+33The Unserious President and His Federal Reserve Board Hacks


Taking a brief break from panic-tweeting about Joe Biden, Trump has decided to withdraw his planned nomination for Stephen Moore to the Fed Reserve Board. In his usual habit of gaslighting the nation, he once again claimed Moore withdrew himself from the process, and failed to mention just hours...

+33Cars You Would Never Get


What car would you never consider getting? I know many people that won't get luxury cars because they are depreciating assets. Nothing wrong with that but I'm looking for opinions on cars you wouldn't get because they're cliches or just plain bad.

+32What are two conflicting viewpoints that you hold?


One of mine is that I believe people should have the right to associate (example: do business with, date) with who they want, but I also believe that to discriminate against a person because of something they have very little to no control over, such as ethnicity, is wrong. What are some of...

+32What's Your Favorite Place You've Been To?


I just got back from Mexico for the second time and I'd have to say that in my limited traveling experience, it's my favorite trip. At the end of this summer and next summer before I start Full Time, I'm gonna be able to take a few more trips. The place I want to go the most is...

+32I Knew Finance was for me When...


As the title says. When did you guys decide "yep, I wanna be banker, crunch numbers and have no sleep". Was there any moment that pushed you towards finance or did you come out of the womb spitting valuations in the maternity ward?

+32What's it like at a high school reunion?


I'm not far off into my career to have gone to one, but to those who have, how was it? I'm assuming it's a lot of dudes flexing about their corporate success. Do you think that's a fair assessment? To those with experience, any other insights?

+32What will be obsolete in 10 years?


Some of my thoughts: Facebook, 99% of crappy cryptocurrency and ICOs, my virginity, etc. On a more serious note, what industries, technology, jobs, practices, etc do you think will become obsolete?

+32Is Western Civilization in decline?

pablo escobartard

Just wanted to start a conversation as it's something I ponder almost every day and I'm sure many of you have valuable perspectives

+32Living a Serious Life


I was recently watching Chappaquiddick and there was a line that stuck out to me “You can choose to live a serious or non-serious life but if you choose to live a non-serious life I won’t have much time for you.” Joe Kennedy to Ted Kennedy as a youth. That being said, what are some of...

+32NBA Playoffs '19


NBA Playoffs are in full swing. My San Antonio Spurs got knocked out by the two-bit Nuggets so I no longer have a dog in the fight. **Philadelphia vs. Toronto -- Toronto in 6** 76ers are stacked with talent, but I'm just not seeing the team cohesion and I think Brett Brown is a bust...

+31I'm never working at a small company again


Of course there's the "never say never" caveat, but for the time being I'm only going to work at big companies for the foreseeable future. I've spent the past 3 and a bit years working at 2 small (less than 25 employees) firms and although there have been some upsides,...

+31How Hard is College?


For any current college students (or former students who remember their college years), how many hours during the week do you dedicate to studying/doing homework for each class? Also, as a side question, do you feel as though college has gotten easier or harder over the last, say, 10 years,...

+31Any late bloomers or guys who missed out on a lot growing up feeling this way about life as you get older?


I might be one of the very few here but my background was atypical compared to the normal American kid. Grew up poor, didn't have a halfway decent high school experience that involved spring breaks and breaking out of your shell (high school was straight World Star lol), and college...

+31Most hated people in finance?


Who are some of the most looked down upon people ever in this industry? Martin Shkreli immediately comes to mind, but who else?

+31Informal Interview w/ thebrofessor (talking career, life, money, etc)


<em>Mod Note (Andy): Below is a recent informal Q&A between a student and <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> Super User @thebrofessor". They gave me permission to re-post on the site so more people could benefit from his responses....

+31Stereotypes of your industry?


So every industry/job has its own collection of stereotypes, Some right off the bat: * Software engineers are nerds who wear flip flops to work and enjoy craft beer * Lawyers are sleazy liars who wear nice suits * Accountants are incredibly promiscuous people with wild sex...

+31How I Passed the CFA Exams Back-to-Back-to-Back


How I Passed the <abbr title="Chartered Financial Analyst">CFA</abbr> Exams Back-to-Back-to-Back ###Level I: January 2, 2016 was the first Saturday of the year and the start of my Level I studies. At the time, I was working in real estate equity research and my hours...

+30Whats the coolest perk you've gotten from work?


We've all heard the war stories of private jets, booked clubs and models and bottles. It seems like the 'good-old-days' may have come to an end but I was curious of any recent cool experience you guys have had? Ex. Closing dinners, relationship management etc

+30Toughest Job in Finance?

Sonny LoSpecchio

TL;DR: who do you think has the toughest job in finance? It can be an individual person past or present, a specific role, or a general section of the industry. I'm Interested in everyone's...

+302019 Race/Competition Goals?


I know a bunch of people on here compete. What are your goal times for next year for your events --- 5Ks 10Ks, Marathons, Tris, etc etc etc? Whats your big race of the year? This is what I am thinking so far... Plan to do: Jan 50K (registered) - just want to finish / have fun (its a...

+30What's this forum's stance on unpaid internships?

Pump and Dump

I've read quite a bit of users on here saying that asking for an unpaid internship shows hustle, and the experience is going to help. But here's what I don't get. If the work you're doing as an intern is meaningful, and adding value then how can the firm not find a way to...

+30Forego the Facial Hair?


I’m not gonna lie – I’ve got a pretty sick beard. None of the scraggly B.S -- we’re talking thick, we’re talkin’ rich… like if Jack Dorsey and Bryce Harper and a baby that was a beard. (before, of course, Bryce shaved). But when I watch CNBC, other than the...

+30How Do You Relax?


I've been struggling with properly relaxing on my time off. I constantly think of my work and my other projects on the weekend and when I come home from work. My current activities I do to try to unwind are: lift weights, yoga and reading. I know that many of you have more strenuous...

+29Children and Demanding Careers


The more I look around, the more I realize I’m an anomaly in private equity. I’m married, in my late 20s and have two kids below the age of two. I’m managing the work hours and traveling quite well, but I was wondering if others on here are in a similar situation and how you guys manage...

+29"Self Made"


Simple question. Can you really consider yourself "self made" when your parents dropped $100,000+ on a public or private education for you? I hear people claim that their "self-made" but yet they went to a $200,000+ private school completely on their parents dime. Interested...

+29How can I get girls?


I don't want to date girls from work and, due to multiple business commitments, I can't be arsed to drag myself to a club or bar often. What is the best way to get girls? I hate online dating such as tinder. I full of messed up, average looking women. I am thinking about...

+29Thoughts on Mumble Rap?


What do you guys think of this generation's rap? Since its inception in 2011, mumble rap has taken off like crazy. Migos, Future, MGK, Lil Pump, Lil Xan, Lil "*insert random name*" and all these other "rappers" these days just don't give a damn about their...

+29Ideas for Healthy Snacks


Lately, I've been getting tired of snacking on granola bars. I consume a variety of fruits throughout the day, so what I'm looking for here is some direct substitute for granola bars. Any ideas on light and healthy snacks that you enjoy eating?

+29How did you learn to think high level?


I’ve been reading bios of a few prominent executives and have found the trajectory each takes to get to their current seat to be really fascinating. This is not to say that many or even any of these paths are straight line or replicable, but what each has in common is that at some point the...

+29AMA: Just finished managing 3 summer analysts


I’m VP at a <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr> in a <abbr title="back office">BO</abbr> role. Our cohort of summer interns just finished so thought I would do an AMA. To kick off, here’s 5 things I would advise to students after going through...

+29Why are senior bankers so tall?


I've noticed that directors and managing directors tend to be taller than average people When bankers get promoted, do they grow an extra inch or two? Is the added height included in senior bonus packages? Do <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> guys get the same...

+28What's your dating strategy?


I want to hear stories of pick up artistry, streaks (of success or droughts), or even just unexpected love stories. Mine is, I usually do a lot of sitting by the bar with some staring, drooling, and wimpering like a sad and needy puppy. Edit: for those not convinced this topic is somewhat...

+28What's your walkaway $ number?


After a bender of a boys trip to Miami, I'm sitting at my desk hungover, tired, and with a huge case of the Mondays. Don't really feel like doing any work today so been planning my Europe trip for this summer. And it got me day dreaming and thinking about some hypotheticals:...

+28Have you ever been called out on non-PC things you have said in the office?


I'm pretty PC in most situations, by context. You know who to tread lightly around, in terms of words said. Has someone ever called you out on being non-PC in the office? I've only been called out once. That I can remember. I think I was about 6 weeks into my first job after...

+28Do You Have Time for Breakfast?


I am a college student and often wake up 30 minutes before my morning class starts which usually gives me enough time to prepare myself and rush to class. For the most part, I have a small bite or just skip breakfast altogether. What is like for you guys working in IB? I know some people...

+28If you could live in any city long-term, which city would it be?


If you could land your dream job in any city you wanted, where would you like it to be? A city where you could live in for the next 20 years and be as happy as a clam in. Where would this be and why would you choose it? I'm gonna specify that it has to be a city, not a surrounding...

+28Women and Social Signaling

Mostly Random Dude

I just had an interesting conversation with a friend about social signaling in the context of dating. A common friend of ours just bought a McLaren. I recon that car is not cheap (Google did not seem to help - 100k? more?). Not that he can't afford it (he's a quant trader at a...

+27Feeling Scattered at Work

Mike Tyson

I am an Analyst at a <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> boutique. Lately I've been really scattered at work - my brain has not been functioning as quickly as it used to and I am always tired. This has been apparent since I worked for about 36 hours straight a...

+27so... what's the greatest rap song of all time?


so... what's the greatest rap song of all time? And is there any that you've patterned your life after?

+27Am I in okay shape as far as how much I've saved at age 27?


So I work in an industry that is very niche. I graduated magna cum laude from a top target school, did management consulting for awhile, and then moved into something in sales with somewhat low hours, pretty minimal travel, and when I do travel, unlike in consulting, it's usually...

+27Does anyone know why bodybuilders use steroids?


This may be the wrong forum, but I want objective views (not a tirade with a hidden agenda to defend its use), on exactly the title question. I watched some football this weekend (American football, not those skinny wimps kicking a ball around), and I noticed these guys are incredibly fit,...

+27Do you entertain/host ?


Looking to find out what are some of your epic parties. But more specifically, can someone with experience in this (from the small warmers for colleagues/networking to extravagant all out bashes on a beachfront), talk about your dos and don'ts or general rules of thumb for the...

+27What is the longest amount of hours you have worked in a week?


What are the longest amount of hours you guys have worked in one week. What was it like after you had finished that week or that task.

+27Be honest, how does it feel to be super prestigious?

Sunshine Funshine

A lot of people are in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> for the prestige and the money. As a college student, I've always wondered - for someone in a top job (i.e. MD, C-Suite, wealthy independent investor, etc) who is drowning in money, how does it feel...

+27Meal Prep Ideas

Nightman Cometh

What's Up All, So I'm kind of a big dude--definitely built but also have a somewhat noticeable gut that I can't really get rid of. I attribute part of this to the fact that I eat out for lunch and dinner every day, and am not making the healthiest choices. So, I have...

+272018 WSO Member of the year Nominations


Update Jan 18 - poll is up: Previous winners include: @Lloyd BIankfein", @fear the bulge", @Dingdong08", @DickFuld" , @BlackHat" , and @IlliniProgrammer" Vote...

+26Thinking of quitting my job and pursuing military (18X or AFSOC) - Experiences?


Long short about me: Age-26 Job- Real Estate Development/Acquisitions Compensation: Base of $110k w/ bonuses (performance & deal related) about $170-180k this year (I made about $140k last year Problem: I am bored as fuck and the path forward is lucrative but I feel like I need to do...

+26F this industry


I can tolerate late nights but this is one of the first things to make me viscerally mad. Bunch of wanna-be (or in some cases, actual) hardos. From <a...

+26Do you even lift bro?


No explanation needed for this forum the question is simply simple. Do you even lift bro? Do finance bros lift?

+26"What do you want for Christmas"


Hold off on the jokes, for now. Every year my family and significant other inevitably asks me what I want for christmas (early/mid 30's). Every year I have no ideas to supply them with outside of token fluff as I would have already purchased it if I wanted/needed it. That said, my...

+26Best Conspiracy Theories


We have all heard at least one conspiracy theory in our lives. Some completely ridiculous ones with no backing and evidence. I'm talking about flat Earthers. They are dumb, period. There are some theories that make us wonder and actually might have some backing. At the end of the day, we...

+26What are the people you knew in high school doing now?


We get all caught up in the hustle and bustle, what are some of the peers you knew in your teenage years doing now? Do you still keep in touch with them? Would you say they're generally happy with their career choice/lifestyle decisions? And how about you? Would you say you turned...

+26"F-You, I Quit!" Burning Bridge on Way Out


So in the "New York Post" today, there's an article about a sell-side analyst who uttered the aforementioned title -- "F*ck you, I quit" -- to his boss before pouring champagne all over the floor and leaving. While it'll make for a cool story and all, is there...

+26What's the worst typo you've ever made?


What is the worst typo you have ever made or seen someone make? Was there any outcome from this typo?

+26What was your undergraduate GPA?

Sunshine Funshine

So I keep seeing all of these threads that basically go along the lines of: "what GPA do I need to be successful" or "what is the minimum cutoff GPA at each firm?" so I figured I'd start a thread to cut through all the grey areas and just straight up ask people honestly...

+26Should there be a cap on how much you can get on a divorce?


Bezos got divorced. Apparently his wife has the right to half his assets. Would like to hear some opinions on this.

+25Will the Tech industry take over?


Had a question for you guys. The tech industry is the type of thing that seems too good to be true but actually turns out to be true. I have three main reasons to believe the most talented students will move in droves to the tech industry unless something changes. 1) Automation is set to...

+25How to not be cheap??


Believe it or not, I'm actually being sincere here. I need your help. I am extremely cheap. I can't stand spending any more money than I have to. If I'm spending in myself, for things like deodorant, food, beverages, gym membership, car payment, etc, I have no problem. But I...

+25As a summer Intern, I LinkedIn-endorsed my associate in Microsoft Outlook and nothing else, now he seems upset at me?


Last week of internship, my associate endorsed me on linkedin under the skills section in Excel, financial analysis, and commercial real estate investments. In return I endorsed him in microsoft outlook as a joke. Now he won't give me any good quality work to do? Earlier today I asked if...

+25Interested in a girl who's into BDSM (and I'm not)


As I write this, I am very unsure of what to do. And so, naturally, I turn to <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> to solve my problems. Here's the situation. I've gone out with a girl a couple times (we are both in college, she's a senior,...

+25Obnoxious Email Signatures


"Sent from my mobile device, please ignore typos" "**Insert random inspirational/spiritual quote**" "Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail" "**Disclaimer:** ....... " and proceeds to add 5 lines of useless words that hold no...

+25Goldie has breakthrough, replaces hate in his heart with love, creates softest and longest post to date


I'm a very angry man. I hold a lot of hate in my heart - lot of resentment and disgust. It's been growing for years. It reached a tipping point the other day and I've had a breakthrough. I remember everybody who's ever wronged me. I have a literal shit list. I've felt...

+25Ever busted for sneaking out early on Friday?


It's Friday. Summer. None of you wanna be there at work. What's the protocol for sneaking out a little early on a summer Friday, maybe right after lunch? If the boss is gone, is it doable? Or just too damn risky?

+25Food you can't stand


What food do you absolutely hate? Is there anything you would never touch in a million years? How did you come to hate it?

+25Are There Dumb Kids at Target Schools?


I'd guess most of you guys on here have - at some point in your academic careers - been the smartest guy in the room. Especially in high-school, or even gen-ed classes, and most definitely at lower-tier state schools, etc. We've all looked at certain people and asked ourselves...

+25Millennial Side Hustle


So some of the zips that work on my team continue to toss this buzz word around as if Peter Drucker coined it himself in his most recent <abbr title="Harvard Business School">HBS</abbr> Case Study. What is the deal with this 'gig economy' I keep hearing...

+25Where do the "party people" in college go?


Most of us on here (I assume) studied very hard in college, went to great schools, and networked hard to land great jobs. What happens to kids at low-prestige schools that got low GPAs and neglected their studies entirely just to party all day every day? Where do they end up? Like, legitimately,...

+25Los Angeles Finance People

Ed Chambers

Where do you live? I hate there are so few high rises in LA unlike <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> and other big cities. Any thoughts?

+25GoT Season 8 Episode 5 Discussion [SPOILERS]


Holy shit. I will edit my post with my thoughts, opinions, ideas, expectations, and predictions after I think about this. What did you guys think? One thing is for sure.. we now know how that coin landed. ***Fire away***

+24I just bought a new Maserati. Suddenly everyone on the road hates me.


So after picking it up this weekend and putting ~300 miles on the car, I am rather surprised at the amount of (negative) attention this thing gets. My old car was actually more expensive when new, but it was "just" a Mercedes. It was red. My new car is white. I'm the same...

+24Explain Your Job to a Child


If you had to explain what you did on a day-to-day basis to someone who had no idea about your industry, what would you say? Mine would be: Read the news, Type numbers into a computer, Talk about those numbers.

+24Can I bring up declining another offer in my year end review?


Monkeys, With year end reviews coming up, I'm wondering if I can tell my boss that I denied an offer to leave my current job. I denied an opportunity to get a ~40% raise, so I feel like I could potentially get my current employer to pay me more or at least get brownie points for loyalty....

+24NFL Preseason Predictions


The NBA may be months away, baseball is unwatchable, and EPL games are always on at ungodly hours, but football is right around the corner. NFL preseason games kicking off recently leads me to wonder what everyone's way-too-early predictions for this season are. Any breakout teams,...

+24Who is on Mt Rushmore in the history of finance?


My picks: Martin Shkreli Ray Dalio Jamie Dimon David Einhorn I think these are the players who should be honored when the Mt Rushmore of finance is constructed. Who ya got?

+24R.I.P. theaccountingmajor - Finally Banned

Sunshine Funshine

Hello everyone, the accounting major has finally been banned from this website. This is a sad day for the community.

+24Eagles have the best problem in sports (Wentz vs Foles)


Any other Philly Eagles fans on this board? What are your thoughts on this looming Wentz-Foles situation? Personally, I think they should keep both. But after 2019, they need to pay Wentz something like $30mm a year which drastically changes the current cap space from where it is now. My...

+24Best Part of Working in Finance?


Doctors love helping people, engineers love seeing their work come to life, teachers love enlightening the youth, and the list goes on and on. What is the best part about working in finance?

+24condom split, what would you do?


Say you were having sex with a girl and the condom split, what would you do? Assume the girl has slept with 1000+ guys. Cheers.

+24Work Life Hacks?


What little things do you guys do to make your lives way easier? I'm talking tips and tricks you guys use on a daily basis to speed up efficiency, be better, or even just enjoy life more.

+23Awkward Phone Call Moments


What are the most awkward phone call moments you have been a part of? Whether it was your fault or the other person's fault doesn't matter. I'll start. I was on the phone earlier this week with an academic program manager to learn about their prep courses for the <abbr...

+23Anyone else feel like you've lost your touch?


I was valedictorian of my HS, got into an Ivy league school, graduated with honors there, and got into a <abbr title="hedge fund">HF</abbr>, but found that the real world is kicking my ass. I've always felt like I could take on any challenges, but can't seem to...

+23Sh*t-tests: How do you deal with negative people who try to bring you down as you rise in life/career?


Hi <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, long time stalker, first time poster. As you level up in your life and career, have you ever gotten any shit-tests from anyone and how do you learn to take them under your stride as you continuously climb the corporate...

+23What do you think of delayed gratification?


Hello, monkeys. For those of you who do not know what delayed gratification is, I'll leave you the Wikipedia definition "Delayed gratification, or deferred gratification, describes the process that the subject undergoes when the subject resists the temptation of an immediate reward in...

+23What is your biggest fear?


**My biggest fear is not being able to visit all the places I want to see before I die. Or visiting all of them (about 60% done already) and having "no where else to explore."** But at that point the logical next step would be launching off a canyon edge sans parachute, so...

+23Travel Suggestions – Looking for Experiences


TL;DR: If you had 6 months to travel and had never been outside the US, where would you go and what would you do to have/create unique experiences? Hi guys – current college senior in my last semester (graduate December). I worked in <abbr title="investment...

+23Has anyone famous ever posted on WSO?


Has anyone famous ever posted on WSO? Who is the most successful person to have posted on WSO? Other than Dick Fuld of course.

+23Weed, Shrooms, What's Next?


[Canada's had medical marijuana for a while.]( [Atai is funding American studies for psychedelics to treat...

+22How to become well spoken?


Hey guys, I know this is a weird question but here goes nothing. I've recently been watching a lot of Bill Ackman videos and see that he is extremely well spoken. He has a certain composure and elegance when he speaks. How does one learn to become like that? I was raised in the french...

+22What Do You Hate Most About Corporate America?


Between all the HR bureaucracy and inflexible bosses, there are a lot of things to dislike about corporate America. I’ve even known of people who are only willing to work for startups because they can’t stand corporate culture. What are your biggest complaints and best stories about...

+22Most Overrated CIty?


What is one city that you specifically think is overrated and doesn't live up to the hype? For me it would definitely have to be Nashville. I've been there 3 time snow at differing times of the year and I just don't get the hype. The city is much smaller than you would expect,...

+22Do schools stop you from actually learning?


Thanks to the generosity of my company's founder, I am able to work full-time while still being allowed to go out of the office during the day to take classes and try to get a second degree (Government). Lately, I've been noticing that most of my REAL learning comes from me just...

+22Notre Dame fire - When probability of 0 becomes 1


Notre Dame is in flames and it is a very sad thing to see... How much do these unbelievable and tragic events remind us that our status quo can be shaken up easily? Is any method of pricing risk correct enough? Are we only pretending that we know what we are doing? How fat are the tails of...

+22What is wrong with France?


The situation in France has been troublesome for Emanuel Macron and his effort to reform the French economy. From what I have read, his policies would benefit France in the long run. Is it even possible for Macron achieve anything anymore?

+22Seeking Advice, am I ruining my career? What would you do?


Thank you in advance for taking the time to read. I am currently a recent <abbr title="Masters in Business Administration">MBA</abbr> graduate working as a Senior Financial Analyst. I am currently located in the Midwest region and have been granted the opportunity to...

+22First Date At D&B


I know this is wayyyy off topic. I'm taking this girl from tinder on a first date at Dave & Busters. Tonight (Friday) is this a good choice or should i change it to something else. I thought it would be a good idea cause we are both competitive people. How can should i establish a...

+22This is supposed to be when the fun starts


I'm newly graduated as of this past May, got a great job in a city on the east coast near everybody I went to school with. I really could not ask for a better position at this point in my life. However, I've realized that my social life has significantly fell off. This is not from...



Let's bring the crazy discussion over here. Just curious on the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> community's thoughts. I'm wondering if this just doesn't apply as most finance bros already don't give a shit about what society (women and...

+22Games of Thrones S8 E6 Series Finale Discussion [SPOILERS]


What the fuck. This episode was going so well right until Drogon left King's Landing. He should've bowed down and let Jon on his back. I know this show is supposed to never go as we want it to but c'mon man, missed opportunity for him to put everyone in their place. Imagine...

+22Thoughts on Drake album?


I think this is absolute heat, especially since Drake comes out and speaks on the topic of having a child. thoughts? fave songs?

+22Your Biggest Weakness?


I'm in the middle of Ray Dalio's "Principles". He aggressively seeks out people's personality baselines in order to have more effective communication- i.e. put a detail-oriented person with a big picture person to stay on track but produce quality work, but have them...