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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Ecademy Press (November 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905823932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905823932
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a thoughtful and patient guide through what can be a very intimidating process. The author holds your hand every step of the way, demystifying and clarifying, suggesting and prodding. She offers a comprehensive how-to that every first-time, buy-side job seeker shouldn't do without! Marie Rossi, Former Senior Buy-Side Equity Research Analyst and II-Ranked Sell-Side Analyst

About the Author

Gillian Elcock has worked as an equity research analyst for several years at respected asset management companies in the U.S. and the UK, including Putnam Investments and Insight Investment. She started her career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MEng and BSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You can visit her blog at www.dennyellison.com.

More About the Author

Gillian Elcock has worked as an equity research analyst for several years at respected asset management companies in the U.S. and the UK, including Putnam Investments and Insight Investment. She is currently the Director of Denny Ellison Enterprises, a research and consulting firm focused on the equity research and asset management industries.

She started her career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MEng and BSc degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

You can visit her blog at www.dennyellison.com

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I recommend this book especially for students who want to apply for equity analyst job.
Apprentice
This book provides an excellent overview of the Equity Research profession and provides EXTREMELY useful tips on how to approach an equity research job interview.
LJK
The most useful part of the book however, is the demystification of the interviewing process.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FT on March 15, 2011
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I purchased this book because I am in the process of changing career path and move into equity research. I found "How to Get an Equity Research Analyst Job" to be extremely helpful in preparing for interviews, and while the book is primarily targeted to business school and undergraduate students, I believe it is also a very good reference book for more experienced finance professionals.
The book begins with an overview of the asset management industry and the role of securities analysts (sell and buy side). The author than explains how to best prepare for the different types of interviews: the stock pitch, brainteasers, case interviews, and the "analyze a stock on the day" interview, among others. What I found particularly helpful was Chapter 4, "Understand and prepare for the stock pitch interview": the author uses Colgate-Palmolive stock as an example and clearly defines all the steps necessary to select the stock, obtain financial reports, calculate the key financial ratios, determine the risks and, most importantly, how to structure the investment thesis.

I would definitely recommend "How to Get an Equity Research Analyst Job" to anyone who is interested in sell side equity research and people who want to make a career change.
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This book doesn't just tell you how to secure a job in asset management but goes through a journey from understanding the industry and applying for jobs to succeeding while working in the industry.

I believe Gillian goes through 4 main points during this journey and these are: INDUSTRTY KNOWLEDGE, INTERVIEWS, STOCK PITCH AND WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY. I personally like the way she writes and goes through this journey; it is very easy to read, it is direct and to the point.

She goes through the asset management industry in detail and the main roles within it; she is also extremely helpful in preparing for interviews by telling you the procedures, what is expected and how to prosper. This book clearly defines all the steps necessary to select a stock by using examples which will be helpful during the interview process. Lastly she takes the view point of a rookie entering the asset management industry and describes the main points on how to succeed and have a good career.

I recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about the asset management industry and wants to have a long and prosperous career. It is truly a masterpiece.
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For anyone approaching the Equity Research World for the first time, the task of sorting through the jargon and figuring out the organizational structure of the industry can be daunting. What is the difference between the buy side and the sell side? What does an Equity Research Analyst actually do? What to expect and how to prepare for an interview? These questions and many more are thoroughly answered by Gillian D. Elcock.

Her clarification of the jargon is very helpful for recent graduates, as well as for those who what to switch industries. Although the book is geared more towards the buy side, it is just as useful for the sell side. The most useful part of the book however, is the demystification of the interviewing process. Elcock goes to great length to make sure the reader understands what the interviewing process is, what is expected, what to expect and how to succeed. In a highly competitive industry like this, there is no room for error, and intensive preparation is key for success. But how should one prepare? The author gives great tips and examples for how to anticipate difficult questions like brain teasers, how prepare for the "stock of the day" type questions and how to not be caught by surprise by the different rounds of interviews and the demands of each.

While there are couple of books out there on Equity Research methodologies and valuation techniques, none is so practical and applied to the basic process of getting a job. The book offers insight without which it is hard to see how one might break through the glass wall. For anyone thinking about getting into Equity Research, this should be the first book to pick up.
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By MG on July 7, 2014
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I have interviewed at a few equity research firms for an associate position. This guide does not cover the stock pitch well... Mergers & inquisition does a far better job.
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Elcock's first book provides a practical how to guide for infiltrating the buy-side - a must read for b-school students with high hopes of making it on Wall St.
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Too much information about the industry and not enough on details. My reason for purchasing this book was to get insights about Equity Researc, but the writer has ZERO experience in the sell side.
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It's great to have someone to hold your hands to guide you through the door of getting a job in equity research.
This book provides from the basic understanding of the job, what it entails, what you should be doing to prepare for an interview, how you should do it and also a lot of words of encouragement should you not get the job. Though it depicts a positive view of an equity research analyst, there are also skeptical illustrations of how the life of an equity analyst will be.

One thing's for sure is that it gives the reader a glimpse of the occupation through a lens that is pretty clear.
Gillian has done a great job to guide newbies into the field of equity research and I would say this book is a good quick read to form a framework of strategy of how you want to stride into this profession.

However, if you are already a somewhat knowledgeable business student, you don't really need to read this. You may already know much of the stuff inside. For avid financiers, skip this.
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