M&I Podcast Episode 001 – Sales & Trading Compensation in 2014

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Sales Trading Compensation 2014

When I sent out an announcement a few months ago asking for questions about sales & trading, I didn’t quite expect the response we got.

That one simple email generated 500+ questions, many of which were detailed and intelligent, and therefore way above my pay grade.

To solve that problem, I brought in an associate editor who’s written several great articles on S&T in the past, including one on the equity trading floor and another on a day in the life of an options trader.

He has trading experience on both the sell-side (bulge bracket bank) and the buy-side (hedge fund), and he also managed to write the best S&T interview guide I’ve seen, plus a great guide for S&T internship prep at salesandtradingcareers.com.

We sat down to discuss the most interesting S&T-related questions first – in other words, the ones about salaries and bonuses.

Here’s what happened:

Internet and New Media Investment Banking: Something Old Meets Something New

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Internet New Media Investment BankingIf you tweet, they will retweet.

And if the big banks and the old school sectors are no longer “hot,” bankers will start up dozens of smaller boutiques…

…All focused on one of the hottest sectors around: internet and new media.

Sure, we’ve covered the TMT sector before, but this sub-sector deserves special treatment because of the prevalence of boutique internet and new media banks.

If everyone’s starting a boutique focused on this sector, there must be something to it – right?

Our interviewee today came from an undergraduate engineering program, and has covered the sector from both an investment banking and an equity research perspective.

Among other things, he’ll explain:

  • Why so many professionals are starting internet / new media boutique banks, what it means, and why you should care.
  • How to get into this space, and why you still probably don’t want to create a video resume…
  • Key drivers and valuation criteria for internet and new media companies.
  • Where to go after you log out, put away your smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch, and get back to reality.

Recruiting Reloaded: How to Get Into Internet / New Media Investment Banking (or not)

How Finance Interviews Have Changed in the Past 5 Years (2009 – 2014) – and How to Prepare

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Finance Interviews - Changes from 2009 to 2014“Change.”

Saying it over and over again might just get you elected President…

…and it might also sink your chances in finance interviews if you’re not properly prepared.

People like to claim that “interviews don’t change over time,” and that’s partially true.

But the recruiting process itself, interviewers’ expectations for you, and the way they evaluate you definitely change over time.

Of course, it’s not just the interviewer and the questions he/she asks that determine your fate – it’s also determined by the quality of other interviewees (your competition).

So to answer this question of how interviews have changed in the past 5 years, you need to look at how the recruiting process itself has changed, and how people themselves are changing and preparing differently.

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