Agricultural Finance: The Hottest and Most Overlooked Asset Class in the World?

7 Comments | Private Equity & The Buy-Side - Groups & Regions

Agricultural Finance JobsWhen you hear the words “agricultural finance,” your first thought might be:

“Who cares? I don’t want to be a farmer!

I had the same reaction when a reader contacted me about this one.

But as I started to learn more about it, I got really interested:

  • It’s possible to earn 20% IRRs without leverage…
  • The sector has outperformed broader stock indexes (in certain periods)…
  • Few professional investors have started paying attention…
  • And most importantly: even if there’s a zombie invasion, people still need to eat.

And if all the humans are wiped out, the zombies will still need to eat – so agriculture will be a great opportunity no matter the outcome.

Read on to learn about everything above, plus how you can go from “Theoretical Physics Major” in Australia to agriculture financier in emerging markets:

From Physics to Farming… and Finance?

The Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making in Buy-Side Interviews, and How to Fix Them and Win Offers

2 Comments | Private Equity & The Buy-Side - Interviews and Case Studies

Top 5 Buy-Side Interview MistakesAn island.

Your own beach in Thailand.

“Working on the buy-side.”

We tend to focus on the end result rather than the process to get there.

At least, that’s my theory behind the sheer quantity of bad answers I’ve heard in private equity, hedge fund, and other buy-side mock interviews over the past year.

Your thought process, whether conscious or subconscious, might be something like:

Aha. I worked in investment banking, therefore I should move to the buy-side next. It’s my destiny!”

And then when the interview comes along, you answer all the questions “fine” – at least in your own mind – but then fail to get a call-back.

You could have made many mistakes.

But if I had to guess, it would be one or more of the 5 most common buy-side interview mistakes I’ve seen and heard:

Mistake #1: Failing to Form an OPINION on Deals / Clients / Investments

From Community College to Fortune 500 Investor Relations: How to Defy the Odds Even When Everyone Tells You “No”

20 Comments | Case Studies & Reader Success Stories - From Non-Target Schools and Low Grades, Corporate Development & Corporate Finance - Recruiting

From Community College to Fortune 500 Investor RelationsThe “path.”

It never seems to die.

And neither does the assumption that you need to follow a certain “path” to get into the finance industry.

It’s like a cockroach: no matter how many times I drop nuclear bombs on it, it just won’t stay dead.

That’s why I wanted to share this story of a reader who did almost everything wrong in the beginning…

…But still managed to win a highly competitive offer in the corporate finance / investor relations team of a Fortune 500 company.

Forget about being from a “non-target school” – he originally attended a community college.

Forget about the recruiting process taking “months and months” – it took him almost 2 years.

And forget about being “discouraged” by your networking contacts – one guy actually told him: “You didn’t go to Harvard, so I don’t know what to tell you.”

But he overcame all that to break in anyway.

And here’s how he did it, along with a detailed explanation of investor relations interviews:

From Community College to CFO Consigliere