Thursday, 19 June 2014

Interview with a Private Equity MD

Every now and then Bateman Begins conducts interviews with professionals working in finance in India, but for this interview, we are going to switch things around a little. Today’s interviewee is a Managing Director at a major private equity fund in the US, and has worked on investments in India in the past. He was kind enough to have a wide-ranging conversation with me and some of his insights are absolutely fascinating.

Read on to find out what an MD has to say investing and business in India in the most detailed interview ever conducted by Bateman Begins. He’s an American, so you get the added bonus of getting to know an outsider’s perspective of doing business in India.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Observations of a PE Analyst

During my time working as an investment analyst for a private equity fund, I have witnessed a number of incidents that have made me question the phrase “outside the realm of possibility”. A sheer lack of time, money or authority is never a concern for making decisions – as long as it solves the problems of the overlords, it shall be done.

This post lists the best of the golden nuggets gleaned from my time in private equity till now – observations that no one will ever point out to an outsider or a newcomer. When you talk about “inside peek”, this is as good as it gets.

Note: The following content is purely hypothetical and does not pertain to actual events.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tackling the 'Relevant Experience' Problem

The other day a reader emailed me to discuss some thoughts, and one point that he made has been at the back of my head since then. It’s something that I’m sure many of you can relate with, and is such an important matter than it deserves a post of its own.

All too often a finance hopeful hears the comment, “You’re good, but you don’t have relevant experience”. Most aspirants take it as a sign of rejection and try again elsewhere, even though this need not be the end of the line. It is a difficult obstacle to overcome, but by no means an insurmountable one. Read on to find out why. 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Financial Modeling: Free Resources

A question that I frequently get is, “Which financial modeling course should I use?”, or “Should I go for a classroom based coaching or will online courses be good enough?” In my experience, coaching is not required as long as you have a basic commerce background (CA or B.Com students) and are comfortable with MS Excel.

So in this post, I’ll provide you some free resources which you can use to learn everything you need to know about financial modeling.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

The Great Debate: CFA vs. MBA

One of the most hotly debated questions among finance aspirants is the perennial CFA vs. MBA deliberation. Which of these qualifications will give you a better shot at landing that prestigious full time Excel Monkey Investment Analyst role? In this article, we’re going to have a no-holds-barred, all-out face-off between the two, to settle the question once and for all.

Read on to get the drill down on one of the toughest professional examinations in the world, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), vs. the timeless and reliable MBA (I’m not going to insult your intelligence by expanding that).