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Investment Banking
Associate and VP Exit Options

What do Associates and VPs have in terms of exit options? When the get burned out or want a change, do you...

Investment Banking
The grass is (fucking) greener...

The All Nighter Blog: The grass is (fucking) greener... "A True Story of what happens when you go to a smaller...

Investment Banking
Is banking awesome? A truthful response.

This girl from my undergrad looked me up in the alumni directory and emailed the following: Greetings, I am a sophomore thinking about a career in investment banking. I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about what you do on a day to day basis, and if you could answer some questions about communication. Specifically, what communication skills does a BB look for in an analyst? Besides pitch books, what other sort of documents do you have to write? How important are verbal/speaking skills? Most importantly, what kind of mistakes do you most often see regarding communication? How does a BB help you develop communication skills and avoid these mistakes?

Sales and Trading
S&T Analysts and Their Contracts

In IBD, it's pretty unusual for banks to keep their analysts after the two-year contract. What happens in S&T...

Private Equity
Take the money??

Here is my question. Suppose I had an opportunity at a middle market ($300 to $500 mm)Private Equity shop in a non traditional financial market (think Indianapolis type market). After 3 years as a BB analyst I am looking to get into PE. Due to the location this firm is willing to pay top level $$ in order to attract analysts from larger markets. Should I take the $$ (Base + Bonus + Carry) in the s

Fashion for Business
Is it Okay to Have Facial Hair on Wall Street?

So - after reading all these discussions on style/dress code...i figured i would throw this out there...for...

Sales and Trading
A few good men

'I eat breakfast three hundred yards away from four thousand hedge funds who are trained to pick me off. So don't think for one second that you can come down here, flash a client relationship, and make me nervous. Son, we live in a world that has risks, and those risks have to be avoided by men with models. Who's gonna do it? You? The Sales Force? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for your client and curse the desk. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that your client's loss, while tragic, probably saved p and l. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves p and l.

Job Search Advice
More classics from resumes/cover letters

We're digging through resumes for summer analysts again. Thought everyone might enjoy or benefit from a few of the real gems (all emphasis mine): "Objective: To obtain an internship in the field of financial services to utilize my VAST analytical and quantitative skills." The kid's a sophomore with a 3.43 GPA; how vast can he be? This reminds me of an ex-boyfriend of mine who described himself in public once as "massively endowed" when he actually had around six and a half inches. Nothing to laugh at, of course, but nothing you want to stand up and shout about either. "I have been trading in various markets since my senior year in high school to seek a maximum return.... my returns for the past three consecutive years are 12%, 23%, and 28%."

Investment Banking
Valuation: more art than science, more bullshit than art

The All Nighter Blog We will be publishing material on our home page for your enjoyment periodically so check back for some entertaining posts. Below is the second entry... Valuation: more art than science, more bullshit than art

Investment Banking
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