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How to Answer “What Two Companies Do You Think Should Merge?”

This is an excellent investment banking interview question which shows that the interviewee thinks about corporate finance applications outside of theory. A lot of candidates have the technical interview questions rehearsed and have great answers about: Why investment banking? Can you work the hours? Are you really passionate about finance? And then after convincing you

Should I Buy Weed Stocks?

Well you could. It seems like there is a lot of momentum and that the train is not running out of steam any time soon but you have to understand that there is a chance for permanent loss on investment. If you are willing to lose what you are going

Beginning Investor Q&A

Are you a beginner investor? We are looking to get everyone investing soundly - please send your questions directly to our Facebook page. We can't say that there are no stupid questions, but better to embarrass yourself anonymously on a website rather than in person with a financial professional. Obviously none

Bid Pricing Strategy: Part II

Certain bid pricing considerations were discussed in a previous post, illustrating what a financial advisor or investment banker would look at for a bid for a private company. Here, we look at other considerations. The bid price is just one of several things that the seller and their financial advisor will consider

Investment Banking Interview Challenge Questions

Was discussing what some of the more challenging questions a few mentees have been receiving from interviews at elite boutiques (Evercore/Moelis/Centerview) - just kidding, Centerview questions are much harder. Have a go and send in your answers for our great reveal next week. First person to answer them all right gets

Feedback for Investment Banking Summer Analysts

Summer Interns - Returns Offers Handed Out, What Did You Think? A lot of my contacts still slaving away on the sell side have seen summer interns come in and go while the new full time analysts and associates have started or are about to start. As for how the summers did?

Bid Pricing Strategy: Part I

Bid Considerations in a Sell-Side Process When an investment bank represents a potential buyer in a sale process, both parties are very motivated to be the winning bidder. However, the investment bank is more incentivised to bid to win as they are paid on a success fee whereas the potential buyer

A Comparison Of Spin-Outs Versus Carve-Out IPOs: Part II

Comparison Between Spin-Off and IPO There are reasons why a company may choose a spin-off versus an IPO. Depending on what shareholders prefer, this can either can be a good or bad option. An IPO results in cash proceeds for the parent. So if Alibaba carves out and IPOs Ant Financial, the

A Comparison of Spin-Outs versus Carve-Out IPOs: Part I

Spin-Out of Non-Core Assets For many corporates, there will be talk about non-core assets and their role under the broader company umbrella. These non-core assets may be divisions that do not fit into the business thesis that investors are looking for. As a very simple example, if a chain of coffee shops

Questions to Ask When Picking A Mutual Fund

Everybody should be investing their money and for 99% of millennials this means buying ETFs that represent a broad market index. Blackstone and Vanguard are an easy way to go - with returns far in excess of a savings account. Whatever is left in your after-tax, after-mortgage income, dump it