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The Vanguard Group - Interview - Equity Capital MarketsPresentation is diffcult, very little time to prepare and asks large variety of questions, . Group excercise just be proactive but not domineering. Technicals aren't too bad, basic dcfs ...
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Tiger Cub: Matrix Capital Management?Anyone know anything about this firm? Started by David Goel, protégé of Julian Robertson, with Paul Ferri of Matrix Partners. Have an upcoming interview with them for an intern role but ironically know nothing about them. Not much on the internet either. Any information would be appreciated. Thank...
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What Are Some Hedge Funds In Australia? Should my option be Hedge Fund over Investment Banking?I am wanting to know what are some of the best hedge funds in Australia and what is better to work in the hedge fund industry or Investment Banking, Also, how much does the pay differentiate?...
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D.E. Shaw - Review - Sales and Trading Everything. The people, the perks, the pay, the work. Everything was great and I enjoyed it all.. Nothing was really bad about the firm. We could have had more money on our seamless accounts, but that was it....
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Absolute Strategy Research - Interview - N/Aa + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2 = 6 5+6 = ?a + 2 = 6, a-2...
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Factor of undergrad Prestige in becoming a QuantI understand that becoming a quant requires at least a masters and Ph.D and that risk analysis and similar desk analyst roles are completely different jobs than investment banking, but is there a similar "target school/semi-target/non-target" attitude in which getting a quant job is largely dependen...
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BlackRock - Review - Asset ManagementGood place to work for. . Lack of structure of team mgmt sometimes. ...
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Point72 - Review - N/AReally smart and talented coworkers, culture was very friendly even though all interns were competing for full-time.. Expect lots of hours dedicated to work, even on weekends. The intern program is in its 4th year and the gender ratio is slowly improving....
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Citadel Investment Group - Review - GeneralistPrestigious company, good compensation, good culture, good perks, good resources and access to management. Culture is stiff and not cooperative. Teams/pods do not interact with each other so it can seem competitive...
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Citadel Investment Group - Review - StrategyMy co-workers are very intelligent and the work environment is very friendly. The benefits are also extremely well. The work stress is high. The turnover rate is relatively high in some teams. Other than that, I cannot think of any others....
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Point72 - Review - N/AFantastic work life balance compared to IB, with snacks in the pantry and an emphasis on learning and retention.. Due to low return offer rate, a feeling a competitiveness between fellow interns to secure a FT spot....
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SPP Capital Partners - Review - GeneralistFreedom, creative, autonomous, entrepreneurial environment, meet many industry contacts, learn a lot in this experience. Quiet office, older company, pays below street, personal trading is monitored very closely, no office culture...
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Mizuho - Review - TradingThe teams are easy - going . alot of hands on experience and get to touch a lot of different pieces learn alot. No alignment of goals - high employee turn over through "training programs' - need to cut a lot of fat ...
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Path to hedge fund /investment bank/private equityHi, Can someone please tell me the educational qualifications(path) required to become an investment banker/hedge fund manager... I'm from India... I am new here. ...
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Wharton To Wall Street?Hello all, I am currently a Sophomore in High School. I have a great interest in finance, particularity in Hedge Funds. I am reading "One Up On Wall Street" by Peter Lynch right now. I want to work on Wall St. when I graduate college, my plan of attack right now is to achieve a very competitive SAT...
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Point72 Accelerated RecruitingDid anyone else get the invite to do accelerated recruiting for Point72's Academy program? I got it, did the Hirevue, got the second round. Responded to HR's email about scheduling a time for the second round on Friday, but still haven't heard back? They're doing second rounds all this week, next we...
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Point72 - Interview - GeneralistHad to calculated compound interest of a bond in my head. The rest were mental multiplication problems. The interview is similar to the test that Point 72 makes everyone take when applying for interviews so you should run through similar problems when preparing. I used a calculator to take the test...
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Bridgewater - Interview - TechnologyThe culture interview may have been the hardest. The entire interview the interviewer looked at me in a confused manner and then after I said anything she kept asking me what I meant by what I just said. It was very unusual. Then after that there was a software engineering interview. I was only aske...
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Stock Selection for Case StudyI'm going through my watch-list looking for an appropriate stock to write a case study on that I will attach to cold emails. One stock I am considering because I have owned it for several months and already am familiar with is Micron. Is this a possibility, or will it not be taken seriously because ...
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Squarepoint Capital - Interview - Quantitative ResearchLots of tough questions in statistics, time series, probability, and brain teasers, some are derived from IMO math problems. The interviewer is reluctant to give hints. ...
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Point72 - Interview - Equity HedgeMostly mental math questions that weren't too tricky but it's important to think quickly and in your head. They don't allow you to write anything down. Some behavioral/fit questions were a bit challenging/probing but it's best to answer honestly and engage in a discussion. PM interview was based on ...
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In-house HF Case Studies - EstimatesHi - as most of us go through case studies (both equity and credit) I wanted to discuss how you approach estimates in in-house case studies. Usually, candidates have between 3 to 6 hours depending on the shop to set-up model / thesis / recommendation. One can develop a view on the asset and come ...
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D.E. Shaw Prop Tradingg InternshipDoes anyone have any experience or heard anything about the internship. All I've heard is that it is hard to get a return offer, is this true? ...
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How much does school network help in hedge funds?This is as much out of (morbid) curiosity as anything else to be honest. As someone who skipped bschool and didn't go to one of the 'top' targets I wonder: how much does school network matter for experienced professionals, especially in hedge funds. I'm thinking both undergrad and MBA. Some of wha...
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Illinois Institute Of Technology's Masters in Mathematical Finance programJust how good is IIT's MMF program with regard to the below. I don't have any past experience in Finance, I'm coming in from Tech. 1. Job offers to international students 2. Reputation of the program in the industry - any particular strengths? I have a good quantitative background - no Olympiad stu...
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How to study for hedge fund analyst position without IB background? I'm 31, spent 10 years as an entrepreneur - 2 companies: 1st was an IT firm, sold a few years ago. Second is a bio-energy startup that has several years of university r&d ahead without my input. I don't have a background in finance outside of my own companies' models and books, but have a good NYC n...
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Where can I get investing experience aside from HFs?Im a sophomore BBA student at Ross (Michigan) and I want to intern somewhere this summer that'll give me experience with investing. I've been trading since I was in middle school but now I want to learn the more conventional Wall St side of things. I'm applying to HF internships but as you guys know...
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Jane Street Capital - Interview - Quantitative ResearchMost of the questions were brainteasers. At later stages, the questions got harder. In the third interview I had to answer a hard brainteaser/combinatorics question. You have 1000 bottles of liquid, one of which contains poison. You have an endless amount of mice you can use (mice turn blue if they ...
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In my country there's a subject in university called "mathematical engineering" is it apropriate for working in hedge funds? Here I have the link of information of the career in English: http://ingenieria.uchile.cl/english-version/departments/97324/mathematical-engineering I don't know if I should study pure mathematics or "mathematical engineering", which is a degree that doesn't exist in USA. So do you think it is worth...
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Mariner Investment Group - Interview - Debt Capital MarketsThe person asking accounting questions. Being asked accounting questions and it's true. The position states they want any business major, but this is heavy on accounting (with finance being a must obviously). Don't remember the details, but I remember being asked something like this: if company XYZ ...
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Why is it bad to join a hedge fund right out of college instead going the 2 years and out route?Title is everything, I have seen countless of threads of people asking for advice to join hedge funds right out of undergrad without any IB experience but to get shut down saying its a completely bad choice....
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Sourcing Distressed Opportunities I watched an interview of George Schultze who says his company maintains a database of companies that they track into distress. In one post from Distressed Debt Investing he describes poring over any and all bankruptcy dockets 1) out of interest but 2) as a means of potentially uncovering a worthw...
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Am i competitive for a HF internship next Summer?Hi, I'm a sophomore at a top 30(but not target) university in America studying Mathematical Economics and Computer Science. I have done 3 internships before, two in software engineering and one as a quantitative trading analyst. None of these internships were at big-name companies/firms, so i'm not...
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Quant Trader/Researcher in HF. Struggling with my future-- I have decided what to do. I forgot the fact that I started in this industry knowing that it will be hard. i didn't come this far to only come this far.. best of luck to you guys all. let me know if there is anything i could help with multi-manager platform's culture, pay, fit, etc... ...
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jane street quant tradinghi, I'm a college sophomore. I recently applied to Jane Street for a summer internship. I had applied for a quant research internship but someone from jsc got back to me saying they want to interview me for quant trading internship. Apparently I have to take a first round maths test consisting of pr...
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Getting Good at Primary Research: Expert Calls and "Alternative Data"What do you think the best materials (books, blog posts, conferences, resources) are on how to be very good at (i) expert calls and (ii) using "alternative data"? (i) Expert calls: I am looking for an in depth discussion of the best questions to ask and how to "get more" out of questions I ask on ...
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How to stand out at hedge fund jobs? What are ways of standing out to your PM? What causes analysts to get fired? Other than just "have good ideas", what advice would you give on doing well in your first few years at a hedge fund? I work at a highly concentrated fundamentals focused fund. ...
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IR Salary at Hedge Funds What are the salary levels for IR Analysts/Associates/Directors/etc at Hedge Funds? Let's say Hedge Funds with over 1B AUM in major cities like NYC, LA, SF, etc...
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How to transition from Fund accounting(B.O) to H.F. (F.O)I am currently based out of India. will be joining SSC GlobeOP (Mumbai) FA team -plz suggest career path in order to shift to H.F (F.O). P.S - I have made a plan which involves 1. Networking with PB (My profile at SSC involves interacting with them for confirmation) 2. Clear CFA L-1 June'18 and th...
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PM PositionThank you in Advance for any help or comments! i am equity trader and correct on my trading more the 65% of the time .have over 10 years experience but no previous HF jobs. and looking for entry to HF PM position . is it possible to get at least an interview ? ...
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Is the grass always greener?Mid-level PE considering pursuing long/short equity positions. Curious to hear from those who have made the jump: is the grass always greener? How has your experience compared to PE junior/mid role?...
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GSA capital partners internshiphi, I'm a college sophomore. I had applied to gsa capital partners for a 2018 summer internships (I filled out the career thing on their website). A couple of days later someone from the firm reached out to me asking about the location preference. Followed by an email for an interview. The email sai...
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Elite Boutique v. Mid Size HF v. MegafundsIn the vein of many prior threads, I have a decision problem going into next summer for my rising senior summer internship. I currently have an offer from an extremely well-run credit fund that is fairly large, has a long track record, and is growing. (Unnamed to preserve some measure of anonymity) ...
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Protocol Capital Management - Interview - GeneralistWhat separates you from all the other applicants in terms of skills, mindset, and/or attitude? (Due to my lack of finance background in my work experience and classroom experience) Why should we take someone who lacks previous experience, and how do you plan to make up for it? Explain why you thin...
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Bridgewater - Interview - N/AOne unexpected thing is that the interviewer sometimes changes or restates the question as the process goes on which can be confusing. Furthermore, it is unclear what they look for from the participants and it sometimes becomes awkward knowing how much to talk, how to act, when to ask clarifying que...
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Weiss Asset Management - Interview - N/AI got a message from a staffing agency about a technical phone interview with the company. The interview is essentially a test to see your analytical and problem solving skills. There were a couple of cases that involved very simple maths and basic knowledge on options, and a couple of cases that in...
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GPA cutoff for hedge fundsWhat would the GPA cutoff be for larger hedge funds (AUM > $1.0bn) from a semi-target top 15 school? Currently working at a MM bank....
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Cold Emailed VP at Hedge Fund for an Info InterviewI sent an email to alumni who is a VP at a decent sized hedge fund/Asset Management company (7bn) with the intent of setting up an 'informational interview'. I have had a few info interviews with analysts and associates, but never with a VP. Should I expect anything different? Should I do anything d...
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Which job should I take to land a HF role?Trying to decide between two job offers. I'd like to work in a quantitative role on the buy-side but not sure which of these would help more in getting there: Offer 1: well-known consulting firm. My job would entail doing quantitative modeling in Python/R (time series analysis, ANOVA, etc), and it ...
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How to name a hedge fundIn case anyone is looking to start a new hedge fund and is still struggling with finding a great name, you're welcome: [click here](http://www.hedgefundnamegenerator.com)...
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Contrarian Capital ManagementDoes anyone have any info on the culture/reputation of this firm? Haven't been able to dig up anything on WSO....
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Apex Capital Holdings interview in officeI have a full-time interview with them coming up. This is my first prop shop interview and I don't know anyone who has interviewed with them before. Anyone have any sights of what to expect?...
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HF Interview Stock Pitch: what the market thinks?I've been reading through some HF interview guides and sample stock pitches, and one topic keeps popping up that I'm having some trouble with: How do you know how the "market" is underwriting their assumptions from a valuation standpoint? For example, the market thinks Company A's North America se...
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Distressed / Special Sits HF view on background?Hi all, seeking advice from hiring managers / PMs who are currently in distressed / special situations funds. Recruiters too. My background - Based in Asia (think HK / Singapore), college in Asia, started in PWM as a multi-asset class investment analyst, transitioned to IBD after 2 years with an in...
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Element Capital Management?I recently obtained an interview with a hedge fund called Element Capital Management in NYC for a summer internship position. From what I understand its a macro fund, mostly quantitative, and around 4 billion AUM. Would appreciate it if anyone has any more information on this fund, i.e. culture, peo...
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Point72 Wonderlic TestI recently submitted my Wonderlic online assessment for Point72. It has been about a week and I have not heard anything. I assume they have cut me at this point, but does anyone have experience and knows how long this usually takes?...
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Consulting Cases Value Add to ResearchFor those that have worked in the industry a meaningful number of years, do you feel that studying management consulting cases has enhanced the value of your company analysis?...
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Cryptocurrency has potential to cause crash similar to 2008aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...
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Please explain prop trading deals to me...I am used to hedge fund style payouts (2% and 20% etc), and am trying to understand a prop trading deal that I have been told is pretty typical. The deal is you put up some Minimum Trader Equity (MTE), and the firm puts up 9x your capital. They then lever that up 6 times. The trader then gets 33% o...
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Investment Model Results - Any Good?Hi Everyone, I'm new to WSO, but I've been trading and modeling for few years. I've developed a new model that trades equity index futures, commodity futures, and a bond ETF. Assuming a 100K investment, I'm getting these results: YEAR...............................10 YEARS.....7 YEARS........ 5 ...
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MS Economics or MS Data Science / technical skills & experience needed for macro fundMy Bachelor's is in economics and my background is in equity research with about a year in crude oil tankers. I genuinely enjoy macroeconomics and I'd like to join a macro fund (eventually). I've been accepted to both a MS Econ and a MS Data Science. **Which is a better route to eventually working...
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Do PMs put their track record on their LinkedIn Hello WSO, I know this might rub people the wrong way. But hey, I'm in the mood of starting this Fri with a bang. I've browsed through thousands of LinkedIns of PMs and so far, I've encountered only three that explicitly stated their Sharpe ratio, AUM and trading period. My question is why is it ...
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How do I transition from prop trading to doing Quant strategies for a HF?I'm looking to transition from prop trading (wholesale power) to developing and implementing strategies for a hedgefund / large bank. I've written a masters thesis and working on a line of papers (first one already out) on using text mining and ML algorithms to predict commodity prices. Is there a b...
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Citadel Surveyor Capital Business Analyst PositionHi all, I saw this opening at Citadel. It's not a core function as it's not a trading / research role. It seems more of a corporate development / internal consulting role. I couldn't find much information about it but wanted to see what the WSO consensus would be for a role with these responsibilit...
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Point72 modeling testAll, does anyone have info on the P72 modeling test? It's supposed to be half an hour. This is for L/S equities and for an experienced role (i.e. equity analyst). Anything is much appreciated... ...
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FOF PM Analyst offer vs DCM analyst offer - Advice needed!!Currently, I have 2 offers, one is from a large FoHF (>10b AUM) while another is from a small boutique IB in their DCM division. I am leaning more towards the FoHF offer due to its reputation in the industry. Some of my friends advised me to take up the DCM offer and move on to a BB later. However, ...
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I am a Hedge Fund recruiter AMAI work with equity L/s arms of the multi-managers and single managers. A little about me: I don't come from typical financial services major nor have I ever wanted to be an IP myself. All the same, I love my job and don't wouldn't trade it or my firm for the world. Happy to answer some questions as ...
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Making a Move: Retail Banking to Investor RelationsI'm an internal wholesaler who is looking to make a move into an investor relations role. I have the sales background along with other retail investment banking experience. I was thinking that this sort of move might be a good idea and if in the right setting prove to be profitable. I have started ...
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Blockhouse Capital - Interview - N/AThere really weren't any unexpected questions as they were mostly fit, like: Tell me about yourself. What has been your favorite course in university? What is your greatest weakness? What topics has your coursework covered? Why Blockhouse Capital? Overall, all the questions were made more difficult...
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Undergrad Advice for FinancePrinceton ORFE vs. Econ? Any thoughts on which of these degrees is better for a career in finance? Which would you choose?...
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