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Pre-MBA PE associates - How are you thinking...Question to all the incoming pre-MBA associates and current pre-MBA associates (of course post-MBA PE associates also welcomed to chime in). How are you thinking about the MBA 2-3 years down the line? A quick poll among the analyst class indicates that most of the places people are going to (... 23 1 year 2 weeks
Dilemma - Next steps post BB?Hi All - Background - Second year analyst @ a top-tier BB in Hong Kong. Originally interned at NY BB IBD in a top group (received FT offer) but decided to transfer to Hong Kong to try something new. I am American and thinking about next steps here. Deal flow has been weak globally, which... 3 years 6 months
Start-up without a Tech Founder? WSO founders -...To everyone with experience with start-ups - Can a start-up be done without a Tech co-founder? Our start-up will not fundamentally be a tech-based company, rather the web will simply a platform to deliver cheap, quality information relating to a certain sector to our targeted demographic (kind... 8 4 years 2 months
Regrets on embarking on the "Path to..."Why banking"? It's a question that we've all rehearsed and practiced a thousand times. It's the challenge, the learning, the people - we claim. Those factors that we don't say - the prestige, the elitism, the money - clearly factor as well. If all goes well, by the end of your refined... 7 4 years 5 months
The Age of America ends in 2016 "The International Monetary Fund has set 2016 as the year China's economy will surpass the U.S. - effectively ending the 'Age of America'. It means that whoever wins the... 10 5 years 5 days
Chinese Internet Stock Bubble: How to Predict its...Guys, looking for some investment advice. I bought shares of Youku (YOKU) and SINA (SINA) early on, and during the past month or so, these names have been up unbelievably (SINA has grown 400% in the past year), and Youku has doubled in the past 3 months. The past two days, these stocks have been... 5 5 years 1 week
Analyst: Spending 5k+ on a Timepiece - Sensible?Gents, I'm consider indulging myself and dropping $5k - $7k on a nice watch as a graduation / pre-employment gift to myself. Although I do have enough cash myself to buy it, I wonder how sensible it is to buy a "premium" brand-watch as an analyst. I don't know too much about watches - but do... 111 5 years 1 month
Entrepreneurship vs. Megafund PE MDRecently (and surprisingly) met a family friend is a senior partner MD at a top megafund (Blx, KKR, Carlyle), and that led me to wonder... Does anyone have any clue about how much these people are paid? Just curious cause this lady was extremely down to earth, drove around in an Acura MDX with... 16 5 years 1 month
BB Healthcare/Retirements Benefits?Hey guys, Just noticed something. Do analysts get retirement / health-care benefits from their BB? Nothing is mentioned in the contract... Is it weird to ask HR about this? Specifically want to inquire about 401k options and health insurance. At what point are these details given to incoming... 2 5 years 2 months
Does any team REALLY know how it all works? (IBD)For everyone who is working / has previously worked in IBD... How do you guys feel about the *huge* number of analysts and the large variety of industry/coverage teams that are now standard for the industry? For example, say you have an Industrials M... 5 years 2 months


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There are very, very few IBD 'partners' clearing...There are very, very few IBD 'partners' clearing 8 figures. The only individuals who are doing that are (a) guys who started their own advisory firm and are therefore de facto owners of the business anyway, or (b) partners at Goldman and maybe a few Vice-Chairman level positions at JPM / MS - but... 48 1 month 1 week
IBD and PE are two fundamentally different...IBD and PE are two fundamentally different businesses that happens to have (some) overlapping skill-sets at the junior level, and that's about it. At a senior-level, it's as much consulting / operational as it is finance - e.g. forming a thesis regarding an industry or an investment (which extends... 48 1 month 1 week
If you didn't participate in the cycle your first...If you didn't participate in the cycle your first year, you're probably better positioned if not only because (a) you can actually point to a ranking (ideally top-bucket or top of 2nd bucket) and (b) you have more experience, deals to talk about and are more mature and polished in general (... 5 2 months 2 weeks
Have talked to number of post-mbas at my firm...Have talked to number of post-mbas at my firm about this.... the answer is generally somewhere along the lines of "MBA was awesome / fun but didn't learn much". If you ask anyone who was from strong PE firm and went to HBS / GSB I don't think it'd be surprising if most people said "it was worth... 4 3 months 3 days
Typically (varies by firm), "IBD" is split into...Typically (varies by firm), "IBD" is split into normal IBD (M... 137 4 months 3 weeks
Very surprised (positive)Very surprised (positive) 44 8 months 4 weeks
Gotcha - definitely no intention of getting into...Gotcha - definitely no intention of getting into a flame war here but... "top 4" - Harvard, Stanford, Wharton... Booth or Columbia? Heard from a friend that PE recruiting (at least in a structured capacity) at Wharton is almost non-existent. 23 1 year 3 weeks
Very helpful - just read it, interesting...Very helpful - just read it, interesting perspective and very good points. Glad to see that you're doing really well in your pursuits. Among the points you listed, I find the networking point and the optionality / risk mitigation point you most compelling. I definitely ascribe significant value... 23 1 year 3 weeks
Also - best shot at recruiting is from a coverage...Also - best shot at recruiting is from a coverage group vs. FSG, M&A and certainly not LevFin. LevFin is an market-focused execution group. All, *let me repeat* ALL of the operating / credit models we run are done by coverage teams - not LevFin. 13 1 year 1 month
Haven't posted in the longest time but just...Haven't posted in the longest time but just wanted to clarify some gross mis-statements. 1) From my experience on two of the coverage teams mentioned, coverage teams do the bulk of the modeling work in almost all scenarios. M... 13 1 year 1 month
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