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  1. 1. FINANCE CAREER RESEARCH GUIDE LEARN ABOUT THE INDUSTRY SOURCE LINK Vault Career Guide to Investment Banking Vault Career Guide to Investment Management Vault Guide to the Top 50 Finance Employers WetFeet Career Guide to Investment Banking WetFeet Top 25 Financial Firms OVERVIEW Both the Vault and WetFeet Guides are a good place to start your research to understand the investment banking and in- vestment management fields as well as get a thorough list of the top finance employers. Both provide an extensive sum- mary of the industry, trends, job descriptions, day-in-the-life, and company overviews. These industry guides give you a realistic sense of the industry as well as the background and interests it takes to succeed SOURCE LINK OVERVIEW A great website for an extensive overview of the industry and all of the possible roles that one can fill. Careers-In- provides a valuable examination of the skills needed to excel in all of the finance disciplines, along with definitions of different finance functions, salaries, and top firms. SOURCE LINK Inside the Minds: Leading Investment Bankers Book Series Inside the Minds: Leading Wall Street Investors OVERVIEW The Inside the Minds book series provides comprehensive overviews of the topics of investment banking and invest- ment management formed by leading industry executives. STAY IN THE LOOP The Darden Career Center suggests that you stay in the loop and develop current and specific knowledge of the finance industry by utilizing the resources found below. GENERAL SOURCES LINKS E-Financial E-Financial OVERVIEW These sites are the places to go to keep up on all of the latest news and happenings in the world of finance. 1
  2. 2. FINANCE CAREER RESEARCH GUIDE INVESTMENT BANKING RESOURCES The Bloomberg Terminal in the Darden Library – The Bloomberg terminal is a key guide for students seeking up-to-date news on the happenings of the investment banking industry. Learn how banks rank in mergers, the top M&A advisers for announced deals, and evaluating M&A activity at numerous investment banking firms. The New York Times Deal Book – From the NYTimes’ chief M&A reporter, the Deal Book provides you with daily briefings and breaking news about M&A, IPOs, Private Equity Transactions and Venture Capital Deals. LINK – provides up-to-date information on all mergers and acquisition deals. The site in- cludes daily analysis of the deals, details on strategic and financial facts behind the deals, terms, funding, expected close LINK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT RESOURCES The Investment Company Institute- Keep track of the latest developments and research in the investment man- agement industry in this comprehensive site devoted to investment management and mutual funds. LINK The Investment Advisor Association- - The Investment Adviser Association is a not-for-profit organization that exclusively represents the interests of SEC-registered investment adviser firms. The site provides information on the in- vestment profession as well as a comprehensive list of links to other investment websites. LINK Nelson’s Marketplace Newsletter and Guide to the 100 Top Research Analysts – Contains information and trends affecting the investment industry. Stay up-to-date on the top money managers, the largest pension funds, and the most prolific research firms. Also be sure to check out the guide to the World’s Best Money Managers. LINK HEDGE FUND AND PRIVATE EQUITY RESEARCH WEBSITES SOURCE LINKS About Hedge Funds Hedge Fund News Hedge World Planet Hedge Fund Hedge Fund Center Hedge Fund Intelligence Private Private Equity Online Private Equity Update 2
  3. 3. FINANCE CAREER RESEARCH GUIDE BE READY FOR YOUR INTERVIEWS SOURCE LINK WetFeet Beat the Street Vault Guide to Finance Interviews OVERVIEW These two guides provide the best and most in-depth preparation for all finance interviews. SOURCE AUTHOR Heard on the Street Timothy Crack OVERVIEW Over 140 quantitative questions collected from actual job interviews in investment banking, investment management, and options . trading. The interviewers use the same questions year-after-year and here they are---with solutions! These questions come from all types of interviews (corporate finance, sales and trading, quant research, etc), but they are especially likely in quantitative capital markets job interviews. The questions come from all levels of interviews (undergrad, MBA, PhD), but they are especially likely for MBAs Over 140 quantitative questions collected from actual job interviews in investment banking, investment management, and options trading. The interviewers use the same questions year-after-year and here they are---with solutions! These questions come from all types of interviews (corporate finance, sales and trading, quant research, etc), but they are especially likely in quantitative capital markets job interviews. The questions come from all levels of interviews (undergrad, MBA, PhD), but they are especially likely for MBAs SOURCE WetFeet Killer I-Banking Resumes OVERVIEW This guide strives to teach you everything you need to know about writing the “killer” cover letter and resume to im- press recruiters. WALL STREET BOOKS These books will provide and interesting inside look into the stories of wall street as well as provide insights to master the culture and skills of a banking career. SOURCE AUTHOR Den of Thieves James Stewart OVERVIEW Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine will long be remembered for the Wall Street insider trading scan- dals of the 1980s. Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter who covered the various scandals, has used his re- portage as well as an exhaustive culling of court documents, testimony, and interviews with all of the participants to fashion an au- thoritative account of what happened. Stewart has done a thorough job in assembling the facts and has made connections that may surprise some readers. 3
  4. 4. FINANCE CAREER RESEARCH GUIDE LEARN ABOUT THE INDUSTRY SOURCE AUTHOR Monkey Business John Rolfe and Peter Troob OVERVIEW As eager-beaver business school students, Rolfe and Troob garnered job offers as junior associates at the elite Wall Street investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, lured by dreams of wealth, glamour and power. Readers whose fascination with Wall Street she- nanigans has been fueled by Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker will find this thorough rundown of an investment bank associate's daily routine sobering. By the time Rolfe and Troob were able to discern the key fact that the "investment banking community has long been an oligopoly, with only a handful of real players with the size and scale to drive through the big deals," they were already grap- pling with the gritty reality of performing grunt labor in an environment ruled by despotic senior partners who called innumerable meetings to set unrealistic deadlines and make superhuman demands on anybody within screaming distance. SOURCE AUTHOR Liar’s Poker Michael Lewis OVERVIEW As described by Lewis, liar's poker is a game played in idle moments by workers on Wall Street, the objective of which is to re- ward trickery and deceit. With this as a metaphor, Lewis describes his four years with the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, from his bizarre hiring through the training program to his years as a successful bond trader. Lewis illustrates how economic decisions made at the national level changed securities markets and made bonds the most lucrative game on the Street. His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. SOURCE AUTHOR Barbarians at the Gate Bryan Burrough and John Heylar OVERVIEW The leveraged buyout of the RJR Nabisco Corporation for $25 billion is a landmark in American business history, a story of avarice on an epic scale. Two versions of the fierce competition for the largest buyout ever consummated are presented by skilled journal- ists with contrasting styles. Burrough and Helyar are clearly fascinated with the personalities of the players in the deal and with the trappings of corporate wealth. The restless, flamboyant personality of Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR Nabisco, is portrayed as the key to the events that were to unfold. The colorful description of all of the players and the events will likely have broad appeal. Lampert signals the complexity of her story by introducing her narrative with a three-page cast of characters. Her focus on the strategy of the players and on the fast-paced action provides a more concise description of a deal big enough to augment the wealth of many rich people. SOURCE AUTHOR A Random Walk Down Wall Street Burton Malkiel OVERVIEW The best-selling, authoritative, and gimmick-free guide to investing. Burton Malkiel evaluates the full range of investment opportuni- ties, from stocks, bonds, and money markets to real estate investment trusts and insurance, home ownership, and tangible assets such as gold and collectibles. This edition includes new strategies for rearranging your portfolio for retirement, along with the book's clas- sic life-cycle guide to investing, which matches the needs of investors in any age bracket. A Random Walk Down Wall Street long ago established itself as a must-read, the first book to purchase before starting a portfolio. 4
  5. 5. FINANCE CAREER RESEARCH GUIDE SOURCE AUTHOR Forecasting Company Profits Fred Wellings OVERVIEW In the first book to look from a thoroughly practical perspective on the crucial business of profits forecasting, Fred Wellings provides an integrated approach to the theories which underpin the forecasting process. SOURCE AUTHOR The New Money Masters of our Time John Train OVERVIEW Money Masters of Our Time is a reappraisal and revision of those money masters who have stood the test of time plus a look at new money masters. Train emphasizes the parts of their various business careers that illuminate their investment techniques focus- ing on notable individuals whose decisions to buy and sell have actually made money grow. How do they reason? Where do they get their information? How much do they depend on fact and how much on psychology? What are their criteria in selecting a stock? What stocks are they buying now, and why? SOURCE AUTHOR The Fast Track Mariam Nacify OVERVIEW Thousands of undergraduates, MBA students, and others are rushing for prestigious entry-level positions in the highly competitive and lucrative fields of management consulting, investment banking, and securities trading. How are you going to compete? In The Fast Track, experienced recruiter and fast-track insider Mariam Naficy helps you make the right decisions every step of the way as she guides you through the rigorous, highly specialized recruiting process. The Fast Track includes: Comprehensive job descrip- tions of consultants, analysts, and traders, explained in layperson terms. Over twenty in-depth interviews with people in the busi- ness at every level from first-year analysts to CEOs and recruiting managers. SOURCE AUTHOR Confessions of a Street Addict Jim Cramer OVERVIEW It's hard to think of anyone more intense or opinionated, or who wears as many hats as James Cramer. In Confessions of a Street Ad- dict, the man who first made a name for himself on Wall Street successfully managing his hedge fund--and then became famous on Main Street with his manic appearances on CNBC--tells the improbable story of his career as journalist, Wall Street pundit, Internet entrepreneur, and television commentator. SOURCE AUTHOR The Business of Investment Banking Thomas K. Liaw OVERVIEW Designed as a complete guide to the major banking activities in today's global marketplace. Text identifies and analyzes key trends world wide, allowing banking and finance professionals to effectively manage deals and incorporate trends into operations. 5