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How much does technical analysis matter on the buy side?

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Ben Graham once said that in the short-run, the market is a voting machine; in the long-run, the market is a weighing machine.

Technical analysis helps you think about how the market votes in the short-run. In practice, technical analysis is used by momentum and growth funds that look at short-term trends, while value investors are focused on the long-term valuation of the business and don’t use technical analysis…

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How to Get a Million Dollar Hedge Fund Bonus

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Just the other day, a friend told me that he made over 1 million dollars in hedge fund bonus last year. He’s the guy Occupy Wall Street has been protesting against.

The surprising thing is, he isn’t the first person to tell me that he broke the 1 million dollar hedge fund bonus ceiling. 3 other hedge fund analysts told me the same last year.

So how do people in their late twenties and early thirties make over a million dollars at a hedge fund? Who’s paying out this kind of dough? Let’s find out.

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Can I Move from Fund of Funds to Hedge Fund?

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The short answer is that it would be difficult to go from a FoF to hedge fund.

Fund-of-hedge-funds are intermediaries that help investors pick out the good hedge fund performers from the bad. Relationship-building is the key to success at the senior level, and fund analytics at the junior level.

The skills needed at a hedge fund are fundamental research and modeling. Unfortunately, fund-of-funds don’t provide the opportunity to practice these skills…

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What is the typical buy side career path to becoming a portfolio manager?

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The typical buy side career path usually starts for someone a few years out of school, typically with 2 years of experience. Unlike large banks with comprehensive training programs, funds are smaller and don’t have the training resource to teach someone analytical finance from the ground up.

Which brings us to the typical route that will get you from your college graduation to a hedge fund portfolio manager…

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