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+302Acing the investment banking analyst interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/13</em> Been a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of <a...1304 months 1 week ago
+20715 things I wish I knew as a first year banking analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post originally went up 2/10/13 and is a must read for all those starting their FT roles</em> I was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as a banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee...1565 months 5 days ago
+175On the Job With Simple As… My Research ProcessWhen I did my AMA thread a while back I promised at least one person that I would share my general research process. So here you go... Every analyst has his/her own way of conducting due diligence. There certainly is no one correct way to come to an investment decision, however, I’d argue...1412 months 2 days ago
+167IB Analyst Disaster.Haven't seen this post in a while, and I'm interested in hearing everyones stories. Below I've included my own story, which happened at a large boutique firm on the east coast. It's lengthy but hopefully a worthwhile read. To begin, I'm in the office it's...54
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+1635 years ago, I was fired from Oliver Wyman. This is what I learned from it.Five years almost to the date, I was fired from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Oliver Wyman</a></span> (after 11 months at the firm, straight out of ugrad). This is when...764 months 3 days ago
+158What I Wish Every First Year Analyst KnewChimps, after working with all of our first years at our firm on several deals, I’ve found that I’m frequently getting asked for tips and tricks that I wish I had known as a new analyst. Now, that being said, this may or may not be helpful to share with the forum, but either way, I’ve...422 months 1 week ago
+148Never, ever, ever, give up. I know it's a jungle out there guys. It's tough for people just graduating to find jobs, but it's even tougher for those in the work force and those with a non-target educational background to break into Finance (let alone work in a competitive sector). This story is a...873 months 6 days ago
+133To anyone considering an MBAThere has been a lot of recent discussion on these forums as well as in the media regarding the value of an MBA. As a longtime member of the community and someone who recently made the decision to pursue an MBA, I thought I’d share some thoughts. You can see my full background story here: ...1673 months 2 weeks ago
+132How To Get A Job On Wall Street (When You Don't Know Anybody)Hey monkeys, I'm on a plane from CLT to PHX, and I have wifi, and I'm not in the mood to work on my book. I like giving you guys some of my more thoughtful newsletter articles every once in a while, but I've never directly contributed to the forum. I have a few hours to kill, so...911 month 3 weeks ago
+129Just Turned 30; Here's Some Life Advice/Quotes I turned 30 last week, thought i'd pass some advice and my favorite quotations on to you all. I pulled all these from my <em>grand</em> list so it is by no means comprehensive, just a sample. Enjoy. fwiw I'm ex finance (spent 3 years in IB now work with a start up in...971 month 1 hour ago
+116Anatomy of the 10-KStill jet-lagged by 8 hours from a day and a half in London, I haven't slept for a good 48 hours and remembered I owe WSO my process for dissecting a <span class='keyword_link'><a...12411 months 5 days ago
+114Working in FIG (Financial Institutions Group) - An Overview.This is a long winded post and is tailored to people looking to get a good look into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">FIG</a></span>. We're unsure if there...728 months 3 weeks ago
+114Best interview advice I ever receivedThis idea was discussed within a comment thread a couple month ago but I thought it deserved its own thread just because of how awesome it is. I wanted to share with you guys a tip that is virtually guaranteed to improve your interviews. Here's what you do: 1. Arrive at interview...1207 months 3 weeks ago
+107How to make VP in Private EquityA few weeks ago, I shut down my ThinkPad for the last time, turned in my security badge, and said farewell to my colleagues – and to PE and <a href="//">private equity interviews</a>. I found...831 week 5 days ago
+105Some Observations from an MDSo I'm recovering from a procedure and out of commission for a couple days, and I thought I would use the downtime share a few observations / career guidance for those people starting out in the business. Take this with a pinch of salt, as its one person's advice, but these are all...130
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+105Laziness and the Merits of Hard WorkHere goes a book... and not because I need to defend myself, but because I think I have a perspective a lot of people can relate to but can't necessarily put their finger on. <h3> Laziness </h3> I don't look down on "ordinary" people. I am an ordinary person....1234 months 3 weeks ago
+103From Homeless to Front OfficeAbout a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (<a href="//">20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice</a>). I wish I could say...147
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+101Searching for a Summer Internship?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Bumped this back up from winter 2010 and it is still useful, but <strong>even more companies and banks are listed in the <a href="//">WSO Company Database (with e-mail...1251 month 3 weeks ago
+101How much damage has banking done to your life?We all know banking isn't easy, and I am usually all about encouraging young people to work hard in finance since the long-term benefits to your career can be incredible. But it's good to be realistic about the job - many of us tend to act like heroic titans of finance who love the...1451 month 5 days ago
+91What investment banking is in simple words and my story There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: <ol> <li>Commercial Banking </li> <li><span class='keyword_link'><a...15111 months 2 weeks ago
+89My Private Equity Recruiting ProcessI am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three PE offers (from MFs and top MM firms), both elated and relieved to be done with such a crazy process. I saw that another user commented saying he’d do a write-up about his experience going through the recruiting process and figured I’d wait to...1137 months 3 weeks ago
+89Life after Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12</em> Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and tell you my...308
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+90Coffee Is For Closers You think I’m f*cking with you? I am not f*cking with you. I have been noticing a very cancerous trend in this country. A trend that has even leaked onto WSO in many aspects, which is arguably filled with very ambitious and hardworking individuals, as we begin to see a lot of younger people...1334 months 3 weeks ago
+89Life Goes On...[quote]In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.[/quote] -Robert Frost From the outside, my life right now looks great. I graduated with high honors from one of the world's best universities, completed my banking stint in a top tier group and am...11311 months 3 weeks ago
+84The Iceland bet - How some hedge funds made huge moneyHello guys, I'm an Economics graduate from the University of Iceland. I thought I'd share with you some information that I believe has never been made public before, at least not in English. It's a story about some brilliant investments that made a select few hedge funds A LOT...421 month 2 weeks ago
+83Suck it up: 8 Steps to Getting through 100+ Hour Weeks as an IB Analyst<em>This comment was a response to the @ContemplatingBanker"'s post on <a href="//">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this "one...624 months 3 weeks ago
+86F*&King AnalystsSo, apparently I haven't been on this site in while, and it'd be a shame to make a return to just complain, but I've emptied the beers from the minibar and it's still way too early to sleep, my body now evading anything approaching a circadian rhythm. Instead of sleeping,...1391 month 2 weeks ago
+83Thoughts From a Former Navy SEALI can't answer if PE is the best job in the world but I can offer a little outside perspective that some may be interested in. Having spent the better part of the last decade in SEAL Teams and other specialized units, I found Seabird’s initial post slightly amusing. If you’ll humor me,...834 months 3 weeks ago
+8315 Career StepsLongtime reader here, left the biz in 2012. I thought I'd give back and post some good advice that was shared with me by an older mentor when I was younger. Learn it. Use it. Live it. Hope you find it helpful. <h3>15 CAREER STEPS</h3> 1.) Perception is everything...act as...293 months 1 week ago
+84Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework.When I joined the industry, fresh analysts like myself would flit through the morning newspaper like a drowning man who clutches one spar after another for support. Our attempts to stay abreast were as haphazard as that man’s attempts to stay afloat. On page 1, we would read an article...534 months 3 weeks ago
+84Want to get me on the phone? Here's how - a networking overview.It’s been a slow day at work, so I decided to do something useful and type up this thread with some basic <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">networking tips</a></span>. I went into my background...78
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+78Idea Generation... and Why Wall Street Sucks at ItFinancial planners, mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-an-exchange-traded-fund-ETF">ETF</a></span> managers, and even Warren Buffet all say the same thing: <strong>the average investor is not capable of...882 years 1 month ago
+75Here is How Equity Research Works - 4 StepsI was motivated to make this thread after reading a lot of the other threads in this forum, about why certain top analysts are still on the sell-side. It appears that almost everyone who doesn't work on the buy-side or sell-side, or even a remotely close <span...1201 month 2 weeks ago
+103If I see another "Incoming IBD Analyst/Summer Analyst" on LinkedIn.. I'll k--l someone Guys, This is a serious and sincere plea to any of you undergraduate kids who're using these silly titles on their LinkedIn profiles. Please for god's sake, take this out. It just looks stupid and wannabe-ish. I don't know who started doing this and where, but it's just...182
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+71You don't know anything— 5 things to do about itThroughout my career I was constantly reminded of how little I knew. When I interviewed for the job at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span>, as a...427 months 3 weeks ago
+72LinkedIn is Getting Bad AgainViewer discretion advised. This is mostly a rant and I apologize in advance. But hey, sometimes WSO gets a little dry so we gotta spice this up a bit. Love y'all btw. 1. Recruiters can lick every inch of my ball$ack. Seriously. Dude hit me up, informs me about another opp, I ask a...125
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+69David and Goliath: The Boutique and The Bulge Bracket<em>Mod Note (Andy) - #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/11/13 and is great information for those thinking about which types of banks to apply to for FT and SA positions.</em> Autumn has arrived. For those seniors fresh off their <span...721 month 2 weeks ago
+69Overview of Infrastructure Private EquityHello WSO, I have been a long time lurker, and this is my first post (or maybe I am one of the top rated authors who decided to make a post anonymously). I have noticed a certain lack of information about infrastructure investing on WSO, and those threads that are created from time to time, are...612 months 4 weeks ago
+70Keep In Touch! Networking TemplateAs much as it may be stated on this site, networking is one of the key factors in the success of most young professionals in finance. Whether it is gaining valuable advice, or getting a leg up in the hiring process, networking opens doors and knowledge that would otherwise be hard to find. As...802 months 3 weeks ago
+67Why are we Obsessed with "Work/Life Balance"?I've been doing a fair bit of thinking about the idea of a "work/life balance", and it's a topic that I encounter more often on this board than just about anywhere else, so I thought it an appropriate forum for discussion. When I was in college interviewing for the typical...14911 months 2 weeks ago
+63Former MS M&A / KKR here to field questionsIn the spirit of thanksgiving, I have decided to host a thread where you can ask all you ever wanted about banking or PE. Please feel free to ask away.2542 months 3 days ago
+65Stay positiveHello folks, I would like to share my story a little bit for those who felt beaten up by the recruiting season. I was born and raised in a very underdeveloped city in China. I remembered the ranking, the GDP of my province is the second or third lowest in China. Although I went to relatively...491 month 2 weeks ago
+73We eat what we kill.<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 4/30/10. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going around...1235 months 2 weeks ago
+64To summers hitting the desk Monday...Being a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">summer analyst</a></span>/associate in investment banking is a rite of passage that you will never want to do again, but will be happy you completed. As...214 months 4 days ago
+64Silly Shit Interns Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was a originally posted in June 2012</em> So the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">interns</a></span> are out in full...1485 months 1 week ago
+61How to Crush Your Informational Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): "WSO Best of 2013" - this was originally posted Aug 1st.</em> So summer is winding to a close and recruiting season is rapidly approaching. Monkeys will be dusting off their resumes with the hopes of securing IB and <a...56
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+59Life at a Top Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/24/13.</em> So I've seen a few posts lately asking about mutual funds, <span class='keyword_link'><a...1815 months 3 weeks ago
+58What I've learned so far after 1 yr at a top MBA program (If I could do it over):The main takeaways are either headers or in bold. <h3>If you get accepted to multiple top 10-15 schools, take “prestige” out of the equation.</h3> I always tell the story of my good friend who passed up a full ride at Columbia to pay full freight at Wharton due to...1421 year 1 month ago
+58Just So You Guys Know...<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in August 2007 and it's scary how accurate @bondarb" was in predicting what was to come next:</em> [quote=bondarb]<p> is very possible that a big name like Bear or Lehman could flat go...1307 months 3 weeks ago
+6611 Steps to Becoming a Finance Jedi<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #12 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 3 months ago
+58Advice From a Seasoned Equity Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 8/9/13.</em> So, I used this website years ago when I was getting into <span class='keyword_link'><a...1065 months 3 weeks ago
+58Uncle Eddie Rides Again<p>It was a happy coincidence when Patrick emailed me a couple weeks ago to check in and see what I've been up to, because I've been thinking about you guys a lot lately. It's been a couple years since I was with y'all every day, and at the risk of sounding like a big...814 months 1 week ago
+59In Defense of Political In-Correctness<em>You can read my latest article (post election): here: <a href="//">"Shut. The F*ck. Up."</a></em> This article could have easily been entitled “In defense of manhood,” or something of that...482 months 1 week ago
+55My not-so-secrets to success<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 3/2/12.</em> In the past few months, I've been approached on a few occasions by college-aged folks asking the typical question: how to succeed on the street from a less-than-stellar undergrad background....918 months 9 hours ago
+69Shut. The F*ck. Up.Disclaimer: I abhor both candidates who captivated the nation Tuesday evening as their bizarre and disgusting efforts over the past year that made our country look like a flaming pile of shit in a paper bag, desperate to be stamped out, reached their ultimate climax. I wrote recently about both...1323 months 3 weeks ago
+55How To Deal With Anxiety - And Use It To Your AdvantageEveryone deals with anxiety - to one degree or another. Some of us squash it down, some of us develop coping strategies, but nonetheless all of us know that gnawing feeling in the pit of our stomachs. That sense that things could go wrong. It’s exhausting. It takes away from the quality...233 months 4 weeks ago
+57Learn from My MistakesI've always loved this site because even when I was but a wee little lurker in college I could always come on here and hear about all the little details that finance professionals picked up and wish they had known earlier. The big questions, like which offer to take or whether to...882 months 1 week ago
+53What You Should've Done by 21: a Controversial Guide to a Realistic Outlook<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 7/11/12.</em> I promised a few people some long overdue wisdom, but haven't had the motivation lately to actually write something up. But after reading <a...1247 months 10 hours ago
+55Don't. Stop. Hustlin'. Don't give up out there, kids. I'm a high school drop out who's now a Manager at a top 10 consulting firm. For all of those out there who are asking 'do I have a chance if...', here's your answer: you f*cking bet you do. The only thing stopping you from getting...514 months 1 week ago
+51Landed Your First Job? EXTREMELY Important Thread: Office Politics<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/22/14 and ranks #14 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// months 4 weeks ago
+54Confessions of a former second year IB Analyst<em>See the latest update below! </em> <h3>Background:</h3> For reference, I finished my second year as an analyst in May 2016. I did M&A at one of the top EBs and work in one of the roughest groups at my firm. I do not say this as a badge of honor but rather out...101 month 4 days ago
+53Own Your Time: or What I learned from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 11/24/14 and ranks #7 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// year 10 months ago
+52Re: Does School Prestige Matter?"Five years from now..." is a pretty good benchmark for the half-life of most business or career-related arcs (okay, maybe 5-10 years, depending on the career or industry). As an undergrad or fresh grad, of course your undergrad matters - to you, to your peers, to recruiters, to...1129 months 3 weeks ago
+53 Young Money? Perception vs Reality on Wall Street<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/6/14 and ranks #9 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 2 months ago
+512017 Management Consulted Salaries OutWhat do you think? Just like last year, PwC and Strategy& are still not aligned. months 4 weeks ago
+51WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!</strong>: <em>Mod Note (Andy): If you're looking for our resume for experienced IB professionals or a <a...103
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+50Week 3 of IBD Internship: The Pitch The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="//">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his stories?...8011 months 3 weeks ago
+49Hilarious Barclays Goodbye EmailReceived this floating around last week. Apparently it was written by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Barclays</a></span> kid that just left. For those of you who have bosses who love to use...473 months 3 weeks ago
+48From Real Estate Finance to Founder of Development Company - AMAI've been an observer on this site for a few years. In my mid-40s but use the site to keep current on how younger guys look at the business, career expectations, etc. Thought I'd do this AMA in order to pass on what I've learned (though it's your call as to how much you...1241 month 2 weeks ago
+47The Other Road: Corporate Development Associate Fielding Questions<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="// ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Given the...2881 year 1 month ago
+49Hedge Fund: The Investment Life CycleMod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 4/23/12. Hey guys, so after some encouragement from a few of you guys I'm gonna go ahead and start a bit of a series of posts on my experience in the <strong><span class='keyword_link'><a...631 year 5 months ago
+402016 APD/ADC MBB Full Time Recruiting UpdatesHey guys, Thought I'd start another thread for those of us APDs/ADCs (read: spent too many years in school) who are applying for full time positions either earlier this year in the Spring (<span class='keyword_link'><a...8585 months 3 weeks ago
+48An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 1 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 6/29/14 and ranks #20 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+54WSO, It Is Time To TalkWSO, it is time to talk. The new trend around here lately has been to post about how badly you hate your job (specifically in iBanking) and then act like a genius when you decide you want to leave. This needs to stop. It is not a shocking revelation that you don’t like working 100 hours a...1397 months 2 weeks ago
+52How I Cheated a Drug Test for an Offer I Didn't AcceptI apologize for the length of this post, there is a lot for me to cover and I don't want to skip any of the details. So it finally happened - I received a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF"...292 months 1 week ago
+47Lessons From a PE Superday<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/27/14 and ranks #8 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 2 months ago
+47Focus on the downside: brushing up on credit skills <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/13/14 and ranks #10 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// year 11 months ago
+48A Business Lesson Learned The Hard WayOk, guys and girls. I'm pretty open about myself on here, but lately I've been super busy and not nearly as active as I like to me because after being laid off at a massive tech company I started my own gig. It was something I did before for freelance because I have experience as a...394 months 1 week ago
+48Best day of my life. I broke into PE coming from Community College. Here is my story.I wanted to tell my story on this forum - as WSO has been the sole reason which helped me learn about the industry and how to break in. I am from downstate New York, born and raised. I was a poor student in high school, so much so I didn't even take my SAT's. I was sent off to a...361 month 2 weeks ago
+46How I got into Banking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted in 2006. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal of...1104 months 2 weeks ago
+46Advice for New Analysts Seeking PE ExitsI received a number of PMs asking for advice for analysts as to how to successfully position themselves for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">PE interviews</a></span>. Instead...684 years 3 months ago
+40Interview experience w/ JPM Junior Analyst ProgramSo applications are up! You dont have to reveal actual interview questions. Just wanted to know how you're experience was for 2016 class. As for me, the interviewer seemed more like a gatekeeper from an admission staff. Its like I had the criteria for an interview, but since I came from a...653
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+47Advice from an ex-IB MD - DON'T make these mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> Someone asked me last week about all...246 months 5 hours ago
+4530 year-old breaking inI am still not sure if this will add any value or if anyone will find this useful, but I've seen a couple of "Too old to break into IB?" topics lately and I thought I'd share my journey with you. The advice and stories I've read on this forum have helped me maintain my...344 months 1 week ago
+45Breaking into Private Equity from BankingSince some of my longer threads/advice seems to have been buried on the forums, I decided to consolidate it through the blog. Enjoy. The majority of the below text is sourced from the following link: // Advice for...1322 years 2 months ago
+47From non-target to BB CEO: My story<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 11/25/13. Check out @DickFuld"'s current AMA <a href="//">here</a>. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a...2552 weeks 12 hours ago
+45Notes for Technical Interview QuestionsDuring a recent round of interviews with several banks, headhunters sent across a number of potential technical questions that they said I should be very comfortable with. However, through all of my interviews I was never actually asked any technical questions (although I did do a 3 hour...403 years 6 months ago
+45How do you CRUSH your interviews? <em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #10 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> In 2007 I made my hardest career transition. After leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a...331 year 5 months ago
+44Breaking the hedge fund case study <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/24/14 and ranks #17 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+43phantombanker's GMAT Study GuidePlus make sure to see my post <a href="//">How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours</a>47
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+42My guide on how to get a hedge fund job out of undergrad<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #17 and was originally posted 2/15/2015.</em> The topic of getting hired at a hedge fund directly out of undergraduate compels many students. The response to the question: “Is it possible to...852 months 2 weeks ago
+41Reflections on Year 1 at Booth<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/5/14 and ranks #15 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="//
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+42Advice from an ex-IB MD: How to have a great career and a good lifeI've received a lot of emails from members asking for advice on how they can have a great career. Before I get into that, let me give you my back story so you know where I am coming from: I came from an Emerging Market country, I didn't speak english very well when I arrived in the US...424 months 1 week ago
+42Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="//">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the <span class='keyword_link'><a...4010 months 3 weeks ago
+42Are you experienced? Thoughts on growing olderIt’s been awhile since I’ve checked in on WSO. I hope 2016 has treated you all well and you’re now settling in for some well deserved rest and relaxation time over the course of the holidays. It may just be selection bias given I’m starting to get a little older myself (I just turned...293 months 3 weeks ago
+42How To Ask For AnythingWhatever you want in life, you’re going to have to ask for it. It doesn’t matter if you desire to excel in your career or to live on the beach—[I’ve done both](—you’re going to need other people’s help. A...23
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+44Just Got Into a Target, AMAI made it 5 minutes before they closed and I bought a gallon of skim milk. <em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 12/14/15.</em>211 year 1 month ago
+41AMA: Reflections on 1st Semester at Columbia Business SchoolI recently completed my first semester at Columbia Business School and wanted to share my experience thus far. I would also be happy to field any questions. The primary reason for writing this long-winded anecdote is to provide clarity into the actual experience at Columbia for prospective...11110 months 20 hours ago
+342017 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Pages<a href="//">Click here</a> for the 2017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting Megathread discussion page. APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS <span class='keyword_link'><a...7373 months 2 days ago
+41Investment Banking to Private Equity - 6 Things You Should Know<h3>1. Why not just try to start with a PE firm?</h3> There are PE firms that hire juniors out of undergrad. However, this 99.99% of the time is in a sub-associate role. In other words, you would be junior to me. I'm only pointing this out because I don't want you to think...354 months 2 weeks ago
+40UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this is the 2011 Finance-forum post of the year (from Jan 28, 2011). Thanks @Marcus_Halberstram" for a great post!</em> Since it is recruiting season, Im posting a multi-part series on how the whole process works to help the...1301 year 7 months ago
+41NYSSA Equity Research Initiation Report***Please look at the bottom of the post before PM-ing me for materials. Summary: NYSSA IRC as a Stepping Stone in Getting a Job in <span class='keyword_link'><a...271 year 7 months ago
+40Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the DeskThe very talented author of this post, moneymogul, is also the author of our <strong><a href="//">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his stories?...8511 months 3 weeks ago
+40In Defense of UnhappinessAs with many of you, I had the chance to spend some time with relatives over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was average, to be honest. It’s always good to see loved ones, but it is a balance between hectic traveling, rushing to see as many people as possible, and if you live any significant...843 months 1 week ago
+43Why You DON'T Leave Banking for B School Just to Come Right Back...This is the reaction any analyst who has ever worked in banking has when you say you want to leave banking for business school then come back as a post b school associate... <img src=""...72
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+40Delta: Breaking Down the First of the GreeksHey guys, I've seen a few threads on options <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> and how important the Greeks are to your overall options trade. I found a great read courtesy of OptionsHouse...405 months 4 weeks ago
+40Random musings that sound like venting<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #8 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> There's really no point to this post. TLDR: Sometimes it's just a job with a boss that does boss things. <h3>1) Young PMs...221 year 8 months ago
+39Advice from an ex-IB MD - The Importance Of Failure<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #9 and was originally posted 11/22/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a...1191 year 4 months ago
+45HEY you OCR little f*cksshit on me all you want because idgaf!!!! all your fate is mine, you little f*ckers i volunteered to do ocr because i thought it'd be a nice break but F*CK i'd rather be hunched over my desk than be dealing with these borderline terrifying besuited assailants. first of all, GOD...1061 year 4 months ago
+39Finance Culture - Personalities<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 5/20/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a> Make sure to see the great comment below by...924 months 1 week ago
+42Key Interview Takeaways - 2nd Year Analyst PerspectiveSitting at my desk here just waiting for things to wind down before Thanksgiving so thought I’d give back to the community and try my first long form post. I did some interviewing last year but this year I was heavily involved for both SA and FT interviews so thought I’d lay out some...513 months 2 weeks ago
+39How WSO has enhanced my IB/PE career<h3>Background</h3> I randomly discovered WSO nearly seven years ago just weeks after I secured a FT MM IB position. The website was extremely nascent at the time with only a few thousand registered users. The majority of the users were college students with only a handful of...431 year 1 day ago
+39A Few Observations on Banking Exit OppsI see a lot of high school/college kids providing advice and "insight" into how firms place, how people should think about exit opps, what groups are best, etc. This has resulted in a lot of really stupid commentary on this forum, and I hope to remedy this. A few...287 months 1 week ago
+40A Clueless Freshman's First Networking Event<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 9/18/14 and ranks #13 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 2 months ago
+49FTB's Guide To Working Late and Raging Hard (At The Same Time)Man, it seems like there's nothing better than waiting until everyone's gone from the office for the night (we're talking the wee hours of the morning here folks, and we're not counting janitors as people) and doing lines off some prude bitch's desk while I undo a few...174 months 1 week ago
+39Gekko's Guidance Part 2--S&T interview Prep<em>Mod note (Andy): "Blast from the past - Best of WSO" - while Eddie is away this month in his place we'll be posting up some of the most popular posts from the past. This was originally posted on 12/11/10</em> In Part 2 of Gekko’s Guidance, I’m going to...1053 years 11 months ago
+38Why You're So Easy to Replace<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> <strong><em>"The meek shall inherit the...581 year 4 months ago
+37Picking the right Trading jungle<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/6/14 and ranks #25 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="//
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+43Follow up on last week's Tinder dateFirst off, a question for you monkeys. Regarding the <a href="//">Woodford and creatine</a> combo I use to signal the end of cocaine hours and the beginning of premarket: I started preparing it in the bottles to save...264 months 1 week ago
+36106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/29/14 and ranks #11 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+37Guide: Cold Contacting Investment Bankers For Non TargetsHi Folks, I posted a thread earlier in the month and there was a lot of interest in techniques and tips for cold contacting investment bankers so I thought I would share what I know. First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span...1061 month 1 week ago
+36A Monkey's Guide to the GymMonkeys, One topic that I see pop up time and time again on here is regarding the gym. I have a particularly slow Friday ahead of me so I thought I'd post a brief guide to training since I imagine, for the most part, we all have similar lifestyles and the challenges that come with them....1064 months 1 week ago
+26Ask Natalie from Accepted about Business School AdmissionsWSO is excited to have the experts from Accepted on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. Here are messages from Natalie and Jen who will be checking this thread every few days: <h4>Natalie</h4> <em>I'm here to answer any questions you have...1077
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+35HF PM AMAThere appears to be some demand for an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> AMA, so here goes... I believe this will be a communal effort with several people...167
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+37Advice for Non-Targets - Hitting "Apply" Button on LinkedIn Isn't EnoughI received a message on LinkedIn from someone looking to get into IB a couple weeks back, in which the individual explained his situation and couldn't understand why he isn't seeing progress. The general gist (confidentiality in mind) is that he applied to many jobs through LinkedIn as...381 month 5 days ago
+37What Everyone Ought To Know About Failure <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 3/26/14 and ranks #18 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+36Business School Case BooksHi Everyone, I went through the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/consulting-case-interviews">consulting interview</a></span> process a few months ago and found these case books really useful for practicing, both with people in <span...241 week 16 hours ago
+36Roadmap for IBD Coverage Associate to Career BankerIn <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>, I think most bankers would acknowledge that the Associate role is unique in that you are beginning to get out...205 months 2 weeks ago
+35Why You Should Reject that Start-Up JobI've always considered myself entrepreneurial at heart. Even since I've started my work in IB, I have continued to work on developing a few "back pocket" ideas that I'm excited about. Indeed, ever since I can remember, I have wanted to start my own business, not because...673 months 3 weeks ago
+35IRON MAN<em>Mod Note: This post is from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount... just email & mention "WSO Monkey Discount". You can follow Jared on twitter: @dailydirtnap</em> Sometimes when you...612 years 5 months ago
+36The All-Nighter Experiment: What Worked and What Didn't<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #11 and was originally posted 11/4/2015.</em> [quote]<p>I need this done for tomorrow morning, but don’t spend too much time on it. <strong>I don’t want you to be here all...521 year 3 months ago
+35Success Story - Thanks WSO!!!Thanks, WSO! I finally had sex for the first time last night. It took a lot of effort and persistence but I finally did it. I couldn’t have done it without the great advice I received on WSO. Looking back on my experiences, my advice for prospective monkeys is to: <h3>1)...424 years 4 months ago
+35Non-Target to Bain/BCG InternHey WSO, Since this site has been instrumental in helping me break into Consulting from a non-target, I wanted to share my experience with the community. Hopefully this post will be helpful to someone else looking to break in to Consulting, as many previous posts have been for me. To...304 months 18 hours ago
+37Can I turn a jackass into a champion?How many of you guys have a stupid younger cousin named Andy who's a senior at a target school and is pissing away any chance of excellence by drinking moderately and having the confidence of a kicked puppy? All of you? Cool, so I'm about to tell you a very relatable...288 months 1 week ago
+35Industry Primers Ready to Go!!!!Dear All: I am sharing my compendium of industry primers, market research reports and strategic presentations. The list is sorted by year and the format is as follows: line one has the institution name, line two has the report title with page count and line three has the download link....1203 years 1 month ago
+36The Road Less TraveledI was reflecting on my path the other day, and I decided that it is time to share my story with WSO. I am going to warn you in advance, it is going to be long. Rewind to senior year in high school, I was a good student at a school of 400 kids in a rural part of fly-over country. At the same...172 months 3 weeks ago
+34Sincere thank you to the WSO Community<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/7/14 and ranks #16 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// year 3 months ago
+34How NOT to NetworkFollowing up after an info session is great, especially if you actually took some positive information from it.... However, there is a new email circulating Wall Street that may not dethrone the "<span class='keyword_link'><a...59
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+39Went from Community College & Fast Food with a 2.8 GPA to one of the most active PE funds in the world within 3 years. AMA.Happy to answer any questions. Message me personally if you'd like 1 on 1 help. 561 month 2 weeks ago
+33How diversified is your life?<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 08/13/13</em> Reaching for that golden ring of career success, as most of the monkeys here are trying to do, can have significant costs. Some are obvious: preparing for interviews, networking, and getting top grades...1122 years 4 months ago
+33Thoughts on HBS (Starting Out)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 10/1/2014 and ranks #23 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...891 year 11 months ago
+37What your liquor of choice says about you In a rare moment, I've found myself at a local, wooden, quiet neighborhood bar sitting alone drinking my 3rd Budweiser with a closed out tab. I thought it a pleasant way to break up my week though I hope not to make a habit of it. With not much else to do, and tired of looking at screens...874 months 2 days ago
+32Wanna Jump Straight to the Buy Side?<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/17/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> Most of my friends are going into banking. ...2804 months 4 days ago
+36My Personal Gym Shit ListWelcome to a personal rant. I don't care that this looks like a Buzzfeed listicle, because I've got a bone to pick and my opinions matter the most. Here are the five types at my gym that I wish would instantly disappear, leaving only me and the other swole gods, and a bunch of hot...1752 months 3 weeks ago
+34Filtering resumes - what I looked for when screening 200+ resumes<em>Mod Note (Andy): This was originally posted 12/30/14 and is a great read for those getting prepared for Summer Analyst recruiting</em> We're preparing for our OCR interview day for <strong>summer interns</strong> from one of our target schools and our team...1651 year 9 months ago
+33Shorting Stocks: My Research Process & 7 Rules I FollowI short quite a lot at my current shop. I'd split my shorting into 4 buckets: <ol> <li><h4>Low quality companies that are misunderstood:</h4> These are typically misunderstood because some risk factor in the business model isn't fully appreciated by the...262 months 1 week ago
+32SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH): An Extensive Review<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #13 and was originally posted 2/22/2015.</em> I’m a long time reader and first time poster. I’ve seen a lot on the forum regarding <span class='keyword_link'><a...92
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+32The Non-Target Who Didn't Take No For An Answer<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/25/14 and ranks #19 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+34OCR: The Saga Continues (Alternate Title: I Now Have Cancer of the Nose)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #12 and was originally posted 10/4/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): See his original post here: "<a...541 year 7 months ago
+32Can a Non Target land a IB SA? With hard work and persistence it definitely is <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/20/14 and ranks #21 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// year 9 months ago
+33My journey from no-name boutique to PE MFI have been a long time lurker and recent poster here, I have got so much from this community, I can say I would not have done it without you so I think it is time to give something back. I am sure you heard stories like mine but I hope this can be inspirational to some of you. <h3>My...323 months 1 week ago
+33The Truth Behind PE CompensationHello World! Compensation in the PE world can be a bit of a black box. I sometimes get approached by folks who are perplexed by their compensation packages at a middle market PE fund. There is little consistency even across funds of the same size. On the surface, this doesn't exactly...214 months 1 week ago
+35Successful Blackmail AchievedI'm back and at 'em, motherfuckers. Last thing I truly remember from two weeks ago, I was watching the election results roll in and they called Wisconsin for Trump. Thus began such a hardcore weeklong celebration bender I totally forgot about showers, the internet, and everyone in my...194 months 1 week ago
+32How Did Trump Win?Right after the credit bubble burst in 2008, shocked, people scrambled desperately for answers. Turning to the economists, nearly all of whom failed to predict the deepest recession in decades, they asked, “What will happen next?” Having seen the obvious writing on the enormous wall...1114 months 4 days ago
+31Finally an offer! A story of persistenceBeen waiting literally 1-2 years now to make a post like this. Finally landed a FT offer with a solid VC firm as an analyst! Super pumped and excited to start as I have gone through hell and literally overcome all the things that you could possibly deal with. Went to a top public university...762 years 7 months ago
+32Lateraling Guide<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #28 and was originally posted 6/21/2015.</em> I recently lateraled from a “no-name” boutique to a top MM and wanted to share some of the knowledge that I...73
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+32leaving IB, next steps...I'm confused. I used to post on here a couple of years ago, most of what I posted was bullsh*t. The truth is I was in my final year at university, I'd just done an internship, wasn't sure how I felt about it as a prospective life, and I wanted to play banker on the internet to...524 years 12 months ago
+31What I Learned From Losing $1.2 Million At the start of 2008, I was a grain trader with less than one year of full-time experience who, through a series of strange events, found himself as the de facto head of my desk’s P&L. Although I had a senior trader who was supposedly in charge, he had brought his own book of business to...211 year 1 month ago
+32My path from non-target to BB IB I am posting this because this site has been a tremendous help when I was first getting started. In no way do I view my story as special, I actually believe that people from my background are extremely common in my experience, but people on this board seem to think going to a non-target is a...214 months 1 week ago
+31"Alternative Facts"Who saw the interview with Kellyanne Conway on Meet the Press this morning where she outlined the "alternative facts" the press secretary was offering yesterday about the about the size of the crowd at the inauguration on Friday? Truly bizarre that White House representatives are...2042 months 1 week ago
+30Why YOU Aren't Getting Offers<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/16/11.</em> I have been meaning to post something regarding this topic for some time, even though it has been covered to the point of exhaustion. My final breaking point was about 2 weeks ago, when I...891 year 7 months ago
+29AMA: 3rd Year PE Associate ($10bn+ AUM, MBO/LBO, equity, mezz, distressed debt)Edit: <em>Wow, did not expect this thread to get so popular. Apologies if you PM'd me and I have not responded - there are dozens of messages I would respond to if I wasn't getting crushed on a deal. My firm must monitor my WSO activity and figured I needed more work to...1331 week 5 days ago
+34Woodford + Creatine = GreatnessStory time. So last night I'm spinning my wheels in the wee hours, taking key bumps, waiting for pre-market. You know, usual weekday routine. I start clicking around WSJ and I see Shillary is leading in 4 key battleground states and that, combined with the coke, gets me mad. I almost reach...254 months 2 weeks ago
+30The Great Strategic Game of Life (1/2)Discussions that center upon issues such as “which b-school is better”, “M&A, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">ECM</a></span> or <span...234 months 3 weeks ago
+30Foster Care to Strategic Finance: My StoryI saw a couple of my story posts, and thought it would be good to share mine since I come from a very nontraditional background. I saw another post in outline form and liked it, so mine will mimic that. <h3>The beginning:</h3> * I was placed in foster care at three months...151 month 2 days ago
+2925 Things I’ve Learned In My 20s1- You can’t date a jerk and expect to turn them into a good person. Jerks are fully committed to being unpleasant. Those brief moments of tenderness they give you are designed to trip you up and give you false hope. It’s best to stay away altogether. 2- The rumors are true: your...733 months 1 week ago
+38Why My Greatest Achievement As A Goldman Sachs VP Was Quitting6 AM meant it was time to check voicemails. 11 PM meant it was time to check voicemails again. Every second in between reserved for hustling, fixing the thousand problems guaranteed to crop up that day. That was my life as a <span class='keyword_link'><a...607 months 22 hours ago
+31Babydick Capital Investor Presentation<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">HF</a></span> Satire601 year 8 months ago
+29How finance saved and gave me a life<em>Mod note (Andy): ThrowbackThursday, this was originally posted on 5/18/12</em> A week or two ago there was an article written about how your weight might inversely effect you during the hiring process. During the conversation I dropped some personal information about me losing...572 months 1 week ago
+31Every Second Counts**Disclaimer**: *This is not a stupid self help post, just something I thought people should know. I am quite shit at helping others personally in general so don't expect much or in fact anything.* <h3>What I have to say</h3> It goes like this, I have changed jobs recently...33
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+28EBITDA vs. Operating Cash Flow vs. Free Cash Flow <strong>Moderator note (Andy):</strong> <em>this is a post from 2010 but squawkbox suggested its relevancy remains and can be very useful for those going through FT & SA interviews. "Don't beat it to hell because it's missing some small details, but it's...682 months 2 weeks ago
+28More people are lonely than you may thinkIn today's social media dominated world, we only see edited versions of reality. Most likely, this is a result of human nature (the tendency for human beings to want to show off/be admired) and the apps themselves. After all, who wants to follow or watch someone who posts pictures of...613 months 1 week ago
+28Uncle Eddie's Ponderous Podcast PlaylistI listen to a lot of podcasts. I've almost always got one on in the background while I'm working (unless I really need to concentrate, in which case I use I'm amazed at how podcasts have taken the place of radio for so many people. With that in mind, I thought you guys...544 months 1 week ago
+28Interview with Simple As...Hedge Fund Analyst<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/26/14 and ranks #22 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 1 month ago
+27I am leaving investment banking to be a copHi there folks, been some time since I last mingled around here. So here's my story: Used to work in M&A for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge bracket</a></span> bank, first in a...1302 months 3 weeks ago
+29What It Really Means to Be "Alpha"I'm fairly new here, and deciding what to write about in a blog entry might seem easy enough, but I'd rather people enjoy what I read than just read it and forget it. So I spent some time this week going through the more popular posts on WSO, and a good chunk of them revolve around...321
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+29Damage Control: How to prevent small mistakes from destroying your "rockstar" statusWe'd all like to imagine that work will go smoothly 100% of the time. No mistakes, no blow ups with our bosses, no frustrations with the people below us. Just sunshine and rainbows every day. Huzzah! Unfortunately, for most of us mere mortals at least, that isn't how it always works...194 months 2 weeks ago
+26The Hedge Fund Experience - Good, Bad, Ugly<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted Feb 2009</em> Since there aren't any decent/active discussions on the <span class='keyword_link'><a...2142 years 6 months ago
+25JP Morgan Winning Women 2016 threadThis thread is for people applying to the bank's AM Winning Women events this October in NYC and Chicago. But feel free to follow and/or post if you're in another division. <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of 2016, this post ranks #40 for the past year </em>3054 months 1 week ago
+27Hedge Fund Guru Answering Inbox Questions Here. Thanks Mr. Pink MoneySome of these messages are very old but I'm going to answer them anyway b/c I’m in a helpful mood. <strong>Question: How would I know what the career path for [this particular hedge fund]? </strong> Every fund has their own "career path" just depends what...973 years 4 months ago
+252017 Summer Citi Sophomore Leadership ProgramHey guys, I'm starting a thread for this program since first rounds are supposed to start coming out this week. Has anyone received anything yet? <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of 2016, this post ranks #41 for the past year </em>2834 months 3 weeks ago
+31Day in the Life: Hedge Fund Associate - Investment Banking Background<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014, this originally went up April 2014</em> ***To wrap up our conversations on life at a hedge fund (as an associate) we reiterate that this what you should expect if you have an IB background and move to the buy-side at a hedge fund. Again...712 years 4 months ago
+29Some more truth about BB Ops and how I got out<h3>The Truth About The Back Office</h3> Hey guys, so I know there are a few posts about the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">back office</a></span> (i.e...683 months 4 weeks ago
+31New To Formal Fashion? Start Here. PT1<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #14 and was originally posted 6/14/2015.</em> I spend a bit of time in this part of the forum and consistently and constantly find repeated questions from individuals coming out of college and...664 months 3 weeks ago
+27How have you helped your parents after you entered finance and are making $$$?My dad and mom, who are poor, but sacrificed a lot for me (working 2 jobs, working on weekends, etc.), I'm sending them off to a nice long vacation, all paid by me. What have you guys done for your parents, just out of curiosity? Also paid off all of their debt they had (under 5k). Seems...62
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+27Need to Brush up on your Accounting Skills?Some of you may have heard that Harvard Business School does not teach introductory accounting classes anymore. One of the reasons is that they use an online accounting software from a BYU professor, who is now providing his course for free. Has some pretty good exposure and some top...511 year 11 months ago
+27Ex-PE Guy Launches a Briefcase Company - Ask Me Anything!I've been on and involved with this site since its inception. It's been a sort of guide to me since I was a junior in college - it helped me break into banking and then PE. I've tried to give back over the years and am writing this because I think I can give back in a unique way,...1402 years 4 months ago
+27AMA - Alternative Path to F100 Corporate Strategy w/ Exit DetailsTook a different path to Corporate Strategy and have since exited (see below). AMA. * Grew up in suburb of tier 2 US city * Underachieved in HS – B student (generous), ~1200 SAT, lazy * Pretty good at basketball, helped me get into top 20 college – WHEW * OMG COLLEGE...291 month 3 days ago
+33Here is some life advice. Hope you'll find it useful.1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them. 2. Stop talking about where you went to college. 3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. 4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck. 5. It’s okay to trade the possibility of your 80s...551 month 3 weeks ago
+27Non-target --> FT Off-Cycle IBD AnalystSo I have been around here for about a year and half now, and have to say thank you to the community. Really learned a lot and got my foot in door based on the advice on these forums. ### The Non-Target School Now for my story, I attended a large (20,000+ students) non-target school. We...361 month 3 weeks ago
+26Eight Habits of Top Bucket IBD Summers<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #20 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> When I was starting out in finance a while back, WSO was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my...261 year 2 months ago
+182016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline MegathreadIt's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and WSO search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time! We are all looking for information on timelines and deadlines for every bank...8221 year 2 months ago
+26Preparing for the HF informational interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/27/09. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> I got a PM asking how to prepare for an...145 years 3 months ago
+24Cold-Emailing Guide.Hi guys, I figured I would give this whole free online advice thing a try and articulate my thoughts on online networking. In my experience, the success of a "cold call" is largely determined by the communication that precedes it. I’ve never actually had to “cold call” in...2111 year 1 month ago
+24The Comprehensive List of Transfer Friendly Schools For Investment Banking<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 4/6/14 and ranks #31 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// months 4 weeks ago
+202016 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread<em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to bookmark this page as this will be the cumulative thread for 2016 SA <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> info...5621 year 2 months ago
+252 Lessons Learned at 22<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/23/14 and ranks #35 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// month 5 days ago
+25Don't Ignore That Cold Email - Here's WhyWhile I realize the bulk of the WSO population consists mostly of college students and young professionals, there is also a solid representation of what can be referred to as “experienced professionals” in the mix as well. Some of these individuals (myself included) might be newer to this...502 years 3 months ago
+26Why I Left A Seemingly Perfect Megafund PE Gig For A Guaranteed Salary of $0.00<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/21/14 and ranks #27 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 3 months ago
+25HF Analyst: The Things I Know For Sure<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/28/14 and ranks #24 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+25Overview of Leveraged FinanceWe have not done an overview in quite some time and needed a post specific to Wall Street. This will elaborate a bit on our hedge fund posts and provide an overview for those that are interested in Investment Banking (You will work closely with Leverage Finance at some point in your career). As...421 month 2 weeks ago
+25The Truth About MoneyI'm seeing a few subtle similarities in the economy today to three years ago, and though it would be precipitous to say a second dip is probably on the way, I don't think it hurts to share some of the wisdom I've gained over the past three years in personal finance. When I...405 years 5 months ago
+25Crips vs. Bloods...which is more prestigious?<em>Mod Note (Andy) - Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 2/28/12</em> Tried the search function, but couldn't find anything. I am a senior at a non-target. I wasn't able to get into banking. So I am considering alternatives to make some cash (high...13610 months 3 days ago
+25A Letter to a ChimpDear My Little Chimp, Slow down, child. I know you are just starting that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> investment banking job and are looking to move...342 years 10 months ago
+26Off The Beaten Path: Commercial Banking to Private Equity (The Non-Traditional Route)Hey everyone. The ink has just barely dried on my accepted offer to join a boutique private equity firm as an analyst, but I think now is a better time than any to tell you how I made the jump to private equity from a VERY non-target background. <h3>My Bio:</h3> A little bit...333 months 4 weeks ago
+26Deaf Looking to Break In<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #15 and was originally posted 11/1/2015.</em> Hey everyone! I have been following this site and enjoyed contents from different kind of people. Since my experience is unique, I decided to post...281 year 5 months ago
+25How to Treat the New Blood: 3 Rules to Follow<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 2/7/13 </em> Now, most of the posters on WSO aren’t managing anyone yet or even have anyone below them on the totem pole for at least a few years, but those that will (or have) may benefit from this...211 year 10 months ago
+24MSF Class of 2018I created the last post about this time so I thought it would be a good time to get a new thread going. With many MSF/MMS programs starting their application cycle in the next couple of months I wanted to provide a place where people can post their profiles, ask questions or seek help. I've...315
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+24Stop Using Your Mouse<em>Moderator note (Andy) This was originally posted on 7/9/12</em> As summer has been moving along, I begin to notice more and more the inefficiencies out <span class='keyword_link'><a...11410 months 2 weeks ago
+29Keyboard Shortcuts - I'm a huge nerdI think we need a dedicated thread for huge ibanking nerds like myself who are always on the lookout for new and better keyboard shortcuts. Some have been posted in node 881 (link below) and I will consolidate those shortcuts into this thread. I1012 years 4 months ago
+24The Unintended Consequences of Self Driving Cars<p>I'm sure most of you caught the news a few days ago that <a href="">every Tesla coming off the assembly line now has full self-driving hardware</a>. That was the...746 months 1 week ago
+24AM vs HF: The Business of Our BusinessHedge funds get all the glory... and now they're even going to get all the press, courtesy of the JOBS Act, and I'm more than excited to see who thinks they actually need to advertise to bring in the flows. However, while a hedge fund is structured to make one man insanely rich and a...701 year 7 months ago
+24Physical Oil Trading Basics (Part 1 of 2)I have seen a few posts on the Commodities Trading forum asking about how petroleum <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> is priced, hedged, etc. I was reasonably high up...682 months 2 weeks ago
+22Goldman Sachs HireVue Hey everyone! I just finished a first round interview with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GS</a></span> through hirevue, does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? It's hard to tell how I...2681 month 2 weeks ago
+24Ask me anything - Non Traditional Background to MM PE to H/S/WSo here I am, the prodigal son returning. I haven’t been on this site in some time but wanted to write this post to generate some helpful content as a way of saying thank you to Patrick and the rest of the WSO team, as their site played a direct role in my breaking into PE. I am writing this...631 week 5 days ago
+243 Myths About Excellence That I Used to Believe<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #18 and was originally posted 7/8/2015.</em> This week, I want to share with you one of the sources that inspired my quest to deconstruct excellence. It was a fascinating (but very long)...461 year 9 months ago
+24Does anyone need access to any models, research or training materials?If so, message me. Nothing proprietary here, of course. Also, I will be checking out your posting history to make sure youre worthy of sharing, so if you have a higher post count/sb count, youll be more likely to get what you ask for. If you have a low post count/just joined a couple of days...454 years 1 week ago
+25Evolution of the Financier<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 1/6/14 and ranks #28 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+24How I Fought My Way Back (Vol. Bruce Wayne in TDKR)<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 3/9/13.</em> Hi there, fellow monkeys. Hope all is well. I've been lurking here for a few years and didn't really get to posting until just recently. After some PMs regarding my...381 year 11 months ago
+24Global macro recruiting - a primer<Redacted> 367 months 1 week ago
+24An Overview of Technology Media and Telecom (TMT) - Part 2 of 2<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 7/14/14 and ranks #34 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// months 1 week ago
+24In Defense of Eating AssI’m gonna start at 30 thousand feet here and zero in on my thesis because that’s what my english teachers taught me and I don’t wanna disappoint them if they’re reading this ‘in defense of eating ass’ blog. So science says that men are attracted to women chicks with big tits, fat...253 months 1 week ago
+23Leaving the buyside<em>Mod Note (Andy): Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 2/23/14 and ranks #26 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a...1162 years 4 months ago
+31PED GPAs Should Get an AsteriskI was having a conversation with my 6th grader the other day and almost gave my wife an aneurism. We were casually discussing school when the subject of one of his pals came up. This kid used to be a real paste-eater, and I'd be lying if I said I don't enjoy a little schadenfreude at...985 months 2 weeks ago
+24More classics from resumes/cover lettersWe're digging through resumes for summer analysts again. Thought everyone might enjoy or benefit from a few of the real gems (all emphasis mine): "Objective: To obtain an internship in the field of financial services to utilize my VAST analytical and quantitative...1899 months 2 weeks ago
+22How much money have you saved?I'm 25, and I feel like I have hardly any money saved. I'm looking at going to b-school soon, and will definitely have to take out loans. I don't think that's surprising, but it just got me thinking about how much is normal to have accumulated at this point in my...2811 month 3 weeks ago
+23Divorces: Beating the CourtsIn my earlier years I worked in audit, and was seconded onto forensic projects out of need for resource. I developed a knack for it, and have since worked on a lot of high profile cases (including some of the <span class='keyword_link'><a...785 months 3 weeks ago
+23Sell Your Options Dearly: MARRIAGEAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...704 years 10 months ago
+23Funniest Stories - The Analyst YearsAlthough working as an investment banking analyst was a living hell at the time, I now look back at my years with nostalgia. Luckily, as time passes, the 100 hour weeks just blend together and the pain has gone away. Of course, I'm still irrationally uncomfortable and nervous whenever I see...654 months 3 weeks ago
+24760 on GMAT -- Game PlanHey everyone, Just took my GMAT this morning and scored 760 (IR8/Q50/V44), which is at the 99th percentile. While this is certainly not the limit of what many of you could score, I think my experience going through the process might be valuable to share, so I'm hoping at least a few...451 year 9 months ago
+23UG PE Analyst - 2.9 GPA, no internship, non-target<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #25 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> <h3>From Non-Target Undergrad Straight to PE</h3> I've had some downtime the last few weeks...411 year 1 week ago
+24A Non-Target's Perspective - My MM PE Recruiting Process It's been several weeks now since I received my offer from a top MM PE firm. As several other users can attest to, the PE recruiting process can be an absolute grind. After having had some time to reflect on the entire process, I thought I'd share my experience in the hope that it...38
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+23AMA - Analyst at $1.5B Endowment FundI have been reading WSO for a few years now and would like to give back and help out all of the younger readers on here. When I was going through the interview process for my current role, I had a hard time figuring out what exactly I was getting myself in to, so hopefully I can provide some...333 months 3 weeks ago
+23Performance of Top Tier vs. Bottom Tier Analysts (Q&A in Comments)<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/13/14 and ranks #30 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+23Three Things You Didn't Know About Becoming A Rock-Star Analyst<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 6/21/12.</em> At the beginning of my analyst program i had a fixed-notion of what it takes to become one of the top-ranked analysts in my class, pocket top-bucket bonus and move on to a prosperous future...281 year 1 month ago
+23Week 1 of IBD Internship: Training Hello all. Inspired by another user's idea a few weeks ago, I've decided to keep notes of my internship in progress this summer and begin to release write-ups of each week as the summer goes on in an effort to give back to the community (and because I enjoy writing). If there is...2711 months 4 weeks ago
+23How to find a Meal Delivery ServiceWhen’s the last time you packed a lunch and took it to work? If you’re on WSO reading this and working in finance, I’m guessing the answer is <em>‘never’</em>. A 60–100+ hour week doesn’t leave much time for grocery shopping, prepping, cooking, and bringing a...265 months 3 weeks ago
+22Life in Acquisitions (Analyst/Associate)I've had a couple of people PM me about what I do in REIT acquisitions and what the deal process looks like. I figured I'd post this for people's future reference. I work at a fairly large REIT (>$10billion AUM) so this process may be different for smaller shops. We also...1242 months 3 weeks ago
+23The Unconventional path to IB/PE (AMA)While taking the time to clean and organize my desk after a hectic 4-6 weeks engaged in a deal, I came across my old <a href="//">WSO IB interview materials</a> I used in the past. Seeing these old...202 months 2 weeks ago
+24Pay It ForwardI distinctly remember a phone call I made to a managing director at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Prudential</a></span> Securities when I was in business school—I had...131 year 1 month ago
+202017 APAC IBD Summer Analyst Interview UpdateDoes anyone know if <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Citi</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...3083 months 3 weeks ago
+22Ask a VP in Equity Research anythingI haven't seen one of these in a while, so I figured I would start one. I am a Vice President in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">equity research</a></span>, with coverage...1069 months 4 weeks ago
+42Classic Diversity RantHere we go again, boys. Diversity rant. Notice what I did there? I said "boys" because I'm sexist, right? Wrong. Am I sexist? Fuck yeah, if paying for everything and thinking (knowing) that men are better drivers is sexist. But no, I'm actually just speaking to my intended...846 months 3 weeks ago
+21WH's Interview Stock Pitch Checklist<em>This was originally posted on 10/26/12</em> For many positions, the stock pitch is the biggest part of the interview. It gives the interviewee the opportunity to explain his or her thought process and the way they evaluate an investment opportunity. It can separate the...179
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+25Yes, You Are Having a Quarter Life Crisis (and it's ok)Hello everyone, A big HELLO to those who can relate to this thread. *Don't have to read.* SHORT intro: I'm in my early 20's, went to a non-target school. Found my way to a storied and renowned IB and secured a job in the <span class='keyword_link'><a...548 months 2 weeks ago
+22Non-Target Freshman to Hedge Fund Internship <em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 5/29/14 and ranks #36 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+22Why We Hired a Non-Target 1st Year - IB AnalystSo apologize for the bad formatting here, no idea how to use this thing still but this should be helpful for guys trying to get into Wall St. <strong>Here's the breakdown on how to stand out as a Non-Target.</strong> After having an analyst <strong>already...452 years 6 months ago
+23The Types of Monkeys in The Trading Jungle<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/23/14. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> The investment banking side of the business...373 years 3 months ago
+22Basic Overview of the Consumer Sector<em>Mod Note: Each day we'll be posting the top WSO forum posts of 2014. This one was originally posted on 12/7/14 and ranks #32 for the year by total silver banana count. You can see all our top ranked content <a href="// years 4 months ago
+23Allen & Co. - An In-Depth ReviewIn browsing this forum, I’ve come across some misinformation (or none at all) about Allen & Company. The firm has historically been shrouded in secrecy…until today. Hopefully, I can shed some light on this super-secretive firm. All information was gathered through online resources and...343 months 2 weeks ago
+22Investment Banking 2014: 6 Things To Know For MBAs<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up on 9/22/14.</em> <em>This comment was originally posted in <a href="//">The decline of MBA...261 year 11 months ago
+22The 24 Interview Lessons I Learned on the Way to Getting My First Full Time JobHello all, I was suddenly grabbed by an idea to write down the lessons I learned from the ten interviews across seven different positions and 6 different companies I attended in the past 2.5 months on the road to my first job out of university. I started brainstorming in rough chronological...201 year 5 months ago
+22Advice From an Advisor to Senior Wall Streeters<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #22 and was originally posted 9/20/2015.</em> I'm so impressed by the thoughtfulness of the WSO community and I wanted to start contributing ideas that I think will be of great value to...131 year 4 months ago
+25How I Taught Some Kid a LessonHappy Boxing Day all you hosers and tea-sipping limeys. Here in America I've been back at work since late afternoon yesterday. Markets may be closed, but I woke up Christmas morning unaided by stims and I chose to head into the office as soon as my family left so that boss man could see me...133 months 3 weeks ago
+22How To Quit Your Job (And Still Win)You’re going to quit at least one job in your life, probably several. In fact, 2.8 million Americans quit their jobs every month. You know what’s heartbreaking about that statistic? Virtually none of those 2.8 million people know how to quit their job <i>and still...116 months 3 weeks ago
+22The Last "what should I do with my money?" Thread (hopefully)Since I became active in WSO several weeks ago, I've noticed a few threads on "I have this much money, what should I do with it?" And the amounts have ranged from $2,000 to $20mm, and to put it bluntly I'm tired of people giving stock tips to strangers when they have no...1081 year 23 hours ago
+172017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting MegathreadWhen does FT IB Analyst recruiting typically start? I am a recent graduate (May 2017), and am wondering when banks will start taking resumes/interviewing online, or via other methods. Thanks guys!5055 months 2 weeks ago
+28The Work Always Gets Done<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #16 and was originally posted 6/6/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): Make sure to read the comment below from @xqtrack" in response to the OP (36 silver bananas): [quote]This is the...941 year 4 months ago
+23INTRODUCING: The WSO Applicant Database. Take 5 minutes on WSO to Reach Hundreds of Finance Recruiters and Finance CompaniesGiven that we have built up relationships with hundreds of companies and finance recruiters, we thought instead of just a simple job board (which you can find <a href="//">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...924 months 2 weeks ago
+29Mental Disorder called LiberalismIn which direction is this world heading? I don´t think there is anything I hate more than Liberals. What do you guys think causes this "trend"? - -...180
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+23Done123123Sorry had to take this away.692 years 4 months ago
+22Minimalism and Wall StreetThis is going to sound pretty odd to some of you, but it's one of those macro trends that have been on my radar since roughly before the crisis started in 2008. I'm talking about the current trend toward minimalism in general and its many offshoots in particular, what long term impact...626 months 1 week ago
+25America: We Had A Good Run<p>I can remember being excited to vote. No, seriously. I was actually excited to vote for Bush the Elder back in 1988. And I was never more excited to vote than I was for Perot in 1992. But that was the last time I was excited to vote for President. </p> <p>I voted Dole in...585 months 4 weeks ago
+21Demystifying GSO Capital (Blackstone)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #33 and was originally posted 6/9/2015.</em> I’ve been searching info about these guys for a while now. There are few threads on WSO with some insight, but...452 weeks 12 hours ago
+21Gekko's Guidance (10 Rules to Interviewing) - Part 1 of ?<em>Mod note (Andy): "Blast from the past - Best of WSO" - while Eddie is away this month in his place we'll be posting up some of the most popular posts from the past. This was originally posted on 12/07/10</em> Since everyone else seems to be jumping on the band...454 years 6 months ago
+22Accounting vs Finance: Part 1 – Career PathsIn this 4 part series I’ll be covering in depth the differences between a typical career in accounting starting in (Big 4) public accounting, and a typical career in finance starting in investment banking. First up in the series is a long term look at the career paths of...443 years 9 months ago
+22My Favourite Question For Wrapping Up InterviewsI don't remember where / who I stole this from, remember kids, there's no originality in banking, but my favourite question when they ask: "Do you have any questions for me / us": What is it about my resume and experience that interest you. It's a beautiful...431 month 2 weeks ago
+19Prestigious PeteI would like to extend a warm welcome to myself, Prestigious Pete. I am a jealousy amalgam, created from combining all the conceited, self-assured finance super douches into one man called Prestigious Pete. After finishing up at Andover, I went on to attend Yale University, where I majored in...241
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+213 Tips for Non-TargetsWell I did it. I landed an offer to be a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">summer analyst</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...391 year 2 weeks ago
+21Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #31 and was originally posted 6/28/2015.</em> <h3>Endowments & Foundations Part 1: A Basic Overview</h3> I think the most useful threads I’ve...365 months 3 weeks ago
+20AMA - Analyst at Top PE Fund (TPG, KKR, BX, OAK, Carlyle, APO)Hi everyone! Long term user, but new account here to preserve my anonymity. <h3>My background: </h3> I'm currently a private equity analyst at one of the funds in the topic title. As some of our processes are slowing down, I wanted to check back into the forum and give back...1361 week 5 days ago
+21Take offer in diff city to get over a girl?It was the summer of 2014 when I first met her. We were both interning in the city; she was a year older and I met her when my friend, who was her roommate of 2 years, introduced us at a bar. Initially, I wanted to get to know her better so she could help me get a job – I wanted to line up an...31
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+21Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app processHello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle. <h3>Background</h3> I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no...271 year 2 months ago
+21Character: A valuable trait developed through adversity.There was a time when the term character was used to describe the quality of an individual. People of character were individuals who made good choices in spite of difficult situations. They chose to meet the challenges when they were tested by adversity. As a result of their actions and the...214 months 3 weeks ago
+21Common Pitfalls of Early Analyst Life & Unemployment<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #21 and was originally posted 5/1/2015.</em> I wanted to share some insight on what it’s like having been through a few things after graduating from college. For reference, I graduated from...192 years 5 days ago
+23Ask Fake DickFuld January 2016Yes, you read that right. AndyLouis asked me to when I was going to do an AMA a year and a half ago or so in some random thread. I first researched what "AMA" meant and then realized it was a great opportunity. I had not really been in the DickFuld character yet and I truly never...1158 months 1 week ago
+21A little advice from a F50 executiveSo I was in business class on an transatlantic flight the other day and ended up sitting next to a F50 executive. He was surprisingly friendly and started up a conversation with me (we were both boozing pretty hard, as one tends to do in business class). It was a fascinating conversation - this...152 months 1 week ago
+21How IBD Makes (or Loses) Money and Why that Matters to YouInspired by @CompBanker" 's post on <A HREF="//">"The Truth Behind PE Compensation."</A> Many junior IBD bankers are often asked to participate in "business planning" for their...910 months 4 weeks ago
+222015-2016 salary & bonus discussionLet's talk about the 2015 - 2016 year bonus. Please list the firm, level, salary, bonus using the following format: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">JPM</a></span>, S&T, A0, 150k base,...177
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+22So I heard You Want to Start Trading?Let me start off by clarifying. By <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> I’m not referring to investing or trading part-time while you do other things (such as hold down...615 months 3 weeks ago
+20AMA: Big Four Valuation Associate - Deciding Whether This Job Is Right For You<em>Mod Note (Andy) - This AMA was originally posted last year but @SeekingAlpha180" said he can still take questions from you (+new questions about his transition) </em> <strong>3/7/16 update: </strong>WSO Monkeys - I just moved to a top MM IB doing M&A in...608 months 5 days ago
+19Equity Research Q&A with Flake<em>Mod (Andy) note: This thread is from December '11, but Flake said he is still up for answering questions, so fire away</em> Given the holiday season, I'm in a relatively good mood and feel the need to give back a little. I've seen a bunch of these "fielding...1522 months 1 week ago
+20Quit the Rat Race and Attempting a Comeback, Here's my AdviceHi fellow monkeys… I’m a brand new poster but have been reading through these boards for a couple of months to pass the time. The preponderance of posts on here regarding happiness and the work life balance have compelled me to add my own .02 cents on these issues, mostly because I think...512 months 1 week ago
+20Goodbye JC100021, Hello Military_MBA_BankerHello WSO Members, I recently changed my WSO handle from @JC100021" to this. You might also notice I went from Gorilla to King Kong & <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Certified User</a></span>...514 years 1 month ago
+19AMA: Managing Director in the M&A and PE business w/ 20+ years experience <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best Posts of 2014 - this originally went up March of this year </em> I am a 20+ year veteran and Managing Director in the M&A and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1382 years 3 months ago
+21Non-Target, Sub 3.5 GPA. FT BB IBDThis is an absolute must read if you're from a non-target! I will try to detail out as much of my journey as I can. This post is kind of long overdue; however, I feel like it's better late than never. (Even if it's really poorly written.) I got an email around November of 2010...371 year 4 months ago
+21"Getting Laid in College is Somewhat Overrated" [quote="<span itemprop="name">Attack_Chihuaha</span>"]<p>getting laid in college is somewhat overrated</p>[/quote] - @Attack_Chihuaha" 4/30/2017, Never Forget. How do you all feel about this? What are some other things that are overrated?...34
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+217 Things I've Learned About Being A ManagerYou've just gotten that promotion and now you're in charge of a small team. Congratulations! And welcome to middle management. All the hard work and the knowledge you've developed about everything your firm does these past few years has been noticed. But, now you have a small...321 year 1 month ago
+20Use Thanksgiving to Set 2017 Goals<p>For about the past 25 years, Thanksgiving weekend has been the four most important days of my year. Not only do I love everything about Thanksgiving (the food, the family and friends, the pervasive feeling of gratitude regardless of circumstances), but for me it’s the most natural...275 months 2 weeks ago
+20Private Equity: How Many Models and Bottles Can I Really Buy on the Buy Side?I was startled to realize over the past Thanksgiving weekend that apparently my 4 years of collective indentured servitude at a bulge-bracket bank and mega-fund was of particular interest to people at WallStreetOasis. As such, I have decided to undertake to the best of my abilities a blog where...275 years 10 months ago
+20The Street Before Christmas 2013Merry Christmas Monkeys! </em> <center><h3>The Street Before Christmas 2013</h3><br><h4>by Eddie Braverman</h4></center> <center>'Twas the Street Before Christmas 2013 Just two days before the Wolf hits the screen Spinning the...202 years 4 months ago
+20Firm E-mail FormatsFellow Monkeys, If you're a non-target kid like me, you know the rules: network, network, network. Personally, I enjoy it, so I made a little list that might help some people out there like me: e-mail formats for a handful of firms you all might be interested in. I stole from a few...1610 months 3 days ago
+20CV & CoverLetter - S&T Citi, Internship - No mercy please !Hello there fellow monkeys, I am about to apply for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">summer internship</a></span> in S&T at <span class='keyword_link'><a...153 years 2 months ago
+19Unbelievable! Detailed WSO Success Story: How I Broke into Equity Research<em>Mod note (Andy): this was originally posted on 8/15/12</em> Hello fellow monkeys, I wanted to take some time to write this because I definitely owe it to this community. Last week, I was given a verbal offer to work in Equity Research full-time, at a well-known bank,...1132 years 7 months ago
+19Banking Lifestyle: What Are the Hours Like REALLY?In light of the recent death of an investment banking intern in London (who was apparently epileptic) and with all the misinformation and romanticized banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">horror...1022 months 3 days ago
+23To All the Hillary Supporters that are allowing themselves to be spoon Fed by Main Stream Media Please read. I'm not a huge fan of Trump but IMO he's a better option than Hilary. Shit is so rigged... And Trump isn't like all the other puppets.1966 months 1 week ago
+19Harvard Scammed by 23-Year Old<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from May 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> You'd think creativity would count for something. Adam Wheeler, a...734 years 5 months ago
+24Why YOU Aren't Converting Your Interview - DCF Example (No Math)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #23 and was originally posted 8/28/2015.</em> <EM>Inspired by the <a...729 months 1 week ago
+20I did it.<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 6/25/12; definitely one of the most inspiring stories of the year posted on the site</em> I finally landed a <span class='keyword_link'><a...722 years 7 months ago
+18Advice for Princeton MFin ApplicantsAll, Over the past two months, I have seen several threads asking for advice on applying to Princeton Bendheim's MFin program, what the school is looking for, and many other questions. People on the forums have pointed to me because I go to school there, and they think I have some clue...1651 month 3 weeks ago
+20The Truth About Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/24/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> From observing the general population in...641 year 4 months ago
+19From State School to IBD to MM PE: AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last December but @THE PsYcHoLoGy" wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> WSO, I joined this site during my junior year of college, and it has proved to be a great resource time and again. There is a wealth of...531 year 1 month ago
+21What I Look For When Hiring Junior TradersI’ve been asked before what it takes to get a junior trader role on my desk, and there seems to be a prevalence of topics on the forums about how to secure a job as a junior trader. Having once been a junior trader, and now having hired and trained a few throughout my career, I feel fairly...514 months 3 weeks ago
+19Random Thoughts on the HF IndustryIt’s been a while since I posted (sorry @AndyLouis") so I decided to come back with something a little different from my previous posts. I’ll continue the E&F posts at some point, but given recent market conditions I thought this was more appropriate. The below is a compilation of...431 year 1 month ago
+19Oil and Gas Overview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #29 and was originally posted 1/10/2015.</em> Hopefully this post will generate some debate with regards to profiting from the recent drop in oil prices. As we have...411 year 4 months ago
+16M&A Interview Questions (Levels 1 through 4)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #46. This one was originally posted 8/16/2015</em>. <h3>M&A Interview Questions - Can You Answer All Four? </h3> I have a set of M&A...3389 months 3 days ago
+195 Steps To Effective NetworkingSo ever since I've posted my story on here (<a href="//">"106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance"</a>) and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I...302 months 1 day ago
+21Makena Capital For all interested in Investment Analyst internship at Makena Capital Management in Menlo Park... <h3>Interview Process:</h3> In California: (1) 45 minute interview on-campus with two interviewers and questions are simple like walk me through your resume, why <span...307 months 3 weeks ago
+19DB Oil & Gas Primer 2013I've been getting a lot of PM's for this primer so I thought I upload it here. Cheers,292 years 4 months ago
+19Energy Trading 101: The Crack SpreadGood afternoon, monkeys. Listen: A crude and natural gas midstream firm like MarkWest Energy Partners and an oil refinery in the middle of Alabama will have different price exposures, and thus require different hedges to protect themselves in the event of future uncertainty. While not...257 months 2 weeks ago
+21Avoid a Classic Mistake: Don’t Be a ‘Try Hard’I’ve written before about how your relationships at work are <em><u>everything</u></em>. If your bosses like you, you get better assignments, more favorable reviews, honestly you even get paid more and promoted over co-workers that probably deserve it more than you...237 months 3 weeks ago
+19Keeping Up with the Zuckerbergs (Learning About/Staying Up-to-Date on the Tech Industry)Now that I’m in the real world (and working in tech banking), I hear from a lot of students claiming they’re interested in working in/around technology, and asking for advice on how to learn more about the industry and keep up with trends. In order to save myself some time and not be forced...237 months 1 week ago
+22How to succeed post 20'sIn my early 20s, I really believed that in order to succeed all you need is work really hard. You gotta be gritty to succeed. You gotta put in long hours to be successful. You gotta be very good at technical things and establish yourself as a thought leader in particular domain. I don't...211 month 3 weeks ago
+18How to negotiate for more money during the interview process<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/22/12</em> So, this question keeps coming up, "if I negotiate with a prospective employer, will I piss them off or ruin my chances?"  I wanted to share the perspective of the person hiring...1111 year 14 hours ago
+19Random Musings on the HF Interview Process<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #26 and was originally posted 8/23/2015.</em> This is far from a definitive guide but should give you a high level overview on how to think about the process....101 year 8 months ago
+21Non-Target to MM IB: My AdviceAlthough I’m not as interesting as the Tibetan monk who realized his true passion is staring at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Excel</a></span> 18 hours a day, hopefully I...65 months 2 weeks ago
+18AMA: GS Special Situations >> Founder of a Private Equity StartupMy experience bridges three worlds: investment banking, private equity, and startup life. Here’s my story, in a nutshell: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's Plan II and Business Honors programs and was hired directly out of undergrad to <span...1011 year 1 month ago
+18AMA: Credit Analyst at +$5B Distressed ShopHave lurked on WSO on-and-off since pre-crisis days. Reading the material on here helped me get my first internship - time to give back. Happy to answer anything and everything. Quick background below. - Beginning third year as investment analyst at a $5B event-driven / distressed debt...1008 months 3 weeks ago
+18Johnson (Cornell) 2nd Year MBA Ask Me Anything AMAInspired by a few of the other people (@"OpsDude", @"TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at Cornell's Johnson School. If you're only interested in M7 MBAs, or you're HSW or bust, feel...98
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+19The Definitive Top 10 Alcoholic BeveragesLet's talk booze. You all knew the time would come that the discussion would branch out from my tried and true (WoodfordandCreatine™) and get more adventurous. There's no rules when it comes to alcohol, except obviously don't be a pussy. Try everything once. Also, girl drinks...665 months 3 weeks ago
+19Jedi looking to Lateral into IBanking<em>mod note (Andy): this was originally posted on 6/20/2011 and was voted one of the top threads of 2011</em> I’m a jedi knight looking to break into investment banking. I went through the jedi academy (it was kind of one of those things where they recruited me when I was...651 year 2 months ago
+19How PWM really works (part 1): past, present, future, and $$$Hey guys, Andy had asked me a while ago to do a blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">PWM</a></span>, so I figured I'd give it a whirl despite this forum...602 years 4 months ago
+19USA: 50 Things I Miss & LoveWith all the negative light on our country this week I thought there would be no better time to get this post up. And also probably good to write all this before the election, and before I return to spend more time in the US.. So for simplicity sake I'm writing these in generalizations as...585 months 3 weeks ago
+22In Response to “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get”<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/15/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> Jason Nazar, a contributing writer for...587 months 6 days ago
+18I DID IT!!!I did it!!! For those who are not in the know here is a quick recap. I was offered a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">FO</a></span> <span...542 years 5 months ago
+18Non-Target, Cold e-mailing to Multiple BB / MM SA Offers -- Yes it can be Done!All, I've been reading WSO for quite a long time, but this is my first and perhaps my last serious post about myself. A bit about my background: I am a junior studying finance at a 200% Non-Target university (yes, there are baby sitting positions on my school's career site,...532 years 1 month ago
+19My PE Recruiting ProcessPost #2: Update as of Feb 21, 2014 It has definitely been a stressful month. Recruitment has fully kicked off for me and I was surprised at the amount of traction I’ve gotten so far. With each interview, my responses have gotten better and I learned to <span...522 years 9 months ago
+18My Life - How I got into PE This is my story of how I got into PE. Just want to point out that there are some non-standard paths out there. I thought I would share it if it can inspire some kids on the website. <strong>Below is the full story, but from all those past years, these are some of the major things that...452 years 10 months ago
+19Sales - debunking 8 MYTHS (From a veteran)I read a lot of misleading information regarding sales jobs in banks on this forum recently (I am lumping sales/sales traders and all products here). I won't mention any particular users, but it got me angry. Given I have not contributed to WSO in a meaningful way in more than a year (apart...396 months 2 days ago
+19In This Business, You Need A Hobby—I’m A DJ<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #30 and was originally posted 9/6/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market...391 year 8 months ago
+16MSF Question and Answer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This one was originally posted 6/30/2015.</em> I get a ton of emails and answer a ton of posts asking similar questions so I thought I would answer the most common ones I get here...2396 months 1 week ago
+18As my username suggests, not sure what to do...First year PE associate...rolled into PE without much of a break once I got done with my third year in banking. As my username suggests, I am fully burned out, and was fully burned out during my last 8-10 months of banking (though to be fair, I think everyone gets there toward the end). PE...3711 months 22 hours ago
+19Free Resume ReviewsI am doing some work with U of Houston on resume prep so working on getting more exp on helping students with their resumes. Only way I know how is to actuallty review and help. Join <span class='keyword_link'><a...341 year 5 months ago
+18A Trading Story :Encouragement for the rest of usI have decided to post my experience for what it is worth. I do not expect this to follow the standard format of posts in this forum I am merely here to present to all of you a story that could have helped me and given me encouragement in the darkest days of the sales and <span...314 years 1 week ago
+18WSO's Best Real Estate BooksPeople ask about the best real estate books to read on this forum almost daily and we're happy to toss <a...301 month 3 weeks ago
+19Adam the Analyst - Episode 1: Introduction<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 09/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...293 years 1 week ago
+18Non-Target to [Insert Goal Here]I probably receive a few PMs a month from people who are from some variation of an out of favor background for Wall Street/Investment Banking/Private Equity. It varies from institution, to GPA to current professional position, and all of the above. The most common question I'm asked is:...282 years 7 months ago
+18Some Thoughts on Bitcoin, Part 1<p>I haven’t written about Bitcoin on WSO for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of questions about it on the site over the past few weeks due to the recent price movements. There’s a lot to cover so this might stretch into two posts. We’ll see how it...273 months 3 weeks ago
+23A One Stop Shop For All Things Diversity Recruiting - The Most Exhaustive List On WSODiversity recruiting has been the subject of several posts over the last few weeks. Although there are existing WSO posts that try to aggregate opportunity for diverse candidates, this one aims to be an exhaustive list that includes all the introductory programs and formal internship pipelines...25
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+18To All Freshman and SophomoresSo I have been asked twice in the past week by ambitious young monkeys "What are the best sources to learn to build a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial...25
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+18Not all paths lead through IB- what to do if you don't have an offer yetThis is another post to help those of you who are having trouble landing a FT offer or an internship in finance relieve some of that stress. It is very easy to get caught up in a downward spiral of gloom when things are not working out. It may be that you don’t get a call back after...243 years 1 month ago
+188 Rules to Live ByThe old guy here... A lot of people emailed me asking for life advice after I posted <a href="//">"15 career steps"</a>... Pull up your skirt and repeat diver John Chatterton's 8 "rules to live by." He...228 months 1 week ago
+18DCF Myth 1: If you have a D(discount rate) and a CF (cash flow), you have a DCF!<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #35 and was originally posted 2/24/2015.</em> Earlier this year, I started my series on discounted cash flow valuations (<span...181 year 4 months ago
+18DeletexxxSorry folks, people have started sending me creepy messages identifying me. I think it's just a friend f*cking with me, but going to delete this out of an over-abundance of caution. 1162 years 3 months ago
+26My Dating Philosophy<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #24 and was originally posted 3/21/2015.</em> I figured I'd make this post mostly because it's a topic I enjoy water cooler or barroom talk about, and...1121 year 4 months ago
+17Teller's Comprehensive Guide to Diversity RecruitingI'm creating this thread because I think that diversity recruiting is a powerful tool that is very much underutilized. Just about every <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> has...1111 year 1 month ago
+32Do you hate poor people?As much as Donald Trump? In the last week we've seen proposed plans come out of the white house that: Gut medicaid and limit access to low cost private insurance Cut low income housing programs Cut low income food programs Cut after school and summer programs primarily attended by...2071 month 5 days ago
+17AMA... 3rd year ER analystI have been an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">ER</a></span> analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...932 years 3 months ago
+1711 ways to Fake Work like everyone else in your office<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 7/11/12</em> Everyone’s on vacation. You’ve pretty much done minimal work the last week because you were celebrating your independence. Let's face it, you've probably checked out since memorial day weekend and now begins the...821 year 2 months ago
+18The Drunk MD StorySo last weekend, I decided to get shit-faced because I had a rough week. The typical…lack of sleep, lack of social life, and lack of sex. I wanted to have fun tonight, regardless of my state of mind. I could have easily went back home and fell asleep in 5 minutes, but fuck it. It’s Friday...803 years 9 months ago
+18Some Thoughts on Private Equity Interview Case StudiesThe infamous <a href="//">private equity interview</a> is enough to make seasoned top bucket analysts quiver in their boots. When you go through the interview process with private equity firms,...807 months 3 weeks ago
+23What if Goldman Sachs & J.P. Morgan merged together?I know this sounds insane! But theoretically speaking what if <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> and <span class='keyword_link'><a...686 months 3 weeks ago
+16What are your goals for 2017?Evening Monkeys, @Eddie Braverman" [recently posted]( how he uses the Thanksgiving weekend to set his goals and provided the community with a few tools for categorizing, qualifying and actualizing annual...1604 months 1 week ago
+18Trader Documentary - Paul Tudor Jones (Must See)Below is a link to the Paul Tudor Jones documentary video that shows him predicting the 1987 Crash (he tripled his money during it). This is a must see for any trader and shows the legendary trader in action before he became a billionaire. Although the video was shown on public television in...593 months 5 days ago
+17No country for old I-bankers (starting a mid-career thread for finance professionals)Starting a thread for mid-career finance professionals. Where did you guys go after banking? I ended up in PE myself, but man, it's hard. Seems WSO is all about the younglings but I wanted to hear what you fellow mid-career guys are experiencing. It's quite amusing to see the many...581 month 3 weeks ago
+17Attached - Equity Research Template ExamplesHi WSO, A lot of people have asked me for equity/industry analyst report templates. In response I have attached a few <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span>/MM...561 year 6 months ago
+27Accidentally Punched MD in the FaceIt's my birthday today, and learned that my GF paid for a 1 week vacation for the both of us to go to Cleveland. My natural excitement made me spin out of my chair, get up, and swing my fist into the air. I did all of this so fast that I didn't realize my Managing Director was right...529 months 3 weeks ago
+17What Are You Committed to Learning in 2017?<p>This will be my last post of 2016, so before I get into it I just want say thanks for a great year (or half-year) back at WSO. It’s been fun for me to explore some topics with y’all that weren’t necessarily finance related. The caliber of threads and comments really has leveled up...523 months 2 weeks ago
+17Corporate Development: my experiences and background<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target school....52
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+18Venture Capital Associate Fielding Questions<em><strong> mod (Andy) note:</strong><em> this was originally posted in July but he's still answering q's for those interested in VC. In following the solid threads of the 10x leverage, harvardgrad08...I am offering a Q and A on all VC related...1452 years 11 months ago
+17You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don't TakeIt was a standard Sunday for JRMM – Woke up entirely too early, ate breakfast, watched SportCenter, then had to kill time before the start of day 4 of the tourney. I had just gotten home from hitting golf balls and was about to firmly plant my ass on the couch for the remainder of the day...433 years 2 weeks ago
+17How to Make an App if You Only Know Investment BankingAfter my <a href="//">original post</a> describing why I decided to resign from <span class='keyword_link'><a...413 years 10 months ago
+17Tricks of the TradeJust want to share best practices and hear what other people do to be more efficient. I'm wrapping up 1st year associate in middle-market growth equity shop... <h3>PortCos</h3> * Keep a folder for each portco in outlook where I save all correspondence * Save all...37
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+28Shitty Networking 101Welcome to the school of shitty networking. There will be future courses, but here's an intro. I receive messages on nearly every social media platform (even Tinder) from people trying to get a job. Some are fine, and I just ignore them. Some are spineless, or insane, or so terribly...347 months 1 week ago
+17After all the hardwork, it paid offNon-target story where I landed a good offer. Moral though is Non targets if you’re reading this: <strong> This process is much harder than most believe. Do not underestimate the amount of luck involved which means you need to have the part you control 100% down. Stories, technical,...333 years 1 month ago
+17For One Day Longer<em>Andy note: "Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2011 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I'm going to keep this short because I have no doubt that you'll be inundated with 9/11...334 years 8 months ago
+18Farted in Pipeline Meeting - Advice needed immediatelyIt was horrible. Smelled like someone killed a fat skunk with an egg stick. The two MDs in the room gave me the most evil stare I've ever seen...even worse than when I royally screwed up on a deal. Any help on what I should do to apologize? Thank goodness a couple analysts were there to...3010 months 1 week ago
+18Best Lessons Learned From F&#%ing UpSome of the absolute best lessons you can learn in life come from f&#%ing up. Advice like "wear a condom" or "don't push that fart out after eating Thai food" or "don't eat pizza for literally every meal because your metabolism will slow down one day and...308 months 2 weeks ago
+18New WSO Podcast Launched! Subscribe TodayHey WSO Community - we're super excited to (finally) announce the launch of the Wall Street Oasis Podcast!!! The Wall Street Oasis podcast offers the same trusted content you love from the site with even deeper access to the most interesting people in the world of finance. Talking with...27
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+13Interview Questions: Tell Me A Joke...I recently went for a <a href="//">finance interview</a> at a smaller shop. The interviewer asked me to tell him a joke. I blanked. I ended up saying: <em>"A man walks into library and approaches the...4261 month 3 weeks ago
+16Ask me any question you have about Prime BrokerageI realized that there really isn't much information on prime brokerage on this site, even though it has been a significant source of revenue at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1222 months 2 weeks ago
+17Congratulations to the 2015 WSO Forum Member of the Year: DingDong08<em>Mod Note (Andy): I'm posting this under DingDong08's account so he can reap all the silver banana love :-) </em> Winning by an astounding margin (33% of the votes vs 14% ), congratulations to WSO super user <strong>@Dingdong08"</strong> for winning...201 year 3 months ago
+17Another take on OCR recruiting (the ones that did everything right)<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #34 and was originally posted 10/8/2015.</em> I wrote this because while <a...181 year 6 months ago
+24Breaking into Banking is NOT Like Applying to College<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 1/14/13. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> I have seen a ton threads like "Chance...1184 years 2 months ago
+17Extremely Robust Growth Projected - 132 hour work week All right, fellow monkeys. I'm on the tail end of a 132-hour workweek, so just a brief post today. So there I was, middle of the night, massaging an industry growth chart into an artificially-rosy picture that makes our pitch more attractive (a procedure that many of you will be...167 months 1 week ago
+17Private Wealth Management/Private Banking Guide for AssociatesOnce and for all - Here is the best guidebook I can give you for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">PWM</a></span>/<span class='keyword_link'><a...161 year 2 months ago
+17The Power of Habit<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #50. This one was originally posted 6/20/2015</em>. Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg, 2012 New York Times bestseller <em>The Power of...131 year 10 months ago
+17Cioffi Comes to Terms with ObscurityDisgraced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Bear Stearns</a></span><a href=""> hedge fund manager Ralph Cioffi</a>...126 years 8 months ago
+17Distressed Debt Investing (Real Estate)Using debt to invest in real estate has evolved over the last 30 years, and significantly changed after the subprime mortgage crisis, when more stringent regulations were introduced into the system. Looking back at different WSO Real Estate topics, there are a lot of posts regarding financing,...91 year 3 days ago
+17Qualities of a Great InvestorMod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #44. This one was originally posted 10/19/2015. If you've seen some of my other posts you know that I'm not a stock picker, deal maker, or quant - I'm an...81 year 4 months ago
+15Day 9: Why I Won't Date Bankerella<em>Andy note: See <a href="">"A Male Banker Describes A Typical Female Banker In NYC — And Why He Won't Date One"</a> on BI yesterday.</em> This post was inspired by...1983 years 7 months ago
+16How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours<em>Moderator note (Andy): this was originally posted on 5/17/12, <strong> <a href="//">Here is the link to his study guide</a></em></strong> Background: I recently took the <span...954 months 1 week ago
+16Ask Me Anything: Post-MBA IBD Associate at BB (NYC)WSO, I’ve been a long time lurker, but just recently started posting on this site. So to give you a little background: I graduated UG from a semi-target college (think UVA/UMich/CMU) with a humanities degree (think Political Science/Philosophy). However, I also had a sub 3.0 <span...953 months 3 weeks ago
+20Women in the Workplace Pt 2: Rigged Markets, Inside Information, and the “Softer” SexMy <a href="//">original post</a> on women in the workplace caused something of a commotion. I hadn't planned on a follow up, but @GLCIB27" forgot to check her privilege, so here we are...936 months 2 weeks ago
+20Don't Masturbate. Don't Look at Porn.In fact, delete all your porn and your LatinaMilf links. I did a while back and it's helped my life immensely. Obviously, this is anecdotal evidence on my part, but if you want some real evidence: There are also a bunch of great Ted Talks (Google it) on why...92
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+16Anyone Play Videogames?Hey everyone, I've seen the discussions about cars, bikes and watches so wanted to bring this up considering I think these are pretty popular. Unfortunately, I think the gaming industry has really been quite lackluster in the last decade or so, pretty much like the film industry. Most...1861 month 1 week ago
+16AMA: A Bored Financial AdvisorHello everyone. I've lurked here on and off over the years and realize there isn't much activity regarding wealth management, but thought I'd register anyway. I'm in my 30s, at an independent broker/dealer, been doing this over a decade (after getting my B.S. in finance and...856 months 2 weeks ago
+16Ask an experienced senior analyst anythingSo I'm feeling a bit generous over the holidays. So have at it kids, ask away. Straight-dope answers will be provided.832 months 2 weeks ago
+16Putting It Out There - the storySo as I've been asked for 'my story' but have never really done it in a full, comprehensive way... here we go. <!--break--> I was born back in 1985 to two parents who realized they were going to become parents when they were 16 and 17 years old. Both of them dropped out...754 years 10 months ago
+15Ask an ex-IB MD anything.........<em>Mod Note (Andy): Don't miss his webinar coming up this Sunday! "<a href="//">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a>" You can ask me anything. I know there are probably a lot...1651 year 1 month ago
+16Is This a Great Country or What?America is not a place without its problems, but there are some things we do better than any other country on Earth. Opportunity has to be at the top of that list. America is one of those rare places where you can truly start with nothing (or with even less than nothing) and become enormously...634 months 3 weeks ago
+16How to Start Trading (Compliments of Bondarb)There have been a few requests to find the classic post by Bondarb, so it made sense to sticky it. This is what he wrote: <strong>Here is how you learn about <span class='keyword_link'><a...577 months 3 weeks ago
+16Ask CompBankerWallStreetOasis, At the request of Patrick and a few users, I have agreed to start an "Ask CompBanker" thread. The purpose is to share responses to my historical and future PMs with the community while keeping the question asker anonymous. Anyone is welcome to send me a PM or post...541 year 6 months ago
+16Top 5 Stupidest Publicly Traded Companies I was screening for new l/s ideas yesterday and forgot to filter market cap. Some hilarity ensued, and having a minute this morning, I figured I would share this collection of monkey shit. Yes, these are/were real companies and you can look them up on Cap IQ if you want. **5. Reality Racing...541 month 2 weeks ago
+16Special Sits PE Case Study Example<em>The webinar for this case is TODAY, July 6th, at 5:00pm EDT. If you miss it, it will be replayed for free on the homepage on August 6th</em> Even though recruiting season is not necessarily around the corner, I thought I'd share the below with the community. If anyone has...53
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+14The Real Estate Job Hunt - How are people doing?I'm curious to see how other WSOer's job search for CRE is going. Are people seeing a lot of success or struggling?253
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+18REVEALED! Wall Street CEO Facebook Convo<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 10/9/12.</em> <b>WSO EXCLUSIVE:</b> Titans of Wall Street caught in candid conversation on Facebook! Read on below and after the break: <img...532 years 4 weeks ago
+16Sell Your Options Dearlymod (Andy) note): <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 was the first in a series of 3 of "Sell Your Options". More to come later this week & next. If there's...474 years 10 months ago
+17Technical Skills Aren’t Going To Get You To Partner, But This WillDevastated. That’s the only word I can use to describe it. I was totally devastated. I had just gotten off the phone with my VP. It was the summer of 2008, the shit was hitting the fan in the world of finance, and I had just been told I wasn’t going to receive a return offer for my...462 years 10 months ago
+16How PWM really works (part 2): Breaking In, Staying In, and Getting OutHey guys, got quite a few questions on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">PWM</a></span>, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being...442 years 9 months ago
+16Officially Out of the HF BusinessMight as well make it official and say I have left the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> business to pursue other interests on good terms and...431 year 2 months ago
+17Lessons From My 20sI'm turning 30 on Thursday. It's true. I've been a bit of a workaholic this past decade. I'm driven by an intense desire to help create a better world in the future than the one we have today--a world that is more sustainable, abundant, and joyous. And I'm excited about...422 years 8 months ago
+18Advice from an ex-IB MD on how to make it to Wall Street<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #39. This one was originally posted 9/20/2015. <em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...401 year 3 weeks ago
+18Week 4 of IBD Internship: Initiation<em>The very talented author of this post is also the author of our updated <strong><a href="//">Finance Internship Guide</a></strong>.</em> <em>Want to read more of his...371 year 7 months ago
+16Want to Boost Your Career? Be a Leader - Not a Boss <em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this originally went up 8/21/13. If you haven't read Nefarious' other posts make sure to check them out, he did a good series of 3-4 posts around this time (see on his tracker page by clicking his username) </em> Keeping with the...351 year 5 months ago
+17An Unconventional Message for all You Prospective Monkeys out thereLong-time reader, first-time poster. Just wanted to share my story so far since I graduated from undergrad ~8 months ago & when I was a prospective monkey, I really appreciated people's stories of their experiences and their advice they had for others. My take is a little different...303 years 2 months ago
+16The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSOMy content intern @Lucas_M" is at it again! This time the top ranked (by silver bananas) posts related to networking, cold calling, and cold emailing. Enjoy! p.s. Need more networking advice? Check out our <a...271 year 2 weeks ago
+16Advice from an ex-IB MD: Who succeeds on Wall Street <em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #37 and was originally posted 10/14/2015.</em> <em>Mod Note #2: Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a...271 year 5 months ago
+16From Hedge Fund to Corp Fin to M&APhewwww, it's been a strange ride, fellas. I would like to gloat about my recent career revelations, while hopefully providing some advice/insight to the people who read. I have just finished up a GE-type Financial Management Program at an F100 firm with an offer for an analyst role...2511 months 1 week ago
+167 Practical Tips for Entering 1st Year IBD AnalystsIt’s been over 3 years since I first came across WSO as a junior in college. Eventually, I was able to land an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>...249 months 3 weeks ago
+17How I went from 10 rejections to one dream internship this year.The background story is here: <a href="//">I'm so pathetic--I can't get past 1st round Interviews</a> <h3>Finance: </h3> <span...213 months 6 days ago
+16The Street Before Christmas 2012<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="//">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h2>The Street Before Christmas...214 years 4 months ago
+16My advice on an initial call with a VCI don’t know how many entrepreneurs are actually on WSO but I know there are a few. Additionally I know there are some people that are just generally interested in how a junior VC team member assesses potential opportunities. First note that all VC's are different. We all have our own...203 years 2 months ago
+16How to feel confident and get a job out of networking events<em>Hey ladies and gents! I saw in the Wall Street Journal a big article on the importance of charisma and presence, it inspired @"Ben_KickassAcademy" and I to throw an article together on networking for you guys.</em> You fill out a name card.  Receive a packet of...122 years 8 months ago
+15AMA: Former hedge fund junior trader/analystI recently got laid off by my employer, a larger credit focused hedge fund. I though I'd create an AMA to clear up questions anyone may have regarding the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/hedge-fund-interview-questions">hedge fund...1092 months 3 weeks ago
+18My Biggest Career Mistake to Date: Prestige<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 10/1/12.</em> I occasionally get PMed by people at colleges I’ve never heard of before, asking if they have a shot at <span class='keyword_link'><a...1061 year 8 months ago
+17How Do We Decouple Income From Work?<p>This is the first post in a series exploring technology, its impact on how we work, and the macroeconomic effects of the displacement it causes.</p> <p>I was at a tech conference earlier this year and ended up at a discussion about workforce automation. A guy from...958 months 1 week ago
+15Quitting time - views on how to leave your job<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #48. This one was originally posted 3/8/2015</em>. I've been exchanging PMs with a fellow poster who didn't like his current role and had the good sense...871 year 4 months ago
+17The Intellectual Yet IdiotMust read article by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (link below): [quote]The Intellectual Yet Idiot What we have been seeing worldwide, from India to the UK to the US, is the rebellion against the inner circle of no-skin-in-the-game policymaking “clerks” and journalists-insiders, that class of...825 months 2 days ago
+15The Divorce Fund: Speculating on Your MiseryI have spoken candidly in the past and will gladly do so again, about my misadventures in the world of marriage. It's a world many foolish men enter, but few ever leave financially unscathed. Today, we look at yet another <a...81
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+15Stimulants 101: How to wake yourself up and get shit done (without destroying your long-term health)If you're reading this, I'm assuming you take a shit load of stimulants to stay awake and get work done. It's the only option on those days where you've been grinding through mind-numbing <span class='keyword_link'><a...798 months 19 hours ago
+4Ask Alex at MBA ApplyHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership with...12774 months 2 weeks ago
+17Resume and cover letter - a reviewers perspectiveI just read through a stack of cover letters and resumes to prepare for a summer intern interview day. Here's some comments from the perspective of a late 30s banker on the interviewer side of the table. <br><ol><li>Every cover page and resume looks the same. I skim...641 year 2 months ago
+12Private Equity vs Hedge Funds: 4 Key DifferencesFull disclosure, I'm biased to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> path, but have friends at top PE shops. First things first, PE and...3632 years 4 days ago
+16Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href=" .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>561 year 6 months ago
+15What do you Drive and What's your Dream Car?Ladies and Gentlemen, I know a whole lot of you are in NYC or cities where vehicle ownership doesn't make sense, but if somehow you do or for others in places where you have to own a car to get around... 1. What is your current ride and why? 2. What's your dream...2552 months 1 week ago
+14I'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anythingI'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anything. Interview prep questions, industry questions, etc. etc. 1541 month 1 week ago
+15AMA: I’ve held Pre-MBA MM LBO, Growth Equity and Venture Capital investment roles for funds with $500M+ AUM to $5B+ AUMHi All - I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM...51
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+16How to get Respect...Bankers are among the smartest people in the world, though so easily manipulated. Why is it that as soon as graduates enter banking, they suddenly feel so inadequate that they change everything about themselves. We are meant to be the movers and the shakers of the developed world, yet a vast...457 years 1 week ago
+15Timeline of an Investment Banking Analyst, Year 1<p> <b>August</b> </p> Training’s over, and you’ve just hit the new group. You’re getting to know your bullpen-mates and you’ve picked up a few bullshit staffings. You’re settled into your new apartment in Murray Hill (no roaches yet!) and you’re loving the...442 years 8 months ago
+15Non-target student with full-time offers to 2/3 MBB's. Ask me anything! Hey everyone, this site has been fairly helpful to me throughout the last few years, so I figured it was finally time to give back. I'm currently in my senior year of undergraduate, and I have offers from 2/3 MBBs (made it to final rounds at the 3rd, but was rejected after final round). I...396 months 1 week ago
+15CFA Charterholder who left finance and joined the Army—AMATitle explains it. I’m Alex Cook, and you might have seen my YouTube video on the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/cfa-training-free-trial-learn-signal" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Program. I can't post links here right now but...37
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+15PM me your Placement #sIn response to what seems like an endless cyclical influx of high school kids who can’t tell their asses from a hole in the ground asking what school they should attend/transfer to, I think there may be a solution. Everyday there’s a couple dozen discussions asking people to compare...363 years 3 weeks ago
+17A BIG thank you to WSO from a non-target!I felt that it was necessary to write this post now, as an important step in my life has transpired recently. Coming from as much of a non-target background as possible, I have managed to get the coveted SA offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...303 years 4 months ago
+15SA Interview Prep Techniques<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #38 and was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> <h3>4 Summer Analyst Interview Prep Tactics </h3> I recently completed SA recruiting and wanted to...291 year 4 months ago
+15From a Paper Mill to Call Centre to Back Office IT to Equity Research<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #47. This one was originally posted 3/20/2015</em>. I posted this in a reply to an earlier thread but thought it may be helpful as it's own topic. I have...292 years 1 month ago
+15Non target => WSO Intern => Major US BankMonkeys, Long story short, I went to a non-target, had a sub-par gpa, and was a liberal arts major – pretty disastrous in trying to land a decent finance job. Prior to graduating, I started reading business/finance resources, studying <span class='keyword_link'><a...283 years 4 months ago
+15A Story of Persistence: If I Can Make It, You Can Too<h3>Background: </h3> Rewind back to October 2011. I was a Senior at a fairly prestigious state school, but it was a non-target university. I was graduating with a major in History, and I believed I wanted to go to Law School eventually. My father and mother both went to Law School...282 years 3 months ago
+15Coming to America - A Canadian in New York (AMA)<EM>Quick Background: STEM Undergrad, public tech co, Canadian MBA, Big Five Canadian <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>, now NYC <span...261 year 2 months ago
+157 Tips for Office / Holiday Parties Assuming you're there purely to improve your career prospects, here are the keys to the kingdom young padawans. <h3>0. The Preparation: </h3> is this a holiday themed party? is it business casual? business casual is hard to fuck up, but if it's holiday themed,...264 months 2 weeks ago
+17500k Legal Green Card Holders and Students Banned from the US Under the current executive action. this article gives the numbers: Homeland Security confirms it applies to green card holders:...1202 months 1 week ago
+156 REAL Habits I've Observed From Self-Made MillionairesBusiness Insider (and forbes to a lesser extent) are flooding the younger generation with all of these seemingly simple ways to become a millionaire (see <a href="">"13 Habits of Self-Made...185 months 3 weeks ago
+15My Story: From Trading Floor at UBS To Entrepreneur on Kickstarter<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #49. This one was originally posted 4/28/15.</em> “I wish I had this chance if I was your age again.” - said my MD when I resigned in April 2013. (He...181 year 4 months ago
+14Ask a bro: Thebrofessor's AMA, 2016 editionAlright everyone, I need something to distract me from family time over the next few days, so wanted to do a AMA. Background for those who don't already know: partner in a <span class='keyword_link'><a...118
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+15Former BB VP giving advice to all you wannabe bankersHey guys, I have only been on this forum a couple of times, but I formerly worked in M&A at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">bulge bracket</a></span>. I have been...11610 months 2 weeks ago
+25Banking vs. The Buy-side: 10.5 considerations<em>Mod Note (Andy) - We're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #19 and was originally posted 11/21/2015.</em> In the forums I see a lot of questions and comments contrasting banking and the buy-side. It seems many of you are thinking about all the...131 year 5 months ago
+16Dear DiaryA stream of consciousness-style journal-entry kind of thing from my analyst days, when I was coming off a hot-streak at the office and feeling burned out. I wrote this on a Saturday night. For whatever reason, enjoy... I’m in the vortex. The magnetron. I’ve been suffering from too little...129 months 3 weeks ago
+156 Tips To Boost Your Confidence And Nail Your Next Job Interview<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #42 and was originally posted 11/13/2015.</em> Confidence matters. Often it matters more than whether or not you’re actually qualified. Hewlett Packard...106 months 3 weeks ago
+14What banker careers really look like: real private data<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/22/12.</em> The most common arguments on WSO are about what it really takes to make it to Wall Street... and then what your options are if you get there. Working professionals come here to engage in witty banter...2082 years 2 months ago
+15Sources and Uses: How to Find and Use Information in IBD (EBITDA example)There is a lot of emphasis on technical skills in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>: being able to do <span...87 months 3 weeks ago
+162 steps to killing it in 2016!<strong><a href="//">See part 2 here</a></strong> What's the best way to kill it in 2016? Make some pathetically impotent new year's resolutions, or take stock of how you killed it in...71 year 4 months ago
+14Beautiful 25 Year Old Girlhey guys, read this posting from this girl on Craigslist and one of the responses below....thought you would enjoy. ORIGINAL INQUIRY THIS APPEARED ON CRAIG'S LIST What am I doing wrong? Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful (spectacularly...956 years 1 month ago
+14Affirmative Action based on WealthThis topic really hits close to home with me. When I see peers of underrepresented minority (and yet highly affluent/advantaged) backgrounds around me reaping the benefits of affirmative action, I can't help but think there must be a better way. Perhaps, schools or firms should require...852 months 1 week ago
+16Islam, the White House, and the "Counter-Jihadist" movementSo I just got through an illuminating Vox article linked here: and I want to get some thoughts from fellow WSO members. If you can't (or won't) read the entire article here is a short summary. 1.) a...181
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+14Back-Door Mark: The Oracle of P.B.<em>Mod Note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie". This one is originally from November 2010.</em> My buddy Pat lived in a condo on the beach, and it was a righteous location. When I say on the beach I mean when you opened his front door, you stepped out onto a large...819 months 2 weeks ago
+14Worst slides everShare your worst - I've had a lot shitty PPT work this week, and want to commiserate. **My worst in banking:** MD thought it would be value-added to show a slide summarizing all the <span class='keyword_link'><a...811 month 1 week ago
+14AMA: Research Analyst at $1 Billion Hedge FundHey 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...801 month 4 days ago
+14Can we get a STICKY for our RE board for a) Underwriting models to be posted/shared; b) Current salary comps across industryWhat do you guys think? This would be very useful to many of us.807 months 1 week ago
+13A Guide for Switching From Commercial Banking to Investment BankingGiven the number of messages I continue to receive with questions regarding my switch from commercial banking to investment banking, I thought it'd be helpful to provide a few guidelines for those looking to make the switch... <strong>1. Aim low(<span...1754 months 4 weeks ago
+14Convert Your Summer Internship Into a Full-Time Offer<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 7/6/12.</em> As a former summer/fulltime investment banking analyst, I’ve seen a few waves of Ivy League migrant workers come through New York. <b>A few tips for success for the upcoming crop...742 years 2 months ago
+15Brief Introduction to Banking Recruiting at the MBA LevelMost of recruiting discussion here are for SA/ANL, and I realized MBA level recruiting is very different after went through the entire process. So I want to give back to the community and write a short guide about it. Since all these are pretty transparent and will be provided to you in your...681 year 2 months ago
+13I'm an MD and I run the Sales division: Ask Me Anything <em>Mod note (Andy): we vetted this user to confirm his identity/status and yes in fact he is who he says he is, and is eager to answer your questions :)</em> Bio: I decided to join WSO to help both students and young professionals advance in their Finance careers, whether that be...1662 years 4 months ago
+14The BlackHat Interview: 1/4<strong>Mod note (Andy):</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="//">BlackHat</a> interview is here. Questions came from myself and members of writing and intern teams. BIG thanks to BH for his really...633 years 4 months ago
+14Series 79 free study guideI have a very detailed outline that I'm going to make available to the forum. Either through a editable gdoc or through a personal wiki. Frankly, we all spend way too much time studying / preparing for the exact same things. I'm hoping that a few people will taking it upon...573 months 1 week ago
+16How PWM really works (part 3): PB v. PWM, lifestyle, hours, day in the lifeSorry this took so long everyone! Hope you enjoy and hope it's not too terribly long. For the 3rd installment of my blog, I’ll detail some of the differences between <span class='keyword_link'><a...561 year 2 months ago
+145 Benefits to Being in the Back OfficeI worked in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">back office</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...533 years 3 months ago
+14One Fell Swoop: Multi-Purpose Networking <em>“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.” –Machiavelli ,“The Prince” </em> What if you could kick ass at your current job while networking for another, effectively killing two birds with...503 years 6 months ago
+14Company Email Addresses GuideHey fellow monkeys, It seems like we get posts every month about the email address of certain banks. I decided to make a list of all the banks/hedge funds/prop shops Here it is: The <span class='keyword_link'><a...489 months 1 week ago
+16Using , MBA as a suffixReasons why you shouldn't do this 1. Look at how frequently M7 MBAs do this and look at how frequently University of Phoenix MBAs do this. 2. Look at linkedin and see the industries where this is most frequent. It is typically salesy kinds of jobs with zero barriers to entry...483 months 3 weeks ago
+15Day 1: To Be A Better ManMy self-development journey started in May 2010. I was broke, overweight and single. Life became one giant question mark, and for me, it was extremely painful and stressful. I went through an emotional journey to rebuild my identity, get in shape and find a purpose in life. It wasn’t easy but...473 years 4 months ago
+14The sell-side 15 - how to stay fit yet still fit inPeople talk about getting the freshman 15 from too much beer in the 1st year of undergrad...when in reality, if you don't make it into the gym at all when you have basically 12 free hours a day, you probably deserve it and should be mocked for laziness. Compare that to your 1st year of...443 years 1 month ago
+15Beginners Guide to Valuation and Metrics By SectorInspired by comments from this: // Lets just jump in. <strong>Technology:</strong> In this space there are really two metrics that matter the most, sales growth and EPS...423 years 6 months ago
+13AMA: I'm an Agricultural Commodities TraderI'm a senior trader with 8 years of experience in the ag markets. I currently trade physicals only but have traded futures and options to a small extent in the past as part of my hedge book. I have experience in grains and a wide variety of other ag byproduct commodities. Feel free to ask...141
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+14My Experience as a Market Risk Analyst<em>Post any questions you may have and I'll do my best to answer!</em> There doesn't seem to be much information on this website regarding this niche role so I'd like to just expand on this and hopefully future readers can gain insight on this function. I...416 months 2 weeks ago
+14AMA: I grew up in Consulting and reinvented my brand 3 timesHappy to answer any questions about how to decide if consulting is right for you, day in the life type questions, how to build a long term, fulfilling career in consulting, and if you are in consulting how to gain experiences without pigeon holing yourself, as well as build a case for promotion....391 month 4 weeks ago
+15F*ck the CEO: These 3 People Can Help You More<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 8/1/13.</em> For a lot of you, the very title of this article probably has you choking on your silver spoon. Shame on you. One of the most important realizations I have come upon since I began my career is it is...372 years 3 months ago
+14Day in the Life--Middle Office (Risk)Congrats, you've made it into the middle office. What is the middle office? Definitions vary, but think risk management, certain accounting roles, corporate treasury--broadly speaking, you interact with the business divisions on externally-related (i.e. client, funding) topics,...373 months 5 days ago
+13Corporate Finance Q&A with accountingbyday, BJM85, STorIB, and djfiii<em>mod note: this very informative q&a was originally posted on 2/12/12</em> <a name="top"></a> UPDATE 2/22/12: Over 20 questions and 50 responses added so far, keep 'em coming! I also took the bold away from the questions by popular...1374 years 2 months ago
+14Very detailed notes of Peter Thiel's startup class at StanfordI came across a blog with very specific notes on the class Peter Thiel is currently teaching at Stanford. I've been going through a class lecture a day when I get some down time in the office. Here are some takeaways I thought we're good from the first 3 lessons. (Some of these are...353 years 10 months ago
+14Giving it All Up: From Med School to TraderHey all, I’m new to this board, and figured I’d introduce myself by conducting an interview that might be useful for those on the fence about their career. I’m here today with a friend of mine who gave up everything to shoot for finance. <strong>My friend, who wishes to remain...323 years 2 months ago
+13Praying for LilyI am posting this because I need the WSO community's prayers, your good vibes, positive energy, anything you can send my family's way. Monkeys, I am going through a very difficult time right now. This site has helped me in many ways, I have tried to give back. You all know I am a...1322 years 6 months ago
+14AMA: Endowments, Foundations, & Asset Allocators It's about time I do another post on here and rather than go into detail on a specific aspect of the industry I'm just going to open it up to a general AMA. The E&F (and asset allocators in general) industry is sort of a black box. Most people don't know a ton about the...30
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+18I'm A F*cking SleuthNo fucks left to give, monkeys. I've got dirt on my boss and I want you to dream with me: what should I ask for? So I'm in the shitter, taking a shit, as I do, and reupping on Adderall, albeit with an off-label route of administration, hence the privacy. I've also got a good...296 months 1 week ago
+14Must readWas recently forwarded this. Ya'll may have read this before, but for those who haven't, enjoy. years 5 months ago
+13Five Thoughts on Wall Street Bathroom Breaks<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throw Back Thursday, Originally posted on August, 2012</em> When you work 80-hour weeks regularly and the staples of your diet are $25 Seamlessweb pasta dishes and burger combos, inevitably, nature is going to call – on your office line. For the majority of...1262 years 5 months ago
+14PE and HF HeadhuntersA list of Headhunters I came across. Figured I'd share it. Some don't seem that great, but I've interacted with a few names on the list. Really wish I had this list 2 years ago when I entered finance... Best of luck to all! <span class='keyword_link'><a...252 years 2 months ago
+16Preparing 300 hours for McKinsey and BCG offerHello everyone, I just signed and sent out the McKinsey offer. This is something I have not even dream about 4 years ago when I first found about the world of consulting and MBB firms. It was a very long journey. I could not always see how all dots will connect but being driven by ambition...248 months 1 week ago
+147 Things I Learned While Running a Business<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #40 and was originally posted 7/31/2015.</em> Thought some of you may enjoy reading this. For the last 1-2 years, I've been running an editing service as a...221 year 9 months ago
+14Healthcare Overview... Part 1?By popular demand we’re doing a new overview, this time focusing on healthcare (Finally!). We’re going to keep this simple and stick with three basic buckets. 1) Healthcare Equipment, 2) Bio-Technology and 3) Pharmaceuticals. If there is a lot of demand for an additional space (or...222 years 6 months ago
+14How To Really Network And Land That OfferHey all, I am glad to hear that my story resonated with many, always happy to help (<b><a href="//">you can see it here</a></b>). Of the many messages I have been receiving, a...213 years 2 months ago
+9B-School Q&A w/ Betsy Massar of Master AdmissionsI'm Betsy Massar, founder of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Master Admissions</a>. I'm glad to be here on Wall Street Oasis back with kindred spirits. Right out of Harvard Business School I worked for <span...6201 year 6 months ago
+14BB Operations MD AMAHaven't seen too many posts to shed light on this so ask away. Also see my latest post here: // <em>Mod Note (Andy): This is an older AMA originally posted on 2/20/16 but the OP let me know he's still able to...1182 months 3 weeks ago
+14Why I Enjoy Networking with Candidates<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #41 and was originally posted 7/29/2015.</em> I thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who...171 year 7 months ago
+16A Story of Breaking out of BO/MO HellThank you to everyone on WSO for giving me the tools and courage to pursue this huge career change. After 6 months of slowly decaying in a middle office role, I was finally able to land a <span class='keyword_link'><a...174 months 6 days ago
+15The CFA Curriculum, As Explained by Two Cows<em>This article is originally from <a href=''></a>. You can <a href=''>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...163 years 4 months ago
+14Some Thoughts on Managing Multiple Offers (Consulting / MBB)I've seen a few posts from people with multiple offers who are wondering which ones to take, so I thought I'd share a few of my general thoughts. I dealt with the same issue last winter, and have discussed the pros and cons with many of my friends at b-school. These are just my...145 months 1 week ago
+17Thank you WSO Community! AMA/My Story: Target --> State School --> Non-MBA Masters --> MM IB --> Lower MM PE In short, I recently accepted an offer to join a lower middle market PE firm after a little less than 2 years in IB and, as a longtime reader of WSO, I figured I would share my story in hopes of giving back in some small way to the community that has been critical in my journey over the last few...131 week 5 days ago
+14Advice for an ex-IB MD: What to read if you want to go into finance<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #43. This one was originally posted 11/29/2015.</em> I often get asked by young students or recent graduates what books they should be reading to succeed. I was a...81 year 5 months ago
+14What's Your Five Year (IBD) Plan? A VP Reflects and Looks Forward.I don't approve of this as an interview question, but it is something that everyone should try to think about. When I was an MBA candidate, it was more about just getting my foot in the door. I was lucky enough to get into a good bank as an <span class='keyword_link'><a...78 months 2 weeks ago
+14University of Miami (FL) MBA: The RundownI've found this site to be incredibly helpful but noticed there is limited information out there on the MBA programs outside of the top 25, so I thought I would put something together for UM's FT MBA program. Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone considering coming...75 months 4 weeks ago
+14Credit Analyst AMABackground: I work for one of the largest banks in the world by assets, in credit analysis. My job is basically to analyze the credit risk of large corporates (generally more than $1Bn in revenue). Products are not limited to loans and revolvers, but extends to everything under the sun that is...1063 months 2 days ago
+14List of all US Real Estate Developers and REITsI'm beginning my MRED in the Fall, and am starting to wind up my networking efforts. I figured a CapIQ screen of every developer in the nation sorted by State/City would probably be a good start. I hope that anyone else in a similar situation finds this useful. Let me know if you have...4
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+132017 BonusesHow are bonuses looking this year? Sounds like Deutsche got hammered and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/morgan-stanley">Morgan Stanley</a></span> was down 15%. <em> Mod Note: You can find the S&T and <span...96
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+13Your Most Absurd IB Interview Questions.. and AnswersAll, I am doing this because I haven't found a thread like this on WSO. I am curious as to everyone's most absurd <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">ib...928 months 3 weeks ago
+15AMA: FX Trader: High Volatility Job, Low Excitement Life Right, Assuming you have read the title, this is one of those "I feel sorry for myself" Saturday night posts, it's also an AMA, because I'm bored. Now that that is out of the way, let me start with a short introduction, I am a trader on the FX desk at a <span...84
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+12Official Election Results Thread Trump is our new president, what are your thoughts? What does this mean for Wall Street? Also if you haven't already, check out some related threads from yesterday: :...1815 months 4 weeks ago
+13Billions Season 2First episode description: Chuck faces scrutiny within his office and from the Attorney General. Axe refortifies Axe Capital, and weighs his options for retaliation. The fund wrestles with a precarious economic landscape that threatens the very existence of Axe Cap. Wendy entertains an offer...75
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+14How PWM really works (part 4): Misconceptions, how we invest, choosing a broker, and my AMAHey everyone, this is way overdue, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. For my 4th and final blog on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">PWM</a></span>, I wanted to...742 months 3 weeks ago
+12Why do ppl choose megafunds over MM?Wondering about this. Is it just the prestige/pay? Seems like your experience would be quite limited at megafunds (type of work similar to banking, just modelling focused). Why don't more people pursue MM -- especially if it is less competitive? <strong>Moderator...173
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+13Gray Fox AMA<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last August but Gray Fox wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> I've posted here for about five years, but with much less frequency the past year and a half. @xqtrack" @Kenny_Powers_CFA" @BlackHat"...711 year 1 month ago
+122017 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, I would like to start a thread for 2017 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> Insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...164
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+14Trump = Quant-mageddon?I may be a dumb southerner who limped through advanced calculus like a wounded animal, but I spent a fair amount of time in college studying math and applied statistics. (I think it is amazing you can graduate from many institutions with a degree in finance, having memorized a bunch of formulas...592 months 3 weeks ago
+13AMA: Non-Target --> BB BO --> BB ECMWhat's going on everybody, The WSO community has helped me out tremendously over the past few years, so I've decided that it's time to give back. Recently accepted an offer from a non-<span class='keyword_link'><a...544 months 2 weeks ago
+13Official Petition to Bring Back Brady4MVPWe, the monkeys of the Wall Street Oasis online community, hereby petition the resurrection of the user famously known as <b>Brady4MVP</b>. Currently said individual is operating under a moniker highlighting the distinction between mba's and muffins, and he is struggling. Having...472 months 3 weeks ago
+12Wall Street Bro Caught on Camera Humping Fearless Girl StatueIf you haven't seen it yet, a picture has gone viral of someone humping the "fearless girl" statue that faces the Wall Street Charging Bull. According to a Huffington Post <a...146
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+17WTF California ....... WTFSo I hit up the La Brea Tar Pits this past weekend when a friend was in town and we were looking for some cheap tourisity stuff to do. I hadn't been to the Tar Pits since grade school so I thought it would be kind of cool to go and it should only cost a couple of dollars if that. Well...44
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+15Advice for new FT recruits - tale of cautionMy company runs a graduate scheme where we take on 15/20 graduates a year with 3/4 of those working in my department. I came through this scheme myself and so I like to check in on the most recent cohort of grads to see how they are doing and offer any advice I think might be of help to them....443 years 11 months ago
+12AMA: Former McKinsey EMAll, It has been awhile. I did an AMA quite a long time ago (<a href="//">"Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB"</a>) and...142
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+14What watch do you wear and What's your Dream Watch?I've seen the car topic, now let's start with the watches. I'm a watches maniac. Currently wear: Rolex GMT Master ref. 1675, Rolex Submariner 1680 red write. Next: <span class='keyword_link'><a...140
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+13A Day in the Life: Professional Baseball PlayerI figured that I was due for a Day in the Life post but with Major League Baseball’s playoffs in full swing I thought it would be fitting to do a post from my former life as a Minor League Baseball player. I played for two seasons and the following would be a typical day for a home game in...399 months 4 days ago
+13Blackrock MD BY 31: Ask me Anything <strong>Bio: </strong><em>Khe attended Yale University and has 15 years of finance experience, mostly as a fund of funds investor. Khe was promoted to Managing Director at Blackrock at the age of 31, and last year left to explore entrepreneurial passions around community...3710 months 3 weeks ago
+13AMA: Non-Target 2014 grad with 2 off-cycle BB offers (ER & DCM)I've been a long-time WSO reader and have read countless AMA's that have helped me out along the way, and with FT recruiting in full swing I thought it'd be cool to share my story and give whatever advice I could to people in similar situations to myself. So first I'll...362 years 6 months ago
+16Sorry, you weren't good enough<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #36 and was originally posted 10/16/2015.</em> I liked this <span class='keyword_link'><a...361 year 4 months ago
+13Investing In The Middle East 101So the "Middle East".... that place with a lot of camels and terrorists, right? NO! Before even thinking of investing in the Middle East, you have to stop calling it the "Middle East". It's Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Saudi...356 months 2 weeks ago
+13Bumps along the way, but finally moving in the right direction...Primates! Today I'm going to tell you a little story. No, it's not the <em>"walk me through your resume"</em> story that must have precisely 3-4 jumps, with a positive and negative at each juncture that logically progresses to a career in IB. This is the...345 years 3 weeks ago
+13How to buy your first set of golf clubsFor a beginning golfer there are quite a lot of different choices of equipment and it can be quite hard to know what is best since most golf pros and retailers want you to buy a 400 dollar driver. In my humble opinion a used set will perform just as good as a new set but what matters is making...343 months 4 weeks ago
+14Why do we lie about how many hours we work?Back when I was in my second year of consulting, I worked with literally the busiest person in the world. At least, that's what she wanted everyone to think... She would rush around the office with a permanent frown on her face, clutching her laptop and a stack of papers.  I...331 year 1 month ago
+13Cold email advice from analyst A couple pieces of honest advice when writing cold emails. People may say I'm overly critical but I get 5 of these a day so I am looking for any reason not to respond... -Do not address an analyst or associate as "Mr. XXXX" . Literally my biggest pet peeve. I understand that...331 year 7 months ago
+13M&A Transaction TimelineI feel like there is a huge misconception about the timeline of M&A transactions and the functions carried out by affiliated parties during the process. Therefore, I would like to assume the following scenario in order to illustrate the entire process: A private equity funds (“the...301 year 3 months ago
+13For Those of You Unable to Secure Investment Banking Internships - Keep Your Head UpI know summer recruiting is winding down and a few of you are probably freaking out. There was another thread a few weeks ago called <a href="//">On Losing & Failure</a> that I would recommend reading if you haven't...291 month 1 week ago
+14WSO Campus Representative Program August 23, 2016 update - we've decided there will be no campus rep program this school year. Instead we are testing out working with a smaller group of <span class='keyword_link'><a...1291 year 2 months ago
+13Corporate Development: Personal Experience & Advice<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target school. I had held <span...293 years 1 month ago
+16BEFORE you post a rant and get useless advice...Think about how WSOers can best help you! If you got a few offers for school/work... congrats that you can now brag a little! But don't just ask us to rank prestige for you, please? Get best advice by giving good context in clean bullet formats! Useful context can include your...29
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+13Why Men shouldn't write advice columns<img src="">275 years 9 months ago
+14The Biggest Mistakes Even Great Employees MakeAlthough this isn't 100% directed to IB it is a strong overview of working general and the main mistakes that good or great employees do that limit them from being rockstars. <h3>1. They Clock In, Work, Clock Out</h3> The difference between a great employee and a rockstar...261 year 1 month ago
+10Target vs. Non-TargetOne thing that's very disheartening to read on this forum is the bias against kids from targets. Apparently, kids from targets just *happened* to be privileged enough to get into a good school while kids from non-targets unfairly get screwed. I'm sorry, but when did working hard in...4261 year 5 months ago
+135 Things a Dog Can Teach You About Trading<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in March 2011. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> That handsome guy to the left is my boy Hudson. As...254 years 22 hours ago
+13This Week in Oil and Gas - 01/22/2016I plan on posting a weekly discussion topic called "This Week in Oil and Gas" to highlight news of the week (topics well vary). I am open to any suggestions and will hope that other users participate and post their thoughts. Here we go! <h3>Industry...251 year 3 months ago
+13THE LAST MILE<em>Mod Note: This is a syndication from Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount...just email and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> This one has...243 years 10 months ago
+13Advice to Fellow Non-Targets / Low GPAs: Use LinkedinI have seen a lot of posts about cold calling/emailing when your background isn't necessarily target and I thought I'd put in my two cents. To people trying to break in: use LinkedIn email religiously. Let me preface this by stating I was a 3.0 student at a very non-target state...221 month 4 days ago
+13Confusion Networking SituationDear Mr. Monkey, I am interning right now at a small investment boutique in my hometown doing some value-adding work. However, I want to work at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//"...2211 months 6 days ago
+13Bonus Bananas Feb. 11, 2011Too many great stories this week. These are the ones you <em>need</em> to check out: 1. <strong>Calpers Sues Pretty Much Everyone on Wall Street</strong> (<a href="">Sacramento...216 years 2 months ago
+13A Banking PrimerValue investors come in two types, the ones who will look at financials, and the ones who won't. &nbsp;If banking is your forte I would encourage you to read the paragraph on my approach then come back for my next post. &nbsp;If banking is intimidating or difficult to understand...201 year 2 weeks ago
+13Demystifying BAAM (Blackstone)As requested by @MBAGrad2015" in <a href="//">my previous post (about GSO)</a> and several other users who pm-ed me about BAAM, I decided to start another "demystifying" thread - the <span...192 weeks 12 hours ago
+8MSF Class of 2016Ok guys, building on my post last year, I wanted to start something for this years applicants. Anyone applying this year, with a 2015 start and 2016 graduation, feel free to post your profile, ask questions or just add some comments. Looking to help and give advice to anyone applying in this...7186 months 1 day ago
+13List of FT Financial Leadership Development Programs, and other such thingsHey everyone, In thanks for all of the valuable info and advice I've gotten from WSO over the last couple years, I thought I'd 'pay it forward' and share the list I made of FT FLDP-type programs that I applied to (or seriously thought about applying to) during my senior...1711 months 3 weeks ago
+13Tomato Jos: The “Extra” Alternative Career for Top MBA GradsA few months ago, I was speaking to a colleague about investing in a team of entrepreneurs in Africa. He said that he liked the team, but was a bit surprised one of the partners was a graduate of Harvard Business School. “I’m always confused,” he said “when I speak to someone who could...175 months 3 weeks ago
+8NYC SA Recruiting 2012-2013Couldn't find a thread like this (besides the HK/Sing one), but thought it would be good for people to know what stage in the process most of the banks are in. Post updates as you hear back from various BBs and the main boutiques/MM firms in terms of 1st round interviews, superdays, etc. ...5164 years 2 months ago
+15My system for getting better at work (every single day)I sucked at my first job. It's a weird thing to admit, but it's true. When I started as a management consultant in 2010, I was worse than useless.  I had spent my summers during university cleaning yachts for rich people and working on my tan. Case in point: during my first...1612 months 4 days ago
+13Day in the Life: Oil Trading Research AnalystI feel like it is often said here and at times overdone, but while every day is a bit different there are certain tasks that happen every week or month. I’m going to split the below into three different types of days to compare. <h3>Day 1: Weekly and Monthly Updates...161 month 3 weeks ago
+13Personal Finance Budget TemplateNot trying to hijack or supersede anyone's topics here, just figured I'd try to be helpful - this is inspired by <a href="//">"Managing Your Money, Building a Personal Financial...145 months 1 week ago
+13Ask Eddie: Should I Bail On My Trading Job?Every now and again I get PM'd a question that I think might be applicable to a lot of you on WSO. When that happens, I get permission from the person who asked me to share with the site. This is one such time. I suspect a lot of you can relate to this feeling, so here are my thoughts on...135 months 3 weeks ago
+12What's your Top Stock Pick for 2017What is everyone's top stock pick to start off the new year? Explanation preferred if you throw up some no name or controversial stock. Once the year is coming to a close we could look back and see whose pick is doing the best and whose is absolute shit. As there has been a lot of...112
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+145 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Consulting<p>I worked as a management consultant for 4 years.</p> <p>I learned a bunch of stuff about business and strategy and operations.</p> <p>I also learned how to sound smart about something I knew nothing about, and how to use jargon to make simple things sound...122 months 3 weeks ago
+15Cousin Andy's Incremental Steps Toward ManhoodStory time once again, monkeys. I hosted family in NYC for Christmas for one god damn day and I feel like I ripped half my hair out. I still have plenty of it though, it will grow back, and just to make sure you understand how genetically fit I am, it's a guarantee that it's never...114 months 6 days ago
+13Some Thoughts on NetworkingFollowing in the footsteps of @Sil"'s recent post (<a href="//">"Want to get me on the phone? Here's how - a networking overview."</a>) l figured that I would...115 months 1 week ago
+13The insanity of the US tax code: Bad Laws and Predictable Consequences<div style="text-align: justify;"> If taking the same action, over and over, expecting different consequences, is the definition of insanity, it aptly describes the US tax code, where legislators write tax laws designed to elicit bad behavior, moan about the consequences and...102 years 8 months ago
+13Open Discussion: CRE During a DownturnI want this thread to be a way to think out loud about how we do business during trying economic times. It seems many (most?) of us on this forum are newer to CRE and have never been in the industry during a recession/downturn/correction. For those of you who have, I'd love to get some...8
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+13Happy Thanksgiving WSOHappy Thanksgiving Wall Street Oasis! Today marks the five year anniversary of my joining WSO as well as the day I accepted my first and only investment banking offer. It's been an amazing ride so far and I am incredibly thankful to my friends and family that have helped me along the...45 years 5 months ago
+12Real Estate Q&A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="// ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> So the deal I...1011 year 6 months ago
+12Guns: A Great InvestmentThe <a href=""> guns vs. butter debate </a> has long been a favorite of production possibility frontier chartists. This elderly economic theorem is said to not correlate well to free market economies... Perhaps that...2954 months 3 weeks ago
+12The Art of Cheating SleepWhen I did my military service, we performed an exercise whereby we stayed up for 36 hours without food and then marched our way to the shooting range. The resulting spread of bullets on the target where equivalent to that of someone being significantly intoxicated. I think many of us can...92
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+12Economic Consulting Q&A - Past experience at major firms I’ve worked in economic consulting at one of the major firms for a few years. In that time, I’ve gotten a number of private messages from people asking me about what to expect in the interview process, what the work is like, and so on. I decided that it would make sense to assemble as much...881 year 8 months ago
+12From Dentistry to Investment BankingEver since I could remember, I’ve wanted to become a dental surgeon. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus were all my strongest subjects. I was one of those kids who studied half as much as others, but still got one of the highest grades in the class. For as long as I could...8710 months 1 week ago
+11Mexico ---> illegally entering US ---> VP @ GSSurely I'm not the only one here who watches Tucker... Did anyone else see the girl he had on who was an illegal immigrant who became a VP at GS? <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"...187
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+12Initiating Report Case Study: Fossil<em>This is an example of how a buy-side analyst would start coverage on a new name and what an initiating memo might look like. I chose Fossil as part of an investment group with some help from BlackHat and this is the final product. Keep in mind this is not a stock pitch, this is an...854 years 3 months ago
+12AMA: Former BB Rates Trader - Now a prop traderI've enjoyed this forum, and i see lots of people without a clue asking questions about trading, so i thought i'd do an AMA... My path was non-standard, but i've seen others with a similar path to my own. My Path --> Non-Target state school --> Job in BB IT...825 days 1 hour ago
+12AMA - top 10 MBA vs MSF vs MMSPost-admit questions welcomed. I hope this AMA can help you if you're looking at MBA, MSF or MMS in your early careers. I also have friends who were in MAcc, MSc Marketing, and hopefully I can share whatever I can find. Background: enrolled in a top 10 MBA program; nontarget undergrad...81
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+14Don't Be A CF<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015, this one ranks #45. This one was originally posted 2/6/2015. WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email...801 year 4 months ago
+12L/S Credit HF Analyst - AMAI'm a long-term lurker, infrequent poster on another account. AMA. Have been reflecting a lot lately on "giving back" and WSO has been huge to me. More interested in talking credit / markets than "my path" or "recruiting" because I only got my jobs via...771 year 3 weeks ago
+13Defeating the Top Groups Myth<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/15/11.</em> So I've been reading these forums for a very long time - since I got to College really. They've been very helpful at certain points (certain people helping out with interview questions) but I...762 years 4 months ago
+12A Foreigner's Perspective on Getting Adjusted to Living in the USI think that anyone from any part of the world can find a place here. You will never feel that as a foreigner that you won't have access to the same opportunities that Americans do. (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//"...723 years 1 month ago
+11Man dragged off United flightMany of you guys probably already saw <a href="">the video</a> from last night of a man being dragged through the aisle of the United plane because it was overbooked. He was...170
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+12Is Facebook the Devil?I'm sitting here chuckling because of course the title is in jest, but Facebook has been having a rough go of it lately. Not financially, mind you, where they've been absolutely killing it. I'm talking about in the media and political sphere, where roughly half the country (well,...694 months 4 weeks ago
+13Your Model of Life Is Wrong<em>Mod note: for the tl;dr version, skip down to "Circa 1960"</em> First, some background. I’m going to explain how we got to where we are today in order to frame our place in history and our model of life, so bear with me...<!--break--> <strong>A...633 years 9 months ago
+12Sloan Y1 AMA for recent admits<h3>AMA</h3> Given round 2 results are just out (congrats AdMITS!) and inspired by a few of the other people (@Masterz57", @OpsDude", @TheGrind", etc) who have posted AMAs on their b-school experience, I'm going to write about my experience at MIT's Sloan...62
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+15How does models and bottles work?I keep hearing the phrase <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">models and bottles</a></span>, and basically, if a guy has the cash to bottle service girls, he gets laid. But, I've...1609 months 2 weeks ago
+12Part 1: My Pursuit of HappynessBefore I announce what I am planning to do for WSO, it will help to speak briefly about my background - I am turning 27. I left home at the age of 18. I came from a middle class in a very poor nation with extreme political instability. I attended college on scholarships that covered most of my...563 years 4 months ago
+12Lessons from a PE Case StudyAs some of you know, I recently quit my “career” at a Big 4 firm with no prospects, no money, and a growing family. If that sounds irresponsible to you, you’re not alone. Some of my more traditional family members have been unable to hide their disapproval, and I have the distinct feeling...553 years 2 months ago
+12How to Develop a PersonalityI used to work with a guy that had everything on the surface, but absolutely nothing inside. The guy was 6 feet tall, good-looking, charismatic, multi-lingual, graduated from a top business school, and had made MD at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...543 years 11 months ago
+12AMA: CS/Finance Major -> Software Engineer<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last July but Ace wrote and said he could still answer questions.</em> Hey all, Recent graduate here trying to kill time before work starts. I've seen a number of recent posts about people in finance getting burnt out and...481 year 4 months ago
+14Unhappy at MBBYoung and ambitious ladies and gentlemen, I am feeling unhappy and want to share my thoughts with you. Not a fan of whining in the Internet, but I have found it hard to find people who I can open up to and who can also truly empathize with my situation. A little background, I did my...482 months 3 weeks ago
+12The 7 "Good" Work Habits of Bad Analysts<em>Throwback Thursday: This was originally posted July 2012</em> This is all representative of commonsense (but ultimately bad) advice I got during undergrad and followed blindly during <span class='keyword_link'><a...482 years 3 months ago
+12Man Week: Trial By FireAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from April 2011 is part of the very popular "Man Week" 3-part series. More to come later this week. If there's an old post from...486 years 3 weeks ago
+9Comprehensive US MSF RankingSince there is not a ranking of US MSFs I elected to make one. I’d like to thank ANT/TNA for his great list on it is an invaluable resource for anyone considering an MSF. This is a work in progress and I welcome any feedback. This is just my opinion and I welcome suggestion or...3471 month 2 weeks ago
+13MSF -->> Big 4 Valuation AMAIt has been a long time since I've posted something constructive on these fora but lately, I have been getting a lot of questions on LinkedIn about Big 4 valuation, especially from those in MSF programs and recent MSF grads. Like most MSFs, I was completely unaware of the diverse career...459 months 6 days ago
+1212 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 1<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 8/23/12. <a href="//">You can read part 2 here.</a></em> Since I’ve been writing for WSO, my most...451 year 7 months ago
+13Your Cold Email Just Got A LOT Warmer<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally published May, 2013</em> I try to let you guys know about it when I find something cool or useful, and today I've got something that can make a <strong>huge</strong> difference in increasing the hit rate on...442 years 1 month ago
+13How to get the MD to push your resume<em>Mod Note (Andy): You can read his ongoing AMA here: "<a href="//">BB Operations MD AMA</a>"</em> We all know that the best person to push your resume for a internship at a <span...402 months 2 weeks ago
+14The Truth About Work-Life BalanceAnyone here have a good work-life balance? If so, congrats. You’ve found the holy grail. But you can close this post now, because it's not written for you. This post is for everyone still drowning in work. For everyone struggling to build a life outside of the office. For...391 year 4 months ago
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+12Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!To complete the trifecta of old, new, and modern classic personal finance books, this is the third book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...362 years 1 month ago
+12FT Recruiting - Compilation of Helpful WSO Posts <em>Mod Note (Andy): FT Recruiting is closed for some firms but still in full force for others. To help you out we created this compilation post linking to the best FT recruiting related discussions on WSO Hope you find it helpful! </em> Also make sure to check out this thread:...332 years 3 months ago
+12The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 2Read part 1 here: // Like many of you, I side with those who scoff at the amount of time the developed world wastes in formalized education - i.e., reading and studying rather than doing. In the...322 years 11 months ago
+12The Art of Eloquence: Use These 4 Phrases to Advance Your Life and CareerIn life, and in careers, technical proficiency eventually fades in importance as compared to the skill of managing people. Eventually, you have to learn not only what to say, but also how to say it. The words, phrases, and sentences that follow will start you thinking about what triggers of the...311 year 1 month ago
+12AMA: Investment Director at a mid-sized endowment fundChronic lurker here. I recently accepted a position at an endowment fund. Didn't see a lot of info. here on endowment fund investments - so ask away any questions you have. As background, I am responsible for all of the endowment's alternative investments (private equity, private...306 months 1 week ago
+13How to get a job over equally qualified (or even MORE qualified) applicantsWant to know how to beat the competition in recruiting? How to get a job hundreds of people are vying for? Good, you’re in the right spot. What I am about to lay out isn’t going to get you the job if you aren’t qualified. But it IS going to help you get the job if you are...303 years 2 months ago
+12Cost Estimators: The Bankers of the Construction IndustryRecently guys I have started a career in the construction industry as a project manager and cost estimator for a local company (boutique) and have seen the underlying similarities to the bankers of the financial world. It's also a career most finance and business guys haven't heard...295 months 1 week ago
+12WSO 10 Year Anniversary: THANK YOU (10% Off Site Wide for Month of July)As we approach our 10 Year anniversary, I'd like to thank the thousands of members that have made WSO an incredible resource to millions of readers. The last 10 years have been an amazing ride and I can't wait to tackle the next 10! As part of our celebration, we thought a 10% site...291 year 9 months ago
+12UG Recruiting Part III: The Super Day and Offer<a href="//">UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview</a> <a href="//">UG...276 years 1 month ago
+13Guide to Corporate Finance Job titles- distinguishing between accounting and financeGiven all the discussion and mixed information on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I thought I...272 years 5 months ago
+125 things I wish I had known when I was a business undergrad...I graduated from one of the top 10 undergraduate business schools in the US with a 3.85/4.0 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, an honors degree with a...235 months 4 weeks ago
+12From weighing 280 pounds and a 2.5 GPA at a Non-Target, to 200 pounds and an Interview with McKinseyHi Everyone, I've been browsing Wallstreet Oasis for the past few years and I want to share my story and more importantly, reiterate to everyone on this forum to dream big. I went to a non-target state school and while suffering from social anxiety and obesity, I was also facing an...232 months 3 weeks ago
+12Man Week: FatherhoodAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from April 2011 is part of the very popular "Man Week" 3-part series. More to come later this week. If there's an old post from...235 years 1 week ago
+12Protectionism, what is it and how does it impact trade?With the topic once again in the media lime light, its seems appropriate to discuss protectionism in this post. However, this rather advanced economic concept is best understood if we take a few steps back first. Before looking at the ins and outs of protectionism, we first have to understand...223 months 2 days ago
+12Champagne DreamsYou hear the occasional story before you take the leap; and longing to maintain the image of <em>The Next Chapter</em> you have so delicately envisioned for yourself, the one that rests deep in the confines of your subconscious and gives rise to those fanciful journeys your brain so...194 years 2 months ago
+12Buyside Viewpoint from a Fixed Income PM<h3> Background </h3> I'm fairly new to this website but have read some fantastic posts that get a lot closer to the reality of both the buy and sell-side than other resources I've seen. So, I figured I'd post my two cents as a starting point. This was mainly prompted...183 years 3 months ago
+14Leverage and successWhat drives success? Everyone who succeeds credits something different for their success. Some credit hard work. Others credit being in the right place at the right time. Some credit parents, friends, a boss, a wife, the list goes on. The problem with success is that it's hard to...171 year 12 months ago
+12Law to Investment Banking (One Monkey's How-To Guide)As many of you know, I was a former corporate lawyer at a large law firm, who networked his way into a MM bank without an MBA, and later transitioned into a Bulge Bracket, where I continue toiling my days away. Since I've responded to many friends and fellow monkeys regarding this topic...151 year 1 month ago
+12A few important advices to all of you wanna-be-monkeysI've noticed a surge in topics along the lines of, "I have interviews with A, B, and C. Please rank them," and "I am pretty sure I will get an offer from X and Z. Which one would you pick?" Let me tell you something kids <strong>Treat every single one of your...155 years 8 months ago
+12Goldman Sachs Video InterviewMyself, and a few people I know of were invited to do the 15min video interviewers for Goldman Sach's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> <span...1135 months 3 weeks ago
+10I'm a Hedge Fund Analyst - Ask Me AnythingI work as a long/short equity analyst at a large hedge fund. I've been lucky enough to be more than just a model monkey early on in my career, but have also been exposed to the stress of being measured on returns. I primarily cover consumer and TMT names. I went the typical path (target...2132 years 3 months ago
+12Switching from Big 4 to Acquisitions: My StoryI've received a lot of PMs over the months about how I switched from Big 4 audit to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">REIT</a></span> acquisitions. Here is...121 year 1 month ago
+12The ‘Business Cycle’ frameworkThis post is a follow-up to <a href="//">one of my earlier posts, ‘Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework’</a> which had generated some interest...121 year 9 months ago
+12Hack Your Mind! Increase Focus By 200% and Finally Get Shit Done!I know for a fact a lot of you, like me, often debate between checking the latest event on Facebook or finishing that essay or project early. More often than not, we end up scrolling through our news feed, heading over to Youtube, and finally stressing over the looming exams while burdened with...111 year 3 weeks ago
+12Structuring and Flow in an M&A ModelMost of you probably already know this, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to say it again out loud. Especially since I've seen a few confusingly (and unnecessarily) circular models lately, it might be a good time to review. When designing your models, like a good computer program, your...109 months 1 week ago
+127 Indispensable Rules For TradersAs a trader, one of the things I like to do is take notes on <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> observations, both trade specific and trader specific. I was flipping...104 years 1 month ago
+12The Three Most Common TechnicalsThere have been a lot of "moral support" threads lately (<A HREF="//">here</A>, <A...91 year 3 months ago
+12Adam the Analyst - Episode 6: What is Your Ideal Working Environment?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 11/2010</em> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...84 years 6 months ago
+12Hedge Fund Interview Guide BETA is LIVE!We are finally here! For those of you waiting on the <strong><a href="//">WSO Hedge Fund Interview Guide</a></strong>, thank you for your patience -- it has been a long process to get to this stage. ...68 months 2 weeks ago
+11'Wait.. What?' - Banking BrainteasersI will never forget my first banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">brainteaser</a></span>. ‘So, how would you rate yourself out of 10 in comparison to your...1051 year 8 months ago
+18FTB's Acceptance SpeechVoting is over. I win <a href="//">Member of the Year</a>. If you aren't happy with the results, go find Hillary in the woods and you can cry about it together. You better believe...44 months 3 weeks ago
+11What's your favorite piece of art?I was never an art guy growing up. I used to think that people would call anything a masterpiece, even if it seemed to be something made in a pre-k crafts class (think dots on the wall). After taking a gen-ed class back in community college, I started to understand why people respected and...935 months 2 weeks ago
+11Do you guys actually enjoy your jobs?I'm curious why you guys went into investment banking (or why you want to) and how many of you guys actually enjoy your jobs? It seems like so many people going into banking (especially at the analyst level) end up hating their work and the lifestyle that comes with it. I know investment...8610 months 1 week ago
+11You're not polished enough I made all the way to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/tag/superday">superday</a></span> at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span>. Making it...771 month 21 hours ago
+11What would you like to know about Equity Sales / Research?Hi Guys - I'm working on a blog (or maybe ebook) to give junior staff and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">interns</a></span> an idea of what it's REALLY like to work...739 months 5 days ago
+11How to Prepare for Restructuring Technical Questions<em>Mod note: This comment was originally posted in the thread "Restructuring Technicals" <a href=//>here</a>. Many users found it useful so of course it would get front-paged. Enjoy! <a...712 years 8 months ago
+113rd Year HF Analyst Q&APrior reading: <a href="//">Hedge Fund: The Investment Life Cycle.</a> Quick background: Penn undergrad - 2 years at <span class='keyword_link'><a...704 years 2 weeks ago
+12SA interviews – an interviewer’s perspectiveFor my earlier thread about my views on cover letters and resumes for SA roles, see here: <strong><a href="//">"Resume and Cover Letter - A Revewer's...672 years 3 months ago
+10Universal Basic IncomeFinland has started a new program where it gives a basic income to all of its citizens. In theory, this sounds wonderful because even those without a job will have some basic sustenance. Maybe this can only work because the country has a small population. What do you guys think of this new...1644 months 20 hours ago
+11So you want to cold email me? Here's how you do it right.This is an old post--I'm deleting it. But here's an update: It's been a while, and now I'm working full time. Our mentee group is pretty active on Facebook. Work has been busy, 18 hours a day, 7 days a week. On cold-emailing: It can't hurt. Just email first...633 years 4 months ago
+11Personal Finance Part 1: Credit Card Hacking (the legal kind) Last week, @"onemanwolfpack" went over some travel hacks and discussed how he uses credit card points and airline miles to get free airfare. Being the frugal guy on WSO, I figured I would follow up with how I save money using rewards credit cards. NOTE: this strategy only works if...602 years 7 months ago
+13Alright KiddiesLong time reader, new poster - first and foremost, thank you to the users who take the time to offer constructive feedback/criticism/stories of the past, etc. You fellas know who you are (Eddie, Midas, Monty,Anthony, Comp, Illini, Gekko and obviously Patrick for creating the site - this list is...586 years 5 months ago
+11HELP! My boss won't give me money!!! what to do???HI guys, hope that you can help me. i am doing an intern in research at a new financial services company like <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Citigroup</a></span>. it is a lot better than my last job in...574 years 11 months ago
+11List of Things You Should be Doing in UndergradHello everyone, Just thought I would compile a comprehensive list of things that should be done while you are an undergraduate student. Just remember, while some of these things may seem intuitive to you, it may not be that way for others. Some of these are self explanatory and will have a...563 years 5 months ago
+11Black Jack's Recruiting AdviceI received a lot of PMs over the past month asking me for advice/resume help/etc with people seeing that I had had a lot of success landing interviews at many places. I will preface this by saying that I am not in the industry, and like many of you am just trying to break in. I was able to...564 years 2 months ago
+17Talk to meFavorite movies516 years 6 months ago
+11You mad? Why no, not at all, asshole :)In a small conference room, I was greeted by my HR partner and one of the top dogs in my coverage group. I sat down, and my heart started racing a little and I could hear it in my ears. I also had an insane urge to pee. <b>Then a voice came beaming from the polycom: Disincentivy, we...504 years 9 months ago
+11The comprehensive Golf thread and AMANoticed a few people on WSO wanted to improve their game and figured I could help in some sort of way. <h3>Off The tee</h3> In general I think making good contact is better than swinging out of your shoes. A general tip is that if you can't finish the swing in balance you...474 months 4 weeks ago
+10Goldman Sachs 2017 Pride Summit/Undergraduate Camp ThreadThe applications for the Pride Summit and the Undergraduate Camp went up today. I just applied and notified my contact in HCM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but communications will not be sent out until the deadline has passed. Updates **If you received an invite for the...146
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+11My Story: The Sequel to the "Owning Unsexy Businesses" ThreadHey everyone, About six months ago I created a thread on WSO that ended up having a profound impact on my life. The thread was about owning and operating relatively "unsexy" businesses, and my goal was to pick the brain of other users to hear any thoughts or experiences they could...458 months 3 weeks ago
+11The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 1<strong><a href="//">See Part 2</a> | <a href="//">Part...422 years 3 months ago
+115 Ways to Not Suck at Networking<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 9/7/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> Kids ask how many bankers they need to...401 year 3 months ago
+12WSO Black T Shirts - 5 Day Flash Sale - 40% Off until Friday 4/21/17!Normally these are $19.99+$3 shipping ($23 all in), but to get these into more hands faster, we're going for a Flash Sale over the next few days - $14.99 + FREE SHIPPING (anywhere in the world) until 11:59PM on April 21st (this Friday!)...limiting this deal to the...39
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+12Adam the Analyst - Episode 3: My Mom Loves Bankers<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> Please...392 years 11 months ago
+11Shifting Wish Lists and Fleeting Freedoms<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted on 12/20/12. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> As in years past, Christmas has found a way...384 years 4 months ago
+11A message for all the 3.0 GPA, non-targets trying to get into IBIf you were only to read this blog, you'd think the non-targets, low GPA applicants could never break into IB, much less obtain gainful employment at all. Well I'm here to tell not every kid in high finance is a 4.0 Ivy leaguer. I graduated from a top 20 but non-target school with a...371 year 2 months ago
+12Injured both of my legs, what should I do about pants for the next 4-6 weeks?Hey guys, I managed to hurt both of my legs on a labor day weekend trip with my cousins and older brother. We were doing our annual labor day trip to the lake house upstate and I came up short while jumping off of a cliff (think 10-15 feet above the water) into the lake below. Both of my legs...366 months 3 weeks ago
+12Attention to Detail...Sitting pensively, motionless in the luminescence of my glowing HP monitor, I mouth the words <em> “Why the hell don’t you tie?“</em> I scratch my head in confusion, and rub my eyes pathetically as if waning vision is to blame for this frustratingly minute, yet categorically...354 years 2 months ago
+11What I Learned From Both Getting Dream Job And Then Dumped In One DayAlright Monkeys, So I've been a long time user of this site and have wanted to give back for a while - so here goes. Today during my painfully boring Econometrics class I received a call from a <span class='keyword_link'><a...342 years 5 months ago
+11Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")Earlier this year I quit my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">management consulting</a></span> job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a better...341 year 2 months ago
+10The Forgotten IBD: Big 4 Corporate Finance - Q&AAfter spending a few years on the site, I've noticed a lot of misinformation spread around regarding the banks who don't quite fit into the <span class='keyword_link'><a...2335 months 2 weeks ago
+28New Shit List: Apartment BuildingHoly shit. I had no idea a few minor complaints about the gym would turn into my most popular post of all time. That's like if Drake were still best known for his role on Degrassi (should probably add "no homo" here, homo). <img src =...312 months 2 weeks ago
+11UG Recruiting Part II: The first round interview<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday - this post went up in 2011 and it follows from <a href="//">Part I here.</a></em> Since many people have already have or are...301 year 1 month ago
+11Transitioning from IB to HF Series - Part 1: Getting the InterviewWith headhunters likely beginning to reach out in December/January, I thought I'd put out a series of posts on making the transition from IB to <span class='keyword_link'><a...284 years 3 months ago
+12From Depression to Community College to Target School & BeyondHey everyone. This past spring I graduated from my local community college and was accepted into 2 of 3 schools I applied to. After receiving endless amounts of useful advice and information from this community, I thought it would be a good time to formally introduce myself and hopefully share...289 months 5 days ago
+11Valuation Primer - Part Two - Discounted Cash FlowThe second part of my valuation series is about one of the methods under the income approach, the discounted cash flow method. <strong>In this post, I will be showing you how to create a model from scratch.</strong> This model is not meant to teach you any in-depth theory on why...271 year 2 months ago
+12Q&A with a Fixed Income Trader at a Major Bank<em>mod note: this was originally posted on 9/4/12</em> I thought I'd switch things up a bit today. Rather than delve into a note-worthy news item or another Facebook discussion, I'd like to welcome everyone back from Labor Day Weekend with an awesome interview. WSO...262 years 9 months ago
+12Why Investors FailAlmost every investing study tells us that buying stocks at a low price to anything results in market beating performance. Even just buying a S&P <span class='keyword_link'><a...2611 months 5 days ago
+11Against All OddsI joined WSO a bit over a year ago during my junior year where I had no idea about the banking industry/networking/interviews/etc. While the industry appealed to me it seemed that I was vastly outnumbered in experience, <span class='keyword_link'><a...266 years 6 months ago
+11Q&A with CompBanker, Part 2I just read through our whole interview for the third time, and wow, there is some seriously thought provoking, downright great advice. If you thought part 1 was hearty with information, just go ahead and read part two below; where <strong>CompBanker</strong> talks about the specific...254 years 10 months ago
+11What to do if you win the lottery...First thing's first, do not buy taxable bonds with that much money, that'd be idiotic. That's what munis are for. You're welcome, I just saved you hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. Next, do some thinking. What's important to you? $25mm is enough to retire on, but...255 months 3 weeks ago
+11How does one best fit pregnancy into a PE careerAs a woman eyeing a career in PE, how could one best plan pregnancy to minimise damage to one's career progression. Time it with MBA? Wait till Director or even Partner? I doubt there are many mothers on here who can speak from experience, but I value the application of anyone's mind.25
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+7Regional Boutiques Investment Bank List by CityThere are a lot of people that don't have access to CapitalIQ that would like to be able to source boutiques in their area. This thread will be an attempt to help them out. Alternatively, you could use the WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a...5241 year 10 months ago
+12How various professionals see the worldRecently I was having a conversion with a buddy who just started a grad job at a large insurance underwriter here in Zurich. He was saying how his perception of the world is changing now that the underlying structure of the global economy is gradually revealing itself to him through his work. He...242 years 7 months ago
+14Asian name on resume I am an international student and a rising junior at a semi-target/low target school. When crafting my resume, is it advisable for me to create an English name (the likes of John/Dan) to fend off xenophobia? Or should I just go by my real name, which all of my friends and previous employers...124
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+11Make the Main Thing the Main ThingI started my job at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> this Summer as a VP and was lucky enough to start the same day as our group of summer analysts and...232 years 8 months ago
+11From almost getting expelled in HS to IB FT.I went to a prestigious private high school where lots of students are placed into Ivy league and other target schools across the nation. However, I gave zero f*cks in high school and was addicted to video games. I was naive into thinking that I could pull a 3.0 and get into a good college based...2310 months 1 week ago
+11The Sunlight Hurts My Eyes...I want to start to bring back the douchey candor of LSO that we all know and love... Below is my morning, in the best Logan impression I can muster in my sleep deprived state... Hope you enjoy... As I wake after a near all nighter, the bulk of which was wasted tweaking valuation...224 years 2 months ago
+11Non-target to BB M&A - Thank you!I've been debating whether or not to post this but decided to go ahead with it as I know these sort of posts always spurred me during my darker days! Will just be sharing my story and path from how I went from a pretty poor state school to a non-target university and getting myself a...222 years 1 month ago
+11Non-Target, 3.0 < GPA, non-finance major, to ERBackground: I went to a non-target, had a 2.7 GPA, and didn't study finance in college. Ended up landing a job in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span>. I apologize in advance that I...2111 months 3 weeks ago
+15Do You Work Sick? Well, shit. Hillary Clinton's not the only one hiding dirty secrets about her health. I'm sitting at my desk with wads of Kleenex under my arms and some damn baby powder on my temples. I'm working on a word document. The family doctor told me to write whatever I want and...217 months 2 weeks ago
+11Learn How to Decode Body Language from an FBI GuruThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...202 years 1 month ago
+10Is it true that Tobin & Company doesn't pay their analysts?I had a friend who used to worked with a few people from Tobin tell me that analysts at Tobin don't get paid unless they're there while a deal is closed. In that case, they'll receive a bonus/stipend or something like that. Does anyone know if this is true??? I've heard...1201 month 3 weeks ago
+10Avoiding The Marriage Zone<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 10/16/12.</em> We're all familiar with the Friend Zone and what a drag it can be to find yourself there, but today I'm going to share with you a far worse fate and why you must avoid it at all costs: The Marriage...1173 years 7 months ago
+11So You Made It to Banking, Now What? <strong>Congratulations!!!</strong> You made it into investment banking. Of course early on you're excited and just want to spend 100+ hours in the office to impress everyone and get that top bucket bonus, but how do you really get the most mileage out of your 2 year stint in...174 years 5 months ago
+11100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...162 years 2 months ago
+12Response to "My Private Equity Recruiting Process" Mod Note (Andy): <em>This comment by @Northsider was posted in direct response to @Candor's post <a href="//">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been through...152 years 1 month ago
+11The Monkey Lives!I'm often asked about what eventually happened with a lot of the crazy deals we underwrote back in the early 90's. My firm had a penchant for underwriting some of the most bizarre and impractical companies you could ever imagine. The funny thing was, a lot of them worked out in the...146 years 4 months ago
+11the all nighter - just hilarious Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Valuation: more art than science, more bullshit than art You’re manically tapping away at your keyboard, working on a valuation for Terence Chang, an MD in M&A from the New York office (alarm bells should be ringing when you hear MD, double hard when you...146 years 9 months ago
+11Non-Targeted Southern School with No Connections, 2016 Capital Markets AnalystSo I am from a very non-targeted Southern school. I grew up in a small South Carolina town and I am the first in my family to get a degree from an accredited school. I didn't come from much money (my family was in real estate and the recession really hurt us), so I had to pay for college....131 year 5 months ago
+12How to find fast and healthy food court meals (even if you're crazy busy)I learned something crazy the other day: high-level Ironman triathletes pee on their bikes during races. That's right.  In the middle of a 112 mile ride, they'll just let loose all over their $12,000 Cervélo bike. These people sound insane, but I sort of understand why they do...129 months 2 weeks ago
+2Interview Logic Riddles/Teasers1. What is the largest possible number you can write using only 2 numbers - just 2 numbers, no other mathematical symbols? 2.If, having only one match, on a freezing winter day, you entered a room which contained a lamp, a kerosene heater, and a wood burning stove, which should you light...9113 months 4 weeks ago
+12Case study interview for MBB consulting - 24 of my best tips on how to get inAs a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">MBB</a></span> case interviewer, I've interviewed a lot of people and have seen people make very small, avoidable mistakes. It's often...111 year 4 months ago
+11Energy Hedging 101: The Frac SpreadAfternoon Monkeys, Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be. Other times, you have to try and understand the Natural Gas Liquids markets and their respective price...114 years 3 months ago
+11Collection of Bridgewater Associates' WritingsCame across this link through a newsletter - it provides links to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Bridgewater Associates</a></span>' writings from 1999 to 2012, mostly on macro themes....102 years 1 month ago
+11Physical Energy Trading And LogisticsMost commodity markets tend to be driven by a few basic factors which are freight on one side, price on the other side and qualities. Each commodity market has its own particularities. Most of what I will generally talk about applies to oil and the liquids in particular which is a little bit...104 months 1 day ago
+11Let's Talk RussiaI got bored supervising the park today and tuned into the US House Intelligence Committee hearings. After several glasses of Canadian Club and chocolate liqueur, I took to the internet and found myself balls deep in Russian geopolitical philosophy. A book called *Foundations of Geopolitics*...1081 month 6 days ago
+11Impact Investing 101: Trainings I wish I had known about in Business SchoolI went to London Business School primarily to transition from working for the Clinton Foundation to a job in impact investing. At London Business School, I used a variety of resources at my disposal to improve my financial acumen. I built <span class='keyword_link'><a...71 year 2 months ago
+11PM me for Google+Just got Google+. Trying to give back to the community. PM your gmail me for an invite. I'll get to you, at the latest, by the next day.75 years 9 months ago
+11PERE 50 2016-Real Estate Private Equity Rankings2016 real estate private equity rankings. (See attachment inside the post)710 months 2 weeks ago
+10IB Background Checks: What You Need to KnowIt's that time of year again: for the incoming class of summer analysts, many of you are going through the (depending on what you've been doing the last semester or so) potentially nerve-wracking process of <b>background checks</b>. And judging by the slew of recent posts,...1072 months 2 weeks ago
+10The Allure of Investment BankingThough in recent years, many have highlighted the fact that the allure of investment banking has significantly dimmed given the multitude of undergrads wanting to head straight into the buy-side or technology. This however has not been a trend I personally agree with, as more and more students...10711 months 3 weeks ago
+13Advice from an ex-IB MD: The Habits of Winners<b>Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes – George Soros</b> My goal is to give you as many strategic advantages as possible, so that you can’t help but win in life. A month...61 year 2 months ago
+10I resigned from Rothschild to start a companyFollowing an internship, I worked as an analyst with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Rothschild</a></span>'s investment banking team in Singapore for two and a half years. During this time, I...1054 months 2 weeks ago
+11Value and Taxes: Breaking down the Pfizer- Allergan DealA week ago, I began my series of posts on the drug business, starting with <a href="//">my perspective on how the business is changing</a> and then moving on to post on <a...21 year 1 month ago
+11How To Pull Off An Internal TransferA lot of people are unhappy in their jobs. In fact, 2.8 million Americans quit their jobs every month. I’ve written extensively about how you should quit your job, and for many people, that advice is all they need. There is, however, one situation where that advice does not suffice. Some...26 months 2 weeks ago
+12Life in General Will Cost More Than You Think <em>Mod Note (Andy): Best posts of 2014 - this comment was originally posted in the thread <a href="//">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...1022 years 4 months ago
+10hot car but no hot girl - HELP!okay guys, i am in a very difficult situation. I have a very nice car, 2006 bmw z4, that gets me compliments all the time. there is this incredibly hot girl at work that i like but i've never talked to her before since i have nothing to talk to her about. i figured that i could use my car...1007 months 1 week ago
+10Ask Me Anything: I'm a Currency Volatility TraderI work as a currency volatility trader and manage one of the bigger G10 blocs in London. I've been lucky enough to get responsibility early in my career. I started off managing a single currency book a few months into the job, and have steadily been granted more responsibility to where I am...912 years 6 months ago
+10BlackRock Virtual Cover LetterHas anyone applied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">BlackRock</a></span> to be a full-time analyst and received a request to submit a virtual cover letter? I'm not sure...915 months 3 weeks ago
+11I Am The Toxic Asset<em>This was originally posted on 2/28/12</em> There comes a certain risk involved with divulging one's personal troubles all over the internet where potential employers could read it and make all sorts of judgement. However without some risk, there is no return as everyone...864 years 1 month ago
+11Anyone else fed up with the banking/finance industy?Happy Monday everyone. It'd be good if we keep this discussion amongst those who have actually been there and done that (i.e. no high school/college students) I thought I'd start a topic that perhaps a lot of you think about but don't bring up often enough - Is anyone else...8211 months 4 weeks ago
+10AMA: ER Analyst at Top BB (Plus About ER & General Advice) Long-time WSO user, created a new account for this AMA. I got a lot of help from this forum during my recruiting process and I owe a lot to WSO. Wanted to try and give back by offering some insight into <span class='keyword_link'><a...771 year 3 months ago
+11How To Be A F%#king Man…<p><em>We’ve all seen and perhaps grown tired of guides and lists that are ripe with tedious clichés and full of humdrum regurgitated meme wisdom. For that very reason, in collaboration with CNBC&#8217;s John Carney (@Carney) here is a fresh and hopefully thoughtful look at...762 years 10 months ago
+9Trump Business Plan Donald Trump has finally released his plans for his business empire. Trump announced that he would turn over complete control to his sons as well as divert any foreign hotel revenue earned into the US Treasury. Trump was quoted as saying: [quote] Over the weekend I was offered $2 billion...1753 months 3 weeks ago
+101st Year HF Analyst taking questionsJust finished up a couple very long weeks at work and am feeling pretty generous at the moment. So, a little bit about me: - Non-target former varsity athlete/captain - Corp Strat to <span class='keyword_link'><a...741 year 3 months ago
+10Hit Rock BottomLong time lurker, but first time poster here looking for advice. So anyways, I graduated from a non-target, but very well respected school last year with a finance degree. Despite having a 3.87, two boutique PE <span class='keyword_link'><a...7411 months 2 weeks ago
+18A fatalistic view on life: Why most, if not all, of your success is from luckWSO's audience is incredibly motivated and driven to succeed, so I thought I'd reflect on success and the role that luck plays in it. My argument is that a significant portion, if not all, of one's success can be attributed to luck. This has been discussed on this forum before...703 months 2 weeks ago
+13TRUMP TAX PLANLeave it to Trump to come up with something really simple. Simple is good! Not that a lot of brackets have ever been a challenge in calculating tax, but we’re going to be going from seven to three. Here is the tax plan, in a nutshell (I hate that phrase): 3 brackets: Less than $75K:...694 months 3 weeks ago
+11Most Badass Intern Story? I love the stories of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> crashing and burning, drinking too much, or doing something stupid as much as anyone else, but are there any tales from the opposite...67
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+10Why the heck do you have over 1,000 banana points?I hit 1,000 bananas about nine months back, went inactive, and now am back for the time being. When I reached that milestone, I couldn't help but ask myself: How the hell did I spend this much time on WSO? So, to the ~400 or so users with 1,000 or more banana points: Who are you? Why are...61
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+10Imperialism, Human Rights, Chaos, and Peace - A Question for WSOAlright WSO, wanted to see what the collective minds here thought. I spend most of my day digesting stock specific or economic data, so I must admit I'm under-educated in political, particularly foreign policy matters. My family had a discussion over Thanksgiving about the pros and cons...615 months 2 days ago
+10Routes to Buyside PM<em> Mod note: This comment was in response to this thread: <a href="//">Best Entry Level Job for Running Future Hedge Fund</a> </em> think b-school is going to teach...573 years 1 month ago
+10AMA - Current Analyst at $20bn Hedge FoFBackground: MSF, ~2years MM <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> There seems to be a dearth of information about FoF on this site, so happy to...575 months 3 weeks ago
+10Is Apple losing grip?Is it just me or is Apple losing it? Their idea of innovation seems to be removing ports/plugs from the core and then creating expensive adapters to replace them - makes no sense for the customer. And now, in the era of touch screens, they come up with an Apple Touch Bar for the new...565 months 2 weeks ago
+10Sell Your Options Dearly: DEBTAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...555 years 5 months ago
+10Top 10 Wall Street CarsDespite the efforts of the good time police, bank bonuses will be up for 2010 and we did a quick check to see how people wished to spend it. A new watch? A Brioni? No and no. What men really want is a new car. Men and cars, never has there been a more perfect union. From the day you...556 years 8 months ago
+16Dress Like A Man: The Anti-DouchesuitI have had a lot of interns ask me where I get my clothes. This isn't surprising, since I look great all the time. I tell them, "I don't get all my clothes in one place, idiot." And then I tell them some version of the following: If you're a male in his early 20s who...536 months 1 week ago
+10Get In, Loser. We're Going To Mars.<p>What a time to be alive. We could be (probably are) on the cusp of being an interplanetary species. Elon Musk revealed his plans for taking humanity to Mars at the International Astronautical Congress on Tuesday. And it starts in July of 2018. </p> <p>There are a lot of...517 months 1 week ago
+10Should I Be Getting a Divorce Or What?<a href = "">My first post</a> garnered quite a few negative comments, as would be expected when I'm dealing with those in a situation similar to my husband's, defeated in life and ready to...513 months 2 days ago
+10Ask an Institutional LP anything.Fire away with questions and I'll give my answers/opinions. I've done diligence on everything from early-stage VCs to megafunds. Feel free to PM if your question is sensitive.501 year 1 month ago
+9Current VC associate taking questionsI'm currently working as a pre-MBA associate at a leading Silicon Valley VC firm (nearly $1B in current AUM). Happy to take any questions about working as a VC associate, recruiting, etc. In terms of my background, I've worked in both business operations at a startup and tech...1481 year 5 months ago
+10Hangover RemediesFellow Monkey's - 'Tis the season to get head splitting, knuckle dragging, stomach ripping, memory erasing, toilet hugging, diarrhea spraying, shit faced drunk (not that we need to wait for the holidays for that)! When I was younger I used to dread the holidays because pretty...484 months 3 days ago
+10Here's what happens when your email hits my inbox...<em>Mod Note (Andy): this comment was originally posted in <a href="//">The Phone Call that Never Was</a> and I thought it deserved it's own blog post for those that missed it. </em> When I...451 year 1 month ago
+9Cold Calling 101Whether you're trying to land a position, sell a product, or simply network with others, learning the art of selling should be a vital part of your learning in any profession. The most effective way to do all of the above is to learn the art of selling yourself. While there are many...1441 year 3 weeks ago
+15Five Ways Video Games Made Me a Better InvestorInstead of spending my free time outdoors, I, like many of you, spent my childhood playing video games. So how has that made me a better investor? There’s at least five very good reasons, so let’s get right into it. <h4>1) Know the Rules</h4> The subtlety in this seemingly...434 months 2 weeks ago
+12Graduating into a Bad EconomyAfter reading through the thread on the 2011 hiring freeze, I'd thought it would be valuable to share with the community the thoughts and experiences of someone who graduated into a good economy. While it is easy to sit back and say that my class had it easy compared to today's...435 years 2 months ago
+12Transgender at a Hedge FundI currently work at a medium sized fund. My resume looks like what you'd expect, highly selective undergrad, good work experience, MBA from a top 3 program, passed the <span class='keyword_link'><a...406 months 2 weeks ago
+10PE vs. Banking - Boy was I in for a Surprise...Hey guys – I’m back to more of a practical post today. I’ve just hit the three week mark at my new job in Private Equity, and I have some observations that I’d like to share now that I have a moment to catch my breath! The time has absolutely flown by, and needless to say I’ve been...398 months 2 weeks ago
+10The BlackHat Interview: 3/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="//">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="//">see part 1, </a><a...394 years 9 months ago
+10Hard Money Lending - Why, When, & How<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2011. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I've written the following at a reader's request (yes, I take...374 years 4 days ago
+10Equity Research experience and take away for aspiring monkeysThought I’d post some the PM diarrhea I’ve sent to monkeys (who ask intelligent questions). Here we go… I graduated college with an Econ degree from a top 20 school in the US but not an Ivy. Side-note, monkeys get way too hung up on target, semi-target, non-target on this board. In...364 years 7 months ago
+10Signing out!Hey all, I've decided to take a break from the site due to all of the negativity, "poo flinging", flaming, internet laming from those who are just haters. I got an email from wso the other day and thought I could provide some valuable insight having worked at multiple top...357 years 4 months ago
+10CFA Schedule Template I created this post in response to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Time Management post earlier this week. Many of us monkeys either work...344 years 1 month ago
+11Resume Guidelines from a WSO Drop ReviewerI have reviewed a number of resumes from a recent WSO drop, and while I've received some really wonderful ones that I have passed on (at least one received an offer!), I had far too many that were just terrible, which should not happen given the wealth of advice WSO has to offer on resumes....3410 months 3 weeks ago
+10Some Thoughts on Bitcoin, Part 2<p><a href="//">Here’s a link to Part 1.</a> Let’s get right to it.</p> <h3>Government Interference</h3> <p>It’s no secret that governments aren’t crazy about Bitcoin....332 months 2 weeks ago
+10Non-Target Success. Hard Work Does Pay OffFinally the day I get to post one of these topics, just got an offer for my dream IB job. Here's my story, and some advice to those who want to pull the same move from non-target with no experience to IB FT offer: Graduated from a non-target this past May with no ibanking <span...324 years 8 months ago
+10Sell Your Options Dearly: WASTING ASSETSAndy note: <em>"Best of Eddie" - while Eddie is on vacation we're throwing up some of his classic posts from the past. This one from June 2010 is part of the very popular "Sell Your Options" 5-part series. More to come later this week & next. If there's an...324 years 10 months ago
+10Exiting Big Four (Audit) after 5 years and entering FP&A - Ask me anything<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 7/19/2015.</em> Spent the past 5 years working for a B4 firm in the Assurance practice and am taking a FP&A Director role within industry in the...311 year 9 months ago
+10NSFW Episode 1: QE2, Housing, Commodities<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...316 years 6 months ago
+17Why they aren't more women in X fieldI'm about sick of all the damn women (and virgins) complaining about how there aren't enough women in INSERT_CAREER_FIELD_HERE. This argument is made about minorities as well, which is similarly irritating. I'm writing this article to (brutally) highlight the things that women do...29
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+10Travel Hacks for the 21st CenturySeeing that most of us here travel frequently for work/school/vacation purposes, I thought it'd be nice if we shared some of our travel tips here to benefit each other. I will start with a few of mine. 1. The TV in the hotel room can be used to charge your phone or any usb devices. This...284 months 3 weeks ago
+13Be wary of greener grass; there are always tradeoffs...<em>Mod Note (Andy): This comment is from the post <a href="//">Career decisions: walking away from FT M&A</a> and is so good (26 silver bananas and counting) that I had to put it as a standalone post on the...281 year 8 months ago
+10World's Best PE Recruiter Database - Need Your Help to Finish It!Guys & Gals, Headhunters, recruiters, executive search firms: For many of us they hold they keys to the golden gates of buy-side badassery (i swear i'm not really this big of a tool in real life). I'm calling on all of you to please reply back with names of active PE...284 years 4 months ago
+8Gas Station, Car Wash, Fast Food - Owning Unsexy BusinessesMost entrepreneurs my age seem to be focused on creating the next amazing app or website, which frankly bores me because I'm not a tech geek. Anyone else give much thought to acquiring an unsexy business like a gas station, car wash, fast food restaurant, etc., and then building out an...227
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+10Global Macro's Future "Stars" - Where Are They Coming From?What professional backgrounds are today's and tomorrow's top global macro minds coming from? And how much does the environmental backdrop help explain this? Pretty simple question, but I think it's interesting to note the following trends for context. The first generation of...267 months 1 week ago
+10The Great Escape - 5 tips for leaving the Back OfficeI like to compare my experience of the Back Office, with one of the final scenes in Lord of the Rings. Towards the end of the Return of the King, there is a moment where Frodo, the hairy footed rapscallion that he is, looks as though he is going to blow everything and keep the one ring for...241 year 8 months ago
+10AMA: Looking back on the first few months at Tuck After seeing an HBS and CBS thread on their reflections on the first term of their MBA programs, I thought I'd do the same. Thank you to @dabears92 for the format that I'm using below. <b>1.) Recruiting</b> a. <span class='keyword_link'><a...247 months 3 days ago
+10Some Thoughts on InterviewsA few weeks ago, my father set up a meeting for me with his bosses boss. This guy basically runs wealth. This guy was brought out of retirement, in his mid-50's, to help a friend of his rebuild the WM division at the <span class='keyword_link'><a...235 years 6 months ago
+102015 in Film: A Year in ReviewThe best time of the year has arrived. With 2015 behind us, it's time to take a look at the film industry ahead of the Academy Awards. This past year I managed to see 17+ films in the theater, which I've attempted to highlight below....221 year 3 months ago
+12Observations of a PE Analyst<em><strong>Edit:</strong> The following pertain to my personal experience in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">private equity</a></span> in a region outside of...222 years 11 months ago
+11What the fudge Goldman!?I generally don't like to list things that make me mad. Otherwise, this server would crash quite often. There are certain times, however, that watershed moments occur and <a...216 years 9 months ago
+10WSO Finance Dictionary is HereI wanted to take this time to announce one of the latest additions to our community: <a href="//">The WSO Finance Dictionary</a>. Believe it or not, one intern from the UK has built this entire dictionary from scratch. He...213 years 8 months ago
+10Accepted an Offer! - How non-targets can "make it"Hey everyone, (Edit: Got a number of PMs here - Added my responses below the rest of the post) I recently accepted a BB offer, am from a non-target, and thought I should contribute something here on WSO given the help and advice I have received from others. However, I did not want to do...202 years 3 months ago
+9What companies do you respect?In a recent class discussion, we shared which companies we would like to work at upon graduation, and the reasons for choosing these companies. Common answers for respectable companies were Google, Apple, Spotify, and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1202 months 2 weeks ago
+10Insights from the other sideI’ve written this post to share some insights into recruitment and to give a specific example of a prospective intern who blew us all away. I’ve intended to give back to the forums that I silently crept on which helped me out in breaking into banking but have never gotten around to it, and...203 years 2 months ago
+10Your job is going to be relatively mindless, repetitive, and dull.<em> Mod Note: This comment was posted in rensponse to this post: <a href="//">HELP- Pissed in Big 4 Audit</a>, received a ton of silver bananas, and deserved to go up on the homepage by itself...203 years 1 month ago
+10How to Finish WellI've been conspicuously absent from WSO for the last couple of weeks as I prepare for my transition from owning my own family office practice to my new VP role at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...202 years 11 months ago
+10Scam Science: Old School Wall Street<em> mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. </em> I have a feeling this week-long series is going to be both fun and...183 years 1 month ago
+10Credit Risk Analyst - My ExperienceI've seen a bunch of posts recently asking about credit analyst and credit risk positions. I figure it's probably way past time for me to give back to Wallstreetoasis, so here's my contribution. I'll start with my background - I graduated a few years ago from a decent...172 years 2 months ago
+10A day in my life as a Hedge Fund Equity Research Analyst“Which associate career should I pursue: Private Equity or Hedge Fund?” Second-year investment banking analysts who are just entering the associate recruiting cycle consistently pose this question to me. Since I was in their shoes not so long ago, I can empathize with the conundrum these...171 year 1 month ago
+10The Street Before Christmas 2010<center><h3>The Street Before Christmas 2010</h3><h5><br>by Edmundo Braverman</h5></center> <center>'Twas the Street before Christmas 2010 Another year over and we're at it again No monkey is safe from Uncle Eddie's rhymes And...156 years 4 months ago
+10Eff George Pay GirlNo matter what sort of game you play, once you have been around the block enough times you are bound to develop a <em> go-to-move.</em> Jordan had his fade away jumper, Mariano Rivera has his cutter, <span class='keyword_link'><a...145 years 8 months ago
+17How To Almost See Hamilton For FreeLet me start off with a big obvious disclaimer that musical theater is f*cking gay, and there's no way around that fact except to get shit-roaring drunk, which is where this story originates. I was cracking the whip on myself for a little while after the whole <a href =...144 months 3 weeks ago
+10How To Follow The Markets Like A Pro – For Free!So you are fascinated by the financial markets and maybe even interested in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span>? Great, but access to information doesn't come cheap...141 year 2 months ago
+116 useful tips for junior buyside analystsIn the past few years, more buyside companies are hiring analysts straight out of college, or without 2 full years of ibanking experience. If you are in one of these positions, the 6 tips below might be able to help you. My own experience is more in public markets, so it might not apply as well...133 years 1 month ago
+10Reuters IBD Global Review 2015Sup monkeys, here is super detailed analysis of market share, fee share, broken down by division and by industry group and across regions. Should basically answer 90% of questions that get posted on this forum over and over again. (which group is best in x, rank xyz for me etc etc). And all...131 year 8 months ago
+112010 Energy Trading ListHere is an updated list to the one I posted two years ago....136 years 4 months ago
+10Monkey's Day in the JungleGentlemen... <br> They say a picture's worth a thousand words. <br> Well, I'm feeling chatty tonight... <br> Enjoy what's left of your day... <center> <strong>9am </strong> </a> </center> <br> <img...136 years 2 months ago
+10New Years MusingsSeeing as it’s the last day of the year, I thought it wise to offer a bit of musing, as I have become so accustom to doing. Unlike my usual commentary, filled with thoughtful quotes and witticisms, the New Year is one of the few times that no quote or wise words of wisdom can convey the...136 years 4 months ago
+10McKinsey application processHopefully this is helpful to applicants. I just concluded the third and final round of interviews for an associate <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">summer internship</a></span> at <span...132 months 3 weeks ago
+11General advice to SA who are interviewinghave screened 20+ sa applicants, want to point out a few general things that the young folks out there should take note of. of course different interviewers have different styles, but I think the general things should stay general among different interviewers. I am mainly referring to the 1st...137 years 4 days ago
+10Three things I’ve learned from three months in business school<h3>1. What “smart” looks like</h3> Once you get accepted into business school, it soon dawns on you that for the first time in a while, you’ll be sitting in class with some incredibly smart people. Of the thousands of people that applied to the program, these are the people...131 year 6 months ago
+10sighBankingIt's 3:30 in the morning and I am still at the office. So...I feel like writing this post. This poem is for all future analysts trying to get into investment banking. From the outside it seems like we are all Gekko, the truth is... "sighBanking" by SuitedWolf no <span...126 years 9 months ago
+8Interview Failures<em> Moderator Note (Andy): Best of WSO - this post originally went up 3/31/2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> How about a thread where we post some of the worst mistakes we've made in interviews, or perhaps...2111 year 7 months ago
+11How to Increase Your EQ Score: Emotional Intelligence 2.0This is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from <a href=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...112 years 1 month ago
+10Thinking vs doingIt's not often that one sees a limo for sale, especially on someone's front lawn with a price tag of $2,500. The limo wasn't new, it was a late 1980s model, but it was still a limo. I used to drive past that limo weekly when I was in college. I was intrigued, I had the money to...112 years 2 months ago
+13I Entered A Time WarpHappy Halloween assholes. Here's a spooky story to shiver your timbers and rustle your jimmies. It takes place in the vestibule of my apartment building. Don't google 'vestibule' unless you want to see some gnarly female anatomy up close and personal (definitely no homo,...86 months 1 week ago
+10The long road to ER from a non-targetI have been browsing this forum for almost two years now since the beginning of my senior year and thought I would share my story on breaking into <span class='keyword_link'><a...71 year 2 days ago
+10The 10 commandments for surviving your summer internship<em>Moderator Note (Andy): DM123 completed an engineering degree and an MBA. He has work experience as an investment banking analyst, mid-market lending analyst, and is currently a corporate banking associate at a global <span class='keyword_link'><a...74 years 6 months ago
+10How To Win Friends And Influence People<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I want to teach you how to make...71 year 5 months ago
+10How To Admit Your Great Job Isn't Your Dream JobWhat’s the difference between a good life and a good job? It might seem like a silly question. To a lot of people, having a good job is a big part of having a good life. But to the millions of people with good jobs who are still unhappy, the distinction is critically important. We define...55 months 3 weeks ago
+10What's the most valuable and versatile Undergraduate Degree nowadays and looking into the future?As a Senior HS student looking ahead not just 5 years from now but 15 years down the road, it scares me. I've been always interested in studying finance/business for my undergrad. Seeing the stagnating finance industry and the increase in automation (or atleast intentions to do so), I am...1052 months 13 min ago
+9Martial ArtsAre you guys into martial arts? If yes, which one? I don't really have the time anymore but I loved it (Karate and Hapkido), great for keeping fit and less boring than just running and pumping iron. Maybe I'll see if I can return to Hapkido or start w/ Krav Maga.1042 months 1 week ago
+10Mid 90's was the wildest lending I've seenAnybody here that's about my age (39) and older will remember the mid to late 90's resi lending as being far more aggressive than the 2000's. In 1996, at age 19, after working for a large consumer finance lender (similar to TransAmerica), I got in the mortgage business. Times...37 months 1 day ago
+72016 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, I would like to start a thread for 2016 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...30310 months 2 weeks ago
+9My GMAT Study PlanI just took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GMAT</a></span> this past weekend and scored a 760 (Q49 / V44), so while everything was fresh on my mind I wanted to make a...1006 months 3 weeks ago
+9Who is your favorite billionaire?Very simply who is your favorite billionaire? I 'd have to go with Rupert Murdoch or Henry Kravis...1993 months 1 week ago
+9The Permanent Recession<em>Mod Note (Andy): this was originally posted on 6/19/12</em> I was out to dinner the other night with a few friends. Each of us work in some variation of finance and have had a decent level of professional success in our young careers, on paper at least. I'm in PE, two of...994 years 5 months ago
+9Yelled at for saying "No Problem"Hello Monkeys, I had to come to WSO, because what just happened was so absurd, I wanted to get some feedback/opinions of the interaction that just occurred. So I'm a part-time intern at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...961 month 2 weeks ago
+2Do you believe in God?Official ibankingoasis belief in God poll. Any religion with a God accepted. I'll start. Don't.7953 years 3 months ago
+9Who Is Rich?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in September 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a> If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see...951 year 3 months ago
+8Ask Me Anything: REPE Investment Professional<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/6/2015.</em> Hi Guys, I've noticed there's been a lot of unanswered questions about REPE on the forums lately. Given that WSO has...1931 year 4 months ago
+10Cuisines of the WorldFolks, a definitive ranking of the planet's major cuisines is desperately needed. I have my own list but the problem is it keeps changing. Below are the major cuisines of the world in no particular order, by country. What should the order be? Which are the best cuisines? Why? By the way,...921 month 4 weeks ago
+9Leaving Deloitte S&O after ~2 years, ask me anythingIn the coming weeks, I will be leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Deloitte</a></span> S&O after just under 2 years on the job, to join the corporate strategy group at a...881 year 9 months ago
+10When you're bored..<strong> NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION: <h3> </h3></strong> Old version: Spent the entire night playing this shit. Regret not sleeping..871 year 9 months ago
+1015 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer<i>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 3/18/14.</i> <em>Mod Note (Andy):This is being reposted with permission from HBS professor Deepak Malhotra </em> [quote]Hi Andrew, In case this is of value to WSO, my HBR article on “15 Rules for...862 years 2 months ago
+9Four college kids started a hedge fund. Should I invest?<em>TBT: Originally posted August 2012</em> One of the biggest problems with having large corporations as clients is that there’s so much crap you’re not allowed to invest in actively in order to prevent any potential allegations of insider <span...851 year 4 months ago
+10What If No One Wins the Election?<p>Whomever you prefer in the 2016 presidential race, no one can say it hasn’t been interesting (in the same way watching jackals pick apart the carcass of an antelope is interesting). One of the things that makes it so is the fact that we are a month out and it could still go either...826 months 3 weeks ago
+10Be Careful what you write to HR (Real Life Example)<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this post originally went up March 2008</em> "Go all the way down to the beginning" From: ****, ***** Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:12 PM To: ****, *** Subject: RE: Help This is how I would...752 years 6 months ago
+9Wisconsin and the Failure of Reason (aka Unions Want High Salaries More Than Jobs)This is frankly infuriating. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the State Legislature are trying to pass a bill that will strip Unions of collective bargaining rights and shift a fraction of their pension and healthcare cuts onto them. This is an average of a $153 pay cut per month. The...753 years 4 days ago
+31From Heartbroken Undergrad to Elite Wall Street Warrior – My StoryFrequent lurker, first time poster. This is my story, with a bit of personal flair. I’ll cover why not getting an internship was the best thing that ever happened to me. Why a high GPA and and an Ivy League degree are not as important as you think. Why Renaissance, Two Sigma, are not...741 year 1 month ago
+10Horrid Boss gets a smack in the mouthToday, after 19 consecutive days of horrific abuse, I let my boss really f*cking have it. Background: I'm currently an MSc Economics student in the UK. Two days a week I work at a very well known PE shop in London. I was a Summer intern there last year and I've been keeping the...731 year 8 months ago
+9AMA: Credit hedge fund analyst at MF, former BB trader<em>Mod Note (Andy): AMA/Interview Tuesdays! Email me ( if you'd like to do an AMA or interview for WSO</em> My background is working in a high yield/distressed <span class='keyword_link'><a...712 years 3 months ago
+9AMA: I'm at the end of the WSO Rainbow and Profoundly UnhappyI'm in my early-to-mid 20's, I work in PE, I'll make nearly $500k this year and I have no fucking idea what I'm doing. I went to the doctor. He said I drink too much coffee, get too little sleep, and drink too much alcohol. I didn't tell him I also have a lot of...1653 months 3 weeks ago
+11How to Ace the Goldman Sachs InterviewMake sure to take notes... 653 months 1 week ago
+9AMA First Year Wharton MBAI hosted a WSO webinar (<a href="//">link here</a>) on Thursday, December 3rd about my application to Wharton and how I got in, despite having a low <span class='keyword_link'><a...641 year 1 month ago
+9Forbes 30 Under 30 2017Forbes came out with their annual 30 under 30 for 2017 yesterday. It's that time of year where we feel bad about ourselves, but at the same time motivated, because no matter how well you're doing, there's always someone out there who's doing even better. Unless you're a...593 months 2 weeks ago
+9The Asymmetric Risk Profile: Preparing for the Hedge Fund Interview<a href="//">Hedge fund interview questions</a> typically are trying to uncover how you think as an investor. One of the best ways to demonstrate your knowledge is to highlight that you look for investments that...582 years 9 months ago
+9Here are the Target Undergraduate Schools in CanadaI've seen a lot of posts asking about target schools for finance in Canada. Since I've done a lot of research, I'm going to provide a quick summary to current/future students in Canada looking to break into Bay Street or Wall Street right out of college (without MBA, <span...58
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+9How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="//">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The only...572 years 8 months ago
+82015 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APD/ADC!Hi everyone, Thought I'd start a thread for 2015 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1561 year 1 month ago
+10When does the rat race end?I just finished my sophomore year and will be heading into SA recruiting this upcoming fall. I am currently spending my summer at a boutique IB, and given the comparatively lax lifestyle I have now compared to next summer and potentially for the rest of my life, I wanted to do some soul...5610 months 4 days ago
+9I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anythingAs a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA: I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between. If you have any...531 month 6 days ago
+9Superbowl 2017: Patriots vs Falcons WOW. Congrats to"'s Patriots, they came back from being down 28-3 in one of the best games I've ever seen. [quote] -First-ever Super Bowl to go to overtime (28-28) -MVP Tom Brady adds to his legend with masterful OT drive -They trailed 3-28 and...522 months 3 weeks ago
+9Finally, Some Quantification – The Expected Value of Launching a StartupI recently came across a <a href="">blog post from</a> with some of the best quantitative data I’ve seen to date on the consideration of the payoff of the choice to throw your career path...502 years 2 months ago
+11The Dreams of a BB AnalystSat at your desk, getting texts from off old friends, and girls you could've got on, who are out partying just a couple of blocks from you. Sat at your desk, falling asleep, feeling the emotional, physical and mental pain of yet another all nighter. Sat at your desk, hating yourself...506 years 3 months ago
+1010 Tips to Maximize Your GPAGreetings, Thought I’d try and give back to the WSO community by sharing “10 Tips” on how to maximize your undergraduate <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GPA</a></span>. I’ve...504 years 1 month ago
+4Ask Stacy Blackman Consulting - Business School AdmissionsHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership with...5482 years 9 months ago
+9Barclays recruitment process - Business Insight online assessment Hi guys, I would like to know whether someone already experienced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Barclays</a></span>' new recruitment process for London <span...483 months 5 days ago
+10How To Kill a Bank - The Final Chapter<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> Many of you remember a series I wrote earlier in...483 years 5 months ago
+9What do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants?I recently received a question from a young monkey looking for a SA position. They asked, "what do you think gave you an edge over the other applicants when you interviewed for your current position?" Below is my response, but I am curious to see what other monkeys would have said....462 years 4 months ago
+10 Open for Questions - Equities in Dallas<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="// ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> I figured I...453 years 6 months ago
+7Yet more fun with resumesSince I'm now recruiting for a boutique wealth management firm rather than a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">bulge bracket</a></span> <span...2454 years 8 months ago
+9PERE 50 2015 - Real Estate Private Equity RankingsI haven't seen it posted here and I used to post them annually, so here it is - the 2015 real estate private equity rankings, made up of all the names you would expect. Still, there are some newcomers (Greystar, Almanac) and a couple of big falls and rises. If nothing else, it's good...451 year 10 months ago
+12S&T Recruitment 2011: An Applicants StoryIntroduction I thought it would be helpful to write down my experience these past 3 months. I’ve been applying to S&T and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">asset...436 years 2 weeks ago
+915 Steps To Mastering The GMATI took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GMAT</a></span> a few months ago and I wanted to share my experiences, tips and advice with the rest of the community. Here's...433 years 4 days ago
+8Finishing 1st Year as HF Analyst - Ask AnythingThere have been several of these so I don't know how helpful I can be. Will do my best Took a pretty traditional route to get the job: <ul> <li>Target school</li> <li>Top banking group</li> <li><span class='keyword_link'><a...1423 years 7 months ago
+9You NEED To Read This Book<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from February 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> It's not often that I'm surprised by a book about Wall...404 years 2 months ago
+9Non Target sub 3.0 -> BO -> FT Analyst. Long, Detailed Success Story!!I'm not really sure how to start this post, but I'm really only posting as motivation and inspiration to all the non target kids out there who are worried about <span class='keyword_link'><a...404 years 4 months ago
+9The Best Sector, Asset Class, or investment idea for 2017 (that WSO didn't know existed)Now that it's bonus time for many people, I figured it would be a good time to ask an investment question. Since the stock pick question <a href="//">has already been taken</a>, I wanted to throw out...392 months 2 weeks ago
+10Ask Me Anything: I went from a non-target to McKinsey, MIT Sloan and BCGHey guys, An undergraduate I am mentoring sent me a link to an AMA from this site from someone in business school. I was reminded that I was using this site 9 years ago in 2006. Back then I still hadn't accomplished much. Through focus. belief in myself and failing MANY times,...386 months 1 week ago
+9The Encierro, Party Gravy, and Lost YouthI can't believe I waited as long as I did to run with the bulls. It's something I've wanted to do for at least 20 years and just never got to it until now, and that's a mistake you should avoid. The<a href=""> Festival San...383 years 10 months ago
+910 Quick Do's and Dont's I Learned from Travel Hacking Over the Last 18 Months Monkeys, Since moving abroad, I've turned "travel hacking" into my primary side hobby, that is, paying as little as possible in cash for flights and hotels throughout the world. Eighteen months later, I'm sitting on 500,000 airline points with only two credit cards in my...372 years 8 months ago
+9Can sleeping with a client get an intern fired? I may have made a mistake. A client organization invited us to a business oriented cocktail party. I made decent conversation with one of the clients and a group of the clients and I (with no one else from my firm) went to a bar for drinks. The client in question left with me after the first bar so that we could continue...372 years 4 months ago
+10'Equity' (2016) Movie Review: The Harsh Tale of Women on Wall Street<em>"Equity" came out last week (limited release) and currently has a 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes</em> Coming straight out of 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival, Meera Menon's Equity is dubbed “the first all-female Wall Street movie” by many. It is an incredibly...368 months 1 week ago
+8Removed post to discuss MBA Admissions Consultants while maintaining anonymityDeleted as thread is over 2.5 years old and stopped receiving PMs... 1362 years 2 months ago
+10The 48 Laws of Power<i>This is the next book summary from <a href=""></a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="//">here</a>, and if you find my summaries...336 months 3 weeks ago
+9The World's Greatest Lifehack<strong>It will give you tunnel vision.</strong> It will make you sacrifice many things you enjoy and put them on the back-burner. It will give you a cynical (and sometimes hateful) view of your classmates. You will seriously consider the possibility of purchasing a one-way...333 years 5 months ago
+9A week in the life of a VC intern/VC Intern AMAHey VC-aspiring monkeys, Originally, my plan was to do a week by week take on the VC world as an intern, similar to moneymogul's IB one - however, both my internship and the VC world is very different from IB, so it wasn’t feasible to do that way. So instead, I’ve documented my first...332 years 5 months ago
+10A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I was...302 years 2 months ago
+8Favorite AthleteHello Monkeys, I have noticed many athletic related threads as of late and began to wonder which athletes WSO members would consider their favorite. It's hard to drill down to one, considering you can like athletes for many reasons (work ethic, natural skill, grit, DGAF attitude,...130
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+10How I Lost A Million Dollars<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...293 years 2 weeks ago
+10Workaholics vs. Successaholics: Working Hard vs. Working SmartGreetings fellow monkeys: By way of introduction, I have been a shadow-user for quite some time, please excuse my lurking, and I want to thank everybody for all of the thought and effort that is put into your posts. I have learned a great amount from the WSO community and the content is often...289 months 2 weeks ago
+9David Tepper Personally Earns $4 Billion for 2009 PerformanceDavid Tepper grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA. He became interested in the stock market after observing his dad, an accountant, trade stocks during the day. Following high school, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, where he excelled. After Tepper graduated with...266 years 4 months ago
+9Networking into a Hedge Fund? It's Unstructured.<strong>Introduction</strong> Excluding the back and forth regarding the differences between fundamental hedge funds (from here, “hedge funds”) and quant-shops (with apologies to Ray Dalio), feedback from the <span class='keyword_link'><a...263 years 3 weeks ago
+9Life after Investment Banking, part 2I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... // 1. I don't know what else I could do The picture on this post is an entry I wrote in my journal one hour after walking of the door of the bank. You...264 years 1 month ago
+9Going From IB to Starting a Business and Back - My Personal Experience Fellow Monkeys, I don't often post, and I keep my commenting to a minimum. However, I recently picked up and finished a new book many of you have likely heard of, Young Money. I found the writer to be biased against the banking lifestyle, and the analysts he tracks, for the most part,...263 years 2 months ago
+10Notes from a Girl in Consulting (and Finance)I've had a great and interesting journey so far, and to be honest, I'm not sure what I want to do finally - we'll see how it goes. I'm impatient, not detail-oriented, fun loving, not serious - none of the characteristics generally valued in banking or consulting. Yet I...261 year 10 months ago
+10We're Totally Living in a Simulation<p>Ever since I started writing for WSO again there has been one topic you guys have asked me to cover more than any other, and that is the notion that we're living in a simulation. Well, <em>living</em> probably isn't the right word. More like...267 months 1 week ago
+9Going Postal Over These 4 Work EmailsLately I’ve been thinking a lot about the way people in our corner of the world use email. As even the greenest <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">summer analyst</a></span> knows, on Wall Street,...254 years 8 months ago
+9Go Big or Go Home - 2017 Challenge2017 is rapidly approaching and it is almost that time of year again to set goals, and smash them! My goals are as follows: 1) Save 15-18K towards my mortgage deposit. 2) Move out of compliance to something more respectable, tangible and with more exit options. A more numerical role....251 month 3 weeks ago
+9matrix reviewc1252 years 4 months ago
+9Weekend Wars: Search Function vs. Work FunctionDear Monkeys, I am sorely disappointed in you...Well, not really. I don't care all that much. But I haven't ripped anybody a new one in a while and I do feel like hurling a few gentle insults while dispensing some useful advice to those who are willing to take it. Join me on a...246 years 1 month ago
+9Equity Research Interns & Incoming Full-Timers: 5 Simple Tweaks to Add ValueIn finance, just being smart and working your fingers to the bone does not set you apart – because we all do that. You want to make sure you are doing the right thing and working hard the right way. Going back to that 80/20 rule: sometimes what takes 20% of your time makes 80% of the...242 years 11 months ago
+9Staying Alive: 4 Tips for Surviving Corporate LayoffsAs an Oil and Gas professional, Fridays are both a curse and a blessing depending on whether or not I have a job at the end of the day. Since the price of oil has been on a perpetual decline and showing no signs of a recovery, thousands of employees have been laid off. Everyone from Jim the...241 year 3 months ago
+8Guys, what's your opinion on dating female bankers?Question pretty much is self explanatory. What is your opinion on dating female bankers (sales and traders as well)1235 months 1 week ago
+10Investment Baking The next time any one mentions investment banking you will now think of investment BAKING and the picture of the dough boy will pop in your head <img src = ""> <img src =...226 years 1 month ago
+7My review of online dating sites If you are a single straight guy living in NYC, you would be doing yourself a great disservice by abstaining from online dating. Yes, I used to look down on these apps as "beneath me," something only desperate losers use. That may have been the case in the past, but it is now the...2221 month 1 day ago
+9How To Get Cheap (Or Free) GolfAs promised, I have decided to share my knowledge on getting free or cheap golf. ### Country Clubs Most country clubs and private courses are closed one day a week for maintenance. To get free golf I would recommend befriending one of the cart boys or other workers who can get you on the...223 months 2 weeks ago
+9AMA: Corporate Strategy Manager at F100 Entertainment Company (came from Non-MBB Management Consulting)I've been a Corporate Strategy manager at a large F100 studio (not Disney) for about a year now (and it's had its ups and downs). Just figured there isn't too much information on here about corporate strategy paths from non-<span class='keyword_link'><a...21
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+9Fit/Behavioral Interviews - A Crash CourseA few weeks ago I finished interviewing for MBA consulting <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">internships</a></span> and wanted to capture some of my thoughts while they're still...212 years 11 months ago
+9Cap IQ List of PE Firms[Mod Note: WSO now has a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Company Database</a></span> where you can filter by industry (PE) and zip code: //] So to go...Anonymous Monkey1205 years 3 months ago
+12Why Canadians get an MBA AND the CFA*tl;dr: Canadians have a special reason to do the CFA. And this is why you should or shouldn't do it.* I know people often debate the pros and cons of an MBA vs. the CFA. As Toronto is the CFA capital of the world, I thought I'd answer this questions from a more uniquely Canadian...195 months 1 week ago
+9The God of Quants speaksPerhaps one of the coolest guys from the pocket protector posse, James Simons has become an absolute legend in our world of finance, with his army of physicists and mathematicians at the Quant juggernaut Ren Tech, he has beaten and wowed the street year in and year out, showing the world the...1910 months 3 weeks ago
+9Ayrton Senna - Life of a Three-Time Formula 1 World ChampionTwitter reminded me that today, 21 March 2017, was Ayrton Senna's 57th birthday if he was still alive. As a racing driver, he built teams, captured impossible wins, and inspired the future generation of fans and racers alike. As a Brazilian, his charity and love for his Country can be seen...181 month 2 weeks ago
+9NSFW Episode 2: The Euro, Prop Trading, Technology<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...185 years 10 months ago
+9The Great Strategic Game of Life (2/2)<a href="//">In the first post in this series</a> I was talking about big strategic decisions in life. I made the point that maybe small decisions drain a lot of time and energy from us, and that could make us...1811 months 1 week ago
+9Come On and Take a Free Ride<em>Mod Note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie" - This one is from June 2011.</em> <em><strong><u>Freeriding</u> :</strong> The illegal activity of buying a stock and selling it before paying for the purchase.</em> - <a...183 years 11 months ago
+9My EBITDA multiple is bigger than yoursInvestment bankers talk a lot about multiples. In fact, almost everyone in finance talks about multiples. Jim Cramer is probably talking about some company’s multiple right now. Surprisingly, though, multiples and what they actually represent is deeply misunderstood by a frightening number...154 years 2 months ago
+11"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"As part of <a href="">my business</a>, I hear this question all the time...<em>"How do I stay in shape if I'm sitting in the office all day?"</em> You've probably asked yourself this question a few times as...1511 months 2 weeks ago
+9Think and Grow RichThis is the second book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my recently launched personal blog, Deconstructing Excellence. <a href="//">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...142 years 3 months ago
+9Why do IB directors change shops?This is an outline of the motivations I’ve seen for senior IBankers to change shops, whether in the same type of role or into a different role (eg from <span class='keyword_link'><a...122 years 10 months ago
+8Which city has the best work life balance for a banker?Monkeys, there is usually so much of noise about Wall Street and New York due to both history and the number of opportunities present. I was thinking about what it is to be a finance guy in other cities. Though people working in the financial services are not supposed to crib about work-life...1113 months 2 weeks ago
+9Adam the Analyst - Episode 5: What is Your Biggest Motivation?<em>Moderator Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - This was originally posted on 9/20/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0"...102 years 11 months ago
+9Scam Science: Crossing & Boxing StocksThe best way to get rich and famous as a young stockbroker back in the day was to accumulate a massive position in one or more growth stocks and then sell the entire position when the stock took off. This was drilled into our heads during training. Our one purpose in life was to find a stock we...103 years 1 month ago
+10How you can get multiple job offers before you graduateHi all, figured I'd share my story to those struggling to get an internship or FT offer. Hope you all find some value in my post. These are the major keys that helped me land multiple offers despite coming from a community college and only having experience as a retail clothing sales...103 months 1 week ago
+9The Importance of Thinking Big<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//">here</a>. The AMA is still live and he is actively answering any questions that you may have.</em> I am here to tell you that just as...101 year 4 months ago
+9Physical Oil Trading Basics (Part 2 of 2)After Part 1 last week, I’m pretty pleased with the feedback I have received, both from comments and PMs. <a href="//">If you have not yet read Part 1, check it out here</a>. I think last week gave a...93 years 11 months ago
+8The puzzle threadNOTE: If you have seen a problem before, please don't solve it. This is a thread for posting logic/probability ques, to help people prep for trading interviews. If you have an interesting question that you have heard or thought of, post it to give people practice. I'll post at...1086 years 5 months ago
+9Discounted Cashflow Valuations (DCF): Academic Exercise, Sales Pitch or Investor Tool?In <a href="">my last post</a>, I noted that I will be teaching <a href="">my valuation class</a>,...72 years 2 months ago
+8What Shows do you watch?I know that this topic has been posted on before; but, due to things constantly changing, I figured it would be good to ask again. With the semester about to end, I'm going to have some free time to watch some more shows and wanted to see what shows bankers watch. I already watch Suits, but...1074 months 22 hours ago
+9Wharton Business School: Entrepreneurship Speech I went to Wharton and spoke to some of their MBAs about Entrepreneurship and thought you guys might like the video of it :-) 18 minutes and 40 seconds on the following four topics: <ol> <li>Is quitting your job and starting a business right for you?</li> ...71 year 2 months ago
+9On Campus Recruitment and Networking: A guide<h3> Recruitment Season </h3> Since it is recruitment season, I thought I would write this post. For all those currently undergoing On Campus Recruitment, being a great network-<span class='keyword_link'><a...71 year 6 months ago
+8Q&A with Nefarious - a Strategy Associate at a Fortune 500 Company - (Part One)Afternoon, monkeys. I've got the first of a two part interview for you today with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Certified User</a></span> Nefarious. <strong>Nefarious works in Strategy at a...1064 years 5 months ago
+8What is your compensation in Real Estate Finance?I cant find much in the way of compensation for real estate other then the summary page from the HR consultant that is floating around here, so I thought maybe people will be willing to describe what they do, their market, and what their compensation looks like. Industry: Real Estate...106
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+9My Gift To WSO: Investment Committee Memos....Or Something Like ThatSo, I've been trying to find an actual Investment Committee Memo from a real deal. I randomly asked for one on an existing thread on this board and someone told me it was too "proprietary" for anyone to share. Fair enough. So I took to the magical, wonderful Google! Started...52 months 4 weeks ago
+9The End of The ShowIt is time... ...After 6 years Tier2sta is also leaving the industry.... <strong>Why? A lot of what <a href="//">Mr Ridley states</a> is true...</strong> <ul> <li>This thing's...1035 years 6 days ago
+9Weekend Wars: Hands vs. EyesI have yet to commission a full-fledged study, but I would bet the two most popular questions on WSO are: 1) How do I break into IB from a non-target? 2) Here's my resume, what do you think? So many different responses, so many times a person told "use search function"...26 years 7 months ago
+9Nominations: Member of the year / Thread of the year Update: Poll is up! Hey all, I'm posting up a poll soon for member of the year, I came up with this list of nominees (sorry if I forgot anyone!), please let me know if there's anyone else I...874 months 2 weeks ago
+8Proprietary Trading Firm Interview TipsI’ve seen a lot of posts and private messages asking about proprietary <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> firm interviews. So I figured I’d just make it easier for...861 year 4 months ago
+8AMA: I'm an Investment Analyst working at a long-only and L/S fundI've been on the buyside now for just about 1-year. I work at a $10+ billion value-oriented asset manager. We are primarily a long-only fund managing institutional money and we recently launched a hedge fund. Currently, the fund is run by one PM and I'm his only analyst. The L/S fund...862 years 5 months ago
+8What are your favorite/least favorite airports?I'll start us off, LaGuardia is the worst airport in the US. To those who’ve had the luxury of never setting foot in LaGuardia, allow me to provide an overview of the <em>amenities</em>: <ul> <li>Highest rate of flight cancellations and delays in the...85
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+8If nothing else mattered, what would you do?Don't get me wrong. I love my job and what I do. I have always been curious to find out what people would pursue if money were not an object and relationships did not tie you to a specific region. What occupation would you pursue if you were not constrained by your future/ money/...855 months 1 week ago
+8You Get to Redo CollegeThe question is simple: if you could go and redo college, what changes/different decisions would you have made in your pursuit of a high finance career? It can literally be anything from which group of friends you surrounded yourself with to what type of <span...82
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+2Energy Investment Banking in Houston? Anyone have rankings?Hey everyone, I'm a junior getting ready to recruit for energy banking in Houston. I've heard that things are changing alot with a lot of MDs moving to different banks in the last couple of years. Are <span class='keyword_link'><a...681
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+8J.P Morgan Asset/Wealth Management Video InterviewI have a interview with J.P Morgan where I have to answer 4 questions on video, but there is not an interview on the other side. Has anyone had any experience with this?731 month 1 week ago
+8Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot, Part 1/2<em>Andy note: BIG thanks to SirTradesaLot for doing a Q&A with me and offering up his advice for the WSO community - "One of my greatest joys is helping young, ambitious people." He has worked in the finance industry for almost 15 years in a variety of roles at global...722 years 6 months ago
+8Hedge funds vs. Mutual fundsMany people here on WSO are obsessed with hedge funds and look upon the mutual fund industry with disdain.  However, I have seen a lot of misinformation out there on what mutual funds even do, so I wanted to layout the basics of both hedge funds and mutual funds and what makes them similar and...714 years 1 month ago
+9Will My Fund's HR Find Out I Lied About Taekwondo Yellow Belt?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Over the holidays we'll be posting some of the best posts from 2013, enjoy!</em> To whom it may concern, On my resume I have it to say that I earned my yellow belt in Taekwondo which is very impressive feat to accomplish that, but truth of the matter...673 years 4 months ago
+8Q&A With a Buy Side Analyst at Real Estate Investment & Development FirmHi Everyone, I read a lot of these forums a couple years back and they helped considerably in terms of realistic expectations about day to day life as an analyst. I was hoping to return the favor by answering a few questions (if anyone has any) about life as an analyst at a buy side real...671 year 9 months ago
+8Why I think you should take a corporate strategy gig over consulting (including MBB) at the entry-level I got a lot of help reading WSO when I was an undergrad and wanted to contribute somehow. Wanted to drop my 2 cents, as I feel like <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">MBB</a></span> is overly...653 years 4 months ago
+8What Do You Tell People You Do?So.... I'm kind of getting sick of explaining to friends and family that I'm not a realtor. Plus even when I do try to explain the concept of being a real estate investment analyst at a family office, it just kind of flies over everyone's head and they still assume that I'm a...655 months 1 week ago
+10Do you want your wife to work?***Disclaimer*** I realize this question is geared toward men. I would appreciate female input as well, but my assumption is most women expect/want their husband or future husband to work. Also, just to cover my bases, I don't assume men are the only ones married to wives and women the only...164
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+10Life Plan (for Everyone) to Ponder<em>Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> After reading and commenting on this board it is very clear that everyone has goals/dreams and an idea of how to...644 years 7 months ago
+8Don't Ask An Investment Banker What They Do<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - this was originally posted 9/27/12</em> When you’re meeting new people, even in casual social situations, the <b>topic of work is never far off</b>. Maybe this is a general commentary on The Texting Generation’s lacking...631 year 11 months ago
+8AMA: HY/Distressed Analyst at NYC based Mid-Sized Credit Hedge FundHey all, long time lurker first time poster. Just wanted to share my background and answer questions for those interested. Background: 7 years of investment research experience prior to b-school, mostly in equities (some credit) with half of that on the buyside at a hedge fund; sectors...621 month 1 week ago
+9AMA - Non-ranked undergrad 'ORM' with a 660 GMAT who got into multiple top 20 programs<em>Mod Note (Andy) - we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 1/18/2015.</em> I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to give back to the community who really helped me out more than I could ever ask for. Quick shout out to a few...611 year 4 months ago
+8Uncle Eddie's Guide to RumI've been meaning to do this for some time now and, with the holiday party/gift giving season right around the corner, I figured now was as good a time as any. Those of you who know me know that I love my rum. Not only does it have a pleasant effect on a body after three or four, rum more...601 year 3 days ago
+8Global Credit Rating Agency ---> Backdoor to High FinanceThesis: For those unable to break directly into high finance, starting at a one of the "Big 3" (S&P, Moody's, Fitch) is a great entry-level job, in which you can position yourself for a bright future. Overview: *Entry-level analysts may only make about $70k (1st year...591 month 3 weeks ago
+8AMA: REIT Acquisitions AssociateWSO has provided me tons of valuable information over the years and helped me break into real estate a few years ago. Now it's time to pay it forward. I am going to be 100% full disclosure on everything (except compensation). I work as an acquisitions associate for a small publicly...595 months 1 week ago
+8Harvard Business School Prof. Malhotra's Speech to MBAs: "Quit Early and Quit Often"Professor Deepak Malhotra is pretty much the best instructor at the Harvard Business School. He is the winner of numerous teaching awards, his Negotiations Class was over 10x oversubscribed (600+ students applying for 60 spots) this year, and his student reviews are downright flawless. This...584 years 11 months ago
+8Jump from research to banking, after bleeding during interviewI flew into London the morning of my interview, only to find that my luggage was on the next flight. Normally not too much of a problem, except that a) I had to start a final round of interviews for a banking position in two hours and b) as it was a 12 hour trip, I was wearing sandals and...572 years 7 months ago
+8Licensing For DummiesSeeing as there have been a few recent posts about the NASD/FINRA Licensing exams, I thought it would be prudent to discuss them with you guys, since most of you monkeys looking for full-time employment on the street will need to take them in some way, shape or form. Very simply, the...561 year 4 months ago
+8Lifestyle: The number 1 killer of young traders.We hear a great deal these days about what we can and can’t afford. Of course when you hear it from the lips of a politician you know exactly what he means: you can’t afford that unless it was my idea….then you need to scale a trillion or so. As your career progresses, assuming...563 years 2 months ago
+9This is how guys are getting rich in real estateSo about 2 months ago I joined a group that does about $1 to 1.5 billion per year in commercial and commercial real estate loans. Our entire production and underwriting group is comprised of about 25 people. I've looked at a few dozen deals now that have made their way to my desk after...562 years 8 months ago
+8A Career In Market RiskHello all, I am a less of a contributor on this site but think it makes sense to post my experience in the field of Market Risk and everything around it from a career point of view if it ends up helping few members. <strong>Happy to take questions, ask away...</strong> I spent...551 year 3 months ago
+8AMA- Big 4 Audit to MM IBHi all, Recently moved from Big 4 Audit to a top MM IB (Blair, Jeff, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Baird</a></span>, <span...535 months 1 week ago
+9Buy-Side Analyst AMAHey All I'm wrapping up my first year on the buy-side and I'm using this platform as way to reflect on the past year. Happy to pay it forward to those that would like advice or have any questions. 533 months 5 days ago
+8Lonely and Unhappy - NYC Hey guys, A bit of a long post, but would appreciate any advice. For the last 5 months or so, I've been feeling extremely lonely and unhappy, specifically at the end of my <span class='keyword_link'><a...533 months 2 weeks ago
+87 Tips on Reneging So you were a summer intern at Company A and got a return offer for FT after you graduate. Congratulations! Except now that you’re half way through the fall semester you are starting to have doubts on whether you should have accepted that offer. Or maybe you were approached by a recruiter from...521 year 5 months ago
+9In the bathroom...Shitiquette!Scenario: You are analyst A. It is a quiet bathroom. You are in a stall. You are sitting to perform/are performing #2. Now enters analyst B. He/She proceeds to take the stall adjacent to yours. Again, it is a quiet bathroom. Do you: 1.) Stop squeezing to prevent to noises/ploops and...513 years 7 months ago
+8Interview with WallStreetPlayboys: A Top 3 Institutional Investor Ranked Analyst (part 1/2)<em>The following is Part 1 of an interview with WallStreetPlayboys (<strong>he is also available to answer your questions</strong>)</em> <em>Are you a professional and want to do an interview? View our <strong><a...504 years 3 weeks ago
+8AMA: I'm the President of a $1bn Global Long Short Fund Feel free to ask me anything. I will be on starting at 1pm to answer questions for a couple hours, then will check the post periodically over the next week for new questions. Thanks, -Keith. <b>Bio: </b><em>Keith R. Weiner is the President of Suvretta Capital Management, a...502 years 7 months ago
+10How I used LinkedIn to get Interviews and Land OffersHey Guys, Been using this site for a while now and figured it would be beneficial for me to give back a bit. For starters, I thought I would detail my experiences using linkedin and cold emails to land a summer offer. Coming from a semi-target undergrad b-school, I had my hands full....498 months 2 weeks ago
+827,394 Days<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie". This one was originally posted in Dec. 2011.</em> [quote=Christopher Hitchens]"I know what's coming. I know no one beats these odds and it's a matter of getting used to that and growing up and realizing...483 years 11 months ago
+8Wall Street vs. Entrepreneurship I am very new to this but I thought I would post something I feel many of us students have thought about at some point in time. This may be more tailored to first-gen, low-income, students who attend non-targets. Can apply to others as well so feel free to critique? You spend hours at school,...47
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+9Big4 M&A - An ExplanationOver the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">corporate...469 months 3 weeks ago
+6The truth about GE's FMP (it's accounting; forget banking)My two cents about GE's Financial Management Program, the two-year, four-rotation program of General Electric. The very first thing you must bear in mind about the GE FMP is that it’s about accounting. Forget investment banking, capital markets, private equity, or anything even only...2463 years 1 week ago
+8Excel: Tools, Add-Ins, and MacrosIncluded here is the start of a much needed compilation of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">Excel</a></span> add-ins, macros, and tools. For the one person who'll read this, please add your most...451 year 1 month ago
+9What NOT to put in a Cover Letter/ResumeI received a cover letter, resume, and some other related collateral (a supposed 'research' report) relatively recently from a cold-emailer that I thought was worth highlighting, because it has some prime examples of what not to say/write to anyone ever. I'll post some excerpts...453 years 9 months ago
+8IB MD AMAHi, its that time of year when I feel like giving back. I've been in the game for 18 years, both US and UK. Sales, IB, Quant, even did a stint at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...451 month 1 week ago
+8The best informational interview one could ask for!Fellow monkeys, Long time reader, I have only posted several times. I am here to share my success. I just landed a S&T role at a top <span class='keyword_link'><a...4410 months 3 weeks ago
+8Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Broker<strong>Day in the Life: Commercial Real Estate Broker</strong> Ever wonder what you do as a commercial real estate broker? The truth is, it’s really hard to do a “day in the life” post for the position because no two days are alike. So, instead of just doing one, I’m...4310 months 2 weeks ago
+9AMA: Incoming IB analyst – international student, survived FT recruiting twice… <p> I've been a long-time browser on WSO and it's definitely helped me out as I recruited for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> out...431 year 11 months ago
+8AMA - Non-Target >> Valuation >> MM IBAttempting to share my knowledge and experience lateraling from valuation to IB in an effort to give back to the WSO community. The situation: Non-target, landed a valuation role out of undergrad. Leveraged my valuation experience and was able to network into a MM IB analyst role after a...422 months 2 weeks ago
+8AMA: Internal Pharma M&A Group ($10B+)I work on the inside M&A team for a large Pharma company. My job generally involves acquisitions, in licensing, out licensing and distribution deals. I am on the forum under another name, this is to maintain my anonymity. 415 months 3 weeks ago
+8The Best of Braverman Sample ChapterThought I'd give you guys a peek inside the book now that it's finished: <h1 align=center>Just Another Day at the Office</h1> <br><br><p>People ask me all the time what it was like to work in a boiler room, so I thought I’d devote a chapter to...413 years 10 months ago
+8Any hip hop fans out there?Since J. Cole's album drop date got leaked a couple of days ago (December 9th), I wanted to promote one of my favorite current generation rappers. But I also wanted to open up a discussion about greatest albums, artists, and moments in hip hop. A lot of discussions I've had about hip...1405 months 3 days ago
+8Your Career is Dying a Slow Death, Here's How to Save itAs some of you may or may not be aware, the golden watch era in Corporate America is dead. Gone are the days where you get in with a company and work for them for 30-40 years, get your golden Rolex and then call it a career. Early on in my career I gave a compelling argument to my boss as...403 years 8 months ago
+12Why there isn't more diversity on the street<em>Mod note (Andy): WSO top comments - this one is from the post in response to diversity in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">investment banks</a></span>. <a...393 years 3 months ago
+8How you workIt's miserable weather outside and I'm spending all my weekends sitting at home, not wanting to go out. Eventually watching re-runs gets boring, so I thought I'd type up a thread instead on <strong>how I work</strong>. Someone posted a thread about this sort of...392 years 3 months ago
+2J.P. Morgan Junior IB Analyst ProgramDoes anyone have any insight into this program: Says it is a one-year contract, while the typical role would be for two.9392 months 3 weeks ago
+8What banker careers really look like: schools and promotion ratesHi guys. Answering your questions on career path to start with; also giving some initial generalities about what undergrad schools I'm seeing. The full cut of undergrad/b-school and exit opps data is on the way. Reminder: this is longitudinal career data from a sample set of several...384 years 8 months ago
+7Funny Interview Stories<em>Andy note: Best of WSO - this post originally went up December 2009 and we thought it deserved to go back on the homepage for those who may have never seen it.</em> So I just was in an interview for a student run Venture Capital fund. He asked what I would invest in, stocks or...1383 years 1 month ago
+8Top 5 Memories<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...372 years 11 months ago
+8Affirmative Action Based Upon Income/Wealth Instead of Race?I cannot claim credit for this, I'm reposting from Financial Samurai's blog, a very successful man who I occasionally read. Curious to see what the opinion of WSO is... Excerpt:[quote] For those who believe race is a fine criteria to use for college admissions, are you telling me...377 months 2 days ago
+8How to nail your MSF interviewDue to my past activity on these forums, specifically related to MSF/business school discussions, I’ve received a few emails asking about the MSF application process. I think it would be helpful to share my experiences as an applicant, talking to other applicants, both that got offers and...372 years 3 months ago
+8Investment Banking to a Hedge fund... Can You Make the Jump?***Note: This is a summary type post and is broad in scope, the sections are outlined in <strong>BOLD</strong> so if you have no interest in the overview you can skip to the interview section etc... Good luck to all of you starting (or doing) hedge fund interviews right now... hard...373 years 2 months ago
+8Valuation of Metals and Mining CompaniesHey everyone, I just thought that I'd share a great resource for information on the basics of valuing metal and mining companies. The pdf doesn't cover everything by all means but it is a quick beginning step for one to build out their model. It also has links to about 10-15 other...364 years 10 months ago
+71st Yr Banking Analyst Open for QuestionsHappy to answer any questions about anything related to banking for SA's and FT's that start this summer.1364 years 9 months ago
+8What are Your Favorite Tabletop/Board Games?I ask this because I just found Secret Hitler and I'm having an absolute blast playing this game with my friends. Here are some other ones that always make for a good time with family and friends: * Coup: 5 players or less. Great game, each one lasts roughly 15 min. This is the absolute...354 months 3 weeks ago
+8 3 Important Ways How the CFA Exams Helped Me Outside of A Financial Career<em>This article is originally from <a href=""></a>. You can <a href="">read the full article...352 years 3 months ago
+8How Buffettology makes Valuations a piece of cakeIt’s common knowledge that knowing the ins and outs of financial statements is a key factor of becoming successful in investment banking. Little known is the fact that <span class='keyword_link'><a href=""...343 years 2 months ago
+8Working In Big 4 Audit in LondonSomeone was asking me about this in PM and I wrote a long and detailed reply about what it is like to work in Big 4 and what advice I would give to people thinking about interning / working there. Thought it might be useful for others so my reply is below. Happy to answer any...348 months 1 day ago
+8How to play better golf (or just not suck)A few weeks back I posted a few pieces of advice on a golf posting and got some serious requests for more info. I hadn’t considered how many out there need some simple advice about how to get around a golf course and not make an idiot of yourself in front of peers and bosses. When I got a...339 months 2 weeks ago
+8Thanks WSO - Finally got an offer!Fellow monkeys! This post is long overdue but I recently received an offer from a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> (think <span...332 years 2 months ago
+8Interactive Debt Sizing MatricesI created these interactive Debt Sizing Matrices after I observed that my colleagues and I were continually running the same calculations when trying value a property and/or size a loan. Feel free to post/send some feedback.3211 months 6 days ago
+7M/B/B Consultant Answering Your QuestionsI've gotten a lot of useful - and not so useful - information from this site over the last several years, and I'd like to give back by contributing some real content. Am finishing up a stint at one of the M/B/B firms and would be happy to answer any questions regarding <span...1314 years 2 hours ago
+135 ways a career on WS is not what it used to beIn the old days many people perceived joining Wall Street was a golden ticket. They figured if you put your head down and work hard your career can be whatever you want it to be. Some thought they would make their money and be done in their thirties or forties. Others imagined they would keep...311 year 5 months ago
+8Private Equity Recruiting Q&AHave been getting more than a few inbound PE recruiting questions VIA PM, happy to field them here for everyone's benefit. The recruiting process has really shaken up this year and is a pretty significant source of anxiety given how opaque and unexpected it is.... So figured this may be...314 years 9 months ago
+8Exclusive Edmundo Braverman Interview : Part 2 of 2<em>Andy note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from December 2011 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> WSO, This is Part 2 of 2 (<a...293 years 8 months ago
+8AMA: Current junior quantitative researcherHi everyone, I've enjoyed this forum a lot, despite it mostly being about IB. Overall career advice here has been really good for the most part. @thebrofessor" suggested last week to do an AMA so I thought I would give it a shot. A little about me: I went to a target/semi-target...291 month 3 weeks ago
+8Six Habits That Could Screw You OverIts been a little over 2 weeks since the new year begun, and for many people like myself, the gusto that drove our New Year’s resolutions and our desire to change old habits is slowly waning. Three days at the gym are slowly becoming two, and the bowl of ice cream that took a back seat to the...283 months 2 weeks ago
+8Part 2- Finally Got It - Top MM Offer- Thank You WSOSo my previous post (// had people commenting on it asking how i went about networking/using linkedin. Here is my advice on basically reaching out to someone cold on linkedin/just how to game the networking system. My...272 years 2 months ago
+8AMA - HY/Special Situations Analyst at $30bn+ HF in LondonLong-time user of WSO under a different account, believe it's time to give back. Background in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">LevFin</a></span>/restructuring at...265 months 3 weeks ago
+8Citi's Report on Banks' FICC tradingZerohedge has a copy of a 61 page research report that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Citi</a></span> released yesterday about the the FICC <span class='keyword_link'><a...263 years 7 months ago
+8The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThis is the next book review in a series of installments that will be coming from my blog, Deconstructing Excellence. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="//">here</a>. If you find my summaries to be useful, <a...262 years 2 months ago
+104 Real-Life Consulting Exit Opps of My Former ColleaguesSince I have always continued my career in consulting, I decided to do a social experiment. I conducted an environmental scan through my LinkedIn network. I then categorized my findings into key themes of the most common consulting exit career paths using a cohort of 45 former consulting...261 month 4 weeks ago
+8Some advice on getting a job or internship by Monty09Hello everyone I put up a post once a year on this topic and this year will be no different... While not a "to do" this is simply a game plan to help close the gap from student to s&t.... 1. Take care of your grades.. while a good gpa may not get a job, a bad gpa will not...256 years 7 months ago
+9Thank you, WSO - IBD position at second-tier bank First off, I have really really wanted to write this post for almost two years now and to be able to finally write it is fucking awesome. Secondly, I know that there have been a few posts like this recently, but still I wanted to say thanks to all on this board who gave me help... WSO has...254 years 7 months ago
+8A Plea For Common SenseDear Tea Party Congressional Representatives, In 2010, a group of conservative, libertarian and populist voters revolted against a consortium of moderate Democrats and Republicans who had slowly been chipping away at the rights of everyday individuals for roughly twenty five years. They...253 years 7 months ago
+8Goals For 2010So this is the time of year when everyone reflects on what they don't like about themselves and then "resolves" to rectify it. That's why I've never liked New Years resolutions. If you have an issue to resolve, resolve it. Don't wait for an arbitrary date on a...257 years 4 months ago
+75 Rules of Getting a Job from a Non-Target SchoolI’ve been in the industry for several years and I’ve come across every type of situation. I’ve met guys from top schools who work in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">bulge...1254 years 1 week ago
+8How To Make A Good First Impression<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> For anyone looking on how to make a killer first impression and get yourself a better job, this video I recently put...252 years 11 months ago
+8Four Years of BraverManiaI passed a pretty cool milestone last week. Four years ago last week I began writing for WSO. As near as I can tell (this was before we started using the blog format) <a href="//" target="blank">this was my first...244 years 7 months ago
+8Free Model-Formatting Course<strong>Summary</strong> This is not a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="">financial modeling</a></span> course like the one that is offered at <span class='keyword_link'><a...244 years 11 months ago
+13How to sleep anywhere anytime 101I'm back from Vegas in one piece, chumps. Thanks a lot for those sordid invitations in my inbox courtesy of your blackout selves. I think I met a couple of you, and I know for sure from the unspeakable smell of my clothes that I met some of your working female "friends." Extra...243 months 3 weeks ago
+9Are you special? Or just another wannabe?It’s funny how a completely unrelated conversation connects to finance. I was discussing with our man James Hunt the sad decline of the sports car industry, wherein once proud and truly special marques have lost their way and are now but shadows of their former selves. Complacent in...246 years 5 months ago
+812 Hours Till Deadline: The All Nighter, Part 2The following post is Part 2 of an investment banking analyst's nightmare all-nighter. <strong> If you missed Part 1, read it <a href="//">here.</a></strong> After getting...234 years 8 months ago
+8Funniest Scene in a Finance/Business MovieHey everyone! After watching The Big Short this past holiday season, I stumbled across one of the funniest scenes I've seen in a movie, or at least a finance-related movie: The actual scene is from 1:55-2:32. This scene was actually in...221 year 3 months ago
+8Learning coding on your own for finance?Hi guys, I started using codecademy to learn a little bit about javascript. I am not necessarily interested in pursuing a career in tech but I think nowadays it is important to have a minimum understanding of how programming languages work. Also, I want something different to challenge...22
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+8Feudalism in America?[quote]It's a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master's carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you're a peasant when you...225 years 11 months ago
+8Comp Season... things to rememberComp season has passed in my firm. I know it's ongoing at the big banks and happens at various times throughout the year for the big funds. A few observations based on my experiences and conversations with people who work in the industry. If you've been working for 5 years or less,...212 years 3 months ago
+8The 6 Ways In Which Failure Made Me A ManI grew up in a number of places, all of them outside the U.S., and around the age of 15 decided I wanted to go to college in the U.S. However, where I lived, a university degree (tuition only) literally cost around 1/20 the price of a degree from a top private university in the U.S., and...213 years 3 weeks ago
+8Adam the Analyst - Episode 7: Two Years and Out<em>Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursdays - this was originally posted 11/2010</em> <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...202 years 10 months ago
+9Two Internships Don’t Equal a Job: My journey from an NGO to a VCWhen people ask me about my career, I simply tell them that after becoming disillusioned with non-profit work, I went to London Business School to transition to a role at an investing firm. In reality, the shift was much more complicated than that. The following is a comprehensive history of how...207 months 3 weeks ago
+8How I Landed My First Gig on Wall StreetMany years ago I left Graduate School in an un-related field and was working in the retail fashion industry. After having trouble making ends meet I decided to get into the financial business (I made the decision while sitting on the sidewalk after a motorcycle accident). I began emailing,...204 years 2 months ago
+8Get Pumped for the Next Star WarsThe second trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is now out... How many of you monkeys double as jedi and are therefore hyped for the next Star Wars movie, which comes to theaters December 16 this year. I know The Force Awakens wasn't a hit with many, but I liked it and...206 months 3 weeks ago
+8Double Break-In: Thanks WSO!All, Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to the admins, users and interview guide authors for their commitment and consistent assistance to the WSO community. In 2011, I was thanking the community for the help breaking into investment banking (<a...182 years 7 months ago
+8Finding Associate XHaving entered the working world in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">corporate finance</a></span> with the plan to try to move...163 years 2 months ago
+8The Red Flags That Will Screw You At Goldman SachsSo apparently CNBC has compiled a list of all the words and phrases that could get flagged by Goldman's automated email surveillance system, and be transferred to someone in the compliance department for review. Apparently the list was created in 2008 and has been regularly updated since...1610 months 3 weeks ago
+8How Not To Screw Up An InternshipI saw a lot of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">interns</a></span> come and go during my time at the Brothers Lehman. Some were good, some were bad, but honestly, I can’t...163 years 3 months ago
+7Are we moving towards a dramatic ending?There's literally a new, more dramatic Trump story coming out everyday. I know there's a lot of 'fake news' out there. But everyone is reporting a different dramatic story from Breitbart (Democrats invoke Amendment 25) to FiveThirtyEight (Is Trump messing with Government...1152 months 1 week ago
+8Sharing a Deal for the Monkeys; Free subscription to the EconomistThought this would be helpful for a few of you guys out there, since this board as helped me so much. You can pick one on the left on on the right. I went with the economist and pop. science. DId something similar to this last year with the same people and got a year free of the WSJ. No...145 years 5 months ago
+8WSO Monkey at OWS photosMonkey photos are up on our <a href="">Facebook page</a> - video to come soon For those of you who can't go on FB at work etc. <a href="">I...145 years 1 month ago
+83 Lessons From 106 RejectionsFirst off, I wanted to thank everyone in the WSO community for the tremendous and unexpected attention and praise my story drew last week (<a href="//">"106 Rejections, 1 Success &...142 years 12 months ago
+8Cover Letter + Resume Advice<em>Mod Note (Andy): the link for the free WSO <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> resume template is <a...141 year 7 months ago
+81st Big Boy Paycheck - Keep your heads up!Dear fellow monkeys, I've been meaning to write this for a month or so now, but hadn't gotten around to it. The reason I felt I had to was because it could be of some use and/or inspiration to many of you out there still looking for a job, and just so you know, there is hope for...145 years 11 months ago
+8My Valuation Class: The Fall 2015 Model PreviewIt is almost September and as the academic clock resets for a new year, I get ready to teach a new valuation class. With three hundred registered students, it is about as diverse a class as any I have every taught, with a mix of full-time and part-time MBA students, law and engineering...141 year 8 months ago
+8A Response to "Which desk is best?" Type Questions... Please Read Before PostingI've read plenty of threads on this forum asking questions along the lines of "which desk is most profitable/more desired/"baller"/allows me to start a supertight hedge fund in X years/prestigious/has the best upside and opportunities etc". The answer is NONE of them...136 years 1 month ago
+9What are the most overrated movies?Not going to lie, I thought the Revenant as a pretty mediocre film, along with the Hateful Eight....1134 months 2 weeks ago
+8Who wants to work at Bloomberg?SB + PM = I set you up with a recruiter115 years 9 months ago
+8Demystifying the CPA Exam and Designation There’s been a couple of threads that have popped up lately about the CPA exam and whether it would be worth it for the authors try and pass it in lieu of other things, or in their spare time. Some of the comments by other posters lead me to believe there’s a lot of misinformation or...112 years 3 months ago
+8AMA: Non-target to target transfer; BB IB & buyside offersHi everyone, this site provided immeasurable help in my journey to break into finance. I realize this post may only apply to a small group of monkeys, but I think I can be most helpful by discussing my transfer process and decision to switch schools at the undergrad level. Since the deadline for...111 year 3 weeks ago
+8Governments and Value: Part 1 - Nationalization RiskI have been writing about valuation for a long time and for much of that time period, I chose to ignore the effects, positive or negative, that governments can have on the value of businesses. Implicitly, I was assuming that governments could affect the value of a business only through the tax...115 years 3 weeks ago
+10List of Sleeper Targets for NYCPeople keep thinking that IB is Ivy/top business program or bust. Would you guys consider these schools as sleeper targets: Kelly - for sure if you're in the IBW Colgate - OCR interviews for almost all interested in IB (10-30 people) NESCAC's Top 4 Liberal Arts - Claremont,...111
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+8The Stockpicker’s ChecklistThere’s been more than a few questions floating around WSO about the interview Stock Pitch. <em>How to do it?</em> <em>What to look for?</em> <em>Does it really matter?</em> Well, Mebane Faber of Cambria Investment Management <a...105 years 10 months ago
+9Double Dip the CribDo not double dip, young man! Mother always said... "If you double dip, you may end up dead!". 5 years ago, what sort of chance would you have given this nursery rhyme of becoming <a href=""> a reality </a> ? In a perverse...106 years 7 months ago
+8The Tao of Paris – Reflections on life from a newly 30-year-old Business School student[quote]The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday - Paris Hilton[/quote] When I was 13 years old, I had images of myself at 18. These images, which were somewhat plagiarized from iconic 80s/90s movies, involved me driving a jeep along the beach in Southern...92 years 6 months ago
+9How I Limit Anxiety, Stress, and RegretA few weeks ago I wrote a post for WSO that received a lot of traffic and comments: <a href="//">Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")</a>. I talked about how the story of...91 year 10 months ago
+8Is your CEO worth his (her) pay? The Pricing and Valuing of Top Managers!It is the time of the year when stories about CEO compensation are the <a href="">news of the day,</a> and investors and onlookers alike get to ask whether a CEO can really be worth tens...81 year 11 months ago
+8Fear and ControlAs there is only one thing on everyone's mind today I figured I would talk about something else. Something that is actually a crucial part of today and every day; arguably our greatest enemy and character flaw as human beings. <strong> Fear</strong> is the silent killer. ...75 years 9 months ago
+8How to get out of the Back Office?I am literally trapped inside Goldman's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">back office</a></span>. On the 8th floor of 30 Hudson Street. Went there to visit a friend on...72 years 11 months ago
+6Ways in which NYC is a giant ripoffThis post will piss off the pro-NYC people on WSO, of which there are many. Let me preface by saying that NYC is a great city in many ways. The opportunities, diversity, culture, etc., are awesome. And it's a truly unique city in many ways. Having said that, unless you're wealthy,...2062 years 9 months ago
+8The Best IBD SA OCR, Interviews and FT Offer Conversion Posts on WSOThanks to my content intern @Lucas_m" for another great compilation post. This one covers on campus recruiting, interviews, and converting SA <span class='keyword_link'><a...61 year 6 months ago
+8Governments and Value II: Subsidies and Value<a href="//">In my last post</a>, I looked at the negative effects on <span class='keyword_link'><a...65 years 2 weeks ago
+8Christmas Musings[quote] Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Unknown [/quote] Seeing as the Holidays are upon us, I thought it would be a nice reprieve, as I have in the past this year, to take a moment out of the secular world we live in and find a way to charge our spiritual...66 years 4 months ago
+8Remembering Jimmy LeeJimmy Lee passed away this morning. For those of you who aren't familiar, he was a stalwart of the Street and embodied the character traits that all bankers should try to emulate. Decided to write this post because of the amount of sadistic pleasure in his death that I've seen in...61 year 10 months ago
+8Learning to learn - A short guide at becoming better at what you doThe other day, I was talking to a friend (lets call him Tom) who went to college for accounting and got his CPA, he has now been working in the field for a few years. Though personally I never found accounting to be very interesting, I have great respect for those that make it their mission to...53 months 1 week ago
+10What is wrong with Ebola Monkey?This guy has some serious issues, have a look at his last two posts. I think it is a combination of pent up anger and self pitty. Thoughts?51 month 2 weeks ago
+8JV Promote Structures and ConceptsI've noticed a lot of questions on this forum relating to promote structures, deal structures, and other topics relating to JV partnerships and return calculations. One of my former co-workers gave me an issue of the Real Estate Finance Journal that does a fantastic job diving into all...49 months 4 days ago
+8WSO Hall of Fame: Real Estate Forum<img src="" class="img-responsive center-block"> <br></br> <p>The Wall Street Oasis <strong>Real Estate Hall of Fame</strong> provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions...46 months 4 weeks ago
+8Peter Thiel and Me: Technology, China, and ImmigrationOne of my favorite things in the world (besides Evil, potato salad, and the new Kindle, of course) is when people agree with me. <a href="">In a recent appearance on Bloomberg</a>,...36 years 7 months ago
+8Divergence in the Drug Businesses: Pharmaceuticals and BiotechnologyIn the last two weeks, I have started writing about <a href="">Pfizer’s courting of Allergan,</a> <a...31 year 6 months ago
+8What makes a good short?Responding to @LionHeart"'s question on how to identify good short candidate - <em>"What is your thought process when determining good shorts, and what are some key items you look for?"</em> Below describes my primary process. There are numerous danger signs...36 months 3 weeks ago
+6Ask me anything: 2nd year HF analystI've been on these forums for a fairly long while, and I've noticed that, for various reasons, I've been stopping by less and less recently. If I were to guess, I'd say that's probably likely to become even more pronounced... So before I go, I'd like to offer...2003 years 8 months ago
+7I'm a research associate at a major mutual fund, Ask Me AnythingHey guys, I got a lot out of these forums when I was an undergrad and I've decided its time to give back. I went to a top target as an undergrad and have been working on the equity side at a mutual fund on the east coast with 100B+ AUM for about a year now. I'd be happy to...962 years 3 months ago
+62015 FT Recruiting Mega ThreadApplications for <b>full-time analyst</b> positions at the following firms are now open unless otherwise stated. Get after it, monkeys! See you on the Street ;) <b>Front-office <span class='keyword_link'><a...1951 year 9 months ago
+7Treasury Sales VP Taking QuestionsHello,I was told about this site about year ago from an analyst on our desk. I sell government bonds for a large <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span>. I am going to...921 year 12 months ago
+6New York vs. Houston<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally was posted on 12/15/10.</em> Monty09 may have gotten the best plug yet for his <a href="">Energy Rodeo</a> in Houston next month, and it came from none other than the New York...1922 years 1 month ago
+7The Do's and Don'ts for Summer Analyst<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman;">I call upon all bankers to give the newbie summer analysts the Do’s and Don’ts for the summer. I know many college students have or will...902 years 10 months ago
+7Broker's Life Ruined by One Oxycontin Pill<em>Mod note: Best of Eddie, this was originally posted on 8/9/12.</em> This has me so mad I can't see straight. I'm going to do my dead-level best to ensure this post doesn't turn into a rant. For the most part, I've accepted how ridiculous, arbitrary,...904 years 7 months ago
+7NFL Playoffs 2017 ThreadUpdate 1/9: Hawks over Lions, Texans over Raiders, Packers over Giants, and Steelers over Dolphins. Who do you guys like in the upcoming match ups? This weekend starts us off on the NFL playoffs for 2017 with the four wildcard round games, and what an interesting weekend it will be. We...894 months 3 hours ago
+7Goldman's Blankfein & Trump Among the many prominent companies and CEO's Goldman Sachs has joined the ranks denouncing Donald Trump's recent immigration ban. [quote]Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s more than 34,000 employees arrived to work Monday to find a voice mail waiting. "This is Lloyd," it...873 months 4 days ago
+7CFA Results - 2015Today is the big day we've been waiting for/dreading since early June, when we peeled out of the testing center parking lots, burned our books, and went off to get drunk with our long lost friends. Level I & II results will be released via email today after 9:00 A.M ET. Level III...8610 months 3 weeks ago
+6Ron PaulI know that there are quite a few fellow Ron Paul supporters here on WSO. So for those of you who missed last night's debate: I posted a collection of his responses. In my opinion, he absolutely killed it (since he actually received a decent amount of mic time for once). <iframe...1825 years 4 months ago
+7TMT Internet Industry Outlook ReportI have some great reports. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">TMT</a></span>, Internet Industry reports by BBs. One report is on 2015 U.S. Consumer Internet...81
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+8Is College Worth the Opportunity Cost?<p>This is going to seem like an odd question to many of you, and I even debated whether I should ask it here. On the other hand, this might be the perfect place to ask it. It's about the opportunity cost of college.</p> <p>I'm asking as the father of two young...798 months 1 day ago
+6Spent 3 Years at MBB - Ask Me Anything Hello Monkeys - I'm heading into my last week at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">MBB</a></span>, and need something to do besides pack up my apartment. <strong>Ask away and...1771 year 3 weeks ago
+7Does Growing Up Poor Make It Harder To Succeed? Janet Yellen recently provided a federal reserve study, with the ultimate findings being that income inequality creates different opportunities for people. Now this isn't exactly a big discovery, however it seems odd this study was performed. You can read the full article published on CCN...771 month 3 days ago
+7Guide To Evaluate a Biotech Company I am currently a research analyst intern at a relatively decent sized hedge fund. One of my responsibilities is being in charge of the biotech stocks in the portfolio as well as researching new opportunities in the biotech sector. Hopefully this helps some people who are in need of some help...762 years 7 months ago
+7Today's Top Bankers on The Street. Who are they?I've recently been reading a bunch of books: M&A Titans, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Barbarians at the Gate</a></span>, Den of Thieves, Predators Ball, Big Deal: 2000 and Beyond,...761 month 2 weeks ago
+7MD Invited Me For Dinner...Part 2(See part 1 <a href="//">here</a>) So after I read everything and thought about it, I decided to have dinner with him. I just really didn't want to miss the chance of getting to know...753 years 12 months ago
+7Hillary Clinton's Estate TaxYou might have seen that Hillary Clinton has proposed a hike in the estate tax to 65% (it's currently at 40%). The estate tax is unlike other taxes because you are passing down something for your kids' benefit, not your own. On one hand, you should be able to do what you want with...737 months 5 days ago
+7How do people react when you tell them you are an Investment banker?To your friends, or girls in the club, or random people you meet? Are they impressed if you say you are a M&A investment banker with Goldman, Morgan, Merrills, JPMoran, etc.? What reactions have you received? 1724 years 7 months ago
+7Is asset management underrated?I've noticed AM is kinda shoved aside as a post-MBA job on this forum when in reality it's an extremely steady cash flow for the firm. I really don't see why someone would pick banking over AM at the post-mba level either since the pay at a <span...702 months 3 weeks ago
+72017 SOPHOMORE Diversity/Non-Diversity Summer Analyst Recruiting Megathread PageThe general IB recruiting is really useful but posts about sophomore programs get buried so made a sophomore specific thread. Here are some of the sophomore diversity/non diversity programs and recruiting for investment banking and other divisions -<span...705 months 1 week ago
+72017 Commercial/Corporate Banking BonusesI'm curious to see how everyone fared in terms of commercial/corporate banking bonuses this year. Especially interested to hear about people who are only 1-2 years out of school (however, please feel free to share numbers for all roles and levels) Personally: Bulge bracket commercial...70
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+7Plight of International Students with BBs........................................................................................................................681 month 1 day ago
+9Hilarious Banker Blows Tinder DateI just watched this and died laughing, so I thought I'd take a quick break from my vacation and share it with you guys. This guy is the PERFECT banker tool. And good news: it's about to become a series. Enjoy: <iframe width="560" height="315"...685 months 2 weeks ago
+7Trump's new stance on SyriaFor those who haven't heard: Tillerson on Assad: "Clearly with the acts that he has taken it would seem there would be no role for him to govern the Syrian people." Quite frankly this gets me worried. It's a 180 degrees...67
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+7Why isn't Wall Street attractive for millennials? Fellow monkeys, was reading this <a href="">article</a> on Bloomberg which mentioned that Industry bodies are trying to push banks to offer student debt programmes and...645 months 2 weeks ago
+7Common Hotkeys - What do you use?Monkeys, I've been trying to find online if there are any macros or hotkeys for the paste formula option. I find myself using this option all the time in my modeling and really can't find another method quicker than just right clicking and clicking paste fx. If anyone has any advice on...646 months 9 min ago
+8Clinton Tax Plan I thought I would write about the Clinton tax plan! Seeing as how she is probably going to be president, we should start thinking about it. So here are all the planks in the plan, which I cribbed from the Tax Foundation. My responses <em>in italics</em> are below each. 1....615 months 1 week ago
+7Diversity in the workplaceAfter SEO and various pro female programs, we now also have LGBT exclusive programs. I am patiently awaiting the day of "Quant risk management for people who are not good math and do other things bad too", and "sales for autists". The case for diversity is weak at...614 years 2 weeks ago
+7ESPN is losing 10k customers daily - Can Disney save it? After reading about how ESPN is firing millions of dollars in on air talent, and hemorrhaging money all together, I started thinking about how viable the company is for the long term and how it will affect the price of Disney Stock. ESPN is one of Disney's top money makers, and for the last...60
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+7AMA - Top Tech / Media Corporate Development AssociateSome of you might know that i recently switched into corporate development after doing ~3 years of banking and getting promoted to associate. I'm a couple months in, but can answer any questions you may have Update 2/21/17: We recently completed a $200 million acquisition and are now...593 months 4 weeks ago
+8Better to Have Been Rich and Lost It, or Never Been Rich at All?<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from November 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> When I was in my teens and early 20's, all I could think about was...594 years 5 months ago
+7I F***ING HATE NEW YORKJust saw a freaking mouse walk leisurely in my $2,000 apartment!!!! this city is so god damn filthy. I walk around and it smells like dog piss everywhere, everyone is so rude, subways suck a**, that was me just venting, but I will probably live here for the next couple of years. Tomorrow...2596 months 3 weeks ago
+72017 ER BonusesWe are nearing that fateful time of year when numbers discussions take place. There are already a couple of these out there for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>/S&T so...582 months 1 week ago
+10Ask Tech Buyout:If you got a legitimate question, feel free to ask it. I'm no longer responding to PMs.576 years 8 months ago
+7Non-BB Equity Research Q&A with First Year AnalystHey all, Was reading through Flake's <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">ER</a></span> Q&A posted around the holidays and thought that his thread was fantastic. My...572 years 12 months ago
+7How bad is f*%&ing a co-worker?Hey guys, I need some advice here. I work at a mid sized office with about 50 employees total. A girl from another team recently broke up with her boyfriend and has hinted that she is down a few times with flirty texts and being touchier than a co-worker should be at a work retreat. She...561 month 4 weeks ago
+8Equity Research FAQHours: 40-80/week depending on earnings, roll outs, roadshows, marketing, etc... Comp: 55-80 base for associates with 10-50% bonus Prestige: No prestige in the firm you work for, more important is your analyst and if he has a marketable franchise. Working for a no name analyst at a...554 years 3 months ago
+7Personal Development SitesHi Fellow Monkeys, I am trying to build up a list of resources for everyone on Wall Street Oasis to share. As I look at the forum, there are a lot of resources on getting a job in Finance. I believe that everyone is attracted to Finance, other than having a genuine interest in the market, is...554 years 8 months ago
+7NE M7 to MBB: What I wish I knew, observations, and ask me anythingI attend a northeastern M7 school and just finished first year recruiting, having landed 2 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">MBB</a></span> offers and 1 2nd tier offer (ATK, LEK, Parthenon)...541 year 2 months ago
+7AMA First Year CBS MBA Class of 2017I'm a current first-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. OCR recruiting week is finally over (at least for banking). Now I know where I'm going for summer, so I finally have time to create this AMA thread for prospective students interested in banking/investing/consulting/tech...521 year 3 months ago
+7Most beautiful natural sight you have seen?Its holiday season now and I just thought it would be good to just share among the forum the most beautiful natural sight you have seen so far on your travels. Without a doubt, mine has to be the Great Ocean Road down in Melbourne, Australia. With the country being in the southern hemisphere...515 months 4 days ago
+7AMA - I'm a Non-target who broke into MM IB with no prior experienceAs some of you know, I'm about to begin by MM IB analyst stint in a week. I've been blogging for WSO for a fair bit of time now and I thought it would be good to use some of my experiences to help others. I went over my story in detail <strong><a...512 years 6 months ago
+7Sales and Trading Analyst AMAHey Everyone, I've been a longtime reader of the forum and just want to thank everyone for all the helpful information I've found throughout the years from undergrad to my first internship and onto to being a sales and <span class='keyword_link'><a...5011 months 3 weeks ago
+8please help me!I want to start a company ^-^hi guys! hope that you can help! i got a text message really late last night and i was hungry and i got a wicked idea for a company! so i think that combine `txt msg` and `tex mex` to make ... duhduhduh ... ~!! anyways, my idea for company is to make a website that people...504 years 3 months ago
+7"Where will the Finance Industry be in a decade?" <em>This is the first in a series of posts where i'll be answering questions that came in via PM</em> [quote=45c345]<p>1) Where do you think the finance industry will be in a decade?</p>[/quote]In general, I think we are going to see increased regulation across...503 years 4 months ago
+7Richie Bottles Is Back!You ask -- I deliver. Unlike a recent Palestinian "humanitarian aid" shipment (too soon?), I managed to navigate through the mysterious Internet embargo surrounding this opus of FAIL. Long considered the high-water mark of sub-prime Wall Street asshattery, someone went to a lot of...492 months 5 days ago
+7Douchebag ClientsDo you guys ever feel like wanting to roundhouse kick your clients to the head? It's like they're illiterate and can't read simple emails you send. It's always corporates, never have this problem with the PE's. Goddamn they suck. /end rant Edit* Please do not take...484 months 2 weeks ago
+10Man Week: Playing Your PartWith the opening entry to Man Week, I wanted to bring you guys something that is both, useful and fun. I wound up having to deep six dozens of ideas. I realized that there were way too many issues to address and way too many possible routes to take. So I chose a road yet unpaved. Today, I...485 years 8 months ago
+72017 FT S&T ThreadFeel free to post deadline dates and whether or not apps are open on here and I will continue to add. As you can tell, I have more names to add as well so just let me know who I left off and I will add: <span class='keyword_link'><a...474 months 1 week ago
+7What was your experience like after graduation?Just curious... For you older monkeys out there, what were your experiences like after graduation? There's so many routes beyond the conventional "find a job". What I heard from some people networking: * Take time off to pursue an MBA * Take a couple months off to...474 months 2 weeks ago
+7AMA: Deloitte S&O -> F500 Corp. Strategy -> M7 -> MBB Bounced between consulting and industry pre-MBA and decided to go back for more consulting post-MBA. I recently received/accepted an offer from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> after a grueling...47
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+7POPULAR ACCOUNTING/FINANCE QUESTIONSsince plenty of people are interviewing, either for ib, pe or hf, figured it would be useful to start a thread where ppl could contribute their accounting/finance/modeling questions and answers. i didn't have any in particular, but figured i would start off with a response from another...455 years 6 months ago
+11Do you believe in man-made climate change?Interested to hear what WSO thinks of this. I am in two minds with this one, Its a tough one and in general you can't dare to question the validity of some government scientists 1444 months 3 weeks ago
+7Non traditional investments Q and A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="// ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Over the last...443 years 1 month ago
+7AMA - IB Coverage / M&A From Non-Target School to Tier 1 Bulge Bracket and M&A Boutique<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 2/21/2015.</em> I had a good, but not great <span class='keyword_link'><a...441 year 5 days ago
+7Corporate Finance Analyst at F100 Tech AMAThought I would give back to the community a little and post an AMA! About me: Financial Analyst at a big name F100 tech company. Graduated in 2015 with a finance degree from a well regarded school. I have worked in my current role for ~2 years, so figured I could field some...43
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+7Why You Should Never Apologize For Your White Male PrivilegeTime recently published this article by Tal Fortgang, a student at Princeton: I'm sure I'll get some monkey shit thrown at me, but I have to say I share much of the same sentiment. Sure, there are...421 year 5 months ago
+7What I've learned about Hedge Fund Structure and Compensation Over the last few months I’ve realized just how diverse hedge funds are, and how little people (both in/out of the industry) understand about the different structures. This is my attempt to distill some of the bigger differences in ‘team structure and compensation’. It’s a detailed...421 year 1 month ago
+8Almost got jumped near East Hampton, where do I avoid thisHi everyone. I'm new to the hamptons, and I almost got jumped by 3 upper-middle class looking characters and their two Chihuahuas because I wouldn't stop calling them proles. They got real close, but someone stepped up and let me into their Ferrari. One of their dogs licked...422 years 10 months ago
+7I'm f***ing in, you're f***ing outHey guys. Kenny F'in Powers, Chartered F'in Analyst, here. I've been away for a while getting my sh*t straight in Mexico/starting a new job. I missed a lot of PMs and forum discussions while I was busy, and I apologize for anyone who never heard back from me in the last few...424 years 8 months ago
+8Goldman's New Policy for Investment Banking Analysts - 3 Reasons Why it Won't Stop the Bleeding to the Buyside<h3>The Current Promotion Cycle for Investment Banking Analysts </h3> So recently I got word that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> is...411 year 5 months ago
+8On Losing & Failure<em>Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself.</em> - Coach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights Forgive me for this depressing...411 year 2 months ago
+7How To Be A Gentleman: A Monkey's Review<strong>What does being a gentleman mean to you?</strong> Does it mean knowing which fork to use at a properly-set table? Does it mean being so impeccably dressed as to make Patrick Bateman and 007 envious? Does it mean knowing when to tip, how to tie a bowtie, or how to properly...414 months 3 weeks ago
+7Why Your Walkaway Number Is Lower Than You Think<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from May 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> We spend a lot of time on this site discussing<a...404 years 7 months ago
+7AMA: Dropout -> coding bootcamp -> 100K+Hi all, I'm currently working in silicon valley tech as a software engineer. I once considered working in finance because I wanted to make big money but clearly couldn't break in without a college degree. I ended up taking the plunge with a coding bootcamp a few years back and...406 months 3 weeks ago
+7Thank You - BROKE IN! WSO Admins and Users, I just wanted to extend a sincere thank you to those at WSO and MI for all of their constructive criticism and advice over the past year. The advice of others and willingness to help kept me motivated to push longer and harder to chase my dream of becoming an investment...392 years 3 months ago
+7Top Tip: Get any MD to read your resume (or anyone to read anything)So no one is returning your sad, sappy, suck up emails? People think you are cold calling for girl scout cookies? Well man the f*ck up and lets trick someone into reading your resume. Don't bother with this unless your resume is stellar, not because it wont work, but because you probably...394 years 2 months ago
+8The Economics of SexCame across an interesting video that talks about the history of sexual relationships from an economics point of view. Discuss. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"...381 year 6 months ago
+7Day in the Life of an Options Trader<b>5:45</b> – early rise, whichever desk you end up on you are most likely going to be waking up around this time. Adjust your sleeping habits accordingly or suffer for most of the day. <b>6:30</b> – Arrive on the desk, market opens in 90 minutes so its really a...378 months 2 weeks ago
+6Hacks for minimizing the hangover from a night of drinking<p>For most people in finance careers, drinking alcohol is inevitable.</p> <p>Post-work drinks with colleagues, dinner out with clients, or bottles on the weekend with friends—it's going to happen.</p> <p>The upside of all that drinking is the camaraderie...1366 months 2 weeks ago
+7AMA: Asset Management BO to FO and everything in between<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top discussions from 2015. This was originally posted 11/17/2015.</em> I mentioned a while back my transition from various <span class='keyword_link'><a...361 year 1 month ago
+7Observations from IB recruiting: Associate levelI thought it would be a good idea to share my observations, and my boredom, on IB recruiting at the associate level. On-campus recruiting: Associates look so happy. I want to be a banker. Nothing like making some money and looking this happy. The elevators at <span...351 year 2 weeks ago
+7Programming/Technical Skills for Finance: SQL and PythonI find that there are a lot of skeptics on WSO as to whether or not programming abilities are useful in finance. Believe it or not, it's more than just for developers and quants, and with the way the industry (and the world) is becoming more and more automated and technology-driven, these...351 month 1 week ago
+11Harvard's politically correct crusade In my opinion, the firing of Larry Summers by the politically correct liberals, was a disgraceful moment for the world's greatest university. President Drew Faust seems to be bent on fully implementing her politically correct agenda. She recently hired Nohria as the dean of Harvard...1356 years 4 months ago
+7What to do when you don't find work?So I've sent out roughly 20-30 resumes so far, and will be sending out at least 70 more this week and will be sending out at least a few a day until I find work. Nothing but rejections so far obviously, so that leads me to my question: What do I do while I'm looking for work?...344 months 4 days ago
+8Thinking like an Investor: The key financial metricsI've quite often come across the phrase "thinking like an investor" in books and here on WSO, "not thinking like an investor" seems to be a fairly recurrent reason cited for getting dinged in a PE interviews. It's quite natural, since it is not something that one...343 years 2 months ago
+7Weekend Wars: Soul vs. HoleIt's been a pretty eventful weekend for me on the personal front. I've had some good things happen, some interesting possibilities open up and some downright crazy monkey turds hit the fan. All in a life's work, I guess. All of this has me a bit contemplative as to how much...346 years 5 months ago
+7It Took 18 Hours to Pour San Francisco’s Biggest-Ever Concrete FoundationWhen I was in San Francisco for the ULI Fall Meeting I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on and a tour of Salesforce Tower, a joint project by Hines and Boston Properties that will be the tallest building west of Chicago upon completion. It was an incredible presentation and tour and the...331 year 5 months ago
+15How many of the senior bankers on your team do you reckon will die aloneI never really thought of my superiors as being human and just wrote them off as being married, divorced, terribly inconvenienced by the fact that they are indeed married, really good at getting divorced, asexual, or hopeless. That last category includes some of the serial direct promotes at the...3311 months 1 week ago
+7How I Broke into Finance: BB S&TMany prospective monkeys on WSO find value in learning what one must do to "break into Wall Street" because as many of you know, getting your foot in the door is probably the most important single event for a career in finance. Then once you're in, with some networking, hard work,...332 years 7 months ago
+10For the monkeys still in collegeThis is something that I've been thinking about when I read WSO: I had an amazing college experience, and wouldn't have traded it for anything. However, when I read these forums people always talk about transferring schools to a target/semi-target/ivy etc like it's no big deal...332 months 1 week ago
+7Do's and Dont's as a Trading InternJust some advice as we are getting a bit closer to intern season. Hopefully people will start adding more in the comments, I wanted to stay away from the obvious ones. <strong>The Do Not’s</strong> 1) Do not screw up a lunch order: I know, this is quite obvious, but I can’t...332 years 5 months ago
+7Corporate Development Manager - Q&A<em>Mod Note (Andy) - as the year comes to an end we're reposting the top AMA's from 2015, this one was originally posted 10/28/2015.</em> Reading through @Harvardgrad08"'s posts I think this type of contribution is extremely helpful in de-mystifying certain...331 year 4 months ago
+7My last post for a whileFor those of you who don't know my story, here is that: // Long story short, I am not going to business school anymore. I, through both hard work and blind luck, landed a <span...326 years 1 month ago
+8My FT Recruiting ProcessI've been seeing a lot of posts about FT recruiting and networking, so I decided to share my FT recruiting experiences and offer some advice on the process. <h3>Background: </h3> Non-Target school SA at a MM firm Incoming 1st year at <span...321 year 11 months ago
+7Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot Part 3/3: Becoming the Boss<em>Andy note: Here's the final installment of the 3-part interview series with SirTradesaLot. See <strong> <a href="//">Part 1</a></strong>, <strong> <a...312 years 6 months ago
+75 lazy tips to succeed in financeWhen I was thirteen years old, my mother handed me a book and told me that I should read one of the stories in it. "Son,” she said, "here’s your life plan.” The book was Robert Heinlein’s <a href="">Time...313 years 7 months ago
+7Body Odor ProblemOur offices are being re-done and seating assignments have changed. Our assistant (nice girl) now sits in the adjacent cubicle. The problem is she smells like fish (not kidding). Advice or thoughts on how to handle this diplomatically. Thanks.315 years 2 months ago
+7Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: BSD’s Top 10 Americana Beers for America’s BirthdayIn honor of July 4th, it’s only appropriate we spend a little time here at Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk talking about Independence Day. While I’m not going to delve into the historical significance of tomorrow, I am definitely going to talk about the social implications. The Fourth of July is...312 years 10 months ago
+7Thoughts on PJT Partners?Read through this thread: But i'm looking for an update a year and a half later or so. How did comp shake out? How is the increasing deal flow? I'm less concerned about exit opps but interested to hear that side too....303 months 2 weeks ago
+7Trading Without a Net: Why I Don't Use Stops on Options Trades<em>mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from September 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.</em> I've received a few messages from you guys about my recent <a...291 year 6 months ago
+7Boat Shoes, B-52s, and Crashing "Le Bal"<em>Clarifying Note: It has been brought to my attention that I might have left you all hanging out there... Admittedly, I promised a story about Eddie and Rufio in Paris, a promise upon which I have yet to deliver. I wish I could bring myself to apologize for the lack of expediency in the...293 years 8 months ago
+8Regrets in job search: Make sure this doesn't happen to you.There are 3 regrets I've had in job searching. What are yours? 1. My 3rd internship at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BlackRock</a></span>, I was putting bologna on my plate with Ralph...295 years 1 week ago
+7Corporate Treasury VP taking questionsHi WSO, In case anyone is interested in learning more about the Corporate Treasury function of large banks (i.e. nature of work, recruitment process, exit opps, comp etc.), I'm here to take some questions. 291 month 3 weeks ago
+7S&T Interview Coming Up? Read This First<em>mod note (andy): this was originally posted 9/30/12</em> It’s interview season, time of great joy and nostalgia: over the past decade, I have been in both sides of many interview tables, <span class='keyword_link'><a...284 years 5 months ago
+7WSO Happy Hour - London - Wednesday MAY 18TH, 7PM, The George A few years ago we had several WSO drinks in the City but these have basically died off. I admit some responsibility for this as I used to organise them but have slacked. Nevertheless, spring is here (bar the occasional 2 minutes of snow in April....), deal flow is quietening down pre-Brexit...286 months 2 weeks ago
+8Attention to Detial Is Overrated<strong>Welcome to The Street</strong> Every single day you work on Wall Street you develop an obsessive compulsive disorder for formatting errors, grammar errors, periods at the ends of bullets… etc. You start to become that Psycho VP or that “Managing Associate” you have...283 years 1 month ago
+8How it works at WSOI believe there is no introduction needed. Enjoy! (Original size looks best)286 years 2 months ago
+7Make Hay While the Sun ShinesThere was a couple of different ways I could have gone this week. I could have talked about <a href="">Silicon Valley ascending the Tower of Mauron to meet with Trumplethinskin</a>, which...274 months 3 weeks ago
+7A Day In The Life of a SaaS Sales Development RepSo, I know this doesn't go in here, but I know the Other Road won't get any views on this or very many, and its not exactly Sales and Trading. I've been working in a sales development role at a hot startup in the SaaS sphere. We are innovating and disrupting in our field, and...2711 months 4 weeks ago
+76 Tips for Networking Into a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm<strong>6 Tips for Networking Into a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Firm</strong> Last Night on Mad Men, Roger Sterling used a connection at the airport to “happen to bump into” a potential client. He talked to the guy, became fast friends, and got Sterling Cooper <span...271 month 1 week ago
+7Nootropics: CILTEP vs. Nexus<p><em>Obligatory note: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the Internet. These are my experiences alone, and you must decide what is best for yourself. If that includes seeing a doctor before beginning any dietary or nootropic supplement regimen, that is probably for the...266 months 4 days ago
+7McKinsey Who?Stumbled across this Forbes article from 1999 (link at bottom of post). When reading the first few paragraphs, you could easily think it was written yesterday (aside from the salary #'s). Makes the dotcom bubble of yore feel eerily familiar.... [quote]" <strong>7/26/1999...262 months 3 weeks ago
+76 Things to Consider Before Accepting an International Work AssignmentAs a bit of background, I’m now 10 months into a long-term assignment abroad with my US bank’s local office in Brazil. While there have been plenty of highs (just got back from a beach weekend on the island of Ilhabela pictured here), there have been some unexpected hurdles and obstacles...263 years 3 months ago
+8How I Spent My Summer Vacation<em> mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message. </em> <strong><em>"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been twenty-one months since my last...253 years 20 hours ago
+8WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!<strong>Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!</strong>: <em><b><a href="//">Click here for...255 months 3 days ago
+7Learning the Office CultureI wish they had a category called "Keep a Job" because this is where it should be located. However, "Get a Job" will have to suffice. I have been pretty MIA here over the last month as I have started my new gig at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...252 years 9 months ago
+6Q&A: 1st year BB London Rates Trader Taking Your QuestionsHi everyone! Some of you may remember me, I stopped posting on this forum about a year ago because I got tired of the site for a number of reasons and it wasn't worth it for me anymore. However I'm a big believer of giving back, and I did learn a lot from this site and from a few of...1259 months 4 weeks ago
+7WSO Intern and an overdue (and long) thank you! First and very much foremost, I wholly understand that this isn't so much a ‘success story’ as much as it is an attempt to inject hope and a different perspective into those who are/were in a similar situation. This site has given me so much, and now that I have extra time being home...243 years 1 month ago
+8Ray Dalio Teaches Econ 101This is really excellent. Imagine having <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Bridgewater</a></span>'s Ray Dalio as your Econ 101 professor. Then imagine that the class was...241 year 2 weeks ago
+71st Year Equity Research Analyst BB London - AMAHey guys, Long time lurker here, thought I would give back and add some value to WSO after learning a lot from here during the last few years. As the title states 1st year analyst (nearly 2) , have gone through the whole progression system; Spring > Summer > Grad...23
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+7Breaking Into Commercial Real EstateI want this forum topic to be more motivational than anything........ Back in mid 2015 when I was at a crossroads in my career so I decided to embark on the journey of finding my place in Commercial Real Estate. I had a mentor growing up (and still to this day) who was very successful in the...232 months 3 weeks ago
+7Analyst Interview - Common QuestionsHi, I have a partner interview with a large commerical real estate firm, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into what type of questions I should expect and how to best answer them. I've been told questions will be mostly <span class='keyword_link'><a...236 months 4 weeks ago
+9How do atheists/agnostics live a happy life? *I want to start off by saying that I personally am not going to share my beliefs and am asking out of general curiosity. I am neutral on the topic and support people believing whatever they want to believe, this is more so for gain of different perspective/viewpoint of life.* So.. the title...123
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+8Summer Analyst Recruiting Mega Thread<em>Mod Note (Andy): Here's some WSO threads my content intern pulled up for you guys. Hope you find the links helpful! </em> <em>Need the FT Recruiting Megathread? You can find it here <strong><a...232 years 6 months ago
+7How to be THAT associate<em>mod (Andy) note: make sure to check out fellow writer Aaron Burr's response in "<strong><a href="//">How to deal with THAT associate</a></strong>"</em> September: the...234 years 8 months ago
+8dear boutiquebank4lifethis is your manager - i know i've mentioned this to you a few times in the past face-to-face but i know you spend more time looking at this site than anything else. now if i see you slack off at work on this site one more time instead of restocking the fucking shelves like I TOLD YOU 15...236 years 4 weeks ago
+7My real response to the MBA essayBecause of my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GMAT</a></span> score and the dismal state of MBA applications, I know it makes absolutely no difference what I write here. ...225 years 4 months ago
+8Underrated banks and the ambitious bastard Across the boards, you see hundreds of questions regarding exit opps; how to get to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">KKR</a></span>? How does someone get into <span...226 years 9 months ago
+7How to Master 5 of the Most Common Interview QuestionsGoing into an interview, there are certain questions that you have a very high probability of hearing. <strong>These are the questions that should be anticipated and rehearsed beforehand, but I am continually surprised to see that candidates in general are completely unprepared for...213 years 8 months ago
+7Monday Motivation: PTJEven if you haven't seen <a href=""> Office Space </a> by now, you have certainly experienced <em>a case of the Mondays</em> at some point in time. This downtrodden feel is exacerbated for many monkeys unhappy with their...213 years 3 months ago
+7The Ebb and Flow That Is LifeHopefully my post from last week, <strong><a href="//">Coffee Is For Closers</a></strong>, woke some of you up and made you realize life is not a waiting line. Not only do you not deserve anything, but you...213 years 6 months ago
+7Sharted. Protocol Zero."My friend" sharted. Going protocol zero. What would you do? Go to the bathroom and pray to the gods for a moment that it will be empty so you can exit the stall and toss your underwear? Again, "asking for a friend."216 months 3 weeks ago
+8Getting Ahead In The Office - Part 2Ben, my co-founder at <a href="">Charisma on Command</a>, previously wrote about the importance of relationships for getting promoted and surviving in the finance world. I wanted to go into the details of the specific things you can do to...203 years 1 month ago
+7Trading Ideas: Matter of EdgeOne thing that a lot of students falter with during interviews is the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> idea. Im writing this post to help some of the monkeys currently...206 years 4 months ago
+5Jeffrey Chiang: You will never in your life ever work on Wall Street.enuf said. if you don't know the story behind this clown, ask one of your banking friends. i'm sure his notorious email must've rounded all the banks by now. And, I know you frequent this forum, JC. goes to show you how small the Street is.2203 years 3 months ago
+7Thanks WSO! +non-target break in storyHey guys, with recruiting season almost over I am happy/lucky to say that I have received an SA offer at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> and have to give...205 years 3 months ago
+6Best UNDERrated MoviesThere was another thread floating around about overrated movies, but everyone kept bring up underrated movies. So as we close the year and my netflix playlist grows I want to add some good movies that might have been overlooked by the critics or public. E.G. Kung Fu Hustle. Great movie by...1194 months 2 weeks ago
+7How to run Berkshire Hathaway... if you're from a non-targetIf there is one common link between all of us on this site it is the hunger of ambition and the thirst for success. Today, the most successful investor alive, <a...196 years 6 months ago
+7The TheKing Interview: PART ONE<a href="//">DrPeterVenkman presents:</a> An interesting interview with <a href="//">TheKing</a>. Questions came from myself and other WSO contributing authors. Thank you to...192 years 5 months ago
+72016 - Good RiddanceAlright Monkeys, my perusal of this site is intermittent at best, apologies to anyone who has already posed this topic, but 2016 was a kick in the nut sack of a year. I don’t know how I will ever recover from such an awful election and the loss of so many famous people. HORSESHIT! No, my...194 months 4 weeks ago
+7AMA: Extreme Non Target to IBDNOTE: Made this post a while back but didn't have enough bananas to post the story into the main body. Starting college as a pre med student, I attended a college highly regarded in the biological research field but a complete fucking joke in anything else. And by a complete joke I mean...195 months 1 week ago
+7Don't lose hope guys - from top to bottom and back againHey all, I was fortunate enough to recently get a full-time offer at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> in NYC as an Assoc. for class of 2010 in M&A and...195 years 11 months ago
+7My Story (A Thank You Card to Patrick and the Team)<em>I recently received an message to a comment I made how I was able to break into IB as an intern and would like to provide a nice update to where I am in my career. </em> <h3>Original Story from April 2012: </h3> <h3></h3> When I started the fall...183 years 9 months ago
+9Finally cut itGuys, So I finally cut it 3 years after graduating from undergrad, and I would like to share my story to you guys as this forum has been staying with me along the way and indeed the break-in cases here keep on pumping gas into me whenever I got rejected. <h3>A bit about my...187 months 3 weeks ago
+7IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them<EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal advice. Please ask your relevant immigration / legal council for advice that suits your circumstances.</EM> Background: Canadian MBA, IBD at a Big Five Canadian Bank, now IBD in NYC at a good BB. When I was in school, I...171 year 3 months ago
+7Babydick Capital Annual Letter 2013<a href=""></a>174 months 2 weeks ago
+7Wall Street Prep's $10 Financial Modeling Courses until July 29th at Udemy.comHey guys, is offering <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">Wall Street Prep</a></span>'s <span class='keyword_link'><a...171 year 4 months ago
+75 Things to Help You Stand Out at Your First InternshipThere are a lot of great lists like this on WSO that have been very beneficial to me over the last few years. I want to throw out 5 that I do not remember seeing on the site. Hopefully this helps some of you guys about to start your first <span class='keyword_link'><a...172 years 12 months ago
+75 Steps to Answer Technical Interview Questions FASTI was helping out a buddy of mine doing some mock interviews last week and noticed something I wanted to share with the WSO community as you prepare for your own interviews. So, how quickly do you respond to certain interview questions and how do I get good an answering the technical...172 years 6 months ago
+6What Do You Think of Girls Who Smoke?Personally, I think I have a fetish for girls who smoke. A girl smoking conveys a message to me that she's sensual, flirty, and independent. My buddy is totally disgusted by girls smoking though. Anyone here also thinks it's hot if a girl smokes?1171 month 1 week ago
+7Basic Questions About PE Recruiting Answered<strong>1. When does PE recruiting cycle start?</strong> Varies from year to year, but for the last 3 cycles, the main process has either run during March / April of your 1st year (2012 and 2014 Associate classes) or January / February of your 2nd year (2013 Associate...173 years 5 months ago
+7The Top 3 Hedge Fund Media MythsNow monkeys, believe it or not there are some good reporters out there doing solid research on the financial industry, have very good contacts, conduct good interviews and perform excellent due diligence so they are adequately informed. However, for every media representative who does that,...174 years 1 month ago
+6Ask Me Anything: I'm an Equity Prop Trader I'm currently an equity prop trader in NYC. Academically, I majored in Finance and graduated towards the top of my class at a semi-target. Hard work and persistence allowed me to get 3 nice job offers (MM S&T Chicago, prop NYC, prop NYC) despite a rough economy. I very systematically...1171 month 2 weeks ago
+7Anyone willing to sponsor me?After getting dinged from yet another high finance role, I decided it's time to just try something different. Nothing works for me in my life, because I literally have the worst luck in history. Of 4 children, I'm the only one not plagued by some disease or sickness. I have grown up...152 months 1 week ago
+7Things to read while pretending to work – Nov. 5, 2015It’s the end of the week, you’ve been grinding since Monday, and we both know that very little actual work is getting done today. After all, you wouldn’t be on WSO right now if you were in the middle of a fire drill. Instead of endlessly clicking through WSO / FaceBook / BarStool /...151 year 5 months ago
+8Rant – Rules of the Road<em>Andy note: This is a syndication from Whitehat's <a href="">blog</a>. WH will be starting as a contributing author for us next week, keep an eye out...</em> <p>So...144 years 7 months ago
+7Who's Going To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse?If A zombie infection started tomorrow, who do you think is going to survive the longest time?146 months 3 weeks ago
+6How did Trump do last night?I think he somewhat helped his case but seems like it wasn't enough. 1146 months 2 weeks ago
+7How to fail the CFA level 2 ExamAhhh January, the wonderful month that you are. A month filled with ambitious New Year’s resolutions and regret about consumption habits throughout December. It is also the month when the worrying realisation that you have probably exchanged your 89th and 90th years for guaranteed fun now, and...131 year 3 months ago
+9 How McKinsey made me a better entrepreneurWhen I graduated from college, everyone advised me not to work at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">management consulting</a></span> firm <span class='keyword_link'><a...122 months 3 weeks ago
+7Making Money off of Fallen CountriesI recommend first looking into <strong><a href=" "> my previous article about the Ukraine </a></strong> before this in order to understand the...122 years 12 months ago
+7The TheKing Interview: PART TWO<a href="//">DrPeterVenkman presents:</a> An interesting interview with <a href="//">TheKing</a>. Questions came from myself and other WSO contributing authors. Thank you to...124 years 9 months ago
+7Alibaba's coming out party: Valued right, but is it priced right?As Alibaba's IPO approaches and the road show kicks into high gear, questions about its accounting, value and corporate governance that came up at the time of the filing of its initial prospectus on May 6, 2014, are resurfacing. Alibaba's banking team announced on Friday that their...122 years 7 months ago
+7Regrets Due to FinanceI know similar questions have been asked in the past but I want to twist it a little. We all know that finance, broadly speaking, is a lucrative industry. Lots of young, hungry guys pursue a career in finance with the ultimate goal of making a lot of money and obtain that sought-after...12
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+710 Tips For Doing Business in ChinaHello monkeys, just thought about doing this since it’s applicable to many industries (i.e. Investment Banking, Management Consulting, Private Banking, and many more) <h3> Beginning the Relationship </h3> 1. Always remember the saying, “Let’s first become friends, then do...11
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+8Listen Up, Type A Personalities!I have been an avid reader of WSO and I absolutely respect the audacity of our community. In the light of our on-the-scene-reporting post regarding Erhardt’s sudden death, I feel some of our monkeys are missing the point. Since we know press is increasingly quoting WSO, getting accurate...113 years 7 months ago
+6I have been officially accepted into PSU-Smeal, what should I do?I'm really stuck, I can go 50k a year to PSU or I can go to my local college (not a CC or Uni.). I want to pursue Finance and I know Smeal is very strong. My parents want me to stay in-state and save all the money I can but my local college hasn't produced as many interns/full time...111
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+6My hippie mom doesn't want me to go into IBI'm a freshman at what you guys would consider a semi target (uva / mich / notre dame) and am at the point where i'm really trying to figure out the rest of my time in undergrad and what i want to do when i graduate. I'm good at finance, i understand how the IB path works and...111
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+7A new semester begins: Valuation class online<div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-4154273918731292330' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"> If you are a teacher, you measure your life in quarters and...114 years 8 months ago
+7Managing Your Money - Building a Personal Financial ModelInspired by: <A HREF="//">I cant save money</A> <STRONG><EM>tl;dr: This could be the most important model you ever build.</EM></STRONG> <H3>Prologue</H3> When I started IBD in...105 months 1 week ago
+7Places where salaries are high but the cost of living is low?Does anyone know any cities where salaries are high and the cost of living is low for a life style quality that some may consider being average to high?1105 months 3 weeks ago
+7Helping Others GrowCompetition is generally thought of as a good thing but too much of a good thing isn’t good for too long. I was brought up in the kind of intense academic environment where competition gives way to rivalry, sabotage and one-upmanship. Many of you may be part of a similar environment right now....101 year 10 months ago
+7I have an analyst and associate job opening for two of you MonkeysIf you are interested in working at a boutique sized bank (20 people) that does MM sized deals located in south Florida then private message me. I don't work there, but if I give you my recommendation you will get an interview. Private message me for more information. Hopefully we can get a...94 years 7 months ago
+7Advice from an ex-IB MD - on how to make VP<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> <em>See my other recent posts:...91 year 7 months ago
+7Liberal Arts Undergrads: A few tips to land THE internshipHey monkeys. I just started becoming more active on WSO now that I have made it to the buy side and wanted to share a few tips for fellow liberal arts undergrads. After working on my economics degree on a campus of 2,000 students and residing outside of a large city (I apologize for the...91 month 1 week ago
+7WSO Happy Hour: Thur 5/11, 7:00pm @Reichenbach Beer HallProst, dear monkeys! The first WSO Happy Hour of May will be at Reichenbach Beer Hall! Those who attended the April event have heard me wax about trying some new spots....this is one of them! Hoist a gorilla-size stein of beer and let's kick the weekend off right! @BillBelichick37"...9
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+8Money well spentYou've worked hard all of your life. You have studied and sacrificed. Now is your big moment. You got the offer. You took it. The hard work has paid off. You bought that <span class='keyword_link'><a...86 years 10 months ago
+10Dentist Visits Are a Waste of Time!Let me preface by saying I was born with a full set of perfect teeth and so the whole dentist thing has always seemed unnecessary to me, the kind of medical care that people get basically just to demonstrate that they have money, like how New York Jews all go to therapy. A little more...82 months 1 week ago
+5Freshmen: What to do during your freshman year summerIt is no secret that Wall Street Oasis attracts a great deal of rising college students. Hence, I decided to make a post on the type of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span> and...2071 year 8 months ago
+9AMA - 2.2 GPA Non-Target in BankingCurrent position: 3rd year Teller If you guys have any questions for me, please shoot them over. PM me for more details about exit opps. 72 months 3 days ago
+7Sort of a Success Story<a href="//">In my previous AMA</a> I didn't go as in depth about my past as I am going to go this time. But I think the story will definitely help someone out because it shows that you can...61 year 1 month ago
+9FTB's Betterment List For 2017 (Sans Bullshit)Hey suckers. How are those new years resolutions treating you? You getting up early and getting shredded at Equinox, or maybe quitting weed? (Weed has its time and place but is generally for pussies who can't handle stimulants). Or perhaps you've finally decided it's time to break...63 months 4 weeks ago
+7Know These 10 Pieces of Lingo for Private Equity and Venture Capital You can't just be a good modeling monkey to impress your bosses. Along with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial modeling</a></span> skills, it is essential to be able...63 years 5 months ago
+7Learning how to Lead: Extracurricular Lessons at Business SchoolWhen I first began applying to business school, I had a very myopic view of what I would learn. I was 27 years old with limited career experience so I incorrectly assumed that my key professional weakness was a lack of technical business knowledge, such as accounting or <span...61 year 11 months ago
+7Advice from an ex-IB MD: Eight tricks to ace your 1st round interview61 year 5 months ago
+7Re - Lifestyle in Private Equity (lower mid to mid market space)<em>Mod Note (Andy): This recent comment by 2015 member of the year @Dingdong08" from the thread "<a href="//">Long-term PE - Lifestyle</a>" is so insightful (10 silver bananas) that I decided it...61 week 5 days ago
+8The HF Pitch: condensing HF case/pitch into key pointsWSO'ers, wanted to take some time out to help prospective <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>/<span class='keyword_link'><a...61 year 6 months ago
+7The HoursThe hours are tough, most don't recognize how much it really is until they are there. Here's 70 hours for you: 9am to 11pm every weekday. Doesn't sound like much, but think about it realistically. You're up by 8am, you get home by 11:30pm.. Sleep, rinse repeat. Increase...1042 years 10 months ago
+7UK Non-Target to FT Analyst at Top Tier M&A FirmHi everyone, This website has been incredibly useful to me, and I owe a lot of career success to it. It’s given me a lot of excellent insight into <span class='keyword_link'><a...4
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+7Wall Street Mentor (Richard): Preparing for a Sales & Trading InterviewIn this <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Wall Street Mentors</a></span> Q&A, Richard covers how to prepare for a Sales and Trading Interview. Richard was formerly the Head...35 years 6 months ago
+7Thank you Thanks WSOEnglish is my second language, so correct me if my grammar is incorrect or the world that I use is not accurate. I found this forum about a month ago, and here, makes me feel like home. I read a lot of the discussions recently, and a lot of useful information that helps someone like me who is...32 months 1 week ago
+9I'm writing this from a strip club! (Plus, a movie review)Big news to report: I finally got around to watching <a href="">The Big Short</a> Friday night. I don't know what you monkeys were doing in December that you had time to spare during the holiday crunch to drop 15 bucks on both you...38 months 4 weeks ago
+7If it is a strategic growth investment in China, the numbers don't matter! Or do they?If I were asked to characterize my investment philosophy, I would describe myself an investor who believes in value, but I would be lying if I told you that it has always come easily or naturally. My faith in value is tested constantly, not only by the recognition that there is far more that I...33 years 1 month ago
+6AMA: Private Equity Analyst at African Impact InvestorWSO - I would like to share my knowledge on banking/PE/markets in Africa for those in the market and those willing to be party to the African growth story. Could also help for your <span class='keyword_link'><a...1021 year 5 months ago
+8Donald Trump is Edging Ahead with a Week to GoWith the whole email uncovering controversy affecting Clinton's campaign and further casting her as an untrustworthy candidate, Donald Trump has taken the advantage and is currently leading in a new <a...1016 months 5 days ago
+7Just a Reminder to Check Your PrivilegeTalking to someone reminded me of this story from a few weeks back: SJW sees me walking out of a Paul Smith's with my new kicks, and yells that I need to check my privilege, so I smiled and thanked her for reminding me how awesome my life is. So Monkeys, remember to check your privilege...11 month 21 hours ago
+6AMA: Internal Wholesaler at a Mutual FundI work at a large MF in the Northeast as an internal wholesaler. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically inside sales. I make outbound dials to financial advisors to sell them our mutual funds among other things. I have over 4 years of work experience and am going...1003 months 3 weeks ago
+7I did it ma! Hired at a Physical Commodity Merchant. Hyped. 2 years ago I read *The King of Oil*, as suggested by a WSO thread. From that day on, I told myself **“I’m gonna f*cking do that.”** Fast forward to now. I’m a college senior and in June I start my career as a Trainee in the Oil Division of a Physical Commodity Merchant. It's like...04 months 6 days ago
+7Mar 16, 2017 - Morning Brew Daily <h4><strong>QUOTE OF THE DAY</h4> </strong></p> [quote]Car makers will adapt to everything” — Nissan turnaround legend Carlos Ghosn commenting on the potential NAFTA changes and globalization challenges like Brexit and #MAGA.[/quote] </br> <p...01 month 3 weeks ago
+7Do protein shakes actually help you?The first thing I do after a workout is make myself a protein shake; I'm sure many other avid fitness lovers do the same. However, this may not be the best thing to do. According to Business Insider and CytoSport, there is a healthier option: [quote] The particular smoothie ... includes 6...953 months 1 week ago
+5How to deal with the biggest weakness question<em>Mod Notes (Andy): this was originally posted on 9/26/12</em> <strong> <em>Interviewer: "So... what's your biggest weakness?"</em></strong> To be honest, I think the biggest weakness question is one of the most bullshit questions you...1931 year 4 months ago
+4Will You Buy Your Fiance a Diamond Ring?It's not very common that a private company's marketing campaign goes viral. It's even rarer that one is able to push their brand into mainstream English vocabulary (read: Zamboni, Kleenex, Google etc). However placing your product at the center of societies most important social...2935 months 2 weeks ago
+5Valuation Primer - Part 3 - WACCIn the last primer, I went over using a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">DCF</a></span>. A major component in deriving a company’s value using a DCF is the <span...1934 years 8 months ago
+6Investments, 10th Edition Bodie, Kane Marcus - Solutions Does anyone have the solutions to Investments, 10th Edition Bodie, Kane Marcus?89
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+7Best option for paying for my homeHi WSO, this one is a little off tangent. Basically, me and my wife disagree on how I should work towards home ownership. Given the finance masters here, I wish to ask which route should I take. I'll disclose the information needed for you to make an answer. All in US$. Home cost: $900k....883 months 2 weeks ago
+6Ask Me Anything: Head Research Analyst (Commercial Real Estate)I am the Head Research Analyst at a regional office of one of the best commercial real estate services firms on the globe. Day to day, I specialize in statistical market research, written analysis, database management, and copywriting/ghostwriting for pitches. I also serve my community on two...881 month 3 weeks ago
+6Historians Rank Obama 12th Best PresidentOn the front page of fox this morning there is an <a href="">article</a> about a new survey released Friday that ranked President Obama as the country's 12th best...861 month 3 weeks ago
+6Is the American dream fading?Was reading this <a href=""> article</a> in the Journal which mentioned that barely half of 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did at a similar age. In numbers, only 51%...864 months 1 week ago
+6What is keeping you from starting your own business?So I am guessing most of us here have thought at some point about the possibility of starting a business. Maybe some of you have, and others have ditched the idea (I am still in the middle of both groups, nothing serious though, just a side biz for pocket money). For those of you in the...863 months 19 hours ago
+52015 Analyst Salary Bump MegathreadLet's try to keep a running list going as people go through full-time recruiting and even starting for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">internships</a></span> next year. The...2841 year 2 months ago
+6AMA - Transaction Advisory Senior at Accounting FirmMy story: nontarget undergrad, nontarget MBA, Big 4 auditor for a few years, recently moved to the transaction advisory division of a mid-tier accounting & professional services firm (think McGladrey, Grant Thornton, BDO) in a mid-size city (think Minneapolis, Cleveland, St. Louis). To be a...832 years 5 months ago
+6Snap IPO Prices at 17 Dollars a shareHonestly I am just surprised this wasn't posted already. An <a href="">article</a> on CNBC stated that Snap priced its public offering at $17 dollars a share. [quote] Snap priced its public offering at $17 a...83
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+6Brexit Wins - What You Need To KnowAfter months of campaigning, one side leaves distressed, the other ecstatic. The results show 52% voted to leave the EU versus 48% that voted for Britain to stay within the EU. That’s 11,855,663 votes for Remain and 12,698,977 votes for Leave. The goal is to unwind Britain’s 43-year...28210 months 3 days ago
+8Gender Pay Gap - Is it real?With feminism on the rise and recent mass demonstrations for gender equality, I have been hearing a lot about gender pay gap. Something along the lines that a woman is paid 79 cents on the dollar for every dollar a male makes. However, I have not seen viable evidence for this notion, yet it is...801 month 4 weeks ago
+6Goldman Sachs Veterans Integration Program (VIP) 2017Hello all! I didn't see any one mentioning the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> VIP 2017 yet so I will do the honor and start a thread for...802 months 3 weeks ago
+6What I wish I knew when I was a teenager - want others' opinionsOk guys, one of my cousins just graduated from high school, and I have a few more in their mid teens right now, and for whatever reason I'm usually picked as the advice person (probably because my brother is a flaming communist who can't listen, but that's beside the point). What...782 years 9 months ago
+6 Ask me anything… I'm a Private Equity Analyst in ShanghaiI'm currently a Private Equity Analyst in Shanghai, China. Academically, I graduated from a target school majoring in Economics and Chinese. I also spent my time at college as the president of an on-campus student organization related to Finance and Economics and a volunteer for a local...771 year 5 months ago
+6Anyone shoot? (Firearms)I have a Glock 34, all stock - which was my first firearm purchase. I have recently gotten into the action stage shooting thing and having some fun. Not entering any competitions, but I go with other guys that shoot USPSA and IDPA. I usually go shoot the courses for practice on Saturdays before...765 months 1 week ago
+8Jay Z is launching a VC FundIn his eternal quest to become a billionaire, Jay Hova is launching a VC fund. Say what you want, but the dude is in no way comfortable being a billionaire when you combine his and his spouse's fortunes. He definitely wants his own billion. In the past few years Jay has launched a sports...762 months 1 week ago
+6Contrarian short thesisHave a write-up that's a contrarian short thesis on a mid-sized tech company. Happy to share via PM to anyone that's interested. Would welcome any and all feedback / critique!75
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+3What's the hardest interview question you were ever asked?<em>Mod note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this post originally went up on 6/4/12.<em> <em><strong>Andy note:</strong> some of the quotes below were published on CNBC / Yahoo awhile back: <a...3731 year 10 months ago
+6Favorite Sports MomentSimilar to <a href="">this forum post regarding whether or not we will see another sports year like 2016-17</a>, I was wondering what is the single greatest game/match you have watched...732 months 1 week ago
+6POLL: BH's Next Investing Topic?I've got a lot of free time this week, am feeling charitable/guilty, and have a few ideas in mind for what I'd like to share with you guys... but would like to hear what the monkeys would be most interested in reading about. So here's some suggestions, and feel free to comment...712 years 7 months ago
+6Banking on Insurance: Breaking in from the Insurance industry - fact or fiction?Here's what my boss said to me over a couple of beers. [quote] About half the industry (insurance) is made up of guys who couldn't cut it as bankers. When all else fails, you have dad call up his college bud at [insert name of commercial insurer here] and get you a cush 9-5 gig wining,...70
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+7AMA: Non-Target + <2.7 gpa = EB IB AnalystSo I recently got asked if I would do an AMA in a thread I posted on but declined due to having a unique background and not wanting to be found off-line. But the recent thread by @Nefarious- reminded me of the people that have helped me get to where I am at. So as I mentioned above Im not...691 year 5 days ago
+6Do you ever feel resentment?Numerous times I've made it through numerous rounds of interviews to be shut out in the end. In the current process, I've had three phone interviews and they flew me in to meet the team one morning. Got a very positive phone call about three weeks ago saying the team thought I was the...675 months 1 week ago
+6NSFW Episode 3: Day Trading, Estate Taxes, Prop 19<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...676 years 6 months ago
+62nd Year Kellogg Student - Ask me AnythingSecond Year student here. Successfully made the transition from Finance to Consulting. Love the culture here. Chicago is cold as balls. Saw how recruiting worked out for people- internship and then full-time wise, so I finally feel that I'm in a position to give my overall opinion here....671 year 4 months ago
+7The Fallacy of Homeownership as a Vehicle for Wealth CreationI spend a lot of time at work thinking about the value proposition of housing, and wrote this bad boy up when I was bored... Interested in any thoughts/criticisms. The mortgage banking industry is the largest consumer lending industry on the planet, responsible for $6 trillion in loans in...1663 years 1 month ago
+4The First Annual WSO Fantasy Macro League 2014OK fellas i have seen a lot of half-ass macro theory on this board over the years and now I think its time to figure out who has the chops and who is the true macro master of WSO. The Rules are simple. 10 players. each player must submit 2 trades each week. Each Trade should have a thought...2651 year 11 months ago
+6Top Documentaries - All-Time Favorites and WhyMasterful story telling is key to content delivery and great documentaries got that in spades. Key Ingredients that make a Documentary great and have a lasting impact on me are: 1. Content 2. Delivery/Directing 3. Length (run-time) Content is at the core of the story telling to...642 months 2 weeks ago
+6The BlackHat Interview: 2/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="//">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="//">see part 1 here</a>). ...644 years 9 months ago
+6What's Your Dream Vacation Destination?I would choose Myanmar. The pagodas and temples look sweet, food sounds pretty good, and I've read it's relatively easy to go backpacking there. Also, Bagan looks incredible. Monkeys with wanderlust, if you could drop everything and take a vacation right now where would you go? 646 months 2 weeks ago
+6Valuing Oil and Gas Companies (E&P)How to Value Oil & Gas Companies (E&P) We are all familiar with the three valuation methodologies; discounted cash flows, comparables and ratio analysis, but not all companies in all industries can be valued the same. Oil and gas companies offer a unique problem of valuation due...64
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+9Songs to Motivate Yourself to Achieve GreatnessI've seen a few posts on banker songs, but none that really do the topic justice. This is dedicated in particular to those songs that inspire one to carpe diem, yell at a millennial for not understanding that bankers are the buttresses of the world economy, or generally reinforce the hustle...636 months 4 days ago
+9Long TSLA - One Year Later1 year ago I posted an article that argued Tesla was on its way up - <a href="//">Long TSLA</a> - effectively taking the opposite side of a formerly popular poster’s “trade” - (See <a...612 years 7 months ago
+62nd year IB Analyst taking questionsHi everyone, I'm a longtime lurker of this forum but I've never posted before. The information I got here over the past couple of years was hugely helpful when I was in school and looking for my job in banking, and still useful today. I wanted to give back by providing an...612 years 6 months ago
+6"Wife Bonuses" - Allowances of the Upper East SideA New York Times writer put together an article on the wives of rich and powerful men in the upper east side. There's a lot of absurdity in the "national geographic" way the writer describes their lives and an obvious liberal, feminist tilt given the publication, but there is a...601 year 11 months ago
+6AMA, I'm the head trader for a Multi-strat HFWent to a top 25 undergrad program, been at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> <span class='keyword_link'><a...6010 months 4 weeks ago
+6"If You Have Savings In Your 20s, You’re Doing Something Wrong"Slightly Buzzed rant: Let's feed into the retirement crisis the country is currently experiencing with this trash. Most of this I feel like is propaganda for people with liberal arts degrees that are baristas at Starbucks. Average 401k balance is $25k... across the entire spectrum, I am...601 year 7 months ago
+8Golf Etiquette and Unspoken Rules of the GameTo continue on my golf series I got a pm from a user asking to do a thread on etiquette and other things that have an effect on the game. ### Clothing This one is fairly simple and the cost can be as high as you'd like it to be. For me, I'm a big ashworth guy so their shorts and...583 months 2 weeks ago
+6College/Education Bashing Marketing - Should We All believe the Pitch and become Dropouts?Most of you are college educated here or perhaps all of you from results on the recent forum polls. Before that, let me start by saying I hate school. Yes, I hate school. I thought it was a waste of time and I slept through most classes or skipped them. In grad school, I spent more time kayaking...563 months 3 weeks ago
+6JP Morgan Launching Leaders 2017 DiscussionHi, I just wanted to start a thread for JPMs Launching Leaders program. Does anyone know when we will hear back? I interviewed for IB and Public Finance a couple days ago565 months 2 weeks ago
+6AMA - I'm an online MBA/MSF Candidate at KelleyHello everyone. This is my first WSO post--and as a matter of fact, my first real forum post in general (aside from the occasional reply on some random interest group). I'll first tell a short bit about who I am, where I live and work, and why I have joined WSO. Next, I'll talk about...562 months 1 week ago
+7Do You Have Edge? (Part One)I know - I hate the term as much as you do, but it's real and it's damn near impossible to explain: the phenomenon investors call "edge." In its most basic form, edge is the ability of an analyst to identify, at first glance, what the key issues and concerns are in...554 months 1 week ago
+6ChristmasOK guys (and girls), looking for some help with ideas for Christmas gifts. I like the holidays, but hate thinking up stuff I want. I'm in my 30s and moderately successful, so if there's anything under $100 I want I generally just buy it for myself. That being said, there are a...545 months 10 hours ago
+6How do you lose weight?Like most people I haven't started my new years resolution yet and could use some help. I'm 6'5" 265 lbs and get the nickname of "Big Ben" a lot because of my height and pudgyness. Any tips on how I can get to somewhere below 230 in a healthy way. 541 month 2 weeks ago
+6Google partners with Goldman Sachs in automating Investment BankingInvestment Banking has been considered an area in finance that is less vulnerable to automation, compared to others such as Trading. This no longer seems to be the case as Google is seeking to use API's to automate vast amounts of work that are traditionally done by Investment...53
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+7Which current/former banking CEO would you most want to have coffee with?So WallStreetOasis had a poll on that topic and I was intrigued by the results of the poll. Coming in at first place with 25% off the vote count was: Jamie Dimon (<span class='keyword_link'><a...496 months 1 week ago
+6On The List: Regional Equity Research GroupsIn what is now becoming an excellent case study of capitalism in action, I've decided to respond to VanillaThunder's impressive grab of share in the CapIQ List/Silver Banana exchange market by changing my model quite a bit to preempt VT and other entrants. No more extortion! Most...493 years 9 months ago
+6What excuses do you guys use to take time off for interviews?In my experience, interviews are scheduled just 2-3 days in advance. This is extremely short notice to take a half day or so off work (depending on anticipated interview time, and location). I'm sure a lot of you work long hours, in a somewhat fast-paced professional environment, how do you...481 month 4 weeks ago
+10ACTUALLY, THEY’RE BOTH NAMED BERNIE<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post is a reprint from the January 15th edition of Jared's Daily Dirtnap Newsletter. If you'd like to read more, WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to his Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email and mention "WSO...481 year 3 months ago
+6Breaking into VC from storyBreaking into VC/PE from undergrad is very challenging. I did it coming out of university (I cannot reveal which university since that will give me away...I'm on my firm's website). I also cannot reveal which VC fund for similar reasons, but I will tell you that it is an independent...462 years 6 months ago
+7Tom Brady Goat?With the Pats wining their 5th and Tom Brady playing a pivotal role in a historic comeback, I wanted to see what you guys think about Brady being the greatest of all time. Personally, I think he is, albeit controversial, because of how he's done it with a lack of high draft picks on...463 months 17 hours ago
+6Financial & Valuation Modeling Boot-Camp<strong>Financial modeling</strong> is a skill that any investment banking analyst will have to master. Although the majority of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment banks</a></span> and...462 weeks 5 days ago
+6Conversation with a former top 5 MBA student adcomSo with round 1 mba admissions cycle starting to get into full gear, a lot of applicants are very anxious. I recently had a chance to catch up with an old friend of mine who just graduated from a top 5 business school and was a student member of the adcom. After talking about a lot of random...454 years 9 months ago
+6Places to Go - South East AsiaThinking of de-zoning from work in fall and was wondering what places to go to in South East Asia. Not looking for just the generics (Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, etc), but also some of the more undiscovered, less touristy places. Currently looking at Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam,...45
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+6Leveraged Sell-Out is back!first post in 5+ years years 1 month ago
+6PE firms with Analyst programsCan we make a list of PE firms that have an analyst program? I understand that most PE firms take <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span> analysts after 2...433 months 2 weeks ago
+3Best Proprietary Trading Firms - Rankings? I'm curious to hear how everyone would rank the top prop <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> firms. I've focused the post on firms in Chicago because that is...543
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+6The Allure of Africa: Why I am Passionate about Opportunities on the ContinentWhen I graduated from college in 2007, I moved to Beijing hoping to find exciting opportunities within emerging markets. In my off-hand discussions with American expatriates, family friends, and my own observations, I got the feeling I had arrived in China 20 years too late. The major cities...432 years 3 weeks ago
+13Hard work and sacrifice will get you only so far<em>Mod Note (Andy): This post by @SSits" is a comment originally posted in this thread <a href="//">"Karōshi": Death from Overwork on Wall Street"</a> and I...431 year 7 months ago
+6Muslims on Wall Street, Bridging Two Traditions<a href="">This is a fascinating article</a> from the NY Times featuring some of the cultural differences that Muslims face on Wall Street....433 years 9 months ago
+6NBA MVP: Who Wins?With the NBA season coming to a close, who wins the NBA MVP? There's 4 players in the race with Westbrook, Harden, Kawhi, and Lebron all having amazing seasons. I feel like Westbrook's triple-double fest is getting way too much love by the media. Sure, it's an impressive feat but...42
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+6International Students breaking into banking - ask and I'll try to helpHi all, I've enjoyed reading the posts on WSO and have personally been helped by numerous forummers, including one that went the bat for me and wrote a lengthy email to his HR because I was dinged the first round of my on campus interview. He never even met me and helped me...428 months 4 weeks ago
+5Trading Vs. I-BankingI’ve been seeing increasingly frequent discussion on the various boards over the similarities and differences between careers in banking and in <span class='keyword_link'><a...1429 months 3 days ago
+5Why Sales & Trading Is Dead As We Knew It<strong>Would you like to be a wildly successful <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge bracket</a></span> (<span class='keyword_link'><a...1414 years 3 months ago
+6Steak 101 - Buying Like A ProI love a good steak. I could eat a 2.5" short loin every day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. In fact, I've done my best to make this happen and in the process I've learned quite a bit about how to buy a good piece of beef. Hopefully, you can use this...412 years 10 months ago
+6AMA - Big 4 Audit to Boutique M&A ShopHello all, I’ve been a lurker for some time now and have found/utilized some useful information on this site, so I wanted to give back in some way. I recently landed an investment banking analyst position at a boutique bank for M&A. In regards to my background, I graduated from a...412 months 2 weeks ago
+6FT start dates mega threadI was wondering if anyone knows when the New York FT start dates are for different banks. Bulges: <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GS</a></span>: July 13th <span...402 years 6 days ago
+6Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk: Drinking for the Modern MonkeyWelcome to <i>Blitzed, Smashed and Drunk</i>, WSO’s new blog about all things alcohol related. It’s a celebration of alcohol, a veritable treasure trove of recipes to be tried out, a collection of useless facts, tips and suggestions to survive the next day, an education on more...404 months 3 weeks ago
+6What to do with DAT BONUSI understand that a lot of the readers on this board have never received a sizeable bonus and the minority who do were already paid months ago back in June/July, but I hope this post is still helpful to some about how to manage the bonus that you receive from your finance job. 1. Pay off your...404 years 4 months ago
+6AMA Discretionary Hedge Fund TraderI did one of these before a couple years back when i was on the sellside, and figured why not do another one since these threads seem to get a lot of traction and provide a lot of useful info for kids. My background: -Discretionary trader at a large hedge fund, focusing on credit and...391 year 11 months ago
+6Offer rates at each firm - Please reviewHey all, Thought it might be helpful to compile a list of the offer rates for IB SA conversion into FT. I know many of you are still making your decisions, and this may be helpful to you (as one aspect, consider the banks and your professional goals in a holistic sense). Also, anyone feel...395 months 3 weeks ago
+6Business Travel 101<p>Travel in general can be among the most stressful things to do, but it can also be among the most exciting. Business travel isn’t generally the exciting type, but it doesn’t have to be a major source of stress either. The work you’ll be doing remotely will likely be stressful...393 years 5 months ago
+6AMA: Kellogg admit, 30+ URM candidate with 2.6 GPA from low tier state school and consulting backgroundBeen a longtime member but haven't posted much, so I wanted to give back. As the title says, I graduated from a small state school in the northeast with an awful GPA, then re-positioned myself these past 5 years with a plan and goal of going into M7 -> <span...3710 months 2 weeks ago
+6Headbangers Rejoice! Head of Metal Is Now Live!Some of you may remember my first post of 2013, in which I talked about my new year’s resolution: the launch of, the most accessible heavy metal resource on the web: Since then, it’s been an...373 years 10 months ago
+6What happens if you fall asleep on the job?I can generally function well on little sleep, but sometimes I doze off at certain times (early afternoon, early evening) even when I'm well rested. I don't totally pass out or drop my head on the desk, I just fall into a very light sleep for ten minutes or so while I'm sitting at...371 year 2 months ago
+7FINALLY headed to work in FO After my career started in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BO</a></span> and MO roles for ~3.5 years I finally received the offer for a <span...37
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+5Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB<em>Mod Note (Andy): Interview/AMA Tuesdays! @karl_pilkington was nice enough to start this one yesterday. <strong><a href="//">Click...1373 years 3 months ago
+8How Finance is like Professional SportsIf you look at elite athletes of virtually any sport, they almost always share one thing in common: they started playing the sport at a fairly young age. Sure, there are exceptions, but very rarely do you see a world-class athlete who picked up the sport after high school. Now, what does...371 year 6 months ago
+6Looks like 2015 ManagementConsulted Salary numbers are outThoughts? <!--break!> year 6 months ago
+4Which office buzzwords do you hate?<p>I came across this <a href="">funny article</a> in the Boston Globe a while back about all the annoying buzzwords people throw around the office.</p> <blockquote>If terms like...2362 years 2 months ago
+7Why you should take cold showers for a weekI started a cold shower challenge two days ago and I'm really digging it, so to all of you monkeys looking for a great way to start the day, I challenge you to take cold showers for the next week. 1) Russian lifters of old were known for freezing their gonads before a lift. Studies show...366 months 3 weeks ago
+11Do Not Go To Law SchoolDo not go to law school. I know that this is a Finance board but I suspect that some people on here have an itch for this. Trust me. You do not want to do it to yourself. Listen. All law schools will tell you what you would like to hear. Listen to your own inner voice. There is literally...364 months 3 days ago
+6Do I need ____ math for finance?I'm tired of seeing posts (especially in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> forums) asking whether or not "I should study XYZ quantitative major" to...353 years 6 months ago
+7 Looking for a Job? Avoid These Recruiter Pet Peeves <em>This article is originally from <a href=''></a>. You can <a href=''>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...352 years 8 months ago
+6Craigslist Ad Of The Day - Finance Bro Needs Someone To Break In His Sandals For HimSo which one of you posted this on craigslist? [quote]Looking to hire a brah to break in my new Rainbow flops. I don't have time to do it and I need them broken in like yesterday cause my feet are totally soft from rockin' my Tod's driving mocs all winter. This isn't just...342 years 10 months ago
+6Consulting Full Time Offer After 1 Year of SearchingAfter 1 year of searching, 700 practice cases, and 200 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">informational interviews</a></span> I got 2 job offers at two 2nd tier consulting firms. I started...342 years 11 months ago
+7Life at a leading strategy consulting firm<strong><em>On getting in</em></strong> It's not a big secret that the leading consulting firms are notoriously difficult to get into. On average an office the size of a few hundred consultants receives a multiple of their size in first round applications per year....342 years 10 months ago
+8HappyPantsMcgee the Interview.I’ve been fortunate enough to meet <a href="//">HPM</a> two years ago at the first Energy Rodeo in Houston and recently had the opportunity to ask him some questions which the WSO audience could find useful. HPM works in strategy at a...342 years 6 months ago
+6What is your essential go to app?With the advance of technology, our lives today are much easier thanks to it. We can use Acorns as a way to invest our spare change, livescore to check on the latest sports results, Yelp to find out the review of a place and the list goes on. Even paying our bills are much easier these days,...336 months 2 weeks ago
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+6Funny first day story<em>I'm reposting this comment, which I made on another post, to my blog -- think it's a good standalone story, but not exactly front-page material.</em> First internship of my life, the guy I worked for had a completely f*cking ridiculous name. In fact, it is so...324 years 8 months ago
+6The Book of Graham<em>Posted with permission from Leveraged Sellout.</em> <p>I emailed my 22 year old cousin Eric, who’s graduating Summa in Economics from Harvard, to see if he needed any help getting interviews at prestigious financial institutions. I was sure there would be recruiters on...323 years 1 month ago
+7Do Women Really Earn Less?This guy does a pretty good job explaining why it seems like women are paid less than men, while in fact, there is little to no wage discrimination between the two. <html> <body> <iframe width="560" height="315"...314 years 9 months ago
+6Private Equity: How to Analyze a CIM Effectively?All, I work at a middle-market fund (started about 8 months ago here) and wanted to learn from someone qualified (associate level or above) who works on the buyside what the best and most efficient way to analyze a CIM is (Confidential Information Memorandum, for those who're not aware is a...316 months 1 week ago
+4MSF Class of 2017<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this was originally posted 8/25/15 but we know @TNA" loves answering these questions so bumping up again to the top</em> With the MSF recruiting cycle quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to create an updated MSF thread for everyone...23110 months 4 days ago
+6DEAR CHINA: YOU’RE MAKING ME NERVOUS……Behind China’s wall, there is much, much more than what meets the eye. Have you taken a look INSIDE those newly built skyscrapers of theirs? There isn’t an inside, just an outside. I’m no poet or Hemmingway, but are not China’s empty skyscrapers a metaphor for China itself? Did you know...306 years 9 months ago
+8Greece: A History of Financial DisasterDionysius the Elder, a ruler in ancient Greece, ran up massive debts to pay for his multiple military campaigns. His solution? Change every drachma into two drachmas. Pulling money from nowhere to cover massive debts has seemed to be a monetary policy throughout Greek’s history. First, let...301 year 9 months ago
+5I have no moneyJust ranting, but MBAs out there, is anybody in the same situation? I had no debt when came out of undergrad. Spent 2 years in IB, and had saved about $100k over that time, not spending any bonuses and not spending much except on rent (about half of my salary). Life was looking good. Then...1303 years 8 months ago
+15What I Learned From Lying On My ResumeIn this incredibly competitive industry, I figured someone might be curious if anyone had ever lied on their resume to gain a more favorable appearance and land interviews. I have, and here is my story. A few important things about me: 1) I attend a Non-Target State school on the West...306 months 2 weeks ago
+6An Old Monkey's Follow Up - Good School, Good Job, Good Money, Still Single?Many of you read <a href="//">Ben's post about talking to women in public</a> and there was a rather diverse reaction to it all. Many had concerns about coming off as creepy or making a poor...303 years 2 months ago
+6Congratulations to the 2014 Forum Member of the Year: DickFuldWinning by an astounding margin (31% of the votes vs 15% ), congratulations to user @"DickFuld" for winning the 2014 WSO Member of the Year vote. Also congratulations to to @thebrofessor for coming in second with 15% of the votes. @"IlliniProgrammer" and...302 years 3 months ago
+6What Is Prime Brokerage?I’ve noticed that there is a dearth of information and answers about this area of Wall Street here on WSO, so I’ve decided to give a basic overview of prime brokerage—what it is, how it fits in the overall picture, and what its responsibilities are. To really drive home the explanations,...293 years 5 months ago
+6Basic Guide Ramping Up On A Company With Public Information Part OneAssuming that you have access to no financial products such as FactSet, Bloomberg, CapitalIQ, Thomson or otherwise, thought it would be helpful to give a step by step guide on how to ramp up on a new company from your home computer. Using FaceBook as an example. Lets go ahead and start with the...293 years 11 months ago
+68 Year Anniversary Today is the eight year anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Completely mind blowing. Discuss.....29
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+6So Many Eggs in Vee Cee<em>Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 10/5/12.</em> I went through a few rounds of interviews at the fund that I now call my employer, I was asked insane questions, easy questions, technical questions, and borderline bizarre questions, but I was not...294 years 7 months ago
+14Young People of WSO: What is with this fascination towards IB?I'm a lot older than most of you guys and while I never worked in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">FO</a></span> IB or desired to do so, I don't understand the...1281 year 6 days ago
+6NSFW Episode 4: Silver, Welfare Reform, Winter Inflation<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" align="middle" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="295"...286 years 5 months ago
+2Ask Clear Admit: Can I get into a top MBA program?WSO is excited to have the experts from the Clear Admit team on board to answer applicant questions in the business school forum. We encourage all of you to check out their great resources: 1) <a href="">Clear Admit</a> has been providing...5281 year 9 months ago
+6Looks like Booth just jumped up my list of schoolsGood for them. "The University of Chicago recently made it clear to its crop of incoming students that academic freedom and inquiry remain pillars at the institution, and that the university does not support "so-called" trigger warnings or offer safe spaces that allow students...287 months 2 weeks ago
+6Used B-School to Move From Back Office to IBD Associate at 25I'm using a throwaway, but I've been on WSO for the last three years trying to move from a F500 back-office job Into M&A. I'm 25 and just landed an Associate gig at an elite boutique in M&A. I figured I would outline my story, and give back to the community by answering...272 years 7 months ago
+6Q&A with CompBanker, Part 1Today, I have a very special treat for monkeys that frequent WSO. This weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of WSO’s finest. Some say he’s part Saint, part Guru, but If you have posted on the forums seeking some good ol’ fashion advice, you probably know the name...275 years 3 months ago
+6What you need to know about IBD in AsiaHello monkeys, any opinions/takeaways about investment banking in Asia? Here's what I have gathered from reading various threads on WSO: <h3>Hong Kong: </h3> <ul> <li> Usually takes most of its analysts from top US/UK universities, although I heard recently...272 months 2 weeks ago
+6The single most important choice you will ever have to really make is the person you marry.<em>Mod Note: This comment comes from <a href="//">"Bankers and bad relationships"</a> and quickly gatthered up 13 sb's. We thought it deserved to go on the homepage in case you missed...273 years 10 months ago
+6From "Poor Me" to BB***FIRST: This is long so I'll put the cart before the horse real quick: THANK YOU WSO. To everyone who's posted insider knowledge, "day in the life" shit, interview guides, models, any feedback in general--you have provided knowledge that tuition can't pay for. I...273 years 11 months ago
+6Non-Bank Commercial Lending - AMADoubt there's much interest in this, but might as well put it out there. I'm a credit analyst at a specialty finance company. We directly originate loans (mostly lower MM) and typically compete against commercial banks or other similar companies for those deals. Everything is...265 months 1 week ago
+6Charles Aris 2015 Strategy Consulting Compensation Study releasedI've seen a lot of questions about salary progression and exit-ops salaries for ex-consultants. I found this, it is very helpful. <a href="">Here is the...261 year 7 months ago
+6Being happy with what you got It goes without saying that every human being wants to be happy. We pursue education, careers, relationships, hobbies, etc., to maximize our happiness. Looking back on my life as well as learning from others, I think <strong>envy</strong> and...264 years 9 months ago
+7AMA: Venture Capital Co-Founding PartnerGood evening everyone! (or whatever time it is in your time zone), I wanted to open up some time for Q&A with the WSO community. WSO was a very helpful tool in helping me pursue <span class='keyword_link'><a...266 months 3 weeks ago
+6Leveraged Finance Lawyer here, AMANot sure if this will be of interest to anyone (if not, I imagine this will quickly fall into darkness), but I am a lev fin lawyer working at a V5 primarily on lender side LBOs/refis/etc (though have done a decent chunk of sponsor side work). If you've ever had any questions that you feel...259 months 1 week ago
+6Why was Goldman Sachs left out of the AT&T, Time Warner deal?[quote] The biggest loser from AT&T's plan to buy Time Warner may not be another telecom or media rival. It could be investment banking giant <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//"...256 months 1 week ago
+6The Number One Reason You Were DingedAt first you might think it was because you screwed up your technicals. Then maybe after writing your story on here, the folks will tell you it was because you didn’t do a very good job with the <span class='keyword_link'><a...254 years 5 months ago
+6PJT I have a First Round coming up in next week with PJT's restructuring and special situations team and have little to no knowledge on the restructuring industry. Anyone have any useful advice on how I can prepare for this? I'm looking to study anything and everything you guys throw my...247 months 2 weeks ago
+6International Students - How to shine during internship interviews!<b>My Background</b> In the fall of 2011 I decided to attend College in the U.S., and in the process leave my home in Scandinavia. I began my college career at a community college with no idea of what I wanted to do in the future, but, that I wanted to major in Economics. Through...243 years 1 month ago
+8IBD = Investment Banking DivisionThis may be a bit petty, but it's been grinding my gears for a while. Kids - The acronym "<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">IBD</a></span>" stands...246 years 11 months ago
+6The Why Vs. The What - GOOGL Vs. AAPLI was looking over some of my longer-term investments the other day (particularly AAPL and GOOGL) and was trying to pin point why I decided, some time ago now, to go long on Google and short on Apple. What it came down to was more of a feeling (I know, I know, what’s wrong with me?). But it...244 months 3 weeks ago
+6Evaluating Commercial Banks (part 1 of ??)So as I mentioned in BlackHat's excellent post on how to break down a 10K (see here: //<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">10-k</a></span>),...234 years 2 weeks ago
+7What b-school taught me about the job huntSo in an earlier post I shared portions of what I'm calling my quarter-million-dollar notebook -- the eleven pages containing every note I ever took in b-school that I thought was worth carrying forward into my career. (Why is it a quarter million dollars? That's what I spent on...234 years 9 months ago
+7blog/30 30 30<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie." This was originally posted in July 2011.</em> I was pretty nervous my first day in the business. I'll admit it. Before I got hired, I thought I knew a good deal about the market. Filing into that conference room...223 years 5 months ago
+6Life Lessons from a Game of Pickup BasketballSome years ago I was playing pickup basketball regularly at a local gym. It was pretty competitive; the regulars included high school stars and college players, of which I was neither. I was good enough to run with them, but it was an exclusive group and most weren’t so lucky. One day...223 years 3 months ago
+6Dave Chappelle's monologue on President-elect Donald TrumpI saw [this]( yesterday. [quote]You know, before I go, I do want to say one thing, and this is not a joke. But I think it’s important that I say this, ’cause they’re marching up the street right now as we speak.[/quote] [quote]I’m wishing Donald...225 months 3 weeks ago
+6Non Target Success Story: MBB Summer InternThis site has really been an amazing help along my career path and I felt that it was necessary to try and give back to the community and hopefully give some hope to the fellow non targets out there that are trying to break in. I also wanted to thank everyone on this site who have been extremely...224 years 8 months ago
+7Traders LibraryHey guys, Found this site over at ZH, lots of free pdfs that deal with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span>. Haven't had the time to really look through it but...224 years 5 months ago
+5Living with 5 guys as the only girl; summer analyst housing; Your opinion? ***Updated***So I have the option of backing out of my NYU double room (just losing about 150$ out of deposit), and getting a single room in a converted 3 bedroom apartment (2 rooms, double beds in open space) and one bathroom. I know the guys from a professional org, they will be fellow <span...1211 year 9 months ago
+6Picking the Right GroupMany threads have been created over the years concerning which group is best, what exit opps are from each group, etc. While strength of groups change with the tides, i.e <span class='keyword_link'><a...213 years 11 months ago
+6i think i'm in trouble and need some help please??????hi guys, i hope that you can help me! sometimes i have guests in my house and i wonder what they are doing when i am not there... so anyways, i put my laptop computer in my bathroom one time and covered it with a cardboard box to hide it, but i cut a little hole in the box. then i turn the...214 years 7 months ago
+5Why Your Salary Matters to Her<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in January 2011.</em> When women get together with their friends and talk about the new guy in their life, one of the first questions that always comes up is, "What does he do?", which - let's face it -...1211 year 7 months ago
+6Why Does The World Hate Wall Street and Bankers It seems that conservative and liberal pundits alike all use Investment Bankers as a symbol of greed and corruption to scapegoat for all of the countries woes. Did this all start after the housing crisis or has there always been hostility towards bankers? I commonly hear journalists spout...20
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+6My Journey to REPE Associate (very unconventional) AMAHey Guys, Quick background on me: Recently started as an associate on the investment team at a REPE firm that manages >$1B Went to non-target state school Dropped out after freshman year to play online poker professionally Went back four years later, graduated with finance degree and...203 months 2 weeks ago
+65 things to think about during an ER interview to make it sound like you know what you are talking aboutI noticed there wasn't a lot of interview advice particularly geared towards <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">ER</a></span> so I'm just writing down a few things to say...203 years 1 week ago
+6Q&A Interview with SirTradesaLot, Part 2/3<em>Andy note: SirTrades' decided to get deeper into the story so we're making it a trilogy. Enjoy part two below, part 3 is coming up next Wednesday, and make sure to <strong><a...202 years 6 months ago
+6S&T interns: 3 things that got me hiredBackground: I received a FT offer after completing the S&T rotational internship last summer at a global bank. I was a student-athlete at a non-target in the Northeast. I found the many guides on WSO on interviewing and navigating the <span class='keyword_link'><a...192 years 10 months ago
+6WSO Monkey at OWS VideosLast week we sent our very own mascot out to OWS to charm the crowd, pass out some bananas, engage in some conversation and spread the message: "Wall Street Monkeys are not part of the 1%" Best videos of the bunch are below, and if you haven't seen the photos yet, see the...192 months 3 weeks ago
+6Trump, NAFTA, TN Visas, Canadians (And Americans)In the light of a surprising victory by Trump, groups of people are recalibrating and doing the math on what it means for them personally. I thought it might be helpful for some for a quick recap on Trump's view on NAFTA and specifically how it affects Canadians in (or looking to come...193 months 1 week ago
+6AMA: Ex-BB analyst across US and Asia in Oil&Gas/PowerHi there, I was previously employed by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">BB</a></span> for 2 years. I was in the US for a year before moving to Hong Kong for my second year....181 year 2 months ago
+7From Non-Target to ThreesomeFriday night. I'm at the club, grinding on two fine NYU specimens, one is my date and the other told us her name was Chloé. I peer over my shoulder and cringe at the desperate frat boys, raising vodka for the sober women, oblivious to the fact that chicken-legs and chubbies don’t go...189 months 1 week ago
+6It's not rocket science...<em>Mod Note (Andy):</em>Very pleased to introduce our newest blogger, Grizzled Guru. He has a very interesting background and a lot to share with you guys, hope you enjoy.</em> I never really started out with any intention of being in finance. I was a child of Sputnik. I...183 years 7 months ago
+7Scam Science: Welcome to Good BurgerIn honor of Edmundo's superlative "Scam Science" series (, I have decided to shed some light on a racket that is nearly as profitable as Wall Street and has been generating increasing public opposition in spite of being at the heart of our economy: the...183 years 1 month ago
+6AMA: Credit Underwriter at Commercial Auto Finance CompanyThis probably won't gauge as much interest as other posts, but I'll give it a shot. BACKGROUND: 1.) Recent grad. Started as a credit analyst and moved to an Underwriter/Underwriting Analyst position after 8 months. Non-target (employers in this line of business will give any...171 year 2 months ago
+6Trading Intern Frantically Working on a Drink OrderI'm just gonna leave this right here... Note the constant approval-seeking and the panic when the drink doesn't drop right away. I'm thinking FT offer. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//"...172 years 12 months ago
+6Shadow Insurance 101: The downfall of the insurance industry?I work in the insurance sector, primarily dealing with derivatives and collateral needs for institutions. I haven't seen much on this site about the insurance sector in particular...though there has been some talk about <span class='keyword_link'><a...171 year 9 months ago
+6An Infinity of No.After a few months now of trolling WSO and four weeks of writing in the contributing blogger intern program, all while working full-time for a F500 and pursuing my MBA full-time in effort to break into <span class='keyword_link'><a...172 years 11 months ago
+6We Are All Here to Feel a Little Stress<em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> Quick story from the associate...172 years 7 months ago
+6Reading List for the Incoming AnalystI'm from a non-target and, in part, due to mistakes avoided by listening to you lot for the last few years, I've landed an analyst role, so thanks! :) My generation primarily and increasingly uses the internet to gain information. Although a wonderful source, it rarely has the same,...171 year 1 month ago
+6How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win BigI was lucky enough to be given some time to interview Scott Adams for WSO about his new book: <em>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life</em>. His book covers an enormous amount of topics relevant to our readership. It’s a tremendously...173 years 3 months ago
+6How do you get offers and not know which one to take?I would be happy to get offers at some of the places you guys get. Where I work doesn't compare to BBs or EBs, and I'm still hoping to make a jump to a top shop doing the interesting work that goes on at these places. You guys come straight through high school, know what you want to...174 months 3 weeks ago
+6The Street Before Christmas 2011<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="//">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h3>The Street Before Christmas...175 years 4 months ago
+6Would Non-Targets Be Interested In a Guide to Cold Contacting Investment Bankers?Hi Folks, First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">data room</a></span> sales rep with an extensive background in cold contacting...171 year 3 months ago
+6Advice from an ex-IB MD - why aren't you getting those interviews ?<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//">here</a>. The AMA is still open and he is actively answering any question that you may have.</em> <em>My last post <a...161 year 6 months ago
+6Guide to building a successful career at ONE company: Internal NetworkingI just came out of a networking experienced hire event at my company and thought it would be good to share some thoughts on internal networking (specifically for Corporate Finance, but industry in general). I haven't seen anything on this site about this and I guess it makes sense, being...16
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+6This Week in Oil and Gas - 1/31/2016Continuing the weekly Oil and Gas review with major headlines and news you need to know... <h3>Industry News</h3> <strong>Chevron swings for a loss in energy earnings season...first loss since Q3 2002</strong> Supermajor Chevron posted its first loss since Q3...161 year 3 months ago
+6Fashionably Late: 6 Steps for Off-Cycle Recruiting<p>So you found out just a <i>little bit </i>late that you want—<i>need</i>—to be an investment banker. Maybe you just missed OCR. Or maybe you didn’t get a job through OCR and are scrambling, still with no luck. Or maybe you are a year removed from undergrad...163 years 3 months ago
+6Tools of the Trade: Pro TipsStarting this up to compile best-in-class list of banker tools and pro-tricks: 1. Macabacus [dot] com -- best online resource for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" target="_blank">financial...162 months 2 weeks ago
+6Non-Target, Low GPA, Mediocre Internships. Landed a Tech M&A position. AMA!Hi Everyone! I thought that it was appropriate for my first post to share my story of breaking into IB. I come from a small LAC in the Northeast with a very small alumni base in general, and even smaller in the world of finance. We tend to pump out advisers and insurance guys at an alarming...161 year 4 weeks ago
+6AMA: Wells Fargo Financial Analyst Program/ Commercial BankingHere is my overdue write up on Wells’ FAP and thoughts on the process/ program. This is most applicable to Commercial Banking or CRE divisions. I applied with less than 1 year experience, got the offer, and ultimately declined - - they countered w/ better corporate title, base, sign-on,...1152 months 1 week ago
+6B School is a means to an end not a goal in and of itselfHas anyone else noticed how many people have b school as an explicit goal? It's kind of odd to see people asking things like "Which job will best position me for b school?". Perhaps I'm just cynical, but the value proposition of B school is the network and the ability to...151 year 1 month ago
+6How to break into IBD from a non traditional background (the real essentials)Well here I am, at it again giving back my two cents for the whole dollar I got from this great website. A few people know my background and for those who do not; here is the Reader's Digest version. I am a former business owner who lost his business thanks to the small business credit...154 years 4 months ago
+6At a Top Business School - ZERO Banking Experience - Going to do M&A - But Have No Idea How I'm Going to Do it....Hello All, first post on the forum. So as the title says, I'm going into IB after I graduate B-School, there's no question about that. The "problem" (as some might see it) is that I have zero experience in banking and don't know where the hell to even start! How's...146 months 2 weeks ago
+6Burry on BloombergI don't really follow Bloomberg’s risk takers series since I couldn't quite relate with most of the people they profile but last night they had an excellent piece on someone I know we all couldn't get enough of: Subprime genius Dr. Michael Burry. As I said, it’s pretty...141 year 5 months ago
+5Most Mundane ShitYou read correctly. What is the most mundane shit us monkeys do? This is what I've got so far (in no particular order): 1. Manual data entry 2. Working group lists 3. Buyer logs 4. Logo slides 5. Weird custom transaction precedents like break fees. Lay it on me. I want <span...1142 months 3 days ago
+7Early Stage VC 101: 5 Questions You Better Be Able to AnswerThere are lots of posts on WSO about getting a job as an early stage VC analyst. People ask things like what major should you be in college, should you go into Ibanking first, or should you try startups first. By this point, many have identified that the best way to approach this is to first...143 years 5 months ago
+6The Forgotten Cousin of Finance: Commercial InsuranceSo I have thought about doing something over this field for quite awhile but didn't know how much to go into and whatever. Depending on the response I will depends on whether I will expand further. I really wanted to talk about the position of Commercial Underwriter. Specifically...141 year 3 months ago
+6Giving thanks...Starting to get my head above water- having just come of out a fairly traumatic, life changing summer - I am a different man. To be honest I am dealing with a fair amount of PTSD from it. Being in the room when another baby passed... not to mention my own daughter's life/death...134 years 5 months ago
+5Best Books to Help Your Investing SkillsHello all, this was my first post (mod just now added to frontpage) so go easy on me. And full disclosure, none of these books is a silver bullet, just a good arrow to have in your quiver. If you're investing others' money, there's no substitute for prudence, good judgment, and...1131 year 4 months ago
+6To cut or not to cut?Taxes. They tell us that next to death, they are the only thing we cannot escape in life. This is certainly true in today's Keynesian America. They say that "you pay the cost to be the boss", today...this quote had jumped outside of it's own parameters. That is because...135 years 4 months ago
+6Got some time to kill?Here is how I spend my down time.... I fking hate AA, yet I love them for doing this. *possibly* NSFW, but its AA137 years 3 months ago
+6New Nolan FilmThe new trailer for the upcoming Nolan film just dropped. I would be lying if I said I wasn't trembling with excitement. It's becoming clearer and clearer that Christopher Nolan is the modern day Stanley Kubrick. months 3 weeks ago
+6Final Round Interviews: The Wall Street Rain Dance <em>Mod Note (Andy): WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's Daily Dirtnap daily market newsletter...just email and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> I was cleaning out my office a...122 years 9 months ago
+6Random Thoughts on MM PE Analyst Interviews I recently provided a friend of a friend with some random thoughts on interviewing for an analyst position at a MM PE fund. He seemed to think they were helpful, so here’s a slightly cleaned up version of some of it in case anyone cares. Obviously this is just one data point, so take it for...126 years 3 months ago
+8Strange Success Story: from Philosophy Major to the Buy Side in 4 yearsTechnically this story starts in 2011. I was a philosophy major, planning to go pursue a PHD after undergrad and spend the rest of my life debating the Big Questions with old fogies in dusty offices for peanuts. Then I went to Paris to study abroad and I realized: I would really like to make a...1211 months 4 weeks ago
+7My review of Michael Lewis’ Flashboys: A Wall Street Revolt‘Socialism’, Albert Einstein said, is humanity’s attempt ‘to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development’, and for G.A. Cohen ‘every market … is a system of predation.’ It reminds me of the FX <span class='keyword_link'><a...113 years 4 days ago
+7Ebolamonkey and Clickbait Threads### Ebolamonkey I usually don't have a problem with people on the site but ebolamonkey has pushed the envelope too much. He keeps messaging me links to his site/youtube that I'm sure some of the other frequent users have received. This is really starting to get annoying and I have...111 month 1 week ago
+6Will I Get Fired?Hey guys, I got myself stuck in a dilemma the other day at work. I have been interning at a boutique bank for the past month and a half and I have this playful borderline flirtatious relationship with my married co-worker. Yesterday, in an attempt to mess around with her I decided to hide behind...117 months 11 hours ago
+6REFM Review - Real Estate Financial Modeling Courses 1-3I just went through levels 1-3 of Bruce Kirsch's Real Estate Financial Modeling (REFM) and another monkey recommended I give a review... So here is a summary and what I though about the courses: Level 1 - starts off as simple formatting and statistics formulas (max, min, avg). Then moves...118 months 3 weeks ago
+6Today's MBA Students are Jumping ShipAn interesting trend is developing among today's MBA students. [quote]87% of MBAs switch either functions or industries in their jobs directly before and after B-school. Some 69% switch both functions and industries. Individuals using a full-time MBA from an elite B-school to accelerate...106 months 1 week ago
+6How to Survive and Thrive During UnemploymentA few posts on layoffs got me thinking of my unemployment spell a couple of years back, and I think that now would be a good time to go over lessons that I learned to keep myself sane and productive while searching for a new job. The big key is to look at this as an <strong>opportunity...104 years 2 months ago
+2Wow... being married sucksOne of my frat bros who graduated college 2 years ago is married. He married his high school sweetheart last year, at age 23. I went to his wedding, the girl was pretty hot (she was a solid 8), he told me he was the happiest man on the planet at the moment, etc. One year later, he is...4104 years 4 months ago
+6Energy Trading Job - Apply NowFriend of mine is looking for resumes but you MUST met the following: 1. <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GPA</a></span> above 3.4 2. Degree in Finance, Accounting, Math 3. S/T internship...106 years 4 months ago
+6Why so serious?I suspect that for some time now, I've been a voice of caution on this board. The reason for that was simple: I have the benefit of having experienced a number of traumatic downdrafts in this business, and I am privy to much information about the institutional outlook of my firm, among...108 years 2 months ago
+6Argentina Case Study: How a Black Market Currency Emerges A question was posed to me by our chief operating orangutan, Andy Louis, about Argentina's black market currency exchange, commonly called the blue market. Being a foolish person in general, I obliged to write about the potential causes and investment implications that the myriad currency...103 years 10 months ago
+6Accounting / Financial Theory / Technicals Forum Ok, hear me out, this is slightly dorky but worthwhile. One of my favourite parts of WSO is when you find a thread which is legitimately useful to those who are lucky enough to have themselves a job; contains advice not on universities, exit opps, networking but on a financial concept or...103 years 4 months ago
+6India is sneezing, will the gold market catch cold?Bloomberg reports today that India’s gold imports may be cut dramatically this month, from about 75-80 tons same time last year, to 25-30 tons. This, as a result of higher import taxes which have slowed demand, and which were intended to slow demand as most gold purchased in India is...95 years 1 month ago
+5Lifestyle of Young Wall Street: 5 Banker Neighborhoods<em>Mod Note (Andy): #TBT, Originally posted on April, 2012</em> The New York City area is home to nearly <b>20 million people</b> and 20 trillion cockroaches living together in blissful harmony. Well over 1 million people alone are packed into the 23 square miles...1092 years 8 months ago
+6Get Your Resume Scored by WSO...for free So WSO is in about year ~8 of reviewing over 1,000+ resumes. While we have an amazing team, it still shocks me how bad 90% of the resumes are that come in for reviews. We will occasionally refund clients that have a resume that hits on all the key points (formatting, content and background),...9
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+6Kotler's Four Migrations<p>I was listening to <a href="">James Altucher's podcast</a> a couple weeks ago and his guest was Steven Kotler. For those who don't know, Kotler is a popular futurist who has written several books about...97 months 3 weeks ago
+8How to Awaken the Giant Within<strong>I’m a sucker for self-improvement.</strong> I’ve probably read 50 books on the subject. <strong>I read them because I genuinely believe that we can change,</strong> that nothing is fixed, and that there are many ways for us to achieve greatness and fulfill our...91 year 3 months ago
+6Random Musing on Mr. MarketAgain take everything I say with a grain of salt... <h3>1) Are we happy yet value investors? </h3> A while ago, I was once asked if I was happy. It was a weird question since I'm generally a happy person but this investor thought I wasn't expressing an appropriate...81 year 8 months ago
+5FLDP Q&A (Most questions answered)Good morning all, I've spent a lot of time on this site, and asked quite a few questions myself, so I figured I'd do my part to give back by answering any questions you might have about <span class='keyword_link'><a...1081 year 3 months ago
+6Retail Hates The Middle Class <em><strong>What will retail look like in 2020?</strong></em> <a href=""> According to NYU Stern in a joint project with IBM</a>, the retail landscape is on course to...85 years 3 weeks ago
+14A horrible surprise after Bring Your Kid To Work DayBack from a late summer hiatus, monkeys. I like to take some for myself during this season and get out to the Catskills to detox my liver and clear my mind. Just kidding. I was catching major shit sandwiches from my boss about taking vacation this summer so I basically spent every night in...77 months 2 weeks ago
+63 Reasons Canadians Aren’t Seeing Lower Pump PricesCanada is one of the top oil producing nations in the world, producing around 4.3 million barrels per day according the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). You might assume that with crude oil prices testing their August lows that Canadians are seeing extremely low pump prices for...71 year 5 months ago
+6Billion-dollar Tech Babies: A Blessing of Unicorns or a Parcel of Hogs?A unicorn is a <a href="">magical beast</a>, a horse-like, horned creature that is so rare, that even in mythology, you almost never run into a blessing of unicorns (which, I have learned is what a group of unicorns is called). It was...71 year 11 months ago
+6How to impress your co-workers and get a full-time offerOver the past couple of weeks, the wso users who found <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">internships</a></span> on wall street started hitting their desks. Many of you are asking...74 years 2 weeks ago
+11Secret Supply Closet at Goldman SachsMerry Sunday everyone. A good buddy of mine works at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">GS</a></span> and he keeps on telling me about this secret supply closet there filled with private label, Goldman...73 months 5 days ago
+6But why aren't there activists?A recurring theme to many of my posts on small caps is the reader question "Why aren't activist investors involved?" For a lot of small undervalued situations the solution to undervaluation looks simple on paper. An activist investor buys shares, they distribute or sell assets...72 years 1 month ago
+4HELP! Internship application decison "on hold" SO a few weeks ago I had an had first and second (final) round interviews with a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> at my school. This is a position I really want. The final round...2065 years 1 month ago
+6What banker careers REALLY look like: The DATA<em>Moderator Note (Andy) this was originally posted by bankerella on 9/5/12</em> All right, folks, got some hard stats here. Read 'em and weep, or rejoice (you know who you are). Reminder: this is longitudinal career data from a sample set of several hundred bankers in...1063 years 1 month ago
+6Cold Calling Best Practices I’ve never been one to take the usual routes to success. The normal application process has never been my thing. Therefore, I tend to go about gaining positions and opportunities by just talking to some strangers. Or, as many call it, Cold Calling. Now, much like the yawn-and-stretch move,...61 year 8 months ago
+6Dear WSO - America is the best Since the other osama thread turned into a jellyfest over politics Im just gonna say this here. I fucking love America, and Osama's defeat is a great day for all of us. That said, if you're gonna exploit it to argue your rightist or leftist viewpoints shut the fuck up. Give us one...66 years 1 week ago
+6Societe Generale Risk Management<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Societe Generale</a></span> Risk Management team goes back to work... (original post from ElaineSeinfold - can't take credit)65 years 3 months ago
+7How The Most Successful CEOs Set GoalsThe way we set goals in our society makes achieving those goals all but impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. If you read a lot of the stuff that’s written on goal-setting, it usually contains the same, wrong-headed advice: * Decide where you want to be 10 years from now. * Break...64 months 4 weeks ago
+6The Secret Weapon That Lets You Control the Job InterviewMany people enter an interview expecting to be grilled by tough questions: <em>“How would you handle X,”</em><em> “What makes you different from all other candidates?”</em>, <em>“How many windows do you estimate are in Manhattan?”</em> And to their...61 year 1 month ago
+62 steps to killing it in 2016 (Pt 2)Hopefully you had a chance to do part one of this exercise that <span class='keyword_link'><a href=" //"> you can find here. </a></span> There you reviewed 2015, in particular focusing on...61 year 4 months ago
+6How to network & get yourself a Career MentorThis is probably one of the most interesting and important subjects that universities failed to include in your curriculum. First I will define a Career Mentor: A Mentor is a professional in your target field that has accumulated decent experience and is willing to help you bridge the gap...68 months 6 days ago
+6Calling Houston College Folks - Current Studentsif your looking for energy focused internship my bud's shop is hiring. He just sent me an email looking for resumes... pm me for details..66 years 6 months ago
+6Hombres Got Talent: My Brilliant Idea to Make Mexico Pay for The WallAlright so what if instead of deporting or imprisoning all of the illegal aliens we catch here in the US, we instead enlist them in an America's Got Talent esque talent show where Donald Trump Jr., Tucker Carlson and @TNA" serve as the three judges that can either grant someone the...5
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+5How to Pass the Series 7 ExamIf you are reading this post, you are most likely preparing to sit for the series 7 exam. First and foremost, I made this post because I wish it existed when I was studying for the exam. For me, the stakes were very high - pass the series 7 exam on the first attempt or lose my new wall street...10510 months 4 weeks ago
+4Ask Me Anything: Recruiter from a Consulting Firm<em>A stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become a part of. He is shown a well and his guide says: "On any day except Monday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told an answer". The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down:...2056 months 1 week ago
+4Best Proprietary Trading Firms - 2010I know this topic was posted before, but it's been a while and a lot has changed recently. I'm looking to hear primarily from active prop traders and those with first hand knowledge and experience; what are some of the best prop firms out there right now, and why? how has <span...2053 years 7 months ago
+10Is Your Company Party As Awesome As I Am?I just got the invite for this year's company party. Linda sent it via Paperless Post. This isn't an advertisement because I hate that shit. What the fuck ever happened to good old paper? Is it not enough that we've got a damn solar panel where the helipad used to be? Fuck the...54 months 3 weeks ago
+6TN-1 Visa for Canadians - Academic Equicalency and Credentials EvaluationThis is Part II of my original post <A HREF="//">IBD Barriers to Entry For Canadians and How to Overcome Them</A> <EM>Disclaimer: Nothing on here is intended to be legal...41 year 3 weeks ago
+6All the Evil of this World: A Monkey's Review[from Chapter 1]<em> “So why do you want to be a trader?” she asks. <em>“Because I’m good at math.” “Lots of people who are good at math don’t want to be traders.” “It’s fun.” She half-winks at me. <em>“How do you know? You haven’t done it...39 months 1 week ago
+6Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: A book review.If you have ever wondered what the interplay of government, bubbles and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">venture capital</a></span> have to do with innovation, this is the book for...32 years 11 months ago
+6Groundhog day in Greece, Hijinks in Brazil and Market Chaos in China: Pictures of Global Risk - Part I<div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-7072515807443754721' itemprop='description articleBody'> <div dir="ltr"...31 year 8 months ago
+10Protester Crybaby Rant"Hey everybody, look at me! I'm a middle aged white woman out for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity at my city's demonstration against...I'm not sure exactly, the President I guess." Isn't that essentially what all those protests boiled down to? Those...33 months 1 week ago
+6AMA continuation: Debating Trends in Lower Middle Market PE with the Founders of Nextvest<a href="//">After my last AMA,</a> I got a lot of messages and reachouts asking to discuss how we came up with the idea for Nextvest and to get my perspective on how the PE...31 week 5 days ago
+6Dealing with Low Interest rates: Investing and Corporate Finance LessonsA few months ago, I tagged along with my wife and daughter as they went on a tour of the Federal Reserve Building in downtown New York. While the highlight of the tour is that you get to see large stacks of US dollars in the basement of the building, I considered making myself persona non grata...22 years 1 month ago
+6Respecting the grindI just gotta give a huge shoutout to WSO for being a community where people can respect the things you do, are willing to do, and have done to get where you are. I am taking an unpaid internship this summer at a PE firm to get necessary experience to hopefully break into the IB/PE industry after...22 months 1 week ago
+5AMA - I'm an Equity Analyst/PM at an Asset Manager<em>Mod Note (Andy): this ama is now closed, thanks again to N164 for answering all the q's!</em> I've been in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Asset...1022 years 4 months ago
+6Pre-Investment Banking Internship: Calling all freshmen and sophomoresJanuary has arrived bringing a new year, new semester, and the pre-IB internship dash. IB recruiting has gotten really competitive. At the top-tier <span class='keyword_link'><a...11 year 3 months ago
+6WSO - 12 Year Anniversary - Damn, I'm OldSo LinkedIn just reminded me that WSO has officially turned 12... this is insane to me. What were you doing in 2005? Damn...time flies. -Patrick06 days 21 hours ago
+6Just Thanks With SA recruiting pretty much over, I thought this would be a good time. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who posts their experiences and answers questions for dumb kids like me. I'm sure many of you mostly browse this site for fun or to kill time, but along the way the...01 month 1 week ago
+5King ObamaAll politics aside, how can liberals or Obama supporters not fully condemn this man? Besides the fact that he decides to just act unilaterally when he can't get his way, how is basically allowing 5 million more people to stay and engage in this country a good thing for the core, Democrat...992 years 5 months ago
+5NY Muslim terrorist bombings/Wells Fargo CEO getting grilledSo, NYC got bombed this weekend and I'm surprised nobody has brought it up here. Then, the CEO from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">Wells Fargo</a></span> gets grilled in Congress...997 months 2 weeks ago
+7Informal Email = Fail<strong>----Original Message-----</strong> From: [Me] To: [Boutique President] Subject: Summer Internship Application Hey [First Name], I've attached my resume and cover letter below. Cheers, [My Name] <strong>-----His Reply---------</strong> From:...1975 years 3 weeks ago
+5Airline of Choice?I saw the <a href="">topic on drinks on flights</a>, so I thought I'd get a somewhat related topic going as well. What airlines do you monkeys prefer (from a passenger's perspective). I used to be...951 month 4 weeks ago
+5Do you Support Trumps Tweeting Habits I was surprised when I saw a headline earlier today on CNBC <a href="">(link)</a>stating that 69% of Americans called Trumps twitter habit a bad thing. Not that I...953 months 2 weeks ago
+5Marrying another banker<em>Moderator note (Andy): this is an oldie (2/19/08) but always an interesting topic to discuss.</em> I'm a girl and a prospective monkey and was just curious, but what are the chances that you would you ever marry another banker? Also, what's your opinion on...954 years 6 months ago
+6Corporate Rotational/Leadership Development Programs and Entry Level CareersThis list has been removed, sorry for the inconvenience.911 year 8 months ago
+4Q&A with Heister, "My Total Worth is North of $50 Million"For those who do not frequent the WSO Chatroom, I would like to introduce WSO Chatroom extraordinaire, <strong>Heister.</strong> Although he might have some troll tendencies, if you ever have a question about agricultural farming, finance homework, or the <span...1912 years 4 months ago
+6Clinton/Trump Election Prediction ThreadI don't care who you WANT to win, I only care who you think will win and with what degree of confidence you have in your prediction. All responses should say: Name % probability of winning <em>Mod note (Andy):</em>: More election "fun" here:...905 months 3 weeks ago
+5DB Achieve 2017 Did anything else get the email from Deutsche to fill out the pre-interview survey today? Anybody know what the timeline will look like?902 months 1 week ago
+5US FT IB Analyst Application Deadlines at BBs and MMsI would like to start a thread about US FT IB Analyst Application Online Deadlines at BBs and MMs. If you guys know the details for any of these banks I can update the list. Here is what I have so far in no particular order: <span class='keyword_link'><a...903 years 5 months ago
+5Meat on the Street<em>Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2010. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a href="//">here.</a></em> The worst <span...881 year 4 months ago
+4Physical Commodity TradingHi, Can someone explain how exactly a physical commodity <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//">trading</a></span> house makes money and why there is a need for independent comodty houses,...1874 months 1 week ago
+7Starbucks plans to hire 10K refugees Well boys, where will you be getting your coffee at tomorrow? That's about one for every other store, considering they have about 20K stores globally. 863 months 1 week ago
+6Jill Stein files for a recount of votesSource:[Jill Stein files for a Recount]( [quote]Jill Stein, who ran for president as the Green Party candidate, is seeking a recount of the votes in the battleground states of...865 months 1 week ago
+5New H-1B Visa Bill to Double Minimum WageA legislation has been introduced which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/visa" target="_blank">Visa</a></span> holders to $130k (currently set at $60k)....852 months 1 week ago
+5Official Super Bowl 50 threadalright monkeys, it's that time again. being the south, I'm surrounded by Panthers fans, both legitimate and bandwagon, and after their showing yesterday, it's hard to deny their charm & talent. To make this interesting, I want people to make some bold predictions (a la...851 year 2 months ago
+6Climate Control=Communism?If there is one bright spot to the financial crisis it is the slowdown of the global hype machine that is <em> Global Warming</em>. This closeted socialist doctrine has thankfully left the headlines for the time being. But don't be fooled into thinking it gone for...836 years 5 days ago
+5AMA - MM PE Vice President - Big 10 Undergrad - No MBABeen on and around this forum for 5+ years and have changed user names (mostly because I lost passwords) multiple times. Figured it was time to give back in some way now that I have been around the industry for a while. Background: Big 10 business degree, <span...833 years 7 months ago
+5WSO Exclusive: Legerdemath - Anatomy of a Banking Trick<em>Mod note: Blast from the Past - "Best of Eddie" - This one was originally posted in March 2011.</em> <em>The following is an exclusive guest post by Omer Rosen, author of the controversial <a...822 years 8 months ago
+6They want my deposit money! Georgetown MBA vs. Columbia Business School MscOk, I am poor and ill informed and desperate. I have admits to a Columbia Business School Msc program and also to Georgetown's MBA. Which one would be better overall perception to finance employers in NYC and Asia. And which one would be best chance for NYC buy side firm? I...811 month 1 week ago
+5Associate in Private Equity FoF - will answer questionsNoticed quite a few questions regarding FoF on here recently (probably due to recruiting cycle) so thought a thread might be helpful - no PMs if possible. My background is non-traditional. I'm from the UK, top 10(ish) university, finance degree, joined one of the biggest UK asset...802 years 8 months ago
+5I cant save moneyThird year analyst here at an EB in NYC. Title says it all: I cannot save any money in NYC! Not blaming this on the cost of living here, although very high, my spending habits are also very poor. How do you guys manage to save money here, and for those that do, how do you keep your sanity?...806 months 4 days ago
+5Please DO NOT Hire MeThe boards have got me thinking the last few days. Lots of anger about seemingly trivial issues. Some harsh words from opposite sides of the ideological isle. A deeper scratch beneath the surface, reveals an uncertainty that most of us are not familiar with. The Titanic is drifting along,...806 years 9 months ago
+5Barclays Sophomore Springboard EventHey all, I'm just starting a thread to discuss the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/barclays-capital">Barclays</a></span> Sophomore Springboard program. I applied for it online on February 26th, and had a phone interview on