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  2. Some Observations from an MD

    Investment Banking

    So 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 pe ...

    135 comments12 Apr 2019 -

  3. 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 se ...

    46 comments22 May 2018 -

  4. Is investment banking the single highest paying salaried job out there? Are there any occupations that pay as well or better? Secondly, I'm a sophomore at London School of Economics, and I want to follow a career in IB. Is M&A the best choice for ...

    79 comments20 Feb 2018 -

  5. Hello guys and gals,,, I do not even know.. if I am in a back office, I am currently working for a financial data vendor; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_data_vendor My salary is low and my moral might be lower. Everyday people see my pissed off fa ...

    40 comments29 Jan 2018 -

  6. I wondered when some startup was going to try and tackle this. Pellucid Analytics is trying to add some automation to the pitchbook generation process. What do you think monkeys? Will this catch on? Will analysts be replaced by software? startup investmen ...

    41 comments18 Feb 2018 -

  7. Launching Leaders-- 2014/2015

    Job Search Advice

    Anyone hear back yet? investment-banking ...

    62 comments21 Oct 2014 -

  8. Mod Note (Andy): #TBT Throwback Thursday- this post originally went up on 9/22/14. This comment was originally posted in The decline of MBA OCR 1. IB is expanding off its "bottom-out" following the crisis; However, this expansion is heavily weig ...

    26 comments4 Jun 2015 -

  9. Investment Banking Study Topics

    New User Introductions

    What books/resources would provide me with an in-depth look at what skills I can begin to cultivate? I am a sophomore with corporate finance and modeling experience. I need relevant banking topics to study/research in order to set myself apart. I am looki ...

    34 comments26 Nov 2014 -

  10. Hi there, I am currently a junior in college looking at SA's and was wondering if one is able to apply to multiple functions (IB, S&T, AM, etc.) an Investment Bank (GS, MS, JPM, etc.)? Will it be looked down upon that you aren't really focus ...

    21 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  11. Healthcare Overview... Part 1?

    Investment Banking

    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 o ...

    23 comments20 Oct 2014 -

  12. Shakeup in Houston

    Investment Banking

    Historically, Baclays/ Citi / CS have been the strongest banks in Houston but is this still the case? Bad senior comp at Barclays and bad culture, huge turnover at CS, etc. ...

    21 comments11 Nov 2014 -

  13. so as we're all grinding away with investment banking. I see my friend do his own thing. getting an offer from a publicy traded small cap tech company paying him 110k without requiring him to finish a college degree. anyone else think that's cra ...

    21 comments18 Sep 2014 -

  14. Intrepid Investment Bankers

    Investment Banking

    Anyone has any insight into this firm? It's based in Los Angeles. Los Angeles boutique bank investment-banking Salary ...

    16 comments21 Feb 2017 -

  15. Hello all, I am currently a sophomore in UT McCombs iMPA Program. Recently I have been suggested to look into I-Banking (even though there is a strong pushing towards Big 4 in this program). I have done a little bit of research and am meeting with my care ...

    18 comments13 Oct 2014 -

  16. Getting Started....early.

    Investment Banking

    Hey Guys, I have recently been looking into the possibility of Investment Banking as a future career. It is an interesting field to me, both in terms of what I'd be doing and how fast paced and demanding it is (Sounds crazy, but maybe someone underst ...

    17 comments12 Nov 2014 -

  17. Hey there, ...

    17 comments2 Sep 2014 -

  18. I am a sophomore at a non-target school who would like to eventually get an internship at a BB as an IBD analyst by the time I graduate. I was just wondering what everyone's opinion is on middle market PE firms, and if anyone has any knowledge of the ...

    16 comments28 Aug 2014 -

  19. IBD Bonuses on Offer Letter

    Investment Banking

    I was wondering if anyone could shed some light as to how bonus/bonus potential is expressed on an investment banking analyst full-time offer letter. Do they openly state the range of bonuses (eg. 25K-50K depending on performance) or do they express it as ...

    14 comments1 Oct 2014 -

  20. I'm accepted in Edinburgh's business school for a Msc in Financial Management, i wanted to know if it's well known in the USA and Europe? Do i have a chance to get an interview in as an IB analyst? 1st year analyst advice investment-banking ...

    13 comments8 Sep 2014 -

  21. Hi, I have an offer at a bank for a summer intern in IBD, and want to take it. However, one of the things that they ask for is that I list two personal referees. Has anyone had this before? Did they actually contact the people that were listed? If so, wha ...

    12 comments10 Nov 2014 -

  22. Hi, new to WSO, thanks for readinig this, I would really appreciate your comments. I am an Economist with MSc in economics from the best reputed university in Colombia, South America. U had relatively good grades (4.1 / 5) I am 35 years old, just passed C ...

    12 comments11 Sep 2014 -

  23. IB SA Interview

    Investment Banking

    Hi, I am currently a junior at a top public school (Michigan Ross, UC Haas, UVA McIntire) and am looking at SA positions for the coming year. There is on campus recruiting for most of the big firms here (BB, EB, MM, etc.) and they start their resume drop ...

    12 comments7 Sep 2014 -

  24. Going to a BB bank next year for IBD and I am currently thinking about how my GPA at UMICH/UVA/USC will fair for PE recruiting. As of now, I think I can graduate with a 3.8 as a finance major. However, I have room in my schedule to get a second major in a ...

    11 comments6 Oct 2014 -

  25. More-so directed to those further down in their career who can reflect on their experiences as an analyst. I'm sure that over the years, your perspectives have changed and what was worthwhile may not be the case anymore. Given the chance w/ the assum ...

    9 comments7 Nov 2014 -

  26. I'm starting full-time in June but I'm a history major with little finance background. Is the test going to super hard for me? investment-banking ...

    9 comments3 Nov 2014 -

  27. Guys, I have been following WSO for a long time and learned loads of great advices. This is the first time I post anything so please bear with me. ...

    9 comments29 Sep 2014 -

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    Investment Banking

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    9 comments17 Sep 2014 -

  29. MM IB vs M7

    Investment Banking

    All, I have an interesting opportunity that I figure I know what the answer to the question already is, but I wanted to post it here. I'm an associate in a relatively good BO job at one of the top BBs (think Risk/Treasury/etc). My goal has been IBD b ...

    9 comments28 Aug 2014 -

  30. Which Internships Should I Apply For?

    New User Introductions

    Hey guys, I'm a sophomore and I would like to pursue a career in investment banking. As I was searching for internship positions, I noticed that nearly all of the internship positions are only available to juniors. There are a few which are open to s ...

    7 comments31 Oct 2016 -

  31. unavailible

    Investment Banking

    UNAVAILIBLE Moelis Superday rbs investment-banking ...

    7 comments21 Feb 2015 -

  32. I was wondering if there are an investment banks who will consider candidates with a 2.2 degree especially in M&A acquisition m&a investment-banking ...

    7 comments14 Nov 2014 -

  33. Hi, I was wondering if you can help me analyze the probability of me becoming an Analyst / Associate in % Background- Master in Finance from semi-target. 4.0 GPA with honors (MSF, not MBA)- 1.5-2 year experience as a Real Estate Asset Management Analyst- ...

    7 comments4 Sep 2014 -

  34. Best research platform for M&A?

    Investment Banking

    Hi guys, I was wondering if somebody could help me out with determining which platform would be best suited for research at an IB for M&A. The M&A in question would be middle market and small cap M&A. I would need the ability to search for bot ...

    6 comments31 Oct 2014 -

  35. Non-target, did 2 banking internships at BB / MM, but messed up during FT interviews. Choosing between offers from Deloitte S&O, RM at a reputable MM, and FLDP at F500. What's the best offer to take if I want to break back into banking after 1-2 ...

    6 comments11 Oct 2014 -

  36. Hello everyone. I humbly come before you as a junior finance major with a 3.2 from Norfolk State University, and basically just a banking teller as relevant background experience. I do lead 3 student organizations on campus and also manage a nigh club in ...

    6 comments7 Oct 2014 -

  37. Networking--how many per bank?

    Investment Banking

    As far as networking for a 2015 SA position, how many people do you want to target ideally for each bank and ask them later on to forward your resume to HR? 5? 10? What is a good number to aim for? Or is it really just a couple that you have formed a good ...

    6 comments18 Sep 2014 -

  38. any ibankers please tear this resume apart give any feedback or recommendations investment-banking ...

    6 comments1 Sep 2014 -

  39. Big 4 TAS---> B School---> IB?

    Job Search Advice

    Hey guys, long story short: I have a good friend working at one of the Big 4 who is willing to refer me if there are any positions open. I've missed the boat when it comes to investment banking as an analyst (Already out of college for a year, no int ...

    5 comments29 Jan 2018 -

  40. Monkeys, In a bit of a tough situation and would like some advice. Background: Non target, president of school investment fund, sophomore summer in PE, junior summer as credit analyst for global AM, teaching assistant for finance program. The place I work ...

    5 comments10 Oct 2014 -

  41. Hi guys, What are your opinions regarding networking with one specific group. I am trying to get an interview with a MM firm, and I can only seem to find people in their Leverage Finance group. I am afraid of sending the same generic letter to multiple pe ...

    5 comments2 Sep 2014 -

  42. Often times I read the news and see "company x was the financial advisor on transaction y for company z." Is the main difference between an advisory firm and an IBD simply the IBD is able to raise capital for company x AND provide advisory servi ...

    5 comments28 Aug 2014 -

  43. Their website says that the DCM team is under Global Finance, which is under Investment Banking Divisions. So technically the debt capital markets team is under the IBD divisions? Does this mean that I am supposed to apply for an IBD position for DCM inte ...

    5 comments23 Aug 2014 -

  44. The title pretty much sums it all up. I plan on traveling abroad the month of January and then being a bum at school for the next four months while taking no classes...would love ideas on what I should do from resume building activities to absolute bull s ...

    4 comments28 Oct 2014 -

  45. Offers Decision Help

    Investment Banking

    Hey all, Longtime lurker, love the site. Anyways, non target graduating in 2015 and deciding between BMO and CIT offers. BMO is IBD generalist, CIT offer is either for TMT industry (what they call it) or Financial Sponsors. Long term goal is buyside, HF / ...

    4 comments23 Oct 2014 -

  46. i.e. being hired for 4 or 8 months on contract investment-banking ...

    4 comments2 Oct 2014 -

  47. Delete investment-banking ...

    3 comments13 Feb 2015 -

  48. Hello all, This is my first post on WSO. Im currently an undergraduate freshman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I've known since the 6th grade that i wanted a career in finance; specifically investment banking. So naturally my declared major ...

    3 comments10 Oct 2014 -

  49. I will be graduating from an average university this spring with degrees in political science and german. I am extremely interested in going into investment banking, but know that I don't really have the qualifications for it. I will be graduating wi ...

    3 comments9 Sep 2014 -

  50. Hello, My name is Chris. I am currently in my last semester at the wonderful University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We out here like to refer to it as the Harvard of the desert. I am part of the UNLV investment group where selected students get to manage a smal ...

    2 comments19 Feb 2018 -

  51. Hi, I was just wondering if econometrics is often used by traders themselves to forecast currency changes? Is that something that often happens in IB's such as RBS, JP, GS etc? Or is it mostly trader's hedging their risk? Also what does it mean ...

    2 comments3 Nov 2014 -

  52. IB Application Email Body

    Investment Banking

    I'm set to apply to HR my resume and cover letter, but I can't seem to figure out how to craft my body email to HR along with the said documents. Is there a template available or is there a way I can write it to look good to HR and get a 1st rou ...

    2 comments28 Oct 2014 -

  53. All, Currently a first year analyst in a coverage group at a bb in NYC and want to lateral into a capital markets role, preferably ecm. What are your thoughts on this? I don't have any interest in pe and coverage lifestyle is too much for me. Any hel ...

    2 comments18 Oct 2014 -

  54. Hi everybody, ...

    2 comments19 Sep 2014 -

  55. Networking & miscellaneous

    Investment Banking

    Hi Guys, I have a few questions, and if you could please share your experience with me that would be great. I am a senior graduating this December with 2 valuation internships looking to transition into IB. Any suggestions are appreciated. I have emailed ...

    2 comments7 Sep 2014 -

  56. I attended a non target state school and was lucky enough to get an offer at a middle market accounting firm (non big 4) in advisory after graduation. My ultimate career goal is to be in consulting at an MBB or as an Analyst at an investment bank. I would ...

    2 comments23 Aug 2014 -

  57. Looking To Find My Fit

    New User Introductions

    I'm posting this because I just came off a stint in the PMD Program at Merrill Lynch and it turned out it was not a fit. I have all my securities licenses. I'm looking for advice for career direction and this time around I'm looking for the ...

    2 comments20 Aug 2014 -

  58. Hi Everyone, If you are interested in pursuing a Finance career within EMEA, do register now for EMEA's largest student organized Investment Banking Conference- the LSE Investment Banking Conference 2014! This year, we have an exciting lineup of fant ...

    19 Oct 2014 -

  59. I recently graduated from a non target this past May with a 3.6 in Finance and Masters of Accounting. Did the whole big4 internship, hated it, and decided to focus more on finance. I was able to secure an equity research internship last fall but have not ...

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  60. I'm from Nigeria and have just been accepted to a few top east coast schools, including Darden, Duke, and Tuck. I'm trying to understand if any of these schools have opportunities with top investment banks like BAML, JPM, and GS, especially in t ...

    1 comment6 Nov 2014 -

  61. Portfolio Management?

    Investment Banking

    Are employees at investment banks allowed to manage their own retirement portfolio/401k? If so, does all of the regulation/paperwork make it impractical? Thanks! investment-banking ...

    29 Oct 2014 -

  62. Hello Im new here

    New User Introductions

    Hi guys, I'm hear to understand more about banking. Hope to learn more from you guys! Cheers KK investment-banking Salary ...

    29 Oct 2014 -

  63. What is the difference between Investment banking firm specializing in Private placement VS. Brokerage firm who just try to connect an investor with a start-up and collect commission? Thanks startup Brokerage firm private placement investment-banking Sala ...

    1 comment27 Oct 2014 -

  64. Dear Human Resources Manager, Currently looking for a full-time position as an investment analyst or consultant in the financial sector. Thank you for consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon. **** Possess strong analytical skills, in-depth ...

    1 comment17 Oct 2014 -

  65. I'm looking for a little assistance on what area of the investment field I want to go into. I go to UW-Milwaukee and am a Finance major and will apply for the investment management certificate. My question is what area of finance I should go into? Ba ...

    1 comment15 Oct 2014 -

  66. Interviewing for a KPMG Transactions & Restructuring Internship and a Corporate Banking (technology team) position at a BB. Wondering if anyone can give me some more insight on either of these positions, and which one I should go for if I get an offer ...

    1 comment10 Oct 2014 -

  67. I just received a contract to work for a Bulge Bracket, but it only states a salary of $85,000. It does not show an increase for a 2nd year analyst. Do all banks increase salary for second years, and if so by how much? Thanks! investment-banking ...

    1 comment8 Oct 2014 -

  68. Frequently we will often hear about the glamorous parts of each profession whether its working on billion dollar acquisitions and modeling in IBD, meeting with management in ER, and underwriting billion dollar acquisition financing in corporate banking. H ...

    8 Oct 2014 -

  69. Potential IB Career

    Investment Banking

    I am a sophomore finance major at Case Western Reserve University and I have a 3.0 GPA. I didn't perform well academically freshmen year which didn't help me. I am a hard worker and I will probably be looking at around a 3.5 GPA by the end of th ...

    7 Oct 2014 -

  70. Real Estate Analysis

    Investing, Markets & Macroeconomics

    How do you value a real estate company? What metrics are different, or how are they different? What if it is a commercial real estate company? Thanks Company metrics valuations DCF analysis analyst real estate investment-banking ...

    25 Sep 2014 -

  71. Gardening Break

    Investment Banking

    What exactly is the nature of this and how long is it usually for just someone at the analyst level? i.e. covering a certain industry in banking and then moving into an equity research or equity investing role in that same industry? investment-banking ...

    24 Sep 2014 -

  72. New Member Asking For Career Advice

    New User Introductions

    Here is some background of myself. I'm about to graduate from a non-target school, double majoring in mathematics and economics with 3.4 GPA. Due to working part-time by managing my parents' business, I wasn't able to obtain any internships ...

    23 Sep 2014 -

  73. What do you do in the "Insitutional clients- Debt sales" division?

    Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy

    I am doing an internship at a large European investment bank in the "Instiutional cllients- debt sales" division. My background is in mathematics, with some lectures on derivative pricing. I do not consider myself to be particularly well-informe ...

    19 Sep 2014 -

  74. MESA Global

    Investment Banking

    Does anyone have any info on this firm? How well are they doing? Are they well-known and a good firm to work at if you are interested in the ib media and entertainment sector? investment-banking ...

    1 comment12 Sep 2014 -

  75. Upperclass undergrad

    New User Introductions

    Hi everyone- I just started my third to last semester in college. I also just recently regained my interest in I.B. and I want to learn more. I'd like to get my feet wet in the industry in the summer of 2015. This past summer I did stonework for a fr ...

    1 comment8 Sep 2014 -

  76. Available Immediately

    Job Search Advice

    This is a moonshot, but I feel like it's worth posting. I have applied to over 300 jobs this summer and have had a few interviews, but no success. I have no professional experience-- all of my finance-related experience comes from class projects. Dur ...

    1 comment7 Sep 2014 -

  77. An article in American Bankers (http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_239/are-b...) states that Goldman Sachs invests in building the Quantum Computer. Apparently this quiet news that not makes waves in the financial community yet, is actually a turnin ...

    4 Sep 2014 -

  78. Scotiabank TMT

    Investment Banking

    Anyone previously interview with Scotiabank or TMT groups? any guides to focus on? any advice is helpful...interview this week investment-banking Salary ...

    1 comment1 Sep 2014 -

  79. I didn't do as well as I could have in high school, so I am unable to get into any target ibanking schools. Previously to becoming interested in finance, I was planning to attend Ole Miss next year. Will my chances of becoming an investment banker be ...

    1 comment31 Aug 2014 -

  80. CFD trading strategy

    Sales and Trading

    Please check this link where you will find CFD trading strategy is free and in the some page you'll find more information and more articles on how to invest with no risk (copy and paste): detodosobrefinanzas(dot)com/estrategias-de-cfd-trading-2/ Fore ...

    29 Aug 2014 -

  81. Mind providing pros and cons for a full-time position between a BAML / DB coverage group position and a Moelis NYC generalist position. Please provide insight on lifestyle, experience, exit ops. Thanks! investment-banking Salary ...

    1 comment29 Aug 2014 -

  82. Dear Fellow Wall Street Oasis Members: Hello, I received my bachelor's degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley. I now live in New York and am working to get an analyst position in investment banking. I am very new to finan ...

    1 comment26 Aug 2014 -

  83. Michael Pj New WSO User

    New User Introductions

    Good Afternoon everyone! I heard about WSO a couple years ago from a friend Nathaniel who seemed to have a very strong understanding of financial services. I recall him teaching me at one point the breakdown of Bulge Bracket, midcap and boutique firms. He ...

    26 Aug 2014 -