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Acing the investment banking analyst interviewMod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/13 Been a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of interview season for investment banks. I was in your shoes about 5-6 years ago, worked as an investment banking analyst at a... 6 months 3 weeks
15 things I wish I knew as a first year banking...Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up 2/10/13 and is a must read for all those starting their FT roles I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as a banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee young first-year analyst in... 8 months 1 week
Debt and mezz fund expertiseHi, Anyone with mezzanine/debt PE experience (or something similar) and willing to chat, please shoot me a PM. Looking to get info on how deals originate, deal processes/diligence, key modeling skills, working life, etc. in advance of an upcoming meeting with a fund. Thanks! 2 years 8 months
CFA LIITo everyone tackling this giant menacing bear of an exam with me in a few weeks, a sincere wish of the best of luck. I'm roughly 120 hours behind my planned study hour target at this point, so it's back to banking style days until the finish. Please pardon my relative absence from the boards in... 2 years 8 months
Anyone with experience analyzing or investing in...This is for an upcoming interview. Any primers, etc. appreciated. Looking to get very rough basics of valuation and how analysts approach FIG companies as investments, think about risk/reward, multiples, and drivers. Thanks in advance 2 years 9 months
Who's in for Level II?I think today is the last day for the discounted price - anyone else tackling this bear in June? I just registered and bought my Schweser notes and qbank. ps Patrick/Andy - what would you guys think about a CFA specific forum? Practice questions, tips, resources, etc. 2 years 11 months
Getting hired in TorontoCurious if anyone has experience/knowledge on how difficult it is to land a job in Toronto as an American. Looking mainly at buyside and value/credit focused (think hedge funds, pensions, endowments etc.). Also, if you marry a canadian, how might that change the process/prospects. Thanks in... 3 years 1 month
CFA L1 doneWAAAAHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WOOP WOOP WOOP Nuff said. Later brah. 3 years 2 months
CFA formula sheet - Elan (free pdf)Any other CFA L1 hopefuls here's the best sheet I've found for filling in and drilling formulas over these few final days. More comprehensive than the Schweser quicksheet (which is also good though and worth the $29 imho). ***Note that there are quite a few formulas in the Elan sheets that are... 3 years 2 months
Bayes rule question for cfaQuick question for any mathy/econ guys or any of the many really smart guys and gals here on WSO. Doing Bayes rule and I find translating the words right into the formula confusing sometimes. Doing it in the tree format seems to make it a lot easier for me. My question is can these problems... 3 years 2 months


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I appreciate the thought but the gents are right...I appreciate the thought but the gents are right, you don't need to send me anything, please save the money and buy a drink for some of the Dallas ladies instead. Best regards, JK 1 year 4 months
PZ87: EBITDA margin does matter, particularly...[quote=PZ87]EBITDA margin does matter, particularly for a PE investor: If you have very low margins, it is more likely that EBITDA is highly volatile, given that a certain portion of the cost base will be fixed. High margins give you more of a cushion, all other things being equal. Also, high... 1 year 12 months
wannabe2015: great post! thanks a lot! Actually...[quote=wannabe2015]great post! thanks a lot! Actually I wonder whether or not interviewers would treat female candidates differently? especially minorities (Asian/African American, ect.) female candidates.... If so, what else should they pay attention to?[/quote] Short answer no, everyone is... 2 years 3 weeks
ReardenCapital: SB'ed I thought people gave...[quote=ReardenCapital]SB'ed I thought people gave this kind of advice only after charging for it. @frgna could you advise me? have an ib analyst interview mid feb and would be damn glad if you could respond here: 2 years 3 weeks
Ezio Auditore: Island101: Should a investment...[quote=Ezio Auditore] Island101: Should a investment banking summer analyst candidate be familiar with the currencies, derivatives, options, and stock sections of the WSO guide or just the valuation, M&A, accounting, and bonds sections? Accounting and Valuation would be top priority.... 2 years 3 weeks 2 years 1 month
Restructuring work keeps me guessing, but I could...Restructuring work keeps me guessing, but I could never do straight M&A / private placements. 2 years 1 month
Curious if any employers here talk about their...Curious if any employers here talk about their general experience w Harvard recruits? Good? Bad? Mediocre? Have worked w a few and it's a mixed bag, like anywhere else I guess. 2 years 2 months
Any success stories lately?Any success stories lately? 2 years 2 months
OrangeBanana: Guys, how detailed do you need to...[quote=OrangeBanana]Guys, how detailed do you need to be when modelling for take-home case studies for hedge funds? Do you model out every balance sheet item and try to forecast out a company on a quarterly basis, or am I overthinking this? [/quote] Unless there's a big seasonal component I... 2 years 2 months
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