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+38From Real Estate Finance to Founder of Development Company - AMAI've been an observer on this site for a few years. In my mid-40s but use the site to keep current on how younger guys look at the business, career expectations, etc. Thought I'd do this AMA in order to pass on what I've learned (though it's your call as to how much you...106
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+36Went from Community College & Fast Food with a 2.8 GPA to one of the most active PE funds in the world within 3 years. AMA.Timeline (each number represents a semester): 1. End of Freshman year 2.8 GPA, and working in fast food. Was focused on getting laid, going to parties, and being seen as cool. - 2. Beginning of Sophomore year I got my first girlfriend and did an extra credit assignment to read...55
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+26The Road Less TraveledI was reflecting on my path the other day, and I decided that it is time to share my story with WSO. I am going to warn you in advance, it is going to be long. Rewind to senior year in high school, I was a good student at a school of 400 kids in a rural part of fly-over country. At the same...10
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+17AMA - Analyst at Top PE Fund (TPG, KKR, BX, OAK, Carlyle, APO)Hi everyone! Long term user, but new account here to preserve my anonymity. I'm currently a private equity analyst at one of the funds in the topic title. As some of our processes are slowing down, I wanted to check back into the forum and give back to the community. I still remember...124
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+20My Personal Gym Shit ListWelcome to a personal rant. I don't care that this looks like a Buzzfeed listicle, because I've got a bone to pick and my opinions matter the most. Here are the five types at my gym that I wish would instantly disappear, leaving only me and the other swole gods, and a bunch of hot...90
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+14AMA: Former hedge fund junior trader/analystI recently got laid off by my employer, a larger credit focused hedge fund. I though I'd create an AMA to clear up questions anyone may have regarding the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/hedge-fund-interview-questions">hedge fund...103
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+13Trump = Quant-mageddon?I may be a dumb southerner who limped through advanced calculus like a wounded animal, but I spent a fair amount of time in college studying math and applied statistics. (I think it is amazing you can graduate from many institutions with a degree in finance, having memorized a bunch of formulas...31
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+11AMA: Research Analyst at $1 Billion Hedge FundHey everyone, I’ve been a long time user of this site, which was instrumental in getting me to where I am today. If it weren’t for the help of everyone on here I certainly would not be in the position I am in today. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but I would finally like to...64
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+9Superbowl 2017: Patriots vs Falcons WOW. Congrats to @WallStreetOasis.com"'s Patriots, they came back from being down 28-3 in one of the best games I've ever seen. [quote] -First-ever Super Bowl to go to overtime (28-28) -MVP Tom Brady adds to his legend with masterful OT drive -They trailed 3-28 and...50
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+7What companies do you respect?In a recent class discussion, we shared which companies we would like to work at upon graduation, and the reasons for choosing these companies. Common answers for respectable companies were Google, Apple, Spotify, and <span class='keyword_link'><a...118
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+7WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!</strong>: <em><b><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/wso-investment-banking-resume-template">Click here for...252 months 3 days ago
+6What is keeping you from starting your own business?So I am guessing most of us here have thought at some point about the possibility of starting a business. Maybe some of you have, and others have ditched the idea (I am still in the middle of both groups, nothing serious though, just a side biz for pocket money). For those of you in the...86
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+7Tom Brady Goat?With the Pats wining their 5th and Tom Brady playing a pivotal role in a historic comeback, I wanted to see what you guys think about Brady being the greatest of all time. Personally, I think he is, albeit controversial, because of how he's done it with a lack of high draft picks on...46
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+5New H-1B Visa Bill to Double Minimum WageA legislation has been introduced which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/visa" target="_blank">Visa</a></span> holders to $130k (currently set at $60k)....84
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+5How much do you put into your 401k?Right now I'm at 11%, but with equities getting so high, and I definitely have a fear of heights this extreme, I feel like I'm better off getting the cash. Thoughts? My company only matches up to 4% so was thinking of dropping to 5%. Note: if you cold list seniority (analyst...61
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+5Financial & Valuation Modeling Boot-Camp<strong>Financial modeling</strong> is a skill that any investment banking analyst will have to master. Although the majority of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment banks</a></span> and...441 month 1 day ago
+5shl questionsHey, I found a lot of shl questions in Internet. I want to share with you. Any other links would be appreciated not only for my further preparation but for all!! Because 80% of applicants are fail on it and can`t go to the next steps......21
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+6New Case Webinars in WSO Investment Banking Interview Prep PackOver the last 12 months, we have made a big effort to improve our <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-interview-prep-questions">investment banking interview</a></span> prep package by bringing to you...34 months 18 hours ago
+5My Gift To WSO: Investment Committee Memos....Or Something Like ThatSo, I've been trying to find an actual Investment Committee Memo from a real deal. I randomly asked for one on an existing thread on this board and someone told me it was too "proprietary" for anyone to share. Fair enough. So I took to the magical, wonderful Google! Started...1
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+4Where is the "big" money now?Been reading about banking salaries / bonuses shrinking and am wondering: "where is the money now"? As someone who works outside of finance, I have found roles that require a similar skillset are still paid less thank banking/buy-side firms. Some roles that are considered important...71
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+4DOW 20,000 - Bull Market or Bullshit Rally?The Dow recently hit 20,000 with earnings feeding the rally (update 2/2/17: Dow currently at 19,884). Is this going to hold or just another pop and bust? Reference: [Dow Tops 20,000 as Earnings Feed Rally, Bonds Fall: Markets...61
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+4Where do you meet girls?For all those that are busy and dont have time to go out, where do you meet girls? I hardly ever time to go out and my logistics are also bad for going out so I have been cold approaching girls a lot during the day. I used to think the night club was the only decent place to meet girls but...57
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+4Weirdest question you would ask as an interviewer?Let's flip the script and say you are now the interviewer. If given the opportunity, what would be the weirdest, most difficult question that you would ask? I think I would go with, "When a hot dog expands, in which direction does it split and why?" Here is a link to some of my...54
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+4How to deal with rejection?Currently a college student at an undergraduate business school, I have applied for a multitude of board positions, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span>, competitive programs, and...27
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+4Will We Ever See Another Sports Year Like 2016-2017?What a year! First off, we had the Cavaliers overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals to a 73 win team. Such a remarkable feat that is almost unbelievable. Next, we had the Cubs overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Indians. A great series to watch, even for non-baseball fans. After that, we had Clemsons...26
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+4AMA: Former BB Rates Trader - Now a prop traderi've enjoyed this forum, and i see lots of people without a clue asking questions about trading, so i thought i'd do an AMA... My path was non-standard, but i've seen others with a similar path to my own. My Path --> Non-Target state school --> Job in BB IT...23
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+4Energy Trading in 2017For those already in the industry now, curious what your guys thoughts are for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> in the next 5-10 years. East Markets are getting absolutely slammed, there is no...21
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+4AMA: Research Analyst at Event-Driven/Special Sits HF directly from "non-target"I've been a frequent reader of WSO for the past few years and I thought it might be helpful to anyone interested in a similar career path as mine. I definitely gleaned a lot from others here so hopefully I can answer some questions people might have. Background: 2nd Year Research...21
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+4How to succeed post 20'sIn my early 20s, I really believed that in order to succeed all you need is work really hard. You gotta be gritty to succeed. You gotta put in long hours to be successful. You gotta be very good at technical things and establish yourself as a thought leader in particular domain. I don't...3
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+3Be a WSO Social Chair & Help Host WSO Meetups in Your City We've been getting more events posted lately (Paris/Atlanta/NYC) so let's keep the momentum going! We are looking for 1-2 WSO members in major cities across the world to be social chairs to help organize WSO meet ups / happy hours. Email me (Andy@wallstreetoasis.com) to get an...91
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+3What kind of Youtube channels or videos do you watch?Personally, I'm a big fan of sports channels so I always try to look for streams of Joe Rogan, Undisputed, First Take, etc. I also like watching channels who decide to make edits of the compilations of athletes careers or who condense the 4+ hour golf tournaments I want in less than 10-20...36
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+3Moving to a new city by yourself? Can anyone share experiences?Has anyone moved after university to a totally new city for work by themselves without knowing anyone? Was it difficult to make new friends? Did it get lonely? Did you end moving back home after a while? I am from Toronto, and may be moving to Boston in June for work. I know no one who lives in...29
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+3Testing/BBdeleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this 282 days 7 hours ago
+3What was the most beneficial non-business class you took?I recently heard a business professor tell a story about the importance of Gen. Ed. classes. I believe the professor worked in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-front-office-fo">FO</a></span> of either a <span...27
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+3Contrarian short thesisHave a write-up that's a contrarian short thesis on a mid-sized tech company. Happy to share via PM to anyone that's interested. Would welcome any and all feedback / critique!25
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+6Non-Target to BB S&T Summer Offer, AMAJust trying to give a little back to the WSO community because I definitely used this site quite a bit when I was going through the recruiting process... So, I just received a Sales and Trading SA offer a few weeks ago at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...9
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+2Do you guys usually get 2 phones?I was wondering do IB analysts usually get 2 phones? One work for and one for personal life? My firm is asking me if I want a new phone and number for work or just use my current one and they upgrade it for me, and I would like to post here and see what's the norm in the industry is? For...35
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+2How professional should your LinkedIn profile pic beI use LinkedIn a lot for networking. I do not think my picture is unprofessional. It's a nice professionally taken photo. I noticed that some people are dressed business professional in their pictures. That said, I noticed women could get away with wearing a nice blouse. In my picture, I am...35
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+2What happens when your force yourself/others out of bed in the morning...So I've been struggling with this one for a while. I like to be up early, but my girlfriend is severely against this idea. Her commute is about an hour-and-a-half 70-ish miles each way. I always suggest she wake up in the mornings and leave early to beat the city traffic. This would also...32
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+2Trump Administration Drafts Executive Order to Reform H-1B, J-1, L-1, E-2 and B1 Visas"President Donald Trump's next target in his administration's immigration policy will focus on what Silicon Valley fears most: the work-visa programs that tech companies rely on to hire tens of thousands of workers each year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The executive...31
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+2NYC Monkeys-Where do you go to lunch?With so many of the readers on this site in NYC and working in a fairly close area to each other, I thought it might be helpful to create a thread so everyone could bounce ideas off each other and maybe try something different than the standard Chipotle bowl. Personally, I'm not in NYC but...30
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+2Low IPO Fee for SnapchatThe banks working on Snap Inc.’s IPO will be sharing 2.5% of the money raised. [quote] The 2.5% fee would be the third-lowest percentage ever paid in a U.S. technology company IPO over $1 billion, according to Dealogic. A portion of the Snap fee, 0.5% of the proceeds, is an incentive fee...28
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+2London accomodationHi, I just accepted a job offer in London and I am looking for a place to live now. What areas do you guys recommend? (the job will be in the city) Also anyone looking for a roommate? Thanks for your replies!26
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+2CFA and HF RecruitingHello all, Quick question about the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/cfa-training-free-trial-learn-signal" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> and hedge fund recruiting. I will be starting with an EB in June, and I am very interested in...24
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+2 Found A CRE Broker MentorHI WSO, I am a senior mechanical engineering student and I want to try my hand at CRE brokerage. I am a long time lurker and the biggest piece of advice I have found for newbies in an industry with a 70% failure rate is to find a mentor. I emailed everyone I could find at the big brokerages...24
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+2Best Time to Cold Email?Hello monkeys, When do you think is a good time to cold-email / cold-call banks (or anything finance related) to ask for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship</a></span> in 2017 as a freshman in...24
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+2Taking a few months off before starting new jobGuys, I decided to take a few months off prior to starting my job as I am completely burnt out by my current job and just wanted to devote a few months to do things I am passionate about/ interested in. Would the new employer be bothered by this or they would not care less? How should I...22
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+2Will the EU Fall Apart?With Brexit already in the rear view mirror, all eyes are focused on French elections in May where the election of Marine le Pen could cause a striking blow to the EU. An <a...20
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+2Athletes in PEJust saw this article about Steve Young, who is apparently working in PE and fairly good at it. Definitely happy to hear this since her was one of my favorite athletes growing up. That being said, it seems like a lot of athletes are just hired to impress investors and management teams. Are there...17
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+2An Ocean of Capital: Saturation in Private EquityI'd like to revive this discussion from 2012..... http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/an-ocean-of-capital-saturation-in-private-equity It seems particularly pertinent given the PE recruiting cycle. I've attached some charts from a presentation given by the CIO at a firm in the...16
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+2Moelis Wins Role in Saudi Aramco IPOI didn't see this on WSO so I figured we could start a discussion around it. Moelis & Co has apparently been chosen to be *the* adviser for Saudi Aramco in its IPO. [Saudi Aramco IPO](http://fortune.com/2017/02/08/moelis-boutique-investment-bank-ipo-aramco/) For those that are in...14
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+2MBB process questionSo guys, longtime lurker here. Currently I'm a student just graduated from university with a STEM degree, and while I do have some offers, I sought to try my hand at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management...9
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+2WSO Internships & Employment Opportunities<h2>Join the Wall Street Oasis Team</h2> <h3>OPEN OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS*: </h3> <ul> <li><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/new-wso-blogging-internship">Blogging Internship</a></li> *Top <span...82 months 1 week ago
+2Eurozone Economy Quietly Outshines the U.S.Recently read a <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/0bbc026a-ea12-11e6-967b-c88452263daf">Financial Times article</a> regarding the European Union and its economy. <a href="http://newsonahand.com/eurozone-economy-quietly-outshines-the-us/">(For those without...7
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+2End of Dodd-Frank Regulations?Whatever opinions you have about Donald Trump being president, he is going through with his political promises. One of them is the<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/business/dealbook/trump-congress-financial-regulations.html"> dismantling the regulations imposed by...7
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+2$125k - the New PE Standard?For anyone who missed the latest GoBuyside compensation report, it looks like the numbers are in: $125k is the current standard in base pay for 1st year pre-MBA associates for the upper middle market on up. This makes sense given that 1st year IB associates now make $125 base w/ ~$225+ of all-in...2
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+2New Case Webinars in WSO Hedge Fund Prep PackOver the last 12 months, we have made a big effort to improve our <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/hedge-fund-interview-questions">hedge fund interview</a></span> prep package by bringing to you relevant webinars with...15 months 1 week ago
+4I have been told that I can't make it into the finance industry (HF, VC, PE, etc.) because of my height? Hello everyone, I am a freshman attending Dartmouth - majoring in economics. I am focusing my future on finance, whether it be working at a hedge fund or private equity. But I've read and have been told a few times that I won't be able to make it in the industry because of my...74
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+2Get Your Resume Reviewed by Industry ProsRecruiting season is here now...so make sure you're ready for it with a <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-finance-resume-review">Finance Resume and/or Cover Letter Review</a></strong> from one of our expert resume reviewers. Need it done in a...47
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+2Rejected from 3 Final round PE Interviews as well as from the girl I love Some of the users on this page are incredibly smart and proved to be very helpful in the past, thats why I am seeking advice via this way. I am currently a second year <span class='keyword_link'><a...28
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+2Higher salary in Private Equity than Investment Banking. Myth?You often hear on here that there is more money to be made in Private Equity over Invesment Banking. I was looking at the 2016 employment report from London Business School. Looking at the mean salary, it is higher in IB than in PE. Also the "other guarenteed compensation" is much...27
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+2Hamptons is Out of Style - Two (2) Locations for the new Cool Kids!Catskill Mountains and Hudson River. Hamptons apparently isn't as vogue as it used to be and the new folks who've made it are thumbing their noses at the old money. Would you buy or have already real estate in the Hamptons or consider these new places the weekend getaway for the...23
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+1WSO Mobile Offers: Text "WSO" to 38470 and get...201 month 3 weeks ago
+1Polka Dot TiesDo you think it is a good idea to wear navy/white or burgendy/white polka dot ties to work? I saw a tie I liked at Brooks Brothers, however I am not sure if it is a good idea. I am an intern at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs"...192 days 3 hours ago
+1PE 2018 recruiting - who's left?It seems now that nearly all the upper MM - largecaps firms have finished their process. Anyone know if there are there any firms still recruiting that run quick turnaround processes?19
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+1Why do so many engineers want to get into IB?A bit redundant, but why are so many engineers (especially people with masters) still trying to get into finance, specifically <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>? I could...19
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+1Driving To JFK Is Now Something Only Suckers And Interns DoThis actually looks like a pretty good deal... this NYC startup is taking people by helicopter to JFK and expanding their services beyond. The uberization of the skies has begun! Over all I think this is great, why not target the air travel segment, a severely under utilized area for last-mine...18
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+1Top Boston Investment Banks (M&A)Anyone have a reputable source on the M&A activity of Boston Branches? There seems to be a sizable number of firms but some websites seems to only indicate wealth management divisions. 172 days 4 hours ago
+1NY Times vs. the PE Industryhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/opinion/stephen-schwarzmans-bad-business-advice.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FPrivate%20Equity This is one of many articles where the NY Times has shit on PE in its series of articles covering the industry. What are your thoughts? Concerns? Is this...16
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+1Trump and Russiahttp://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21716609-it-terrible-idea-donald-trump-seeks-grand-bargain-vladimir-putin This article cites 3 major objectives Trump hopes to achieve with a reset of relations with Putin: taming of conflict in Middle East, reduction of destabilizing Russian activity in...16
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+1HEC, LBS, LSECould somebody please asses my chances in each of these schools? Undergraduate in finance from a small private school, as non-target as a school can possibly be. I graduated with a 4.0 in 3 years for whatever that is worth <span class='keyword_link'><a...15
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+1Deutsche Bank: A Problem Child?Hello monkeys, As you all probably already know, Deutsche bank has just released its annual earnings. According to CNBC, their full-year net loss fell to $1.46 billion in the previous year (2016), versus a $7.3 billion loss in 2015. [Deutsche Bank's full-year net loss narrows to...15
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+1Megafund Interview PrepI have an interview coming up this week for an associate role at a megafund in NYC. I have been doing prep by using what I can find freely online, but would prefer more (i.e. different) practice models and questions. Are there any models people can share or other sites they have found helpful?...15
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+1Impressive resume but still no job........Issue resolved..........................................................................................14
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+1Future of Accounting and Value of CPA I've seen articles online which elaborate on the perpetual value of a CPA and the bright future ahead for students studying accounting. At the same time, I have seen articles written about the changes in the industry and the uncertainty present in the industry(whether that be a result of...13
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+1Handling The Analyst To Associate OfferHere's the fact set: -Got an associate offer after two years -Love the shop; middle-market with great team members and deal exposure -Don't want to lose leverage in employment terms due to the fact that I like where I am at -Proposed base is great and pretty tough to negotiate (no...13
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+1D. E. Shaw Background CheckHas anyone applied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/de-shaw" target="_blank">D.E. Shaw</a></span> and got rejected after the background check and reference stage?? 12
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+1The Rusty Honda was Right - 30 Car Brands and Their 10 Year Maintenance CostsThe cost of not driving "The Rusty Honda" can be quite taxing. Who still wants to pony up for Middle Class clout? ![Yikes!](https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--oozgvgy7--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/jygz8l5opnktpt5hohsc.png) [Your...12
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+1What do real estate analysts do?I was wondering what exactly do real estate analysts do? What metrics do they look at as well. I'm intrigued.11
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+1How did you guys decide on Consulting?Hello guys! I was wondering on how you guys decided on consulting as a career? As a sophomore in college whose interested in the finance industry I'm having a hard time deciding between what types of <span class='keyword_link'><a...11
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+1Twitter for Real Estate NewsI've sifted through most of the content posted here with regard to where many of you in the industry get your news. I've noticed that hardly anyone is mentioning twitter as a source. For those that have tried (like myself), is there simply too much "noise" on the site that...11
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+1Tier 2 schools for MBA (targeting for IB)Dear all, I am considering the following schools for MBA program, while my criteria would be (1) Reputation (2) Location (3) Finance Focused. I hope that I will land a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer...10
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+1Ivy: Social UniversityIvy University was founded by Beri Meric, a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/morgan-stanley">MS</a></span> banker. It markets itself as a thought-provoking social university that uses the world as it's...10
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+1BB Summer Analyst Pay/ Hour ?This is for me to compare what the market is like with respect to pay. I just signed my offer for a junior year <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer analyst</a></span> position in New York- How much do NYC BBs pay...9
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+1MBB vs. ParthenonI am an first-year MBA student weighing <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship</a></span> offers from one of the <span class='keyword_link'><a...9
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+1How best to negotiate salary?Recently was given an offer for a boutique bank in the area asking me to intern during the summer with possibility to extend into next semester. This is a great shop that I'm eager to join and think it will position me well for recruiting next semester. Problem is, they low-balled me on...9
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+1World Class Capital GroupGot a callback for an interview with these guys. From searching it seems like a relatively young firm that is growing pretty rapidly. Mixed reviews on Glassdoor. Anybody familiar with the group that can offer any thoughts or insight?9
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+1Asset Management - Analyst Path Questions Hey everyone, looking for some quick career guidance from some AM professionals on the street. Currently (a URM) in undergrad semi/non-target in NYC, and as of now my goal is to end up at an institutional Asset Manager like <span class='keyword_link'><a...9
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+1Alphabet’s $4bn in “Other Bets”In 2016 Alphabet raked in $87.4bn in revenue and almost $20bn in profits. However, 99% of that comes from Google alone. I came across this <a href="http://www.visualcapitalist.com/vetting-alphabets-4-billion-other-bets/">chart</a> that displays their other bets in place to...9
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+1European degree, no experience, just a passion. HF?Hey! I've been reading this forum for a while and I've decided to ask you guys for advice. Let me introduce myself in just a few lines: - I'm 27. Born and raised in Spain, now in NYC. - Software Engineering MSc and Business Management MSc. Good grades, top of my class,...8
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+1Hair Products...for Men!One of my biggest insecurities is my hair. I think it could be decent looking I just don't know how to get it cut or how to/if to style it. I think it looks good coming out of the shower but then once it dries it gets all poofy. And I'm always afraid of trying something new. guys...8
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+1Upcoming Corporate Development(M&A) Internship Phone InterviewI have an upcoming phone interview for a corporate development internship position doing M&A work. This is for a company in the industrials sector. I'm coming from an accounting background and have an MBA. Just wanted to know if anyone has had experience with these phone interviews...8
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+1Salary pay cut when changing careers?I wanted some advice on a career change I am working towards - I am an engineer and want to move into either <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">Asset Management</a></span> or investment banking, also...8
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+1Travel Expenses for InterviewsQuestion for the forum. Is it standard practice for a firm to expect the candidate to pay for travel expenses associated with in person interviews? I have had a couple first round interviews for both Summer Associate and permanent roles where this was the expectation. It was my understanding...8
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+1Options, Futures and Other Derivatives suggestion.I have started reading through <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Options-Futures-Other-Derivatives-4th/dp/0130224448/ref=as_li_tf_cw?&camp=212361&creative=383957&linkCode=" target="_blank">Hull</a></span>...8
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+1Dimensional Fund Advisors - experiences? General questions inside.Hi guys. I'm a 1Y MBA and I recently got an offer to intern at dimensional in FAS. Wanted to see if anybody here has worked at DFA. Comments on glassdoor seem to hit both ends of the spectrum. I'm leaning towards accepting this offer, but want to hear feedback from you guys. Some of...8
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+1can you get more than your "target bonus"I was looking at an offer letter where the target bonus for the analyst role was 20%. Do firms ever give an analyst more than their target bonus? does it happen... never, rare, depends, etc? 8
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+1URGENT HELP - Shipping company valuationHi everyone, I'm currently interviewing for an IB role and have been told I will be given a modeling test related to a shipping company. I will have to model out the forecasts and flow the effects through the three income statements. I was also told I will need to calculate an <span...7
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+1Need a little career adviceGood day, my dear Colleagues( future) I know that I have a stupid questions but I need in yours help. I finished Moscow SU( financial management- 2:1 degree) and had internship in Big4( BV- 1 year).I am 21 year old. I want to continue my education in Germany( especially Frankfurt, Munchen,...7
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+1Signs to Look For When Your Company is Struggling and Management is QuietI am set to begin a job with a boutique consulting firm this summer and just heard from some people the firm was struggling with one of its offices and has had to do some restructuring. I haven't heard anything about this directly from the recruiter. This led me to question what signs...7
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+1REIT/REPE analyst career switchI've been considering a career switch into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-real-estate-investment-trust-reit">REIT</a></span>/REPEs acquisitions, and from what I've seen on this forum and site so far...7
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+1Difference between pitch books, teasers and company profilesHi people, I just want to know the difference between a pitch book, a teaser and a company profile. I have checked some sources but seems like there is no consensus between people. Some say teasers = pitch books, some say not, some say company profiles are part of pitch books, etc. So I would...7
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+1Job DecisionHow should I think about this role: I have a great strategy and corp fin background and can move to Private equity as a VP at a 800M fund. The catch is the fund is struggling. Their previous lead investor will 100% not be around anymore for the next fund and their are no plans for a raise. I...7
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+1Interviewing with JP Morgan Middle Market Commercial BankingThis Friday I will be interviewing with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/jpmorgan-chase">JP Morgan</a></span> <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/jpmorgan-chase">Chase</a></span> for a...7
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+1Starting finance career with shaved head?Hey everyone, wanted to get some advice from fellow monkeys. Looking to shave my head soon (balding is becoming fairly noticeable around the temples and the top). Tired of having to do weird combing and pretend it looks alright in pictures. My one concern is that it might be a negative in the...6
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+1PE or Corporate Finance Internship Offers - Thoughts?Hi, I am a sophomore at an Ivy League school. Currently deciding between internship offers at a PE <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-fund-of-funds-FoF">FOF</a></span> investment manager (GCM Grosvenor) or <span...6
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+1Peculiar Off-Cycle Situation Question to those who went through off-cycle recruiting for PE: What is the customary process for firm communication after the Final Round? I ask since I did a final round a few weeks ago and the firm has gone radio silent since then. I followed twice through email and phone call but have...6
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+1Books are back because Amazon likes them[Good article in the FT](https://www.ft.com/content/f8bd3938-ed4d-11e6-ba01-119a44939bb6) [quote]Ten years ago, as Jeff Bezos launched the Kindle ereader in New York, he declared that “the book is so highly evolved and so suited to its task that it’s very hard to displace”. Amazon’s...6
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+1No IB Internship Offers for Summer Internship: Wealth Management vs. Market Data for IEXJunior with a 3.2 from a target (UNC, Umich, UVA, UCLA,), pretty solid ECs and alright work experience. The way things are shaping up right now I probably won't end up getting an IB offer for this summer. I already got one offer for a solid wealth management company (in the middle of...5
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+1Life in small PE funds (less than 300 million in AUM) Hi, I am wondering if anyone can provide any anecdotal insight into compensation and learning curve at smaller PE firms. I have an FT offer to join a shop with 200-250 million AUM,(last fund (150) raised 5-6 years ago) and would love to hear some thoughts regarding this career choice? Are...5
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+5Blackberries and meI am an analyst at a new york i-bank, taking the subway to work and checking my blackberry. I saw a chick also taking the train. She was nothing too special. Until i saw her whip out her blackberry (then realizing she was probs an i banking analyst). For some reason, she got hotter,...5
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+1Do you look at high school results from undergradsDo you look at the results undergrads got in high school? My dad said they do in general in Finance. And if so could it determine who you give the job to?5
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+1South America IBDHello monkeys, Just wondering about opportunities for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> in South America (specifically Brazil). With such a large economy and fast...5
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+1MSF for Consulting, Worth it?Hey guys, I was wondering if the MSF is worth it, especially if you want to get into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> or Tier 1 consulting firms? I go to a semi - target school which has an...5
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+1Any Movie Similar to The "Margin Call" ?Hi guys. Just wondering if you guys have come across any good movies similar to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/blog/margin-call-film-review-at-sundance">Margin Call</a></span> that you'd recommend. I liked the movie a lot because of its...4
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+1What would you tell your 18 year old self?I read an article about people in Silicon Valley and Tech saying what they would tell their 18 year old selves. I thought it would be cool to see what everyone here says! I would tell myself something too except I'm still 18 right now! Regrets, reflection, and advice?3
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+1Moelis Picks Up Aramco Advisory RoleBig news this morning when MoCo beat out EVR for the advisory slot on the imminent Aramco IPO. Anyone have a take on this one?2
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+1Rand Paul and Trump to audit the FEDhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULHe_1aFK9E Rand Paul, like his father has been at the forefront of the audit the fed movement for quite some time now. As most of us know and is mentioned in the video, the Fed has been at the centre of every asset bubble since the great depression. In...2
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+1Should this oil & gas engineer get his CFA?I recently accepted an offer to work for a mid-size <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment bank</a></span> as an associate on their E&P Equity Research team. Previously, I spent 5 1/2 years...2
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+1Thoughts on Northwestern Mutual Capital?Invited to interview for their summer internship as an Investment Analyst. I've generally thought Northwestern Mutual does financial planning/life insurance, etc (which I'm definitely not interested in) but the investment arm seems to deal with private equity and debt financing....1
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+1List of universities in New York stateHi, I was wondering whether anyone can help me list all the universities/colleges, where you can study for a bachelors, in NY that are within a 2-5hour commute to NYC. I would really appreciate this. Cornell university state university of NY at Binghamton oneonta: hartwick college SUNY at...1
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+1I'll be in the WSO Chat Throughout the afternoonhttp://www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-chat Where are all of the other WSO chat legends at? Lets pretend is 2011.1
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+1Jobs in Tech For Ex-BankersJust wanted to see what kind of jobs are out there for former banking analysts/associates in the tech/startup space? I'm aware of the typical move into corporate development but that seems like a lot of the same work and I'm looking for something a bit different at this...1
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+1Where to buy 60% off rs money on Feb.13 for DXP weekend upcoming?Delusional, dishonest, sexist, destructive are only but a small selection of runescape gold for sale words to describe Blatter. The only support this man has is from Russia and Qatar which says much about his integrity. Why hasn't the world had enough? Surely the on going reputation of this...1
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+1What kind of valuation method does your fund use?Title is pretty self-explanatory. Just trying to get a feeling on the specific procedures other firms are using in their analyses of companies (obviously will be quite variable). If you could provide a methodology and a brief explanation, that would be much appreciated. Thanks.03 days 13 hours ago
+1HFF Philly QuestionWould it be crazy to commute from NYC to Philly everyday for an Analyst position at HFF? I am currently working in CRE Tech and am looking to transition into debt/equity placement. I spoke with someone at HFF NYC, who told me that their Philly branch was hiring. He also mentioned that people...18
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+1Taking drugs to study? Is it worth it?Many students in high pressure schools take drugs like Adderall to focus when studying and get higher grades. Ivy leagues are notorious for this practice, and I didn't realize how common it was until I met one person looking for Adderall. Is it worth it to take these drugs and does it...11
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+1Can an average Big 4 guy earn between 200k and 300k?Certainly there are quite a few people who achieve more than that. What I mean is usual (or slightly above average) case. Is it fairly common for a person who started a career in Big 4 to make 200K ~ 300K in their mid-30s?(or late 30s)9
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+2The Lonely Path to Greatness...I recently stumbled upon a “letter to self” by Ray Allen. In it, he talks about some of the sacrifices required to achieve success. From skipping out on partying, to not spending time with friends and family, and the amount of work required to stay on top. While reading, I kept thinking that...6
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0Did I make a mistake?At a top 15 MBA program.....unsure what my end goal is but recruited for banking (Associate) and had prior banking experience... would love PE (although understand it may never happen)....I ended up choosing a coverage group at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...2
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0Wich one: Suits o White Collar?Which one do you prefer? Harvey Specter or Neal Caffrey? Just for fun. :-) I think, comparing to the "Wall Street work", my pick go to Harvey.2
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0Late night show with Associate KimFrank Sinatra once said: "alcohol may be a man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy" Daniel Kim - my associate lives by these words. You know when you celebrate a deal with a couple of drinks afterwards? Kim prefers to spread the celebration per slide completed on...2
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0Suits with a backpack?So I am working for a Hedge fund and I really need a backpack but what do you think of a suit with a backpack? Would this be ok? 1
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0Top Finance schools and Volunteer workHello! I am currently a high school Junior at a private school in Los Angeles. I come from a successful family (not crazy rich, but >135k/yr.), and I am not of a minority ethnicity. Luckily, I have not had any horrific, life-changing experiences that have altered the course of my life....01 day 3 hours ago
0How long after application . . . .I applied for several summer associate positions. I got knocked back right off the bat by one, but the others still say "Application received - We will contact you when an appropriate position becomes available" Is that just a euphemism for "Tough S**t, we didn't like...03 days 9 hours ago
0Target to ER SA to IB FT: Possible?I go to a target school in Canada (think Ivey, Queens, Rotman, Schulich) and am currently in my 3rd year. I have recently landed a SA position in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span> at a big 5...023 hours 42 min ago
+52016-2017: A Terrible Time for Trump and Patriots HatersWhat a game and election! Brady GOAT Belichick GOAT Roger Goodell and Hillary Clinton in tears. ![ ][ ] <!-- Images --> [ ]: https://cbsboston.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/trumpbrady.jpg?w=420&h=23615
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0Pornbub Gone Sexual Edu? - Sexual Wellness Center (Dr.Laurie Betito)Yeah Gents, you read that right. Pornhub is launching a Sex Ed segment. Guess when you got a large enough soap box you can do whatever you want on it including taking market shares away from prestigious places like Khan Academy, Coursera, and Edx where this particular topic is...1
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0Best team to work in for PE exit oppsHi, I'm about to choose team for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship</a></span> this year. I'm wondering with the best team is for PE exit opps. I'm thinking either something that...06 days 21 hours ago
0A Suit with a backpack to work?So I am working for a Hedge fund and I really need a backpack but what do you think of a suit with a backpack? Would this be ok?2
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+1A Few Good Ivy League Alumni - Elitism + Generational Wealth = RichSomehow or another, I guess it wasn't very apparent before, Raj Chetty of Stanford University and other robinhood types trying to keep their jobs devised a study to prove what is already Universal Truth here at WSO. Elitism and Generational Wealth leads to a higher probability of...13
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+5The Shit A Guy Will Say To Get LaidHappy Monday monkeys! It never ceases to amaze me the lengths a man will go to to get laid. Example A: my date on Friday night. It was a first time tinder date with a trader (I try to steer clear of finance bros but make an exception for traders because they like, have personalities and...21
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+2Trump IlliteracyJust saying, not judging - it would explain a lot... https://www.indy100.com/article/donald-trump-theory-cant-read-illiterate-david-pakman-7567481 Please watch at least one of the two videos in the links (~10 mins each) before throwing MS based on the topic's title. Please also keep...4
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+2AMA State School Student Landed BB IB Internship for SummerHey guys, Just thought I would give back a little, and stroke my ego. I have a 3.4 GPA, with one internship last summer (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate...5
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