Financial Modeling Self Study Program

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I am excited to say that I’ve finished work on my book, How to Be an Investment Banker: Recruiting, Interviewing, and Landing the Job + Website (Wiley Finance) which will be released on April 1, 2013. It was a lot of work but I hope many of you find it useful for the investment banking recruiting process. Basically, the book is an extension of this site covering in greater detail information about investment banking and lifestyle, recruiting and interviewing and the technical stuff that you need to know, including an overview of accounting, finance, financial statement analysis, valuation, modeling, M&A and LBOs.

I’ve also recently launched a website called igokids. This has nothing to do with finance or investment banking but it is my full-time gig so feel free to check it out. igokids is local search and discovery site for everything kid related in New York City (in a nutshell, “Yelp for parents”). I’m proud to say that I developed it from scratch myself, being a totally self-taught programmer. See all the exit opportunities that investment banking can lead to?

I also want to remind you about my financial modeling self study program, which costs only $49. You can learn how to build a financial model in the comfort of your own home or office. Knowing how to build an integrated cash flow model will definitely help you in your interviews plus it is a great way to prep for those dreaded technical interview questions. Click to view more information about the financial modeling self study program.

As always, I look forward to your comments/suggestions/questions and emails (andrew [at]

How to be an Investment Banker

Random FAQ: Is investing in stocks really investing?

No.  Buying stocks is speculating.  Even if you’re buying value stocks.  Even if you’re planning to hold stocks for the long-term (whatever that means).  I wish more people understood this.  Anytime you spend money on the hope and prayer that the thing you bought appreciates in value, you are speculating, not investing.  Here’s another way to think about it.  If you have significant control over your spent money (say, starting a business or building a new factory) then you’re investing.  If you don’t then you’re speculating.

Oh, and one last thing:  speculating is just a more acceptable synonym for gambling.

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