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Mr. Markets Guy

About Me:

Well-rounded financial professional with extensive experience following financial markets, and identifying and presenting investment opportunities to ultra high net worth and institutional clients. Outside of work, I spend time volunteering with special needs adults, playing lacrosse and traveling (been to 16 countries!).


Undergrad School: University of Virginia

Undergrad Major: Financial Economics

GPA: 3.62

GMAT: 760

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: Level III CFA Candidate

School Name: CFA Institute

Extracurriculars: Founded charitable organization to raise money for a hospital in rural Africa through stand up comedy events., Vice President of InterFraternity Council in college in the midst of a national scandal; spearheaded the solution., Best Buddies Citizens Program volunteering with adults with special needs.

Work History:

Title: Financial Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 11 mos

Title: Private Wealth Management Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm In Selected Industry

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 9 mos

Big Life Wins:

(1) Sole analyst on a Private Wealth Management team that successfully moved our $10MM revenue book from one major investment bank to another. (2) Founded “Analyst Council” in my company in which investment-oriented professionals can share best practices and leverage one another’s expertise that spread to offices throughout the country.

Post MBA Goal:

Post MBA – Pivot to consulting. I would love to work in the Strategy & Corporate Finance practice of a major consulting firm. Long Term – Head of Corporate Development or Executive of Fortune 500 Company identifying strategic M&A opportunities.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open

Considering: Wharton, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, Darden


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 35%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    You’re a terrific candidate on just about every single level: Your GMAT score is 30 points above the Harvard Business School median. Your GPA at a public Ivy, UVA, is right on target for HBS. You bring the additional qualification of a CFA which, along with your GMAT score, makes it a certainty you will sail through the academic core. And you have great work experience in the financial markets in what is likely highly selective firms in your industry. Your big professional wins also tell me you have proven yourself in a highly competitive field. And your post-MBA goal makes immediate sense. As you know, Harvard’s acceptance rate is now 12%. Given your stats and your background, I’d say your odds are three times …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 25%

    Solid, albeit conventional, professional experience as an analyst. We love to see that you founded an Analysts Council — great way to demonstrate initiative and leadership within a class of peers. Your undergrad extracurriculars are excellent, but currently we don’t see any “organizational leadership.” At the very least, you should join and seek a formal role in the nearest UVA alumni chapter. Excellent academic profile will convince adcoms you’ll thrive in an MBA classroom. Good target list, but it would be shame for you to go back to your alma mater UVA rather than another top-tier school that offers you a different brand, campus culture and alumni network.

    2 years ago
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 45%

    Hello Mr. Markets Guy! Or should I call you Mr. 760? Krista Nannery here from mbaMission.
    Every year, I see a lot of finance applicants like you. However, most struggle with the extracurricular side of things. I love that you’ve got a bunch of things going on outside of work — plus the Analyst Council. Of course, I am assuming that the Africa hospital and Best Buddy activities are current? If so, these things will set you apart during this process. My top recs for you would be…
    1. Keep up the ECs and/or look for a way to even ramp them up a bit between now and September.
    2. Go all R1. Too many candidates like you. Get in there early with that 760/3.62 please.
    3. …

    2 years ago Read the full review

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