Buy Side vs. Sell Side Technical Skills

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Having bridged both the buy and sell side, there are considerable differences in the technical skills required for each role.  We will start by first stating that having strong technical…

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How Many Tennis Balls Can Fit in a Room?

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Assessing technical skills is not easy.  While working at an investment bank and interviewing many junior hires, I asked a colleague how he assessed their technical ability.  The response I received was,…

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If you take shortcuts, you get cut short. — Gary Busey

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Warning, this post may sound like blasphemy for seasoned financial modelers or any experienced Excel user.  Using Excel shortcuts as quickly as possible has become a sign of a skilled modeler.  It’s…

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Swiss Army Knife vs. The Brain

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While working with many different financial institutions, we noticed an interesting trend on how banks were organized to handle their analytics.  Some would direct their resources to building a single…

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Your Moment of CTRL-Zen

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There comes a time when every financial modeler must pull away from the cells, the spreadsheets, the workbooks, and regain perspective. Formulas becoming four lines long, circular references popping up,…

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