns is called). It was...71 year 4 months ago
+63 Reasons Canadians Aren’t Seeing Lower Pump PricesCanada is one of the top oil producing nations in the world, producing around 4.3 million barrels per day according the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). You might assume that with crude oil prices testing their August lows that Canadians are seeing extremely low pump prices for...710 months 2 weeks ago
+14A horrible surprise after Bring Your Kid To Work DayBack from a late summer hiatus, monkeys. I like to take some for myself during this season and get out to the Catskills to detox my liver and clear my mind. Just kidding. I was catching major shit sandwiches from my boss about taking vacation this summer so I basically spent every night in...7
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+6Societe Generale Risk Management<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Societe Generale</a></span> Risk Management team goes back to work... (original post from ElaineSeinfold - can't take credit)64 years 9 months ago
+6Calling Houston College Folks - Current Studentsif your looking for energy focused internship my bud's shop is hiring. He just sent me an email looking for resumes... pm me for details..66 years 5 days ago
+6Dear WSO - America is the best Since the other osama thread turned into a jellyfest over politics Im just gonna say this here. I fucking love America, and Osama's defeat is a great day for all of us. That said, if you're gonna exploit it to argue your rightist or leftist viewpoints shut the fuck up. Give us one...65 years 5 months ago
+6What banker careers REALLY look like: The DATA<em>Moderator Note (Andy) this was originally posted by bankerella on 9/5/12</em> All right, folks, got some hard stats here. Read 'em and weep, or rejoice (you know who you are). Reminder: this is longitudinal career data from a sample set of several hundred bankers in...1062 years 6 months ago
+6Cold Calling Best Practices I’ve never been one to take the usual routes to success. The normal application process has never been my thing. Therefore, I tend to go about gaining positions and opportunities by just talking to some strangers. Or, as many call it, Cold Calling. Now, much like the yawn-and-stretch move,...61 year 2 months ago
+62 steps to killing it in 2016 (Pt 2)Hopefully you had a chance to do part one of this exercise that <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""> you can find here. </a></span> There you reviewed 2015, in particular focusing...69 months 2 weeks ago
+6The Secret Weapon That Lets You Control the Job InterviewMany people enter an interview expecting to be grilled by tough questions: <em>“How would you handle X,”</em><em> “What makes you different from all other candidates?”</em>, <em>“How many windows do you estimate are in Manhattan?”</em> And to their...67 months 1 week ago
+6How to network & get yourself a Career MentorThis is probably one of the most interesting and important subjects that universities failed to include in your curriculum. First I will define a Career Mentor: A Mentor is a professional in your target field that has accumulated decent experience and is willing to help you bridge the gap...61 month 2 weeks ago
+4Best Proprietary Trading Firms - 2010I know this topic was posted before, but it's been a while and a lot has changed recently. I'm looking to hear primarily from active prop traders and those with first hand knowledge and experience; what are some of the best prop firms out there right now, and why? how has <span...2053 years 1 month ago
+5What Do You Think of Girls Who Smoke?Personally, I think I have a fetish for girls who smoke. A girl smoking conveys a message to me that she's sensual, flirty, and independent. My buddy is totally disgusted by girls smoking though. Anyone here also thinks it's hot if a girl smokes?1053 years 4 months ago
+5How to Pass the Series 7 ExamIf you are reading this post, you are most likely preparing to sit for the series 7 exam. First and foremost, I made this post because I wish it existed when I was studying for the exam. For me, the stakes were very high - pass the series 7 exam on the first attempt or lose my new wall street...1054 months 1 week ago
+6TN-1 Visa for Canadians - Academic Equicalency and Credentials EvaluationThis is Part II of my original post <A HREF="">IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them</A> <EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal...46 months 5 days ago
+4Ask Me Anything: Recruiter from a Consulting Firm<em>A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become a part of. He is shown a well and his guide says: "On any day except Monday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told an answer". The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down:...2031 month 3 weeks ago
+6Doing 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="">venture capital</a></span> have to do with innovation, this is the...32 years 4 months ago
+6Groundhog day in Greece, Hijinks in Brazil and Market Chaos in China: Pictures of Global Risk - Part I<div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-7072515807443754721' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr"...31 year 2 months ago
+6All the Evil of this World: A Monkey's Review[from Chapter 1]<em> “So why do you want to be a trader?” she asks. <em>“Because I’m good at math.” “Lots of people who are good at math don’t want to be traders.” “It’s fun.” She half-winks at me. <em>“How do you know? You haven’t done it...32 months 3 weeks ago
+5AMA - 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="">Asset...1021 year 9 months ago
+6Dealing with Low Interest rates: Investing and Corporate Finance LessonsA few months ago, I tagged along with my wife and daughter as they went on a tour of the Federal Reserve Building in downtown New York. While the highlight of the tour is that you get to see large stacks of US dollars in the basement of the building, I considered making myself persona non grata...21 year 6 months ago
+6AMA continuation: Debating Trends in Lower Middle Market PE with the Founders of Nextvest<a href="">After my last AMA,</a> I got a lot of messages and reachouts asking to discuss how we came up with the idea for Nextvest and to get my perspective on how the PE...25 months 3 weeks ago
+6Pre-Investment Banking Internship: Calling all freshmen and sophomoresJanuary has arrived bringing a new year, new semester, and the pre-IB internship dash. IB recruiting has gotten really competitive. At the top-tier <span class='keyword_link'><a...19 months 5 days ago
+5NY Muslim terrorist bombings/Wells Fargo CEO getting grilledSo, NYC got bombed this weekend and I'm surprised nobody has brought it up here. Then, the CEO from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Wells Fargo</a></span> gets grilled in...98
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+7Informal Email = Fail<strong>----Original Message-----</strong> From: [Me] To: [Boutique President] Subject: Summer Internship Application Hey [First Name], I've attached my resume and cover letter below. Cheers, [My Name] <strong>-----His Reply---------</strong> From:...1974 years 6 months ago
+4How 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...1939 months 2 weeks ago
+5AMA: 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...92
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+6Corporate Rotational/Leadership Development Programs and Entry Level CareersThis list has been removed, sorry for the inconvenience.911 year 1 month ago
+4Q&A with Heister, "My Total Worth is North of $50 Million"For those who do not frequent the WSO Chatroom, I would like to introduce WSO Chatroom extraordinaire, <strong>Heister.</strong> Although he might have some troll tendencies, if you ever have a question about agricultural farming, finance homework, or the <span...1911 year 9 months ago
+5US FT IB Analyst Application Deadlines at BBs and MMsI would like to start a thread about US FT IB Analyst Application Online Deadlines at BBs and MMs. If you guys know the details for any of these banks I can update the list. Here is what I have so far in no particular order: <span class='keyword_link'><a...902 years 10 months ago
+5Meat on the Street<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> The worst <span...889 months 2 weeks ago
+5Official Super Bowl 50 threadalright monkeys, it's that time again. being the south, I'm surrounded by Panthers fans, both legitimate and bandwagon, and after their showing yesterday, it's hard to deny their charm & talent. To make this interesting, I want people to make some bold predictions (a la...858 months 2 weeks ago
+6Climate Control=Communism?If there is one bright spot to the financial crisis it is the slowdown of the global hype machine that is <em> Global Warming</em>. This closeted socialist doctrine has thankfully left the headlines for the time being. But don't be fooled into thinking it gone for...835 years 5 months ago
+5AMA - MM PE Vice President - Big 10 Undergrad - No MBABeen on and around this forum for 5+ years and have changed user names (mostly because I lost passwords) multiple times. Figured it was time to give back in some way now that I have been around the industry for a while. Background: Big 10 business degree, <span...833 years 1 week ago
+5WSO 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...822 years 2 months ago
+5Please DO NOT Hire MeThe boards have got me thinking the last few days. Lots of anger about seemingly trivial issues. Some harsh words from opposite sides of the ideological isle. A deeper scratch beneath the surface, reveals an uncertainty that most of us are not familiar with. The Titanic is drifting along,...806 years 2 months ago
+5Associate in Private Equity FoF - will answer questionsNoticed quite a few questions regarding FoF on here recently (probably due to recruiting cycle) so thought a thread might be helpful - no PMs if possible. My background is non-traditional. I'm from the UK, top 10(ish) university, finance degree, joined one of the biggest UK asset...802 years 1 month ago
+5TMT Internet Industry Outlook ReportI have some great reports. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">TMT</a></span>, Internet Industry reports by BBs. One report is on 2015 U.S. Consumer...794 months 5 days ago
+5Attending Tuck @ Dartmouth in the fall, after being waitlisted. Ask me anything (AMA)Age: just turned 25 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GMAT</a></span>: 690, 700, 760 Ethnicity: Caucasian Gender: M Geo Loc: US (South)792 months 2 weeks ago
+5AMA - 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...781 year 9 months ago
+5Ask Me Anything: I'm a Physical Energy TraderI am currently a physical energy trader at a major firm. I studied business and economics and did various <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> through...772 years 10 months ago
+5Why are Equity Research and Investment Management looked down upon?It seems like there is a lack of content on WSO outside of the IB and PE forums on here. I would guess that this is because of the site's general focus toward IB, but I also noticed that are no WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a...775 months 9 hours ago
+5Ask me anything: Ex BB IBD analystHi all Gained a lot of useful knowledge here back in the day. Have just started a PE gig after 3 yrs in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" rel="nofollow"...7410 months 1 week ago
+5Middle Market Investment BanksLet me start off by saying: this thread is not for rankings! I completely agree with WSO comments that “rankings” are arbitrary. However, there has been a tremendous reshuffling since 2008, and I’m asking for help categorizing <span class='keyword_link'><a...721 month 2 weeks ago
+1HK/SIN IBD BB SA 2013Juniors, I thought it might be useful if we compiled information regarding the statuses of our applications for Asia recruiting. This has been done for many years in the past and I thought we could <span class='keyword_link'><a...4723 years 3 months ago
+7Dr. Milton Friedman Schools a Young PunkI got a kick out of this... <a href="">Milton Friedman takes Q & A at Stanford University</a>695 years 5 months ago
+5What finance movie would you make?With the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Big Short</a></span> coming out next month, if you were a producer, what finance-related movie would you make? It could be a biopic, documentary, drama...6911 months 2 weeks ago
+5CRE Trends That Are Emerging Now and Will Prevail Throughout Our Careers What are some of the emerging trends that you all think will prevail throughout our time in the industry? For one, I think cheap debt will be a thing of the past when we look at the steady decline that the 10-year treasury has been on since 1981. How this will affect the identification and...69
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+5Found this on Reddit. THIS is why I oppose the Occupy Wall Street campaignSo, for those of you who don't partake in the viewing of Reddit (pffft, I <i>totally</i> don't, I just... look at the memes sometimes...), a bunch of redditors have been posting notes saying "I am the 99% Percent." And, while tragic, the notes do nothing but ask...663 years 1 month ago
+7Protips: Not Being AwkwardAs a fair warning, I just got home from a networking event - mostly college kids, like myself - and I don't know if I should be extremely pleased or extremely irritated. I'm currently both. Approx. 60% of the people I talked to were horribly, horribly awkward. Unable to <span...662 years 3 days ago
+6The Fallacy of Homeownership as a Vehicle for Wealth CreationI spend a lot of time at work thinking about the value proposition of housing, and wrote this bad boy up when I was bored... Interested in any thoughts/criticisms. The mortgage banking industry is the largest consumer lending industry on the planet, responsible for $6 trillion in loans in...1662 years 7 months ago
+5Marrying another banker<em>Moderator note (Andy): this is an oldie (2/19/08) but always an interesting topic to discuss.</em> I'm a girl and a prospective monkey and was just curious, but what are the chances that you would you ever marry another banker? Also, what's your opinion on...653 years 12 months ago
+5Academia Sinks Its Hooks In Young<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 7/30/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="">here.</a></em> I think you guys will get a kick out of this...659 months 3 weeks ago
+5AMA: Investment Banking Analyst to Startup Co-FounderLong time member of WSO here, I just created a new username for this post. I’m a former investment banking analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">bulge...651 year 10 months ago
+5Q&A with Flake, “Don’t waste your time and energy in a back office role.”How do I even begin to introduce <strong>Flake</strong>? More than anything else, Flake is really here for our enjoyment. Sure, maybe Flake is not as helpful as the legendary CompBanker, but that does not mean he is undeserving a Q&A. Within our interview, there are some real,...644 years 3 months ago
+5The BlackHat Interview: 2/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="">see part 1...644 years 2 months ago
+5I F@#$%^ up my lunch run, help me fix the damage!I am a first year sales and642 years 8 months ago
+5What Would You Say to 20 y/o YouHi everyone, I am currently 20 years old and studying Econ in NYC. Ideally, like everyone, I want to land a job after graduation. For those of you in the financial industry, what are some words of advice for someone who wants to make the most out of college in the city? What might you have...631 month 4 weeks ago
+5Would you trade places with your MD?He strolls into the office whenever he wants, looking sharp and slick. The only thing shinier than his new, freshly polished Ferragamo loafers is the 24K gold on his cufflinks. Or maybe it's his new Patek Phillippe, the one he bought on a whim after seeing an ad in the back of The Economist...615 years 7 months ago
+5Obamacare, Crony Capitalism, Economics & Mispricing RiskMonkeys, I wanted to have a discussion on this because I'm sure there are plenty out there who know more about this topic than I do (I'm betting @Eddie Braverman" has some thoughts), but I wonder if ACA is failing or if it can be saved. Most people know about UNH's...602 months 4 hours ago
+4Milton Friedman explains why drugs should be legal. Great discussions on why Milty thinks drugs should be legal. He covers damn near every angle. <iframe width="560" height="349" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>1595 years 4 months ago
+5ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PROP TRADING!Ask your questions, whether they intellectual or asinine, and I'll do my best to answer and give you my opinions on them. Mind you I can't really comment on options/Chicago shops and whatnot so maybe someone else (Jerome etc) can fill in on that.584 years 7 months ago
+5Ask me anything - MM PE Associate, 1 year inI haven't really posted on WSO before, but this community was extremely helpful to me during my job search and interview process, so I thought I would make myself available to answer questions about my experience for others out there. As way of background, I graduated from a target...588 months 3 weeks ago
+5How early do you get up to seize the day?Was reading an <a href="">article</a> which states that the likes of Tim Cook and Richard <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...57
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+5The End of AmericaHave you ever sat around and been fearful in regards to your future, your families future or even your future family for that matter? Not because you are incapable as a provider but because there are things outside of your control that have the potential to derail your train of...565 years 4 days ago
+5Stephens Superday Class of 2017Hi folks, Has anyone heard back from Stephens for their <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">superday</a></span> invites? I was told they'll be sending it out this week, but haven't heard anything yet.56
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+5Do beautiful/attractive people have a competitive edge in their careers? (Superficially speaking)The world is full of diversity. Some people are just amazingly beautiful/drop-dead gorgeous and some people are just the opposite. Do you think it is easier for the more beautiful/attractive people to get jobs/climb up the corporate ladder than the rest? Just how far do you think your looks can...56
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+5AMA: First-year Analyst at a "Micro-Boutique" Investment BankAs a brief introduction, I was a student athlete at a semi-target school in the Southeast. When I started looking into my options for jobs, I was drawn to investment banking because of the deal mentality, but I was not 100% certain it was the career I wanted for the rest of my life. Due to that...553 months 2 weeks ago
+4For Those About to Propose<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in January 2011.</em> With Valentine's Day two short weeks away, some of your girlfriends are no doubt ratcheting up the pressure on you to pop the question on the most romantic day of the year. Maybe you...1541 year 1 week ago
+52016 analyst bonus threadHey everyone. Bonuses should be coming our around now. What are the 1st 2nd 3rd year analyst bonuses looking like at your firms this year?541 month 3 weeks ago
+2ASIA 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.3531 year 9 months ago
+5Marine Officer/Aviator Ask Me Anything<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 5/13/2015.</em> I'm pretty new to the forum and have been using it as a very useful informational supplement to my post-USMC career. I have been...539 months 4 weeks ago
+5AMA First Year CBS MBA Class of 2017I'm a current first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. OCR recruiting week is finally over (at least for banking). Now I know where I'm going for summer, so I finally have time to create this AMA thread for prospective students interested in banking/investing/consulting/tech...528 months 3 weeks ago
+8Betches Love This: Investment BankersPR girls majored in him. He&rsquo;s dead to at least a few people. You don&rsquo;t need a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">JP Morgan</a></span> access pass to find him, but you will need...512 months 5 days ago
+5Global Credit Rating Agency ---> Backdoor to High FinanceThesis: For those unable to break directly into high finance, starting at a one of the "Big 3" (S&P, Moody's, Fitch) is a great entry-level job, in which you can position yourself for a bright future. Overview: *Entry-level analysts may only make about $70k (1st year...518 months 1 week ago
+5What if I Can't Afford a Target School?I see so much hype around this website about attending a target school, and that it is very difficult to break into a good finance career without a target school background. However, is it worth it to <span class='keyword_link'><a...51
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+5Plant Controller at a F500 - Ask me anything<em>Mod Note (Andy): Interview/AMA Tuesday! To see our full list of interviews/AMA's, check out <strong><a href="">this...501 year 9 months ago
+5AMA: 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,...501 year 9 months ago
+5Bitcoin - Believe the HypeUnless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you've probably heard the word <a href="">Bitcoin</a> thrown around in the news quite a bit. If you're a bit more web savvy, or an active Redditor, chances are you've...492 years 8 months ago
+5In 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...494 months 2 weeks ago
+7December 2015 CFA resultCongratulations! We are very pleased to inform you that you passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam. 43% of candidates passed the December 2015 Level I CFA exam. :) > 70% all sections :) Hope it's good news for everyone else...? <!--break--> 498 months 2 weeks ago
+56 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person[QUOTE]Let's say that the person you love the most has just been shot. He or she is lying in the street, bleeding and screaming. A guy rushes up and says, "Step aside." He looks over your loved one's bullet wound and pulls out a pocket knife -- he's going to operate...482 years 1 month ago
+6Clinton Tax Plan I thought I would write about the Clinton tax plan! Seeing as how she is probably going to be president, we should start thinking about it. So here are all the planks in the plan, which I cribbed from the Tax Foundation. My responses <em>in italics</em> are below each. 1....48
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+5Rethinking the wall street pathAs a former investment banker, I can't help but take concern with young college kids who's shoes I was once in. I totally get why everyone wants to get into wall street: 1) the money 2) creating 'economic value' and speaking with CEO's 3) prestige and status. I felt...475 years 2 months ago
+5I'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...472 years 6 months ago
+5MIT MFin Q&AApplication season is coming up, so I figured I would provide some unofficial info via Q&A on the program to those interested. Anything goes from admissions (chances, essays, interviews) to curriculum to class profile to quality of instruction to industry connections to job placement to...463 years 1 month ago
+6The 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...461 year 2 months ago
+5BB/EB Ranking/Tier List 2016Hey everyone, feel like we haven't had a good ol' argument/friendly discussion in a while. What would you say is the current tier list of <span class='keyword_link'><a...461 month 6 days ago
+5Exclusive Edmundo Braverman Interview : Part 1 of 2Fellow WSO Monkeys, I have a treat for you this thanksgiving. I was able to score an exclusive interview with the notorious <b>Edmundo Braverman</b> a.k.a <b>Eddie Braverman</b> a.k.a <b>Uncle Eddie</b>. <i> (<a...454 months 2 weeks ago
+5How to blow 200k properlySo threads about how great business school is keep on popping up on this site every once in a while. I won't comment on that, but what I will do is make a list of ways that I think you could have a lot more fun for 20k instead of the 200k business school costs. 1. I'd take a 7 day...452 years 6 months ago
+5How 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 has a very interesting series of interviews called “How...452 years 1 month ago
+5I've been fired - what do I do?All, Require some help/suggestions on my next course of action. As the topic header indicates, I've been fired from my current firm - I was an Analyst, with around 8 months of experience. My background: I went to Reading University in the UK (I'm UK based), had a decent B...1441 year 7 months ago
+6Alexi Vayner Part II? Exclusive InterviewWall Street Oasis presents an exclusive interview with a potential Alexi Vayner. For those of you that need some background <a href="">click here</a>. Feel free to download the audio file attached. Here...435 years 4 months ago
+4Peter Schiff takes on the 99%...againGod bless this man. Someone posted his first video yesterday but apparently he is still down there tearing up OWS idiots. This video makes it pretty damn clear how off base some of these people are. <object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie"...1434 years 8 months ago
+5IPO Pricing 101There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth at the close on Friday over the perceived lack of performance in the Facebook IPO. The stock priced at $38, opened at $42.50 (after a few hiccups at the NASDORK), and closed at exactly $38 after an effort by the syndicate members akin to the Spartans...434 years 5 months ago
+610 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> ...431 year 7 months ago
+4HK BB IBD/CM 2012 SA Social (Future Colleagues Thread)Updated 2/7/2012: All <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> offers are out so which bank will u join next summer? ill keep the posted updated....3424 years 6 months ago
+2Wow... being married sucksOne of my frat bros who graduated college 2 years ago is married. He married his high school sweetheart last year, at age 23. I went to his wedding, the girl was pretty hot (she was a solid 8), he told me he was the happiest man on the planet at the moment, etc. One year later, he is...3423 years 10 months ago
+5I'm f***ing in, you're f***ing outHey guys. Kenny F'in Powers, Chartered F'in Analyst, here. I've been away for a while getting my sh*t straight in Mexico/starting a new job. I missed a lot of PMs and forum discussions while I was busy, and I apologize for anyone who never heard back from me in the last few...424 years 1 month ago
+4Ex-McKinsey consultant here answering questions for at least a couple daysLeft "The Firm" a little over a year ago. I've been meaning to do this and just never got around to it; no time like the present! I'm doing an AMA at r/consulting on reddit as well, in case you run across that. I joined <span class='keyword_link'><a...14210 months 3 weeks ago
+5Vacation as an Analyst?Hey guys, I am about to begin working at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> in their investment banking division as an analyst in a few months. I have a...426 months 3 days ago
+5Top 10 Ways to Avoid Work from Your Staffer as an Investment Banking Analyst10. Send you phone straight to Voicemail so that you can screen your calls 9. Pay your assistant so she screens your calls and says you are in a meeting -- pay her bonus to make her comment how stressed you look and how hectic your week has been 8. If you leave the office by 9pm, save...412 years 6 months ago
+7How to Build F'ing Amazing Decks for a BSDI gotta say, my life has improved dramatically since I got to the point where I could control much of the messaging my team produces. Before I go any further, huge caveat: this is completely culture-specific and audience-specific. There are some groups out there that would hand me my...414 years 2 months ago
+42013 WSO Compensation Report has ArrivedAfter over one year in the making, the <strong><a href="">2013 WSO Compensation Report</a></strong> is here! Access to the FULL 108 page 2013 WSO Compensation Report is <strong>100%...1412 years 3 months ago
+5Q&A with Nefarious - a Strategy Associate at a Fortune 500 Company - (Part Two)<a href="">Following up my my post from last Thursday </a>, I'm here today with <strong>part two of my interview with Nefarious.</strong> For...403 years 8 months ago
+5AMA: 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...409 months 2 weeks ago
+5Thank You - BROKE IN! WSO Admins and Users, I just wanted to extend a sincere thank you to those at WSO and M&I for all of their constructive criticism and advice over the past year. The advice of others and willingness to help kept me motivated to push longer and harder to chase my dream of becoming an...391 year 8 months ago
+5Miserable Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Broker“I don’t see you as someone who loves Real Estate,” my one Principal said. <em>Wrong…</em> I took a sip of my coffee and thanked whomever that we were outside and I had sunglasses on. “I think you’re just in this to make a quick buck,” he continued....393 years 2 months ago
+7How to blow your technical interviewInterviewing is a skill. Like any other skill, you need to practice. When I'm interviewing you, I can tell if you've been practicing or not. Interviewing skills are important, but for a long time, I wasn't really very good at it. I held several positions at my national lab...393 years 2 weeks ago
+52013 Was Another Great Year in the Film Industry2013 was another great year in the film industry, an industry designed to present the art of the moving image interlaced with sound and music. I got the opportunity to see 29 films in the theater this year, and with the Oscars fast approaching, I’ve taken the liberty of roughly ranking the...392 years 7 months ago
+5CFA 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=""...392 years 1 month ago
+7Happiness for WSOSo what is happiness? Is it a series of chemical reactions in your brain brought about by arbitrary worldly phenomena? Does it lie in your external portrayal to the world, through either your fame or degree of wealth? Or perhaps, is it much deeper than that? if you think for a second of...386 years 6 months ago
+53 Lessons from Tebow to Non-TargetsHe comes from a non-target. He throws like a monkey. He is too bulky, and not “pro-style” enough. But, especially after tonight’s win, everyone is doing it. From Dwight Howard to tourists outside the Taj Mahal, people around the globe are Tebowing. Although I personally have a...384 years 10 months ago
+5How to get into banking - and WSO myths...You come from a non-target? Sucks to be you You have a low <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GPA</a></span>? Sucks to be you You want a job in banking? Sucks to be you I've been...383 years 10 months ago
+5Should I put a "lol" in my email to MD?The MD at my firm just sent me - the intern - an email (for the first time) asking me to complete some simple tasks for him. In it, he also included a joke at the end. I'm debating if I should reply to the joke by saying something like "that's a good one" or...382 months 3 weeks ago
+5Full Time Offer, at last! Thanks WSO!Here's my story: I will be graduating this semester from a non-target university, majoring finance and accounting, with a decent gpa (3.5 up). I started networking last summer, searching for that <span class='keyword_link'><a...364 years 5 months ago
+5Jane Street Final Round - What to ExpectThis site has been invaluable for me during recruiting so I thought I would pay it forward now that I have graduated and am gainfully employed. Specifically I wanted to address the <span class='keyword_link'><a...354 years 1 month ago
+3MSF Class of 2017<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this was originally posted 8/25/15 but we know @TNA" loves answering these questions so bumping up again to the top</em> With the MSF recruiting cycle quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to create an updated MSF thread for everyone...2353 months 2 weeks ago
+5This kid's got the PERFECT ResumeJust kidding. I'm going to apply for IB 2012 SA very soon. Please give me feedback? Thanks!!! years 9 months ago
+5Equity Research Q&A with bearing<em>Andy note: BIG thanks to bearing for doing the interview with me. bearing is a 3rd year <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">equity research</a></span> associate and...342 years 3 months ago
+5Stand Out as a Non-Target: Recruiting (Part 1 of 4)Many of the questions that have come in surround recruiting for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">front office</a></span> Wall Street careers from a non-target so we’ll...343 years 3 months ago
+8For the monkeys still in collegeThis is something that I've been thinking about when I read WSO: I had an amazing college experience, and wouldn't have traded it for anything. However, when I read these forums people always talk about transferring schools to a target/semi-target/ivy etc like it's no big deal...346 months 3 weeks ago
+5AMA: Non-target --> 2x SA at BB --> FinTech Corp Dev --> Corp Dev at a large companyHello everyone, A few months ago I came to this board with a really tough dilemma and you guys helped me see it through. I now want to pay it forward as I know that people are getting increasingly interested in corporate development/ <span class='keyword_link'><a...345 months 2 weeks ago
+5THE NEXT CATASTROPHESo here is the gist of why I am extremely worried. Don't look at this until you have fifteen minutes to digest it all - According to a July 2007 report by AMP Capital Investors, the total value of all sub prime loans was approximately $1.4 trillion, of which only about one-third of...336 years 7 months ago
+53 ways to help your interviewer help you<em>Andy note: this was originally posted on 9/14/12</em> So last time we established that when I come to recruit at your school (and I promise you, today I am recruiting at a school attended by probably at least 40-50 of the people on this board), I’m really just doing it to...334 years 4 weeks ago
+7Interview with WallStreetPlayboys: A Top 3 Institutional Investor Ranked Analyst (part 2/2)<em>The following is Part 2 of an interview with WallStreetPlayboys (he is also available to answer your questions). <a href="">See Part 1...333 years 5 months ago
+5So I Bought This Penny Stock...I bought a penny stock the other day. Like, <em>literally</em>. It was a penny and a half a share on the Bulletin Board. I'm not going to say what it was because I don't want any of you buying it and I definitely don't want to be accused of front running or...332 years 9 months ago
+5Gates’ vs Waltons: How much will you leave to your kids?I haven’t seen this topic discussed much on WSO. When it comes to inheritance, the common wisdom is that when parents pass on, whatever they have goes to their kids. Clearly, this choice is considerably harder for the wealthy than for the rest of population. Considering that a huge percentage...331 year 5 months ago
+5Improving your game <strong>Game:</strong> that ineffable quality which all men aspire to possess, so we can attract women. People have written books and articles on it. Heck, there are men out there who call themselves "pickup artists" and do this for a living. Your humble blogger is no...324 years 3 months ago
+6Lazard Analysts Given ENTIRE Weekend OffThis stunning footage was taken moments after <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Lazard</a></span> brass announced an unprecedented <em>entire</em> weekend off for their analysts after a...322 years 5 months ago
+5How To Get a Drink at a Busy BarSome of you older guys might be wondering why I would post something like this. The answer is that the younger guys need to hear it. That, and there is far too much shit being directed at Goldman for me to choose from, so I'll default to my second favorite topic. As a former bar owner...317 months 1 week ago
+5Observations of an Equity Research AssociateThis is just one of those threads, where we talk about what the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span> industry is like. I'm a first year associate at a...314 years 3 months ago
+4Ask a 2nd Year AnalystFeel free to ask anything you'd like about investment banking. Open for questions.1313 years 1 month ago
+5BCG private equity and info, other insights?.312 years 11 months ago
+5Overseas 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...312 years 4 months ago
+9Geographic MobilityHere’s an interesting stat from the New York Times. In the sixties, 20% of the population used to move ever year. That went down to 15% in the nineties, and is now at 10 percent, the lowest since 1948. No exaggeration here. Of all alarming economic statistics, that is the most alarming of...314 months 2 weeks ago
+5Definitive Guide to Analyst Housing in CharlotteI've gotten a number of PMs about analyst housing in uptown Charlotte, so I thought I'd consolidate my responses and post them publicly for everyone's reference. Hopefully this helps all you incoming <span class='keyword_link'><a...301 year 6 months ago
+6Investment Bankers - Career MistakesThe 11 Biggest Career Blunders Bankers Make Here's a list of the 11 biggest career blunders bankers make. 1. Believing your own hype - a sure way to court disaster. It's fine to bullshit your friends that you are the greatest thing the markets have ever seen, but bringing your...305 years 3 months ago
+6You have no chance in high finance when...1. You need help with sending networking and thank you emails. 2. You ask for target schools of a specific firm, which means... You aren't at a target. 3. Your "pitch" includes statements about a "passion for finance". 4. You ask about the frequency of cold...301 year 10 months ago
+5How I Work - Rufiolove Edition<strong>Current gig:</strong> Private Equity Associate<br> <strong>Location:</strong> New York, NY<br> <strong>Current mobile device:</strong> iPhone 5, iPad II both synced with office network and Outlook<br> <strong>Current...303 years 1 month ago
+5The Most Important Career Decision You Will Make (and how I'm making mine)A little while ago, I wrote a post with a video from Erik Straser, partner at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Mohr Davidow Ventures</a></span>, who says that...302 years 7 months ago
+54 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...302 years 6 months ago
+5Stuck in the cycleI'm a frequent poster and long-time reader of WSO and this is a throwaway account. I'll admit this post doesn't necessarily have a point and doesn't really ask a question. Perhaps someone reading this will think "yes, that's me" or "try something...306 months 3 weeks ago
+5Interivew with duffmt6, 2nd Year IBD Analyst, Part 1/2<i>Below is the first installment of an interview with WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Certified User</a></span> and 2nd year banking analyst...293 years 8 months ago
+4Class of 2016 MBA ApplicantsHey guys, Going to switch it up a bit today and see if there are any monkeys out there that'll be going through the MBA cycle in the upcoming months (Harvard's R1 is due 9 weeks from Please, for the love of God, don't turn this into a debate of "Is an MBA worth...1292 years 6 months ago
+2NYC 2014 SA RecruitingThere was a similar thread last year and thought it would be helpful for everyone to know what stage in the process most of the banks are in. This is only for the general application process timing, not OCR and/or accelerated processes. Post updates as you hear back from various BBs, Boutiques...3292 years 7 months ago
+5Claremont McKenna MSF ClosingClaremont McKenna's MSF program will not be accepting application from students outside of the Claremont College. The program is going to be run like Florida's MSF program, pulling directly from its undergraduate students. I personally think this is a huge loss as the program was...293 months 11 hours ago
+5Hey! - Target <img src="">285 years 6 months ago
+5Broke in from the Big FourI joined the Big Four out of college. I wound up in the CRE valuation/advisory group. Finding a job had been difficult for me. I knew that I wanted to be in finance, but I was a dumb college kid and had no focus. I figured this job could be a springboard. I knew immediately that the Big Four...283 years 5 months ago
+55 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Rental PropertyAbout six months ago a buddy and I thought it might be a good idea to purchase an investment property near where I live. After a few months of searching we found a great unit and decided to pull the trigger. The unit had been a rental apartment for over a decade and the interior showed it so we...28
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+5Business Travel 101<p>Travel in general can be among the most stressful things to do, but it can also be among the most exciting. Business travel isn’t generally the exciting type, but it doesn’t have to be a major source of stress either. The work you’ll be doing remotely will likely be stressful...282 years 10 months ago
+5Technical vs Fundamental trading<em>Mod Note: This is a syndication from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> <h3>...282 years 8 months ago
+5The One Rule Of ResumesI actually just got done polishing up my resume. I do it about once a year. No, I am not quitting the Dirtnap and going to be a working stiff at some broker-dealer. In fact, I don’t plan on working for anybody ever again. But it’s nice to have around, like the...282 years 7 months ago
+5The 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...282 years 2 months ago
+5Soft Skills for Hard TimesSoft skills often go unnoticed. Many ignore and ridicule the significance of soft skills. I am often one of those people, but having lived and worked all over the world I cannot ignore the magic of simply... <a...276 years 1 month ago
+7Sluts vs. Serious RelationshipsI have slept with five different girls in the last year, most of which can be categorized as “some slut I met at a party.” I expect the number of girls I sleep with on a yearly basis to increase exponentially once I reach legal drinking age, and I expect another exponential increase when I...1272 years 3 months ago VS - which one is best for financial news streaming? Which one do you all use?I used to love until they underwent that total white redesign... I've been using StreetStreamer (something no one has ever heard of lmao) which closed down apparently and became .... which one is better? which ones do you guys use more? any good finance...274 years 5 months ago
+5Recruiting: Case Interview Nuts Group on SkypeDo you have a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">case interview</a></span> coming up soon? Are you looking for case practice partners? Are you tired being practicing with the same...271 year 6 days ago
+5From Front Line to Front OfficeI was originally going to write my long success story, but instead I’ll keep this brief and point out some key things that I believe aspiring monkeys should know. I am in no ways an expert on breaking in, but believe I can at least provide a bit of direction. Quick background: Marine Corps...274 years 7 months ago
+5The single most important choice you will ever have to really make is the person you marry.<em>Mod Note: This comment comes from <a href="">"Bankers and bad relationships"</a> and quickly gatthered up 13 sb's. We thought it deserved to go on the homepage in case you missed...273 years 3 months ago
+5Thank you WSO! Got my FT Offer! ADVICE NEEDEDWhere do i even start..I learned so much from this forum. The brutally honest opinions, sincere willingness to help, the technical information and random tips on everything has been absolutely crucial for me landing this offer. Coming from a non-target I didnt get that 3rd year SA position at...271 year 8 months ago
+5This 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...271 year 9 months ago
+5How Being Entitled Can Get You FiredMillennials are often labeled as being entitled, and while I don't support this stereotype, this story made me think otherwise: It all started with this summer intern (let's call him Mike) who felt like the dress code was too strict. [quote]"I felt the dress code was overly...272 months 4 weeks ago
+5Exit Ops - The End of The Show IITo echo <a href="">the post from Tier2Sta</a>, I also handed in my resignation today after nearly 10 years in finance, primarily in IB, at both the <span class='keyword_link'><a...264 years 5 months ago
+6What 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...262 years 5 months ago
+5Money: 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="">Deconstructing Excellence</a>. In this...261 year 1 month ago
+4Short Apple - Long Nat GasJeff Gundlach stirs things up at the New York Yacht Club, the "King of Bonds" telling a luncheon if he were master of the universe (isn't he?), he would be short Apple and long natural gas with 100X leverage. I personally have a shit ton invested in nat gas, but what are your...1244 years 5 months ago
+5WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!</strong>: <em><b><a href="">Click here...241 month 3 weeks ago
+6MM 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...242 years 5 months ago
+5PJT I have a First Round coming up in next week with PJT's restructuring and special situations team and have little to no knowledge on the restructuring industry. Anyone have any useful advice on how I can prepare for this? I'm looking to study anything and everything you guys throw my...24
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+5Choose a job with a higher salary? Or shorter commute?The choice should be pretty blatant to most of us out here who are driven by the allure of a higher salary (we are not talking about an extremely huge difference though, prolly enough to compensate the longer commute?). However, this <a...24
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+5Got an FT offer, thank you WSOThank you231 year 8 months ago
+12BRING DOWN THE ONE PERCENT (1%) !I might not agree with all that OWS has to say, but having interned at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">JP Morgan</a></span>, THRICE, <span class='keyword_link'><a...234 years 10 months ago
+5What is the best thing about going out on your own and starting something...So it has been four weeks since I left <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">energy trading</a></span> and opened my own shop. While not <span class='keyword_link'><a...234 years 5 months ago
+5City Smackdown - Part 1: Empire State of MindThis is my first post here in Wall Street Oasis. [Applause]. In order to get some inspiration, I have been reading a bunch of forum threads in an effort to find a good and interesting topic to write about. I noticed endless discussions about the long hours endured by the IB folks, the whole...234 years 1 month ago
+4WSO has ruined my concept of what a good salary isWhen I entered college, I was excited about doing Big 4 accounting, putting in my time, leaving to industry or opening up my own CPA practice and living nice on 100-150k a year with my eventual family. Fast forward to me discovering WSO: Gained great information and resources on anything and...1234 years 12 hours ago
+7Wall Street Is BackI remember doing <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">informational interviews</a></span> on the <span class='keyword_link'><a...233 years 8 months ago
+5Interview with Credit Risk Associate (Part 1/2)<em>The following is an interview with Credit Risk Associate Pirho (<strong>he is also available to answer your questions</strong>).</em> <em>Are you a professional and want to do an interview? View our interview template <strong><a...232 years 9 months ago
+5Want to quit, but have no clue what else to do. Anyone have a similar experience?No offense to anyone on this board who loves their job, I truly envy you. But I think I've finally reached the point where I'm over not only the job but the entire IB --> buyside career track. I've been hanging on for the promise of the next job, and have come around to the...236 months 2 weeks ago
+5Pouring One Out for HitchDeath has finally come for Christopher Hitchens, as it does for us all. He succumbed to esophageal cancer yesterday at the age of 62. I'd normally be writing Bonus Bananas today, but I feel like it would be disrespectful to ignore the passing of a writer who has had a profound influence on...224 years 10 months ago
+5Negotiating Offer before, during, and after interview (Follow up)I recently negotiated an offer and wanted to post about my positive experience. This is the first time I have negotiated an offer and in preparation I looked through the previous posts and asked for a bit of advice from SirTradesaLot for help in the process. Negotiating an offer is like a...223 years 9 months ago
+5How I Work - peyo212 EditionHere's my contribution to the "How I Work" posts since I can't think of anything else interesting this week. And no, I don't care if you don't care. <strong>Current gig:</strong> Algorithmic trader at proprietary <span...223 years 1 month ago
+5Do What YOU Want on Wall StreetYeah, yeah, we've heard it all before.... 97 ways to be a rockstar analyst. 233 things I wish I knew as an associate... There are plenty of good ideas for making it through the day but I'm betting you want to know what I wanted to know when I began transforming my career at...2210 months 3 days ago
+5Want To Wear Polos To Work? JP Morgan ApprovesThis post is a bit late, but seeing as no one has commented on it yet, I'd like to discuss J.P Morgan's new business casual dress code with everyone. To those who haven't heard yet, Jamie Dimon was well and truly impacted upon his visits to various Silicon Valley firms, and as...224 months 1 week ago
+5Why I feel pessimistic about the future of Wall StreetI'm sure you all know how much Wall Street has suffered since the 2008 financial crisis due to fines, regulations, and job cuts --- <strong>but do you know how badly?</strong> The numbers on these charts may surprise you. <h3>---Heavy fines</h3> <img...222 months 3 weeks ago
+5Do you love your job?It is a sad truth that there are people out who are probably stuck in a job they abhor. The reasons why they are still in it are probably due to them needing it to pay the bills, to feed their family, contractual reasons, afraid of being jobless etc. [quote] Are you feeling satisfied with...22
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+5How I Get Top Grades in UGFull disclosure: I'm currently a senior about to graduate in May, and unless I flunk every class this semester, I will leave with a 3.9 and summa cum laude honors from a public university. I see a lot of people on Wall Street Oasis who I feel are much smarter than me-- at least...213 years 8 months ago
+5A Networking Tale...The guy in the apartment above me left his cellphone in his apartment last night and his alarm was set for 2AM. So, from 2AM until god knows when I was listening to an iPhone alarm. Laying there, sleepless, my mind started to wander, which prompted me to write this. About three years ago,...213 years 7 months ago
+5How 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...211 year 11 months ago
+5Non-Bank Commercial Lending - AMADoubt there's much interest in this, but might as well put it out there. I'm a credit analyst at a specialty finance company. We directly originate loans (mostly lower MM) and typically compete against commercial banks or other similar companies for those deals. Everything is...21
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+5Reading is fundamental…the ROI of reading. Interesting read from, many startup founders believe that making the time to read is more than just a relaxing habit but absolutely fundamental to the success of their business. [quote] founders who have a reading habit find that it helps their cognition and, by extension,...21
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+5Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot, Part 2/3<em>Andy note: SirTrades' decided to get deeper into the story so we're making it a trilogy. Enjoy part two below, part 3 is coming up next Wednesday, and make sure to <strong><a...202 years 3 days ago
+7My Journey From Corporate Finance to IBD via a Full-Time MBA Program - Part 1After reading the forums and taking the advice of contributors for several years I have decided that it is now time for me to give back to the WSO community. I am matriculating at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business this fall as a full-time MBA student with the intentions of...201 year 3 months ago
+5What do you love and hate most about working in IB?Just curious, what do you all love and hate the most about working in investment banking? I'm referring to tasks, not hours or people or anything like that. I'll start. I love modeling. I really hate filing/tracking company records for compliance. I imagine that's not something...201 year 2 months ago
+5Scam Science: The Pump and Dump<em> Mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. </em> I'm changing things up a little today. I was going to make...192 years 6 months ago
+5Herm Edwards on Wall Street<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie." This was originally posted in September 2011.</em> Holy smoke. This is <strong><em>incredible</em></strong>. Former NFL player and coach, and current NFL commentator Herm Edwards delivered this...192 years 11 months ago
+53 Reasons Why the Dow is Utterly Useless<em>“So, what did the market do today?”</em> When people ask that question, most likely they are talking about the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Our minds consciously flip to it anytime there is market news; heck, we even articulate our views on the markets in terms of this...194 years 3 weeks ago
+5Volatility Arbitrage: The BasicsVolatility <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">arbitrage</a></span>. I remember being very intimidated when I first heard this term being thrown around in <span...191 year 8 months ago
+5S&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...192 years 3 months ago
+8I have a 1.8 GPA from a state school and 2 misdemeaner convictions, and want to work at Goldman Sachs.Can this site please help me create a road-map? I made mistake, and didn't work too hard in college (too much partying hahahaha), but I know I m smart and can do it. I want to do investment banking or <span class='keyword_link'><a...191 month 1 week ago
+4A girl on tumblr wrote a guide on targetting different types of bankers for money....I follow the investment banking and economics tag on tumblr for study notes and stumbled upon this post. I thought it I'd post it on here for reference for people of all levels. I can't post links but if you search said tags those on tumblr the post is still up and it led me to a whole...1191 year 1 week ago
+5Part 2: My Pursuit of Happyness<strong>What I Did To Overcome</strong>: Without having a full time investment banking experience or an Ivy League education, I had fought an uphill battle to get a front-office position for five years (2007-2011). Previously, I did <span class='keyword_link'><a...184 years 4 months ago
+5My CFA Study Tracking SheetI managed to pass Level II with a good breakdown (> 70% in 7 sections including all the big ones, 3 between 50-70) in exactly three months. I attribute my success mainly to discipline and desire to pass (Unlike 90% of people taking the test, I've been wanting to take the test since...183 years 6 months ago
+4I am in Ops. Ask me anything.Short story: I did really badly in school, didn't bother studying. ( Engineering ) Realized my mistake when I was in my final year and started to panic when I knew I had to get a proper job or I'll end up as a loser. Started exploring options in banks and tried to network my way into...11810 months 3 weeks ago
+5My Story (A Thank You Card to Patrick and the Team)I recently received an message to a comment I made how I was able to break into IB as an intern and would like to provide a nice update to where I am in my career. Original Story from April 2012: When I started the fall semester 2011, I was coming off a <span...183 years 3 months ago
+5Final version: LDPs/rotations listEDIT: removed, sorry folks182 years 3 months ago
+5QE2, The Video: Bad Economics Made Easy<object style="height: 390px; width: 640px"><param name="movie" value=""><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess"...175 years 11 months ago
+5Wall Street Should Bailout the S.E.C.If the Securities and Exchange Commission <a href=""> really is going broke, </a> then Wall Street needs to step up and bail it out. Yes. <em> I said it. </em> Stop and...175 years 8 months ago
+5Three Do's and Don'ts of Private Equity InterviewsOn Tuesday, I gave a thorough breakdown of how a pre-MBA candidate should approach the <a href="">Private Equity Interview Case Study</a>. In keeping with the <span...173 years 7 months ago
+5What I Learnt This Week – The Significance Adrenal FatigueOn their deathbed, no one ever said they wished they had spent more time in the office. Indeed, over-work and stress can result in a quick downward spiral of health. This week I came across a fascinating article by Dr Jeoff Drobot, which highlights the significant effects that poor adrenal...172 years 8 months ago
+5New 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 years 5 months ago
+5Hrrmm, Could This Be Why Wall Street Has a Bad Rap?Ladies, gather round. Chief Chimp Patrick forwarded me a press release he just received from a little site called <a href="">Wall Street Kingdom</a>, which will have you masturbating more vigorously to the toll of unbridled Capitalism <a...166 years 4 weeks ago
+5WSO Monkey at OWS Videos<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 11/16/11. I was talking with my brother the other day about this (he was the photographer for it) and I thought "yeah I should put that post back up!"</em> Last week we sent our very own mascot...161 year 2 months ago
+4Ask a 2nd Year IB AnalystIt's the time of year for SA interviews. Two-plus years ago, analysts on WSO helped me break into i-banking from a non-target school. <strong>As a result, I'd be happy to answer questions to those interviewing or trying to get banking interviews coming...1162 years 5 days ago
+5A Short Stock Pitch GuideI've gotten over 2 dozen PMs requesting the short stock pitch guide I had, so I finally decided to upload it to zshare. Hopefully this helps. ---edit--- new link years 7 months ago
+5How to nail an interviewYou have networked like a ninja. You’ve tapped all connections available. (Or you go to a target school or something of that nature.) You’ve read through WSO, M&I, WSJ, DealBook, and all relevant literature. Through persistence, dedication, etc. you now have an interview. You know how...153 years 7 months ago
+510 Facts/Headscratchers from the Ongoing TSLA Saga<p>So plenty has happened since my last post on Tesla, and to the untrained eye it seems like only good news coming from the Tesla hype-mobile. Well, despite my own thoughts on these things, this post is going to contain no more color than I&#8217;ve already given in the past two...153 years 5 months ago
+6Chesticles > I BankingAccording to <a href="">this piece on</a>, a five year long study by a team of German researchers recently concluded that "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms...146 years 2 months ago
+5The Secret to getting through hard times and being happy<strong>This is a damn long post so if you want to get to the meat of it just scroll down to the list and the closing statement. Otherwise read on.</strong> I will start by talking about myself and then move on to my advice. I will start off by saying that throughout all of my early...143 years 6 months ago
+5Emerging Markets Investment Guide. <!--break--> .142 years 2 months ago
+4I'm a Algorithmic/Derivatives Trader at a Chicago Prop Shop: Ask Me Anything<strong>Bio:</strong> I've been lurking WSO since I was in college in order to figure out what I wanted to do, but didn't really participate that much in discussion until after I graduated. Now that my career is at a more stable point, I've decided to get more involved...1142 years 9 months ago
+57 Steps to Achieve your Dreams<body> <p>Have you ever wondered about the ratio of goals achieved to goals set? Just start asking people about their resolutions in February. While we can’t calculate this ratio accurately for everyone, we can get a pretty good idea of our own ratio through some critical...142 years 6 months ago
+6Early Stage VC 101: 5 Questions You Better Be Able to AnswerThere are lots of posts on WSO about getting a job as an early stage VC analyst. People ask things like what major should you be in college, should you go into Ibanking first, or should you try startups first. By this point, many have identified that the best way to approach this is to first...142 years 11 months ago
+5STICK WITH THE WINNERS<em>Mod Note: This is a syndication from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> People often...142 years 10 months ago
+5Signs 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...141 year 11 months ago
+5I 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...141 year 6 months ago
+6The Street Before Christmas 2009<div align="center"><h3>THE STREET BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2009</h3><br> 'Twas the Street before Christmas 2009 And compared to last year, everything's fine! Deal flow is up and bonuses back Barack's spending money like a sailor on crack. Main...136 years 10 months ago
+5Wall Street Mentors - How to Perfect your Personal PitchGiven that we're in the middle of interviews, I thought it may be helpful to re-post this Q&A. If there is one thing for certain you're going to need to perfect for an upcoming interview, it's your personal pitch. <a...134 years 8 months ago
+47 dudes beat on one Chinese guyCheck these motherfuckers beating on this helpless guy. These assholes are giving him brutal kicks to the head, and for no reason whatsoever. People like this make me sick. I dont care how old they were but I would have kicked the shit out of...1134 years 9 months ago
+7WSO Gone WildWe are now Reddit!!!!134 years 9 months ago
+5Value investing mythsIf something is repeated often enough people will eventually start to believe it. &nbsp;<span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Buffett</a></span> always buys "good" companies, and Graham...131 year 11 months ago
+5What Makes a Great Trader?People often ask me what makes a great trader. I can really only answer this from my own perspective, because I believe <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> is a very...126 years 10 months ago
+5Weekend Wars: Hollywood vs. Wall StreetIf there are two quintessential American industries, I would argue that they are the movie business and high finance. Though the automotive, defense and agricultural industries may have produced greater revenues and impact on the world; nothing exemplifies the American empire more to me, than...125 years 7 months ago
+5Health, Fortitude and Time: Your 3 most valuable assets.As you get a little older you will likely find yourself taking stock of your personal <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">balance sheet</a></span>. You will have a variety of...123 years 1 week ago
+5Teaser Tuesday! December 17, 2013 This one came in as a suggestion from our own @manbearpig and it's something of a doozy! Have fun! <em>Note: If you could all please input your answers using the <a href="">previously noted html...122 years 10 months ago
+5Consistency 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...122 years 5 months ago
+5A 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...122 years 5 months ago
+5List of Transferable Skills in Corporate FinanceLast week, I posted this article <a href="">"Should I reconsider an O&G career due to low oil prices?"</a> regarding whether or not you should reconsider a <span...129 months 2 weeks ago
+5Valeant Pharmaceuticals/Bill Ackman E-mailsReleased yesterday. Highlights: Halt the Stock Send out a Press Release Advice on Conference Call Don't speak with the media Rome is burning Crossposting, credits to humanafteralll from WSB.124 months 3 weeks ago
+7Strange Success Story: from Philosophy Major to the Buy Side in 4 yearsTechnically this story starts in 2011. I was a philosophy major, planning to go pursue a PHD after undergrad and spend the rest of my life debating the Big Questions with old fogies in dusty offices for peanuts. Then I went to Paris to study abroad and I realized: I would really like to make a...125 months 1 week ago
+5Lord of the Billionaire Flies<p>Picture this: you wake up one morning to find yourself living in a shipping container. You step outside and see that you’re not alone; dozens of shipping containers are strung together on a floating platform, creating a sort of trailer park Alcatraz. You can see a tiny island in the...12
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+5Q&A: PE Authors Talk Dividend Recaps, Blackstone, and Future of AM Fellow Monkeys, <strong>I have a very special Q&A to share with you all tonight!</strong> I had the pleasure of sitting down with John Morris and David Carey to discuss their book- <span class='keyword_link'><a...112 years 10 months ago
+5Top 5 Must-Have Skills for 2013The pressure to excel is higher than ever. With the economy, market, and political structures of our society rapidly fluctuating, job prospects are becoming limited and competition is becoming incredibly difficult to maintain. Parents, mentors, and peers continue to add to the pressure....112 years 10 months ago
+5Misguided Efforts: A Cautionary TaleWhen I first started as a PE analyst, I constantly struggled with judging the amount of time I should spend on reviewing sourced deals. How much time is enough to really get a handle on the company’s revenue streams? How granular do I need my analysis to be on industry threats? With this...113 years 4 months ago
+5The Rules of The GameI love two things in this world: Money and Lazer Tag. Games. We all play them. What’s the first thing you must do before excelling at any Game? Learn the rules. I don’t care whether it’s poker, baseball, High Finance, or Lazer Tag. Without understanding the underlying concepts of...112 years 8 months ago
+5Making 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...112 years 6 months ago
+5WSO Happy Hour: Wed, 1/20, 7:30pm @ 5th and Mad (formerly known as Galway Hooker)The first WSO Happy Hour of 2016 has been scheduled! Come join us for brews, food, and good conversation at 5th and Mad bar (formerly known as Galway Hooker--NOT the one downtown). Date/Time: Wednesday, January 20th @ 730pm Location: Galway Hooker, Main Billiards Room (ground floor, all...119 months 2 days ago
+6Why so serious?I suspect that for some time now, I've been a voice of caution on this board. The reason for that was simple: I have the benefit of having experienced a number of traumatic downdrafts in this business, and I am privy to much information about the institutional outlook of my firm, among...107 years 7 months ago
+5NSFW Episode 19: Dirty Sex, JPYUSD, P2P Lending<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> <br><strong>PREVIOUS...105 years 7 months ago
+5My Three Free Months in NYC<em>Andy note: this comment was originally posted inside <a href="">City Smackdown 1 - Empire State of Mind</a> and I thought it should be made into its own post for those who didn't...104 years 1 month ago
+5Interview with duffmt6, 2nd Year IBD Analyst, (part 2/2)<i>Below is the second and final part of an interview with WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Certified User</a></span> and 2nd year banking analyst...1011 months 4 days ago
+5Bitcoin Q & A: Bubble or Breakthrough? Both! Cult or Currency? Both!As I have talked about or written on topics, I have learned that there are hot-button issues that almost always attract firestorms. Thus, when I write about Tesla, Apple or Facebook, I am guaranteed to provoke reactions, some strongly supportive and some strongly opposed, some rational and some...102 years 7 months ago
+5The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 3Part 1: <strong><a href="">here.</a></strong> Part 2: <strong><a...101 year 1 month ago
+5Want 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="">here</a></b>. I talked broadly about what the VC side of things is like, but I...102 years 4 months ago
+5ParagraphsHello, . 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...102 years 4 months ago
+7How Will You Measure Your Life?My life is like the plot of the movie <em>Benjamin Button — </em>everything is happening in reverse. I used to have a high-paying job as a management consultant, and now I work a part-time job making way less the money. I used to live in an upscale 2-bedroom /...101 year 2 weeks ago
+5Runaway Stories and Fairy Tale Endings: The Cautionary Tale of TheranosI saw the new Steve Jobs movie, with the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, over the weekend. As a long-time Apple user and investor, I must confess that I was bothered by the way in which the film played <a...1011 months 1 week ago
+5Interview with a Forecasting Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): user Angelz629 was nice enough to do this interview with us. Our questions are in bold, her responses follow.</em> <strong>What is your current job title and a one sentence description of your primary job responsibility? </strong> Forecasting...108 months 2 weeks ago
+5Margin Call Film Review at Sundance[WARNING: This is a comprehensive review of the film “<span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Margin Call</a></span>.” If you would prefer to not know anything about the film...95 years 2 months ago
+5Morningwood Capital Partners! HELP!!!I'm at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> (coverage group) looking to make a move onto the buy-side. Has any of heard of Morningwood Capital Partners?...94 years 6 months ago
+5Giving Away Boss Suits in NYCHey guys, I am trying to free-up some closet space and have some (lightly worn) <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">suits</a></span> for which I'd like to find better homes (e.g., for you guys who may be...92 years 8 months ago
+5The Economics of an Unpaid InternshipGood afternoon everyone, I have been meaning to write this all semester, but am just now getting around to it. Nevertheless, I hope some of you find it useful. By about September of last year (my sophomore year) I was dead-set on doing investment banking. I realized that in order to best...95 months 2 weeks ago
+5why you can't "Stop Worrying"Us humans are built to worry. Last Tuesday I was on a call with a client who is fast-forwarding a couple of years ahead worrying about whether he will have enough money to retire. Now, as he already knows, the worry is irrational, he has tons of money, but his brain hasn't yet...99 months 1 week ago
+5What are the best Industrials-focused PE firms?Currently working on an industrials deal at my MM IB and absolutely loving it. Curious as to what the best industrials-focused PE firms are? I'd love to focus on this industry going forward. Thanks a lot guys. 9
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+5Monkey story for the fellow Monkeys.Just wanted to lighten up the forum with a story, I figured this would make us feel even better about this profession choice. One fine day a wise man makes a sudden appearance at a village with an offer to buy monkeys for 10 bucks apiece. Since there are many monkeys around, the villagers...86 years 7 months ago
+5Banker Meets Football Coach VideoAnother great video from Especially for those of us in NY/NJ moaning about the new stadium ticket cost. <p><embed src='' type='application/x-shockwave-flash'...86 years 5 months ago
+5The Review ProcessEvery six months at the vast majority of large banks, everyone goes up for review. From CIOs and COOs all the way down to the guy who goes around offering shoeshines. When I had to participate in my first review two years ago, I had no clue how things worked. It was particularly difficult...86 years 4 months ago
+5Here is a Description of the Sales RoleMany people have asked several basic and similar questions about what the S&T sales role entails. I have copied below the institutional sales section from the now defunct Vault Career Guide for future reference. This should give a broad enough description. I hope it helps: Institutional...86 years 4 months ago
+5Resumes: The Yin and YangWe all fail at things. Even WSO members, most of us being pretty privileged and naturally capable, fail at one thing catastrophically: writing resumes. I can't say that I'm an expert at this, but having reviewed resumes in the software industry, where people are comparable to Wall...84 years 6 months ago
+5Data Update 2013: The Dark Side of NumbersFor the last two decades, I have dedicated the first two weeks of each new year to a ritual. I obtain/collect/download data on all publicly traded companies listed globally, using a variety of data sources, and then analyze and present the data, aggregated at a number of different levels: by...83 years 9 months ago
+5The 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...86 months 1 week ago
+521 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBAI just saw this posted from Inc Magazine. These are definitely worth watching. Enjoy! (link inside post) <!--break--> <a href="">21 Short Videos Worth More Than an MBA</a>81 year 3 months ago
+5Thoughts: Marriott Buys Starwood Hotels for $12.2 billion<h3>The Purchase</h3> Marriott International, one of the world’s largest hoteliers, agreed to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. for $12.2 billion. To be precise, Marriott is going to shell out $11.9 billion in stock and $340 million in cash. Moreover, Marriott...810 months 4 weeks ago
+6The SEC Hates You, Loves PornWhen it comes to a massive FAIL, no one does it more spectacularly than the SEC. Thanks to exceptional reporting at the Huffington Post, Gawker, and Dealbreaker, the reason why the SEC was asleep at the wheel during that economy thing that happened recently has finally been revealed. Remember...74 years 3 months ago
+5Most Memorable Characters in Wall Street MoviesHint: it’s not theirs <- [quote=Peter Travers of Rolling Stone]“Stone used to know in his gut that a sermon belongs in the pulpit, not the multiplex. No more.”[/quote] [quote=Kyle Smith of the New York Post]“I liked Gordon Gekko better before he turned into Paul Krugman…”...76 years 3 weeks ago
+5"You ain’t getting that job” -three major VCs & a Harvard ProfMy appetite for knowledge changes with the seasons, and as fall rolls into a full-blown depression mixed with an unstoppable force of hormonal surges, I have sunk my inexplicable desire for information into my new subject of obsession: Vee Cee As a result of my <a...74 years 1 week ago
+5Life of a Sell-Side Analyst: Finding Your Style (Value-Add)I'm a sell-side analyst at a solid mid-market shop. I've been in my current senior analyst role for a relatively short time (<5 years) and wanted to share some thoughts over the next few months for those interested in <span class='keyword_link'><a...72 years 6 months ago
+5Willing to help with S&T Superday InterviewsHello College Students, I am currently enjoying a nice 4 hour train ride home for the weekend and figured I would provide people with an outlet for advice regarding S&T Superdays. I know this is that time of the year where Juniors are freaking out about their upcoming <span...72 years 8 months ago
+5Non Target & No Internships to Target with Multiple OffersHey guys. So This past week I received offers from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">GS</a></span> Strats and <span class='keyword_link'><a...71 year 8 months ago
+5New Year's Resolutions are stupid. Try this instead.First of all, Happy New Year!  Hope you had a great new year's weekend, whether you were out partying or just staying home and taking advantage of some down-time from work. My 2016 was off to a great start, until I read this statistic: <a...78 months 3 weeks ago
+5Q&A With Jared Dillian – All The Evil of This World Jared Dillian’s new book <em>All The Evil of This World</em> hit shelves/kindles on June 21st and is already seeing great reviews on <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...73 months 1 week ago
+5WSO Happy Hour: Wed 9/28, 7pm @5th and Mad (formerly known as Galway Hooker)The first WSO Happy Hour of fall season 2016 is upon us! Come join us for brews, food, and good conversation at 5th and Mad bar (formerly known as Galway Hooker--NOT the one downtown). First few attendees get a WSO T-shirt! Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept 28th @ 7pm <strong>How to find...7
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+5Trading EconomicsI found a website called <i>Trading Economics</i> that's probably the next best thing to Bloomberg and Capital IQ with real-time financial market data movements and economic indicators. It has information on stock markets, exchange rates, fixed income, and commodities that you...611 months 2 weeks ago
+5Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Art of ValuationsIt has often been said that valuation is more of an art than a science. Or at least to become a strong practitioner of valuation you need to be one darn creative scientist. I can think of no place where this is closer to the truth that when analyzing or creating valuations for companies in...63 years 2 months ago
+5The Single Most Important Choice You Will Ever Make<em>Mod note: This is one of the top ranked WSO comments of all time by user initialsCG from the thread <a href=>"Bankers and Bad Relationships" (5/5/13).</a> <a...63 years 1 day ago
+5How I Broke into the Buyside - The Interview Process The season for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">internships</a></span> is upon us. Those fortunate few who have their summers charted are looking forward to smooth seas and...62 years 7 months ago
+5Conversation with an Equities Sales TraderUpdate: I was speaking to a guy in Australia on the cash equities desk at a BB. Just edited the post for the US/global audience, cut out slangs about kangaroos and shit. Hey guys, I think it's about time to post something since I have been a member for couple years now. The following is...61 year 4 months ago
+5Altruistic Capitalists: Debunking Five Myths About Impact InvestingI first became interested in impact investing working for President Clinton’s Foundation in West and Central Africa. My hypothesis was that impact investing could improve essential services such as healthcare and reduce global poverty. As I learned more about the industry, I discovered that...611 months 1 week ago
+5A Printfection Review - T-Shirt Printing and Fulfillment with a Nice Dose of Bait & Switch<h2>Printfection Review - My Experience</h2> <h3>History</h3> Basically, I paid for 1,000 WSO T shirts up front a few years ago with the expectation that it would cost me X to ship it domestically and Y to ship it internationally and Z for the fulfillment of those...69 months 1 week ago
+5WSO Happy Hour - Paris: Fri, 22 July, 8:00pm @ Paname Brewing CompanyWSO Happy Hour is coming back to Paris. Come join us for great beer, food, and conversation at the Paname Brewing Company in Paris! Date/Time: Friday, July 22nd @ 8:00pm Location: Paname Brewing Company 41 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris How...63 months 2 days ago
+5WSO Conference 1.0: A Retrospective and Some AdviceGood afternoon, folks. I wanted to deliver a brief retrospective on the first ever WallStreetOasis Conference that took place this past Saturday. First and foremost, Patrick and the rest of the team working behind the scenes did a fantastic job. I had reasonable expectations going into it,...54 years 2 months ago
+5The impossible quest for fair markets: Pokemon cards, HFT and Life lessonsIn <a href="">my last post</a>, I looked at the Insider Trading 2.0 doctrine advanced by Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General for New York, and argued that is was overly broad and likely...52 years 6 months ago
+5The 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...51 year 7 months ago
+5Veteran's DayWith all due respect to Eddie and the Marine Corps, and thank you by the way, seeing as today is Veteran's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to take a minute and say thanks to everyone that served this country. With all that is done to protect this country, I wasn't sure what...45 years 11 months ago
+5Types of RE Leases - A PrimerThis question came up in another post. I thought a simple overview of the different lease structures would be beneficial to future RE monkeys. <strong>The three basic types of leases are:</strong> 1. Gross 2. Modified Gross 3. Net (single, double, triple, and absolute...46 months 2 weeks ago
+5“Demolition” (2015) Movie Review: Investment Banker Turned Construction WorkerEither investment banking really sucks, or they lack good Wall Street therapists—either way, this movie shows the strange turns that the grieving process can take for a truly desperate person. This is what happens to Wall Street slime ball David Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose wife Julia...43 months 1 week ago
+5harvardgrad08's The Other Road: Q&A Word DocI found it burdensome to scroll through all of the pages in the "The Other Road: Corporate Development Associate Fielding Questions" thread to find harvardgrad08's responses to everyone's questions, so I copied and pasted all of his posts (as of 3/28/13) into one Word...33 years 6 months ago
+4I'm an Author and Former Head ETF Trader at Lehman, Ask Me Anything<em>Mod note: Feel free and ask Jared anything and he will be on today answering your questions. Bio: Jared Dillian graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1996 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, and from the University of San Francisco in 2001 with a...1033 years 4 months ago
+4Good school, good job, good money, still single? <strong>It’s because most guys limit themselves in a really dumb way. Don’t be one of those guys</strong> <em>Note: This post is for single men interested in meeting women. If you are not a single man who is interested in meeting more women, then I’d skip this one if...1032 years 5 months ago
+6You need an investing systemInvestors seem to have an intrinsic drive to classify themselves. &nbsp;People will say something like "I'm a mix of Graham and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Buffett</a></span>...32 years 6 months ago
+5Winning at a Loser's Game? Control, Synergy and the ABInBev/SABMiller MergerI have been a long time investor in ABInBev, though I became one indirectly and accidentally, through a stake I took a long time ago in Brahma, a Brazilian beverage company . That company became Ambev in 1999, which in turn was merged with Interbrew, the Belgian brewer, in 2004, and expanded to...311 months 3 weeks ago
+5Barclays - LADoes anyone know anything about this office? Is it a generalist program between Financial Sponsors and Gaming & Lodging? I've heard it is separate but on linkedin there are a lot of former analysts that list both groups in their Bios. Would appreciate any further insight into these groups. 310 months 3 weeks ago
+5Advanced organizational literacy - a year end book recommendationI don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite traditions around the holidays / year end is to pause everything for a moment and take stock of where I’m at and where I’m going. As part of this process, I usually enlist the help of a book or two, preferably something that puts a new...39 months 3 weeks ago
+5Interview with Deal Team Lead Manager (Part 1/2) <em>The following is an interview with Deal Team Lead Manager skylinegtr94 (<strong>he is also available to answer your questions</strong>).</em> <em>Are you a professional and want to do an interview? View our interview template <strong><a...23 years 7 months ago
+4Got laid off 2hrs ago - is 28 too late for med school?Hi guys, need some advice about what you would do in this situation. I was a trader at a famous boutique based in NYC - worked there for 6 years. I came to my desk this morning (literally 2hrs ago, its 9am here in NYC) to find an envelope telling me that my time is up. There is no severance...1022 years 10 months ago
+5Another Myth on Maximizing Shareholder ValueIf I asked you to explain the responsibility of a for-profit company to its shareholders, what would you say? In <a...22 years 8 months ago
+5The Yahoo! Chronicles! Is this the End Game?<div style="text-align: justify;"> The big news of the day from the tech world comes from Yahoo (I am going to skip the exclamation point through the entire story, but don't read significance into that exclusion), where stories suggest that the board of directors may soon...210 months 5 days ago
+5Thank you for your help everyone/ finally decided what to doHi everyone. So its been a very long journey full of ups and downs. It has not been easy, I got 2:2 in my undergraduate in maths from a very poorly ranked university. I am currently doing a masters degree in maths from a non target from the one of the following...26 months 4 weeks ago
+6Morgan Stanley's advice to summer analystsSummer analysts often have tons of questions, yet they're afraid to ask out of fear that they may be perceived as under-qualified. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Morgan Stanley</a></span>...22 months 1 week ago
+5Activist Value Investing: Be Your Own "Change" AgentMy last two posts looked at two strains of value investing. In the first, <a href="">passive screening</a>, you look for mismatched companies that trade at low prices, while not being...14 years 3 months ago
+5Three things for formidable presentationsLike it or not, we present ideas every day. From the big event, like a speech at a friend’s wedding, to the moments your career are built on, like interviews or stock pitches, to the mundane, like suggesting Netflix and chill is a far superior evening activity to dinner with the in-laws. There...111 months 1 week ago
+5How I manage my day-to-day life and limit overwhelm using a simple checklist<strong>How much would you pay for an extra hour each day?</strong> An extra hour to do all the things you wish you could do, but don't have time for because of work—go to the gym and get in shape, go out with friends you haven't seen in months, read a book from the...15 months 4 days ago
+5Chances for FT recruiting IB?When I first started applying for SA positions this summer, I was so happy when I got an interview with a boutique bank at my hometown(New York). When I went in for an interview, I found out that they were actually looking for people to join the consulting part of the group at the boutique bank....12 months 3 weeks ago
+2Best Watch to buy for the Guy age 22 -> 26What's the best watch for a guy in the above age range? Tag Heuer is a bit juvenile, I remember a few friends in highschool who had one. Breitling are too big and ostentatious (due to their large size). Montblanc are cool, but it's a pen company, not a watch company. My...3001 year 1 day ago
+5January 2016 Data Update 7: Dividends, Potential Dividends and Cash Balances <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-981090392514944038' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> <div style="text-align: justify;"> In the...08 months 2 weeks ago
+62017 IBD SA MEGATHREADLet's try and get a timeline of all deadlines for most <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span>'s and Boutiques (including diversity/scholarship events)....02 months 4 weeks ago
+4King 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...991 year 10 months ago
+51st Year Analyst - Thoughts on QuittingI'm a 1st year analyst a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> and I'm pretty sure I'm going to quit after I get my 1st year bonus. I knew the...973 years 7 months ago
+3JPMorgan Private Bank - Compensation Ladder & Lifestyle?Hello fellow primates. This is my first post on WSO. I've done lots of searches on this site and elsewhere on the web concerning this topic already and I've found very little information concerning salary and bonus levels for Private Banking, specifically at <span...197
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+4My Life - Back to work.. when I do actually get to go to sleep, I wake up in the morning completely disoriented. I stand in front of the mirror at my bathroom sink trying to muster up the energy to either shave or turn on the shower. I can never remember if I've already done one or the other but eventually I drag...945 years 10 months ago
+4Most baller cars under a hundred grand?So I was having dinner with my brother the other night and he said that, with him just a few months away from hitting 40, he thinks it’s about time he enjoyed himself and get a <a href="">fun, new, set of...935 years 11 months ago
+9Voting for Bernie Sanders? Working at MegafundWe're here to make money. Anyone who says otherwise on WSO is a liar. Let's be real. That's why I got into finance initially. I've eventually learned to love the work and read about companies. I worked at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1938 months 6 days ago
+1Dating as an Investment Banking AnalystCould someone with experience please comment on the dating life as an analyst? Especially those who started work already with a girlfriend. Thanks4923 months 3 weeks ago
+3JP Morgan Diversity Recruiting - Winning Women & Launching LeadersHas anyone heard back from JP yet? Or does anyone know when they send out <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">super day</a></span> invites?19210 months 3 weeks ago
+5Are You "IBD or Bust"?As much as I love Wall Street Oasis, I can't help but raise an eyebrow at how narrow some of the mindsets on this website are. I'm specifically talking about in regards to careers; obviously, this is a finance community-targeted website, but it seems unbelievable how many students go...913 years 2 months ago
+4Girlfriend = Breadwinner? SHIT!!Monkeys, I need some opinions. Okay, I've been hooking up with this chic for a few months. She definitely wants to be my "official girlfriend. " And as much as I love being single and running around like an asshole with my guy friends dumping beers on my head, I think I want...883 years 4 months ago
+4Ho-Hum to Hedge FundFor instance: You're 25, have an Economics B.A. from a ho-hum state school, good math/stats/coding aptitude (but no formal training) and are working in NYC for a prop shop doing accounting and operations. No certifications/exams of any kind passed. You have no seed money right...8610 months 1 week ago
+52014 MSF Class ThreadHey everyone. Figured I would create a Class of 2014 thread for everyone thinking about applying for next years MSF programs. Good place to ask questions, compare profiles and meet others who are applying. 862 years 10 months ago
+4Howdy. Special offer! Limited time onlyI stumbled across this forum via another finance website. There's a lot of misinformation in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">ER</a></span> forum so I thought...856 years 6 months ago
+3Physical Commodity TradingHi, Can someone explain how exactly a physical commodity <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> house makes money and why there is a need for independent comodty...1841 year 10 months ago
+4AMA: 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="" target="_blank">GPA</a></span> in undergrad but compensated...791 year 9 months ago
+4Build Your Own CDOHave you ever dreamed of building your very own <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">CDO</a></span>? Do you think you could master the fragile alchemy of...784 years 6 months ago
+4LinkedIn is the new FacebookDoes anyone else think LinkedIns 'professional' image and value has been diluted by the millions of mouth breathing idiots who use it? I got sucked in by the hype a few months back, accumulated 500+ friends, got previous managers to write reviews etc. and now all I am left with is my...782 years 6 months ago
+4AMA: Big 4 AuditorI haven’t seen an AMA with any Big 4 auditors out there, so I’m happy to answer questions. I have been an auditor for long enough to answer questions relating to salaries, hours, lifestyle, locations, work, day in the life, recruiting, interviews, and almost any other applicable topic with...762 years 4 months ago
+4Just got PROMOTED - how to negotiate salary?So, yours truly just got promoted. What is the best way to renegotiate my salary? 735 years 1 month ago
+43 Methods Bankers Use To Not Get Fat One of the biggest challenges you'll face in your first few years in finance is keeping your weight under control. When you're pulling 100 hour weeks and have $25 a night to spend on food, it's easy to start packing on the pounds. Let's be clear, when you're turning...734 years 3 months ago
+7A Perfect StormFor better or for worse, there’s a very unique feeling when everything goes completely according to plan yet nobody seems to care or notice. Such is the case with our favorite company of the moment, Tesla Motors. For those unaware, TSLA has rocketed upwards since its Q1 earnings release,...723 years 16 hours ago
+4I'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="">BX</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...691 year 8 months ago
+4Beer For ALLOk guys, sometimes we just have to discuss important issues even if they've got nothing to do with the street. Some events are monumental and earth shattering. Sometimes even a hardcore cynic like me starts to hum the anthem and instinctively squeezes out a smile while placing hand over...685 years 7 months ago
+45 ways to get dinged before the interviewAll right, monkeys. Welcome to recruiting season. I am your interviewer. No, seriously. I really might be your interviewer. This upcoming week your very own Auntie Bankerella will be hitting up several universities in a couple of different cities. I’ll be giving presentations,...684 years 2 weeks ago
+3The 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 -...1672 years 3 months ago
+8"A Son Never Dies" by Sunil Gupta - Moving Letter from a Father of an Ibanking Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to see the comment below by user @DickFuld"</em> <P> This letter was cited in the DealBook here: - Unfortunately the...6710 months 6 days ago
+4HR Doesn't Know How to Read = Ruined My LifeAccepted an SA offer from a top <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">BB</a></span> for Tokyo office. Everything was dandy until background check, I was asked for an official...656 years 2 months ago
+3Ask DickFuld May 2015Ready to answer questions...26510 months 1 week ago
+3Hollywood is Completely Bankrupt of IdeasAfter seeing The Dark Knight Rises last Thursday night and spending the weekend reading about it and discussing it with friends, I've come to the realization that there are virtually no upcoming movies that I'm looking forward to. Before I go any further, I want to emphasize how...1643 years 11 months ago
+8Headed to HBS in the Fall - Ask Me Anything (AMA)I was fortunate enough to be accepted into HBS in Round 2 and will be heading there this Fall. I have never done an AMA on this site before and I feel that now might be a good time to do so. I hope that sharing my experience with the MBA application process might be somewhat useful to the WSO...645 months 2 weeks ago
+4Say No To The Finance Job, Create Jobs Instead<em>Andy note: This post was recommended by the author as a good one to repost to homepage - "Since it is recruiting season I think this post might be a good one to bump, VFA will be recruiting at all the top campuses around the U.S."</em> Every year a large amount of...633 years 2 months ago
+410 Tips to Bribe NYC’s Top Restaurants </em>Moderator Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 4/24/12</em> With full time recruiting well out of the way, I thought I would address a more pressing issue at hand-<em> What are you going to blow all that front-office cash on?</em> We all hear about the usual...623 years 3 months ago
+5Why 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...6211 months 4 weeks ago
+4Top IdiomsI'll start things off Better the devil you know than the devil you don't Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater624 months 1 day ago
+3Georgetown University Online MSFBooyah! Georgetown just announced that they are starting an online MSF. I would imagine this is the first step towards offering an on campus version. This is great news for anyone looking for a remote education and will compete nicely with the Indiana program. <!--break--> I have...1611 year 12 hours ago
+4Are you a club man?I broke up with my girlfriend last week. Not that I am still hang up on her or anything but a few bros suggested we head out to a club to meet some women etc. Apprehensive as I was, I still went along with it. But once again, it was confirmed to me I hate the club scene. Yeah, I hear all...605 years 3 months ago
+4How to impress a girl?i like a girl. never met her but she is hot. there is a personal trainer who created a facebook group to get people to pay to run with him in the park. and this girl joined. and she said she might even come one of these sundays. it doesnt cost that much to attend once a week in hopes of seeing...593 years 4 months ago
+4What is your worst trade ever?Mine was shorting GOE on its triumphant run... I shorted 2600 shares (and would have shorted a fucking lot more if there was locate, there was none thankfully) at 24.80 or so on the way up... Little background info GOE was a credit suisse created ETN targeting gold. It came out at $10 a...597 months 1 week ago
+3WSO Site Suggestions...Let Me Hear It!It's that time again....the time where you tell me how WSO can improve and I smash my head against the wall and wonder why I didn't think of that earlier... or I tell you that you are crazy. So please, fellow primates, let me know what annoys you most about WSO and how your day to...1592 years 8 months ago
+4Monty09 got a promotion...both in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">trading</a></span> and also working with summer <span class='keyword_link'><a...585 years 1 month ago
+3Where are you heading in the fall?!Pretty sure I'll be heading to Fuqua -- love to connect with anyone else going down there as well -- and I figured we'd start this as the official 'name where you're going' thread :P1584 years 4 months ago
+4MBB Consulting Q&A <em>2/25/13 update: Ampharos has now been working in consulting for 5+ months and said he can continue answering questions regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a...573 years 1 week ago
+5MSF Tips: Why You Should or Shouldn't Get OneFour years ago, I made a fateful decision to get an MSF degree. I badly wanted to break into Wall Street, live the lifestyle of a big swinging dick with models and bottles, and not have to study a buttload of stuff like a doctor or engineer. I was successful at it, but I did see several people...571 year 1 day ago
+2HK IBD SA 2011 ThreadHi, I decided to start this thread as I see there's one from previous years and it seems useful for most applicants. So I'll start with mine: <span class='keyword_link'><a...Anonymous Monkey2565 years 8 months ago
+3Looking for 8 Mentees to place into internships/FT for IBD/Trading/Big 4 Ad/MBB ConsultingList, closed, thank you all =) **Within 48 hours, we had 130+ applicants and 5 mentors.** --Using this thread for a "What do you want to learn/What would help you?" thread. We're going to invite recruiters, MDs, VPs, to speak to mentees, do <span...1565 years 10 months ago
+4Find me a job and I'll give you my first weeks payOnce hired by the firm, after I receive my first paycheck, I am willing to pay my first weeks salary to the individual whose efforts resulted in me being hired by the firm. I am looking for an entry level (0-3yrs) position in <span class='keyword_link'><a...554 years 5 months ago
+4The Divorce Fund: Speculating on Your MiseryI have spoken candidly in the past and will gladly do so again, about my misadventures in the world of marriage. It's a world many foolish men enter, but few ever leave financially unscathed. Today, we look at yet another <a...555 years 10 months ago
+4Frugal Financiers -- Ballin' on a BudgetSo I'm thinking of starting a 'blog' posting on here that will go ahead and highlight pretty good deals and when they are available to everyone -- things that monkeys would enjoy -- so I wanted to start it off with a heavy salvo. While everyone most likely thinks of Illini being...555 years 2 weeks ago
+5How to phone interview like a BSDLooks like I took part in roughly 80 phone interviews during b-school, plus probably more that didn’t make it to my calendar. Lot of practice. A little over 40 hours straight of the old smile-and-dial. Since we’re headed into recruiting season now, thought I’d share what I...559 months 2 weeks ago
+4Wall Street Relationships & YouThey aren't common, but every once in a while someone posts a question about starting a romantic relationship with a fellow banker. Sometimes the object of affection is a girl on the <span class='keyword_link'><a...552 years 10 months ago
+4Best 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...559 months 3 weeks ago
+4Morgan Stanley Analysts Reportedly Walk Out After Receiving Low BonusesCan anyone here confirm this? Dealbreaker is reporting that some <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Morgan Stanley</a></span> analysts, upon learning that their bonuses were far "below...558 months 4 weeks ago
+4What Does Your Drink Say About You?It’s midsummer in the city and the vaunted investment banking group outings are upon us. It’s time to loosen the cravat and enjoy the smell of steamy, urine-coated Manhattan concrete while kicking back a few with your fellow indentured servants. Whether you’re lucky enough to be invited to...533 years 11 months ago
+4Time To Respect The MSF: Top Five MSF Myths DebunkedWhenever I read about the MSF on WSO I often see people commenting on it that have no idea what they are talking about. So I wanted to write this blog post to clear up some myths. My MSF experience is at the Villanova/Washington University/Vanderbilt/UT-Austin level. The MSF is an excellent...532 years 7 months ago
+4What it's really like to work on Wall Street - Yahoo Finance Interview with Patrick Curtis <iframe width="624" height="351" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" mozallowfullscreen="true" webkitallowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true"...532 years 9 months ago
+42nd Year MM IB Analyst - AMAWhile I've kept up with some of the content on this site for the past year and a half, it's been a while since I've posted anything. I'm currently a second year analyst at a reputable MM IB. I can field any questions regarding networking, analyst/intern interviews, MM IB...538 months 3 weeks ago
+4What Motivates You?For a variety of reasons, both personal and professional, I've recently given a great deal of thought to the concept of motivation. A friend of mine recently proclaimed his belief that what best motivates people are incentives. Money, power, title, and various other perks. He argued...523 years 8 months ago
+4Would You IPO Yourself for $1?Some guys have trouble figuring out what they're worth from day to day, but for other guys it's easy. One such guy is Mike <span class='keyword_link'><a...523 years 6 months ago
+4MBA? Go to Wall Street NOT a Start Up!Now that the title hopefully grabbed some attention... There is a growing trend in the business school crowd where many people are taking higher risk start up positions with the hopes of making it big off of the equity portion of the compensation package. The problem? <em>People...521 year 6 months ago
+4"RBS Is Going To Go Ahead And Take Those First Year Job Offers Back"Ouch.... Will this happen at any other banks or just RBS? Anyone personally affected by this? Also if this is to be expected (as some of you have mentioned) why would anyone accept an offer with them unless it's his/her only hope? From NYT Dealbook: [quote]“Hearing from incoming...521 year 6 months ago
+5Adderall is creating a Brave New WorkplaceThere is no better place than WSO to ask this - <strong> are psychostimulants gradually becoming mandatory workplace drug in the US? </strong> Americans work longer hours and take fewer vacations than most others in the developed world. And God knows people in finance get worked...521 year 3 weeks ago
+6Goldman Sachs CEO's advice for young peoplePersonally, I am not a fan of Lloyd Blankfein</strong>, but I do admire the guy's background. He started out