Q&A: Research Analyst at $1 Billion Hedge Fund
Hey everyone, I've been a long time user of this site, which was instrumental in getting me to where I am today. If it weren't for the help of everyone on here I certainly would not be in the position I am in today. I've been meaning to do this for a while but I would finally like to give back to the community. I am happy to answer any question from internship recruiting to PE/HF recruiting, my current role, the macro environment, investment analysis etc. All questions are welcome. I'll try and be as prudent as possible regarding answering questions and my goal is to log in a few times a day as my schedule allows.
Went to a non-target regional school in the northeast that places 1-2 kids a year in FO IB or S&T roles. We are a big feeder into ops, wealth management and accounting roles. Largely because of this site I went from being completely clueless of anything to do with banking my sophomore year to winning a summer and eventually FT IB offer.
Landed a full time offer for IB in a well-regarded M&A focused industry group of an upper middle market bank (think Jefferies, RBC, Baird). Also, I was in a regional non-NYC location, which definitely made private equity/hedge fund recruiting a challenge (happy to talk about this). I ended up moving to a hedge fund a few weeks after I hit my 1-year mark and haven't looked back.
Currently I am at a long/short equity focused hedge fund with just over $1 billion in AUM located just outside of NYC (think Greenwich, Westchester). I've been a research/investment analyst covering mainly financial names, though it is not the overall focus of our fund. Thus far, I've been on the job for ~8 months and am really enjoying the space. I've always had a passion for public investing and I can't imagine being in a better environment. Happy to answer your questions, fire away…