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    Columbia Business School Presents: “Six Sigma Ninjas”

    Regular Dealbreaker readers know that we spend a lot of time around these parts having the CFA v. MBA debate. Which is most beneficial? Which is worth your time? Which has the highest NPV? Today brings a point in favor of the b-school track, courtesy of Columbia. While business school may offer more opportunities to […]

    / Dec 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM
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    Advice For Anyone Else Planning To Take The CFA Exam For No Real Reason

    As it turns out, the only piece of commenter advice on taking the CFA Level I Exam that I actually followed was “don’t have lunch at Headquarters, the strip club across the street from the Javits Center.” Initially, I wasn’t sure about this advice. When I left the Javits Center for lunch, a part of […]

    / Dec 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    I’m Now Prepared To Guarantee A Future Ability To Guarantee Returns

    I’m back. Did I miss anything? My imaginary CFA results are mid-80% area for both the morning and afternoon sessions. That sounds like it predicts a pass on Saturday, though probably not at a 95% level of significance. (Does it? I have no idea.) The effect of 1 drink before / 1 during the afternoon […]

    / Nov 30, 2011 at 5:44 PM
  • News

    And Now Some Mockery

    I am now going to take a mock CFA exam. In order to replicate actual testing conditions as closely as possible without leaving my apartment, I will do the following: 1. Spend 2 hours* on the first session (120 questions) 2. Lunch, beer 3. Spend 2 hours on the second session (120 questions). Another beer. […]

    / Nov 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM
  • News

    The OCC And I Work Hard To Guarantee Investment Returns

    This is shaping up to be CFA week for me, and with my impending triumph/humiliation I’ve pretty much stopped thinking about much else. I’ve also stopped reading about much else, putting aside Trotsky temporarily to focus on those six stupid books. Yesterday was corporate finance – I can now unlever and relever betas like a […]

    / Nov 29, 2011 at 6:35 PM
  • News

    Things I Did Not Know About The CFA Exam

    Attentive readers may recall that a while back I signed up to take the CFA Level I exam, in order to (1) pursue my passion for standardized testing,(2) expose the secret behind-the-scenes workings of America’s trillion-dollar financial-analysis-certification business, and (3) have a major institution to stand behind my guarantees of consistent above-market investment returns. I […]

    / Nov 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM
  • News

    If He Could Turn Back Time…If He Could Find A Way

    In 2003, things were going pretty well for Todd J. Remis. Great, even. The equity research analyst had left Warburg Pincus Asset Management to found Hygrove Partners LLC, he was living the good life in New York City and he’d recently married Latvia native Milena Grzibovska. The wedding was an intimate affair that included less […]

    / Nov 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM
  • business school, News

    “Students Prefer Larger Postschool Wages But Dislike Studying”

    That’s how two Wharton professors, Daniel Gottlieb and Kent Smetters, model their students in a recent paper that tries to explain why so many business schools have policies – typically adopted by student vote – that prevent students from disclosing their grades to employers. Seems reasonable! We construct a model with students, schools, and employers. […]

    / Oct 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM
  • business school

    Stern B-School Students Offered Second Chance At Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

    Having said that, the chance to soak up the market moving insight of a one Professor $Honey will not last.

    / Sep 16, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    Bernie Madoff Ethics Course Less Of A Draw Than Business Schools Had Hoped

    If you’re one of Moynihan’s mini-mistmakers and a slowdown in staffing, dwindling office supplies and your MD’s refusal to make eye contact have left you convinced that you’re among the 10,000/40,000/30,000 people whose brief yet brilliant tenure at Old BAC will soon be toasted over rounds at Phil’s Tavern, you may already be thinking about […]

    / Sep 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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    Sallie Krawcheck’s Departure One Shitty Deal for Merrill Brokerage Customers

    As we mentioned a while back, part of my training as a new Dealbreaker editor involves getting a CFA charter so that I can use past returns to guarantee future results. To that end, I’ve signed up for the December Level I exam. Thanks for all of your helpful advice on studying, by the way […]

    / Sep 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    Have You Gotten Your ‘I Survived The CFA Exam’ Shirt Yet?

    If yes, did you get the plain boring old one or the one with the tassels?

    / Aug 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    Which One Of You Is Gonna Pass A Stone During The December CFA And Still Finish The Exam?

    In a few short weeks, many financial services employees will begin the soul-crushing, life-sucking process of studying for Level I CFA exam given in December. So you that you don’t look back and realize you wasted 4+ months of your time on earth, most of you are probably hoping to pass. And sure, that’s a […]

    / Jul 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM
  • MBAs, News

    RBC Wealth Management Chief Uses Threat Of Layoffs To Take A Swipe At MBAs

    John Taft, the Chairman of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the CEO of RBC U.S. Wealth Management, said he’s hearing firms are planning to cut back due to the skittish market and softening economy…He said staff reductions will likely affect all levels—even those with years of experience and expensive MBA degrees. “I […]

    / Jul 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM
  • MBAs, News

    Investment Manager Sues Playboy Modeling Ex-Girlfriend For Writing Herself Blank Check, Tuition Fees

    Until 2007, investment manager Andrew Oberwager and his girlfriend Karolina Stefansi were a happy, highly educated couple in love. Oberwager was a PM at Columbus Circle Partners, who had earned the right to not only put the letters C, F, and A after his signature, but M and D as well, having graduated from Harvard […]

    / Jul 13, 2011 at 5:32 PM
  • MBAs, News

    You’re Not A True CFA Until You’ve Made It To Little-Known Level IV

    For the vast majority of those on the quest to become a Chartered Financial Analyst, there are three tests to be conquered and then they’re set. They’ve gained the keys to the kingdom. Three tests, they think, and you’re in. That’s because these people are not true children of the CFA. If they were, they’d […]

    / Jul 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM
  • MBAs, News

    Ladies Love Wharton, Harvard Business School

    And the feeling is mutual.

    / Jun 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM
  • MBAs, News

    Is This An Accurate Portrayal Of A Villanova MBA?

    So, the performance you’re about to see is most certainly fake. But is there some truth there? Does Debbie, the graduate of Villanova business school and extreme cat enthusiast looking for love strike you as someone who’d fit in on campus, or would the character more likely be found at Wharton or HBS?

    / Jun 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

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