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What’s an alternative to the sell side?

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There are two categories of people who make it to the buy side: best-athletes-available and specialists. Best- athletes-available come from the traditional paths to a fund: sell-side research, investment banking, and strategy consulting. People who have done these at reputable firms have a baseline of work ethic, intelligence, industry knowledge and modeling skills…
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Do I need to get an MBA for the buy side?

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Here’s the breakdown of whether you need an MBA for the buy side:

First, hedge fund vs. traditional asset manager. For hedge funds, an MBA is not necessary and sometimes can hinder your ability to get into the industry. Hedge fund portfolio managers are focused on generating alpha and love to hire analysts who have the same drive. Hedge funds want young, hungry folks who are driven to make money. Getting the MBA/CFA achieve the opposite: they take time and money. As a result, some hedge funds look down on analysts with an MBA or CFA. They think that you should’ve spent the time to making money through investing rather than doing coursework…

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How to Switch from the Sell Side to Buy Side – Interview

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Many analysts aspire to switch from the sell side to buy side. The work is similar, but the buy side offers more rewarding work, a portfolio to measure your performance, and a higher compensation trajectory. Making this switch is competitive, especially if you have a perceived weakness going into recruiting season.

When I walked into each buy side interview, I was always ready to talk about my college major. I pursued a computer science degree and had no finance-related extracurricular activities or internships in college. I had to sell my passion for investing to each interviewer…

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The Best Hedge Fund Career Paths

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If you have your mind set on a hedge fund career, you probably started thinking about your career paths very early on – either in college or shortly after you graduated. You are highly motivated to have a successful hedge fund career and armed with a concrete plan to put yourself in the best position to get to the buy side. You keep your resume up-to-date, debate taking the CFA and/or get an MBA, and proactively get in touch with recruiters…

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