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Acing the investment banking analyst interviewBeen a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of interview season for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment...73131.73
15 things I wish I knew as a first year banking analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up 2/10/13 and is a must read for all those starting their FT roles</em> I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as a banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee...132123.32
On the Job With Simple As… My Research ProcessWhen I did my AMA thread a while back I promised at least one person that I would share my general research process. So here you go... Every analyst has his/her own way of conducting due diligence. There certainly is no one correct way to come to an investment decision, however, I’d argue...133116.33
To anyone considering an MBAThere has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an MBA. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an MBA, I thought I’d share some thoughts. You can see my full background story here: ...15686.56
Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/10/14 and ranks #1 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...6077.60
How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)<em>Mod Note: This was originally posted 12/2013</em> Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've...8076.80
Anatomy 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...10973.09
Some Observations from an MD<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/15/14 and ranks #2 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11769.17
Thoughts From a Former Navy SEAL<em>Mod note (Andy): This comment by @"M. Blank" is a response to this thread: <a href=http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/is-pe-the-best-job-in-the-world>Is PE the Best Job in the World?</a> and deserves to go on the homepage for those who didn't see...7367.73
Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/17/14 and ranks #5 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7065.70
Laziness and the Merits of Hard Work<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/7/14 and ranks #4 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11265.12
Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at It<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/5/14 and ranks #3 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7564.75
Searching 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database">WSO Company Database (with e-mail...11763.17
How to make VP in Private EquityA few weeks ago, I shut down my ThinkPad for the last time, turned in my security badge, and said farewell to my colleagues – and to PE and <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/the-wso-private-equity-interview-prep-package">private equity interviews</a>. I found...7762.77
Suck it up: 8 Steps to Getting through 100+ Hour Weeks as an IB Analyst<em>Mod Note: This comment is a response to the ContemplatingBanker's post <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-deal-with-the-hours">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this...5358.53
Life Goes On...<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/19/11</em> [quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors...10258.02
My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessMod Note (Andy): Make sure to see Northsider's response to this post in the comments or by clicking <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/response-to-my-private-equity-recruiting-process">here</a> I am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers...5456.54
What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/19/14 and ranks #6 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...14156.41
Here is How Equity Research WorksI 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...10152.01
Best 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...11251.12
Life after Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12</em> Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my...29150.91
Own Your Time: or What I learned from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/24/14 and ranks #7 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3450.34
Keep In Touch! Networking Template<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> As much as it may be stated on this site, networking is one of the key factors in the success of most young professionals in finance. Whether it is gaining valuable advice, or getting a leg up in...6948.69
How to Crush Your Informational Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): "WSO Best of 2013" - this was originally posted Aug 1st.</em> So summer is winding to a close and recruiting season is rapidly approaching. Monkeys will be dusting off their resumes with the hopes of securing IB and <a...5047.50
Young Money? Perception vs Reality on Wall Street<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/6/14 and ranks #9 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8045.80
Week 3 of IBD Internship: The Pitch<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up on 7/21/13 The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/new-finance-internship-guide-just-released">Finance...7645.76
Lessons From a PE Superday<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/27/14 and ranks #8 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5945.59
What You Should've Done by 21: a Controversial Guide to a Realistic Outlook<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12.</em> I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading <a...12145.21
Coffee Is For Closers <em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 10/21/13.</em> You think I’m fucking with you? I am not fucking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto WSO in many aspects, which is arguably...10044.00
What 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...11843.18
Life at a Top Asset ManagerSo I've seen a few posts lately asking about mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">asset management</a></span> gigs, and alternatives to the sell-side out...16742.67
11 Steps to Becoming a Finance Jedi<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #12 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11142.11
Landed Your First Job? EXTREMELY Important Thread: Office Politics<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/22/14 and ranks #14 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7141.71
David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - "Throwback Thursdays" - this originally was posted October 2013</em> Autumn has arrived. For those seniors fresh off their <span class='keyword_link'><a...6241.62
Breaking the hedge fund case study <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/24/14 and ranks #17 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3241.32
My not-so-secrets to success<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 3/2/12.</em> In the past few months, I've been approached on a few occasions by college-aged folks asking the typical question: how to succeed on the street from a less-than-stellar undergrad background....8839.88
Focus on the downside: brushing up on credit skills <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/13/14 and ranks #10 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4739.47
phantombanker's GMAT Study GuidePlus make sure to see my post <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-i-got-a-770-on-the-gmat-with-minimal-effort-while-working-banking-hours%E2%80%A6">How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours</a>4639.46
Advice From a Seasoned Equity AnalystSo, I used this website years ago when I was getting into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">equity research</a></span>. 7 years on and now considering the buyside, I thought...8937.89
The Other Road: Corporate Development Associate Fielding Questions<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Given the...28737.87
Why 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...14037.40
106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/29/14 and ranks #11 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11837.18
F*&King AnalystsSo, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...11637.16
Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the Desk<em>Mod Note (Andy), Throwback Thursday, this was originally posted on 7/2/13. The very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/new-finance-internship-guide-just-released">Finance...8036.80
Hedge Fund: The Investment Life CycleMod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 4/23/12. Hey guys, so after some encouragement from a few of you guys I'm gonna go ahead and start a bit of a series of posts on my experience in the <strong><span class='keyword_link'><a...6136.61
Former 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.25036.50
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 1 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/29/14 and ranks #20 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4236.42
A Clueless Freshman's First Networking Event<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 9/18/14 and ranks #13 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2436.24
AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business SchoolI recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...10536.05
Reflections on Year 1 at Booth<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...15535.55
What Everyone Ought To Know About Failure <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/26/14 and ranks #18 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2535.25
Industry 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....12035.20
IRON 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...6134.61
How diversified is your life?<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 08/13/13</em> Reaching for that golden ring of career success, as most of the monkeys here are trying to do, can have significant costs. Some are obvious: preparing for interviews, networking, and getting top grades...5033.50
Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework.When I joined the industry, fresh analysts like myself would flit through the morning newspaper like a drowning man who clutches one spar after another for support. Our attempts to stay abreast were as haphazard as that man’s attempts to stay afloat. On page 1, we would read an article...3633.36
Learn from My MistakesI'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 picked up and wish they had known earlier. The big questions, like which offer to take or whether to shoot...8432.84
Why 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="http://epicpinterestfail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/how-i-met-your-mother-barney-why.gif"...6932.69
Sincere thank you to the WSO Community<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/7/14 and ranks #16 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5832.58
Can a Non Target land a IB SA? With hard work and persistence it definitely is <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/20/14 and ranks #21 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4432.44
Thoughts on HBS (Starting Out)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8831.88
The Non-Target Who Didn't Take No For An Answer<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/25/14 and ranks #19 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...7331.73
Advice for New Analysts Seeking PE Exits<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 12/26/09</em> I received a number of PMs asking for advice for...6830.68
Finance Culture - Personalities<em>Mod note: make sure to see the great comment below by CompBanker</em> I come from a small town where nobody had ever heard of consulting or IB. I was fortunate enough to attend a top target college (a good Ivy) and land a gig in IB at a <span...8229.82
Picking the right Trading jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/6/14 and ranks #25 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4329.43
NYSSA 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...2629.26
Babydick Capital Investor Presentation<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF">HF</a></span> Satire5728.57
Notes 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...4028.40
Interview with Simple As...Hedge Fund Analyst<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/26/14 and ranks #22 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4427.44
How WSO has enhanced my IB/PE career<strong>Background</strong> 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...4127.41
Ex-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,...14027.40
From non-target to BB CEO: My storyI was like many of you at one point in my life. I was a non-target student with big dreams. Luckily, I was an extraordinary networker and worked my way into Lehman on the commercial paper desk. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I breathed the CP market and built a reputation...23727.37
Don'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...5026.50
Breaking 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: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/advice-for-new-analysts-seeking-pe-exits Advice...2226.22
Need to Brush up on your Accounting Skills?Some of you may have heard that Harvard Business School does not teach introductory accounting classes anymore. One of the reasons is that they use an online accounting software from a BYU professor, who is now providing his course for free. Has some pretty good exposure and some top...5025.50
Does 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...4525.45
Success 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: 1) Network: Hide your true...4225.42
A Letter to a ChimpDear My Little Chimp, Slow down, child. I know you are just starting that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> investment banking job and are looking to...3425.34
Day in the Life: Hedge Fund Associate - Investment Banking Background<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014, this originally went up April 2014</em> ***To wrap up our conversations on life at a hedge fund (as an associate) we reiterate that this what you should expect if you have an IB background and move to the buy-side at a hedge fund. Again...7124.71
Why I Left A Seemingly Perfect Megafund PE Gig For A Guaranteed Salary of $0.00<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/21/14 and ranks #27 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...14824.48
HF Analyst: The Things I Know For Sure<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/28/14 and ranks #24 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4524.45
Evolution of the Financier<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/6/14 and ranks #28 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...4124.41
Leaving the buyside<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #26 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...11624.16
My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergradThe topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to get hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate?” typically goes along the lines of “it’s a shot in the dark, but yes [insert cliché...7623.76
Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-make-vp-in-private-equity">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the <span class='keyword_link'><a...2823.28
Why YOU Aren't Getting OffersI 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 had the unfortunate experience of riding the train from Stamford to NYC (a commute I am too used to dating...8422.84
Stop 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...8322.83
AM 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...6722.67
2 Lessons Learned at 22<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/23/14 and ranks #35 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...6022.60
Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> are out in full...14222.42
WSO, 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...13722.37
An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 2 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/14/14 and ranks #34 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...1422.14
Done123123Sorry had to take this away.6921.69
Non-Target Freshman to Hedge Fund Internship <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/29/14 and ranks #36 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...5321.53
Accounting 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...4421.44
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive ReviewI’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/suntrust-robinson-humphrey-strh" target="_blank">STRH</a></span> and I wanted...3821.38
Basic Overview of the Consumer Sector<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 12/7/14 and ranks #32 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...2521.25
UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong><em> elected by you - the monkeys of WSO, this is the 2011 Finance-forum post of the year (from Jan 28, 2011). I'm reposting it here on the homepage for any monkeys who have yet to see it. Thanks Marcus_Halberstram for a great...12321.23
The Comprehensive List of Transfer Friendly Schools For Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/6/14 and ranks #31 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...8320.83
Finally 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...7620.76
Cold-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...6620.66
leaving 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...5220.52
EBITDA 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...4620.46
Why 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...4520.45
AMA: Managing Director in the M&A and PE business w/ 20+ years experience <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best Posts of 2014 - this originally went up March of this year </em> I am a 20+ year veteran and Managing Director in the M&A and <span class='keyword_link'><a...13820.38
The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/23/14 and ranks #29 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3720.37
Performance of Top Tier vs. Bottom Tier Analysts (Q&A in Comments)<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/13/14 and ranks #30 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...3220.32
Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & UnemploymentI wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from a non-target school and got my first job within 2 months of graduation. It was a long-term temp.-to-perm. at a <span...1920.19
What It Really Means to Be "Alpha"<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up September 2012</em> I'm fairly new here, and deciding what to write about in a blog entry might seem easy enough, but I'd rather people enjoy what I read than just read it and forget it. So I spent some...30920.09
We eat what we kill.The following e-mail has been going around on the Street recently. I thought I might share it: We are Wall Street. It's our job to make money. Whether it's a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn't matter. We would trade baseball cards if...10220.02
25 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...7219.72
Ask me anything - Non Traditional Background to MM PE to H/S/WSo here I am, the prodigal son returning. I haven’t been on this site in some time but wanted to write this post to generate some helpful content as a way of saying thank you to Patrick and the rest of the WSO team, as their site played a direct role in my breaking into PE. I am writing this...6119.61
How I Fought My Way Back (Vol. Bruce Wayne in TDKR)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 story/background via my <span class='keyword_link'><a...3119.31
Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumesWe're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team received 200+ resumes from HR. Thinking "I can make a WSO thread about this", I volunteered to do the initial cull over the Christmas/NY break. ...7918.79
Why 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...5518.55
760 on GMAT -- Game PlanHey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...4418.44
Not 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...2418.24
What 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...1918.19
DeletexxxSorry folks, people have started sending me creepy messages identifying me. I think it's just a friend f*cking with me, but going to delete this out of an over-abundance of caution. 11618.16
Hedge 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"...it just depends what...9717.97
AMA: Credit Analyst at +$5B Distressed ShopHave lurked on WSO on-and-off since pre-crisis days. Reading the material on here helped me get my first internship - time to give back. Happy to answer anything and everything. Quick background below. - Beginning third year as investment analyst at a $5B event-driven / distressed debt...9717.97
11 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...8117.81
I 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...7217.72
I 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-front-office-fo">FO</a></span> <span...5417.54
REVEALED! Wall Street CEO Facebook Convo<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 10/9/12.</em> <b>WSO EXCLUSIVE:</b> Titans of Wall Street caught in candid conversation on Facebook! Read on below and after the break: <img...5317.53
My 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...5217.52
Why You're So Easy to Replace<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from 9/2/10. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> <strong><em>"The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its...5117.51
Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We were in proximity to a banking...3617.36
After 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,...3317.33
Non-Target to [Insert Goal Here]I probably receive a few PMs a month from people who are from some variation of an out of favor background for Wall Street/Investment Banking/Private Equity. It varies from institution, to GPA to current professional position, and all of the above. The most common question I'm asked is:...2817.28
The Street Before Christmas 2013<em>Mod Note (Andy): Because we miss @"Edmundo Braverman" so much I'm posting up his past "The Street Before Christmas" posts for those who haven't seen them. Here are the links to the previous ones: <a...2017.20
Unbelievable! 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,...11317.13
How I got into Banking<em>Mod Note: bumping this thread from November 2006 up top to the forums for new members who haven't seen it. Great story from one of our top members. </em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal of time reading all of the posts from the past few weeks. I thought I...10317.03
Banking 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...10117.01
AMA... 3rd year ER analystI have been an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span> analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...9316.93
The 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...8016.80
How to negotiate for more money during the interview processSo, 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 and give you a couple of examples of what happened with people I have hired who were being paid below...7316.73
How PWM really works (part 1): past, present, future, and $$$Hey guys, Andy had asked me a while ago to do a blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so I figured I'd give it a whirl despite this...6016.60
Non-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,...5316.53
How finance saved and gave me a life<em>mod note (Andy): this was originally posted on 5/19/12</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 130 (now 135...5116.51
Equity 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...15016.50
Oil and Gas OverviewHopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have done in the past, we will do a sector overview and we will unlikely hit on every aspect (that would require far too much work). If Oil and Gas is not of interest to you, we...3916.39
Free 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...3416.34
DB Oil & Gas Primer 2013I've been getting a lot of PM's for this primer so I thought I upload it here. Cheers,2916.29
5 Steps To Effective NetworkingSo ever since I've posted my story on here (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/106-rejections-1-success-unquantifiable-perseverance">"106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance"</a>) and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I...2916.29
Investment Banking 2014: 6 Things To Know For MBAs<em>This comment was originally posted in <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-decline-of-mba-ocr#comment-1180319">The decline of MBA OCR</a></em> 1. IB is expanding off its "bottom-out" following the crisis; However, this expansion is...2416.24
The Street Before Christmas 2012<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-street-before-christmas-2013">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h2>The Street Before Christmas...2116.21
DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-discounted-cash-flow-DCF">DCF</a></span>) <a...1616.16
The 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...21416.14
Day 9: Why I Won't Date Bankerella<em>Andy note: See <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/a-male-banker-on-dating-female-bankers-2012-8">"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...19815.98
Wanna Jump Straight to the Buy Side?Most of my friends are going into banking. Not because pitch books and road shows are their thing, of course, but it opens a lot of doors. 100 hour work weeks, camaraderie in the form of all-nighters editing PowerPoint slides and sharing Seamless meals, and having no skin in the game never...9015.90
The Truth About NetworkingFrom observing the general population in America, I've come to the conclusion that most people are awful at networking. The vast majority of people in this country, especially those who are students or newly entering the workforce, simply don't understand how important one's...5915.59
Goodbye 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 & Certified user overnight. Below is an explanation why, but I want to first state that my aim now is to help people looking to change careers through an...5115.51
Quit 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...5015.50
Technical 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...4615.46
Gekko'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...4515.45
You 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...4315.43
Lessons From My 20sI'm turning 30 on Thursday. It's true. I've been a bit of a workaholic this past decade. I'm driven by an intense desire to help create a better world in the future than the one we have today--a world that is more sustainable, abundant, and joyous. And I'm excited about...4215.42
How to Make an App if You Only Know Investment BankingAfter my <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/i-resigned-from-rothschild-to-start-a-company">original post</a> describing why I decided to resign from <span class='keyword_link'><a...4115.41
PM me your Placement #sIn response to what seems like an endless cyclical influx of high school kids who can’t tell their asses from a hole in the ground asking what school they should attend/transfer to, I think there may be a solution. Everyday there’s a couple dozen discussions asking people to compare...3615.36
Week 4 of IBD Internship: Initiation<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this was originally posted 10/17/13</em> <em>The very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our updated <strong><a...3515.35
For 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...3315.33
7 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...3115.31
A 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...3015.30
An 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...3015.30
Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst, but I think now is a better time than any to tell you how I made the jump to private equity from a VERY non-target background. A little bit about me: I graduated from a...2515.25
7 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...2415.24
Healthcare Overview... Part 1?By popular demand we’re doing a new overview, this time focusing on healthcare (Finally!). We’re going to keep this simple and stick with three basic buckets. 1) Healthcare Equipment, 2) Bio-Technology and 3) Pharmaceuticals. If there is a lot of demand for an additional space (or...2215.22
My 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...2015.20
I'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...16614.66
The BlackHat Interview: 1/4<strong>Mod note (Andy):</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/user/81874">BlackHat</a> interview is here. Questions came from myself and members of writing and intern teams. BIG thanks to BH for his really...6314.63
Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>5114.51
One 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...5014.50
Day 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...4714.47
The 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...4414.44
Divorces: 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...4114.41
F*ck the CEO: These 3 People Can Help You More<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/1/13.</em> For a lot of you, the very title of this article probably has you choking on your silver spoon. Shame on you. One of the most important realizations I have come upon since I began my career is it is...3714.37
Sales - debunking 8 MYTHS (From a veteran)I read a lot of misleading information regarding sales jobs in banks on this forum recently (I am lumping sales/sales traders and all products here). I won't mention any particular users, but it got me angry. Given I have not contributed to WSO in a meaningful way in more than a year (apart...3714.37
AMA: Non-Target 2014 grad with 2 off-cycle BB offers (ER & DCM)I've been a long-time WSO reader and have read countless AMA's that have helped me out along the way, and with FT recruiting in full swing I thought it'd be cool to share my story and give whatever advice I could to people in similar situations to myself. So first I'll...3614.36
Very detailed notes of Peter Thiel's startup class at Stanford I 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...3514.35
Praying 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...13214.32
Five Thoughts on Wall Street Bathroom Breaks<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throw Back Thursday, Originally posted on August, 2012</em> When you work 80-hour weeks regularly and the staples of your diet are $25 Seamlessweb pasta dishes and burger combos, inevitably, nature is going to call – on your office line. For the majority of...12614.26
Energy 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...1814.18
Breaking into Banking is NOT Like Applying to CollegeI have seen a ton threads like "Chance Me", "Can I get a job at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> with these credentials", and a ton of retarded shit in the main...11814.18
How to Treat the New Blood: 3 Rules to FollowNow, 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 post. There are literally hundreds of threads talking about how to deal with bosses and colleagues but...1714.17
The CFA Curriculum, As Explained by Two Cows<em>This article is originally from <a href='http://www.300hours.com'>300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href='http://www.300hours.com/blog/the-cfa-curriculum-as-explained-by-two-cows'>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...1614.16
What banker careers really look like: real private data<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> The most common arguments on WSO are about what it really takes to make it to Wall Street... and then what your options are if you get there. Working professionals come here to engage in witty banter...20814.08
My Dating PhilosophyI figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and since people have some strong opinions about this it might lead to something interesting. Besides which a lot of the folks on here who are even younger than I am(or have less...10414.04
MSF Question and AnswerI get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here and allow others to post their questions so everyone can see them and the subsequent answers. Hope this helps. <strong>Summer Analyst...19613.96
Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in M7 MBAs, or you're HSW or bust, feel...9413.94
How 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/phantombankers-gmat-study-guide">Here is the link to his study guide</a></em></strong> Background: I recently took the...9313.93
The Last "what should I do with my money?" Thread (hopefully)Since I became active in WSO several weeks ago, I've noticed a few threads on "I have this much money, what should I do with it?" And the amounts have ranged from $2,000 to $20mm, and to put it bluntly I'm tired of people giving stock tips to strangers when they have no...9213.92
Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> I used to go to this barbershop...7613.76
Resume 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...6313.63
Gekko'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...5913.59
Venture 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...14513.45
Timeline 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...4413.44
Advice 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....4413.44
How PWM really works (part 2): Breaking In, Staying In, and Getting OutHey guys, got quite a few questions on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being...4413.44
Beginners Guide to Valuation and Metrics By SectorInspired by comments from this: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/basic-guide-ramping-up-on-a-company-with-public-information-part-1-of-3 Lets just jump in. <strong>Technology:</strong> In this space there are really two metrics that matter the most, sales growth and EPS...4213.42
Corporate 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...13713.37
Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss Keeping with the theme of my article from two weeks ago (regarding cold emails and helping/mentoring the younger crowd) I wanted to take some time to discuss the difference between a boss and a leader and how having one or the other can drastically change your future and career over the...3313.33
Giving 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...3213.32
Corporate Development: Personal Experience & Advice<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target...2913.29
A Story of Persistence: If I Can Make It, You Can TooRewind back to October 2011. I was a Senior at a fairly prestigious state school, but it was a non-target university. I was graduating with a major in History, and I believed I wanted to go to Law School eventually. My father and mother both went to Law School and it seemed inevitable that I...2813.28
Quitting time - views on how to leave your jobI've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense to line up another job. With his permission, I've pasted below the advice I gave him on how to tell his current employers that he's exiting. I've made a few tidy up...2713.27
PE 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...2513.25
THE 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...2413.24
Physical 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> is priced, hedged, etc. I was reasonably...2213.22
How 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-non-target-who-didnt-take-no-for-an-answer">you can see it here</a></b>). Of the many messages I have been receiving, a...2113.21
The 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-equity-capital-markets-ECM">ECM</a></span> or <span...1813.18
NYC 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. ...51613.16
My Story: From Trading Floor at UBS To Entrepreneur on Kickstarter“I wish I had this chance if I was your age again.” - said my MD when I resigned in April 2013. (He wouldn't let me later go until August) Hi Gorillas, Orangutans, Baboons, Monkeys, and Chimps: I’m a former equity salesperson at UBS Investment Bank (S&T, APAC) that left in...1513.15
Preparing for the HF informational interview<em> Moderator Note (Andy): 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> I got a PM asking how to prepare for an <span class='keyword_link'><a...1413.14
How to feel confident and get a job out of networking events<em>Hey ladies and gents! I saw in the Wall Street Journal a big article on the importance of charisma and presence, it inspired @"Ben_KickassAcademy" and I to throw an article together on networking for you guys.</em> You fill out a name card.  Receive a packet of...1213.12
The insanity of the US tax code: Bad Laws and Predictable Consequences<div style="text-align: justify;"> If taking the same action, over and over, expecting different consequences, is the definition of insanity, it aptly describes the US tax code, where legislators write tax laws designed to elicit bad behavior, moan about the consequences and...1013.10
Initiating 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...8512.85
B-School Q&A w/ Betsy Massar of Master AdmissionsI'm Betsy Massar, founder of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.masteradmissions.com">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...58412.84
Part 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...5612.56
In Response to “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get”Jason Nazar, a contributing writer for Forbes, wrote a column last month detailing the “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get.” (Read Here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/07/23/20-things-20-year-olds-dont-get/) I’m sure everyone around my age appreciated the condescending and...5612.56
Lessons 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...5512.55
5 Benefits to Being in the Back OfficeI worked in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back office</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...5312.53
How PWM really works (part 3): PB v. PWM, lifestyle, hours, day in the lifeSorry this took so long everyone! Hope you enjoy and hope it's not too terribly long. For the 3rd installment of my blog, I’ll detail some of the differences between <span class='keyword_link'><a...5312.53
Attached - 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...5012.50
Corporate Development: my experiences and background<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target...5012.50
What 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...4912.49
The 7 "Good" Work Habits of Bad Analysts<em>Throwback Thursday: This was originally posted July 2012</em> This is all representative of commonsense (but ultimately bad) advice I got during undergrad and followed blindly during <span class='keyword_link'><a...4812.48
Official Petition to Bring Back Brady4MVPWe, the monkeys of the Wall Street Oasis online community, hereby petition the resurrection of the user famously known as <b>Brady4MVP</b>. Currently said individual is operating under a moniker highlighting the distinction between mba's and muffins, and he is struggling. Having...4212.42
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Advice 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...3412.34
FT Recruiting - Compilation of Helpful WSO Posts <em>Mod Note (Andy): FT Recruiting is closed for some firms but still in full force for others. To help you out we created this compilation post linking to the best FT recruiting related discussions on WSO Hope you find it helpful! </em> Also make sure to check out this thread:...3312.33
The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 2Read part 1 here: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-1 Like many of you, I side with those who scoff at the amount of time the developed world wastes in formalized education - i.e., reading and studying rather than doing. In the...3212.32
Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training Mod Note (Andy), <em>throwback thursday, this was originally posted on 6/25/13. The very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our updated <strong><a...2612.26
Three Things You Didn't Know About Becoming A Rock-Star AnalystAt 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 in finance. I wasn't alone in believing that building up great modeling skills, understanding...2512.25
Convert Your Summer Internship Into a Full-Time OfferAs 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 of summer analysts who will be sweating it out on Wall...2212.22
The 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...2212.22
Ask Alex at MBA ApplyHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership...122112.21
Leverage and successWhat drives success? Everyone who succeeds credits something different for their success. Some credit hard work. Others credit being in the right place at the right time. Some credit parents, friends, a boss, a wife, the list goes on. The problem with success is that it's hard to...1712.17
Some Thoughts on Private Equity Interview Case StudiesThe infamous <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/the-wso-private-equity-interview-prep-package">private equity interview</a> is enough to make seasoned top bucket analysts quiver in their boots. When you go through the interview process with <span...1612.16
List 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...1412.14
I'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...21312.13
7 Indispensable Rules For TradersAs a trader, one of the things I like to do is take notes on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> observations, both trade specific and trader specific. I was...1012.10
MSF Class of 2016Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...69411.94
Don't Masturbate. Don't Look at Porn.In fact, delete all your porn and your LatinaMilf links. I did a while back and it's helped my life immensely. Obviously, this is anecdotal evidence on my part, but if you want some real evidence: http://yourbrainonporn.com/ There are also a bunch of great Ted Talks (Google it) on why...8111.81
Putting 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...7511.75
3rd Year HF Analyst Q&APrior reading: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/hedge-fund-the-investment-life-cycle">Hedge Fund: The Investment Life Cycle.</a> Quick background: Penn undergrad - 2 years at <span class='keyword_link'><a...7011.70
SA interviews – an interviewer’s perspectiveFor my earlier thread about my views on cover letters and resumes for SA roles, see here: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/resume-and-cover-letter-a-reviewers-perspective">"Resume and Cover Letter - A Revewer's...6711.67
Your 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...6311.63
Personal Finance Part 1: Credit Card Hacking (the legal kind) Last week, @"onemanwolfpack" went over some travel hacks and discussed how he uses credit card points and airline miles to get free airfare. Being the frugal guy on WSO, I figured I would follow up with how I save money using rewards credit cards. NOTE: this strategy only works if...6011.60
Alright 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...5811.58
Black 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...5611.56
List 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...5611.56
How 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...5411.54
You 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...5011.50
Life in Acquisitions (Analyst/Associate)I've had a couple of people PM me about what I do in REIT acquisitions and what the deal process looks like. I figured I'd post this for people's future reference. I work at a fairly large REIT (>$10billion AUM) so this process may be different for smaller shops. We also...4511.45
Your Cold Email Just Got A LOT Warmer<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally published May, 2013</em> I try to let you guys know about it when I find something cool or useful, and today I've got something that can make a <strong>huge</strong> difference in increasing the hit rate on...4411.44
The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 1<strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-2">See Part 2</a> | <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-3">Part...4211.42
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!To complete the trifecta of old, new, and modern classic personal finance books, this is the third book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...3611.36
Attention 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...3511.35
What I Learned From Both Getting Dream Job And Then Dumped In One DayAlright Monkeys, So I've been a long time user of this site and have wanted to give back for a while - so here goes. Today during my painfully boring Econometrics class I received a call from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...3411.34
Overview of Leveraged FinanceWe have not done an overview in quite some time and needed a post specific to Wall Street. This will elaborate a bit on our hedge fund posts and provide an overview for those that are interested in Investment Banking (You will work closely with Leverage Finance at some point in your career). As...3411.34
Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")Earlier this year I quit my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management consulting</a></span> job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a...3211.32
How 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...3011.30
From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity ResearchI posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have recently made this jump so maybe this can help. Sorry for the long post but it's all relevant to how I made it to <span class='keyword_link'><a...2911.29
Non 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...2811.28
Non-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...2711.27
For 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/on-losing-failure">On Losing & Failure</a> that I would recommend reading if you...2611.26
Make the Main Thing the Main ThingI started my job at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> this Summer as a VP and was lucky enough to start the same day as our group of summer analysts and...2311.23
Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!I've been debating whether or not to post this but decided to go ahead with it as I know these sort of posts always spurred me during my darker days! Will just be sharing my story and path from how I went from a pretty poor state school to a non-target university and getting myself a...2211.22
M&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 <span...2011.20
Champagne 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...1911.19
Buyside 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...1811.18
WH'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...1711.17
So 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...1711.17
100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...1611.16
Collection of Bridgewater Associates' WritingsCame across this link through a newsletter - it provides links to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/bridgewater-associates-3">Bridgewater Associates</a></span>' writings from 1999 to 2012, mostly on macro...1011.10
I resigned from Rothschild to start a companyFollowing an internship, I worked as an analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/rothschild">Rothschild</a></span>'s investment banking team in Singapore for two and a half years. During this time, I...10411.04
Life in General Will Cost More Than You Think <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014 - this comment was originally posted in the thread <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-are-exit-opps-really-like-for-mbb-partners">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...10211.02
Ask 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...9210.92
Ask 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...9110.91
From 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...8410.84
How 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...7610.76
1st 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...7010.70
How PWM really works (part 4): Misconceptions, how we invest, choosing a broker, and my AMAHey everyone, this is way overdue, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. For my 4th and final blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, I wanted...6610.66
Jedi 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...6110.61
12 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 1<em>mod note: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/12-hours-till-deadline-the-all-nighter-part-2">see part 2 here</a></em> Since I’ve been writing for WSO, my most popular posts have been about banking experiences. The All Nighter is perhaps one of...4410.44
The BlackHat Interview: 3/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/user/81874">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-blackhat-interview-14">see part 1,...3910.39
The 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...3310.33
Non-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...3210.32
CFA Schedule Template I created this post in response to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1145861&c=cart&aff=44880&ejc=2&cl=175031">CFA</a></span> Time Management post earlier this week. Many of us monkeys...2810.28
Transitioning 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...2810.28
UG Recruiting Part III: The Super Day and Offer<a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ug-recruiting-part-i-how-a-resume-becomes-an-interview">UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview</a> <a...2710.27
Guide to Corporate Finance Job titles- distinguishing between accounting and financeGiven all the discussion and mixed information on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I...2710.27
Q&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...2610.26
Target 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...42410.24
How various professionals see the worldRecently I was having a conversion with a buddy who just started a grad job at a large insurance underwriter here in Zurich. He was saying how his perception of the world is changing now that the underlying structure of the global economy is gradually revealing itself to him through his work. He...2410.24
Insights 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...2010.20
A 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...2010.20
Your job is going to be relatively mindless, repetitive, and dull.<em> Mod Note: This comment was posted in rensponse to this post: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/help-pissed-in-big-4-audit">HELP- Pissed in Big 4 Audit</a>, received a ton of silver bananas, and deserved to go up on the homepage by itself...2010.20
How to Finish WellI've been conspicuously absent from WSO for the last couple of weeks as I prepare for my transition from owning my own family office practice to my new VP role at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...2010.20
Avoiding 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...11710.17
Routes to Buyside PM<em> Mod note: This comment was in response to this thread: <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/best-entry-level-job-for-running-future-hedge-fund">Best Entry Level Job for Running Future Hedge Fund</a> </em> Wait...you think b-school is going to...1610.16
A 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...1510.15
Learn How to Decode Body Language from an FBI GuruThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...1410.14
How 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span>? Great, but access to information doesn't come...1310.13
6 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...1310.13
Thinking vs doingIt's not often that one sees a limo for sale, especially on someone's front lawn with a price tag of $2,500. The limo wasn't new, it was a late 1980s model, but it was still a limo. I used to drive past that limo weekly when I was in college. I was intrigued, I had the money to...1110.11
Adam the Analyst - Episode 6: What is Your Ideal Working Environment?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 11/2010</em> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sgw3CG3Om7I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...810.08
The 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...999.99
Real Estate Q&A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> So the deal...959.95
When you're bored..<strong> NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION: <h3> http://doge2048.com/ </h3></strong> Old version: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/ Spent the entire night playing this shit. Regret not sleeping..869.86
AMA: ER Analyst at Top BB (Plus About ER & General Advice) Long-time WSO user, created a new account for this AMA. I got a lot of help from this forum during my recruiting process and I owe a lot to WSO. Wanted to try and give back by offering some insight into <span class='keyword_link'><a...749.74
A 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...729.72
AMA: 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...719.71
WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!</strong>: <em>If you're looking for a resume for experienced IB professionals or a <b><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wso-private-equity-resume-template">private...699.69
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AMA: I'm at the end of the WSO Rainbow and Profoundly UnhappyI'm in my early-to-mid 20's, I work in PE, I'll make nearly $500k this year and I have no fucking idea what I'm doing. I went to the doctor. He said I drink too much coffee, get too little sleep, and drink too much alcohol. I didn't tell him I also have a lot of...1629.62
The Asymmetric Risk Profile: Preparing for the Hedge Fund InterviewAs an investor I look for investment that offers me the greatest odds of success – investments with an asymmetric risk profile. This strategy was invented by Graham and Dodd and made famous by none other than Warren <span class='keyword_link'><a...589.58
Lifestyle: 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 up...by a trillion or so. As your career progresses, assuming...569.56
10 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa">GPA</a></span>. I’ve...509.50
Finally, Some Quantification – The Expected Value of Launching a StartupI recently came across a <a href="http://80000hours.org/blog/341-how-much-do-y-combinator-founders-earn">blog post from 80000hours.org</a> with some of the best quantitative data I’ve seen to date on the consideration of the payoff of the choice to throw your career path...509.50
Ask 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...499.49
Unhappy 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...479.47
What do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants?I recently received a question from a young monkey looking for a SA position. They asked, "what do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants when you interviewed for your current position?" Below is my response, but I am curious to see what other monkeys would have said....469.46
How 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...459.45
My LifeThis 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...459.45
Current 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...1459.45
15 Steps To Mastering The GMATI took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> a few months ago and I wanted to share my experiences, tips and advice with the rest of the community....439.43
Finishing 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...1429.42
Economic Consulting Q&AI’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...429.42
Non 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...409.40
Shifting Wish Lists and Fleeting FreedomsAs in years past, Christmas has found a way to sneak up on me. And, unless you're way younger than WSO's target demographic, you probably feel the same way I do. <strong>The older you get, the more it seems that Christmas appears out of nowhere.</strong> I once found...389.38
A 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...389.38
Hard 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...379.37
A 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(er).</strong> I guess you...379.37
10 Quick Do's and Dont's I Learned from Travel Hacking Over the Last 18 Months Monkeys, Since moving abroad, I've turned "travel hacking" into my primary side hobby, that is, paying as little as possible in cash for flights and hotels throughout the world. Eighteen months later, I'm sitting on 500,000 airline points with only two credit cards in my...379.37
Equity 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...369.36
Removed post to discuss MBA Admissions Consultants while maintaining anonymityDeleted as thread is over 2.5 years old and stopped receiving PMs... 1369.36
Prestigious Pete<em>Mod note (Andy): throwback Thursday, this originally went up on 9/22/12.</em> I would like to extend a warm welcome to myself, Prestigious Pete. I am a jealousy amalgam, created from combining all the conceited, self-assured finance super douches into one man called...2349.34
The 48 Laws of Power<i>This is the next book summary from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>, and if you find my...329.32
A 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...319.31
A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I...309.30
Adam the Analyst - Episode 1: Introduction<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 09/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/20_uWZT-W8U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Please spread the word by...299.29
How I Lost A Million Dollars<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="http://www.dailydirtnap.com/">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...299.29
How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-to-be-that-associate">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The...289.28
Valuation 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...279.27
Part 2- Finally Got It - Top MM Offer- Thank You WSOSo my previous post (http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/finally-got-it-top-mm-ft-offer-thank-you-wso) 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....279.27
Going 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,...269.26
Networking 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...269.26
Going 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer analyst</a></span> knows, on Wall...259.25
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Equity Research Interns & Incoming Full-Timers: 5 Simple Tweaks to Add ValueIn finance, just being smart and working your fingers to the bone does not set you apart – because we all do that. You want to make sure you are doing the right thing and working hard the right way. Going back to that 80/20 rule: sometimes what takes 20% of your time makes 80% of the...249.24
Observations of a PE Analyst<em><strong>Edit:</strong> The following pertain to my personal experience in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/private-equity-overview">private equity</a></span> in a region outside...229.22
Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!All, Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the admins, users and interview guide authors for their commitment and consistent assistance to the WSO community. In 2011, I was thanking the community for the help breaking into investment banking...189.18
The 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...1179.17
Former 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge bracket</a></span>. I have...1159.15
Character: 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...159.15
Think and Grow RichThis is the second book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/money-master-the-game">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...149.14
PERE 50 2015 - Real Estate Private Equity RankingsI haven't seen it posted here and I used to post them annually, so here it is - the 2015 real estate private equity rankings, made up of all the names you would expect. Still, there are some newcomers (Greystar, Almanac) and a couple of big falls and rises. If nothing else, it's good...139.13
Energy 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...119.11
How to Increase Your EQ Score: Emotional Intelligence 2.0This is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...119.11
How to Prepare for Restructuring Technical Questions<em>Mod note: This comment was originally posted in the thread "Restructuring Technicals" <a href=http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/restructuring-technicals#comment-914608>here</a>. Many users found it useful so of course it would get front-paged. Enjoy! <a...89.08
The 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...79.07
Discounted Cashflow Valuations (DCF): Academic Exercise, Sales Pitch or Investor Tool?In <a href="http://aswathdamodaran.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-dance-of-disrupted-observations.html">my last post</a>, I noted that I will be teaching <a href="http://people.stern.nyu.edu/adamodar/New_Home_Page/equity.html">my valuation class</a>,...79.07
Q&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 certified user Nefarious. <strong>Nefarious works in Strategy at a major Fortune 500 Aerospace & Defense company</strong>. While I know many of your are focused on banking and <span...1069.06
Do you believe in God?Official ibankingoasis belief in God poll. Any religion with a God accepted. I'll start. Don't.7958.95
AMA: 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...868.86
Defeating 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...768.76
Sell 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...708.70
Don't Ask An Investment Banker What They Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/12</em> When you’re meeting new people, even in casual social situations, the <b>topic of work is never far off</b>. Maybe this is a general commentary on The Texting Generation’s lacking...638.63
Harvard 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...588.58
Ask Tech Buyout:If you got a legitimate question, feel free to ask it. I'm no longer responding to PMs.578.57
Jump 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...578.57
Why 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> is...558.55
AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programsI hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few members who greatly helped me on my journey (<em>Mod Note - I moved the shout outs to bottom of the post)</em>. I got into...558.55
How 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...538.53
Ask 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...538.53
Hedge 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...508.50
Interview 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...508.50
AMA: I'm the President of a $1bn Global Long Short Fund Feel free to ask me anything. I will be on starting at 1pm to answer questions for a couple hours, then will check the post periodically over the next week for new questions. Thanks, -Keith. <b>Bio: </b><em>Keith R. Weiner is the President of Suvretta Capital Management, a...508.50
Ask an Institutional LP anything.Fire away with questions and I'll give my answers/opinions. I've done diligence on everything from early-stage VCs to megafunds. Feel free to PM if your question is sensitive.498.49
Man 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...488.48
How 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....468.46
Excel: Tools, Add-Ins, and MacrosIncluded here is the start of a much needed compilation of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/">Excel</a></span> add-ins, macros, and tools. For the one person who'll read this, please add your most...448.44
Here's what happens when your email hits my inbox...<em>Mod Note (Andy): this comment was originally posted in <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-phone-call-that-never-was">The Phone Call that Never Was</a> and I thought it deserved it's own blog post for those that missed it. </em> When...438.43
The 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...438.43
The 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...418.41
Funniest 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...408.40
Your 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...408.40
Adam the Analyst - Episode 3: My Mom Loves Bankers<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GMWIfjS4P0k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> Please...398.39
How you workIt's miserable weather outside and I'm spending all my weekends sitting at home, not wanting to go out. Eventually watching re-runs gets boring, so I thought I'd type up a thread instead on <strong>how I work</strong>. Someone posted a thread about this sort of...398.39
What 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...388.38
What 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> an idea of what it's REALLY like to...378.37
5 Ways to Not Suck at NetworkingKids ask how many bankers they need to contact or how many “<span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-networking-guide">informational interviews</a></span>” they need to set up to score that magical offer. And...378.37
Investment 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...378.37
Top 5 Memories<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="http://www.dailydirtnap.com/">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email [email protected] and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...378.37
Can sleeping with a client get an intern fired? I may have made a mistake. A client organization invited us to a business oriented cocktail party. I made decent conversation with one of the clients and a group of the clients and I (with no one else from my firm) went to a bar for drinks. The client in question left with me after the first bar so that we could continue...378.37
1st 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.1368.36
A 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 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa">GPA</a></span> applicants could never break into IB, much less obtain gainful...358.35
3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career<em>This article is originally from <a href="http://www.300hours.com">300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href="http://www.300hours.com/blog/3-important-ways-how-the-cfa-exams-helped-me-outside-of-a-financial-career">read the full article...358.35
Bumps 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...348.34
Cold 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...348.34
How 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="http://tinyurl.com/3b4fmvt"...348.34
Delta: Breaking Down the First of the GreeksHey guys, I've seen a few threads on options <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> and how important the Greeks are to your overall options trade. I found a great...338.33
Thanks WSO - Finally got an offer!Fellow monkeys! This post is long overdue but I recently received an offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> (think <span...338.33
Working 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...328.32
M/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...1318.31
How to nail your MSF interviewDue to my past activity on these forums, specifically related to MSF/business school discussions, I’ve received a few emails asking about the MSF application process. I think it would be helpful to share my experiences as an applicant, talking to other applicants, both that got offers and...308.30
[Non-Target] Longshot lands impossible career opportunityWhat’s Up Monkeys: Yesterday, I accepted a full-time offer with as an IT Consultant (Enterprise Architecture) with a reputable firm (think <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/accenture"...298.29
How 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...288.28
Must readWas recently forwarded this. Ya'll may have read this before, but for those who haven't, enjoy. http://www.kontraband.com/pics/22193/FW-FW-FW-Creative-Writing-Assignment/268.26
Against 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...268.26
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>. If you find my summaries to be useful, <a...268.26
A 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...258.25
How To Make A Good First Impression<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2WXxR1MpZPg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> For anyone looking on how to make a killer first impression and get yourself a better job, this video I recently put...258.25
Free Model-Formatting Course<strong>Summary</strong> This is not a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/">financial modeling</a></span> course like the one that is offered at <span class='keyword_link'><a...248.24
Four 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wamu-circling-the-drain" target="blank">this was my...248.24
12 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/12-hours-till-deadline-the-all-nighter-part-1">here.</a></strong> After...238.23
Bonus 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="http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/09/3387704/calpers-sues-wall-streets-top.html">Sacramento...218.21
Crips vs. Bloods...which is more prestigious?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 risk/high reward). Can any monkeys chime i on this? Crips vs. Blood? Pay/culture/exit opps/hours? How...1218.21
The 6 Ways In Which Failure Made Me A Man I 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...218.21
Comp Season... things to rememberComp season has passed in my firm. I know it's ongoing at the big banks and happens at various times throughout the year for the big funds. A few observations based on my experiences and conversations with people who work in the industry. If you've been working for 5 years or less,...218.21
Accepted an Offer! - How non-targets can "make it"Hey everyone, (Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post) I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do...208.20
Regional BoutiquesThere 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. If you have a regional request, post it and someone will give a list of the criteria used and the subsequent...5188.18
How Not To Screw Up An InternshipI saw a lot of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> come and go during my time at the Brothers Lehman. Some were good, some were bad, but honestly, I can’t...168.16
Finding Associate XHaving entered the working world in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate finance</a></span> with the plan to try to...168.16
My 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...158.15
Response to "My Private Equity Recruiting Process" Mod Note (Andy): <em>This comment by @Northsider was posted in direct response to @Candor's post <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/my-private-equity-recruiting-process">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been...158.15
Private 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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>/<span...148.14
15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer<i>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/18/14.</i> <em>Mod Note (Andy):This is being reposted with permission from HBS professor Deepak Malhotra </em> [quote]Hi Andrew, In case this is of value to WSO, my HBR article on “15 Rules for...138.13
Demystifying the CPA Exam and Designation There’s been a couple of threads that have popped up lately about the CPA exam and whether it would be worth it for the authors try and pass it in lieu of other things, or in their spare time. Some of the comments by other posters lead me to believe there’s a lot of misinformation or...118.11
Adam the Analyst - Episode 5: What is Your Biggest Motivation?<em>Moderator Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CIDuqksJ21I" frameborder="0"...108.10
The Tao of Paris – Reflections on life from a newly 30-year-old Business School student[quote]The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday - Paris Hilton[/quote] When I was 13 years old, I had images of myself at 18. These images, which were somewhat plagiarized from iconic 80s/90s movies, involved me driving a jeep along the beach in Southern...98.09
Is your CEO worth his (her) pay? The Pricing and Valuing of Top Managers!It is the time of the year when stories about CEO compensation are the <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/target-ceos-2014-pay-package-totals-28-2-million-1430227494">news of the day,</a> and investors and onlookers alike get to ask whether a CEO can really be worth tens...88.08
PM 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.78.07
Ways in which NYC is a giant ripoffThis post will piss off the pro-NYC people on WSO, of which there are many. Let me preface by saying that NYC is a great city in many ways. The opportunities, diversity, culture, etc., are awesome. And it's a truly unique city in many ways. Having said that, unless you're wealthy,...2068.06
My Biggest Career Mistake to Date: Prestige<em>Mod note: Best of Bankerella - this was originally posted 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...1008.00
Ask 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...2008.00
Comprehensive 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 MSFHQ.com 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...1957.95
Gas 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...1947.94
2015 FT Recruiting Mega ThreadApplications for <b>full-time analyst</b> positions at the following firms are now open unless otherwise stated. Get after it, monkeys! See you on the Street ;) <b>Front-office <span class='keyword_link'><a...1937.93
Broker'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,...907.90
My review of online dating sites If you are a single straight guy living in NYC, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by abstaining from online dating. Yes, I used to look down on these apps as "beneath me," something only desperate losers use. That may have been the case in the past, but it is now the...877.87
Four college kids started a hedge fund. Should I invest?<em>TBT: Originally posted August 2012</em> One of the biggest problems with having large corporations as clients is that there’s so much crap you’re not allowed to invest in actively in order to prevent any potential allegations of insider <span...847.84
MD Invited Me For Dinner...Part 2(See part 1 <a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/md-at-top-hf-invited-me-to-have-dinnershould-i-go">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...757.75
Spent 3 Years at MBB - Ask Me Anything Hello Monkeys - I'm heading into my last week at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span>, and need something to do besides pack up my apartment. <strong>Ask away and...1737.73
Q&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...727.72
Hit Rock BottomLong time lurker, but first time poster here looking for advice. So anyways, I graduated from a non-target, but very well respected school last year with a finance degree. Despite having a 3.87, two boutique PE <span class='keyword_link'><a...717.71
Will 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...677.67
Q&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...667.66
Trader 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...547.54
Do 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...547.54
please 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 ... www.texmexmsg.com ~!! anyways, my idea for company is to make a website that people...507.50
The 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...507.50
"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...507.50
27,394 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...487.48
Open for Questions - Equities in Dallas<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> I figured I...457.45
What 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...457.45
Day 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...427.42
Almost got jumped near East Hampton, where do I avoid thisHi everyone. I'm new to the hamptons, and I almost got jumped by 3 upper-middle class looking characters and their two Chihuahuas because I wouldn't stop calling them proles. They got real close, but someone stepped up and let me into their Ferrari. One of their dogs licked...427.42
AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A BoutiqueI had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, and went to a similarly leveled college on the east coast. It's still a...427.42
The 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...407.40
My 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...407.40
Top 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...397.39
On 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...387.38
Series 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...377.37
Signing 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...357.35
Thinking 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...347.34
How 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,...337.33
A week in the life of a VC intern/VC Intern AMAHey VC-aspiring monkeys, Originally, my plan was to do a week by week take on the VC world as an intern, similar to moneymogul's IB one - however, both my internship and the VC world is very different from IB, so it wasn’t feasible to do that way. So instead, I’ve documented my first...337.33
My last post for a whileFor those of you who don't know my story, here is that: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/goodbye-jc100021-hello-militarymbabanker Long story short, I am not going to business school anymore. I, through both hard work and blind luck, landed a <span...327.32
My FT Recruiting ProcessI've been seeing a lot of posts about FT recruiting and networking, so I decided to share my FT recruiting experiences and offer some advice on the process. <h3>Background: </h3> Non-Target school SA at a MM firm Incoming 1st year at <span...327.32
Private Equity Recruiting Q&A Have 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...317.31
Q&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="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/qa-interview-with-sirtradesalot-part-12">Part 1</a></strong>, <strong> <a...317.31
5 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="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Enough_for_Love">Time...317.31
Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: BSD’s Top 10 Americana Beers for America’s BirthdayIn honor of July 4th, it’s only appropriate we spend a little time here at Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk talking about Independence Day. While I’m not going to delve into the historical significance of tomorrow, I am definitely going to talk about the social implications. The Fourth of July is...317.31
So 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...297.29
Boat 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...297.29
S&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...287.28
Attention 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...287.28
Private 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...277.27
Why Men shouldn't write advice columns<img src="http://www.jonathannguyen.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/ATT00095.jpg">277.27
Citi's Report on Banks' FICC tradingZerohedge has a copy of a 61 page research report that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/citigroup">Citi</a></span> released yesterday about the the FICC <span class='keyword_link'><a...267.26
6 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...267.26
5 Things a Dog Can Teach You About Trading<em>Mod note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from March 2011 .</em> That handsome guy to the left is my boy Hudson. As you can probably tell, he's a pretty cool customer. We rescued him after Hurricane Katrina, and he'd been...257.25
Q&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...257.25
Learning the Office CultureI wish they had a category called "Keep a Job" because this is where it should be located. However, "Get a Job" will have to suffice. I have been pretty MIA here over the last month as I have started my new gig at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...257.25
Q&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...1247.24
WSO 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...247.24
How to be THAT associate<em>mod (Andy) note: make sure to check out fellow writer Aaron Burr's response in "<strong><a href="http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-to-deal-with-that-associate">How to deal with THAT associate</a></strong>"</em> September:...237.23
AMA: Looking back on the first few months at Tuck After seeing an HBS and CBS thread on their reflections on the first term of their MBA programs, I thought I'd do the same. Thank you to @dabears92 for the format that I'm using below. <b>1.) Recruiting</b> a. <span class='keyword_link'><a...237.23
How 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...217.21
How 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,...207.20
Getting Ahead In The Office - Part 2Ben, my co-founder at <a href="http://www.charismaoncommand.com">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...207.20
The 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,...177.17
5 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...177.17
5 Things to Help You Stand Out at Your First InternshipThere are a lot of great lists like this on WSO that have been very beneficial to me over the last few years. I want to throw out 5 that I do not remember seeing on the site. Hopefully this helps some of you guys about to start your first <span class='keyword_link'><a...177.17
Valuation 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...157.15
The 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...147.14
WSO Monkey at OWS photosMonkey photos are up on our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/WallStreetOasis">Facebook page</a> - video to come soon For those of you who can't go on FB at work etc. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallstreetoasis/sets/72157627972166409/">I...147.14
Sharing 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...147.14
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