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+336Investment Banking Interview Questions - A Comprehensive GuideBeen a while since I posted so I thought I’d write in especially since we’re in the midst of <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-interview-prep-questions">investment banking interview</a> season. I was in your shoes about 5-6 years ago, worked...131
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+217Investment Banking Analyst: 15 Things I Wish I KnewI was writing an email to a fellow monkey who is about to start as an investment banking analyst in the summer. It's been a little over 5 yrs now since I was a wee young first-year analyst in restructuring for one of the Moelis/Houlihan/Evercore type firms (I call them the firms where most...1567 months 2 weeks ago
+191IB 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...57
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+183On 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...1414 months 2 weeks ago
+180What 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...451 month 2 weeks ago
+1705 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/oliver-wyman" target="_blank">Oliver Wyman</a></span> (after 11 months at the firm, straight out of ugrad). This is when...766 months 2 weeks ago
+155Never, 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...88
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+140Investment Banks as the Houses of WesterosIn honor of GoT S7 premiering next month, I'd like to pose a simple question to the WSO community. If the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">investment banks</a></span> were the Houses of Westeros,...601 month 6 days ago
+139How 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...93
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+145Just 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...100
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+136To 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: ...1676 months 4 days ago
+127Dumbest thing you've said in an interviewCurious about the dumbest things you've ever said in an interview that make for a funny story. I had a coffee meet with associate/vp today (family friend). I have f'd up couliflower ears from wrestling/mma. The associate was a wrestler and commented something along the lines of...171
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+123Some 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...1302 months 3 weeks ago
+118Anatomy 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...1241 year 1 month ago
+122Best 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...122
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+117Working 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-financial-institutions-group-FIG">FIG</a></span>. We're unsure if there...7211 months 1 week ago
+115Laziness 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....1242 months 1 week ago
+114From Private Equity Associate to VP in Private Equity<h3>Private Equity Associate</h3> There's a perception by people on the street that private equity is the cream of the crop. The hours, the pay, the beloved carry, the work itself - is it all greener grass syndrome? Not quite, private equity is a pretty awesome by most...832 months 4 weeks ago
+110From Homeless to Front OfficeAbout a year and a half ago, I posted about getting 20+ interviews and no FT offer (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/20-company-interviews-laterno-ft-offer-looking-for-advice">20 Company Interviews Later...No FT Offer looking for Advice</a>). I wish I could say...1472 months 3 weeks ago
+113Life after Investment BankingLike 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 story. My name is Stephen Ridley. I graduated from a top tier British University with a...3176 days 9 hours ago
+104Searching 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database">WSO Company Database (with e-mail...127
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+104How 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...1453 months 2 weeks ago
+100My 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...1144 weeks 1 day ago
+93What 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...1511 year 1 month ago
+94Want 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-networking-guide">networking tips</a></span>. I went into my background...811 month 1 week ago
+92F*&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,...1394 months 1 day ago
+88Suck 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-deal-with-the-hours">"How to Deal with the Hours"</a> (find this comment lower down on page 2). Patrick called this "one...627 months 1 week ago
+92Coffee 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...134
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+8915 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...295 months 4 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...1131 year 2 months ago
+86Thoughts 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,...83
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+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...442 months 2 weeks ago
+86Stop 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...537 months 1 week ago
+80Idea 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 3 months ago
+742018 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-full-time-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 Full-Time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page here</a> EARLY RECRUITMENT PROCESS / APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS I want to establish a single...663
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+78LinkedIn 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...1421 month 3 days ago
+76To All My Future Rainmakers<h3>Disclaimer</h3> This post isn't meant to be a salty venting, but more of a sharing some of my self-realizations from the past year on things that I wish I had fully understood 12 months ago. “Congrats on closing your deal!” “You were a rockstar on this one –...72
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+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...1204 months 3 days ago
+104If 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...1832 months 1 week ago
+74Keep 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...805 months 1 week ago
+72Overview 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...66
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+72You 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span>, as a...4210 months 1 week ago
+70David 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...724 months 3 days ago
+69How 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...562 months 3 weeks ago
+70Why 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...1491 year 1 month ago
+68Silly 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> are out in full...1487 months 3 weeks ago
+77We 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> The following e-mail has been going around...1238 months 6 days 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.2544 months 2 weeks ago
+66Stay 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...494 months 18 hours ago
+65To summers hitting the desk Monday...Being a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">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...216 months 2 weeks ago
+65Investment Banking Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example<h4>Attached to the bottom of this post, you will find the Wall Street Oasis Investment Banking Resume Template for undergraduate students, used by the WSO paid service and thousands of candidates to successfully land a job in investment banking.</h4> For those of you looking to...105
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+62Life 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...1822 months 1 week ago
+62Advice 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...1068 months 1 week ago
+61Just 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>...it is very possible that a big name like Bear or Lehman could flat go...1311 month 2 weeks ago
+6811 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...1112 years 6 months ago
+61I didn't even know what Investment Banking was until my junior year of college lol (Information is key)I am a minority, first generation college student, brought up by a single mother, lived in the hood, etc, etc... Throughout school (K-12) I didn't know shit about anything. I didn't know the importance of a high school GPA because none of my friends (at the time) did either. Nobody...57
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+58What 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...1249 months 2 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 3 months ago
+59Learn 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...884 months 3 weeks ago
+57Week 3 of IBD Internship: The PitchThis week's report is a continuation of <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-2-hitting-the-desk">"Week 2: Hitting the Desk"</a></strong>, and <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-1-training...83
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+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...816 months 3 weeks ago
+55Landed 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...2411 month 2 weeks ago
+57How 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...236 months 2 weeks ago
+59In Defense of Political In-Correctness<em>You can read my latest article (post election): here: <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/shut-the-fck-up">"Shut. The F*ck. Up."</a></em> This article could have easily been entitled “In defense of manhood,” or something of that...484 months 3 weeks ago
+70Shut. 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...1326 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....9110 months 2 weeks ago
+55Confessions 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...103 months 2 weeks ago
+54Non-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...38
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+53Re: 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...1121 year 1 week ago
+53Week 2 of IBD Internship: Hitting the DeskThis week's report is a continuation of <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-1-training ">Week 1: Training Week</a></strong>. Note that I AM a bit further into my internship than these reports come out and things have gotten...872 months 1 week ago
+54Don'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...516 months 3 weeks ago
+53Notes 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...411 month 2 weeks ago
+53Best 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...39
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+522017 Management Consulted Salaries OutWhat do you think? Just like last year, PwC and Strategy& are still not aligned. https://managementconsulted.com/consulting-salaries/2017-management-consulting-salaries-for-undergraduate-mba-interns/385 months 2 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...352 years 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...802 years 5 months ago
+51Hilarious Barclays Goodbye EmailReceived this floating around last week. Apparently it was written by a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/barclays-capital">Barclays</a></span> kid that just left. For those of you who have bosses who love to use...476 months 1 week ago
+55How 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"...33
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+50From 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...1244 months 23 hours ago
+56From BO to IBD, kid gets fired on the first week.Monkeys, Wanted to share with you this story that happened at my company. Happened on a different team than I'm in in, but in the same building. Kid starts out in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back...1021 month 2 weeks ago
+50An 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...432 months 1 week ago
+47The Other Road: Corporate Development Associate Fielding Questions<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> Given the...2881 year 3 months 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 7 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...8588 months 1 week 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...13910 months 6 days ago
+47How 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> So I'm new here and spent a good deal of...1107 months 3 days 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...592 years 5 months ago
+50From 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-dickfuld-november-2015">here</a>. To see all of our top content from the past, click <a...2553 months 1 hour 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...472 years 2 months ago
+46My 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...855 months 3 days 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/private-equity-interview-prep-questions">PE interviews</a></span>. Instead...684 years 6 months ago
+47A 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...396 months 3 weeks ago
+46Business 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...38
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+46Breaking 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: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/advice-for-new-analysts-seeking-pe-exits Advice for...1322 years 5 months ago
+47Advice from an ex-IB MD - DON'T make these mistakes<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out Wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-an-ex-ib-md-anything">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...248 months 2 weeks ago
+53Mental 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"? - http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/NYC-releases-gender-list/2016/06/01/id/731809/ -...2011 month 3 weeks ago
+39Interview 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...655
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+48Key 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...516 months 3 days 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...346 months 3 weeks ago
+46How 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 7 months ago
+44Investment Banking in the UK - An OverviewI’ve noticed a few more UK-related questions popping up and as this site has (understandably) been very US-centric over the last 5-10 years I thought a brief overview of what the industry is like in the UK would be helpful. **Who Are The Firms?** * **Bulge Brackets** – the usual...178
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+48Why 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="http://epicpinterestfail.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/how-i-met-your-mother-barney-why.gif"...742 weeks 6 days ago
+44Advice 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...426 months 3 weeks ago
+44How 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](http://geoffblades.com/greatest-achievement-goldman-sachs-vp-quitting/)—you’re going to need other people’s help. A...232 months 2 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...952 years 6 months ago
+32Ask 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...1162
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+43phantombanker's GMAT Study GuidePlus make sure to see my post <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-i-got-a-770-on-the-gmat-with-minimal-effort-while-working-banking-hours%E2%80%A6">How I got a 770 on the GMAT with minimal effort while working banking hours</a>472 months 3 weeks ago
+42UG 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...131
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+42Finance 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a> Make sure to see the great comment below by...926 months 3 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...1593 months 1 week ago
+42Picking 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...453 months 1 day ago
+42Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-make-vp-in-private-equity">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the <span class='keyword_link'><a...401 year 1 month ago
+352017 Summer Analyst IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Pages<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2017-ft-ib-analyst-recruiting">Click here</a> for the 2017 FT IB Analyst Recruiting Megathread discussion page. APPLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / SUPERDAYS <span class='keyword_link'><a...7375 months 2 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...296 months 1 week ago
+43From 100 Plus Rejections, To Accepting A Great OfferGood morning, I am posting my success story for a few reasons. First, to (hopefully) inspire someone in a situation that I was in. And second, to thank members of high finance and this website specifically. I will try to keep this as brief as...261 month 3 weeks ago
+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 4 months ago
+41In 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...845 months 4 weeks 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...357 months 1 day 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 9 months ago
+52Re: What should I do to marry a rich guy?Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor. My annual income is more than $25M, so I hope everyone believes that I’m not wasting time here. From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad...122 months 1 week 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...1111 year 1 week ago
+40An Introduction to Suits - Welcoming the Analyst ClassAs we welcome the 2017 Analyst Class, I have some knowledge sharing for the incoming monkeys. <h3>Suits come in three different constructions:</h3> 1) Fully Canvassed 2) Half Canvassed 3) Fused __________________ <h3>What's the...63
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+40How 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...62
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+40How 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 2 months ago
+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...408 months 2 weeks ago
+41A 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...242 years 5 months 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 11 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 6 months ago
+38HF 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...1931 month 2 weeks 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...289 months 3 weeks ago
+38Advice 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 6 months ago
+40Gekko'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...1054 years 2 months ago
+38A Letter to a ChimpDear My Little Chimp, Slow down, child. I know you are just starting that <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> investment banking job and are looking to move into private equity, or you...38
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+38A 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...34
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+38List 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...29
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+37106 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...1182 years 7 months ago
+48FTB'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...176 months 3 weeks ago
+38Guide: 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...1063 months 4 weeks ago
+37Summer 2017 Investment Banking Interns - Do's and Don'ts ListOkay, I lied. This is only a don'ts list. Keep in mind, these are just some items I picked up from my experiences throughout the years. I'm not sharing this as a person who treats <span class='keyword_link'><a...771 month 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> <strong><em>"The meek shall inherit the...581 year 7 months ago
+38Advice 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...383 months 2 weeks ago
+43Follow up on last week's Tinder dateFirst off, a question for you monkeys. Regarding the <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/woodford-creatine-greatness">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...266 months 3 weeks ago
+38What 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...252 years 7 months 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....1082 months 1 week ago
+37Saving Time Bitches (Investment Banking & Private Equity)That's right. It's summer time. Although doing deals and pounding out diligence is sweet, the Hamptons are sweeter. <h3>How can we save time to get out of the office faster?</h3> Putting together a list of best practices and techniques (applicable to junior PE...68
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+36Roadmap for IBD Coverage Associate to Career BankerIn <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>, I think most bankers would acknowledge that the Associate role is unique in that you are beginning to get out...208 months 6 days ago
+40From getting fired to being one of the most influential CEOs on Wall StreetI majored in psychology and economics at Tufts University. After graduating, I worked for a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/consulting-case-interviews">management consulting</a></span> firm in Boston for two years. I enjoyed my employment...131 month 1 week ago
+36Lateraling 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...75
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+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...676 months 1 week ago
+36Filtering 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 12 months 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 info@dailydirtnap.com & mention "WSO Monkey Discount". You can follow Jared on twitter: @dailydirtnap</em> Sometimes when you...612 years 8 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 7 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...306 months 2 weeks 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...2810 months 4 weeks 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 4 months ago
+322018 Full-Time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread Page<a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2018-summer-analyst-ib-recruiting-timeline-megathread-page">See the 2018 IB Summer Analyst recruiting megathread here</a> <strong>Updates: </strong> * Wells Fargo is only accepting applications on July 12th...301
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+34SunTrust 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...94
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+38What 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...876 months 2 weeks ago
+37My 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...1755 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...611 year 5 months ago
+35The 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 6 months ago
+34Can 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...461 month 3 days ago
+35The 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...175 months 1 week ago
+35I love you guys.I just realized nobody on this forum ever takes a second to appreciate all the hard work we put in and all the great knowledge we share with each other. A year ago I graduated from HS and entered my local CC because I had no clue what was really for me. I was a Computer Science major at the...16
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+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 7 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...892 years 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> Most of my friends are going into banking. ...2806 months 2 weeks ago
+33The 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...732 years 7 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...264 months 4 weeks ago
+34The 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...216 months 4 weeks ago
+33My 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...216 months 3 weeks ago
+32Fake Frank Quattrone (IB PE) AMATL;DR: Shoot out any questions you may have regarding any topics over here - the job, MF <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/private-equity-interview-prep-questions">PE interviews</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...103
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+37Went 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. 60
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+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 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...325 months 4 weeks 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...196 months 3 weeks 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...1116 months 2 weeks ago
+31Why 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 9 months 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 9 months ago
+31What is wrong with Linkedin "entrepreneurs/CEOs/Founders/Experts/Value Providers"?I've been using linkedin for a couple months now and it's ridiculous how many people give themselves big titles like "CEO" when they haven't even graduated college. It seems like my generation is **obsessed with entrepreneurship** - so much so they start to *"fake...52
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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...525 years 2 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 3 months ago
+31Foster 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...153 months 2 weeks ago
+30EBITDA 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...69
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+30How 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...672 months 1 week ago
+30How 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...574 months 3 weeks ago
+30How to Make a Phone App if You Only Know Investment BankingAfter my <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/i-resigned-from-rothschild-to-start-a-company">original post</a> describing why I decided to resign from <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/rothschild"...421 month 2 weeks 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...1332 months 4 weeks 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...256 months 4 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-equity-capital-markets-ECM">ECM</a></span> or <span...237 months 1 week 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...735 months 3 weeks ago
+29More 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...615 months 4 weeks ago
+37Why 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...609 months 2 weeks ago
+31Babydick Capital Investor Presentation<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF">HF</a></span> Satire601 year 11 months ago
+28I'm bored: Macro Hedge Fund PM Q&AHowdy folks, this market has me bored to tears [edit: I'm truthfully also just having a harder time getting a read on conditions than at any point in my career, so that is prompting both frustration and introspection], and just for work-unrelated reasons, I have a bit more free time on my...1591 month 6 days 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...333 months 1 week ago
+29AMA - 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...293 months 2 weeks ago
+30Week 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...282 months 2 days ago
+30"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...2044 months 3 weeks ago
+32New 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...667 months 1 week ago
+28Need 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...512 years 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...442 years 3 months ago
+28Ex-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 6 months 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...1305 months 1 week 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...3213 months 1 week ago
+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...197 months 1 day 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 9 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>3056 months 4 weeks 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"...it just depends what...973 years 6 months ago
+28This forum helped me go from Blackstone to Facebook to YCombinator startup founder (rebrand.ly/getourchat). Ask me anything!Wow does this forum brings back memories! WallStreetOasis was a welcome discovery my freshmen year in college and I checked it religiously back then - trying to gauge the relative prestige and status of different firms and sucking in all the hilarious and offensive terminology along with it....91
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+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>2837 months 1 week 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 7 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back office</a></span> (i.e...686 months 2 weeks ago
+27Uncle 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 brain.fm). I'm amazed at how podcasts have taken the place of radio for so many people. With that in mind, I thought you guys...546 months 4 weeks ago
+28Week 4 of IBD Internship: InitiationThis week's report is a continuation of <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/week-3-the-pitch">"Week 3: The Pitch"</a></strong>, <strong><a...401 month 1 week ago
+25The 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...20410 months 2 weeks 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...554 months 1 week ago
+26The 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 7 months ago
+26Global macro recruiting - a primer<Redacted> 369 months 3 weeks ago
+27Off 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...336 months 1 week ago
+26An 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...3211 months 3 weeks ago
+25Life 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...126
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+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 5 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 5 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> I got a PM asking how to prepare for an...145 years 6 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 3 months ago
+26IP Ban for Latest TrollsThis is more to catch the attention the mods if anything but is it possible to place an IP ban on a user? I, along with a lot of people, are definitely sick of the trolls that have been plaguing WSO for the past month and a half. I am 100% positive that there is one person that holds the...98
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+25AM 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 9 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> info...5621 year 5 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...623 months 2 weeks 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 6 months ago
+26Why I Left A Seemingly Perfect Megafund PE Gig For A Guaranteed Salary of $0.00<em>Note from Patrick: I'm excited to introduce Ben as a new contributing writer at WSO! A Wharton graduate, Ben has worked full-time in both investment banking and private equity.</em> <h3>Today I woke up at 10:30am. Right on time. </h3> I stayed up later...1482 years 5 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...452 years 7 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...424 months 5 days 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...1361 year 1 week ago
+25MSF 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...324
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+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...212 years 1 month ago
+25The 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-interview-prep-questions">WSO IB interview materials</a> I used in the past. Seeing these old...205 months 3 days ago
+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...1141 year 3 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 7 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="https://www.tesla.com/blog/all-tesla-cars-being-produced-now-have-full-self-driving-hardware">every Tesla coming off the assembly line now has full self-driving hardware</a>. That was the...748 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> is priced, hedged, etc. I was reasonably high up...685 months 5 days ago
+22Goldman Sachs HireVue Hey everyone! I just finished a first round interview with <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> through hirevue, does anyone know how long it takes to hear back? It's hard to tell how I...2684 months 2 days 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...632 months 4 weeks 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 11 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 2 months ago
+25760 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 11 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...412 years 6 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...382 years 1 month ago
+24AMA - 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...336 months 1 week ago
+24Performance 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...322 years 6 months ago
+25Deaf 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 8 months 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...255 months 3 weeks 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 7 months ago
+23Investment Banking Hours - What to Expect?<h3>Investment Banking Hours</h3> <i>Typical investment banking analyst can expect an 80 hour week</i> <h4>The 100-hour Fallacy</h4> Yes, there will absolutely be weeks where you will work hundred hours, but those weeks are outnumbered by 80 hour weeks....1024 months 2 weeks ago
+33PED 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...1011 month 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...2921 month 1 week 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...18912 months 4 hours 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...788 months 1 week 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...705 years 4 weeks ago
+20The 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?370
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+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...657 months 1 week ago
+26Yes, 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...5411 months 3 days 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 2 months ago
+22AMA - 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...141
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+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...382 months 2 weeks ago
+23Basic 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...352 years 6 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 4 months 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...268 months 1 week ago
+23Investment 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-decline-of-mba-ocr#comment-1180319">The decline of MBA...262 years 1 month ago
+26A 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...212 months 2 days ago
+24Ask 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...11510 months 3 weeks ago
+24Pay It ForwardI distinctly remember a phone call I made to a managing director at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/prudential" target="_blank">Prudential</a></span> Securities when I was in business school—I had...131 year 4 months ago
+202017 APAC IBD Summer Analyst Interview UpdateDoes anyone know if <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/citigroup">Citi</a></span>, <span class='keyword_link'><a...3086 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">equity research</a></span>, with coverage...1061 year 1 week 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...849 months 1 week 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...1792 months 3 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions/year...532 years 6 months ago
+22Quit 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...514 months 3 weeks ago
+22Gekko'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 8 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 9 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> The investment banking side of the business...373 years 5 months ago
+22Endowments & 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...368 months 1 week 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...345 months 4 weeks ago
+22Take 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...32
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+28A 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...271 month 3 days 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 7 months ago
+23What's the worst that can happen?Hey boys, I'm in a bit of a pickle here at work and I need some opinions on how much shit I'm realistically in. For context, I am a top-performing second year analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...120
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+22CV & 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship</a></span> in S&T at <span class='keyword_link'><a...153 years 4 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 6 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...136 months 1 week 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...119 months 1 week 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!5058 months 2 days 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...952 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-jobs">right here</a>), we would also create a WSO Applicant...927 months 9 hours ago
+21Harvard 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 8 months ago
+23Done123123Sorry had to take this away.692 years 6 months ago
+20Advice 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...1654 months 1 week 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...628 months 4 weeks ago
+21AMA: 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...6010 months 3 weeks ago
+21Goodbye 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/certified-users">Certified User</a></span>...514 years 4 months 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...453 months 2 hours 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 11 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...434 months 2 days ago
+21Overview of Sell-Side M&AWould love it if some of the senior guys on this site would share their take on the process from client pitch to closed deal, and add anything I may have omitted. <h3>SELL-SIDE M&A</h3> <h4>1 - CLIENT PITCH:</h4>Meet with the Client and pitch your firm along...431 month 1 day 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...2413 months 2 weeks ago
+213 Tips for Non-TargetsWell I did it. I landed an offer to be a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer analyst</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...391 year 3 months ago
+22Non-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 6 months ago
+21Most Frustrating Job Search StoriesSo I'll try to be short, but I had an incredibly frustrating story that I need to vent. So before the hardos on here come at me saying "Youre just mad you didnt get the position", let me say that you are completely right and I'll explain why. I graduated from a small but...30
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+21Private 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...276 years 3 weeks ago
+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 5 months 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 2 months ago
+21Firm 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...161 year 2 weeks 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...154 months 3 weeks ago
+21How IBD Makes (or Loses) Money and Why that Matters to YouInspired by @CompBanker" 's post on <A HREF="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-truth-behind-pe-compensation">"The Truth Behind PE Compensation."</A> Many junior IBD bankers are often asked to participate in "business planning" for their...91 year 1 month ago
+21The 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 2 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/jpmorgan-chase">JPM</a></span>, S&T, A0, 150k base,...1773 months 1 week ago
+22So I heard You Want to Start Trading?Let me start off by clarifying. By <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> I’m not referring to investing or trading part-time while you do other things (such as hold down...618 months 1 week ago
+24America: 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...588 months 2 weeks ago
+21My 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 11 months 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...1524 months 4 weeks ago
+20AMA - Left First Undergrad with Sub 2.0 GPA====>Booth MBA/"Tier 2" ConsultingHi folks - I've been active on here for quite some time and thought I'd give back by sharing a bit of my background and providing some advice for those of us on the 'second chance' track. I left my first degree (top 50 undergrad) with a sub 2.0 GPA after 2 years (family...48
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+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 6 months ago
+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 4 months 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...278 months 1 hour ago
+20Energy 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...2510 months 3 days ago
+208 Rules to Live ByThe old guy here... A lot of people emailed me asking for life advice after I posted <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/15-career-steps">"15 career steps"</a>... Pull up your skirt and repeat diver John Chatterton's 8 "rules to live by." He...24
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+20Character: 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...217 months 1 week 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 6 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 9 months ago
+28My 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 6 months ago
+19Teller'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 3 months ago
+22Non-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="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/" target="_blank">Excel</a></span> 18 hours a day, hopefully I...68 months 5 days ago
+23To All the Hillary Supporters that are allowing themselves to be spoon Fed by Main Stream Mediahttp://www.wsj.com/articles/rigged-was-hillary-clintons-fbi-case-1476831990 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.1968 months 3 weeks ago
+20Some Thoughts on Private Equity Interview Case StudiesThe infamous <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/the-wso-private-equity-interview-prep-package">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,...8010 months 1 week 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...7211 months 3 weeks 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 9 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> From observing the general population in...641 year 6 months ago
+19Corporate Development: my experiences and background<strong>Background</strong> I started my career in IB (<span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> company) out of undergrad from a regional target school....552 months 1 week 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 4 months 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...517 months 1 week 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 3 months 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 6 months ago
+19Tricks 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...41
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+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...33811 months 2 weeks ago
+195 Steps To Effective NetworkingSo ever since I've posted my story on here (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/106-rejections-1-success-unquantifiable-perseverance">"106 Rejections, 1 Success & Unquantifiable Perseverance"</a>) and the follow up post detailing a few lessons I...304 months 2 weeks 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...3010 months 1 week ago
+18Finished 1st Year at HBS - Ask Me Anything (AMA)Approximately one year ago I did <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/headed-to-hbs-in-the-fall-ask-me-anything-ama">this AMA</a> about being accepted and attending HBS. A week ago I finished my last final exam of my RC year (1st year) at Harvard Business...1301 month 2 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 7 months 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...25
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+26Breaking 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> I have seen a ton threads like "Chance...1184 years 4 months 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 2 months 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 10 months 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 3 months 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...10011 months 1 week 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...983 months 2 weeks ago
+18Stimulants 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...811 month 3 weeks ago
+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...668 months 1 week 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 4 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so I figured I'd give it a whirl despite this forum...602 years 7 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...588 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> Jason Nazar, a contributing writer for...589 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-front-office-fo">FO</a></span> <span...542 years 8 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 4 months ago
+28Accidentally 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...521 year 1 week 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...453 years 1 month 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...398 months 2 weeks 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 10 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...2398 months 3 weeks 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...361 month 2 days ago
+29Shitty 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...349 months 3 weeks 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 7 months ago
+18After 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 4 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 2 months 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...304 months 1 week 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/20_uWZT-W8U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...293 years 2 months 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 10 months ago
+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="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/" target="_blank">financial...258 months 1 week ago
+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 4 months ago
+20Avoid 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...2310 months 1 week ago
+18Keeping 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...239 months 4 weeks ago
+19How I went from 10 rejections to one dream internship this year.The background story is here: <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/im-so-pathetic-i-cant-get-past-1st-round-interviews">I'm so pathetic--I can't get past 1st round Interviews</a> <h3>Finance: </h3> <span...22
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+18Congratulations 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 5 months 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 6 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 5 months ago
+18Private 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>/<span class='keyword_link'><a...161 year 5 months ago
+18How I'll survive graduation and you will toMy fellow Graduating Monkeys, By now you’ve walked across stage and grabbed your hard earned diploma. You’ve learned everything from how to cram for tests, change your major (multiple times), and put in the minimum effort to achieve the greatest return. If you had any sort of social...12
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+17How 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/phantombankers-gmat-study-guide">Here is the link to his study guide</a></em></strong> Background: I recently took the <span...956 months 3 weeks ago
+17AMA... 3rd year ER analystI have been an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/equity-research-overview">ER</a></span> analyst at a <span class='keyword_link'><a...932 years 5 months ago
+17I am a Hedge Fund recruiter AMAI work with equity L/s arms of the multi-managers and single managers. A little about me: I don't come from typical financial services major nor have I ever wanted to be an IP myself. All the same, I love my job and don't wouldn't trade it or my firm for the world. Happy to answer...911 month 3 days ago
+17Ask 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.834 months 4 weeks 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 5 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...804 years 1 day 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs" target="_blank">Goldman Sachs</a></span> and <span class='keyword_link'><a...689 months 6 days ago
+16What are your goals for 2017?Evening Monkeys, @Eddie Braverman" [recently posted](http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/use-thanksgiving-to-set-2017-goals) how he uses the Thanksgiving weekend to set his goals and provided the community with a few tools for categorizing, qualifying and actualizing annual...1612 months 1 week ago
+17Self-Important Graduation Posts on LinkedINHas anyone else been on LinkedIN lately to see a bunch of posts something along the lines of "Pleased to announce I graduated (honors degree) from (ivy league school) and will spend the next year volunteering to save the sea turtles from racial microaggressions before beginning my job with...601 month 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...595 months 3 weeks 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...584 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span>/MM...561 year 9 months ago
+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...1453 years 2 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 3 months ago
+17As 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...371 year 1 month ago
+17Most 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...1351 month 3 weeks ago
+18"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?...342 months 3 weeks 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 10 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...301 year 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...272 months 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...123
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+23How to be a good employeeI’ve been writing for this site on and off since 2012, and while I don’t work in the banking business per se, I work in a related field, and I’ve been lucky enough to have employed five great analysts over the years. So at age 43, and having been an employer many times over, I have a few...202 months 4 days 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 9 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...169 months 4 weeks 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...132 years 3 weeks ago
+17Credit 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...1131 month 45 min ago
+17Cioffi Comes to Terms with ObscurityDisgraced <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/jpmorgan-chase">Bear Stearns</a></span><a href="http://www.observer.com/2010/wall-street/ralph-cioffi-after-fall"> hedge fund manager Ralph Cioffi</a>...126 years 11 months ago
+17A Cover Letter Template for Investment Banking<h3>Investment Banking Cover Letter Template</h3> NOTE FROM WSO: *Attached at the **bottom of this post** is an investment banking cover letter template that is sometimes used for WSO Cover Letter Review clients. WSO has decided to make it free in order to help those of you that...101 month 2 weeks 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 2 months 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 7 months 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...2073 months 3 weeks ago
+15Day 9: Why I Won't Date Bankerella<em>Andy note: See <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/a-male-banker-on-dating-female-bankers-2012-8">"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 10 months 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...956 months 1 week ago
+20Women in the Workplace Pt 2: Rigged Markets, Inside Information, and the “Softer” SexMy <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/women-in-the-workplace-how-do-you-guys-deal">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...939 months 2 days 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: http://yourbrainonporn.com/ There are also a bunch of great Ted Talks (Google it) on why...923 months 1 week ago
+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...1863 months 4 weeks 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...859 months 4 days 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...755 years 1 week ago
+15Notorious Investment Banking Groups and War StoriesMonkeys, What are some of the most notorious "Groups" on the street? This can include massive jerks, (overly 100+ regularly) abusive workloads, or just old school street mentalities. For example, I've heard <span class='keyword_link'><a...1611 month 3 hours ago
+17This Is What I Read Every Morning.Ask anyone what to read to stay informed, and 10/10 of people will tell you to read the WSJ (as you should) but what do you supplement it with? Personally, I subscribe to a few newsletters listed below. Are there any others you read that you recommend? Dealbreaker Pitchbook Deal Book...601 month 1 week 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...5710 months 1 week 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 9 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...544 months 6 days 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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+16Company 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...53
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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 3 months ago
+16What 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...526 months 1 day 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...475 years 1 month 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...463 years 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, so this blog will focus exclusively on breaking in, being...451 month 6 days ago
+16Officially Out of the HF BusinessMight as well make it official and say I have left the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> business to pursue other interests on good terms and...431 year 5 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 11 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 8 months ago
+16Very 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...354 years 1 week ago
+15Is 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...132
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+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 5 months ago
+17Best 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...3011 months 2 days ago
+16Non 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 7 months ago
+16Coming 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>, now NYC <span...27
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+12Interview Questions: Tell Me A Joke...I recently went for a <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide-to-finance-interviews">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...4271 month 1 week ago
+16The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSOHere are 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 href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-networking-guide">Networking Guide</a>. <b>1. <a...271 year 3 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...251 year 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>...241 year 1 week ago
+16The Street Before Christmas 2012<em>Mod Note: Best of Eddie - <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-street-before-christmas-2013">click here</a></strong> to see the 2013 version. </em> <center><h2>The Street Before Christmas...214 years 7 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 4 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 10 months ago
+16Advice for summer Asset Management internsNow that Mid-May has passed, I thought it'd be beneficial to post some important pieces of advice for those <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> gunning for a return offer in AM. I went...101 month 2 weeks 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...1095 months 1 week ago
+142017 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="http://tinyurl.com/3qtvcjr" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> Insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...207
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+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 11 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...9510 months 3 weeks 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 7 months ago
+152018 Sophomore Summer Analyst Recruiting Megathread PageIt's that time of year again, wasting countless hours trying to get into a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">BB</a></span> sophomore banking internship. Don't worry all the hard work will...84
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+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...827 months 2 weeks ago
+4Ask Alex at MBA ApplyHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership with...12777 months 11 hours ago
+14Corporate Politics, Job Outsourcing, Might Get Fired, How To Play Cards?I’m in a corporate politics situation, which is an arena I’m not very experienced in, and am coming to you for advice. Please keep replies relevant to the topic at hand and not just calling me a bad person and whatnot. If you’re one of those “gung ho off to work we go” people who...171
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+14Ask an ex-IB MD anything.........<em>Mod Note (Andy): Don't miss his webinar coming up this Sunday! "<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/event/webinar-hedge-fund-investment-pitch-3pm-et-11016">Hedge Fund Investment Pitch</a>" You can ask me anything. I know there are probably a lot...1651 year 3 months 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 5 months ago
+12Private Equity vs Hedge Funds: 4 Key DifferencesFull disclosure, I'm biased to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF" rel="nofollow">HF</a></span> path, but have friends at top PE shops. First things first, PE and...3632 years 2 months ago
+15Is 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...637 months 1 week ago
+19VP screwed me over at superdayHey all, This is really bugging me. Recently had a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/tag/superday">superday</a></span> with the regional office of an <span class='keyword_link'><a...62
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+17How 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...61
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+16Helpful fashion cheat sheet See inside the post... <!--break--> <a href="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ .jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://imgur.com/nS5e8HZ.jpg" border="0" alt="Photo"></a>561 year 8 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...2554 months 3 weeks ago
+155 Benefits to Being in the Back OfficeI worked in the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-back-office-BO">back office</a></span> at an <span class='keyword_link'><a...541 month 3 weeks 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. 1543 months 3 weeks 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...512 months 2 days ago
+15One 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 8 months ago
+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 2 months 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 10 months ago
+17Advice 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 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...398 months 3 weeks 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...373 months 1 week ago
+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 months ago
+15Stock Pitch Sample Template - Proven Examples to Help Ace Your Interview<h3>The Stock Pitch</h3> <p> Stock pitches have been a part of finance interviews since the dawn of man. People typically underestimate the importance of stock pitches in an interview, but think about it this way: if you’re interviewing for a position at any sort of...318 months 1 week 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 7 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 7 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 3 months ago
+15Advice 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 7 months ago
+15PE 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 5 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...123
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+15Healthcare 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 9 months ago
+15How 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-non-target-who-didnt-take-no-for-an-answer">you can see it here</a></b>). Of the many messages I have been receiving, a...213 years 5 months 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 7 months ago
+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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge bracket</a></span>. I have been...1161 year 4 weeks ago
+15Don't lose hope, from BO/MO to Equity ResearchSeems like there has been a lot of negative posts lately (mainly from a few trolls or most likely the same troll) so I wanted give a positive story for those looking to transition. Quick Background: Went to a non-target state school and didn't know anything about banking for the most...16
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+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...121 year 5 days 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...109 months 1 week 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 5 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span>: being able to do <span...810 months 1 week 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 4 months ago
+13FAKE NEWS CNNNow that I have your attention, what does everyone think? At first, I shrugged off Trump's catchphrase as hyperbole, but now I'm wondering if there's something to it. First, you have the John Bonifield video, which leads me to believe that while CNN is trying to find...1861 week 2 days 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...854 months 3 weeks ago
+16Islam, the White House, and the "Counter-Jihadist" movementSo I just got through an illuminating Vox article linked here: http://www.vox.com/world/2017/2/13/14559822/trump-islam-muslims-islamophobia-sharia 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...1822 months 2 weeks 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.82
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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...8112 months 4 days 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...813 months 3 weeks 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...803 months 2 weeks ago
+14Billions 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...781 month 4 weeks 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...1757 months 2 weeks ago
+15How 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-private-wealth-management-PWM">PWM</a></span>, I wanted to...745 months 1 week 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 4 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 4 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 6 months ago
+14The BlackHat Interview: 1/4<strong>Mod note (Andy):</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/user/81874">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 6 months ago
+14Here 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...61
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+14AMA - Master of Real EstateI'm seeing a lot of MSRE/MRED questions lately as people are either choosing between programs, getting ready to start programs in a few months, or thinking about applying for 2018. I am a recent Master of Real Estate graduate and I know we have a lot of current and former students on...61
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+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...59
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+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...486 months 1 week ago
+14Official 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...475 months 1 week ago
+11Comprehensive 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 MSFHQ.com 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...3474 months 3 days 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 6 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 4 months ago
+15Beginners Guide to Valuation and Metrics By SectorInspired by comments from this: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/basic-guide-ramping-up-on-a-company-with-public-information-part-1-of-3 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 9 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...1413 months 6 days ago
+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...419 months 5 days 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....394 months 1 week 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 5 months ago
+14Day in the Life--Middle Office (Risk)Congrats, you've made it into finance...in 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,...375 months 3 weeks 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 5 months ago
+13The 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...2361 month 1 week ago
+14How 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...346 months 2 weeks 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 4 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 9 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...303 months 1 day ago
+14For 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/on-losing-failure">On Losing & Failure</a> that I would recommend reading if you haven't...293 months 3 weeks 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 5 months ago
+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...298 months 3 weeks ago
+147 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,...267 months 3 days ago
+14Must readWas recently forwarded this. Ya'll may have read this before, but for those who haven't, enjoy. http://www.kontraband.com/pics/22193/FW-FW-FW-Creative-Writing-Assignment/266 years 8 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 7 months ago
+15Private Equity Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example<h4>Attached to the bottom of this post, you will find the Wall Street Oasis private equity resume Template for experienced professionals, used by the WSO paid service and thousands of candidates to successfully land a job in private equity.</h4> For those of you with deal or...257 months 2 weeks 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...2410 months 3 weeks 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 11 months ago
+13What'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...120
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+14A 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 3 months ago
+9B-School Q&A w/ Betsy Massar of Master AdmissionsI'm Betsy Massar, founder of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://www.masteradmissions.com">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 9 months ago
+16500k Legal Green Card Holders and Students Banned from the US Under the current executive action. this article gives the numbers: https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-executive-order-could-block-legal-residents-from-returning-to-america Homeland Security confirms it applies to green card holders:...1204 months 3 weeks ago
+146 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="http://www.businessinsider.com/habits-of-self-made-millionaires-2016-3">"13 Habits of Self-Made...188 months 1 week 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 10 months ago
+15The CFA Curriculum, As Explained by Two Cows<em>This article is originally from <a href='http://www.300hours.com'>300Hours.com</a>. You can <a href='http://www.300hours.com/blog/the-cfa-curriculum-as-explained-by-two-cows'>read the full article here</a>.</em><link...163 years 7 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...147 months 4 weeks 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...132 months 5 days ago
+24Banking 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 8 months ago
+14Some Thoughts on NetworkingFollowing in the footsteps of @Sil"'s recent post (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/want-to-get-me-on-the-phone-heres-how-a-networking-overview">"Want to get me on the phone? Here's how - a networking overview."</a>) l figured that I would...117 months 3 weeks 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 7 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...711 months 3 days 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...78 months 2 weeks ago
+152 steps to killing it in 2016!<strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/2-steps-to-killing-it-in-2016-pt-2">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 6 months ago
+13Real Estate Q&A<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> So the deal I...102
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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...971 month 3 weeks ago
+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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-interview-prep-questions">ib...9211 months 1 week 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...842 months 2 weeks ago
+13The 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...812 months 2 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...174
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+13How to Prepare for Restructuring Technical Questions<em>Mod note: This comment was originally posted in the thread "Restructuring Technicals" <a href=//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/restructuring-technicals#comment-914608>here</a>. Many users found it useful so of course it would get front-paged. Enjoy! <a...712 years 11 months ago
+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 4 months ago
+13Commercial Banking SVP Ask Me Anything (AMA)In the spirit of sharing, I figured I would set up one of these to help out those interested in learning more about Commercial Banking. As there is no separate sub forum, it is hard to find up to date/current info. Commercial Baking isn’t super sexy like IB, but it’s a good W/L balance gig...70
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+16How does models and bottles work?I keep hearing the phrase <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-does-models-and-bottles-work">models and bottles</a></span>, and basically, if a guy has the cash to bottle service girls, he gets laid. But, I've...162
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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...595 months 1 week 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...547 months 5 days ago
+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...153
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+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...1462 months 2 weeks ago
+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...442 months 3 weeks ago
+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....444 years 1 month ago
+12AMA: Former McKinsey EMAll, It has been awhile. I did an AMA quite a long time ago (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-me-anything-project-leaderengagement-managercase-team-leader-at-mbb">"Ask me anything: Project Leader/Engagement Manager/Case Team Leader at MBB"</a>) and...1423 months 1 week ago
+14How to get the MD to push your resume<em>Mod Note (Andy): You can read his ongoing AMA here: "<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/bb-operations-md-ama">BB Operations MD AMA</a>"</em> We all know that the best person to push your resume for a internship at a <span...405 months 4 days ago
+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...3911 months 2 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 8 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...359 months 1 day 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 months 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 3 months ago
+13How 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.332 months 4 days 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 10 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 6 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 3 months 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...293 months 1 week ago
+13Why Men shouldn't write advice columns<img src="http://www.jonathannguyen.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/ATT00095.jpg">276 years 1 week 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 8 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> That handsome guy to the left is my boy Hudson. As...254 years 2 months 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 6 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 info@dailydirtnap.com and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at @dailydirtnap</em> This one has...244 years 3 weeks 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...223 months 2 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs"...221 year 1 month 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="http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/09/3387704/calpers-sues-wall-streets-top.html">Sacramento...216 years 5 months ago
+13Demystifying BAAM (Blackstone)As requested by @MBAGrad2015" in <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/demystifying-gso-capital-blackstone">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...193 months 2 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...7188 months 2 weeks ago
+13BB Operations MD AMAHaven't seen too many posts to shed light on this so ask away. Also see my latest post here: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-get-the-md-to-push-your-resume <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...1185 months 1 week ago
+13Buyside 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 5 months 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...171 year 2 months 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...178 months 6 days 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 4 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...161 year 2 months 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...164 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/managing-your-money-building-a-personal-financial-model">"Managing Your Money, Building a Personal Financial...147 months 3 weeks 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...138 months 1 week ago
+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...125 months 1 week 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...116 months 3 weeks ago
+14Case study interview for MBB consulting - 24 of my best tips on how to get inAs a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">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 7 months 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 11 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...92 months 3 days ago
+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 8 months ago
+12Guns: A Great InvestmentThe <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guns_versus_butter_model"> 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...2957 months 1 week 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...922 months 2 weeks ago
+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 10 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...871 year 2 weeks ago
+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 6 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...822 months 2 weeks 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...813 months 1 week ago
+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 7 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 months 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 6 months ago
+12What 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">interns</a></span> an idea of what it's REALLY like to work...7311 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/visa"...723 years 3 months ago
+11Man dragged off United flightMany of you guys probably already saw <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/10/video-surfaces-of-man-being-dragged-from-overbooked-united-flight.html">the video</a> from last night of a man being dragged through the aisle of the United plane because it was overbooked. He was...1703 months 1 week 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...634 years 6 days 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...623 months 5 days ago
+13When 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...58
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+12List 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 8 months 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 7 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 4 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...544 years 2 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 6 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...485 months 1 week 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 6 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 months 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...4511 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/12-hours-till-deadline-the-all-nighter-part-2">You can read part 2 here.</a></em> Since I’ve been writing for WSO, my most...451 year 10 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 3 months ago
+12GS 2018 SuperdayHi all, I just completed a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/tag/superday">superday</a></span> for <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> <span...431 month 3 weeks ago
+11Abraaj Capital - Global Anlayst Program - 2017 IntakeHey Guys! With regard to the above captioned subject, I'm looking to get in touch with candidates who have applied for Abraaj's GAP for the 2017 intake. In this regard, I'd be grateful if people can apprise about the status of their application process. Also, all those who are...141
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+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 7 months ago
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+12Blackrock 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...371 year 1 month ago
+15EXPOSING My name is Goldstein's real account (100% LEGIT!)After reading @my name is goldstein" 's post about how he was "just trolling for advice." I was INSPIRED to DISCOVER the WHEREABOUTS of his REAL ACCOUNT and EXPOSE him. LONG STORY SHORT: Found it within five minutes. Did an advanced search BASED off of date (all posts 2...371 month 2 weeks ago
+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 3 months ago
+15Sorry, 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 7 months ago
+12Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")Earlier this year I quit my <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">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 5 months 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 6 months ago
+12The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 2Read part 1 here: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-1 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...323 years 1 month 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 3 months 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...308 months 4 weeks 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 4 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...297 months 3 weeks 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 12 months ago
+12UG Recruiting Part III: The Super Day and Offer<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ug-recruiting-part-i-how-a-resume-becomes-an-interview">UG Recruiting Part I: How a Resume Becomes an Interview</a> <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ug-recruiting-part-ii-the-first-round-interview">UG...276 years 3 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate finance</a></span> jobs, I thought I...272 years 7 months ago
+8Regional 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...5242 years 1 month 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa" target="_blank">GPA</a></span>, an honors degree with a...238 months 2 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...235 months 1 week 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 2 months 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...225 months 2 weeks 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 4 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...172 years 2 months ago
+11Avoiding 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 10 months ago
+12Day in the Life: Retail Investment Sales BrokerHi all - although I haven't posted much, I've been lurking in the shadows for a while now. After mooching off of all the amazing posts, I figured it was time to give back as there have not been any posts related to a Day in the Life of a net lease investment sales broker. ...163 weeks 5 days 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 3 months ago
+13Response 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/my-private-equity-recruiting-process">"My Private Equity Recruiting Process"</a></em> Having been through...152 years 4 months 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 11 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> <span...1138 months 1 week ago
+12Finding Non-Target Alumni Using Bloomberg I'm a long time lurker but a first time poster. I stumbled on a great technique to find alumni from Non-Target schools on Bloomberg the other day. You can find relevant professionals in investment banking, <span class='keyword_link'><a...13
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+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 6 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-real-estate-investment-trust-reit">REIT</a></span> acquisitions. Here is...121 year 3 months ago
+12The ‘Business Cycle’ frameworkThis post is a follow-up to <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/stop-reading-the-news-thoughtlessly-and-develop-a-macro-framework">one of my earlier posts, ‘Stop reading the news thoughtlessly and develop a macro framework’</a> which had generated some interest...121 year 12 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 months 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...1011 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> observations, both trade specific and trader specific. I was flipping...104 years 3 months ago
+12The Three Most Common TechnicalsThere have been a lot of "moral support" threads lately (<A HREF="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/sorry-you-werent-good-enough">here</A>, <A...91 year 5 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/sgw3CG3Om7I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> PLEASE...84 years 8 months ago
+11IB 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,...1081 month 2 weeks ago
+12Hedge Fund Interview Guide BETA is LIVE!We are finally here! For those of you waiting on the <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/hedge-fund-interview-questions">WSO Hedge Fund Interview Guide</a></strong>, thank you for your patience -- it has been a long process to get to this stage. ...611 months 6 days ago
+11'Wait.. What?' - Banking BrainteasersI will never forget my first banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/investment-banking-interview-prep-questions">brainteaser</a></span>. ‘So, how would you rate yourself out of 10 in comparison to your...1051 year 11 months 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...938 months 19 hours ago
+12Cuisines 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,...924 months 1 week ago
+11Ask 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 8 months ago
+10Mexico ---> 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="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZjR3xLN6IyA" frameborder="0"...1902 months 1 week 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...861 year 2 weeks ago
+13The market is turning rapidly...In the last 60 days I've seen so many deals fall out. Not just mine but other brokers across several asset classes. Buyers are hyper critical of everything. Sellers still want crazy money...Apartment investors selling at 4 caps and trying to buy retail at a 6. They see the end in...851 month 1 hour ago
+11AMA: Investment Banking 3rd Year M&A Analyst3rd Year analyst at NY <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> M&A group. Happy to answer any and all questions... - <span class='keyword_link'><a...831 month 3 weeks ago
+10Official 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: :...1818 months 2 weeks 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...773 months 2 weeks ago
+113rd Year HF Analyst Q&APrior reading: <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/hedge-fund-the-investment-life-cycle">Hedge Fund: The Investment Life Cycle.</a> Quick background: Penn undergrad - 2 years at <span class='keyword_link'><a...704 years 3 months ago
+11Is 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,...697 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/resume-and-cover-letter-a-reviewers-perspective">"Resume and Cover Letter - A Revewer's...672 years 6 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...1646 months 2 weeks 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 6 months ago
+11Why 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...602 months 6 days 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 9 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 7 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/citigroup">Citigroup</a></span>. it is a lot better than my last job in...575 years 1 month 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 4 months ago
+11AMA: London L/S + event-driven analystHey guys, haven't been on here for a while, but I'm currently waiting a few weeks to start my next gig and I'm bored. I figured I'd try to give back a little, especially because I know there are people from London on here, and the amount of info available on London HFs...52
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+17Talk to meFavorite movies516 years 9 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 11 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...49
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+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...1482 months 1 week ago
+11Here's what happens when your email hits my inbox...<em>Mod Note (Andy): this comment was originally posted in <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-phone-call-that-never-was">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 3 months ago
+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...4511 months 1 week ago
+111st 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...441 month 4 days ago
+10Cold 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 months ago
+11MBA: Stanford or Harvard?Hi folks. I was lucky enough to have been accepted to both the Harvard and Stanford MBA programs. I would really appreciate any advice/thoughts on things I should consider while making this decision. Here is some potentially relevant information/questions: (1) My intention is to build a...44
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+11The Complete Coward’s Guide to Starting a Company: Part 1<strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-2">See Part 2</a> | <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-complete-coward%E2%80%99s-guide-to-starting-a-company-part-3">Part...422 years 6 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> Kids ask how many bankers they need to...401 year 6 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...393 months 5 days ago
+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="//www.youtube.com/embed/GMWIfjS4P0k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <!--break--> Please...393 years 2 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> As in years past, Christmas has found a way...384 years 6 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 5 months ago
+10Your Favorite BreakfastHi Gang, After having a delicious breakfast this morning consisting of 4 strips of bacon and 5 scrambled eggs with a coffee, I wanted to know what is everyone's favorite weekday breakfast. I wake up a little earlier to have the time to cook it but I start the day full and happy. I...1372 weeks 4 days 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...369 months 1 week 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 5 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 8 months ago
+11Some Thoughts on Bitcoin, Part 2<p><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/some-thoughts-on-bitcoin-part-1">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....335 months 2 days 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, so...no homo). <img src =...315 months 4 days 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ug-recruiting-part-i-how-a-resume-becomes-an-interview">Part I here.</a></em> Since many people have already have or are...301 year 4 months 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 6 months ago
+12Workaholics 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...2812 months 2 days 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...2811 months 3 weeks 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 4 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...127
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+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...263 years 4 days 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...261 year 1 month ago
+12The 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 4 months 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 9 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...255 years 1 week 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...258 months 6 days 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 10 months ago
+11Make the Main Thing the Main ThingI started my job at a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">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 10 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...231 year 2 weeks 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 5 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 3 months ago
+13Observations of a PE Analyst<em><strong>Edit:</strong> The following pertain to my personal experience in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/private-equity-overview">private equity</a></span> in a region outside of...223 years 2 months 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...211 year 2 months 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...219 months 4 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="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...202 years 3 months ago
+11Credit 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 4 months ago
+11A 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 3 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 7 months ago
+13Rescinded from Harvard... Now What????As many of you know, Harvard recently rescinded the acceptances of at least 10 students (I think the number is 12) for obscene memes in a Facebook group chat. Unfortunately, I was one of was those students. My initial response was to blame Harvard, the founders of the offensive group...116
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+11100 Lessons LearnedSomeone sent me this a list of 100 lessons learned by a former <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs">GS</a></span> Analyst. 1. First impressions last a long time 2. Never be late 3. Know your...162 years 5 months 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 6 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...147 years 6 days 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...9131 month 3 weeks 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 7 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...1212 months 6 hours 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 6 months ago
+11Collection of Bridgewater Associates' WritingsCame across this link through a newsletter - it provides links to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/bridgewater-associates-3">Bridgewater Associates</a></span>' writings from 1999 to 2012, mostly on macro themes....102 years 4 months 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...106 months 2 weeks 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*...1083 months 3 weeks 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 5 months ago
+11UK 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...72 months 1 week 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.76 years 1 week ago
+11PERE 50 2016-Real Estate Private Equity Rankings2016 real estate private equity rankings. (See attachment inside the post)71 year 3 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...1071 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/rothschild">Rothschild</a></span>'s investment banking team in Singapore for two and a half years. During this time, I...1057 months 5 days ago
+17FTB's Acceptance SpeechVoting is over. I win <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/polls/who-is-the-2016-member-of-the-year-voting-ends-1218">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...47 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/divergence-in-the-drug-businesses-pharmaceuticals-and-biotechnology">my perspective on how the business is changing</a> and then moving on to post on <a...21 year 3 months 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...29 months 10 hours 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-are-exit-opps-really-like-for-mbb-partners">What are exit opps really like for MBB Partners?</a></em> I find <a...1022 years 7 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...1011 month 2 days ago
+10Yelled 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...981 month 2 weeks ago
+10BlackRock Virtual Cover LetterHas anyone applied to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/blackrock" 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...918 months 1 week 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 4 months 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...821 year 2 months 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 5 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...763 years 1 month 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...1756 months 1 week 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 5 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...741 year 1 month ago
+10J.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?733 months 3 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...722 months 1 week 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:...697 months 1 week ago
+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...671 month 2 weeks ago
+10yes..655 years 3 months ago
+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...617 months 2 weeks ago
+10*CANADIAN* 2018 Investment Banking Summer Analyst mini ThreadI wanted to start a central thread where all Canadian undergrad students could comment and share inquiries, information, and concerns regarding investment banking <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer...58
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+10Routes to Buyside PM<em> Mod note: This comment was in response to this thread: <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/best-entry-level-job-for-running-future-hedge-fund">Best Entry Level Job for Running Future Hedge Fund</a> </em> Wait...you think b-school is going to teach...573 years 3 months ago
+10AMA - Current Analyst at $20bn Hedge FoFBackground: MSF, ~2years MM <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD">IBD</a></span> There seems to be a dearth of information about FoF on this site, so happy to...578 months 1 week ago
+10A 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...562 months 3 days 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 fu..ing sense for the customer. And now, in the era of touch screens, they come up with an Apple Touch Bar for the new...568 months 2 days 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 7 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 10 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...538 months 3 weeks ago
+10Should I Be Getting a Divorce Or What?<a href = "http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-the-fck-have-i-done-with-my-life">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...515 months 2 weeks 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 4 months 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 8 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...486 months 2 weeks ago
+10Lets hear your rejection storiesMost of this forum is about how people successfully broke in and now hate their lives. In reality breaking in isn't as easy it looks. So people people who went to elite semi/target schools (and non targets as well) and got rejected whats your story?48
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+13S&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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-asset-management-AM">asset...436 years 3 months 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 4 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...421 month 1 week ago
+11Ask 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,...41
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+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...3911 months 3 days ago
+10The BlackHat Interview: 3/4<strong>Mod (Andy) note:</strong> <em>The much anticipated <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/user/81874">BlackHat</a> interview is here (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-blackhat-interview-14">see part 1, </a><a...394 years 11 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 2 months 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 9 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 7 months ago
+10CFA Schedule Template I created this post in response to the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/cfa-training-free-trial-learn-signal" target="_blank">CFA</a></span> Time Management post earlier this week. Many of us monkeys either work...344 years 3 months ago
+10Asinine Desired Skills Job PostingsIt always blows my mind and makes me wonder if I'm completely out of touch or if people are really just full of shit when I read a job posting for an "entry level" and it lists something akin to the following: Skills/Requirements: Proficient in English, Spanish, and...341 month 5 days 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....341 year 1 month ago
+9What 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...133
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+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 10 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...325 years 3 weeks 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...312 years 1 day 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 8 months ago
+16Finally 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...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...287 months 1 week ago
+13Be wary of greener grass; there are always tradeoffs...<em>Mod Note (Andy): This comment is from the post <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/comment/1294646#comment-1294646">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 10 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 7 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...2273 months 1 day ago
+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...269 months 3 weeks 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 10 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...249 months 2 weeks 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 8 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 6 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 11 months ago
+10WSO Finance Dictionary is HereI wanted to take this time to announce one of the latest additions to our community: <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-finance-dictionary">The WSO Finance Dictionary</a>. Believe it or not, one intern from the UK has built this entire dictionary from scratch. He...213 years 11 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 5 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...1205 months 5 days 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 4 months ago
+10Cap IQ List of PE Firms[Mod Note: WSO now has a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database">Company Database</a></span> where you can filter by industry (PE) and zip code: //www.wallstreetoasis.com/wso-company-database] So to go...Anonymous Monkey1205 years 5 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/help-pissed-in-big-4-audit">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 4 months 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...203 years 1 month 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 4 months 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 7 months ago
+12Four Steps to Your First College 4.0 - Step OneWelcome undergrad Monkeys to the first part of the four part series: “Four Steps to Your First College 4.0”. Even if you’ve gotten a 4.0 in the past, you should still read this series, as you may not currently use the studying techniques located within this guide, and they can only help...141 month 3 weeks 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 11 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 =...147 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span>? Great, but access to information doesn't come cheap...141 year 5 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 4 months 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 10 months ago
+112010 Energy Trading ListHere is an updated list to the one I posted two years ago....136 years 7 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 5 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 6 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer internship</a></span> at <span...135 months 1 week 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 2 months 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 8 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 11 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 9 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="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a...112 years 4 months 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 5 months ago
+10My 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...91 month 1 week 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,...88 months 3 weeks ago
+9The 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 8 months ago
+10Top 50 REPE 2017Read em and weep boys. I think it was just published today. <a href="https://www.perenews.com/uploadedFiles/PERE/Non-Pagebuilder/Aliased/News_And_Analysis/2017/May/Magazine/PERE0517_Pere50.pdf">Top 50 REPE 2017</a> <span class='keyword_link'><a...82 months 19 hours 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 months ago
+11Update: Admissions Results for Shitty WE, Good Raw Stats (y'all tore apart my profile. thanks for the brutally honest feedback)Hi all, here's a follow-up to a profile review I gave a while back (shitty WE, good raw stats). Since I can't link my old posts, here's what I wrote: "So I graduated from UCLA with a Sociology degree, and got a 3.9 GPA. But I sucked terribly at networking and finding jobs,...72 months 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 8 months ago
+10How To Win Friends And Influence People<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-an-ex-ib-md-anything">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 7 months ago
+12Advice 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 4 months 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...1054 months 2 weeks 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="http://tinyurl.com/3qtvcjr" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...3042 months 2 weeks 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.1044 months 3 weeks 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...39 months 2 weeks ago
+9My GMAT Study PlanI just took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">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...1009 months 1 week ago
+9Who is your favorite billionaire?Very simply who is your favorite billionaire? I 'd have to go with Rupert Murdoch or Henry Kravis...1995 months 4 weeks 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 7 months 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 5 months ago
+9Strangest thing you've seen/heard at work?One of the things WSO has shown me is to not always judge a book by its cover -- some of you have some real interesting things that happened to you. That said, what are some of the most strangest things that have happened to you while you were busy working away? Or something that's happened...95
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+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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a> If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see...951 year 6 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 6 months ago
+9Leaving Deloitte S&O after ~2 years, ask me anythingIn the coming weeks, I will be leaving <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/deloitte" 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 11 months ago
+10When you're bored..<strong> NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION: <h3> http://doge2048.com/ </h3></strong> Old version: http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/ Spent the entire night playing this shit. Regret not sleeping..871 year 11 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 5 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 6 months 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 9 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 2 months 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, et.al. are not...741 year 4 months 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 11 months ago
+9Amazon Buys Whole FoodsAmazon . AMZN -1.26% com Inc. said it would buy Whole Foods Market WFM -6.74% for $13.7 billion as the giant internet retailer makes a deeper push into the grocery space. Amazon is buying Whole Foods WFM -6.74% for $42 per share, valuing the grocer at a 27% premium to its closing price Thursday....72
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+9AMA: Credit hedge fund analyst at MF, former BB trader<em>Mod Note (Andy): AMA/Interview Tuesdays! Email me (andy@walstreetoasis.com) 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 6 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...1656 months 1 week ago
+11How to Ace the Goldman Sachs InterviewMake sure to take notes... [redacted by mod] 655 months 3 weeks ago
+9AMA First Year Wharton MBAI hosted a WSO webinar (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/event/webinar-my-application-to-wharton-7pm-et-12215">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 4 months 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...596 months 1 day ago
+9The Asymmetric Risk Profile: Preparing for the Hedge Fund Interview<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/hedge-fund-interview-questions">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...583 years 3 days ago
+9How to deal with THAT associate<em>TBT: Originally posted on September, 2012 </em> Props to bankerella for an <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/how-to-be-that-associate">insightful post</a> delving into the mind of the newly-minted first-year investment banking associate. The only...572 years 10 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="http://tinyurl.com/3qtvcjr" target="_blank">McKinsey</a></span> insight and <span class='keyword_link'><a...1561 year 4 months 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...533 months 3 weeks ago
+97 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 7 months ago
+9Get 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...519 months 3 weeks ago
+9Finally, Some Quantification – The Expected Value of Launching a StartupI recently came across a <a href="http://80000hours.org/blog/341-how-much-do-y-combinator-founders-earn">blog post from 80000hours.org</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 4 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 6 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/canadian-grades-to-gpa">GPA</a></span>. I’ve...504 years 3 months ago
+4Ask Stacy Blackman Consulting - Business School AdmissionsHey Everybody - if any of you are looking for a quality <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">GMAT</a></span> preparation I'd encourage you to check out our partnership with...5482 years 11 months ago
+9Excel: Tools, Add-Ins, and MacrosIncluded here is the start of a much needed compilation of <span class='keyword_link'><a href="https://gv142.isrefer.com/go/wso15/wsoasis/">Excel</a></span> add-ins, macros, and tools. For the one person who'll read this, please add your most...482 months 1 day 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/barclays-capital">Barclays</a></span>' new recruitment process for London <span...485 months 3 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/highest-ranked-discussions">here.</a></em> Many of you remember a series I wrote earlier in...483 years 8 months ago
+9Coffee Shop Drink Tips + Former Barista AMA <h3>Coffee House Drinks Dissected</h3> Hello all, I thought it would be of value to provide you with a list of coffee shop beverages and their differences that I learned when I was a barista. If you have any questions, ask below. <h4>Coffee based drinks</h4> ...46
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+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 7 months ago
+10Big4 M&A - An ExplanationOver the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/finance-development-programs-an-overview-of-acclerated-corporate-finance-careers-fldps">corporate...461 year 1 week ago
+10 Open for Questions - Equities in Dallas<em>Mod note: <strong><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/faq/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso ">Click here</a></strong> to see all of our q&a's and interviews</em><P> I figured I...453 years 9 months ago
+9The future of LA Curious what SoCal guys think the future holds for LA. The change here is staggering. Tech companies are flooding in. Snapchat, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/amazon" target="_blank">Amazon</a></span>, Google and others all...45
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+7Yet more fun with resumesSince I'm now recruiting for a boutique wealth management firm rather than a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge bracket</a></span> <span...2454 years 10 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...452 years 1 month ago
+14Five 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...436 months 4 weeks ago
+9Day 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...431 year 4 weeks ago
+915 Steps To Mastering The GMATI took the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/gmat-pill-promo-code-333-off-gmat-prep-discount">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 2 months 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 9 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/whats-your-top-stock-pick-for-2017">has already been taken</a>, I wanted to throw out...411 month 6 days 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 5 months ago
+10NYC vs. London vs. Zurich vs. FFMHi guys, In which city do you earn the most considering cost of living, taxes, exchange rates etc.? If someone of you worked in different locations how did they compare to each other in terms of quality of living? Especially right out of college what´s the best of those cities for your...402 months 1 week 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 7 months 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="http://www.sanfermin.com/index.php/en/"> Festival San...384 years 1 week 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 11 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 7 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...3610 months 4 weeks 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 5 months ago
+10The 48 Laws of Power<i>This is the next book summary from <a href="http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/">DeconstructingExcellence.com</a>. See my other book summaries on WSO <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/310180">here</a>, and if you find my summaries...339 months 1 week 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 7 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 8 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,...1312 months 2 weeks ago
+10A success story built on failureThis is a story about how I went from non-target to <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> through consistent failure, persistence, and the power of having great friends. I was...302 years 5 months ago
+10How I Lost A Million Dollars<em>Mod Note: WSO readers qualify for a $100 discount to Jared's <a href="http://www.dailydirtnap.com/">The Daily Dirtnap</a> newsletter...just email info@dailydirtnap.com and mention "WSO Monkey Discount" You can follow Jared on twitter at...293 years 3 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....281 month 3 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 6 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 months ago
+9Life after Investment Banking, part 2I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... //www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-investment-banking 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 4 months 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 4 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...262 years 2 weeks 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...269 months 4 weeks 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/wso-internship-guide">summer analyst</a></span> knows, on Wall Street,...254 years 11 months ago
+85 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/what-is-the-bulge-bracket-BB">bulge...1254 years 2 months ago
+9matrix reviewc1252 years 6 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 4 months 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...243 years 1 month 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 6 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)1237 months 3 weeks 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 = "http://www.knobbygirl.com/pic/pillsbury_doughboy.jpg"> <img src =...226 years 3 months 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...2223 months 2 weeks 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...226 months 3 days 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...213 months 1 week ago
+9Fit/Behavioral Interviews - A Crash CourseA few weeks ago I finished interviewing for MBA consulting <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/searching-for-a-summer-internship">internships</a></span> and wanted to capture some of my thoughts while they're still...213 years 2 months ago
+8A girl on tumblr wrote a guide on targetting different types of bankers for money....I follow the investment banking and economics tag on tumblr for study notes and stumbled upon this post. I thought it I'd post it on here for reference for people of all levels. I can't post links but if you search said tags those on tumblr the post is still up and it led me to a whole...1201 month 6 days 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...197 months 3 weeks 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...191 year 1 month 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...184 months 15 hours 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"...186 years 3 weeks ago
+9The Great Strategic Game of Life (2/2)<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/the-great-strategic-game-of-life-12">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...181 year 1 month 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...184 years 1 month ago
+9Made it to a Bulge Bracket BankGreat news. I finally landed a spot in <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-debt-capital-markets-DCM">DCM</a></span> for the leveraged finance team of a very prestigious <span class='keyword_link'><a...172 months 1 week 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 5 months 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/money-master-the-game">See my first book summary on WSO here</a>. If you find my...142 years 6 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...123 years 2 weeks 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...1122 months 3 days 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="//www.youtube.com/embed/CIDuqksJ21I" frameborder="0"...103 years 1 month 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 4 months 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...105 months 4 weeks ago
+9The Importance of Thinking Big<em>Mod Note (Andy): Check out wilowallstreet's AMA <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ask-an-ex-ib-md-anything">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 7 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/physical-oil-trading-basics-part-1-of-2">If you have not yet read Part 1, check it out here</a>. I think last week gave a...94 years 1 month 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...1076 months 2 weeks 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 5 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 8 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/certified-users">Certified User</a></span> Nefarious. <strong>Nefarious works in Strategy at a...1064 years 7 months ago
+9Thank you WSO!!Hey all, I'm a long-time reader first-time contributor to WSO. I am posting this to say thankyou to everyone on this board for the insight you all gave me into a career in IB and how to succeed. Whilst I have decided not to pursue IB I have learned lessons on this board that I feel I would...62 months 6 days ago
+9The definitive trick to passing a prop trading math test.Practice Practice Practice. I've seen lots of posts here asking about how to pass Flow Traders math test, or Optiver, or Akuna or whoever. Maybe there's some geniuses out there that pass these tests without effort. This thread isn't for them, and i certainly don't fall...5
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+9How 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...58 months 1 week 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-investment-banking">Mr Ridley states</a> is true...</strong> <ul> <li>This thing's...1035 years 2 months 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 9 months ago
+34Why 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...1021 month 1 week ago
+8Contrarian 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!97
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+8I'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 6 months ago
+8How in the hell did things get so bad in Venezuela?So for anyone who hasn't heard of the situation in Venezuela, [basically everyone is dying of starvation because of the lack of... well, everything](https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-is-starving-1493995317). Literally, everyone -- infants are facing the possibility of dying so early...941 month 2 days ago
+8Drinks for getting shmacked Hey boys, If you have only ONE HOUR to get absolutely dinkered, what is your go to drink? My go to: 151 with a twist of lime. Always have one of these puppies sleeping in the desk.92
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+7New 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="http://energyrodeo.com/">Energy Rodeo</a> in Houston next month, and it came from none other than the New York...1922 years 3 months ago
+8Investments, 10th Edition Bodie, Kane Marcus - Solutions Does anyone have the solutions to Investments, 10th Edition Bodie, Kane Marcus?90
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+9Nominations: Member of the year / Thread of the year Update: Poll is up! http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/polls/who-is-the-2016-member-of-the-year-voting-ends-1218 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...877 months 5 days ago
+8Proprietary Trading Firm Interview TipsI’ve seen a lot of posts and private messages asking about proprietary <span class='keyword_link'><a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/finance-dictionary/trading-overview">trading</a></span> firm interviews. So I figured I’d just make it easier for...861 year 6 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 8 months 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...852 months 1 week 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...853 months 5 days ago
+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/...857 months 4 weeks ago
+9What 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...829 months 1 week ago
+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...6812 months 2 weeks ago
+8If you could work directly under one Wall Street Titan, who would it be?From all-star banker Frank Quattrone, buyout magnate Henry Kravis, to hedge fund legend Steve Cohen - there are always people we aspire to be or in the least look up to. If you had the chance to choose ANY big names to work directly for, who would it be and why? 76
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+8Guide 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 10 months 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 9 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 4 months ago
+82017 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...71
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+9Why Do People Hate on Frats & Preppiness in General?Nowadays there seems to be this overall hatred amongst the majority of people (more so millennials) for people who are in frats and for people who dress 'preppy'. A lot of people seem to look down upon those in fraternities and make generalizations about those in frats such as being:...702 weeks 3 days 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 7 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 12 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/guide/consulting-case-interviews">MBB</a></span> is overly...653 years 7 months 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...1652 months 1 week 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...657 months 3 weeks ago
+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 10 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...632 years 2 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...623 months 4 weeks 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 6 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 2 months 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...594 months 1 week 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...597 months 3 weeks 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...585 years 1 month 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...571 month 3 weeks 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 9 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 up...by a trillion or so. As your career progresses, assuming...563 years 5 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 11 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="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/robert-w-baird-co" target="_blank">Baird</a></span>, <span...537 months 3 weeks 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. 535 months 3 weeks 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...536 months 2 days ago
+8Superbowl 2017: Patriots vs Falcons WOW. Congrats to @WallStreetOasis.com"'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...525 months 1 week 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 9 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 months 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 9 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,