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Working in Hedge Fund vs. Private Equity – What’s the Difference?

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When I was at J.P. Morgan, I thought about this debate along with most analysts around the bullpen. “What do you think it’s like working at a hedge fund vs. private equity?”

Venture capital and entrepreneurship hadn’t taken off then. Hedge fund and private equity were the 2 paths that seemed the most logical for those who wanted to stay in finance.

I leaned towards private equity. I was in distressed debt investing at the time working with private equity funds. They bought and sold distressed investments from us, which was very interesting work through the financial recession.

But after a while, the stress of bankruptcy negotiations and legal proceedings finally got to me. Having worked in the field for 3 years, I knew exactly what private equity associates did and what their career trajectories looked like. I wanted to get there.

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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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5 Investment Analyst Qualities That Hedge Fund Interviewers Look For

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Great investment analysts come in all different shapes, sizes, and personas. They range from the ultra-aggressive Bill Ackman types who pound the table in management meetings, to the congenial Warren Buffett disciples who happily collects “cigar butt” businesses.

But despite the personality differences, all great investment analysts share 5 traits that make them successful. Regardless whether you are a Bill Ackman or a Warren Buffett, having these qualities make you a great investor.

Demonstrating these traits throughout your hedge fund recruiting process is important because these qualities are what hedge fund portfolio managers look for…

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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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5 Essential Hedge Fund Interview Questions – and How to Answer Them

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A successful interview essentially boils down to answering hedge fund interview questions that address two aspects of your candidacy: cultural fit and strong technical skill set. A strong technical foundation is important especially if you are just breaking into the hedge fund industry, as you’ll be the heavy lifter in building forecasts and valuing stocks to help your portfolio manager make the right investment calls.

Testing your technical skills typically consists of 2 parts: a set of technical questions in your 1st round process, followed by a 2 – 3 hour modeling test in the 2nd round…

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