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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 1 month
Elliott Management's Juniper PresentationAgree? Disagree? http://ify.valuewalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/JuniperJanuary.pdf (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 4 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 6 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 3 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"...it just depends what the founder thinks. Some give a shit and want to... 2 years 7 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. http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gatess-amazing-yet-terrible-call-on-kodak-2009-12 http://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2009/12/... 5 years 4 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 6 months
Dan Loeb videoDan Loeb video. Pretty interesting. 5 years 9 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 2 months
Savile Row saleFor those still employed, looks like Savile Row is having a sale. http://www.savilerowco.com/products/men/men-classic-slim-fit-suits I've definitely rocked this look look before. http://www.savilerowco.com/en/us/products/men/men-classic-slim-fit-suits/three-button-classic-suit/pid-... 6 years 3 months

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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... 1 month 1 week
Balyasny Asset ManagementThe content of this thread ended up materially more interesting than the original topic. 1 month 3 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... 2 months 1 week
Special Credits Group - Exit OppsYou will get plenty of interview opportunities regardless of what happens to the side book. 2 months 1 week
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... 2 months 1 week
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 (... 3 months 1 week
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... 4 months 6 days
When someone asks you, "So, what do you do?...Professional gambler. Recovering stunt double. 6 months 3 days
Ray Dalio's Bridgewater Sues Ex-Employees...A good reminder to look at the non-compete clause. Stringent non-competes can be a real career killer. Especially if they're broad and 2 years long. [quoter]In 2013, Bridgewater claims it approved Wang’s request to modify his non-compete agreement with the hedge fund so he could start a small... 7 months 3 hours
Ability to Move Between Hedge Fund TypesWork in buyside long enough and you're going to get pigeonholed. When it comes to next steps (assuming you don't like your current situation) you'll probably take 1 of 2 paths. 1) You like your pigeonhole - You will try to join a fund where you can continue to do the same thing (aka you continue... 7 months 2 weeks