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+16I'm a Senior Sell-Side Research Associate, AMA

Street Smart

Quick Bio: I'm in sell-side research and have been for 4+ years now covering the same sector. Prior to research I did a few years in a finance-related role that was moderately applicable to my current role. For the people who care, I went to what would be labeled a "non-target"...

+15The WORST Business to Invest in? Is it airlines..


What's your opinion of investing in an airline? Margins are pretty damn low, and it seems like everyone who starts one is getting crushed. Let's take a look at what happened to WOW air last week. Newsletter from The Water Coolest - Not Up in Here [quote] Budget airlines have...

+9Has IB Work/Life Balance Changed in 2019?


It has been awhile that tech & start up companies offer more comfortable and lucrative careers to top tier students, and banks have been enforcing protected weekends to secure their talent pool. Do you think these past few years work/life balance has changed in the industry or have the...

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