Archive for the ‘Investment Banking Simulator’ Category

Investment Banking Job Requirements for 2010

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on February 2, 2010 – 9:27 am

Spend any time on industry blogs or social network discussion forums… and you’ll feel the industry’s pain.  People with $100K dollar salaries are being released for people willing to work for $70K…  People with 15 -20 years (or even more) in the industry are being overlooked for those with just 5 (or even less)… and [...]

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Culture, Management, & Bonus Misalignment

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on January 5, 2010 – 12:01 pm

Cash Bonuses as part of an employee’s compensation structure have fallen under great media and political scrutiny since the collapse of the financial sector.  However, it was not the existence of bonuses that caused the collapse…  The bonus is a tool… nothing more.  In fact, when it comes to motivating individuals to perform, especially in [...]

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Align your Incentive for Success…

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on January 1, 2010 – 11:37 am

In an industry that is struggling to find a way to better re-align its compensation incentives with that of its company and shareholders’ better interests… I thought it appropriate to also have the individual initiate a little strategy to create their OWN incentive for success.  This week’s Career Pointers is [...]

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The Daunting, Albeit Necessary, Nature of Self Development

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on December 4, 2009 – 2:20 pm

Do you rely on doing a good job at work to eventually lead you to your ultimate dream job?  Sure, you have to do it… and do it “effectively” if you hope to advance in your career, but while fulfilling any given position’s duties to the best of your abilities is wonderful for your employer… [...]

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Housing & Location Strategy for Career Optimization

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on November 13, 2009 – 7:49 am

The typical American Dream…  A secure life-time position with a strong, respectful and respectable employer… a loving spouse, 2.1 children, and a house in the suburbs or other peaceful, crime-free neighborhood…  and, perhaps, even a white picket, rose-lined fence to keep the dog in …and the mailman out.
Whatever your dream variation may entail… one seeming [...]

Jumping Ship… The Promise of Private Equity.

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on October 26, 2009 – 10:15 am

So, with the US government cracking down on banking industry income, where might one look to shift their efforts for unrestricted rewards?  My bet is that you will see top talent looking to drop their “capped” posts at the troubling banks and reposition themselves in Private Equity firms abroad.
“Why abroad?” you say.  Well, as anyone [...]

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Banks Take Point in Recovery

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on August 25, 2009 – 5:51 am

Banks seem to have hit bottom and posted a healthy rebound. Word on the street is that the worst is behind us, banks are out of trouble, and we should now be bullish on financials (banks). After all, the KBW Bank Index is up nearly 150% since its March low, Bank of America has bounced [...]

The Times: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on August 13, 2009 – 8:40 am

This week’s Career Pointers is less of an advisory “pointer” than it is an informing and/or cautionary commentary on the rapidly changing job, industry and economic environment in which we find ourselves. Be informed, plan accordingly, use caution, and win the shoot out.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”? …Well, I’m a big Clint Eastwood [...]

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Business ME

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on June 17, 2009 – 11:14 am


“Business ME”

Too many of us let others define how we think of ourselves, how we manage our careers, and live our lives… I am not here to lecture, but I can offer a little perspective tweak and an empowering statement or two that may help you define yourself for the better.

So, here’s [...]

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Professional Analyst Blog… Stagflation Marketing and Strategy!

Icon Written by Neil Palmquist on June 17, 2009 – 11:05 am


Professional Analyst Blog…  Stagflation Marketing and Strategy!

Reality check, my friends…  Many of you seem highly, highly down (depressed) due to the economy and all of your most likely accurate perceptions that our government’s missteps aren’t helping us …and may even hurt us.  I don’t disagree with your perceptions/forecasts, but, as a result, [...]

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