Wow, is this forum representative of sell side research as a whole?

Largely unpopular and less sexy than banking, hedge funds, and basically any other part of the financial services industry. Equity research as obviously taken a tumble. What do you guys think can be done to strengthen this field?

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May 27, 2007 - 7:10am
vfrex:
Largely unpopular and less sexy than banking, hedge funds, and basically any other part of the financial services industry. Equity research as obviously taken a tumble. What do you guys think can be done to strengthen this field?

Is this some sort of dumb joke? Hedge funds unpopular? More like over-saturated with the top hedge funds accumulating massive returns. Take a trip to Greenwich and Manhattan to see how "unpopular" hedge funds are.

Equity research, on the other hand, has seen better days before the advent of hedge funds and sarbanes.

May 27, 2007 - 10:23am
sternfox:
vfrex:
Largely unpopular and less sexy than banking, hedge funds, and basically any other part of the financial services industry. Equity research as obviously taken a tumble. What do you guys think can be done to strengthen this field?

Is this some sort of dumb joke? Hedge funds unpopular? More like over-saturated with the top hedge funds accumulating massive returns. Take a trip to Greenwich and Manhattan to see how "unpopular" hedge funds are.

Equity research, on the other hand, has seen better days before the advent of hedge funds and sarbanes.

I have to agree with vfrex on this one. If you do have a job in banking, youre bound to get slaughtered come bonus time for lack of attentionjn to detail :)

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May 27, 2007 - 8:10am

In fact, I do. Considering that many ex-banking MBA's are going either to top Hedge funds or Private equity, you're frankly badly misinformed.

Not to mention, calling banking "sexy" when at the analyst level it's frankly a crappy job considering the hours and the relatively low compensation. Many Entry level PE analysts and Hedge fund analysts from good firms make almost as much with about 65-80% of the hours.

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