Road to fixed income/ credit buy-side

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Ok guys, long time lurker, first time OP.

I currently work in a commercial credit/ underwriting role at a small bank in the midwest (not chicago... further north), am mid- MBA and also a CFA candidate. I would eventually love to go buy-side in a fixed income/ credit research role. I know the links between ratings agencies and AM/ HF are strong, but how will my current background translate into a role at Moody's or S&P etc?

What other avenues should I consider?

Btw, not super interested in IBD.

Fire away

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9/28/12
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9/28/12

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think ratings agencies to buyside is a common leap. What type of MBA are you doing at the moment? How many CFA exams have you completed?

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9/28/12

After researching previous threads, there was enough evidence that, if you're good, you can make the move. Obviously nothing will fall in your lap, you have to network your ass off and prove your worth. I'm not saying anything different. This is my passion and I really think that will help me distinguish myself. I am just looking for input from guys in the know.

I am taking Lvl 2 in June, currently taking a full time course load and working full time.

Basically, going for the MBA to rebrand myself, gain access to the network and OCR.

 
9/28/12
Nakaldun7913:

After researching previous threads, there was enough evidence that, if you're good, you can make the move. Obviously nothing will fall in your lap, you have to network your ass off and prove your worth. I'm not saying anything different. This is my passion and I really think that will help me distinguish myself. I am just looking for input from guys in the know.

I am taking Lvl 2 in June, currently taking a full time course load and working full time.

Basically, going for the MBA to rebrand myself, gain access to the network and OCR.

Sounds like you definitely have the commitment. Wasn't trying to be a dick either, just hadn't seen that transition before. Wish I had something of more value to add but I'm not on the credit side and it seems like you are doing just about all you can be doing at the moment.

"For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary full of vodka, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen."

 
9/28/12

No offense taken. I appreciate the input. Always helps to have another set of eyes to go over options.

 
9/29/12

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