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  2. 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 here. Deciding to Recruit For the Buy Side Most of my friends are going into banking. Not because pitch books and road sho ...

    289 comments23 Jan 2018 -

  3. So I want to do equity research. I know that there is sell-side and buy-side and, so far, I have a few distinctive arguments for both (see below). What I would really appreciate to find out is your views in terms of the experience quality that both offer. ...

    35 comments13 Apr 2018 -

  4. Californicated88's blog 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 sa ...

    40 comments26 Mar 2018 -

  5. Analyst Training Programs??

    Asset Management

    I'm graduating in May 2017 and am looking for buy-side equity analyst firms that have strong training programs. So far I know of BlackRock who has a 2 year program and Wells Fargo who has a 1 year program. The reason why I am looking for firms with t ...

    45 comments1 Apr 2016 -

  6. The dream and desolation of the high finance world. Which path to the upper crust of middle-class suburban boredom do I take? Do I jump to the buy side? Do I stick it out in this simian hell of pitch books and Excel? Which is really right for me? A friend ...

    65 comments7 Oct 2010 -

  7. **What would you do**

    Real Estate

    What would you guys do if you were in my situation? I'm currently working for CBRE/NKF/CW in my home state, but just got done with my final interview in NY for another position at another firm. I have always wanted to move to NY after graduation and ...

    14 comments22 Jan 2019 -

  8. Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up on 10/5/12. I went through a few rounds of interviews at the fund that I now call my employer, I was asked insane questions, easy questions, technical questions, and borderline bizarre questions, ...

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  9. Sorry for the long post. Big decision. Any input would be appreciated. ...

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  10. Hi, I'm brand new to WallStreetOasis and newly considering a career switch into finance. If I have posted this in the wrong spot, or if it's inappropriate to post a solicitation for career advice here, I apologize- please let me know. I would ve ...

    29 comments21 Mar 2017 -

  11. Alright, lets start with some background info. I'm a 3rd year business student at a non-target Canadian school. I've got some experience under my belt with working at a large AM firm as an equity analyst this past summer, and now I have an offer ...

    14 comments12 Dec 2017 -

  12. INSEAD vs Yale SOM

    Business School and GMAT

    INSEAD vs Yale SOM Got accepted to both and having difficulty deciding which one will be better longer-term. Have 4 years of experience as an equity analyst on the sell side (Hong Kong and Tokyo) and intend to move to the buy side post-MBA (currently unde ...

    22 comments4 Apr 2012 -

  13. Hey guys, I just recently accepted an offer in the SF bay area with a BB for banking in tech. Just wanted to get your thoughts on what the exit opps are like on the west coast for tech.... It seems like in NY, 1st years are approached like 6 months into t ...

    20 comments18 Jul 2016 -

  14. What's the deal with working at Factset? I understand that the "consultant" position is a glorified customer support role, but it seems to me like there could be a genuine exit op. logically speaking you obviously learn the factset software ...

    19 comments20 Apr 2016 -

  15. just out of curiosity, in real life, shops tend to use DCF, Multiples or a mix of both? i understand both of them have their shortcomings and that maybe especially in the Sell Side Multiples are preferred because it's much easier to give a simple ans ...

    18 comments2 Apr 2014 -

  16. Monkeys, I am in need of a little advice. I'm playing golf with the CEO/President of one of the largest buy side shops in my area tomorrow. I had an informational interview with him about a year ago and we discussed the potential opportunity for me t ...

    19 comments7 Dec 2011 -

  17. Saw this interesting article below. "Enough of fiddling with the sell side; I recently decided to join the buy side, a private fund to be specific. Heaven knows when the turmoil with the banks will end, especially with incessant news of job cuts in t ...

    18 comments4 Sep 2012 -

  18. I am curious to know the pros and cons of these two very attractive alternatives: 1. Hedge fund prop trader- this would be a small team managing a small pool of money on a more or less discretionary basis without extremely sophisticated support. 2. Buy si ...

    14 comments8 Aug 2016 -

  19. UPDATED: Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016 Time: 6:30pm- TBD Location: Schroeder's (Financial District)- 240 Front Street, San Francisco, CA 94111 What: Happy Hour (no host) Happy New Year monkeys. As you're reviewing your accomplishments and se ...

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  20. Hi, So I may have a potential decision to make between a job offer for a junior equity research position (generalist role, working for a "best ideas" team of analysts) at a top money manager in Boston, and an analyst position in the fund of fund ...

    14 comments18 Feb 2011 -

  21. If you worked as an ER associate and transitioned to a buy side/specifically L/S hedge fund job, can you please detail your path? What was your education, how long did you work in ER, how did you apply/find your HF job? Any and all info would be greatly a ...

    11 comments21 Mar 2017 -

  22. Hey monkeys. I just started becoming more active on WSO now that I have made it to the buy side and wanted to share a few tips for fellow liberal arts undergrads. After working on my economics degree on a campus of 2,000 students and residing outside of a ...

    9 comments15 Jan 2016 -

  23. I have always wondered how Warren Buffett could beat Wall-Street in compounding wealth despite lacking the Street's resources. Wall Street banks and investment funds have access to troves of databases, computing power, intelligent/hard-working analys ...

    9 comments5 Oct 2015 -

  24. Hi All, Just wondering if anyone has any insight into the London buy side players. I'm doing my MBA right now in UK and trying to find some good buy side shops to apply to, since they're not really typical recruiters. Thanks! hedge fund london b ...

    11 comments24 Sep 2010 -

  25. Purely hypothetical at this point. Here's my situation: I'm currently working full time at a glorified back office job that offers little room for growth and certainly not a path to get me to where I ultimately want to be (that would be buy side ...

    10 comments15 Feb 2013 -

  26. Buy Side to Corporate Development?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    Hi there, How often/possible/easy is it to switch from buy side (I have hedge fund & long-only experience) to tech corporate development (ie GOOGL/FB/not startup?) Background: I'm currently at a fund managing $2-5bn, around 1/5th of the book is m ...

    8 comments2 Apr 2016 -

  27. ER vs. Risk Mgmt

    Equity Research

    Long term goal is to be in HF, perhaps portfolio mgmt. or PE Short term goal is to be in IBD. Currently a junior going for a summer intern position. Recruiting season is coming to a close for me. I am at target Ivy (harvard/Wharton, one of those two) What ...

    10 comments3 Mar 2011 -

  28. Looking to get thoughts on value oriented mutual funds such as NWQ Investment Management (Nuveen) buy side Mutual Fund equity analyst equity mutual funds Salary ...

    8 comments25 Feb 2015 -

  29. This quote was how a senior PM in a HF referred to me jokingly (I hope!) when speaking with the fund manager during one of my internships. I was fortunate to have three summer buy-side internships in NY, and while a lot has been said about what to expect ...

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  30. I have an option to return to a BB (think GS /MS/ JPM) Investment Banking analyst coverage job full-time next fall after graduation, but also an option to start at a junior analyst level at a small (<500M) hedge fund that currently only has 1 PM and 1 ...

    6 comments18 Nov 2017 -

  31. [Deleted]....

    Sales and Trading

    Deleted Prop trading buy side ...

    8 comments23 May 2014 -

  32. What would entry level FI research be like at a buyside firm, ie mutual funds, etc.? How competitive are these positions? What would one expect in an interview? research fixed income buy side ...

    8 comments19 Apr 2016 -

  33. Hi WSO I'm a recent grad heading to join a MM and I'm really looking forward to experiencing investment banking. Most of my friends who are also heading to IB are already talking about PE recruiting and I'm a bit confused as to how the proc ...

    6 comments15 Jun 2017 -

  34. Hey guys, thanks in advance for helping me with this. I am gonna start my full time at a BB in SF next month (tech group, Barclay, Citi, BAML type) after my internship there last summer. Knowing that buy-side recruiting will begin soon after my job starts ...

    6 comments11 Jun 2017 -

  35. I just landed an entry-level position today in Asset Management (Fixed Income Analyst). Salary is lower than BB entry level salary. What are the differences between this and something similar on the sell-side (Credit Structuring, Credit Risk, etc) in term ...

    8 comments28 Jun 2010 -

  36. Buy side trading

    Sales and Trading

    I am a senior looking to get into trading. Unfortunately I do not have an offer on the sell-side, but know a few people on the buy side that have offered to help out. How does trading for a large buy-side firm like Fidelity compare to trading for a bank? ...

    8 comments8 Nov 2008 -

  37. Where is the better place to work: ER at a BB or Research Associate at a place like Fidelity or BlackRock? Thanks. ER buy side sell side Salary ...

    6 comments18 May 2012 -

  38. Real money AM

    Asset Management

    Does anyone have experience with real money Asset Management jobs (for insurance co's, f500,etc) how does these areas differ from hedge funds, or even from mutual fund firms? Some of these companies like allstate, Msft, have huge operations, but we n ...

    6 comments10 Jul 2011 -

  39. Hey fellas, I was just offered a gig as an associate equity analyst at the shop where I am interning. I am trying to gauge what I should be expecting in comp. It's a smaller shop ~$3b aum in a secondary market (not chi, sf, ny, or bos). I'm very ...

    6 comments30 Sep 2009 -

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    Job Search Advice

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    Business School and GMAT

    delete MBA career advice buy side Exit Opps Age/MBA ...

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  42. Buy-side at I-Banks

    Investment Banking

    We often hear about the sell-side transactions of I-Banks, but what about the buy-side? Is the sell-side more prevalent than the buy-side? That seems odd because for every sell-side transaction (sale to strategic buyer) there is a buy-side transaction on ...

    5 comments29 Aug 2009 -

  43. Given the fact that I come from extreme non-target up in Canada I decided to start networking and getting to know the finance community proactively. I met plenty of people in all types of roles and industries imaginable. By using LinkedIn and personal con ...

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  44. Hi, I am looking to interview in buy side firms in Latin america- not Brazil, since i am targeting spanish speaking countries. I'm having a hard time finding hf, asset managers, etc, since everything I find seems to be in brazil. Any suggestions? lat ...

    4 comments2 Apr 2011 -

  45. Sands Capital Management

    Asset Management

    Who can fill me in on Sands Capital? CFA buy side ...

    4 comments4 Sep 2010 -

  46. GfK Boutique Research

    Equity Research

    Does anyone have familiarity with GfK, particularly their boutique research group? My understanding is that they lay the supply and demand, pricing, and other market data ground work for buy side clients on highly specific sub sectors/products, like packa ...

    3 comments28 Mar 2017 -

  47. Hello WSO, ...

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  48. Hey everyone, I'm currently interning at a major Commercial bank in London and am likely to receive a graduate offer. The graduate programme is rotational and will span accross 4 areas. As my bank does not have an IBD, the commercial banking is in ch ...

    3 comments21 Aug 2014 -

  49. Headhunter Firms?

    Job Search Advice

    If anyone knows anything or has worked with any of the following recruiting firms, I'd like to hear your experience. Also, does anyone know whether each of the firms has more of a focus on PE or HF? Thanks in advance.-Opus Advisors-SearchOne Advisors ...

    3 comments24 Jan 2011 -

  50. At an up and coming MM bank, how hard is it switching industrys in equity research at the associate level? (This is assuming there are openings in the other positions.) My background is in financial services, and though I am perhaps best qualified for FS ...

    3 comments12 Oct 2010 -

  51. Buy-Side Advisory

    Private Equity

    A few buddies of mine and I are getting recruited pretty hard by a buy-side advisory. All the essentials that you think are included- cold calling, primary research, managing a team of research interns, etc. Essentially, a buy-side brokerage with a medium ...

    2 comments19 Jul 2019 -

  52. Hey Everyone, When comparing Oaktree to some of the other megafunds, how does Oaktree rank? I know they're renowned for their success in credit, but I don't know much about their real estate platform. Can someone tell me a bit more about this fi ...

    2 comments18 Apr 2019 -

  53. I'm a senior at a lower top ten public university with a BA in Economics. This summer, I interned at a long-only equities AM firm. Now I'm back in school, and have interviews coming up this week with two top tier economic consulting firms (think ...

    2 comments27 Sep 2018 -

  54. Between a CMBS banking role (i.e. interfacing with loan sellers, NRSROs, etc.. to bring a securitization to market) or a CMBS structuring role (i.e. modeling cash flows based on NRSRO levels and various b-buyer stipulations), which is better to ultimately ...

    2 comments5 Jul 2016 -

  55. Currently a sales and trading summer analyst at a BB. I want to possibly go into buy-side after graduation instead because I like how you're more compensated and measured by the performance of your ideas. Advice??? Do you learn as much on buy-side du ...

    2 comments27 Jun 2016 -

  56. Hi, guys. Currently working within real estate investment banking boutique in New York (capital raising, financing, large portfolio and note sales) and am considering an offer to move to the buy side world. Real estate private equity certainly has its all ...

    2 comments4 May 2016 -

  57. Hey everyone, I'm a first year MM IB analyst at a Southern firm. I love my firm, but really look to get to Chicago for a buy-side opportunity, as I grew up around there and really want to end up back up there before I plant my roots somewhere. Intere ...

    2 comments8 Dec 2015 -

  58. Pitch ADR in Interview?

    Equity Research

    Is it wise to pitch an ADR in a buy side ER internship interview? Or should I stay U.S.? interview Equity Research buy side ...

    2 comments28 Jul 2014 -

  59. I don't know if it's different on the buy-side vs the sell-side, but in an interview involving a stock pitch (all ER positions) is it appropriate to have a handout summarizing key information and give it to interviewers? Or is it more impressive ...

    2 comments19 Jun 2014 -

  60. ... Investment Banking PE buy side asset management Salary ...

    2 comments8 Jan 2016 -

  61. Buy Side ABS Analyst

    Asset Management

    This may not be appropriate for the IB forum but it has the most activity. I have an interview for an ABS Jr. Analyst position on the Buy Side at a large AM /Insurance/Fixed Income company. If you think about it you can probably figure it out. I've b ...

    2 comments10 Aug 2011 -

  62. I'm currently in a really shitty group at a Middle Market IBank. Not in New York, New York hours and shitty compensation... ...

    2 comments14 May 2011 -

  63. What quant. analysis skills can be used in a buy side trading position? What kinds of forecasting models can be used? trading job Trader buy side Role quant position ...

    2 comments15 Jan 2011 -

  64. Does anyone have any idea at all. Thank you very much ER buy side Salary ...

    2 comments20 May 2010 -

  65. Hi monkeys, What are your best practices for quickly processing/pricing potential opportunities and determining whether or not they are profitable. I'm talking about a quick first pass that takes a few hours to put together and summarize for a direct ...

    1 comment26 Feb 2020 -

  66. Straight out of college, after interning for 1.5 years at a small-size PE fund, I have been given an offer to join the fund in a permanent role. However, due to organisation issues (senior is a ridiculous guy to work with), I am planning to reject this of ...

    1 comment8 Apr 2019 -

  67. What kind o tips would you give someone who wants to work in the buy side? For instance in terms of internship/academia. In my particular case, doing a Msc Finance is absolutely necessary (poor undergrad brand). Which kind of master do you suggest to work ...

    1 comment5 Dec 2018 -

  68. The phrase 'buy-side' refers to companies that are in the business of buying others, rather than selling them. Investment banks are not usually part of this; although they may advise on the purchase of companies, they do not invest their own cap ...

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  69. Return to Main FAQ Page These are a collection of some of the best discussions created for and replied to by members of the WSO community on the topic of Hedge Funds. Keep in mind this is by no means a comprehensive list and reading old and current posts ...

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  70. Return to Main FAQ Page These are a collection of some of the best discussions created for and replied to by members of the WSO community on the topic of Private Equity. Keep in mind this is by no means a comprehensive list and reading old and current pos ...

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  71. Buy Side Job

    Job Search Advice

    Hi all, I'm currently an execution trader for a boutique brokerage firm based in London, focusing on Event Driven. Have been in this role for about 3 years. Also a CFA Level III candidate for June '17. Very keen to make the switch to the buy sid ...

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  72. Deleted Interviews buy side AM ...

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  73. Hi guys, I am currently working as a software developer in a financial software firm, my current job is to work with the quants in my firm and develop multi-asset class risk model. I want to switch my career from software developer to hedge fund quant ana ...

    4 Aug 2016 -

  74. Any one have an idea what a senior person or MD is making on the buy side in institutional fundraising? It seems just as important of a role as the deal guys at a buy-side firm, no? buy side ...

    1 comment24 Mar 2015 -

  75. So I am graduating this May from a West Coast non-target. I am ideally looking to get into IB (I know, I know) and have been working tirelessly at networking and pursuing all opportunities that I could potentially leverage to my advantage. I have internsh ...

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  76. Click here for our Private Equity forums. It is where we discuss the industry as well as different firms and groups. These are a collection of some of the best discussions created for and replied to by members of the WSO community on the topic of Private ...

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  77. Click here for our Hedge Fund forums. It is where we discuss the industry as well as different firms and groups. These are a collection of some of the best discussions created for and replied to by members of the WSO community on the topic of Hedge Funds. ...

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  78. ....Apologies for the long post. ...

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  79. Hi everyone, I have already done an intership at a tier one bb in sell side research but want to switch to the buy side. My focus is on equity research. I was wondering if someone could tell me AM firms with the best graduate programmes for buy side analy ...

    9 Feb 2010 -

  80. Buy side recruitment in Canada

    Investment Banking

    Anyone have any good resources? private equity hedge fund recruitment buy side headhunter ...

    1 comment4 Feb 2010 -

  81. I was wondering how doable this transition would be? It seems that one key part of equity analysis is industry analysis and what not, which is basically what market research analysts do. To put my question more specifically, how easy would it be for someo ...

    1 comment11 Jan 2010 -

  82. Fidelity Equity Research

    Equity Research

    I've got a dinner coming up with 5 or 6 other Duke juniors with people from Fidelity. Anyone know anything about Fidelity equity research? How can I turn this into an internship? Any help would be appreciated here. Recruiting Fidelity Equity Research ...

    3 Nov 2008 -