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How an Investment Banker Builds an Accretion Dilution Model, Part 1

Note: you can find a more recent version of this lesson by clicking here. This article is part one of a two-part series.  Click here for part two. One of the core models investment banking ... Read More

Enterprise Value vs Equity Value

Questions surrounding enterprise value vs equity value seem to pop up again and again in our corporate training seminars. In general, investment bankers seem to know a lot less about valuation concepts than you'd expect given ... Read More

My EBITDA multiple is bigger than yours

Investment Bankers talk a lot about multiples. In fact, almost everyone in finance talks about multiples. Jim Cramer is probably talking about some company’s multiple right now. Surprisingly, though, multiples and what they actually represent ... Read More

Investment Banking vs Equity Research

If you're considering a career in investment banking, you should definitely consider banking's slightly less glamorous cousin, equity research. Equity research analysts closely analyze small groups of stocks in order to provide insightful investment ideas ... Read More

Investment Banking Pitchbook: Real World Examples (PDFs)

Below are several examples of real investment banking pitchbooks, from various investment banks. Pitchbook example Description Goldman Sachs Pitchbook I This is a typical sell-side pitchbook - Goldman is pitching to Airvana to become ... Read More

Common Finance Interview Questions (and Answers)

With the start of a new academic year, we know that finance interviews are again at the forefront of many of your minds. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing most frequently asked ... Read More

Does Wall Street Prep's Certification Matter?

Trainees that complete Wall Street Prep's Premium Package or live seminars, are eligible for Wall Street Prep's Certification in Financial & Valuation Modeling. Certification is issued only upon passing an online examination (70% is ... Read More

Overview of Current M&A Accounting Rules

M&A Accounting rules changed dramatically in 2001 under FAS 141 and FAS 142. EG8NB8T4PTHQ In addition to the elimination of pooling, goodwill would no longer be amortized for book purposes.  In 2009, an important ... Read More

M&A Accounting in Simple English

Acquisition accounting has always been a challenge for analysts and associates.  I think it's partly because the presentation of purchase accounting (the method prescribed under US GAAP and IFRS for handling acquisitions) in financial ... Read More

Does Wall Street Prep provide financial modeling courses for overseas applicants?

Note: This article is outdated, as the Premium Package is now an online-only video training program. A: Thank you for your inquiry. The Premium Package comes as physical manuals, along with a CD containing ... Read More


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7 Free Financial Modeling Lessons

Get instant access to video lessons taught by experienced investment bankers. Learn financial statement modeling, DCF, M&A, LBO, Comps and Excel shortcuts.