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  • Investment Management

  • Private Equity (PE)

  • Venture Capital (VC)

  • Impact Investing

  • Investment Management is the asset management of various securities (stocks, bonds and other securities) and other assets (e.g., real estate, hedge funds, private equity) in order to meet specified investment goals for the benefit of the investors. Investors may be institutions (insurance companies, pension funds, corporations, charities, educational establishments, etc) or private investors.

    Roles can include Buy-Side Research Analysis, Alternative Investments (i.e. Hedge Funds, Private Equity), Sell-Side Research Analysis, Private Wealth Management and Fixed Income Security Analysis.

    Sample employers include: Alliance Bernstein, AQR, Blackrock, Bracebridge, Bridgewater Associates, Commonfund, Fidelity Investments, Invesco, JPMorgan Asset Management, KAUST Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Asset Management, PIMCO, Rockefeller University, Schonfeld, TIAA CREF and Vanguard.

  • Private equity, in a nutshell, is the investment of equity capital in private companies. In a typical private equity deal, an investor buys a stake in a private company with the hope of ultimately realizing an increase in the value of that stake.

    Sample employers include: Actis, Bain Capital, Blackstone, Carlyle Group, Cerberus Capital Management, CITIC Private Equity Funds, Hillhouse Capital, KKR, Nebrodi Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus.

  • Venture capital (VC) is a form of private equity and a type of financing that investors provide to startup companies and small businesses that are believed to have long-term growth potential. Venture capital generally comes from well-off investors, investment banks, and other financial institutions.

    However, it does not always take a monetary form; it can also be provided in the form of technical or managerial expertise. Venture capital is typically allocated to small companies with exceptional growth potential, or to companies that have grown quickly and appear poised to continue to expand.

    The three major roles in a venture capital firm (listed in decreasing order of hierarchy) are general partners, principals, and associates. Besides them, many large firms also employ venture partners, entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIR), and analysts.

    Sample employers include: 25Madison, 500 Startups, Accel, Bain Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Broadscale, Citi Ventures, CT Innovations, DBL Partners, General Atlantic, Hillhouse Capital Group, Huron River, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management.

  • According to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors’ strategic goals.

    The growing impact investment market provides capital to address the world’s most pressing challenges in sectors such as sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, conservation, microfinance, and affordable and accessible basic services including housing, healthcare, and education.

    Sample employers include: Acumen, Asian Development Bank, Clean Capital LLC, Developing World Markets, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Nuveen, RRG Capital Management and Social Finance, Inc.

How to Get a Job in Impact Investing

There are many paths you can take to become an impact investment professional. Not all areas within impact investing need a prior investment banking or corporate finance background.

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Hedge Fund vs. Private Equity: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between a hedge fund vs. private equity firm is the types of investments they make. Private equity firms typically invest in private companies and see returns on investment by improving the company’s profits. On the other hand, …

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What is a Hedge Fund?

Hedge Fund is a pooled investment vehicle that utilizes a wide array of specialized hedging strategies across various asset classes to generate positive returns uncorrelated with the broader market.

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What is a Unicorn Startup?

Unicorn Startup in the venture capital (VC) industry is a term that refers to a private startup that has obtained a total valuation in excess of $1 billion.

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Private Equity Interview Questions

Top 25 Private Equity Interview Questions

In the following post, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the Top 25 Private Equity Interview Questions to help you prepare for the recruiting process and successfully land an offer in this competitive industry.

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