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Sales and Trading Internships: Recruiting, Preparing, and Winning Full-Time Offers

There’s a ton of information online about investment banking internships, but comparatively little on sales & trading internships. That’s partially because there are fewer S&T internships and full-time roles. But it’s also because it’s more difficult to generalize the experience since each desk is quite different. That said, we’ve published many articles and interviews about […]
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The Future of Sales & Trading, 2021 Edition: Should You Still Go into the Industry?

We get a lot of questions that ask some variation of: “Is Industry X dying? Should I bother going into it?” In many cases, it’s just people being paranoid and assuming that robots will automate all jobs, kill everyone, and take over the world within ~5 years. You could call it “Elon Musk syndrome.” But […]
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Sales & Trading vs Investment Banking: How to Pick the Best Internship or Job

For many years, we’ve received questions about sales & trading vs investment banking.  Many readers are interested in both fields or don’t yet have a strong preference. So, here’s a full comparison in one spot: Sales & Trading vs Investment Banking: The Work In both investment banking and sales & trading, you act as an […]
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What is the S&P 500, and Why Does It Matter to Traders at Banks?

This article was guest-written by SilverSurfer, a former prop desk derivatives trader on Wall Street and founder of LifeStyleTrading101.com, a site that teaches you how to generate consistent weekly income from the stock market. He provides daily analysis of the S&P 500, lessons on how to use options, and weekly podcasts on iTunes.  In addition to […]
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A Day in the Life of an Options Trader at a Bulge Bracket Bank: From Delta to Vega and Back Again

This is a guest post from “DerivsTrading,” an experienced options trader who has worked at both bulge-bracket banks and hedge funds in London. He defied the odds and broke into sales & trading coming from a non-target school. We’ve covered a few days and 48-hour periods in the lives of sales & trading interns before, but what […]
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Trading Psychology: How to Think Like a Trader

Trading – it’s all about using your brain to analyze the options and then make the best decisions, right? You might hear that from a trader at a cocktail party when he’s trying to impress people, but most traders know that psychology plays a huge role. Some traders would go as far as saying that […]
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On the Trading Floor

This article was guest-written by Zeke Lee, a Stanford graduate, former management consultant with Booz & Company, and current derivatives trader on Wall Street (Oh yeah, he’s one of my friends from school as well). He founded the GMAT Pill based on his experience scoring in the 98th percentile on the GMAT in just 2 […]
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