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Investment Banking
Adderal on Wall Street?

hey just out of curiousity, how common is it for people, analysts and otherwise, to take adderal and other...

Investment Banking
How Do You Learn Financial Modeling W/O an I-Banking Internship?

How do you get financial modeling training if you are not going to be doing an i-banking summer internship but...

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Don't make 'em like they used to...

(Just an email that was forwarded to me--didn't write it--thought it was good for a cheap laugh) Editorial: Interns â€" They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To Where the hell is the summer guy? Pete, or whatever the fuck his name is. I need him to make some photocopies and buy me a Coke. Wait a minute. He’s home? Resting? It’s only 2am. He’s sick? What the hell is that? The guy’s only been here ten weeks and he’s got mono? What a pussy. Boy, they don’t make summer interns like they used to.

Investment Banking
Failed Drug Test? Advice?

Hello all, I'm a junior at a target school, and I recently signed on to do my summer at UBS LA. I've been interning at a local UBS (the ubiquitous wealth management division) for over a month now and for one reason or another they didn't ask me to do a piss test until three and a half weeks into it, after I had already done everything else (paperwork, checks, etc.) I was caught off guard when they asked me to take it, as it seemingly came out of the blue, and I had used my room-mates Aderall the night before to study for a test. However, they said they needed it within 72 hours, so I had to take it in two days, no way around it.

New User Introductions
Staffer to Analyst Translation Handbook

I put this together for all you Class of '07 monkeys to help you with your transition. Enjoy. Recruitment Work-life balance Work-drinking balance Work hard, play hard Work hard, drink a lot

Investment Banking
New Business Week Undergrad Rankings

Here is the complete list cut and pasted from the BW transcript: GeoffBW: 50. Texas A&M GeoffBW: 49. Marquette GeoffBW: 48. Michigan State GeoffBW: 47. University of Miami GeoffBW: 46. San Diego LouisBW: 45. Clemson LouisBW: 44. Georgia Tech LouisBW: 43. University of Florida LouisBW: 42. University of Minnesota LouisBW: 41. Ohio State GeoffBW: 40. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute GeoffBW: 39. Texas Christian

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Analyst to Staffer Translation Handbook

I put this together for all you Class of '07 monkeys to help you with your transition. Enjoy. Recruitment Work-life balance Work-drinking balance Work hard, play hard Work hard, drink a lot We have a collegial environment. We go out drinking every night together. We like to have our own social lives. We go out drinking every night alone. We have a more mature environment. We drink at work instead. This is a lifestyle group. We are desperate for analysts. This is a laid-back group. We are desperate for analysts. We don't believe in face time. We are desperate for analysts. Our associates and analysts go out together frequently. Our associates are very lonely people. Our MD goes out with us frequently.

New User Introductions
Extremely Robust Growth Projected - Story of my life

All right, fellow monkeys. I'm on the tail end of a 132-hour workweek, so just a brief post today. So there I was, middle of the night, massaging an industry growth chart into an artificially-rosy picture that makes our pitch more attractive (a procedure that many of you will be familiar with). The associate comes over and tells me to add an approximate CAGR arrow. No problem. I calculate the CAGR. Noticing that thin red lines are used for means/medians throughout the rest of the book, I decide to use the PowerPoint draw tool to create a thin red line with an arrowhead at the end.

Investment Banking
How i-Banking is like the Wizard of Oz

The All Nighter Blog: How i-Banking is like the Wizard of Oz It’s Christmas and you’re sitting back home stateside, watching the Wizard of Oz, and it strikes you that the wonderful world of i-banking is very much like the wonderful wizard of Oz. DOROTHY: Dorothy is none other than yours truly, dreaming of a place where there isn’t any trouble. Ok, a little more specifically, dreaming of place where there isn’t any trouble for yours truly. A place where you’ve made MD and nobody can throw shit your way. A magical place where smartass associates try to catch you off guard with a well though of question that you really should have thought of in the first place, and you simply shut them up by saying:

Investment Banking
GS analyst vs DB associate

How does GS-IBD analyst compare with DB S&T associate? (both London) It would be great if you could analyze it on grounds of differences 1. Salary+Bonus (36k and 58k base pays respectively) 2. Exit options 3. The obvious question being of course how much does the GS brand name matter. I am willing to take a long term view and not bother too much about the initial pay difference. I am an MBA from India.

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