Vault Guide to Finance Interviews

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FINAN INTERV GUIDE VAULT GUIDE TO FINANCE INTERVIEWS D. BHATAWEDEKHAR, DAN JACOBSON, HUSSAM HAMADEH AND THE STAFF OF VAULT
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INTRODUCTION 1 Landing a Gig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY 5 The Finance Interview: An Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 VALUATION TECHNIQUES 19 How Much is it Worth? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Basic Accounting Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Market Valuation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Comparable Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Multiple Analysis or Comparable Company Analysis . . . . . . . . .45 Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 EQUITY ANALYSIS AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT 61 Investment Management and Portfolio Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Stock Analysis and Stock Picking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 STOCKS 71 Equity vs. Debt (Stocks vs. Bonds) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Stock Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Visit the Vault Finance Career Channel at www.vault.com/finance — with insider firm profiles, message boards, the Vault Finance Job Board and more.
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