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  2. Mod note: This comment was in response to this thread: Best Entry Level Job for Running Future Hedge Fund Wait...you think b-school is going to teach you 'in depth modelling skills'? B-school teaches you advanced undergraduate-level finance. It ...

    58 comments5 May 2017 -

  3. Hi 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 small ...

    59 comments4 Sep 2016 -

  4. Leaving the buyside

    Hedge Fund

    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 here. So everything comes full circl ...

    116 comments12 Dec 2014 -

  5. Hey Everyone, ...

    49 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  6. Monkeys, As year 1 closes in, I've begun struggling with what I suppose is some sort of quarter life crisis. For many of us in banking, life to this point has been a constant series of "successes"--do well in high school, go to a top colleg ...

    131 comments22 Apr 2016 -

  7. hey guys, thinking of joining sumzero & value investors club, and am open to other ideas. For those of you who use these, are they worth it? I guess my concern is that for VIC I don't get a lot of benefit yet I share all of my ideas and sumzero I ...

    59 comments8 Nov 2016 -

  8. Hedge Fund Structure Over the last few months I've realized just how diverse hedge funds are, and how little people (both in/out of the industry) understand about the different structures. This is my attempt to distill some of the bigger differences ...

    42 comments12 Mar 2018 -

  9. The Current Promotion Cycle for Investment Banking Analysts So recently I got word that Goldman Sachs is announcing a pretty dramatic policy shift in the promotion cycle of investment banking analysts right out of college. Traditionally, investment bankin ...

    41 comments10 Nov 2015 -

  10. Currently a LevFin analyst at GS /MS/ BAML. Want to transition to buyside (specifically Growth Equity shop). Background is heavy in debt, but familiar and proficient in modeling (practice and taught through self). Is it okay if i told headhunters I want t ...

    11 comments19 Nov 2019 - Analyst 1 in IB - DCM

  11. So this summer I'll be applying for full time positions as a London based grad at a top target university. Will be applying primarily for fixed income functions at BBs and top asset managers. I would like to work buyside eventually but straight out o ...

    26 comments11 Apr 2017 -

  12. I had a number of questions about Citadel's global equities team because I recently advanced pretty far in the process there. There is a surprising lack of information on the fund given its overall influence on the finance world more broadly. Feel fr ...

    18 comments4 Jan 2018 -

  13. What are the best banks/groups in Hong Kong for recruiting for buyside positions in mainland/HK? Would also be interested in hearing where past analysts from the said banks/groups are headed. Hong Kong buyside PE megafund ...

    17 comments19 Feb 2016 -

  14. Hello- In the spirit of my previous post, I've provided the below information. Note that the tips are geared toward IBD analysts recruiting for the buyside and are meant to be industry and firm agnostic. #7- Be honest with yourself Try to figure out ...

    18 comments11 May 2013 -

  15. In 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 publi ...

    13 comments7 Mar 2014 -

  16. Boston: finance powerhouse?

    Investment Banking

    For a city of its size, I'm really surprised at how many top-notch buyside firms are in boston. You have Bain Capital, Baupost group, wellington, bracebridge, and a slew of others. buyside hedge funds finance boston Salary ...

    21 comments14 Sep 2010 -

  17. HF Vs. IB as a Junior Trader

    Sales and Trading

    I am currently a rising Senior and I have been presented with potential oppertunities at both a Hedge Fund with AUM > 5 Billion, and one of the top 3 US Banks. I am aware that I am leaving out a significant amount of details, but generally from a macro ...

    20 comments19 Jul 2011 -

  18. Hello, Can anyone provide some insight on working in finance in Asia (particularly Mainland China)? I grew up in the US and am working currently an IBD analyst in the US at a bulge bracket firm. I do have the language capability to work in China. I would ...

    19 comments5 Dec 2011 -

  19. I've been on Go Buyside for about a month now and spoken to one recruiter and applied to maybe 20 jobs. I get a fair amount of notifications that "an investment manager has downloaded your resume." The only way to see which firm is to upgra ...

    9 comments19 Oct 2018 -

  20. AT&T makes bet on video with $48.5 billion DirecTV bid

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    AT&T just announced that it plants to buy DirectTV for 48.5 Billion! AT&T Inc plans to pay $48.5 billion to buy DirecTV, in the latest sign that the wireless industry and the U.S. television market are set to converge as customers consume more vid ...

    14 comments19 May 2014 -

  21. Finance gamertags

    Off Topic

    Trying to think of a good finance / buyside related gamertag for Xbox live. Any suggestions? buyside xbox 360 Accounting & Finance gamertag ...

    14 comments22 Jun 2014 -

  22. I am a third year analyst at a top MM IB. My goal has always been to pursue a career on a buyside. I have interviewed at various buyside firms throughout my Analyst career. Made it through case studies and to final round interviews at a few places but hav ...

    12 comments17 Nov 2015 -

  23. Neither of the two are the best when it comes to breaking into Asset Management or equity research, but which of the two is easier to move over to the buyside? PWM probably has more networking opportunities and you are doing something front office-ish (mo ...

    13 comments7 Oct 2010 -

  24. Hi all, New to the boards, would appreciate your help. I'm a top ranked 3rd year analyst in Restructuring/ LevFin at an elite boutique in London (think Rothschild, Lazard, Greenhill, Houlihan Lokey etc.) and looking to move over to the buyside. I ...

    11 comments12 Apr 2014 -

  25. Sounds like most megafunds and lots of MM PE as well as hedge funds have given out offers. Curious to see what offers people have landed and more importantly from what groups. throwaway accounts encouraged buyside hedge fund Recruiting PE megafund ...

    11 comments1 Mar 2014 -

  26. I was recently approached by a headhunter for an ambiguously titled 'Analyst' role at a relatively new Hedge Fund / DCM advisor (not a household name but mid-sized, +$100m, led by industry heavyweights and a very small team, they have large back ...

    9 comments1 Nov 2016 -

  27. Gotta make this quick- at work. After reading the risible, lambaste worthy & somberful post of "biggest life regrets" http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/the-single-b... It's evident for MOST of the posters on this forum (whom I' ...

    10 comments21 Apr 2016 -

  28. Back to Buy Side

    Private Equity

    I know I should be talking to headhunters instead of asking on an internet forum but here goes: ...

    10 comments6 Jul 2014 -

  29. Buy-side FI Trading Tips

    Sales and Trading

    In a couple months I will be starting buy-side trading role in FI (think fairly illiquid HY /muni-type debt). The role is purely execution for the PM and Senior Analysts. My background is a several years of experience in PWM, some discretionary equity and ...

    11 comments7 Jun 2012 -

  30. This is more of a rant but has been on my mind for a while. If you're going to comment, please leave a constructive comment. Thanks! Background: Asian. Grew up in the US. Target school. Starting analyst stint in NYC this year ...

    10 comments31 Jan 2014 -

  31. Mutual Fund Trader Salary

    Sales and Trading

    How much does a buyside trader working at a large mutual fund like FMR (Fidelity Management & Research), or Pioneer, AIM, etc. earn in a salary? Thanks trading buyside hedge fund Trader fund Mutual Fund Salary ...

    9 comments26 Feb 2017 -

  32. My goal since graduating has been to eventually earn a PE job. Long story short, I can't wait to get out of banking. 100+ hour weeks, no vacation days, poor treatment, and people I frankly don't like working with. My experience has been differen ...

    10 comments1 Jan 2011 -

  33. PE firms that hire consultants

    Investment Banking

    Hi guys, I just thought it would be a good idea to start a thread to create a complete list of PE firms that typically hire consultants. Let me kick it off with the following: Bain Cap Golden Gate Berkshire Charlesbank AEA Any others you can add? buyside ...

    10 comments3 Nov 2010 -

  34. Jr Buyside Analyst Salary

    Asset Management

    Hey guys, Going through the interview process with a few boutique shops ($5-$10B AUM) in Toronto and want to have a general idea if/when salary comes up. Does $45-50k base with $10-15k bonus sound reasonable? I just want to be in the ballpark if the subje ...

    8 comments12 Sep 2015 -

  35. delete quit banking analyst hedge fund HF buyside business school admissions loveofthegame ...

    8 comments9 Aug 2015 -

  36. Much maligned and oft misunderstood. The Investment Banking Associates. To many analysts they are the deadbeat hippie embroidery/glass blowing double majors who decided to get their acts sort-of-straight and become investment banking lifers with no better ...

    8 comments19 Sep 2010 -

  37. Hi guys, a friend of me showed me this wonderful website and has allowed me to do even more research. I was hoping you guys can help me answer some questions, it would greatly be appreciated. Like many other people who post on these forums, I am a young c ...

    9 comments20 Sep 2012 -

  38. Post final round coffee chat

    Job Search Advice

    Can anyone provide any insight on what to expect from a coffee chat with team head in a PE firm after three rounds of interviews for an investment associate role in the Private debt team (spoken to whole team from analyst to MD, case study and HR)? I' ...

    6 comments1 Jul 2018 -

  39. I'm planning on completing my CFA Level I before graduating undergrad in May of 2013. According to the CFA website, you must: "Have a bachelor's (or equivalent) degree or be in the final year of your bachelor's degree program at the ti ...

    9 comments17 May 2011 -

  40. Is the buy-side in NY /London possible following 3-4 years working front office in a foreign central bank? Assume the bank is relatively small, I would have had regular contact with the president/execs, would have been involved in the interest rate decisi ...

    8 comments12 Apr 2014 -

  41. GS TMT/FIG, MS M&A placement

    Investment Banking

    I saw the BX list on WSO a while back and was wondering if anyone knows where the current second years at GS /MS are going? buyside Salary ...

    8 comments30 Aug 2013 -

  42. Mod Note: RLC1 posted a great response in response to this thread: Leaving the buyside and we thought it deserved its own thread. I'll share my experience. I quit a partner track alts gig that would make many of the kids on this forum drool. I quit t ...

    7 comments3 Mar 2014 -

  43. Hey Monkeys, ...

    7 comments23 Jul 2014 -

  44. The season for internships is upon us. Those fortunate few who have their summers charted are looking forward to smooth seas and clear sailing until the start of the summer. Others meanwhile are scrambling for sight of land, for that one phone call which ...

    6 comments26 Feb 2014 -

  45. Tuck/Sloan/Stern/Haas/LBS

    Business School and GMAT

    How would you guys rank these schools for someone interested in doing HF or IM afterwards? They are all great schools but not in the finance powerhouse of hbs /wharton/booth/columbia. And each has its strengths and weaknesses compared to the others. MBA b ...

    7 comments24 Nov 2012 -

  46. Buyside placemenet at Booth this year

    Business School and GMAT

    Not sure how accurate these numbers are but they're from a friend who's a 2nd year there and went through full-time recruiting for HF and IM. Apparently, around 20 booth students got offers from PIMCO (account management and product management), ...

    7 comments18 Apr 2012 -

  47. IBD lateral from a CRA

    Investment Banking

    Hi, I am currently at a boutique consulting firm (~1 year of experience) and am looking to lateral into IBD in ~2 years. I am considering an offer for an operations analyst role at one of the CRAs (S&P, Fitch, Moody's). Although the role is in op ...

    6 comments20 Apr 2016 -

  48. Quit now = no buy side gig?

    Investment Banking

    So, got an offer from a top buyside shop recently. Since then, my BB analyst job has just become more and more of a slug. If I quit now will I still be able to keep the buyside job? I'm sure hundreds of monkeys have wondered about this before... priv ...

    7 comments19 May 2011 -

  49. Hey guys, Needed some help in figuring out this interesting job description, which seems like a dual role in Investments and Credit...would like to hear what people get from the description: The Investment/Corporate Credit analyst will provide unbiased, w ...

    6 comments26 Oct 2015 -

  50. What is the expected salary for an analyst development program coming out of undergrad? This would be a program developing you to be a FI trader for a decent sized ($300-$400 bn AUM) AM firm. I am pretty far into the interviews and salary came up during d ...

    6 comments19 Oct 2014 -

  51. I might have just got an offer at a buy-side intermediary.. What would an intern there do? Would they do the same things as a standard investment banking analyst? Investment Banking buyside interns buy-side ...

    6 comments22 Apr 2016 -

  52. Calgary PE

    Private Equity

    Anyone have any insight on exit opportunities in Calgary mainly wondering about PE but also any info on hedge funds / AM gigs would be appreciated. Looking for details such as reputable shops, approx. salary, culture, hours, etc. private equity calgary Ex ...

    5 comments15 Nov 2016 -

  53. Ares Direct Lending NY

    Private Equity

    Wanted to see if anyone had any information about this group. Culture, Interview process, career progression, lifestyle, comp, etc... I'm a first year analyst at a BB lev fin group. All posts appreciated! Ares Capital Management buyside 2017 PE Recru ...

    5 comments13 Feb 2016 -

  54. Clients for CarterPierce?

    Private Equity

    Does anyone know some of the firms that use Carter Pierce? They focus exclusively on west coast opportunities, but I feel like most of the major shops still go through the major east coast HHs (HSP, Amity, etc). Thanks. headhunter PE LA SF west coast buys ...

    5 comments9 Oct 2015 -

  55. Hey all, For case studies for buy side interviews, what do people typically reach out to Investor Relations or Research Analysts for? Want to incorporate this reaching out into my analysis. Thanks buyside 2nd interview ...

    5 comments27 Oct 2014 -

  56. Hi- I was wondering what people's thoughts are on buyside recruiting for individuals at RBC NY vs. Jeffries NY vs. Houlihan Lokey NY? Thanks! buyside Interview ...

    4 comments24 May 2018 -

  57. Hello all, I've recently transitioned from Institutional Banking in Australia to working at hedge fund in Canada (>CAD$300m AUM). I've got one job and that's to meet up in person with every broker and analyst in town (and call or email e ...

    3 comments24 Feb 2020 -

  58. Quite Thankful

    WSO Success Stories

    I had previously posted on here that I had gotten a job in ER covering special situations. I loved the work, was learning a lot, and really enjoying it. About a month ago, I got called from a boutique buyside shop to come in for an interview, and I just g ...

    5 comments15 Dec 2011 -

  59. Going to start recruiting soon as a second year analyst in IB M&A. I'm at a boutique, and we mostly do buyside advisory deals. I closed 2 deals recently (~$250mm) as the sole analyst on a 4 person team, so I was the one building the whole model a ...

    3 comments12 Dec 2019 -

  60. Hi- curious about what the monkeys on WSO think about this. I've been told that buyside is where almost every IB analyst hopes to end up. I just recently received an offer for an investment group at BlackRock (which is, at least my impression, a buys ...

    3 comments10 Nov 2019 -

  61. So I'm a junior at a semi-target with a solid GPA (3.7+) and past buyside (7bn+ HF) internship experience. I have an offer for a top buyside firm (deals with both public and private investments) for an internship this summer. Would be a killer name t ...

    4 comments24 Apr 2016 -

  62. So I'm a junior at a semi-target with a solid GPA (3.7+) and past buyside (7bn+ HF) internship experience. I have an offer for a top buyside firm (deals with both public and private investments) for an internship this summer. Would be a killer name t ...

    4 comments24 Apr 2016 -

  63. Hi fellow monkeys, long-time lurker here. I am planning to apply to top MBA programs in the US this upcoming fall and would appreciate your insight on a tough decision that I have to make. Right now I've been with a Big 4 Corporate Finance practice i ...

    3 comments17 Apr 2018 -

  64. "What's the best group on the Street?" It's one of the most common questions asked on the WSO forums. Nobody ever has a definitive answer, because there isn't one. Some folks want to make a career in investment banking, while many ...

    3 comments14 Sep 2012 -

  65. Pioneer Investments?

    Asset Management

    Does anyone know anything about this firm? Hoping to do buyside equity research or at least be involved in mutual/hedge funds in the Boston area. I've never heard of this company before but saw them come up in a google search. Any information about l ...

    3 comments20 Oct 2014 -

  66. Buy Side Cultural Aspects

    Equity Research

    Hey all, In previous posts I mentioned that I am moving to the buy side into an equity research role. I had previously been with an small sell side shop focusing on special situations. I was approached for the new role based on a previous work contact. I ...

    3 comments30 Mar 2012 -

  67. Research turnaround times

    Equity Research

    Hi Guys, This would be appplicable to those generalist analysts on the buyside. I was wondering what your turnaround times were for a project? Lets say your PM asked you to take a look at a sector that is new to you and come back with some sort of recomme ...

    3 comments20 Dec 2011 -

  68. Hi, I've been in New York for just over a year and am finally settled in. Currently, I work on the sell side covering event driven trading (90% merger arbitrage). My eventual goal is to move to the buy-side, a transition that I hope to make within th ...

    2 comments14 Dec 2019 -

  69. Headhunters for Convert Arb?

    Sales and Trading

    Anyone know which headhunters would be good to talk to if I'm interested in Convert Arb? Have a converts and derivatives background and am coming from top 2 BB (GS /MS). Starting late I know....I'm willing to look at outright-style funds as well ...

    3 comments28 Apr 2010 -

  70. deleted buyside sellside research ...

    2 comments1 Nov 2015 -

  71. Roll Up-focused PE funds

    Private Equity

    Can anyone please provide the names of sponsors who employ a roll up strategy in their investments? Looking primarily for funds that emphasize industry consolidation and usually invest with the intent to perform several bolt-ons as opposed to mega funds o ...

    2 comments13 Apr 2015 -

  72. Buyside Recruitment Firm

    Investment Banking

    Has anyone heard of a group called the Red Star Exchange? Are they legitimate headhunters or just some random recruitment firm? I have no idea how they were able to get my work email... buyside headhunter ...

    2 comments30 Jul 2012 -

  73. Just wondering whether it is impossible (not literally) to get into hedge funds/ pe from buyside institutions (fidelity, pension funds, mutual funds, etc.)? What are some of the necessities for hedge funds like CFA, MBA and other certifications? Thanks bu ...

    2 comments1 Aug 2011 -

  74. Buyside Continuity Threatened?

    Business School and GMAT

    Please spare the monkey s***....I ask this in response to the famous "Former MS M& A and KKR " thread. How much of a disadvantage is it to go to...GASP...Wharton instead of H/S for MBA if you're looking at megafunds or top MMs after bsc ...

    2 comments2 Jul 2011 -

  75. Fellas, My post is not entirely relevant to the banking forum since im interviewing for buyside jobs, but thought it's still worthwhile for the benefit of some monkeys. Anyway, a bit background, im currently a 3rd year analyst, looking to finish up a ...

    2 comments8 Mar 2011 -

  76. Hi, I am finishing my second year as a buyside equity research analyst (for a big mutual fund) and do ok... have had negative months, but so far always above the benchmark. Will be taking cfa level 1 in december and hold a phd in economics from a top 10 e ...

    2 comments20 Jul 2009 -

  77. always want to do IBD, but things did not go well with applications,,,I know more commonly sellside experience will be helpful if you wanna go to buyside,,,,,my situation is,, I had one internship in UK based mutual fund, recently been offered an non-paid ...

    2 comments14 Jul 2009 -

  78. Was wondering if anyone here ever was in a buyside IG bond investing role and had the following questions:-How did you like investing in IG? Did you feel like you learned a good skill set?-When wanting to transition to HY bond investing or other types of ...

    1 comment14 Feb 2020 -

  79. I recently completed a summer analyst program at a BB as a sophomore. Due to factors both in and out of my control (I don't want to get too specific here), I was not offered the opportunity to return. However, feedback from the people I worked direct ...

    1 comment23 Aug 2018 -

  80. Anyone heard of Affine Talent?

    Job Search Advice

    I'm currently looking to break into the buy-side and recently received an email from Affine Talent introducing me to their recruiting platform. Has anyone has any experience working with them? From what I have read on their website, It's interes ...

    1 comment12 Aug 2018 -

  81. Does anyone have any info on Tenex Capital Management? From what I can find, looks like there an operationally focused distressed PE shop started by a few Cerberus guys. Any info on the firm in terms of types of investments/culture/reputation would be gre ...

    1 comment1 Sep 2017 -

  82. Hello, was wondering what a junior investment analyst in the ABS group within a fund does on a daily basis? How good is it in terms of skillset in couple of years time? (ideally non-performing-loans sub group in places like Apollo, PIMCO, Fortress etc, wo ...

    26 Mar 2017 -

  83. Hey everyone, I recently got an interview for a treasury analyst position at a major AM. The reason I decided to ask about it even though I haven't gotten a offer is that I've never thought about going into treasury. I am currently in a middle o ...

    1 comment28 Jun 2016 -

  84. so I accepted an offer at a regional shop in Europe in which I'd do some macro driven asset allocation on multiple asset classes as well as some quantitative implementation of the same. the place is not very known but the founders/partners are formid ...

    15 Jan 2016 -

  85. Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has feedback from their buy-side recruiting days on the different types of questions that junior people crossing over from the sell-side get depending on the type of role they're interviewing for. There's been a ...

    24 Oct 2015 -

  86. Segmentation BuySide

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    As there are questions about the SellSide and BuySide on a daily basis, I wanted to give assistance with the segmentation for the BuySide. The aim is to show what the BuySide does and which different areas it has. So let me start with a general BuySide de ...

    19 Jun 2015 -

  87. How can a bulge bracket IB Associate break into a long-short value fund? And will having more work years (relative to analysts) limit the opportunities that are available? Prior work experience includes Global Macro quant, M&A banking, and Tax Equity ...

    10 Aug 2014 -

  88. I was just wondering whether anyone have some experience with the 15 minutes buy-side phone interviews. I am not sure what to expect. This will be the first interview after I submitted my resume and cover letter with them. This is for a relatively small e ...

    16 Oct 2013 -

  89. NY IBD to London Buyside

    Investment Banking

    How realistic is making the jump from a BB IBD role (not GS /MS) into the London branch of the better PE firms (both British firms like Apax, Permira, BC as well as satellite offices of American firms)? Not asking for KKR / Blackstone, anything from megaf ...

    4 Oct 2011 -