If 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...
I’ll start. The client’s 10-year financial projections (based on user count) were on the basis of exponential growth. And by the time he got to year 10, he didn’t have to forecast anymore because by year 8 he had already attracted 1.26 Billion Users for his app, and was raking in $636B...
I compiled this post because I've received several questions aroud this topic in private messages and I thought it may be helpful to discuss my experience with a wider audience. I would like to caveat all of the information in this really long post below by saying that these are all broad...
<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...
So 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...
It seems like lately there have been more posts about saving money and how to accomplish fiscal responsibility. That's nice and all, but everyone splurges on something, no matter how fiscally conservative they are. I happen to think a topic like this would be a lot more interesting than...
There are a couple different paths that you can take as a finance major: <ol> <li>Commercial Banking </li> <li>corporate finance</li> <li>Financial Planning </li> <li>Hedge Funds </li> <li>Insurance </li> ...
Keyser Söze 123
My managing director always tells me, "Keyser, have a good weekend." What my managing director actually means is, "Keyser, Bend over." ...and I fall for it every time. Curious to hear what fallacious things your MD tells you? <em>Mod Note (Andy): One of...
Ross seems fun, where a strong GPA is somewhat assured, with defined paths to great jobs. Yet everyone is telling me to go to Chicago. I'm surprised I got into Chicago, safe assumption my GPA isn't going to be stellar, but maybe the Chicago brand is worth that downside? And while not...
I started a throwaway account as I feel that this is quite a sensitive topic. I’ve been networking heavily since my final year in university. I’m now almost 2 years into my first job in finance. It’s always been easy for me to get the attention of an M.D. from a well-known bank. I was...
TLDR - seen a lot of pessimism out of the major firms, it's starting to make me think it's too pessimistic, making me consider that we’re on the cusp of a multi-year secular bull market, let's discuss OK, I've been struggling with a couple of thoughts over the past few...
Recently received a signing bonus and it ended up getting taxed at 51.5%...wtf is that normal or did something get messed up? I got taxed in <abbr title="New York">NY</abbr>, so I know there will be some state tax, just don't know how it ends up being greater than 50%...
Does anyone know some good fashion hacks to make us monkeys' lives a bit easier? I've heard putting your dress shirt in the dryer with an ice cube can replace ironing, is this true? Has anyone attempted this?
In 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/ -...
<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...
Hello 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...
Hello, I am not proud of what I have done but I think the US academic pushed me to focus too much on academics rather than the actual content. Background: I am an international student and my undergrad was business, I had the chance to be accepted in an intensive computer science grad...
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...
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...
What's something you said in an interview that made you want to bitchslap yourself? I'll start. Back when I was a junior looking for <abbr title="summer analyst intern">SA</abbr> positions in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>, I...
Just what the title says. Just the dumbest/meanest/most unprofessional thing you've gotten from an interviewer. To start off, I had a friend butcher a technical and get asked if he won a Special Olympics medal during a <abbr title="elite boutique">EB</abbr>...
<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, Asset Management gigs, and alternatives to the sell-side out of college, and hopefully my experience taking the asset...
***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...
Share 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...
I can't answer if <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> 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...
Okay, 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 interns like dicks. I'm sharing this because I love y'all, and we all are here to help you...
Received this floating around last week. Apparently it was written by a Barclays kid that just left. For those of you who have bosses who love to use business metaphors and figures of speech, you're gonna love this. The email is lengthy, but if you can relate to its contents, you will...
I have a friend who’s doing a summer internship at a bank (not <abbr title="bulge bracket">BB</abbr>, but a smaller place). His boss invited a bunch of the employees on his boat July 4th and all was good… until the boss broke out the Old School joint and started...
There appears to be some demand for an <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-a-hedge-fund-HF" rel="nofollow"><abbr title="hedge fund">HF</abbr></a></span> AMA, so here goes... I believe this...
Hi Guys, I know that there are women out there who are easily impressed by the money and generally the prestige of Investment Banking, but how do you show them discreetly that you are <span class='keyword_link'><a...
Hey 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 href="/company/boston-consulting-group"...
At the private school that I attend, and at most colleges and universities in America, political correctness rules. Students on college campuses have developed an almost Orwellian newspeak and become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and constantly afraid of being labeled with the slew...
Fear The Bulge
Welcome 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...
I desperately wanted to move to California and I was applying to every job under the Sun. The first call I got sent me through the roof, and it was for a "finance" job but they were very vague about what they actually did. That was the first red flag. My naive self hopped on a...
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...
Heard from a peer on the street, wondering if anyone could verify? The policy on comp is the one that has me making this post. 1. Seniors are jumping ship like crazy right now 2. It is an absolute sweatshop nowadays for analysts ***3. Any year's bonus must be paid back if you...
**3 reasons why <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/company/morgan-stanley">Morgan Stanley</a></span> is headed to zero** 1. Their CEO, James Gorman looks like a fucking muppet. He isn't even bald! 2. In 2008, the last time they were...
Very simply who is your favorite billionaire? I 'd have to go with Rupert Murdoch or Henry Kravis...
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...
I'll start. Mine is more or less James Franco, but backwards. Woah, genius. I know. It took me a while to come up with this one.
I'm a college sophomore at a target, and currently at about $2 million altogether. I've been involved in the Bitcoin community for a couple years now. I cashed out $1 million into fiat, and I still have $1 million invested in crypto currencies. My initial investment was $25K, from...
Following 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 "Barclays Welcome to the Jungle" one from a few years back but.... here is some...
I 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...
Wanted to start a thread compiling a list of finance vocabulary, formal or informal. Words can be as "basic" as *EBITDA* or as "fancy" as *capital extraction*. The more pretentious the better. After all, capital expenditures aka capex essentially means to fix shit up or to...
Networking is one of the key factors in the success of most young professionals. Whether it is gaining valuable advice or getting a leg up in the hiring process, networking opens doors and unlocks knowledge that would otherwise be hard to find. <h3>best way to track networking...
That time of year again. Banks have finished their fiscal year and should be close to payout time (BMO / <abbr title="Royal Bank of Canada">RBC</abbr> / others?) Thought might be good to start a thread to see where comp is shaking out. I realize <abbr...
Share the worst task you had to do as a summer intern, or most tedious work you assigned to a summer intern... Example: - Manually scanning a 300 page investment consideration deck, page by page, because graphics was too busy
In light of the “Piper Jaffray: Sweatier Than Ever in 2018” thread ([link](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/piper-jaffray-sweatier-than-ever-in-2018)), I was inspired to share the biggest professional regret of my career so far, however early in my career that it may...
Hi guys, Feinstein here. Short story is, a bit over six years ago, I posted on this forum regarding a career decision on whether to stay in <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or go to <abbr title="McKinsey, Bain and BCG">MBB</abbr> (<a...
Have a long night ahead and could use a distraction every hour or so What is your hardest take... on anything. I'm talking hardest take possible. Fire away
So I go to a top school, so think Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. And coming in, I almost felt a sort of insecurity, because I thought that I would be up against the grinders whom I knew in high school, and against kids who went to the best boarding schools, which everyone knows prepare kids well....
There are plenty of posts on here about whether or not <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr> or other finance jobs are "worth it." However, I haven't seen many posts on whether or not people on here think that they're worth all of the benefits that...
Bridgewater's Ray Dalio [wrote a post about "Why and How Capitalism Needs to be Reformed,"](https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-how-capitalism-needs-reformed-parts-1-2-ray-dalio/?published=t/) claiming that the outcomes of capitalism are no longer consistent with the system’s...
Finance attracts a lot of people who like to work hard and play hard. Financial professionals may work brutal hours and have to deal with high levels of pressure, but they also make lots of money, work prestigious jobs, and can afford to drop cash on nights out. So what are some of your...
I find <a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/what-are-exit-opps-really-like-for-mbb-partners">this thread </a>pretty amusing because I'm ~40, have two kids, have made good money over the years in a good field (not consulting) and there's just no way I'm...
Hi there, am an SO to someone in banking. He's one year out to promotion to VP. He keeps telling me it will get "better". Not sure what it means and I would really like specific details. He still works to 9/10/11 longer most nights. Still working most weekends. I asked him...
I don't see the issue with deporting Illegal Aliens or excluding groups of people from countries that are known for producing terrorists. I don't see the issue with dismantling the H1B program and putting Americans at work. Not importing people from India and China, pay them for cheap...
Theoretical: What would be your dream career choice assuming it paid the same as Investment Banking?
So, there’s an MD on my team who I think highly of and does good business. He’s considered a good mentor and good leader/manager. I’m thinking of who I’m going to promote to a senior leadership position from the middle ranks and he was my top choice before tonight. The only...
Now that we've seen half of the candidates duke it out tonight, the NYT poses the question that has been on every Dem's mind for a while: <h4>Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate</h4> Should Democrats rally behind Mr. Biden, a moderate who is...
Although 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...
<h3>Week 1: Training </h3> You arrive through the large glass doors in your suit and tie. You went to that Brooks Brothers outlet store or Macy's store and bought the nicest white shirt you can find. Your shoes are from one of those large department stores. You even have them...
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...
In the spirit of thanksgiving, I have decided to host a thread where you can ask all you ever wanted about banking or <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>. Please feel free to ask away.
I’m genuinely curious as it seems like these type of posts have become the norm for the younger generation on LinkedIn, why do people post these? You’re not a 5 star football recruit I couldn’t care less which option you decided to pick and your thank you shade you throw at the companies...
Liquor, hash, Mary Jane, Molly - what's your preferred substance when it comes to taking the edge off or making things just interesting enough? I've gone through a few, including all of the above, a few hallucinogens, some experimental stuff that is said to be produced by the brain...
To IB or not to IB
Hey Monkeys, Read up on this [article](https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-21/america-is-now-a-second-tier-country) from Bloomberg. The article is based on the Social Progress Index report that is published annually by non-profit organization Social Progress Imperative. I did...
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...
Hey everyone, The title is pretty self-explanatory, could any of the older guys share their feeling when their first bonus hit their checkings account? Not looking for any numbers, rather the feeling /sense of accomplishment, I'm sure at that time of your career it was something to be...
What technological advancements or updated social norms are you not following? I like to think I'm a pretty forward-thinking guy but I still always prefer to pay with a card/cash, over using Apple Pay on my phone. What are you old-fashioned about?
I already have 3 patagucci vests (1 monogrammed, 2 vanilla) with my 1987 thinkpad coming in the mail, my JUUL is custom engraved with "SHORT VIX", and I have "Incoming Interviewer for Goldman Sachs Risk Management Division in New Jersey" on my LinkedIn Premium profile. What...
Another [heartbreaking story](https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/summer-analyst-dies-at-lincoln-international) about an intern that passed away after working long hours just hit WSO and I'm thinking why does this keep happening and what can we do to prevent it (or at least make it more...
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...
Excuse the rant, sometimes you have to air it out, and this place has made me who I am today, and I'm sure many individuals feel the same way I think. <h3>I sacrificed everything to break in</h3> I don't know where I went wrong, two years ago, when I had nothing and...
Working 55-60 hour weeks every week of the year has made me forget what it feels like having a 9-5 job. So those who do, what does it feel like?
Deo et Patriae
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 <abbr title="Harvard Business School ">HBS</abbr>. A week ago I finished...
<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...
The other day I read an article from Bloomberg saying that this year a record number of candidates enrolled this June. Idk, but in my eyes when something becomes accessible to so many random people it losses its prestige. Over years I predict having the <abbr title="Chartered Financial...
I 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...
Theres no statistical evidence for this but, why is real estate second to most other financial services jobs? Most people in business school are primarily looking for <abbr title="investment banking">IB</abbr>, consulting, <abbr title="asset...
How's it going you filthy Monkeys? As we talk about our professional life and career aspirations on a daily basis, I became a little curious. *What do you animals actually end up doing on the weekends?* Unfortunately I have to do the whole dinner and a movie routine with the old...
The people wanted it, so you get it. **Lawyer - Prestige Pros:** -J.D. is the most prestigious post-graduate degree to have. -Extremely well read and versed in history - which makes for prestigious dinner conversations. -Wields influence over the legal system, and influence is one of...
Monkeys, I feel that my GPA has really been holding me back lately. What are your thoughts on putting a pro forma GPA on my resume? I was thinking it would look something like the following: <img src="/files/styles/w800/public/inline/images/capture_6.png?itok=iQ9NBnFi"...
I've had a couple of people PM me about what I do in <abbr title="real estate investment trust">REIT</abbr> 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 <abbr...
As some of the firms have already started accepting applications for 2019 for <abbr title="Hong Kong">HK</abbr>/SG, I thought it's the time to start this topic for those who are specifically interested in working in <abbr title="Hong...
When I was starting out in finance a while back, <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> was an amazing resource and really helped me so I thought I'd give back. This is my first real post on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> and I...
Have always wondered this. Investment banks have been around long before excel - even back to the 80s and 90s - so how would investment banks and private equity firms create <abbr title="initial public offering">IPO</abbr> pricing, valuations, <abbr...
After <a href="https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/ama-3rd-year-pe-associate-10bn-aum-mbolbo-equity-mezz-distressed-debt ">my AMA</a> I promised to write down some thoughts on office politics, since that was probably the topic that got the most interest from the <abbr...
Sitting at my desk here just waiting for things to wind down 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 <abbr title="summer analyst intern ">SA</abbr> and...
Burner account for venting purposes. I'm tired. I'm tired of working at a bank that never wins <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>. I bet they don't feel this way at Lazard. I'm tired of the umpteen thousandth pitch where...
I've been working for a year at a large investment bank as an analyst in <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions">M&A</abbr>. I was fired today after an argument with my associate that happened a couple of days ago. I'm still in absolute shock right now....
I hate being poor. I want to make a lot of money. I got lucky getting into a target college, now what? Maybe I'm scrappy, but I can't compete academically with hyper-aggressive kids from Stuyvesant, Exeter, and other $30K-60K year prep/boarding schools, so what am I supposed to do?...
<h3>Consulting Case Book PDF's</h3> I went through the consulting interview process a few months ago and found these case books really useful for practicing, both with people in mock interviews and for solo issue tree practice. I have also really benefited time and time...
As I am spending some time on my vacation and feel bored to death (please don’t judge), I wanted to share something that I think might be important to you guys. Although this thread will cause a lot of controversy, I have nevertheless decided to give in to my temptations and write a...
<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...
With the holidays approaching, I'm curious how you all deal with the awkward family gatherings. More specifically, does anyone else feel despised by their own family now in regards to their career choice? Personally, I have a VERY blue collar family. My immediate family consists of...
I’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...
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...
<h3>Wrapping up My Stint at an Elite Boutique Investment Bank</h3> For reference, I finished my second year as an analyst in May 2016. I did <abbr title="mergers and acquisitions ">M&A</abbr> at one of the top <abbr title="elite...