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I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me AnythingI work as a long/short equity analyst at a large hedge fund. I've been lucky enough to be more than just a model monkey early on in my career, but have also been exposed to the stress of being measured on returns. I primarily cover consumer and TMT names. I went the typical path (target school -->... 1 year 7 months
JCP: Yet more proof of insider tradingJCP announced a 10mm secondary offering (~5% dilutive) after-market, yet the stock traded down 6.4% intra-day, starting up ~1% and steadily declining to -5.4%. http://i.imgur.com/OQPlhPh.png After HNZ options trading, this is further evidence that insider trading remains rampant despite the... 2 years 2 months
HLF - Icahn files 13D citing 12.98%/14m share...Intends to discuss strategic alternatives w/ mgmt such as a recap or going private transaction. He'll be on CNBC tomorrow from 12-1. And the saga continues. Blackhat, I look forward to collecting that drink :) http://edgar.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/921669/000092846413000023/... 2 years 3 months
It's official: Dell going privateMichael Dell and Silverlake announce $24.4bn deal @ $13.65/share (25% premium to $10.88 close on 1/11/13). 45 day go-shop available. MSFT to contribute $2bn loan. Debt financed by BAML, Barcap, CS, RBC Dell itself was advised by Goldman Sachs Silverlake advised by BAML, Barclays, CS,... 2 years 3 months
Icahn says he doesn't like/respect Ackman...Hilarious. JCP appears to be a disaster that continues to get worse. TGT was a bust. HLF bet could turn against Ackman as well. His GGP investment was great, but that was sourced by one of his junior guys, not him (rumor has it the guy got $20m at ~26/7). Could we be seeing Ackman's status... 2 years 4 months
Transitioning from IB/ER to HF Series - Part 2:...Welcome to Part 2 of the Transitioning from IB/ER to HF Series. See Part 1 here. This portion will focus on where to interview and behavioral questions. You’ve been anxiously awaiting the beginning of the interview season. You’ve spent time with headhunters, prepared a long and short stock pitch... 2 years 4 months
Transitioning from IB to HF Series - Part 1:...With headhunters likely beginning to reach out in December/January, I thought I'd put out a series of posts on making the transition from IB to HF. This one talks about getting that first interview. If you're in a decent group, most--if not all--the major headhunters will reach out to you. The... 2 years 4 months
CT School ShootingTwo gunmen shot up an elementary school in CT. AP reporting 27 dead, including 18 children. The oldest kids were only 9/10 years old. This makes me sick... how does one put a stop to something like this? 2 years 5 months
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Finishing 1st Year as HF Analyst - Ask AnythingThere have been several of these so I don't know how helpful I can be. Will do my best Took a pretty traditional route to get the job: Target school Top banking group HF job through headhunter Not going to give out too many personal details, but I'm sure people could figure out who... 2 years 10 months

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I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=BlackHat] DontMakeMeShortYou: Why do my posts look like a wall of text? argh Haha good to have you back sir[/quote] I just came here to collect my HLF reward. I haven't forgotten... which reminds me of a joke Call a girl beautiful a thousand times and she won't care. Call her... 11 months 2 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=letmetakeaselfie]@DontMakeMeShortYou -- 1) How frequently do people switch funds? It seems like there are some funds, like Eton Park, where people stay forever, while others, like Coatue, have much higher turnover. Is the answer that it depends on the fund, or have you noticed any broader... 11 months 2 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me AnythingWhy do my posts look like a wall of text? argh 11 months 2 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=whotookmybowtie]Thank you for the reply. I'm about to start as a junior coverage banker at one of the BB in my country (small economy). I'm curious if either 1) switching abroad to a larger market after 1~2 years, 2) doing a BB ER role, or doing both would set me up better for entry into a... 11 months 2 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=HvaCapMar]1) What tools do you use for execution/research? 2) Do you have a certain amount of cash at your free disposal? Or what guidelines/mandates are given? 3) How large positions do you build? How many companies? What time horizon? 4) (How) do you manage the positions? Do you (often... 11 months 3 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=spark]Transitioning from macro (equity) strategy HF analyst to a long / short equity HF?[/quote] Doesn't happen often. Very different skillset. 11 months 3 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=Ichan]Thank you. Would it be an acceptable practice to trade based to technical analysis (candle sticks, fibonacci, Elliot wave, and etc)?[/quote] No one hires analysts to do technical analysis. 11 months 3 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=DickFuld]This is a great post, thanks for doing this. Do you ever think you're lucky obtaining your results (assuming they're good)? Have you ever worked with someone who you considered smart at the time who was fired/laid off/demoted because of performance?[/quote] Definitely a big... 11 months 3 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=Nick Van Orton]Hey thanks for doing this and taking the time out to reply to everyone possible. Although I do not work in the industry, I am curious as to how office politics play at a HF like yours. How do you get promoted to very senior level at a HF ?[/quote] Titles don't matter that... 11 months 3 weeks
I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me Anything[quote=Ttone]What post-grad job opportunity what you suggest to a senior who will graduate in May of 2014? I worked at a hedge fund administration this past summer doing things in the investing services department and a lot of business development work as well as shadowing the experienced... 11 months 3 weeks