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WSO Hall of Fame: Investment Banking Forum The Wall Street Oasis Investment Banking Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the investment banking industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navi...
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Dilemma: Quantitative Finance VS Finance?Hey monkeys, Freshman undergoing a dilemma right now. I was recently admitted to (arguably) the best major in an Asian target university: BSc in Quantitative Finance, and I have a choice between this and a regular BBA in Finance. Just a few pros and cons in my mind: Pros: * The former has a ver...
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Ducera Interview ProcessHi guys, I wanted to ask if anyone has gone through the interview process for Ducera; if so, any information would be greatly appreciated regarding the nature of first-rounds and superdays (e.g. technical v. fit) as well as qualities they seem to be looking for in candidates. Thank you...
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Quitting major Investment Bank in NYC after 2 months...?Hi guys, I am in a weird situation and would love to hear out some opinions. Two months ago, I started working as and IBD analyst at one of the top 3 IB banks in their NYC HQ. However, I managed to get (what I believe is) a better job opportunity for me in the meantime and now I am thinking about qu...
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Info interview: "I rec. connecting with others in your network"Hey guys, so i'm probably over-thinking this but this is what happened and wanted to know your guys's thoughts: I reached out to someone at a BB through a mutual connection and he told me about a deal he worked on etc, it was interesting. I followed up with a thank you and asking if he wouldn't mind...
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2018 Sophomore Summer Analyst Recruiting Megathread PageIt's that time of year again, wasting countless hours trying to get into a BB sophomore banking internship. Don't worry all the hard work will hopefully at least get you into a boutique internship this summer. Best of luck and here are some of the sophomore diversity/non-diversity programs and recru...
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Wait until I begin future internship or apply now? I'm a rising sophomore at a non-target setting my sights on 2018 BB Sophomore SA. Applications for many banks have already opened. Should I apply now, or wait until I have resume bullet points for a PE internship that I start in September? If apply now, then how should I list the future internsh...
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2018 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread PageSee the 2018 Full-Time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page here EARLY RECRUITMENT PROCESS / APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS I want to establish a single place where all students can come come to share knowledge, questions, information, and concerns regarding investment banking summer anal...
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2018 Full-Time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread PageSee the 2018 IB Summer Analyst recruiting megathread here Updates: * Wells Fargo is only accepting applications on July 12th for FT IB and S&T. * Goldman Sachs applications will open July 15th * [Guggenheim is open.](https://guggenheim.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External_Careers_Site/job/N...
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Prepping for IB Summer Analyst InterviewsThose who have gotten SA offers from BBs or EBs, currently or in the past, let's say you have a super day in 2 weeks, what is the best way to go about reviewing for it ensuring you are prepared enough to get an offer (Technicals, Behaviorals, everything). Assuming you have learned the technicals al...
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JP Morgan First-Round SA IB Invitations are Out! (Mid-August Superday)Phone screen invitations for the JP Morgan Technology SF IBD are out. superday is in mid-August. Anyone have experience with JP Morgan phone screens, especially the technology office in San Francisco?...
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How much harder are FT interviews vs SA ones?My assumption is that since FT recruits are typically higher risk to the firm, they need to be a lot more stringent during interviews to make sure that the candidate is competent. So for those who have gone through both SA and FT recruiting, to what extent were the interviews more difficult? Details...
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Internship+ Working+ School Stress city!Good Evening fellow chimps, Facing turbulent times and I could use some advice. I am attending Tulane with only one internship (assistant to a Financial Adviser) under my belt. I am currently getting kicked out of my parents place so I will have to work part time to support myself. Has anyone work...
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How Are These Notes I've Taken on Trading Comps?I have been taking general notes on trading comps. Critiques? * Typically see an output page and input page. * Input page - You put in all the data. * Output page - Takes the data and presents it for analysis. * On the output page, you’ll see a list of comparables (target company and i...
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First Things To Know When Getting Into Investment Banking?Hey, everyone. I am interested in investment banking but I'm curious which is the best route to take, in regards to learning. I'm learning about trading comps right now and will learn about DCFs after. What is the logical course? I have the Investment Banking Rosenbaum book. Should I just follow...
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Note to People Networking - Don't Copy & Paste EmailsFriendly piece of advice - if you're sending out networking emails, please don't copy and paste them word for word with the only thing that is different being who the email is addressed to, especially if this is after some event and not an out of the blue cold email. I was in my VP's office and noti...
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Beer with a Banker For context: I spoke with this alum a few weeks ago and he said his IB story was more of a beer conversation than a phone call story. He also said he would be happy to meet with me if I came to NYC. Here is the email I have drafted: [name] I am planning to be in NYC August 11th-12th. If your sche...
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Rothschild Networking ReceptionAnyone here get invited to the 2018 Summer Analyst Networking Reception at Rothschild? Do you think its worth the trip to NYC? Anyone go in the past?...
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Interview Question : Tell me about a recent dealHey Monkeys, I am pretty sure this question has been asked on this forum before but I was unable to find any recent answer on this topic. As you all know the recruiting is starting and I am preparing for interviews my question is that how detailed your answer should be of the below question? "tell...
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Titles at Citi vs BAML vs Morgan StanleyHi, I wanted to ask for some advice from folks who have worked in MS, Citi and BAML on the seniority of the titles I am being offered. I'm currently an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and have two offers on the table to move - Senior Vice President at Citi or Director at BAML. At Morgan Stanl...
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IB prospects and tips for 2018 - please help!My background - I am a rising senior at a non-target (Iona College) with a 3.6 cum, 3.7 major GPA (Finance). I am entering my 3rd year but am a senior because of excess credits and am able to finish a 4-year program a year early. Currently, I'm interning as a Finance Project Managerment intern at ...
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2017 Investment Banking Analyst BonusesFellow Monkeys, Anybody have any data points on IB analyst bonuses for 2017. Firm: XXX Year: XXX Bucket: XXX Amount (USD): XXX...
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How I got a job at a top Investment BankSo, I, like, work at this, like totally big investment bank. So, in high school, I was, like, totally slut shamed for sleeping with half of the football team. And I was so oppressed by the white male patriarchy. Because, I mean, when guys sleep around, they are rewarded, but when women sleep around,...
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Credit Suisse Top Talent Program 2017 Has anyone heard back about the offers from the women's ibcm program yet? I know the recruiters said sometime this week. ...
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S&P Dow Jones Indices Offer - Should I take it or continue gunning for IB?Hi guys, I'm a Junior that just got an offer to work at S&P Global's Dow Jones Indices Finance/Analytics internship. Has anyone done this internship/knows anyone who did so I can get some insight?...
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WACC for different industriesHey guys, I was wondering if anyone could help explain how WACC might be different for industries? I understand that debt is cheaper than equity, and that start-ups would have less debt than mature companies, but what about between industries? Specifically, I am looking for how WACC differs betwe...
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Company Interview: Cantor Fitzgerald - AssociateAll interviewers (analysts to VPs) asked fairly detailed technical/modeling questions. Was asked to walk through a start to finish DCF model and the formulas for each variable in the model as well as standard questions around different types of valuation methods. While these were standard questions ...
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WF Summer 2018 IB Accelerated InterviewI have my first round interview for Wells Fargo 2018 Summer Analyst in IB coming up, I was wondering what the interview consisted of - I've heard there's been a lot of technicals in the past. ...
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Lateraling GuideMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #28 and was originally posted 6/21/2015. I recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top MM and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I gathered and wished people had told me...
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Has Anyone gotten answers for the RBC Capital Markets Diversity ScholarshipHi, Was just wondering if anyone has got an answer from RBC for their Capital Markets Scholarschips for Women and Diversity...
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RBC or Jefferies NY IB HELPRBC or Jefferies NY IB??? Help Based on: Exit Opportunities Brand name Deal flow Anything really ...
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Citi Application Glitch?Was applying to Citi for SA 2018. On the last page of the app (only the "review and submit" section comes after). When I clicked at the bottom to move on, the same page would come back up with all of my 'previous employment' boxes highlighted in red, denoting "this field required." After many unsucc...
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Can foreign military veterans apply for "veteran" programs in IB?I know this might be a stupid question but I really had to ask. While I was searching up different positions just for the sake of looking up, I found out about these veterans programs where if you were part of the military you can apply. Well, I know it might be obvious to assume that when banks s...
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J.P. Morgan HireVue: What to expectI applied for an analyst position at J.P. Morgan. I immediately got an automated reply telling me to continue on HireVue. I did some digging through WSO and I still have some questions. 1. Are you allowed multiple tries? It seems J.P. Morgan allowed this for the Wealth Management Jr. Analysts, but ...
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Barclays Accelerated Process (Summer 2018 IBD)Anyone else get selected for this? I got an email saying to apply by June 25th. Thought I would start a thread for this to discuss timelines, interviews, etc....
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Strangest thing you've seen/heard at work?One of the things WSO has shown me is to not always judge a book by its cover -- some of you have some real interesting things that happened to you. That said, what are some of the most strangest things that have happened to you while you were busy working away? Or something that's happened while yo...
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Investment Banks DallasFellow Monkeys, Does anyone have suggestions on small Investment Banks in Dallas? Currently trying to break in the Dallas investment banking community and figured this would be the best place to start in the immediate term. Thanks...
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Investment Banking Interview - Firm Asking for Project or Report Sample, Which to Choose?Hello all, was wondering if I could get some thoughts on this. A boutique financial advisory firm followed up with my application for an investment banking analyst position. They are asking for a school project or a properly redacted report I prepared for an employer. They said they are are looking...
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Worst internship stories (investment banking)Thought I would share the shitshow of an internship that has taken up my summer, but also challenge all you monkeys to share your worst internship stories as well. I am currently on the tail end of an internship abroad in Hong Kong. The very structure of the internship seemed strange to me. The de...
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IB Credit Risk vs. Commercial Banking Credit RiskDoes anyone know what the difference is between the IB credit risk analyst and the commercial banking credit risk analyst. The work they do sounds like the same such as assess the creditworthiness of counterparties. Can anybody help? Thx!...
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Cantor Fitzgerald M&AI have seen posts about Cantor IB and their super day last fall, but none of them seem to mention the M&A team in particular. I am in the interview process for that team and am curious what it's like / how it's different....
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ignoring follow up emailSay you spoke with someone or met up with someone, and you email them after saying thanks and asking them to connect you to other ppl and they ignore you, do you still continue to try to talk to that person? Or do you move on?...
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Help with Understanding CredentialsHey, guys. I am interested in going into IB but I understand that I probably will not land anything with the BB banks because I go to an off-target, this is my senior year, and I have no internships under my belt (though I am pursuing some fall, winter, or spring opportunities). I was curious what ...
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Company Interview: Goldman Sachs - Investment Banking Summer AnalystIf I gave you a report that you've never seen before, how would you go about checking for errors? Everything else was pretty standard. Not many technical questions at all, mostly the classic fit questions. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------...
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Company Interview: JP Morgan Securities - Summer IB AnalystWalk me through your resume. Why this group? Specifically why do you want this group in SF as opposed to our group in NYC that may cover something more relevant to you? Can you tell me whether the deal you talked about was a fair purchase price or if you believe they overpaid? Walk me through a DCF....
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Citi Early Identification Program Has anyone heard back regarding the Early Identification Program in terms of next steps aside from the forms/registration?...
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Advice for an unconventional break into IBI've been lurking for quite a while and finally decided to post. I've read many other posts that have given me a lot of insight into some of my questions, but none quite as specific to my situation as I would have hoped for. I'm hoping you guys can shed some light on what the best method would be in...
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Biotech IB... top groups/offices?Hi everyone, I am a sophomore about to start at a boutique which covers mainly Biotech. I was wondering if anyone had any insights into the strongest offices for Biotech IB. I already tried to search through other topics on this site, but all answers were either relatively old (2009 or older) or re...
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Should I Just Go Boutique Firms? Hey, everyone. I go to an off-target in North Carolina with a 3.51 major GPA in economics (business minor as well). I got interested in IB a little too late - fall semester of junior year so I didn't really understand the full swing of networking and applying for internships. I still want to pursu...
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A reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan to a pretty girl seeking a rich husbanda guy emailed me this, anyone has any idea of where this was originally posted? ------------------------------------------ A reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan to a pretty girl seeking a rich husband A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum: Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy...
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Interview adviceHave an interview soon - I think one of the questions they are likely to ask is "Where would you invest today?" Would appreciate everyone's thoughts on what a good response to that is. I think the answer can combine asset classes (Equity, HY, IG Bonds, Commods etc) and sectors/industries. Would ...
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Credit Suisse 2018 Summer Analyst RecruitingSince Credit Suisse opened up their applications so early this year, did anyone hear back about their application to the 2018 investment banking summer analyst program yet? ...
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How would you approach alumni on LinkedIn?Hello guys so I am basically trying to network with some alumni in order to increase my chances of securing some work experience for next summer. My method until now has been to message them introducing myself and saying that I was interested in the field they work at. However, this has not been suc...
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Company Interview: Macquarie Capital - macquarieWhat do you think is your weakness? I did not expect this kind of competence questions at all, i was expecting more technical questions from the head of research. He did not ask me any question about stock pitch, perhaps it is because i do not have any experience about it or it is just simply becaus...
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Any UK themed SA threadThe title says it all really, I'm looking for people from the UK to discuss SA roles. All other threads seem to be US focused. Anyone know which apps are open? I know GS is....
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State of IB in AustraliaMoving out of NY ever so briefly, I was wondering what people in Aus IB roles have to say about the industry at the moment. I have secured an internship for this summer but I heard from someone who would now that MS in Melbourne had 550 people apply for 2 positions. Anyone else starting later this y...
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Should I indicate that I previously applied to the bank in the application?Most applications usually ask you if you have applied to the company before. If I applied to the company last year for SA, should I indicate that I applied to the company last year? How does the company interpret this? Thanks....
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General lateraling advice: Current SA at regional boutique seeking to move locations, ideally to a different firmFinish a SA gig with a boutique in two weeks and seek to lateral to a particular location with a different firm, no preference BB or boutique. Will very likely receive a return offer; that will be known for sure in two weeks. Seeking advice on the following: What is the timeline to start networkin...
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BB IBD summer analyst GPA cut-offs in Asia/Europe/Middle EastI'm a student at a top target (Ivy/Stan/MIT) with a 3.3-3.4 GPA looking to apply to IB summer analyst roles outside of the US, specifically in London, India and the Middle East. I was wondering if anybody had any idea about cut-offs for those regions. I know that in the US, a 3.5 GPA is sort of the...
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Middle of SA 2018 Recruitment NetworkingI'm currently in the middle of applying to IB SA 2018 positions, and have gotten around to networking with alumni (non target). I first spoke with them last year, and asked them questions like their path to banking, what they like, etc., and have kept in touch with them. What are some questions I c...
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Morgan Stanley first roundsAnyone know when we will hear back whether we got an interview? This is for early action ...
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Commercial Real Estate Lending to IB?Thoughts on making this transition? I currently underwrite debt for smaller property acquisitions - like $1-10MM. I'm in a market with some IB presence, but not a ton. I'd probably have 2 years experience when transferring. I thought I wanted to do real estate when I was in school, and I enjoyed my ...
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Blackrock Cut Bonuses - Who's Next?Hey Monkeys, A story just broke out that BlackRock is cutting bonuses due money flowing into passive funds. Many of us choose roles in Asset Management for increasing out skill set,exit opportunities , and (a very important part of overall comp) the bonuses. Curious to see what others think about c...
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Best Koru result?Since it seems like a lot of banks (Citi, DB, WB) are using Koru to vet applicants, and we can see our Koru results, what do y'all think the best thing to get from it is? Does it vary by bank? http://www.joinkoru.com/koru-7/ for descriptions of each result. Personally, I would think Grit/Polish are...
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WUSTL vs. CornellHey guys, I know that these threads have been beaten to death, but after scouring them, I am rather unclear about the recruiting options at WUSTL. I have read forums where people say recruiters refer to it as a community college, and I've read others where they say it has a strong presence in IB. I ...
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Fall analyst as a sophomore?I'm going to be a sophomore at a target (HYP) this fall. Currently in an internship not super related to finance at all (marketing) unless you count sales. I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile to even apply for a fall analyst position this semester? I'll be taking harder classes in the fall and ...
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Company Interview: Wells Fargo Securities - 2018 Summer AnalystWhy ECM/DCM/M&A? (You had to choose 3 top choices of product/industry groups once you were selected for a first round interview. I was not prepared to answer fully why each group, other than that I had experience in them with school projects). Tell me about yourself (pretty standard). Tell me abou...
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Is IBD superior to S&T and ER?Hey guys, today when we interns (no name boutique/lower MM) had our lunch break, a guy said: "I think Equity Research is the easiest to break into, compared to sales & trading and IBD" Is that true generally? Is there any hard data supporting this position? I have thought about pursuing ER in the fu...
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Why is Goldman Sachs considered the most prestigious of all investment banks?Personally I think J.P Morgan is more prestigious, and Goldman Sachs suddenly got powerful after 2008....
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Moody's - Corporate DevelopmentDoes anyone have any information on this group? Would corporate development in Moody's be an interesting role? Exit opportunities? Viewed highly by business school? Compensation? Thanks for any help...
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Transition to IB from Finance? Hello all, I'm a financial analyst at a top private equity firm (Apollo, BX, Oaktree, Carlyle). I've been on the job for just about 1 year. Most people I work with came from private banking, corp dev, and investment banking. Some people left to go into IB but that was before my time. I turned down ...
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What are the chances for an Asian international student for IBD?Hello Monkeys, I just wanted to ask if my chances of making it into IBD as an Asian international student were okay or not. It's my first post and I hope this is not a dumb post as I didn't see many posts relating to what I am asking now. To provide some background about myself, I am an internati...
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To All My Future RainmakersDisclaimer This post isn't meant to be a salty venting, but more of a sharing some of my self-realizations from the past year on things that I wish I had fully understood 12 months ago. “Congrats on closing your deal!” “You were a rockstar on this one – we couldn’t have done it without ...
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SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive ReviewMod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #13 and was originally posted 2/22/2015. I’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding STRH and I wanted to write a full review of the firm. I think the mini reviews in the Fir...
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Internship advice entering third year at semi-target I am entering my junior year at a semi-target studying Econ and doing a masters program in Finance for my fifth year and am interesting in IB. I'm currently working at a middle-market PE firm for the summer. I have to take classes starting mid-july summer 2018 as part of my program so I'm unsure if...
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LSE MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences vs King's College London MA Political Economy Hello, I will graduate the University College London in this summer (BA archaeology) and expected result is 2:1. Before I get a job in finance industry I would like to go graduate school and I'm currently holding offers from LSE - MSc Philosophy of the Social Sciences UCL - MA philosophy King...
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Private equity exit - MM experience vs. BB experienceI am interning in Europe and wondering why the biggest PE-funds tend to hire people from BB, and not from MM banks. What is the main difference in terms of deal experience between MM deals and BB deals, in terms of importance for PE? ...
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Investment Banking in the UK - An OverviewI’ve noticed a few more UK-related questions popping up and as this site has (understandably) been very US-centric over the last 5-10 years I thought a brief overview of what the industry is like in the UK would be helpful. **Who Are The Firms?** * **Bulge Brackets** – the usual suspects * ...
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Why you should go to a CUNY or SUNY school for collegeYou see gang, CUNY and SUNY schools aren't horrible. It's what the people on this think it is, but in all honesty its really not. Sure CUNY or SUNY isn't Harvard that doesn't mean that you cant get a good education. You make your experience, remember that. Baruch isn't terrible, it's great for BO an...
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Perella Weinberg U.A.E, any insight ?? Hello, Just would like an insight about PWP U.A.E based desk ? (culture, exit, deal flow..) Topics are mostly about NY desk... thanks ...
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Whats the point of investment banking?I've been on this forum for a while now, and I just can't stop thinking about this. "Whats the point of investment banking?" What value do you bring to a investment bank that makes them pay you anywhere from $100k to over $1,000,000 if you are a partner? Literally you're just being somebody's slave ...
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Company Review: Founders Investment Banking - Founders Investment Banking - Opportunities for GrowthExcellent culture- Even those at the lowest levels are actively encouraged to participate in deal-related and social activities. Investment banking requires the ability to juggle multiple priorities, and work can come in peaks and valleys...
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Piper Jaffray 1st round SA interview hey, so PJC notified people who got 1st round interviews yesterday, and I was wondering if anyone had done a 1st round with them before and has any insights. The email said it's mostly about your background with some behavioral and technical questions. I'm mostly curious if people have gotten fair t...
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Anybody know any information on the Arma Partners US offices?Hey all, Have seen Arma Partners in the news recently regarding a few of their recent deals. I was curious if anybody knew anything about the culture/reputation/compensation at this firm for their US offices....
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Recruitment in Paris after a MSc in London?I am an EU student (not French) studying a MSc Finance at a top UK school (think Oxford/Cambridge/LSE/LBS). I do not speak any French (although I understand most of it since my partner is French), and after graduation I kind of *have* to move to Paris. I have been wondering, has anyone here (non-Fre...
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Analysts and Associates at Boutiques-MM IBs/PE funds, do you mind being cold messaged on LinkedIn?I have been messaging quite a few analysts and associates with strong response rates, but I don't know how they feel about this. Would you prefer if I reached out to you via email? Does this come across as a little unconventional/unprofessional? Again, due to the relatively high response rate, I fee...
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Poor GPA, Target School: How to Approach FT Networking?Hi all, I'm a rising senior at a target school with a shitty gpa (approx 2.9). There's no reason to beat around the bush here, but I had some family issues that lead to some excessive partying and shirking of responsibilities (which became a bit of a vicious cycle). Regardless, the summer has been ...
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Banks that offer summer internships to Freshman?So I will be a freshman this upcoming school year and I am looking to have an investment banking/private equity related internship next summer. I need to make money to live in college but I didn't know what banks/firms would offer a paid internship (it doesn't need to be much, just a few thousand) t...
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Investment Banking Associate Interview - Boutique Firm TorontoI have an interview coming up for an associate position with the Managing Partner/CEO at a Boutique firm in downtown Toronto. I have a background in middle office market risk for securitization desk of which I switched out of to work in Corporate Development at a real estate firm as a senior analy...
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How to deal with the Disability SectionSo I am a Type I Diabetic, which means that if my blood glucose levels are not properly monitored I can have seizures. It is very different than type II and is considered a chronic disease. This hasn't happened to me in years and was really only a major concern when I was a child. When applying to ...

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