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The Hedge Fund Experience - Good, Bad, UglyMod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted Feb 2009 Since there aren't any decent/active discussions on the HF forum, I figure I start a thread highlighting the good, bad, and ugly aspects of working at a hedge fund. This is based on my personal experiences so don't take... 1 year 3 months
Elliott Management's Juniper PresentationAgree? Disagree? (Side note: Having candidates deconstruct these type of presentations during an interview is pretty useful. Anyone can regurgitate a pitch with practice. I want to see if you can identify the holes or... 1 year 5 months
Group: Read the FootnotesThis group will highlight the good, bad, and ugly aspects of working at a hedge fund/buyside. Trade stories, share insights, or just follow along. I've decided to start a group to better organize topics that interest me and ensure my posts do not get buried in the forums over time. 1 year 7 months
Preparing for the HF informational interviewModerator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it. I got a PM asking how to prepare for an informational interview with a HF manager. Since I don't post often, I'm going to... 2 years 5 months
Hedge Fund Guru Answering Inbox Questions Here....Some of these messages are very old but I'm going to answer them anyway b/c I’m in a helpful mood. Question: How would I know what the career path for [this particular hedge fund]? Every fund has their own "career path" just depends what the founder thinks. Some give a shit and want to... 2 years 8 months
Investing with a catalystI came across a blog post about Bill Gates calling Kodak "toast" back in 1991 that serves as a good reminder on why you really need to have a catalyst when investing. 5 years 6 months
Technical questions forumHave you considered starting a technical questions forum? Some of my favorite topics on this forum are related to valuation, modeling, and technical questions. I enjoy discussing the various technical questions prospective analysts are being asked, and highlighting why the textbook answer might... 5 years 7 months
Dan Loeb videoDan Loeb video. Pretty interesting. 5 years 11 months
Suggestions: Headhunters, Coconuts, and Bottle...(Every now and then I like to take off my hf hat and put on the old start-up hat.) Suggestions: 1. Add a headhunter forum: There are already some good (isolated) threads floating around, but I think the topic warrants a dedicated forum. It be a good resource for all the analysts going through... 6 years 4 months
Savile Row saleFor those still employed, looks like Savile Row is having a sale. I've definitely rocked this look look before. 6 years 4 months


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Long term, concentrated, deep fundamental...[quote="Stryfe"]What I might tack on to your first point there is that its very easy to fall in to the trap of thinking that because you've done so much primary research on a name you should be able to find a way to make a long/short case out of it, when really an opportunity might not be there at... 4 weeks 15 hours
Long term, concentrated, deep fundamental... Where you have a potential edge: 1. Concentration of resources (Time and Capital) - You end up spending more time and more capital (i.e. primary research) on fewer names and should have a better view of what drives value in the names you diligence relative to analysts that may not have the time/... 4 weeks 1 day
The 48 Laws of PowerI believe you don't have to compromise who you are to be successful, but don't expect sympathy if you put yourself in a cutthroat situation. The laws I generally try to follow or learned over the years. Law 5: So much depends on reputation – guard it with your life. People are going to know... 2 months 2 weeks
Balyasny Asset ManagementThe content of this thread ended up materially more interesting than the original topic. 2 months 4 weeks
But why aren't there activists?Why there aren't more activist in small caps: 1. Small cap management teams can be cowboys. They can react emotionally and do stupid things. Mid to large cap companies tend to be more sophisticated and rational actors so you can actually work with them...unless they are founder driven...that's a... 3 months 2 weeks
Special Credits Group - Exit OppsYou will get plenty of interview opportunities regardless of what happens to the side book. 3 months 2 weeks
Hedge Fund Interview to Job Conversion RateI look at it this way...The conversion rate is pretty damn high when the candidate and the fund are aligned in their way of thinking. You just have to go through a lot of funds to find that alignment. (Or you have to wait until the funds you have strong alignment with decides to hire.) I've seen... 3 months 3 weeks
Advancement opportunities at mid-sized or smaller...[quote=Bondarb]...So I believe a more accurate statement is that advancement in the hedge fund industry is very hard regardless of fund size. [/quote] This. Take this all with a grain of salt but generally... Small funds you're typically putting your career in the hands of the founder (... 4 months 2 weeks
Do hedge funds look down at Asset Management...There's no need to look down on anyone. AM folks can be a great resource since they have been following names for quite some time and may have access to insights that you just might not have the time, resources, or relationships to cost effectively procure on your own. And frankly, a few of the... 5 months 2 weeks
When someone asks you, "So, what do you do?...Professional gambler. Recovering stunt double. 7 months 1 week