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What is the Difference Between Buy Side and Sell Side?

By Derek On September 7, 2011


“It’s not whether you’re right or wrong that’s important, but how much money you make when you’re right and how much you lose when you’re wrong.” George Soros

What is the “Buy” side?

Easy: the guys who are buying the stocks, in other words, the clients! A person who works on the buy side may be a portfolio manager, an analyst or a trader. Either way, they are hugely important to the “Sell” side. Without them we don’t exist.

What is the “Sell” side?

Easy: the guys who are trying to “sell” ideas to the clients. I am a sell side guy and so are my sales traders and analysts.

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Do You Have the Right Personality for a Career in Finance?

By Derek On September 6, 2011

“What if there were no hypothetical questions?” – George Carlin

People outside of finance frequently ask me what it takes to work in this business. There is a lot of bad information out there, usually promulgated by jealous, misinformed, underpaid hacks (aka journalists). I can only speak from my experience – and that is the aim of this blog – on what type of people do well in the various roles in finance.

Are You “Front Office” Material?

This business is very competitive and very international. The most interesting jobs are to be found in …..

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Stockbroking – What Is It?

By Derek On September 6, 2011

“A stock broker is one who invests other people’s money until it’s all gone.” Woody Allen

A stockbroker (or “stock broker”) is a registered financial professional who acts as a middle man for an investor buying and selling stocks. Stocks are known as “equities” in “the business.” Equities are different from bonds, another area of finance which is known as “fixed income.”

The Three Types

There are three types of stockbroker – execution only, advisory and ….

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