Most overused phrase in finance

Curious what you think are the most overused buzz-phrases in finance. To the point they are completely devoid of meaning

I'll start with: "superior returns"

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
1y 

"private equity approach to public markets investing"

  • 4
1y 
Bullishbreed, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Low hanging fruit, greenfield/whitespace opportunity, this is the new uber for --

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1y 

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1y 
excel_master, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mission critical, buy down multiple, go to market, deep domain expertise, thematic approach, toehold investment, strong value creation,…

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  • VP in IB-M&A
1y 

Back of the envelope

  • Intern in IB - Gen
1y 

"Provide clients with superior risk-adjusted returns"

1y 
JuulAddict, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"This shouldn't be too hard"

  • 2
  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
1y 

"Would be great to see..."

  • 1
  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
1y 

Leverage 

"Let's leverage our knowledge", "Let's leverage this opportunity", "We need more leverage", "I have leverage over him, because he slept with my wife" etc. 

  • 2
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
1y 

"ETA?"

1y 
Attack_Chihuahua, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The phrase "Let's Circle Back" was how I knew Psaki had been a consultant without ever having heard her name before.

  • 1
  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
1y 

I've never heard the word "revert" so much as I did when I started banking. Now I can't stand that word. Same thing with "circle back" and "light comments."

1y 
deals1228, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I' m in LMM. "Proprietary technology/process" for a company that is completely undifferentiated. "Platform", "blue chip customer base" or something similar, "growth levers", "diversified revenue streams", "adjacencies", "margin expansion", "operational efficiencies", "turnkey", "value-add", "tailwinds", "ramp" or "runway for growth", " seasoned management team", "thx", "turn", I could keep going but I'm going to keep drinking

  • 1
1y 
Chum01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"Tech-enabled, end-to-end platform"

  • Investment Analyst in HF - EquityHedge
1y 

Illustrative (so we don't get sued.)

1y 
chihayafull, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"How do we get comfort/conviction that…[anything completely unhelpful to the discussion]."

"How do we know all the customers won't just leave as soon as we buy?" We don't bro. But maybe look at the 20 pgs of customer / churn analyses that are highlighted as investment highlight #2.

Also, "let's be thoughtful about…" 

So do you have an actual point or do you want me to just think more? 

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goldarmor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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  • Principal in PE - Other
1y 

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