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  1. The 48 Laws of Power

    This is the next book summary from DeconstructingExcellence.com. See my other book summaries on WSO here, and if you find my summaries to be useful, sign up at the website to make sure you don't miss any.   In direct contrast to the compassion-orient ...

    32 comments - 10 silver bananas - Apr 12 2015 - 9:23am -

  2. Barclays IBD Groups: Power and Utilities vs. Natural Resources

          Hi everyone!! Which group at Barclays is better: Power and Utilities or Natural Resources. I think the culture in both groups is great. Which group do you guys think would be a better option? Also in terms of exit opps? Barclays IBD p ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 8 2016 - 7:27pm -

  3. Life after Investment Banking

          Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12 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 ...

    292 comments - 56 silver bananas - Jun 15 2015 - 6:17am -

  4. Too many damn feminine men Today?

    I truly believe that many of our country's current social issues can be traced back to the epidemic of men becoming too feminine. Only about 30-40 years ago (and many older users on this website can attest to this), being a masculine man was ho ...

    184 comments - 5 silver bananas - Sep 28 2014 - 5:40pm -

  5. AMA: Public Finance Banker

          Hey monkeys- realized there isn't too much discussion/information regarding public finance on the website so thought I might share some of my experiences/views regarding the sector. I am a 3rd year analyst at a large municipal fi ...

    40 comments - 2 silver bananas - Mar 19 2014 - 5:20pm -

  6. Sophomore Career Advice

          Hello WSO, I am a sophomore finance major from a non-target with a 3.92/4.0 GPA. Currently, I have no IB internship offers, but I have an offer to intern as a part of an energy trading desk at a utilities company. I have been working ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 11 2016 - 11:06am -

  7. Why bother being good?

          WHY BOTHER BEING GOOD? Everyday the newspaper tells the same depressing stories. Youth crime, corporate tax-avoidance, dishonest lawyers, selfish bankers, mass genocide, needless wars, countless violent acts of extreme hatred, rape, o ...

    33 comments - 5 silver bananas - Mar 23 2013 - 10:45am -

  8. Power and Gas Trading (Switch from Financial to Physical)

          I'm currently working at a small hedge fund that does natural gas options market making- have been in the industry for about 2 years now as an assistant trader and did a little trading here and there (quote stuff electronically a ...

    12 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 17 2014 - 10:43am -

  9. How Much Money Do You Need?

    Need is a difficult concept to define. Is there an adequate measure? Perhaps not for the masses, but it should be easier on Wall Street... right? I find that my financial needs have changed over the years in direct correlation to my perspective on life. I ...

    62 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 2 2011 - 12:25pm -

  10. Which Commodity and what role?

    So I've had the unique privilege to gain exposure to multiple commodity trading shops in my college career. I will be graduating with having done an internship as an analyst for a power shop, a scheduler for a gas shop and having had exposure to ags ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 15 2014 - 12:07am -

  11. Power Trading at an Electric Company

    There is an electric company at my school doing OCR for some positions. I'm vaguely interested in trading, but I would like to specifically know more about power trading. I know for oil trading positions at the super majors you have to work as a sche ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 2 2014 - 1:36pm -

  12. Rank the three for me: Fame, Power, Wealth

          by its importance to you, please. Mine first: Fame > Power > Wealth power Wealth ...

    41 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 19 2012 - 2:43pm -

  13. Commodities Class: Natural Gas

    The idea for this mini series about commodities and energy came from the forthcoming Energy Rodeo, so perhaps it is time to discuss the uncrowned king of American power... Topic #4 Natural Gas What's that I say? Natural Gas more important than oil? O ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 5 2011 - 12:05pm -

  14. Power Trading-- Electricity Trading

    Can anyone tell me the state of power trading now? Is it in ascent or decline? I know before Enron, it really took off but it caught heat after they fell. What is the state of the market now? Are there more jobs being created in power market prop shops? A ...

    18 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 15 2013 - 9:57pm -

  15. Risk it in Hongkong or Chinese SOE?

    Hi everybody, Since 2 years ago I have felt very attracted to project finance and IB in general. I took a class in project finance, and read some books, but I don't have an economics/finance background. I am currently a PhD candidate at a top univers ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 12 2014 - 10:03pm -

  16. Life after Investment Banking, part 2

    I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-i... 1. I don't know what else I could do The picture on this post is an entry I wrote in my journal one hour after walking of the do ...

    26 comments - 4 silver bananas - Apr 26 2012 - 10:28am -

  17. The Dreams of a BB Analyst

    Sat 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. ...

    50 comments - 7 silver bananas - Apr 7 2010 - 8:21am -

  18. Are Bankers Destroying Capitalism?

    Are bankers destroying capitalism? It was certainly the populist pulpit preaching point of the moment a few years ago, but I didn't buy it. After all, my sworn enemy had always been the inept regulatory structure; unwilling to put the foot down on th ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 6 2011 - 12:45pm -

  19. Power Pose

    I want a power pose for my LinkedIn pic. I want to look powerful, prestigious, and poised without looking pompous. Any ideas? linkedin power picture ...

    10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 17 2012 - 6:52pm -

  20. Do you apply these 48 laws of power listed in your life, if yes, which ones? Has it really been useful

          http://www2.tech.purdue.edu/cg/courses/cgt411/cove... power ...

    15 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 1 2012 - 12:00pm -

  21. Power/Gas Scheduling Analyst

    Currently in my final year of College and have strong internships in front office trading roles, but I'm wondering what's the best way to get into a power or gas firm as a scheduler. A lot of these positions require experience, but are there sch ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 1 2012 - 1:43pm -

  22. What is US Power Trading?

          Do you guys know what US power trading is? It's under commodities desks, but I'm not sure what exact commodities they trade.(ex. natural gas) Do they trade other assets like equities and bonds too?? trading power ...

    16 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 18 2010 - 12:04pm -

  23. Analyst with more power than an associate

    I understand that analysts do most of the grunt work and spend most of their time crunching numbers. I also know that IBD is not a meritocracy at the junior level. However, if an analyst were to be very good at understanding the business world and the ind ...

    13 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 10 2008 - 1:54am -

  24. Citi: Power versus Energy?

          Most banks have a single power and energy group, but I noticed Citi has split theirs. What is the difference? And what would the exit opps from each be, assuming NYC? This seems like a rather odd organizational structure. Is this due ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 4 2011 - 11:05pm -

  25. Energy Trading- Interview tomorrow with a boutique

          I have an interview tomorrow with a boutique energy trading shop as an entry level trader. I'm coming from consulting and have very little idea of what to expect from this process. Any insight on what types of questions may be as ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 20 2016 - 1:20pm -

  26. Trading Electric Power

    What are some ways to trade electricity? I know most of the power instruments are OTC but the ICE also has these contracts tradable on their exchange, for example I heard about they "BalMal" contracts that can allow traders to speculate on elect ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 17 2013 - 2:24pm -

  27. 50 most influential people in finance

          50 most influential people agree or disagree? I for one don't understand why the governor of the mexican central bank is ranked 2nd. power IMF central banks ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 10 2011 - 8:49pm -

  28. Commodities Class: Electricity

    Ever since the Chilean born, Friedman bred "Chicago Boys" came on to the global economic scene in the 1970's the electricity markets have grown in depth and structure. With Thatcher's UK government privatizations of the electricity sup ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 7 2011 - 11:59am -

  29. Power Trading- stock/bond

          Can an individual on their own trade electricity futures (such as on the ICE)? Or do you need to have the backing of an institution such as a utility/bank/hedge fund to be able to trade such a commodity? Most of these institutions are ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 23 2016 - 8:31pm -

  30. Barcap Nat Res and Power

          for the NY office which group would be better? i know nat res is arguably their top group and top on the street, but it seems like nat res does a lot (if not all) execution in houston for energy purposes. maybe power would be better i ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 27 2011 - 12:44am -

  31. Anyone else "stranded" in Amsterdam?

          Anyone else "stranded" in Amsterdam? it would be good to have lunch/ drinks, Flights aren't leaving for at least 1 more day PM me, we can set something up- energy power Amsterdam ...

    11 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 19 2010 - 3:40am -

  32. Energy Markets

    Following Midas's review of commodities over the past week or I figured now would be a good time to visit the idea of a more in depth discussion of the energy markets. 10 days ago I posted my first topic about my thoughts on why natural gas was overb ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 14 2011 - 6:21am -

  33. Money and Power

          Does money make someone powerful? Or does power make someone rich? Harvard Money power ...

    7 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 9 2010 - 11:31am -

  34. OTC Commodities Contracts

          I'm beginning my internship on a physical gas desk in Houston at a super-major firm on Monday so naturally I've been reading up on the business as much as my final exam schedule allows and a question came to mind: Does a mar ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 14 2015 - 12:15pm -

  35. Energy Trading Question

          Let's say you have just been hired into an energy trading group (North American power and gas only) at a BB bank. You have your choice of desks. In what order would you rank these groups? NYMEX gas East Gas East Power ERCOT West ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 21 2010 - 5:14pm -

  36. 50 Most valuable players on wall street

          Interesting ranking from one of my favorite business/finance sites, businessinsider. Overall, pretty solid ranking of the big players in finance today. http://www.businessinsider.com/clusterstock50 finance power ranking importance ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 26 2011 - 11:33am -

  37. Sooner or Later

    Hello, I find myself in a bit of a bind and I am hopeful that folks here can offer me some good advice. I am 26 years old and currently work at one of the top power merchant companies. I used to be an analyst in Origination, but now, after some restructur ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 15 2013 - 8:22am -

  38. Hats off to a legend

    Taking a quick time out from the hustle and bustle of early earning season, I want to share something with you guys. Namely, I grew up a die hard Mets fan and had to endure some really terrible seasons at the old Shea Stadium. Those were the days when an ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 13 2010 - 12:08pm -

  39. What does it mean when Utilities linea hedge their portfolios?

          Can someone please explain what is meant, when people say utilities employ a linea hedge strat. on their portfolio of assets? please explain in simply terms. I have an interview coming for an internship at a utilities within the trade ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 21 2016 - 2:45pm -

  40. UBS Power Group and Culture as of 2010

    I have an interview coming up with UBS IBD (NY) and am interested in the energy industry. However, I am not interested in working in Texas. Questions: 1) I've heard there is a power group at UBS NY, does anyone know anything about their recent deals ...

    6 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 17 2010 - 6:15pm -

  41. Question on Liquidity in US Power Markets

          I understand that West Hub is by far the most liquid hub in the US- does this mean that the majority of speculation is done in PJM? On the contrary, in MISO where the majority of the footprint is not retail choice and with IN Hub suff ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 12 2014 - 8:13am -

  42. Energy in Texas- The search for power...

          http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubjec... power ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 14 2010 - 12:05pm -

  43. Power generation asset valuation (Power and utilities)

          Hello, I am now preparing for an interview with Power group. I found quite a bit of material on how to value an oil & gas company but struggling with power asset generation valuation. Could anyone explain me how to value power and ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 13 2011 - 2:46pm -

  44. Power and Energy PE Firms

          Does anyone know any PE firms that specialize in power and energy / renewables? Any size is welcome. Preferably with an office on the east coast. energy PE power ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 31 2010 - 5:47pm -

  45. Power Trading/Optimisation

    I know some guys here work in the energy and power business so just thought I'd ask a quick question. I recently have been offered a job on the "Power Optimisation" desk of a large energy firm. I applied to the trading division and made tha ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 1 2009 - 6:23pm -

  46. LS Power Group

          Anybody have any more information on this group? How they recruit? Where they recruit? Website is really bare but they are listed on the PEI 300 with $6B under management. private equity power ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 30 2010 - 11:52am -

  47. Non-target grad, CFA program appropriate?

         - CFA ERP non-target oil and gas power ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Feb 19 2016 - 11:46pm -

  48. Power Trading- Insights?

          Does anyone have insights into the north american power trading markets regarding industry culture, leading market participants, salaries, relevant trends, etc. Any info would be appreciated! trading Electricity power ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 23 2016 - 8:30pm - Anonymous Monkey

  49. Robert Greene Books

          I've read good parts of the 48 Laws and 33 Strategies, and was pretty well entertained by it. Aside from the entertainment value, Greene's modern interpretation of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli seem pretty pertinent to people tryi ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 8 2010 - 6:15am -

  50. Banks in Commodities- Research and Sources

    My internship project this summer is to research the involvement (roles, activities and motivations) of Banks and Financial Institutions in the Commodities Space. Does anyone have suggestions of sources or web sites I could explore to find both informatio ...

    3 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 15 2010 - 2:46pm -

  51. Power Prices

          http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/05/21/steffy-electric... power ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 28 2012 - 12:59pm -

  52. Super-major Supply & Trading- What to Expect?

          Hey guys, I just accepted a summer offer for an internship role in the supply & trading organization of a super-major oil company here in Houston. The firm is known to take on prop positions as well as other more traditional posit ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 3 2015 - 9:37am -

  53. What happened in ERCOT?

          What happened in ERCOT yesterday? I am hearing some hubs were $500/MWh, the asset management guys are parting like it is 1999 right now. This is why you need capacity in merchant markets; no one will build or finance peakers without c ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 3 2011 - 9:07am -

  54. Power / Infrastructure Boutique Investment Banking Firms?

    Are there any pure-play boutique power / infrastructure investment banking firms (other than the firms listed below)? It seems like all the power / infrastructure banking groups are housed within the bulge brackets, such as UBS, JPM, GS, Credit Suisse, Ma ...

    2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 14 2010 - 7:14pm -

  55. Is something bad going to happen to me if I won’t share knowledge? Or Why is sharing knowledge with others good thing to do?

  56. The Three Most Powerful Positions in the U.S. Economy

    I would like to hear your opinions on which three positions provide the biggest control, influence, or other source of strength wielded over the state of the U.S. economy. You do not have to give specific names if a title is sufficiently described. ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - May 9 2014 - 2:59pm -

  57. The Strategic Outlook: Fear and Uncertainty Have Paths of Their Own

    Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty-- and resultant fear-- over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears wil ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 20 2010 - 5:31pm -

  58. List of Largest Power Trading Shops

    For the aspiring power/energy traders: Platts Energy recently released a list of the largest wholesale power traders for 2010. Rank Name- 2010 (MWH) 1 MORGAN STANLEY CAPITAL GROUP- 255,281,926 2 CONSTELLATION ENERGY COMMODITIES & AFFILIATES- 214,480,9 ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 4 2011 - 10:34am -

  59. Wall Street's Commodity Conundrum

    Commodity Talent LLC issues White Paper on Wall Street's Commodity Conundrum NEW YORK, NY- Jan. 14, 2009 Commodity Talent LLC, an executive search focused on commodity specialists, issued a White Paper entitled: Wall Street Commodity Wizards Turned D ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 17 2009 - 5:45pm -

  60. Renewable/Alternative Energy Deals

          Anyone out there works in Alt Energy (on actual projects 10MW+)? I am trying to get an idea of the returns you guys are seeing on the Solar PV (even the thermals) deals, I have seen some trash coming across my desk and i am being to t ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 19 2009 - 10:33pm -

  61. Wall Street Girds to Pay More for Commodity Specialists

          Wall Street girds to pay more for commods talent Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:58pm EDT (excerpt) NEW YORK (Reuters)- Wall Street, where hundreds of commodity traders lost jobs last year as the recession set in, is on a new hiring phase where ba ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 20 2009 - 1:17pm -

  62. CommodityCareers.com- Global Portal for the Commodities Industry

    I would like to introduce you to CommodityCareers.com, a niche global career portal for the commodities and environmental markets. The Site has been created for professionals within the trading and marketing and risk management areas of energy, metals, ag ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 29 2009 - 8:14pm -

  63. Wall Street's Commodity Conundrum: A White Paper from Commodity Talent LLC

    Commodity Talent LLC issues White Paper on Wall Street's Commodity Conundrum NEW YORK, NY- Jan. 14, 2009 Commodity Talent LLC, an executive search focused on commodity specialists, issued a White Paper entitled: Wall Street Commodity Wizards Turned D ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Jan 17 2009 - 5:54pm -

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