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Last minute Halloween costumes for investment bankers

Have to go to a Halloween party straight from the office? Here are some last minute costume ideas. Didn’t have time to plan a Halloween costume and now have to dash from the office straight to the party, grab…

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Ranking iconic musicians

We compare the singles, popularity and continual cultural impact of some of the most iconic musicians of the past 50 years. Despite passing away forty years ago this month, Elvis Presley is still one of the m…

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Ranking the James Beard NYC restaurant shortlist

Le Coucou won the James Beard award for "Best New Restaurant." How does it compare to other NYC restaurants? Le Coucou just won the James Beard award for "Best New Restaurant." In a city renowned for its food…

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Who is the most impressive on Twitter?

Since the first tweet over ten years ago, who dominates the platform today? We rank followers, tweets, sentiment, reach and more. Eleven years ago this week, the first tweet was sent. Since then, Twitter has…

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The 2016 fiction book you should read

Comparing last year's most critically well-received books to one of the year's bestsellers, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A December ritual is the publication of “best of” lists (we wrote one, too!). Han…

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Is the Empire Strikes Back still the best Star Wars movie?

An update to last year's Star Wars ranking chart, this year, including lightsaber battles. To mark last year’s release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we ranked each Star Wars movie to see which…

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Ranking Chart: Who is the best horror movie villain?

Which movie franchise can claim the best villain? We rank body count, weapon, scariness and more. For horror movies, everything rests on the depravity of the villain. From centuries-old demons, to psychopathi…

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Does the September poll leader usually win the presidential election?

How often does September's poll leader become the next White House resident? It's just over 40 days until the presidential election. Awareness of the two candidates is reaching its peak (as is media saturatio…

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Ranking Chart: SNL cast members

There have been over 140 Saturday Night Live cast members. 16 have appeared in eight or more seasons. Who are they and how do they compare? Saturday Night Live will soon begin its 42nd season. Iconic for its…

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How to read 52 books a year

Something nearly all successful business people do is read. A lot. How to make time in your schedule for continous learning. Things can move overwhelmingly fast in business. With probably over a hundred (mayb…

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Ranking Chart: Brooklyn neighborhoods

The L train's closure will cut off easy access to Williamsburg. Where should you go instead? In 2019, New York City’s L subway line will be closed for 18 months for repairs, effectively cutting off easy acce…

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Bankers are smart....aren’t they?

Why wanting to have a beer with someone is a better predictor of success than education, experience, knowledge, or intellect. Any incoming class of bankers will likely be top performers from some of the world…

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Why bankers still need to play Liar’s Poker

It may have dwindled in popularity, but playing Liar's Poker allows bankers to practice and master important necessary skills. Twenty years ago, if you asked any banker, “When was the last time you played Lia…

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Ranking Chart: The 13 Original Colonies

Since the first Independence Day almost a quarter of a century ago, how have the original 13 colonies changed? Ranked for population, size, and more. After some boundary adjustment and name updates, the 13 or…

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Ranking Chart: Movie reboots

How do movie reboots from 2015, 2016, and 2017 compare to the original version? Ranking actual and predicted success. Next month the new Ghostbusters movie, the latest in a string of remakes, reboots, and lon…

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Ranking Chart: The best city for investment bankers

When you actually get to leave the office, which is the best finance city to live in? New York vs. London? Beijing vs. Hong Kong? Zurich vs. Frankfurt? Each city has its own unique appeal for bankers, with op…

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March Madness predictions: Kansas most likely to win

We used a statistical model to predict the outcome of a matchup between any two Division I teams. March is here, and flowers are blooming; so too are the hopes and dreams of fans of the 68 schools participati…

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Why STEAM power is the future

The combination of creative AND technical ability is America’s secret sauce to continued prosperity and engine of future economic development Innovation is touted as the panacea to volatile economic environme…

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