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Detailed Explanation of the Hedge Fund Career Path

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The typical hedge fund career path begins 1 – 2 years post-college. Unlike large banks or asset management firms with comprehensive training programs, hedge funds are small, nimble operations with few resources to teach someone analytical finance from the ground up. Getting into a hedge fund straight out of college is difficult.

The traditional post-college career path to a hedge fund are investment banking and sell-side research. Both are great at giving you a solid foundation in company research and financial valuation, which involves analyzing company and industry trends, modeling and forecasting, valuation, and presenting your ideas in a clear, succinct way.

Besides investment banking and sell-side research, the next most common career path to hedge funds is management consulting. Consultants would get the same fundamental skillset for hedge funds, but with more emphasis on company and industry analysis over financial valuation.

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How to Find Your Investment Style

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If you are preparing for hedge fund interviews, I know the level of exhaustion and stress that you are going through. There are many technical questions to prepare for. Developing and presenting an investment pitch is time-consuming. On top of that, there’s a constant self-doubt of whether you are on the right track with your pitch. But first things first. Before you start your investment pitch, here’s a critical question for you to answer: what’s your investment style?

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How to Find a Great Stock Pitch Idea

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Pitching a stock is the most important part of the interview process for hedge funds and asset management. After you’ve submitted a polished resume and telling your story in your first round interview, you’ve been asked to pitch a stock. Now what? How do you find a great stock pitch idea?

Your first instinct might be to go on a research portal like SeekingAlpha and SumZero to get inspirations.

The issue is, reading reports is a great way to get other people’s opinions on a stock. But that shouldn’t be your starting point.

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