Soft dollars can be thought of as extra money paid when trades are made through the sell-side firms. Additionally, buy-side analysts often have some say in how trades are directed by their firm, and that is quite often a key component of sell-side analyst compensation. Although both sell-side and buy-side analysts are charged with following and assessing stocks, there are many differences between the two jobs. On the compensation front, sell-side analysts often make more, but there is a wide range and buy-side analysts at successful funds particularly hedge funds can do much better.
Working conditions arguably tilt in the favor of buy-side analysts; sell-side analysts are frequently on the road and often work longer hours, though buy-side analysis is arguably a more pressurized job. As the job descriptions might suggest, there are significant differences in what these analysts are really paid to do.
Compensation for buy-side analysts is much more dependent upon the quality of recommendations the analyst makes and the overall success of the fund s. The two jobs also differ in the role accuracy plays. Contrary to what many investors expect, good models and financial estimates have less weight to the role of a sell-side analyst, but can be critical for the buy-side analyst. Buy-side and sell-side analysts also have to abide by different rules and standards.
Sell-side analysts have to pass several regulatory exams that buy-side analysts do not even have to take. Likewise, buy-side analysts typically enjoy less restrictive rules on share ownership, disclosures and outside employment, at least insofar as regulators are concerned individual employers have different rules concerning these practices. When the system functions as it should, both are valuable. No buy-side analyst can hope to cover everything, and smart buy-siders make a point of quickly figuring out who they can trust and rely on in the sell-side community.
Likewise, dedicated sell-side analysts can typically dive deeper than buy-side analysts and really learn the ins and outs of an industry. For readers considering a career on Wall Street, though, it is important to understand the differences and pursue the career path that best fits their skills and demeanor. Buy-side versus sell-side analysts By Stephen D. The Buy-Side Job Description In contrast to the sell-side analyst position, the job of a buy-side analyst is much more about being right; benefiting the fund with high- alpha ideas is crucial, as is avoiding major mistakes.
Key Differences Although both sell-side and buy-side analysts are charged with following and assessing stocks, there are many differences between the two jobs. No thanks, I prefer not making money. Happen to know from personal experience, having even just a little bit of experience on the sellside goes a long way for many hedge funds. Building some connections on the sellside is a great way to be resourceful later to a fund ex. I find this a little hard to swallow. Just my theories and madness though, curious to hear your thoughts.
My guess though is that your friend was dinged because the places he was interviewing at were populated with ex-bankers who were biased towards scooping up more of their own kind. Deadlines are nonexistent at an investment firm, and if my own experience as a semi-retard in the grammar field have any weight, nobody cares about grammar or punctuation either. But if you have a shot at a name-brand gig on the buy side, even something like Fidelity or any of the other large structured analyst programs, I suggest going that way.
To add, I feel the reason people are objecting is that most of the people on this sight go to the sell side with the intention to go back to the Buyside. Also, the coveted IB BB positions are a lot more visible to the top graduating seniors because the IB positions are not as fragmented as the Buyside positions particularly HFs.
The "target" candidates know its there and know what they are going for like OCR. Bankeralla touched on this subject before when and why she chose to go IB. To be fair, when we are defining the universe of hedge funds as long-short equity funds, a lot of this is probably applicable. However, different types of strategies almost require you to start out on the sell side. Also, banking would be completely useless for most of those types of strategies.
We deal mostly with derivatives at my firm and it would be impossible to imagine hiring someone from banking without other derivatives experience. Someone fresh out of college would be easier to hire if they had a highly quantitative background than someone from banking, because they would be at least as useful as the banker, but cheaper.
There are times when taking the buyside gig in a no-name city can be a disadvantage. Obviously, if you have an offer at buyside firm that has been heard of you can take it and will likely be fine. The line becomes a little blurry as you move to no-name firms in no-name cities.
I currently work at an unknown firm in a midwest state. We are institutionally funded by Fortress I say this because you probably will still not be able to figure out what the name of the firm is. I still heavily doubt that I would get two looks by any of those firms or headhunters for that matter simply because they would see the name of my firm, my non-target background, and toss that shit out. It is just the reality of top firms.
They like IB backgrounds but will happily take you if you went to a decently reputable buyside shop too. I am two inches from a promotion that will put me above 2nd year IB. And that is when that brand-name IB matters. What can you do, and what would you like to do at that point? And when you say, "that is when that brand-name IB matters," do you mean that if you had Morgan Stanley IBD on your CV, you could move up faster at your small midwestern shop?
To elaborate, we have a very "upside-down" triangle structure. It looks like this title; age: Analyst 23 , Analyst 28 , Associate 31 , 8x Director avg.
Previous analysts have left largely because they could not make the leap to director. His words were "why would they give you that job when they can hire someone with years experience? This is where having brand name can matter. If my resume goes MS IB 2 years - unknown buyside years, the recruiter will see two things: BB experience and buyside experience. Maybe I am wrong, but if they see years at unknown buyside in midwest, 9. Unless I networked in and they had a very good feel for what I do.
Then, sure, the odds are in my favor. As of now, if I can not make the jump to director I am hoping to network into a large fund.
Once you are in, all that matters is skill and your firms promote culture i am sure you would agree. People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars.
The King said "A couple major shops recruit straight from undergrad, but their target school list is VERY small" Hi The King can you or anyone else for that matter name which PE firms recruit straight from undergraduate and which target schools are on their target school list? Oh, get a buyside job out of undergrad?
Just get a buyside job out of undergrad? What about getting into buy-side sales institutional sales and then going to b-school and ending up as a Research Analyst? How would you recommend that?
How could you be top ranked at a fund considering the less of analysts in your experience level? WhiteHat, I sent you a PM regarding this topic. Please take a look when you get the chance I hate you because you could not describe my situation any better regarding everything mentioned.
Probably a tad light. This is clearly something personal, stop hating. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males. This is the dream. I have a pretty strong predisposition toward quality of life when thinking about the future Or should I definitely try to break in to one of the more well known shops? The only thing that worries me about option 1 is that turnover is low and it seems like progression could be pretty slow.
Also, long time to jump to a decision-making position at a small shop? It took me years to get the hang of things with limited guidance but now I definitely affect portfolio positions and construction in a big way.
Out of my last 5 stock picks, my boss has never even looked at 4 before. My stock picks have been going through much easier last year as some of my highest conviction picks have panned out really well ex: It was a brutal to pitch but everything has panned out almost exactly like I expected better. That took a while to get through, but as a result of that plus another few picks my last relatively high conviction pick got through in days.
I think for a lot of people on this forum HFs are basically synonymous with long-short equity because that is the only strategy that college and high school students know of and can relate to. On the other hand, said students would be hard pressed to come up with a plausible investment thesis for a trade for say, structured products or global macro strategies. Incidentally this is also the reason why it is so hard to generate alphas with long short equity strategies since there are hundreds and thousands of mutual funds, hedge funds not to mention individual stock pickers all scourging the same universe of stocks.
It is hard to find and maintain an edge in an environment of virtually no barrier of entry. There are plenty of smart, hard working people in that space who are just smart and hard working as I am probably much more so in fact. These are the areas you want to be in Students who do read financial news have more exposure to Loeb and his actions with Sony than with what a distressed credit investor might be doing. Is it just looking at your past track records?
You all seem to have a lot of conviction that you are the best of the best in a very competitive field? Just curious on this. Thanks for your compliments. One thing to bear in mind is that with the less liquid strategies e. I was speaking more to my experience in the long only space. I think you touch on a larger point though. Examples could be industry specidic energy, financials , geographically specific, or asset class specific. In my own experience this "expertise" or at least commitment to this niche can level the playing field versus more pedigreed candidates.
Also Citadel Harvard, Princeton, Wharton Renaissance Harvard, MIT Some very smart guys from my undergrad made it to Cerberus and other funds like two others though informal recruiting but the names above actually came to campus. Blackstone PE and Polaris recruit from Wharton as well.
Wharton is the winner for undergraduate recruiting for buy-side but I can also imagine the competition being insane. My guess even at Harvard and Princeton if you have less than 3. While Wharton and Harvard may have the greatest number of grads working on the buyside, plenty of other schools have representation amongst the very senior ranks of prominent and successful firms.
I have met brilliant non-target guys one from the University of Minnesota was a very, very sharp dude and there are kids at Wharton that after having taken finance cannot telll you the relationship between bond prices and interest rates. Very selectively from physics and math departments, so I am guessing you are right in that it is not corporate recruiting per se.
Though to be fair, unlike the other places, I never saw the posting and someone could jut have been pulling my hair. I would try for Sell side first. If you work hard and get into the right team, thats not a problem; you can grow, build contacts and make millions. However, if you are still cheap labour after 3 years, like most people that go straight into buyside, doing entry-lvl tasks then you could find yourself looking for employment with no brand name and an average skill set at best.
Your safety net is always your network, but to some extent, at the early stages of your career brand names can make your life alot easier and open the doors to keep you on track. What do you guys think of other non-major-financial-hub cities around the world? Article below elaborates the megafunds procedures on recruitment. I am sure the megafunds in IM are also the same.
What type of buyside firm are you talking about here? Could any1 clarify exactly what buyside is? Is it purely a money-thing? Money is one factor. Another is being on the buy-side you act as principal, not just as advisor. They come to you, less structure, more freedom to make better decisions unobstructed by Bullshit and conflicts of interest.
Some of the sweetest jobs in finance are being a top PM within a large IM company. I get it now. For eg a banker goes to a company or government and creates securities to raise financing for that entity.
In terms of lifestyle it is generally agreed that people on the sell-side work more hours although that is not always the case. Buy-siders also can make much more money if they are stars. Because of this it is extremely, gut-wrenchingly stressful. Having risk in the market is different then anything else on wall st.
You may leave at 5pm or before that but it is no less stressful then banking An unwaivering confidence in all aspects of the job and an ability to respond in a fitting manner to any unforseen obstacle?
I believe the one trait that is common amongst all great traders is absolute, iron-clad discpline When risk is in the market and prices are moving many cannot act correctly and undesirable traits of their personality like impulsiveness, greed, or fear take over and their best laid plans are tossed out the window.
Likewise, many people who i would not consider the smartest in the World are great, consistently profitable traders. I would say these are all traits that can be learned if a person has the right level of commitment. I can say that charisma has zero to do with it, except that people with a good sense of humor tend to be able handle the stress better maybe a little bit at least. I love u ivy leaguers! However I need someone with experience to tell me how feasible would it be to move straight from my degree to an MBa and then into an associate position at a BB firm Bearing in mind that i will have approximately 4 years work experience at Dow Jones.
And as my uni is quite close to the London Bureau I should be able to maintain my full-time position here. Can you start your career on the buy side?
Has anyone ever done this with respect to hedge funds? Is it possible to become successful without prior IB experience? Is it a necessity that someone teach you the ropes? How much of a disadvantage is it starting here? Obviously depends on the firm but answers would still be appreciated. I had friends who did just that. They get relatively menial tasks in comparison with the work that the other individuals receive.
In regards to the above post, the larger the fund the less responsibility you will be able to get coming right out of undergrad.
It might be a wise choice to seeks positions at the middle-sized shops in order to get the best experience. Contrary to what many will say on this board, you really dont need i-banking experience to be successful at a hf. I know a bunch who have Still very tough though. Banking is touted for the learning experience and exit opportunities it provides. However, those first two years can be fiercely grueling and most only endure them in hopes of reaching the promised land the buy-side.
So I ask myself, if I can get into a reputable buy-side firm right out of undergrad, why not do it? My issue--and I freely admit this--is that I am somewhat of a prestige whore. I have few marketable skills just like anyone still in college. I believe that a name brand helps establish a sense of stability and can provide a slight edge in a very competitive industry. Five 2nd-years are going to KKR this summer.
Four of the five are either from GS or MS this is from a second-hand source. Of course, fit is going to be huge as well. So here are my questions: Is it smart to skip banking in favor of going to the buyside early? For others, investment banking is the ultimate goal, and for others, getting into B school with some money saved, and then figuring out the next plan or starting your own company, etc is the plan.
If you are wondering which firms to pass up on Goldman banking, that is entirely up to you. If your goal is to just be at the most prestigious company, then that should be pretty easy. Apply, interview, get accepted, and then look at league tables and hiring stats, and decide. If there is more to it, then you really have to go on a company by company basis, and figure out where you will be happy for 2 years or so, and then decide what will open more doors to your goals.
Also, what should I say when asked in an interview why I would be interested in the buy side right out of college? Because on the buy side, you are the client. This leads to longer hours, overly long powerpoint desks, and nasty cocaine habits. On the sell side, you slam the phone down and yell "Fuck you!
Also, would you rather be the hooker constantly servicing clients or would you want to be the client who gets to pick the hooker? On the buy side you have to really know your shit, because if you buy a loser your boss is pissed. On the buy side, you have to be right much more than you are wrong. I learned a lot and was able to tell interviewers why I would be interested in the buy side. If you get a job at a hedge fund or in private equity right out of college, you no longer have the need to work for something.
So, what do you look forward to besides the money? You will bypass the misery of IB, but you will begin at a disadvantage because of the skills and networking you gain from banking. After you are in the business for a while it wont matter, but in the beginning it will be a disadvantage. In fact, I would sooner let the janitor touch my book then you because at least I have seen him show good judgement over a period of years.
Depends from fund to fund. This type of work is typically not very interesting to someone who aspires to be a PM someday, and you gain very few transferable skills; the only upside is that you are exposed to the industry and can soak up some general knowledge.
If these positions exist, someone please let me know. This is completely false. I have such a position and have many friends who do as well. I guess we have to start distinguishing between dudes who are on the buyside because they are good investors and dudes who are on the buyside because of their banking stint and connections and not because they like investing or are any good at it, but merely because "it is the good thing to do" for pedigree purposes, parents being proud, blindly following their analyst class, etc.
Unfortunately for the latter group reality will catch up with them, and if their stock calls fucking suck they will be shitcanned and thrown out the effing window like a sack of shit regardless of pedigree. I have not seen a single PM come up from an entry-level gig at a HF right out of college unless they got into a trading role - and that was only in the old days when the industry was smaller.
So yes, you are on the "buyside" but you are not going to be a baller like John Paulson. Such funds do exist. I have a friend going to a HF right out of college and the track is to be a PM.
Also, at the PE firm I worked at, I was told many times that they do not seek to churn and burn their analysts but rather want them to grow with the firm i. Often, the kids going to the buyside is because they have managed to set themselves apart and have the same skills a 2nd year analyst at a BB does. This is not true. Investment positions out of undergrad while rare, do exist.
Not exactly hf, but off the top of my head,i know fido and wellington both hire a few ER associates out of undergrad a year. I am not as familiar with the hf landscape but I think I have seen quant investment research positions listed on the career service website during my undergrad years.
I have not seen a single PM come up from an entry-level gig at a HF right out of college You have an overwhelming amount of logic deficiency. No offense but you are coming off as naive. I am a PM at a hedge fund and I never worked on the sell-side. That experience is way more valuable then anything you can learn on the sell-side and because of this I have been trading at a big name fund for longer then just about anybody I know who is my age and went thru the sell-side.
On the sell-side they are mostly teaching you to sell, whether you know it or not. As I have said many times before, to be a PM on the buyside I would rather be an assistant to a PM as a post-college jon then an investment banking analyst. Go win the fucking Super Bowl. Same logic, your goal is to be the most baller fund manager ever, get to the top of your firm or launch your own , etc. You either come in knowing it after working on the sell-side, or having taught it to yourself like alex said.
Point is, how many kids know enough to teach themselves equity analysis and modeling? You should always be excited and striving to achieve the "next level. There is always something to work towards and you should never get complacent. Until you make it to the top there will always be someone watching over you and making sure you pull your weight. These roles are designed to develop TAs into potential future PMs.
There is no doubt that a sell-side analyst stint provides you with a defined skill set and a great opportunity to network but if you can bypass this step and go directly to the buyside you would be an idiot not to unless you enjoy sales and client service type positions. At the end of the day, most people join finance for the competition and money is the only way to keep score.
I view money as nothing more than a way to buy free time, which at the end of the day is far more important than money. Thank you all for coming out of the woodwork to expose my bullshit and show me how big a dumbass I am. I will stop speculating about an industry and career path I know hardly anything about, and try instead to land a real job in finance first. What is the success rate for people who start out as PM assistants like Bondarb?
What would do these people do if they fail to make PM? Book trades and get lunch for the rest of their careers? There are ER positions out of undergrad where you are making investment decisions.
In Toronto at Fidelity out of undergrad they start you with M to manage. The hours are amazing at worst! My concern is though, is it a bad idea to try to get into the buyside directly without any fulltime sellside experience?
Does anyone have any personal experience or anecdotes about this uncommon career path? Be happy where you are. Sounds like a fantastic opp. Take it and be happy. Is this not the case? I also still have a few sellside prospects, but I really think this is ultimately where I want to be. In retrospect, getting my offer rescinded was almost a blessing in disguise, as cliche as that sounds - Otherwise, I would have never experienced this side of the business and found out how great it was.
There are only two valid reasons why having sell side experience would be useful for someone who is looking for a buyside career: On the buyside your initial network will be smaller especially among your colleagues , but the contacts that you will make will be different in many cases better as you progress. Also in many cases you need to do a stint on the sell side before you are useful to the buyside firm i.
I am working towards getting into the position you are now, waiting to hear back. Take it and run with it. Buy side always seemed like the place for me. Relinquis is spot on. Many people, especially at the undergraduate level, end up on the Sell Side not because of some burning desire to pitch value-destroying deals, but because as Relinquis noted, undergraduates are useless. The best are at least charmingly useless, and eager to learn. Considering the minuscule number of Buy Side positions available for undergraduates, that must be saying something.
Plus, the work is great. Also, check out this thread for more information. It applies to public markets specifically, but the principle is nonetheless there:. It will end at some point, but nobody knows when and it is at the mercy of the prevailing bias of the masses as it relates to ks and the stock market.
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