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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 (... 1 month 1 week
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... 2 years 7 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... 3 years 3 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... 3 years 6 months
The Age of America ends in 2016http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1380486/The-Age-America-ends-2016-IMF-predicts-year-Chinas-economy-surpass-US.html "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... 4 years 4 weeks
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... 4 years 1 month
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... 4 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... 4 years 2 months
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... 4 years 3 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... 4 years 3 months

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Pre-MBA PE associates - How are you thinking...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. 1 month 2 weeks
Pre-MBA PE associates - How are you thinking...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... 1 month 2 weeks
Best JP Morgan IBD Groups NYC?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. 2 months 2 weeks
Best JP Morgan IBD Groups NYC?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... 2 months 2 weeks
Greenhill or BAML Industrials or CS M&AProlly greenhill - maybe CS M&A if you want a BB platform. 2 years 7 months
Amazon BuyerAmazon - provided they execute properly, I think will potentially displace Apple as the most valuable company in the world within 10 years. Amazin is really a curve-jumping, paradigm shifting Company. It is quite literally, single-handedly changing how it is we think about retail. 3 years 1 day
Jp Morgan HK Summer Training Program?your friend is a VIP - someone in his family is either someone important in the China government apparatus, state-owned enterprise, or a very successful entrepreneur all banks in hong kong, and some in new york have these - these are called 'developmental cases'. 3 years 3 weeks
Got an offer but having second thoughts (opinions...Being an investment banking analyst for 2 years wont get you anywhere closer to being an entrepreneur if that is what you want. Go for it. You're doing what most bankers dream about. 3 years 3 weeks
Perception: HK/Singapore being at a lower tier...Oh and I should add that it's very very hard even for Chinese-Americans (born in China), with strong spoken chinese but mediocre written / reading to break into the PE side of things as well. This party is more or less over for non-natives... 3 years 3 weeks
Perception: HK/Singapore being at a lower tier...@ a BB in HK here and guess i can shed some light: #1: Pay is way more, especially with housing stipend, lower taxes (even if you are a US citizen as first 90k is tax exempt), and dinner allowance is extremely generous #2: Much more client interaction - trips to Shanghai, Beijing, Xiamen,... 3 years 3 weeks