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The Unfortunate Truth

apples38

I see a lot of people writing inspirational stories of networking and I just want to be honest with all the users on here. Those stories, are RARE. Everyone in my group goes to a target school, knew someone within the group, and/or has an insane story. Also, the group likes to recruit from its...

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Top 10 Undergrad, Top 10 MBA... Unemployed 3 months, 2 not great offers to decide between

NotFunEmployed

My story: - did a degree at a top 10 undergrad - a few years consulting at a small place focused on industry A - Went to top 10 <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> - Did internship in strategy for largecap firm in industry A - Switched to...

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Destroy my resume - ER FT

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, Rising senior at a non-target looking to recruit <abbr title="equity research">ER</abbr> full-time and was looking to get my resume shit on. I'll also be sending it to a few <abbr title="investment banks">IBs</abbr> that I have...

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HF Middle Office Product Control vs PE Fund Accounting

Clown1234

Hey Everyone Got 2 offers on hand. Come from Big 4 Accounting with a little less than 1 yr of experience. 1. Global HF (40b AUM) - middle Office product control team (help PM’s resolve P&L issues on a daily basis) All in 100k first yr, heavy on base salary but a little low on bonus. 2. Global...

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Job recommendations for not so great communicators

fomo120

Hey guys, Interested in hearing thoughts on jobs/career paths that involve no external communication (e.g. clients, outside vendors, etc.). I am ok with internal communications with co-workers, managers in my current operations role but am more interested in researchy positions that mainly involve...

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Work experience or Masters? (EU/Greece/Germany)

CommadantCipher

Hi guys and gals, I'm a university graduate from Greece. I studied Maritime Studies (i.e. Business Administration for Shipping), graduated in 2017. After my compulsory military service in the Greek Army (Jan - Oct 2018) and 5 months of unemployment I landed an internship in the German Parliament, w...

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Job Hunting - HELP - Need Advice! Lost and not sure what to do next

Venturepapi

Hey all, Currently on the interview circuit and having a little bit of a challenging time with it. Have a bit of an untraditional path and would appreciate any help in finding my footing on what to be doing next. Ideally i'd love to be working as an associate in VC but thats realistically not goi...

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Career change from government econometrics to finance

hutchins

New to WSO. Sorry, but here goes another "change careers" question. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My background is in government consulting. Specifically, I do econometric analysis for policy impacts (a lot of Stata work, but not just a Stata monkey). I have a top 10 undergrad degree in ...

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I'm 26 and rebranding... what's my play?

atlastheman

I'm 26 and married (important point for later). My undergrad is in Organizational Leadership with an average GPA from non-target private school. My past work experience is being a legal assistant while in undergrad, working as a mid-level director at a large but local non-profit, and most recently w...

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WashU and I-Banking 2019

3.1.Lead

I recently toured WashU (rising senior in HS here) and fell in love with all it had to offer whether it came to business, research, cross-majoring, etc. However, I have become interested with WashU Olin and investment banking in 2019 (many forums in the past are from 2013 and before and they were qu...

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Pre-experience masters program vs. Full time lower-tier job

Sam_S

I will be a senior at the University of Miami (FL not OH) in the fall studying mathematical economics, formerly premed. I recently got sucked into actuarial science but have realized I really want to learn about and become an investor. What’s my best path? I have two choices, 1) apply for investme...

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Washington and Lee University

BillBrasky

As a recent high school graduate and future member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2015, I was curious to see what everyone on WSO thought about the school. Although it's not a target school, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley have been some of the top employers hiring W&L graduates for th...

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Big Four TS FDD to Private Equity

Acctguru11

I'm currently looking at the exit opportunities from a Big Four Transaction Service Group, specifically Financial Due Diligence. I wanted to see the possibility/ likelihood of landing a job in a middle market private equity firm. If you are unfamiliar with Financial Due Diligence, we create Quality ...

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Should I still have SAT on my resume?

ar169

Back in undergrad we were asked to list SAT scores etc, and since my scores were very good I always used to list them. Now, refreshing my resume and 4 years out of undergrad, it looks pretty weird to me. BUT i wanted to see what others here think?...

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Looking for Constructive Criticism on Resume

Jab545

Hey everyone, I am graduating from college in December and will be going out for full-time recruitment this fall, looking to get into real estate either in investment sales, debt placement (HFF/Eastdil type of shop), or real estate banking but I'm very open to other similar positions. I've been...

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Negotiating Start Date

delsudest

Junior level. I was not selected in the work visa lottery and have to leave the US. I am moving to an office of the firm in another country. Unfortunately, that office's offer is to start a month from yesterday, which seems too soon for the following reasons - 1) I have not been back home in two ...

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Job Searching Amid Career Crisis (Corp development, sell side, or buy side choices) as foreigner in USA

awakejupiter

Hi everyone, I encountered some career crisis recently. I am an internal student graduate from an ivy school last year with MPA focus on economic and financial policy with minor in real estate. I got job offer in a leading mortgage servicing firm in Dalas. Worked as financial analyst (Graduate leve...

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Software/Tech Sales

CompliConsultant

Hi Everyone, So I know this is not the traditional question for this forum, but would anyone recommend any advice into breaking into a software sales job. I went through the process in undergrad (7months out) of networking my way into boutique IB and a consulting job so I am not afraid of grinding ...

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Missed the boat on recruiting senior year

bigdanman

Questions: 1. Is it possible to break into finance a year out of college? 2. Should I try to apply again to first year analyst programmes or wait until I get an MBA to begin applying? 3. How should I frame the choice to switch industries back to finance in interviews? Background: I went to a targe...

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Comprehensive List of Target Schools for Investment Banking

kn1234

For high schoolers interested in pursuing careers on Wall Street, school selection is extremely important. The majority of recruiting that happens for Wall Street banks occurs at what are called “target schools.” investment banking target School Definition Target schools are the schools that ...

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iCapital Network

MarkBaumClone

I was offered an Alternative Investment Fund intern position by the company iCapital Network. I know that they were on Forbes Fintech 50 list, but does anyone know more details on this company and if there are any exit opportunities to be able to go into Investment Banking?...

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Rising Junior, Non-Target, High GPA, Too late for IB

b029281

I currently intern at a BB in corporate finance doing back office financial analysis (although not much is done) I really want to break into IB capital or debt markets for next summer but I've sent out tons of applications to everywhere and I guess I missed it because I've gotten little response. T...

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In need of some quality questions.

christian36099

Hello monkies. I'm a junior year student trying to expand my network. My friend/mentor gave me the name of an old colleague and told me to reach out to him. Do you have any questions that are hinting that I would like to land an internship in the future, or just clever questions that will make him r...

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Caddie at a top golf club

berbeogolf

I work as a caddie at one of the top golf courses in NY. I recently graduated but have no experience. I get to work directly for big names in IB, PE and more...Every once in a while I get a business card and I find myself doing some research on the company and sending emails asking to stay in conta...

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Corporate finance salaries in NYC

IzRun

Can anyone shed some light on what the typical corporate finance salaries are in NYC? I'm looking to make the move next year and I've seen salaries all over the place. I'm not too sure what to expect. For reference, when I move I'll have two years experience at a F500 biotech company, and if it c...

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help clarifying job

eposu

Hi all, I am new to this forum. Thanks to all who contribute, some of the information here has been extremely helpful. I have recently applied for this job at JPM CIB - F&BM – Equities, Prime, Clearing Product Controller – External Reporting – Analyst I don’t know much about it since my ...

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Closed Topic N/A

Oakmont

Private equity is an alternative investment class and consists of capital that is not listed on a public exchange. Private equity is composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies, or that engage in buyouts of public companies, resulting in the delisting of public equity....

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Should I apply for Summer Internships, Off Cycles or both?

Jordans0Sugar

Hi everyone, Quite new here, but decided to make an account because I wanted some advice on a topic: Currently, I am studying a 4-year course in the UK, I'm starting my final year (masters year) of my degree next year and I'm unsure about what my future options are. I'm interested with the divisio...

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Sales or CPA - Which of the two will hedge your career?

Venturepapi

Sales or CPA - Which of the two will hedge your career? Both of the two are highly coveted when people talk about permanent employment but curious which of the two will always provide a life raft for the risk takers who want to branch off and do their own thing? ...

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JP Morgan 2020 Asset Management Products Hirevue

Nontarget2019

Anyone do this and know the questions? Would be really helpful. I would appreciate any insight you can provide!...

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decembersveryown

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Most interviews in a row without receiving an offer?

famejranc

I'm 0/10 can anyone beat me? And why is it suggested that my speech and behavior are inadequate upon learning that I have been rejected so many times in a row? What if society is the problem?...

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Singapore Headhunter firms for Buyside

MandAisOkay

Hey guys, I've been working in Finance as well as Management Consulting in Europe for a couple of years now and am looking to move to Singapore per personal reasons. I am not very familiar with the Singaporean recruitment market though. Hence can anyone provide same names of the best Buyside headhu...

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The 24 Interview Lessons I Learned on the Way to Getting My First Full Time Job

canarydwarf

Hello all, I was suddenly grabbed by an idea to write down the lessons I learned from the ten interviews across seven different positions and 6 different companies I attended in the past 2.5 months on the road to my first job out of university. I started brainstorming in rough chronological order b...

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Big 4 Audit or Commercial Banking

Dollabill

After working in credit analysis for almost two years, I’ve become tired of it. To make it worse I’ve been stuck in community banking underwriting which is mind numbingly boring and involves nothing but spreading and data entry. I’m thinking about either trying to move to a bigger bank or chan...

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Questions about recruiting/employee referrals

nbalivehack

For those of you who work or have worked in IB or have been involved in IB recruiting, I am curious about the following: 1) How helpful is it to have someone (analyst) forward your resume along to HR? Particularly interested in schools with OCR. 2) How do referral systems vary at the different ba...

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Don't Make My Mistakes

MedTechMonkey

Hey Monkeys, I was speaking with a friend of mine, and they were disappointed about their job prospects. As I have recently started a new position, I reflected on how I got to the position I am in and what I would have done differently so here is a list of my unsolicited advice. 1. Preaching to ...

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At what point do MBA grads typically start looking for FT positions?

bcrew13

Going in to my last year at in my MBA, I did a summer associate position, but will be working in the USA (MBA in EU). When does recruiting typically take place for FT positions? I had a summer associate with a boutique PE firm, as well as tier 2 consulting and corp strat experience. I’d be looking...

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don't like coffee, so what about a smoothie chat?

famejranc

sup boise so here's the deal: i don't like coffee... i don't want to look like an absolute **** if someone agrees to meet up for coffee and i end up not getting coffee after i asked him to get coffee so what about a smoothie chat? anybody ever try this? people like smoothies way more than coffee ...

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Consulting and Freelancing Gigs - How to land them?

Venturepapi

In between roles right now and need to generate some cash fast. Looking to take on some consulting and freelancing work but have no idea how/where to start. Looking for some advice from some experienced monkeys in the consulting/freelancing space. ...

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Fall Internships in IB-Dallas

StrugglingChimp

I graduated in '18 from a top liberal arts school with a B.S. in BA concentrating in Management and Pre-Med. I am looking to switch from medicine into IB through an MSF. I have been heavily considering an MSF program to network and strengthen my resume towards finance but I don't think that it will ...

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Goldman Sachs Portal Status still says "Interview". Am I still in the running?

rb129

I applied for a position in GS IMD. I received a phone interview with a VP, then was invited onsite (NYC) for a 2.5 hour interview with 6 people. It's been 2 weeks since the interview. I got impatient and contacted the recruiter later in the week of the interview, and was told they don't have an upd...

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Pigeonholed in Asset Based Lending

financialanalyst

Hi All, I'm an ABL Risk Manager . I work in a mid sized bank at a back office so I do not have a sales goal. I feel grateful for the low stress, decent salary (100K + all in) but I feel pigeonholed and can't seem to get a lateral or even downgrade move. My concern has always been the lack of posi...

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Nonlinear Career Tracks - Anyone on one?

Venturepapi

This post is for the nonlinear career trotters - All the paper perfect ivys to IB or Consulting can skip this thread unless you have some value to provide. But to the nonlinear career trotters, curious what your trajectories have looked like? Has anyone ever taking a job completely irrelevant to t...

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VP non IB Compensation at bulges

haytchP

Hi all, Does anyone have any insights into VP and above compensations range for non-IBD roles that focuses on strategy, COO responsibilities, risk management, etc (i.e. middle office)? ...

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Study Abroad UK Dates

olivGiroud

Hi, I'm rising junior at American school considering doing a semester abroad the coming Spring (next Spring) at a good London school. What I'm worried about is school dates interfering with potential internship dates. I know many internships start the first week of June, and the program I am conside...

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Short employment terms due to restructurings - How do you handle them?

Venturepapi

Have been a part of 2 corporate restructurings back to back both in the under 1 year mark but greater than 8 months. While this isn't ideal, there isn't much I can do about it unfortunately but with that said, has anyone been in this point before and how did they go about it when dealing with futu...

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Retail Banking Pigeonhole

MrAnthony16

Hello Everyone, I finished my undergraduate degree from a top school last summer with a 3.9 GPA. During my senior year I took a job at a retail bank for some extra income. I’ve been here for over a year and feel like I’m stuck with no where to go. What should be my first steps to transition f...

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Trying to Break into Growth Equity

ar169

Hello everyone. I am an equity research analyst and have been thinking of pivoting toward growth equity. Also, my experience is in Tech research, and I feel I can really take advantage of my experience and personal interest in a space like that. I was hoping someone can get me some advice: 1) Most...

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Moving from sell-side quant to buy-side quant

emiletrust22

To start, I was extremely fortunate to get accepted into a large BB Quant Rotational program. In the program, we as Analyst essentially get to get experience working in multiple Quant Analytics departments within the bank. My end goal is to make it to the buy-side as a quant. I intend working for a...

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Royally Screwed...any advice?

LiensAndNightmares

Shortly after graduation I interviewed for a position at a real estate debt fund. After my initial screen I was told that I was slightly under qualified for the full time role and that an internship to hire structure would be a good solution. I was promised a 6 month cutoff from the start date to m...

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Rounding my GPA by <0.1

olivGiroud

Hi, I'm a rising college junior (target school) starting to apply for internships for next summer. Currently interning at a medium sized bank, but interested in an IB internship at a BB for next year. Many of the bigger banks I've looked at have a minimum GPA requirement (or rather, "preferred GPA"...

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Top 3 Consulting Or Government Contractor

hq_life

I am from the MD/DC area and worked for a top IB within operations for a year. Recently I was laid off due to operational changes within the firm. I applied to various positions around that suited my skills and landed a finance position at a top defense contracting firm. Great position with good sal...

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How to get a guaranteed internship

Uhhnisha

Throughout high school, college, and now grad school - I've had a hard time scoring an internship. Recently, Pharrell Williams gave a commencement speech to a group of graduating seniors in which he offered all of them an internship for the summer after they complete their freshman year of college. ...

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Quitting time - views on how to leave your job

SSits

Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #48. This one was originally posted 3/8/2015. I've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense to line up another job. With his permissio...

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Mentorship OR Internship - Day Trading.... Coming From Abroad !

Craige

Hello, I am an Intraday Trader in the Options segment for the past 10 years now, and, have excellent control/command over the trades that i perfrom with technical analysis and news along with handson skill that i developed by practical trading for such long. Now, I am visitng U.S. in August and wa...

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HELP: Corp Fin or Public Finance or IB

corpfinesse

Monkeys, I recently transitioned into a Corporate Finance/Development f600 financial services firm. It turns out the Dev aspect of this group won't execute for a year or two down the line. As of now, the work is mostly FP&A. I'm here to show my potential options. 1. Stick it out with the current ...

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Re-establishing relationships with people I networked with to get try to get SA offer from, but didn't get?

lakebeachadvisors

I'm a rising senior doing a SA stint at a midsize AM, and I'm starting to network again for the full-time job hunt. I did a lot of networking with people at larger AMs(which are my target), and a fair amount of them liked me, enough to refer me to get interviews, but I didn't end up getting offers f...

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Tell me a joke.

myPuppyVictoria

I went to an interview and was asked to tell a joke. I told a simple one. How would you respond? Mod Note (Andy): See more jokes in this thread from 2017: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/interview-questions-tell-me-a-joke...

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How do headhunters start to notice you?

bcrew13

Have worked corp strategy, but just received two offers from two tier 2 consulting firms and hope I might be able to transition to PE MM after a couple years. PE firms don’t typically post jobs obviously, and the way I’ve gotten jobs up to this point is networking pretty hard, so I was curious a...

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Got fired from my internship

cyoung33

So my internship (pwm) was just terminated and I guess I'm looking for a little advice. Basically what happened was this: I got arrested over the weekend for public intoxication. Spent the night in jail and saw the judge the next morning. He said If i went 30 days without getting in trouble and I...

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How to start informational interview

RandomWalkTheory

Hey everyone, So I always start called with "Hey xxx, this is yyyy, is this still a good time to talk?" and they usually respond with "Hey yyy, yea this works?" and then I feel awkward going to "Okay, so I can tell you a little bit about myself"? How should I start my calls?...

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Blackstone BAAM interview for Operations and Finance Internship

breeshz

Hello everyone, I'm currently in my second year at a European target uni and I have a phone interview with Blackstone for BAAM in Operations and Finance for an off-cycle internship in London. I've heard operations interviews are not as tough as more front office roles but what sort of questions shou...

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Interview prep for Senior Investment Banking Analyst - DCM & Leveraged Finance. Rate my prep plan?

jaanders

I don't work in investment banking right now but I'm going into my second interview for a Senior IB Analyst position at a large bank. In my first interview with the HR lady who started her career in this role said that she thought all of my skills were transferable and wants to give me a chance, my ...

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Looking for Resume Feedback (SA 2020)

b2523841

Hello - I'm looking for resume feedback. Just finished my freshman year and will be applying shortly to SA 2020 positions. I'm mainly interested in IB, but realize it will be tough after sophomore year. Willing to take other roles as well (PWM, back office, EQ, ST, etc). Definitely will be hitting u...

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Sophomore Internship: Does company name matter?

awk2129

As a rising sophomore myself, I often have varying advise from upperclassmen about how to approach my upcoming internships since I am an engineering major interested in finance/investment banking. While some suggested that I should apply for internships from well-known companies like Apple and Googl...

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