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0Glorious Taps02 years 10 months ago
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0Good books for non-finance professional?I was wondering what you guys thought might be a good book for a non-finance professional. Something that gave some clear, basic advice on the likelihood of beating the market, the the problems associated with high fees, etc. This is for family members, none of whom are doing anything crazy with ...12 years 10 months ago
0Can I just walk into a bank and get an internship?I'm a 17 year old, UK student that will be walking into banks throughout the next two weeks until I manage to secure an internship. My plan is to walk in, ask to speak to a financial advisor and hand them my CV and Cover letter while doing a small elevator pitch, presenting myself, and asking for an...242 years 10 months ago
0How to set myself up for consulting...Okay, so I found a post pretty similar to what I am attempting to demystify but it was a couple years old and I just figured I would start a new one. So to start, I did 2 years of Molecular and Microbiology and decided against being an Orthodontist so I switched to Finance and ended up killing it...232 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Capinnova Investment Bank02 years 10 months ago
+1IBanking OasisIn case you all haven't seen the origins of WSO, check it out: WSO has come a long ass way and I gotta say I love what Pat's done with it. Good work man...82 years 10 months ago
0Second Bachelor's Degree?I graduated from a non-target school with a 3.3 GPA a year ago and have been working in back office operations for a global asset management firm. My end goal is to get an MBA from a top b-school and work in IB, and to help get me there I'm considering getting a second BA from UPenn. They have a pr...92 years 10 months ago
0How do I cold call for a position?I've been looking to breaking into IB and PE. Anyone have any good cold calling techniques that I can use. Also, Please give me some resume critique. I could use the feedback. PM if it's anything serious...42 years 10 months ago
0Bonus Bananas July 19, 20131) Sweaty Wall Streeters Skip Booze for Spin-Class Meetings (Bloomberg) - You losers make me sick... 2) Bank of England suspects traders of bond-rigging (BBC News) - The next big story out of London. First LIBOR, now this. When are the fixed income kids gonna learn to play nice? 3) The Future ...92 years 10 months ago
0Anyone in Toronto need a roommate?Plans fell through with another guy I was planning on living with and I need to find a place in Toronto to live, starting in September. I'm working at Bloor & Yonge and would prefer to live somewhere around there. PM me if interested...02 years 10 months ago
0Advice for eventually breaking into investment banking...Hi, I am new here and out of respect for the internet, prefer to stay anonymous. I just thought I would post here as I am a young gun with high hopes of breaking into investment banking. I really admire what you guys do and hope you will continue to aspire to be the best in your field. That being...02 years 10 months ago
+5My Story (A Thank You Card to Patrick and the Team)I recently received an message to a comment I made how I was able to break into IB as an intern and would like to provide a nice update to where I am in my career. Original Story from April 2012: When I started the fall semester 2011, I was coming off a BB MO role and about to start a VC inte...182 years 10 months ago
0HF or Corporate BankingFirst time post--long time reader. Any advice on HF vs. Corporate banking for entry level chimp. Two offers and undecided? Thanks...32 years 10 months ago
0Towers Watson Investment AnalystAnybody know much about this position or the hedge fund alternative? Salary, exit ops, lifestyle are all things I am interested in. Thanks....02 years 10 months ago
0Boutique hedge funds?I had a chat with someone in my network and he recommended small/boutique hedge funds as a good place to start for someone new to the HF world. He cites a flatter structure (more learning opportunities/wearing different hats) and says these firms are more willing to hire and groom talent vs. the lar...22 years 10 months ago
0Finance vs. MedicineI'm an incoming college freshman at a T-20 undergrad and am unsure about whether I want to pursue finance or medicine. Let me preface this by saying that money really isn't my main motivator and I'm actually genuinely interested in both fields. My parents and my older siblings are all physicians,...92 years 10 months ago
0Non-Target Resume FeedbackI'm going into my senior year in September and am starting to network with my school's alumni network as well as personal network, wanting to break into a BB or MM. Have alumni contacts at a few MMs and BBs as well as personal contacts at a BB. Before sending them my resume I wanted to get feedback ...32 years 10 months ago
+1Hedge funds can now advertiseLast week the SEC voted 4-1 to end a ban on "general solicitation" by many private issuers. The general summary is now these private issuers can publicly discuss, advertise investment opportunities, and publicize past performance. This is also good news for law firms, as they will now be consu...152 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: NERA Economic Consulting02 years 10 months ago
0WSO Weekly Wrap-Up 07/13 - 07/19In case you missed them, here's some of last week's most popular topics: Audit vs IB Part 2: Compensation [quote] The accounting compensation is going to be greatly overshadowed by the finance pay. It just isn’t that sexy. Accountants don’t get rich through employment (with the exception ...12 years 10 months ago
+1Toronto WSO Meetup: Fri July 19, 830PM, Beer AcademyToronto Monkeys - summer is here, it's been awhile since we've gotten together...let's have a meetup! Join us at the Beer Academy (, 75 Victoria St Toronto, ON M5C 2B1 Some (or all) of the Toronto hosts will be in attendance: (Lingsha, Snow, Edward, Jordan and Gary...112 years 10 months ago
0Work experience required for MFin or MA economics programs? Do MFin programs typically require work experience? Would it be unfavorable to have no work experience and go to a MFin program straight from college? What about master's programs in economics like LSE's MSc? Also, what types of positions do graduates typically get out of the first or second tier ...02 years 10 months ago
0Student contemplating career pathHi guys. I'm a 16 year old high school student from NJ. Just wanted to start off by saying that ever since I've been little, I've been interested in real estate. Every where I went, I picked up one of those free real estate guide, and pretty much by the time I was 10, knew the average real estat...102 years 10 months ago
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0Phone interview caught me choking chicken, AMAHi all, Just got called by a BB for a full-time position. I didn't expect the call but I paused the video I was watching anyway. I answered, got through some of it, and for some reason the video unpaused itself. Well, it was kind of loud, and the last thing I heard over the shit I was watching...72 years 10 months ago
0If you knew a candidate was a WSO troll, would you hire them?I find it funny how some of the college students on here are huge trolls or just douchebags, yet, they also post enough info to be able to easily know who they are. Would you hire them if you saw their name come across a stack of resumes? I see how one could say, "at least they have a personalit...132 years 10 months ago
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0Help with choosing majors please!Hey guys, I'll be a rising sophomore at a target school. Long story short-GPA plummeted freshmen year due to underestimating what curves can do (and laziness)/taking random difficult(in terms of grading) classes to explore. I was and still am undecided but feel pressured to transfer/dual degree...32 years 10 months ago
0Ordering Brooks Brothers customised shirts and suits online,default,pg.html Ever wanted to have a full-cotton, double-breasted, double-vented suit with slack lapels? Well, here's your chance... You get to pick all the options you like, although I'm not sure how they'll ever get anything to fit p...52 years 10 months ago
0Corp. Banking v. Lev. Fin.What would you choose? -BB corp. banking -80k/yr -50-60hrs/wk -love the group, culture, etc. v. -BB lev. fin (more similar to DCM-high yield bonds & leveraged loans) -120k/yr -70-80hrs/wk...52 years 10 months ago
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0Blackrock Private Equity PartnersAnybody know anything about the group? Have a Super Day with their New Jersey office in a couple days. Mostly FoF? How much direct? What do exit ops look like?...152 years 10 months ago
02nd year IB ANL - kill my resumeI am looking to lateral to a less specialized group (e.g. M&A or cash-flow driven industry group). Please be brutal to my resume. Thanks...182 years 10 months ago
0Company Interview: Cambridge Associates02 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Sterling Partners02 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Capital One Financial02 years 10 months ago
+1PLEASE let me know what I would be best fit for professionally.Hey guys, so I wanted to ask where you guys think I would be best fit to make a lateral move into. I have looked into IB, Corporate Finance,and Consulting and I am still having issues choosing a clear career path. I actually graduated and worked a bit in Public Accounting in Audit, the problem was t...52 years 10 months ago
0Company Interview: Bank of America Merrill Lynch02 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: JPMorgan Chase02 years 10 months ago
0Switching jobs after short time at entry level (consulting to IB)I graduated last May, which means I've been in my current job for about 5 months. Suffice to say I hate it. I'm at a boutique consulting firm in a pretty small town (not super small but definitely no NYC or Chicago or even Boston/Houston). Dealflow ("engagement flow"?) isn't bad. But... --consultin...102 years 10 months ago
0am I in the wrong industry if I have this weakness? I'm not interested in a trading career but I want to pursue a career that is market related so I felt I could get the best responses in this forum section. It seems that more and more interviews contain brainteasers and mental math. An interview can be going great but I completely screw these up. ...72 years 10 months ago
0Company Interview: JPMorgan Chase02 years 10 months ago
0Introduction and Quick QuestionsHey guys, First off, thanks for reading this. I've known about WSO for a couple of months but have only started to really dig into the site in the past couple of weeks. The community here seems fantastic and very helpful for people interested in banking and other finance-related areas. I'm leanin...42 years 10 months ago
0Location, location, location?Hello Everyone. About 5 years ago I decided I wanted to work on Wall Street as an IB. Unfortunately, I went to a non-target university in the southwest and after college I started working for other southwest universities as an HR analyst. Even though I graduated in Finance, I was looking for emp...32 years 10 months ago
0Tales of the Trading Floor: Share your storiesI thought it would be funny if people had any memorable tales from when they interned in markets. There is always good banter/stories worth sharing....202 years 10 months ago
0Importance of II-Rank when Moving to Buy-SideHow important is the relative II-rank of one's analyst when looking at the move from the sell-side to the buy-side? I know it's a big deal to get ranked, but will someone who worked for a first ranked team get a lot more consideration than someone who worked for a third ranked team? What if the pers...42 years 10 months ago
0What makes a great letter of recommendation?While LORs often have a lower value on a business school application than other benchmarks such as GPA and GMAT/GRE, they can often be the deciding factor for an admission. What makes a great LOR? Outline the best one you received? How do you think business schools assess the strength of LORs? ...72 years 10 months ago
0Company Review: Dow Jones02 years 10 months ago
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0New Job on Resume?So I started a new job a month ago. Since before I got the job I had been in the running for an upcoming LDP with another bank that starts in January. Even though I haven't officially applied, I've made it to the final interview round. Now it's time to officially apply. The last interview I had with...42 years 10 months ago
0Disadvantages of working at a VC FoF straight out of undergrad?Would you be able to move to traditional PE, VC, large FoF, or IB after this? Or does it limit you?...22 years 10 months ago
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0Rising Junior Resume Review - Transition from Corp. Finance to IBI'm currently a rising Junior and want to break into IB eventually. The problem is I have a Corporate Finance/Accounting background. How would I 'bankify' the top bullets of my resume? What kind of wording and phrasing are they looking for? If you guys could help me direct these bullets more t...22 years 10 months ago
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0Undergrad Prepping for FT RecruitmentJust added this summer's internship to my resume: want to know what you guys think heading into full-time recruitment. I definitely aimed for this internship to be the focal point of my resume, but I feel like there are parts that are too detailed. I honestly just finished up and haven't had tim...72 years 10 months ago
0Rate my resume contentNon-target School - Accounting (Information systems minor) 3.3 Master's in Tax 4.0 KPMG structured finance intern - MBS/CDO Freddie Mac finance intern government contractor intern Campus fellowship leader FMA member Dean's List 2009,2010 fluent in 2 languages proficient in 2 languages...72 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Oppenheimer02 years 10 months ago
0Why the F*** is Bloomberg subscription so expensive?Was looking around at subscriptions, or as bloomberg calls it 'terminal' and realized that it was close to $20,000 per year. Does anyone have a subscription, if so, whats the big deal? ...132 years 10 months ago
0Fake BoobsHow can you tell fakes from real apart from giving them a feel. This chick at work who I never noticed before was wearing a tight t-shirt and lets say i realised she is well endowed it that dept. She came over to ask me something and there was only one place I could focus. I do hope she didnt rea...282 years 10 months ago
0Model for private debt investing?Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone can share a model that analyzes whether to lend money to a company in distress. Senior, collateralized, preferably in PIK form, but anything similar are better than none. Many thanks!! ...32 years 10 months ago
0Accretion/Dilution QuestionHi all, I'm getting ready for an early interview with a boutique in August. I got this question in a practice interview with an analyst at the firm: If the company buys back shares at $9 per share and book value is $13, by what percentage does each dollar spent on share repurchases increases book...22 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: JPMorgan Chase02 years 10 months ago
0Anyone selling CFA Level 1 Stuff (books, etc)?I would be interested in buying. I understand if you guys want to wait until you get results back....32 years 10 months ago
0Rising Junior - SA resume helpHey guys. Need some help on my resume before SA recruitment starts. I know I don't have any actual work experience, but I tried spinning my resume so that it would be passable. Any help would be appreciated and suggestions on where I should look for a job in the summer. Thanks alot!...62 years 10 months ago
0Why do people want to go into ER?I am doing an ER internship and I don't like it that much. A lot of reading 10ks and trying to build a model that is somewhat similar to the broker research benchmarks. What's so attractive about it?...362 years 10 months ago
0UNC Senior: Chances of acceptance into Harvard 2+2?I'm going to be a senior at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall. I'm finishing my double major in econ and business. I'm signed up to take the GMAT in September, and I want to get some idea of how well I need to do. I don't want to go straight into the MBA, so I'm taking it solely for the 2+2 program (at le...122 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Citigroup02 years 10 months ago
0Resume: Research Associate/IB Analyst in Canadian FirmsHi, guys, First of all, my name is not John Doe. I am in an awkward situation with regards to career prospects. I am an MBA and CFA Level 2 Candidate in Canada that isn't a recent graduate. I am also enrolled in the CA program, but that's not something I tend to include on my finance resumes. ...92 years 10 months ago
0Get the best financial products and financial servicesIf you are concerned about the financial security or term return of premium, you can get the best financial products and services from some of the most trusted financial services providing company. They have tie-ups with some of the leading cheap term life insurance and lic term insurance service pr...22 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: JSB-Partners02 years 10 months ago
0BO To Corporate DevelopmentHey Guys, I have been slowly making my way from a BO position at a bulge bracket job to a FO position. Here's my story: - Graduated from a semi target state school with average grades. - I spent 3 years in BO (funds accounting) for a bulge bracket bank - Spent the past 2 years working in val...22 years 10 months ago
0I feel bad for "target" studentsSimply put: Non-targets have a better story once they become successful....592 years 10 months ago
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0The problem of being international Hello fellow monkeys. I am new to WSO, and this is my first post. First of all, I'd like to express my appreciation for this website and the resources it provides. Thanks to all of you, you guys are awesome! The question I want to bring up is pretty simple - how much harder (if at all) is it for ...392 years 10 months ago
0Closed End Fund Arbitrage ModelingHi guys, I'm an IBD analyst trying to learn how to value / model closed end funds. All I've been able to find online are random qualitative write-ups on the general strategy, but nothing of substance on how to actually model these out. Any suggestions or advice you might have would be truly appreci...02 years 10 months ago
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0Giving performance reviews to HR during lateral process?So I am at a 1st-going-on-2nd year analyst at a MM bank and I'm looking to lateral. I have 2 performance reviews, both of which are positive. Is it acceptable to give these to the new bank HR team (during the interview process) as support for why I'm a good candidate? If so, when in the process ...02 years 10 months ago
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0Fake ID in CollegeI attend a target university and so many people on campus have fakes. Every week underage freshmen and sophomores go out to the bars and clubs, as if it is completely normal to have a fake ID and frequent these establishments. I am all for having some fun and drinking at parties, but it just seems s...322 years 10 months ago
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0Houston M&A/consulting, A&M may '14 grad, what are my chances?monkeys, i'll try to make this a long story short. I'm at A&M, doing well GPA wise, 3 internships under my belt and the one that i'm at right now at a BB thankfully enough, the other two were pretty shitty. junior year I interviewed with most BB's for a bunch of analyst roles, but this year i've dec...52 years 10 months ago
0Company Compensation: Accenture02 years 10 months ago
0PDF to Excel converter that works?Does anyone know of a good PDF to Excel converter that you can get for free online?...52 years 10 months ago
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0Company Review: Fisher Investments02 years 10 months ago
0Financial Analysts, Meet SkynetThey trade billions of dollars worth of instruments..why can't they do this? [quote]Can an Algorithm Replace Stock Analysts? Now the company says it doesn’t just want to do the job of business journalists, but also the work done by financial analysts. At yesterday’s demo day for the FinT...42 years 10 months ago
0Outlook on Fixed Income?I've been hearing that financial institutions everywhere are shutting down/downsizing their Fixed Income division, to what extent is this true? Been doing ER for about a month now at a BB and honestly the work is a little to qualitative to my liking, would definitely want to try something a littl...02 years 10 months ago
0SQL --> How to learn? Books?I am a recent college graduate and have been searching for a job. I have noticed that SQL is a very important skill set to have and I need to learn it. What is the best book to use and what software do I need to download? Keep in mind, I have no experience with SQL but would like to learn t...62 years 10 months ago
+1Whale Path, Inc.- Your Perfect OpportunityIf you missed a summer analyst gig, you might want to consider Whale Path, Inc. You will get paid at least 500 dollars per project and will conduct research that is directly applicable to Investment Banking and other services. You will also be in direct contact with potential employers to work on re...582 years 10 months ago
0Rising Senior Resume AdviceLooking for any form a critique or feedback about things to include, remove, change, add etc regarding format or experience. Background: I am pursuing a FT position in IBD post-graduation....52 years 10 months ago
0Company Interview: Ocean Bank02 years 10 months ago
0Ask for return offer?I'm currently interning with a BB in their corporate function. However, from first round interview to now with less than a couple weeks left, they never mentioned giving out full time return offers. When do they usually talk to analysts about this? Should I go up to my MD and ask about it or should ...12 years 10 months ago
0Company Interview: Headwaters02 years 10 months ago
0Company Review: Ocean Bank02 years 10 months ago
0Proper procedure for debt coming due and showing it on BS?Hey all, requesting some help on a modeling question. Let's say I am projecting 5 years out and in 2 years forward $500 million debt comes due out of 1,500 existing, how do I account for this on the balance sheet? Under the year it comes due do I just subtract out 500 from long term debt and the yea...12 years 10 months ago
0Resume help - don't hold backHey guys, I'm looking to make a career change into IB. Targeting MM and boutique firms. I have a bit of a different background as I am not a business major. My current role is a management reporting role in FP&A, that requires making a lot of presentations. I wasn't sure how much I should con...62 years 10 months ago
0How to turn my life around Hi guys, i'm from a target overseas doing a law/commerce undergrad. last semester i bombed out and failed 3 courses, so cum gpa atm is about 2.1. there really is no excuse for the grades - i was scared of not getting "A"s in them, and just didn't turn up at the exams all together. I really...172 years 10 months ago
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