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How to Quickly Research a Company or Industry

Have an investment banking interview with the mining team in a few days but know nothing about mining (or any industry group)? A few days is actually plenty of time to intimately know an industry, but anyone outside of the finance industry would not know where to start looking. Here is a

Defending Your Stock Pitch in an Investment Banking Interview

An aspiring banker walks into the interview room and is asked for a stock pitch. "Pitch us a stock." "I really like Google because they have a strong business moat in search, ample free cash flow generation and is well positioned to benefit from progress at Waymo (the autonomous driving division) and

Accounting Questions for Investing and Equity Research

For equity research and investment roles, a very good understanding of accounting is required to parse through financial statements and figure out what does and does not matter. Understanding how things flow through the three statements and how foreign operations affect company profits and cash flow is especially important for companies

Pitch Me an Oil & Gas Stock

What Energy Stock Would You Buy? Pitch me a stock is a question you are certain to get in any investing role or for equity research. You will occasionally get "pitch me a stock" in investment banking, but will not be required to go as in depth. For research and investing

Interview with: Transfer Pricing VP

What is transfer pricing? Transfer pricing refers to the rules and methods for pricing transactions between enterprises under common ownership or control (ie. subsidiaries of large multinationals). It largely applies to the pricing of cross-border transactions between related entities, a good example would be the pricing of services provided by a subsidiary

How to Build Wealth as an Investment Banker

In a previous post, we confirmed that investment bankers do make a lot of money but do not necessarily have a lot of wealth. Most investment bankers end up saving less than their professional peers in consulting or accounting, which are lower paying professions – and much less than their

Interview with: Private Debt Analyst

What is Private Debt? Think Private Equity, but in debt instruments. Private Debt invests in privately placed bonds that are closely negotiated between the bond issuer and purchaser. Debt structures are often highly tailored to the needs of the issuer. Due to this closed negotiation process, private debt investors often can "peek under

Do Investment Bankers Actually Make a Lot of Money?

Before we knew any better, we were at a wine and cheese in our undergraduate years to pillage extravagant free food at the information sessions and club events. From time to time we would run into someone from a major asset manager or corporate and they would try to do

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