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FP&A / Corporate Analyst Interview at Private Equity FirmHey guys, wanted to get some advice on what I should expect for an interview for FP&A / Corporate at a big international PE firm, NY office. Most interviews I've been in are for ER so they've been more technical questions on WACC, DCF, etc.... This is my first interview for a corporate Analyst and I...
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FP&A Analyst to M&A Integration Manager --> possible future pigeonholing? Currently an Analyst in a Group FP&A role applying for internal move to M&A Integration Manager role. The role will be involved in M&A integration, business improvement and act as a sort of in-house consulting position. The role itself looks very interesting but a cursory glance at people on lin...
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association - Interview - HealthcareWritten case was interesting, they have you use excel presumably to see if you are comfortable with it; written case was to evaluate a product offering using some assumptions.. A lot of time in each interview is spent talking about the structure of the association, make sure you come prepared with 1...
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Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi - Review - Risk ManagementStrong culture and great colleagues. Work life balance is great. Can work from home depending on your specific group.. Poor technology and old systems. Hard to move from middle to front office, they do not provide analyst training to those who want to work in front office but rather college grads. P...
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Deutsche Bank - Interview - Corporate BankingThere were questions about modeling experience which I thought was interesting given the program was for sophomores, but at least some experience manipulating large data sets was needed. I was also asked to describe all of the sub-divisions in GTB in detail, as well as the names of people I had netw...
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Development from Analyst to Senior/Associate I have a couple of months left of my rotational program and will be promoted to a senior analyst position at the end of the program. I understand the development that is necessary to make the transition at my company, but I wanted to hear what you guys think as well: **If an analyst wants to get p...
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Finance ModelsBeing an economics major is quite the challenge moving towards financial anlaysis. Economic and econometric models are way simpler (or is it becoz I understand them better??). I really wish I could stop time so that I can just learn about financial models for a good month. Then when I'm done I can...
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Standard Chartered Bank - Review - Commercial BankingGood and supportive culture which promotes learning. Lots of responsibilities given with hands on experience. . Restructuring of the company results in people moving around. Some inefficiencies due to administrative tasks but that is expected of a highly regulated industry. ...
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Macquarie Group Limited ABN - Review - Corporate FinanceGreat time, lots of focus on personal development, good work life balance, interesting, lots of technical skills gained. The application process was unclear, detail of what exactly was going to happen during employment uncertain...
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New York Life - Interview - Corporate FinanceMost of the questions consisted of generic fit questions. Examples include: Describe a time when you were working with someone in a group that was not performing and how did you go about solving it? Basic questions about previous internships that I had and why I wanted to work for New York Life. Ho...
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Big 4 TS Partner route or Corporate DevelopmentI joined big 4 in Ireland straight from college, qualified in audit then made the move to TAS. I then worked hard to be highly rated and managed to secure a transfer to our New York TS practice before returning home. I now have almost 9 years experience in TS and feel like my chances of making partn...
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Pre-Investment NPVNeed Help Answering Two Questions please, a and b. So, a factory costs $1million to build and will generate net cash flow starting next year of $100,000 per year for 200 years, after which the factory will be worthless. So, $1m must be invested now. The same cash flow will be available in years 2...
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Revenue model sell-side M&A Hi monkeys! I work at a small corporate finance boutique where we primarily assist firms with raising capital and IPOs. However, one of our project leaders got his hand on a small project that he thought we could assist on. This involves finding a buyer in Sweden to acquire an asset from a UK-based ...
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29 Year-Old CFO of Kraft HeinzThe $100 billion food empire has decided to entrust the financial direction of the firm in the hands of a 29-year-old. David Knopf has worked at Kraft since 2015 and is a partner at 3G Capital. Prior to Kraft and 3G he worked at Goldman Sachs and Onex. He will become one of the youngest CFOs in the ...
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Corporate FAI am seeking to become a corporate financial analyst. should study business economics or finance? I attend the University of Georgia. Is finance the preferred degree for corporate financial analyst jobs or is a business economics and a finance degree held to the same level Note: A finance d...
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Apple: Finance Development ProgramHey everybody. I was just wondering what all of you have heard in terms of Apple's finance development program? Obviously there is a lot of exposure, but does it really develop your knowledge? Are exit ops really good coming from Apple Finance? And lastly, how helpful would the experience be gettin...
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How to get a regular jobso i know for banking you have to network ur balls off to get a first round, but what about fortune 500 companies for financial analyst roles?...
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Target - Review - Consumer - RetailThe culture was good, fun teams to work with, huge operations, lots of capital expenditure, fun atmosphere.. The quality of people they recruit is fairly low. Many Big 10 schools are represented and the quality (or lack thereof) shows....
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Developing World Markets - Interview - N/A1. what is your biggest weakness? (need to be specific, can tell that the interviewer won't buy a generic/actually-strength answer; 2. a lot of "tell me a time when..." & follow-up questions about details/actions/reactions etc. 3. why should we not hire you (not sure the exact wording, but a questio...
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What is an excellent EBITDA exit multiple?What is the normal EBITDA exit multiple applied in PE funds for a 25% IRR and a 5 year holding period?...
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Market Driven Corporate Finance advices.. What this mean? Hi monkeys, What does Market Driven corporate finance advices means? I read it on the website of an AIM Broker (UK). Cheers...
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JPMorgan Chase - Interview - RiskHow would you stress test a financial position and its impact on the firm's balance sheet? Walk me through the financial statements and how they're connected. Name one realized and one unrealized risk facing the bank as we sit here today. In the past how have you managed risk? What is a stro...
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Bank of Nova Scotia - Interview - Corporate BankingThe process is good. no phone interview. call out by a panel meeting with HR and two senior analysts on the team. they have a question list they have to asked with approx 12 questions. some behavior some technical. they even asked me why my grades are not straight A+. Also ask me about 5c's which yo...
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Junk Bond Fees in Barbarians at the Gate"To Forstmann the junk bond was a drug that enabled the puniest acquisitors to take on the titans of industry, and he held it responsible for twisting the buyout world’s priorities until they were unrecognizable. No longer, Forstmann believed, did buyout firms buy companies to work side-by-side wi...
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Liberty Mutual Insurance - Review - Financial ServicesFlexible work schedule and the ability to work from home. Visibility to executives and opportunity to work on different project areas.. Changing company dynamic over the years. Significant amount of reorgs across all of the SBUs and departments....
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Interview Tips for Entry-Level Corporate Finance Hi Professionals, I've recently landed an interview opportunity with an Investment Bank for an Entry-Level corporate finance position. Would like to ask for tips and pointers to make this interview a success. Your help will be much appreciated....
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United Technologies - Interview - DefenseThere really were not terribly hard questions. One of the more unexpected questions was the interviewer asked me to tell her about a time I had to make a difficult decision in a situation. I then had to explain how that would be relevant to the position I would be working in. Another more unexpect...
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Citizens UnitedWhat is your opinion of Citizens United? Was it the correct decision by the Court? Do you think the U.S. Constitution should be amended to read that “money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights”?...
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LC from Deutsche BankA direct genuine provider for fresh cut BG/ SBLC for both lease and purchase with Issuance from top AAA rated Bank in Europe. All inquiries through Personal message should include the following minimum information: Complete contact information: 1. What exactly do you need? 2. How long do you n...
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FLDP at Nestle and General Mills Career Path HELP!!!I just got a offer from both Nestle and General Mills for their finance program. Can someone tell me about the career path coming from these programs? And, if my end goal is to do in-house corporate development or IB. Is that possible assuming I get into a top 20 MBA program??? How do B-school look ...
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Junk Bonds in LBOsI don't understand why you would Junk Bonds in LBOs if the target has good free cash-flow? Are Junk Bonds still common?...
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Buying a distressed assetWhen buying a distressed asset under liquidation, do you pay the creditors and take the property or do you make some kind of offer based on the assets value? ...
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JPMorgan Chase - Interview - N/AGreatest Strength My greatest strength is my collaboration/communication skills. I work very well with all kinds of people from different backgrounds and ages. When I work with others, I make sure that I understand the different perspectives and objectives that each person brings to the table. At th...
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Issue in regards of Letter of CreditHi Guys, I need professional advise in L/C. Pls read below issue. L/C has been issued to one of Chinese bank. Hence it's confirmed L/C, confirming bank required coverage by 1st rated international bank. So parties (applicant, beneficiary) have encountered charges of issuing bank, confirming bank, c...
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Apple - Interview - GeneralistWhy apple? This was difficult to me because, to be honest, I did not really know too much about Apple's work/coporate environment. So I gave some bs answer, saying that I like how they were constantly innovating stuff every year. Which, now that i think about it, is a really bad answer because apple...
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Amazon - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)- Very smart people - Tons of Responsibility - Able to move horizontally throughout firm, even encouraged - Quick advancement with hard work. - Very long hours on a fixed salary - They make finance students become programmers (lol) - Can be very siloed ...
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Prospective internProspective corporate finance intern looking for help in terms of what to study and what to prepare ...
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Houlihan Lokey - Interview - Mergers and AcquisitionsFairly, easy interview, and it lasted 30 minutes with one associate. It was both behavioural and technical, and I had a few minutes to ask the associate some questions at the end about his experience with the corporate finance group. Tell me about yourself What did you study in your first two y...
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Commercial Banking - Structuring a Credit DepartmentHi everyone- I am looking for some advice on how best to structure a credit department. I work for a $1B bank and we have experienced a good amount of growth in the past 3-5 years. Does anyone have advice or examples of how many analysts they have per senior analyst, how many senior analysts per A...
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Hostile takeover of a Private CompanyOk here we have a company and have identified some private companies. We are planning for an equity stake in these companies, however this is very tough as they are unwilling but instead prefer debt Finance. Taking over a public company is easier since you can apply a number of strategies such as ...
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Johnson & Johnson - Interview - Corporate FinanceI didn't get any technical questions. The recruiter walked through my resume with me. He did most of the talking. It is a very relationship based company so they just want to see if you are someone they would want to work with. I got questions like what is your greatest accomplishment and tell me ab...
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General Electric - Review - CreditFantastic mentorship culture. Still have some good management training programs if you're willing to relocate. . Declining industrial business without New York office. Sell offs likely to continue. Energy and GECAS are the only finance tracks left at GE Capital. ...
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General Electric - Review - TreasuryInternational travel opportunities for training and secondments. Good input into which rotations you would like to undertake.. No say to which international location you would like to target on secondment. Some mid level management do not subscribe to company values....
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HSBC - Interview - Business DevelopmentInvite candidates to ask questions - This can be the most valuable part of the interview. Why do they want to be here? Is it the challenge of the job, advances in the industry, or something specific about your company? Or is the candidate fixated on salary, benefits, and time off? If the candidate h...
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1 year in post-MBA banking and no M&A deals closed - wait more to recruit CorpDev?It's been a year at the desk and I haven't closed a single M&A deal. Been on a couple of buysides that came close (final round in one for $1bn, finished diligence in another which was a negotiated sale of $10bn) Should I even bother starting to recruit for CorpDev? I can't really talk specifics ab...
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Work to live, not live to work. Low-stress finance jobs...What are some roles with a combination of: Lifestyle (9-5) Decent pay ($125K in high COL region) Relatively low stress (limited fire drills, limited risk or potential for major mistakes) Demand (not super niche, potential to work in a relatively wide range of industries and companies) For those...
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AMA : Actuary to Big4 Consulting to CorpDev, at age 30A year ago I promised to do an AMA when I complete my first deal so here we are. This is Asia experience so may not be applicable to North America, but why not? Education: International student went to a Midwest non-target undergraduate program (BigTen but not Michigan/Northwestern) Career: Return...
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Maturity Quiz Hi, May I know what is the maturity of below? On October 17 2016 Nina borrowed RM 450,000 at a simple rate of interest of 3% per annum. She promised to repay the loan in two and a half years. How much will she have to pay on its maturity? ...
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Microsoft - Review - GeneralistGreat work life balance. Good comp. Fun people and a great city. Benefits are unmatched. Rotation program.. Not as much responsibility as there could be. Finance should have a much bigger impact than marketing....
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Which SQL software does your company use? Mysql, teradata, Microsoft sql or Oracle sql? Hi All, Just want to have a general idea which sql software is popularly used in the current companies now - mySQL, teradata, Oraclesql or Microsoft Sql? If I would like to get an exam for licence in SQL, which do you recommend me to take? Thank you....
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FLDP phone screen, what to expect?I have a phone screen for an FLDP tomorrow and I'm slightly confused on what to expect. I know typically these are basic behavioral and fit questions, but before I was even offered a phone screen they gave me a pre-screening questionnaire asking about strengths/weaknesses, why 'x' company, leadershi...
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From law to strategy - Tactical questionsGood evening everybody, From what I've seen, this subject has been discussed many times in this forum and elsewhere. However, I would like to submit my own case and get some advice regarding my project. As you got it from the title, I am a junior attorney ("avocat") in Paris. I have been offered s...
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1ST Round Phone Interviews this Week?Sup Monkeys, Can you please which firms (F500) are giving out first rounds next week? Thank you so much fellow monkeys!...
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Corporate Development opportunitiesHi folks, I'm currently considering a jump into corporate development from a 2-year stint at a boutique IB/consulting firm. I'm looking at a few options: the first is with a large, well-known industrial company (not quite F100, but definitely F500). The other is with a much smaller, relatively youn...
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CPA or GMAT? 5 Year MAC Program Grad- Incoming F100 FLDP with Corp Dev Aspirations or MBA -> IBDHi Monkeys, A little about me. I graduated from a top 20 target in Econ but didn't get the job I wanted out of undergrad, decided to do a masters of accounting degree at a similar school and now will work at a F100 FLDP. As stated above my goals are to break into corp dev internally then possibly a...
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How to create a credit write upIf you want to be in IBanking you have several companies like Wall Street Prep or BIWS that sells guides on how to built financial models and evaluate companies from scratch. What about for credit analysis? Say a company wants to borrow $300 million dollars. Is there anyway guide out there that'll w...
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Do I have a shot at a corporate development role?**Current Work Experience** I'm halfway through a corporate finance rotational program at a top five insurance company in the Midwest. First rotation was in FP&A, second rotation is in reporting (BRUTAL), and third rotation will be accounting. Also passed level 1 of the CFA in June 2017. **Colleg...
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Help me win this TARGET!!!So we sent an expression of interest to a target that needs some money and they got hang up excited. Then we asked for an update and the target was now a little resentful stating that they will arrange a meeting but they have a number of Financing options through Bank X. It turned out we had already...
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Most insane fees for an IPO book underwriter?We are listing on an exchange and the Corporate Financier wants very high fees. 1. 5%-7% of the fees raised 2. Success fee of 2.5 Million 3. Monthly retainer fee of 500K This to me is insane and literally 10X what the IPO legal advisor is charging, who is also the project manager. Any takers? ...
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Early adoptor?We are currently setting out to raise funds via a roadshow for an IPO. However the corporate Financier is quite concerned that investors will require to see someone who has already invested. Some investors have declared interest to invest on the CONDITION that they are not the only investors, how do...
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Apple - Interview - RotationalWhat was your least favorite thing about apple software? This question was interesting to get considering I was applying for a finance role. I mentioned to the interviewer that the lack of integration of the alt key into mac version of excel made using apple products for financial models very diffic...
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Corporate Development Perspective: Deal Frequency vs Deal Size?? Hi all! In an effort to keep this as brief as possible, I wanted to get opinions on Corporate Development roles with a particular focus on the transactional functions of said roles. If possible, I'd love insight from individuals who've had experience in Investment Banking, Private Equity & CD. In sh...
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Calculating the Jones model within ExcelHi All, I am hoping someone has experience in calculating the Jones Model, within Excel. I have calculated the firm parameters: α1 - Aτ-1 α2 - ∆REVτ α3 - PPEτ As well as accτ/Aτ-1 Where Aτ = Total Assets, ∆REV = Change in revenue, PPE = Gross property, plant and equipment and ac...
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Too old for Finance Leadership Development Program?Long story short, I spent 6 years in the Navy and now am finishing up my undergrad in finance at a non target school. I'll be 30 when I graduate and my main worry is, is that too old for a development program? I am networking my butt off looking primarily for investment banking but corporate finance...
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Corporate Development Deal FlowFor those of you in corp dev, what is your deal flow like in a given year? How many teasers, CIMs, management meetings, and closed transactions? Edit: I guess it would be appropriate to include my personal experience. We're looking at maybe 5 CIMs in a month and meeting with a management team on 4...
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Can they fire me at a company I started?Basically we are listing an Investment company on an exchange with 30% management shares (20% locked in for three years). I am trying to consider what kind of situations can lead to that dreaded thing of being fired as a CEO after all my sweat, trying to make sure we structure everything so I can be...
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch - Interview - Corporate FinanceWhat is your experience with excel? - the corporate finance role has you dealing with multiple large data excel sheets everyday, so they like to see some experience with excel. For the internship, it wasn't a must-needed skill as they teach you, but for full-time I would imagine that you need to kno...
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consumer insights & strategy manager?Hi, anyone with experience in market research/consumer insights willing to share their wisdom? I am thinking of joining an international market research agency as an account executive. My plan would be to stay for ~4 years then exit to a consumer insights and strategy management role at a big FMCG ...
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credit spread / coupon of a new bond issueHi all, I have been wondering for a while now how you estimate the credit spread / coupon of a new bond issue in case you have got few comps, ie no other issuers and old bonds have shorter maturity. I assumed you would take the z spread of the current issue and add some bps to compensate for the lo...
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List of Leadership Development ProgramsI found these lists of LDPs and just wanted to share. Obviously it's not a complete list, but I figured it would be useful for those of us targeting FLDPs. If you have anything else to add to the list please do. http://csb.uncw.edu/serviceLearning/NewGraduateLeadershipRotationalPrograms.html https...
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Pivoting from Bus. Analyst to Fin. Analyst-2nd year analyst -fund acc't & bus. analysis experience Taking up a BA position with a BB in several days to kill the resume gap. Do any of you have suggestions for transitioning to a Mid. Office - technical/data analytics role? ...
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Amazon’s Diversification Strategy – Innovative genius or Impending collapse?Amazon’s rapid growth and diversification, from Whole Foods and “Meal-Kits” to optimizing its prime membership package, seems to signal an increasing interest in industries outside of simply retail; but could this monopoly-like strategy face harsh challenges that slow roll its growth and even ...
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Good Questions to Ask a Bank COO?Scheduled to grab lunch with the COO at my current MM firm (think Stifel, Jefferies, Baird, etc.). We connected because we went to the same school. I’m a recent college grad, currently in a LDP rotational type of program, and simply grabbing lunch for networking purposes. What are some good questi...
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FP&A Possibilities after undergradHey all, I am a rising junior at a target school 3.7 GPA hoping to get into FP&A after undergrad. I am currently doing a double major in Finance and MIS, however, I've been thinking about doing Finance/Accounting rather than Finance/MIS due to the nature of FP&A. Can any one with prior experience co...
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Two companies bid for a diamond mine A diamond mine decides to offer for sale and a buyer approaches them. In the process another buyer shows interest and approaches the seller. The one company has money, the other has to first raise the funds and list on the exchange. Ideally this couldn't be bad as a DD could be done while the fund...
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Wells Fargo Summer Analyst Diversity Program 2018hey! anyone else going to this? just rsvp'ed for the one in Charlotte on Sept 27-28. anyone know what the program will be like? honestly a little confused still as to what specific roles exactly this summer program is for lol...
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Wells Fargo and Company - Interview - Risk Management- Tell me about an even you have read recently and how do you think it'll impact the banking industry from a corporate risk standpoint? (I literally just the front page of the Market section on WSJ daily to keep up with any big events ie M&A and then go to MorningStar--mostly free if you're in a dec...

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