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Laziness and the Merits of Hard WorkMod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/7/14 and ranks #4 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content here. This one is from the post "Is banking worth it in this political environment?".... 6 months 5 days
Bin Laden Shooter Thoughts on this? I find the charactures painted by both parties pretty comical. [quote]And while he’s angered military brass by going public — violating the SEALs’ honored “ethos” that prizes secrecy and... 8 months 1 day
Congress Sends Roger Goodell Letter What the fuck is this nonsense? Since when was show business gossip a matter of congressional concern? They should get a list of the 12 members of congress that spent the time and effort to get... 9 months 3 weeks
Non-Target to [Insert Goal Here]I probably receive a few PMs a month from people who are from some variation of an out of favor background for Wall Street/Investment Banking/Private Equity. It varies from institution, to GPA to current professional position, and all of the above. The most common question I'm asked is: is it... 10 months 1 week
Privatized CensorshipNot trying to start an Israel/Palestine discussion... that's not at all the point I'm trying to make here, but am I the only one completely weirded out by the fact that any American that comes out publicly and says something contrary to the prevailing media narrative immediately retrenches within a... 11 months 3 weeks
Hedge Fund EconomicsI don't expect any WSO'ers to have some inside scoop here... but I was just doing the math and I don't 100% understand how the economics of a hedge fund work. Lets take a simple example. PM manages a $1bn book - Has 2 Jr PMs working under him, 2 Sr Associates and 2 Associates; so 7 people... 1 year 1 day
King of all TrollsHow do we get this guy to do a one month residency on WSO? 1 year 2 weeks
Jos A Bank Suits - Best Bang for your Buck 1 year 3 weeks
Meet the New Birther Movement While I have no discernible party affiliation or political bent, the hilarity of this article is beyond description. The comparison is drawn between Hilary falling down and bumping her head and NFL players who spend... 1 year 1 month
Donald Sterling What a hypocritical dinosaur this fucker is. #1- He is/was fucking a black/Mexican chick #2- He makes his living off of very talented black people #3- This fucker was born Donald Tokowitz... 1 year 2 months


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WSO 10 Year Anniversary: THANK YOU (10% Off Site...Awesome. Congrats, Patrick and team. This place has grown into something super impressive, as I'm sure you're well aware. 4 days 3 hours
Standing Desk - 1st Year AnalystThey're actually becoming pretty common. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just tell HR or your admin you need one because of back issues, no one will bat an eye. Its funny how large firms bust your balls over stupid shit, but you tell them you need an ergonomic chair/standing desk and they'll... 1 week 4 days
How much do your PMs work?Agree. I have some friends that are PMs or close enough at HFs and they generally shit all over PE guys working around the clock. But then you're out on vacation with them and you hear them striking up a random conversations with a stranger about the German bund market or sitting inside reading 3... 2 weeks 3 days
GMAT Score Necessary for PE Recruiting?While I agree with the sentiment, when you're assessing people on paper based on their resume and other stats, what you're looking for is a pattern of behavior that indicates a very high propensity to excel at the highest levels and in various arenas. So between two top KKR Associates, one... 3 weeks 3 days
A girl on tumblr wrote a guide on targetting...SA = Seeking Arrangements? So both parties know what they're signing up for? Like older dudes who pay young chicks to hang out with them/bang them? I see nothing wrong with her objectification/gold digger analysis. Its a transaction. The dudes know these chicks are only hanging out with them... 3 weeks 6 days
PE Associate CompensationIts entirely upto the firm. Many lower middle market shops that comp not very competitively will allow Associates to participate in co-invest in a levered fashion to get their comp up. For example, you may be at a $1bn AUM PE shop that pays $80k base and $50k bonus (~$200k less than a the... 3 weeks 6 days
GMAT Score Necessary for PE Recruiting?PE firms don't hire you based on your ability to get into business school, so having a high gmat score in and of itself means absolutely nothing. So disagree with this response. It does however help if you went to a non-target and/or have mediocre SAT scores for whatever reason. If you... 3 weeks 6 days
Sports for NetworkingGood idea, that way no one else that has the same question has a shot at every finding this thread. 1 month 4 weeks
Adderall is creating a Brave New WorkplaceNot sure how old you think I am, but up until a few years ago I was a young banker working 80-90 hour weeks and adderall saw heavy adderall use while I was in college. So this isn't a generational gap issue... I just don't think Adderall is very prevalent on Wall Street, contrary to the tone of... 2 months 5 days
Adderall is creating a Brave New WorkplaceAdderall isn't creating a brave new anything... you seem to be implying that its becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace, but you don't provide any evidence to suggest this is the case. Having worked on Wall Street for a fair amount of time, I can count Adderall users I've come across on... 2 months 5 days