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Tales of a Rookie Wall Street Investment Banker

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A newly-minted MBA recounts his first years as a Wall Street investment banker—unredacted.

“Why aren’t you using LTM EBITDA for credit metrics?” asked the managing director who sat across from me, his widow’s peak clearly visible as he inspected the sheet in front of him. His spacious office looked out onto New York Harbor.

“Bust,” said the vice president, a younger, douchier version of Widow’s Peak. He slashed his red ballpoint pen across the sheet and flipped to the next page.

“Walk me through the debt paydown and your interest rate assumptions,”...

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