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Investment Banking Compensation: Salaries, Bonuses, Stubs, and More

You might have noticed that I haven’t published bonus predictions or reports in a few years. From 2008 through 2016, I wrote a pair of articles on the topic each year. And then I stopped. Luckily, banks ignored me and kept paying out healthy bonuses to everyone. I’ll explain why I stopped publishing these reports, […]
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From Analyst Monkey to King of the Jungle MD: The Investment Banking Hierarchy

“This is not a fraternity house,” my staffer explained as he hauled me into a small conference room. “Some of the MDs have complained about how messy your desk is, so clean it up.” Genuinely curious, I replied, “Were you referring to the empty Red Bull cans or to all the papers too?” Not a […]
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How Investment Banking Analysts Get Ranked for Bonuses: Roll the Dice, Please

One question that comes up whenever banks announce bonuses is how you get ranked in the first place. Sure, we all want to be “Top Tier,” but how do you actually get there? There must be a complex “ranking” process at banks to ensure high standards for everyone…. right? Nope. It’s actually more like spinning the […]
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Why Investment Banks Make So Much Money

It’s a question as old as Excel itself. “If investment banking is not that hard, why do you make so much money doing it?” Sure, the hours are terrible.  And as an Analyst or Associate, you’re respected just slightly more than a primate. You’re always at the mercy of the client, sacrificing your spouse, children, […]
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