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WSO Hall of Fame: Corporate Finance, Development and Strategy Forum The Wall Street Oasis corporate finance, Development and Strategy Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the corporate finance, development and strategy industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To vi...
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Exit Opportunities of internal strategy/finance vs lesser know consulting firmI'm finishing the first semester of my MBA this week, and I'm considering my potential internship opportunities. I was hoping to go into consulting, but I've already been turned down by MBB and Deloitte S&O for first round interviews - likely due to a weak GPA. Based off of my networking, I think I'...
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Company Review: CIBC Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - WowGreat culture it was really cool and I liked it a lot Thanks to the chief executive office and to the chief financial officer. It was really cool and I had a blast Chillin in the back office with my mates just having a cold one...
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FP&A superday, how to prepare?I have my first superday coming up in a couple days for a F200 entry level FP&A role. Since this is my first one I'm not really sure what to expect. They told me they're bringing 10-12 candidates out and to expect to be there for 4-5 hours. Now my internship was in FP&A so I'm fairly confident on ...
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Exit Opps from F200 Serial Acquirer, $500MM+ acquisitions/divestmentsJust curious what exit opps here, take the following experience as example. * 3 Years BB IBD Coverage, tier 2 bank * 2.5 years MM M&A * Deal experience largely focused on public company M&A/carve-outs/take-over defense * Same sector I am considering a Corporate Development oppy at a conglo...
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Company Review: General Motors - Senior Financial Analyst, General MotorsDecent work life balance, great bonus and retirement program. Rotational programs available for development. . Old Culture, Slow Moving, very political. Progression to manager is a long road of programs and rotations....
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Johnson & Johnson FLDPHey everyone. I just received an email to complete a video interview for the FLDP program consisting of 3 educational/background questions and 4 competency questions. Can anyone provide any specifics regarding their experience? I've never done a video response before. Thanks!...
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Goldman or JP Morgan? Which one should I take?I got an offer fro Internal Audit from GS and Risk analyst from JP Morgan. GS: pays less, requires me to move. JP: Pays 20% more than GS and is in my hometown. ...
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Company Review: JP Morgan Securities - SatisfiedCompany has solid culture that encourages internal mobility. Firm also provides you with great exit opportunities.. As with any other bulge bracket, any decision making can be rather political and take longer than it should....
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Just had a 30 minute phone interview for an internship this summer that ran 10 minutes short. Did I mess up?Phone interview was supposed to be 30 minutes at the maximum. It lasted for 20 minutes. Is that bad? I guess I am overthinking it......
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Modeling of Different Derivates for Hedging?Dear WSO, As part of a project I am working on as an intern right now I was planning on comparing the effects of different derivatives to hedge the price risk of the main commodity a company would buy (think fuel for an airline or steel for an intermediate goods producer). I am currently designing ...
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Finished FLDP, now what?I finished a 2 year FLDP with one of the largest in Big Pharma that you've all heard of. I'm about 6 months in to my roll-off position and looking to jump ship Q1 2018. I'm eyeing top of Tier 2 consulting and have started case prep. However, I wanted to take a step back for a moment to consider ot...
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Which F500 Entry Level Job to Take?I am currently trying to decide between two different fortune 500 offers currently, and I am struggling to come to a decision. Here are the two offers: JCPenney: this one is an FLDP. the first 14 weeks are general finance training and then I will spend two years rotating through the different areas...
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What to expect from a Corporate Risk InterviewHey, I have a phone interview coming up for a corporate risk internship. What technical questions should I expect/prep for? Thanks...
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Job offers which would you choose?I'm going to try to make this as unbiased as possible, and if you can give me your opinion on which job offer you would take that would be really helpful. Some key pointers before I begin are: - My family currently lives in Miami, and if I worked there as well I could potentially have zero expens...
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Company Review: Accenture - Accenture Corporate Development and Transaction Services AnalystHourly pay isn't super high but you do get paid overtime for any time over 40 hours per week. Probably average about 50 hours per week. Modeling for this position isn't like normal corporate development, still work in Excel but models are heavily customized for Accenture projects....
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KPMG Infrastructure AdvisoryHi all, I've recently went for an interview with the KPMG Infrastructure Advisory office in Singapore. It seemed that they really liked me and so I'm fairly confident of securing the offer. I've been through the following internships: - Forecasting work in the commodity fund management arm of an agr...
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Standard Chartered Bank's "Corporate & Institutional Clients and Corporate Finance" InternshipIs the "Corporate & Institutional Clients and corporate finance" internship at Standard Chartered Bank their IBD internship? I know that generally, for SCB's other internships such as in Commercial Banking or Wealth Management, their interviews are composed of purely resume-related and behavioural q...
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Corporate FP&A vs. Division FP&AI've got two job offers in hand. 1. Mid-sized pharma firm (growth history), product development (division) FP&A team. 2. Fortune 50 tech (mature), Corporate FP&A. I have 1 year of accounting/finance experience. Offer is low 60s+bonus for both. My big question: What are some of the major difference...
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Company Review: Prudential Capital Group - great learning experience and growth opportunityHands on experience principle investor, great focus on career development, strong PE and credit HF connections. Small teams in each office and very few analysts, lacks prestige of large banks and can be under-valued outside of its network in terms of exit opps...
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Company Interview: JP Morgan Securities - Corporate Analyst Development ProgramWould you rather work on a project or on a process? Name a time you worked on a team Explain a time someone wasnt pulling their weight Tell me about yourself Explain this part of your resume Would you rather work on a project or on a process? Name a time you worked on a team Explain a time someone ...
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how to use linkedin to land corporate banking analyst roleHey guys, I was just curious to see if anyone has any useful tips in using platforms like linked-in as a leverage for networking to gain at least access to interviews of (CB) Corporate banking roles or other roles of similar nature. I am currently a 24-year-old graduate with a MSc in banking and fi...
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Company Interview: PNC Financial Services - Cash Management AnalystThe interview questions were pretty standard behavioral questions where interviewer wanted to know about resume and your interest in PNC Financial Services (and specifically, why the Treasury department). There were some questions regarding current market conditions or trends and how that related to...
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Corporate Development WACC MethodI'm curious to see how other Corporate Development shops calculate WACC. I personally have worked in two different Corporate Development groups, one large-cap (>$25-50B, Industrials) and one mid-cap ($2-10B), Tech / Software), and the approach to WACC is completely different between the two shops. ...
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How to get into a Strategic Finance role?I want to go into a corporate role, something like Strategic Finance at a f500. I'm interested in strategic finance roles where I could use financial / analytical tools to provide support role for the company's strategic direction. By this I mean using accounting and finance to not keep score of pa...
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Company Interview: UBS AG - UBS Corporate Client SolutionsThe interview questions asked for a description of a current UBS deal, as well as a number of competency questions. I cannot remember the exact questions asked, as I have interviewed for other positions since that time, but there were many competency based questions. Consider their values and any ac...
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I have no idea how to startI finished high school in another country and moved here. I started working in a restaurant just to cover my bills and focused on classes thinking it would be enough. however, I never did an internship or got any experience in my field, and I am graduating next semester. I don't know where or how to...
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Company Review: General Electric - GE FMPInteresting industry and diverse experience. good ability to interact with senior mgmt and add to finance skill set. Expectation of taking corporate financial courses on the side. firm is more political than merit based...
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Future of the business world- CS or finance?Monkeys You know, AI is so damn powerful that McKinsey said a lot of jobs will be replaced by AI or robots in 2030. Lawyers, accountants and financial analysts etc will be replaced Being a person working in finance world, whats your opinion in it? BTw i am considering to take master degree. Is it be...
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Commercial Banking Exit OpportunitiesI am sure that this has been brought up several times on this thread, but I am in the process of helping my girlfriend transition out of Commercial Banking. She's a Credit Analyst within Corporate Banking at a mid-tier, yet large regional bank. Frankly, she's completely 'over' working in the space a...
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Company Interview: Deloitte - Business AnalystCase interview was the most difficult - involved a lot of quantitative thinking and structuring of thoughts. As I interviewed for the corporate strategy group, case involved real-life internal Deloitte strategic initiatives, related to which venture would lead to the most revenue for the different l...
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Company Review: Accenture - Decent first jobGreat vacation time offered, and they let you work from home 3-4 days per week. Working from home allows you several perks such as being able to travel and work where you want, get your laundry done during the day, etc.. Working from home can get lonely, especially at the junior level. Being part of...
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - BOA FMAP InternshipBank of america gives you lots of perks in office. I really enjoyed my supervisor and they worked hard to give me relevant assignments. . Lots of long hours and irrelevant work in excel. I did a lot of risk analysis so it got decently boring. ...
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Company Interview: JP Morgan Securities - FADPResume review with 3 interviewers. Why JP? Why FADP? What is your weakness? What are you strengths. Most of the questions were behavioral and the interviewer was trying to determine the best fit from personality standpoint and assess your education background. What is your long term plan? How do you...
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Company Review: JPMorgan Chase - Summer AnalystThere are a lot of nice people. Even those who I met during my interviews were very kind and willing to help.. The work wasn't really what I was expecting. I wanted to do some more technical tasks. However, I am still able to take on roles if I ask....
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Company Interview: Public Financial Management - Summer InternNo questions were really that terribly difficult. I would just recommend knowing how to best answer the "Why PFM?" question and knowing what it is they do. Other than that, I got a lot of behavioral questions like "tell me a time when..." or "how does this experience relate..." etc. Come well-dresse...
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Citi Commercial Banking RouteHey guys I just had an interview for Citi's commercial banking analyst program and wanted to know a bit more about the two groups in terms of description, comp, and exit opps. The two groups are client coverage and cash & trade - (this a a rotational group between cash management and trade sales, ...
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More enjoyable: FP&A vs. TreasuryAnyone have experience in one or both that can chime in? Currently in FP&A now and it feels like a churn and a grind relatively often. Thinking treasury might be a more enjoyable next step with a still fairly decent career path. Thoughts?...
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What exactly do Corporate Brokers do?So I'm considering applying to this MM firm and they have a position in a department called 'corporate finance, capital markets and corporate broking'. I'm familiar with the first two but what exactly does corporate broking entail? Hasn't broking slowly been in decline since the 1980s/90s? What are ...
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Bank of America FMAP workI just received an offer from BoA for their FMAP program and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on the actual nature of the work I would be doing there as well as if it's possible to move outside of their corporate finance roles and into GWIM or trading after you graduate from the progr...
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Company Interview: JP Morgan Securities - JP Morgan Corporate Analyst ProgramThere were no unexpected questions per se, but they asked me how to make pivot tables and how to program some basic VBA programs because I mentioned advanced Excel skills on my resume (not a lie). I also was asked by both interviewers on my worst and best team experience. Both interviewers read thei...
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Company Review: JPMorgan Chase - Summer Intern Corporate Analyst- Seniors within the firm were very accesible, even across other programs - Structured mentorship program. - Not able to rank what division youd like to work in - Did not know what office would be placed in until 1 month before (headache for apartment hunting)...
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AMA: Corporate Development at a Mid-Cap Pharma CompanyWSO has been instrumental in helping me break into this role so I want to offer some of my insights to anyone else who's looking to break into the industry. Brief background: Graduated last December from a target school and now I'm finishing up my first year as an analyst in the corporate developm...
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Company Review: Shell Oil Company - Quite Satisfied industry intrigue, project scale, M&A activity, personal time for studying/projects, vacation time, diverse teams with myriad academic backgrounds and credentials. potential to become stuck in the industry, most roles are accounting focused, corporate politics, lack of brand cache outside of O&G...
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Investment thesis: structure and contentHello, for some time now I have been looking for examples or guidlines for a good investment thesis for corporate M&A or PE deals. So far, I have only found sources regarding HF investment thesis, for example (can't post actual links cause I'm new): A write up of WSO member "Simple As". A "mebf...
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Company Interview: NASDAQ OMX Group - Java DeveloperExpected to know about the company's products and asked basic java questions. The questions the interviewer asked were actually quite easy had I studied basic Java principles. If you know your Java, the interview questiosn will be a breeze. Expect questions about OOP principles and if you do say you...
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Becoming stuck or 'type casted' in a certain industryHello all. So I’m a CPA looking to expand my career into FP&A. (I currently have a role that does financial reporting and financial analyst work.) I may have an opportunity to land an FP&A role for a large financial services company (wealth management). Specifically, in their shared services gro...
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Company Review: Morgan Stanley - Intern.It was a great summer. Working with very smart people. Tough working environment, but they all support growth.. As an intern, you do a lot of busy work. But you are able to listen in on a lot of big calls, and that was cool....
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Do many summer interns live in student housing?I've heard of companies lodging their summer interns in downtown student housing. It would be great to live with interns from other companies. Anyone ever do that or heard of this? ...
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Company Review: Deutsche Bank - Jacksonville IB Jacksonville, the disaster recovery location, offers great on-the-desk training for analysts with limited prior experience. Major downside is lack of integration with team as working remotely. Hours are much better and pay is similar after taxing (perhaps better since no state income tax in Florid...
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JP Morgan Rotational Finance Program - InternshipHi everyone! I hope that everyone is doing well. I was offered a summer internship with JP Morgan in a rotational finance program in NYC. The title of the program is Global Finance and Business Managment( I cant link because I am new) This seems like it would be a mix of corporate finance and manag...
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Corporate Social ResponsibilityGreat info- I think anyone who’s worked for a larger corporation will appreciate this post and understand how important it is to be a winning company!...
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Company Review: Wells Fargo and Company - SatisfiedManagement is very involved in the development of the its interns. I appreciated the formal training programs and working on meaningful deals.. I wish I could have been involved in more facets of the credit underwriting process and further developed in areas of interest....
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Exit opps from post-MBA finance at a big tech firm?Very interested to know what the exit opps look like for someone who did 1-2 years of post-MBA finance at a major tech firm (Amazon/Apple/Microsoft/Google/Facebook). Will he be stuck in corporate finance or can he transition into hedge funds, private equity, etc.? ...
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IB Ops Analyst Program at BB or Commercial Banking Analyst Program at another BB>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...
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Company Interview: Accuracy - 1st Year AnalystOn the phone call they were making sure I knew the different types of due diligence (they are usually involved in those in transaction services). They asked me in depth about the deals I worked on in previous internship: deal structure, parties involved, what I did on a day to day basis. I mentioned...
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Revenue Share AgreementsI work for a corporate advisory firm and we are faced with negotiating on behalf of a client. The funder is a big corporate who is looking to get more customers for its services but does not want to take equity risk. Traditionally you would expect the funder to rather structure a debt-investment int...
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JP Morgan Global Finance and Business Management ProgramI was offered a position in this program, and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it with regards to exit opportunities, what you do, etc...?...
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Company Interview: D.E. Shaw - DE ShawThe most difficult part was regarding how I used philosophy to supplement my other parts of my resume, including research and work and why I pursued the philosophy studies when much of my background was in the sciences. Because most of my philosophy studies were done during my freshman and sophomore...
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GE's FMP in 2017In exploring this forum I've seen a lot of praise for GE's FMP and seemingly a general consensus that it's the top financial leadership development program. However the most recent posts I've seen about it are from 2013 and GE has obviously suffered a lot since then. Have GE's woes affected the qual...
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Company Interview: HSBC - HSBC1. Write an email to reply your manager based on some information given in 7 minutes and after that, pitch the product to your client by comparing the two other similar kinds of product in 3 minutes (video recording). 2. Video recording: You're new to the company. How will you build your network or ...
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Company Review: Capital One Financial - SatisfiedCompany had Great Hours Was part of a Smart Team There was an Excellent commitment to employee growth . Seemingly Low Trajectory post 5 years of work at company Manager determines experience at company for most associates...
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Comcast Finance Internship RecruitmentSo I interviewed with Comcast last Thursday for their finance internship in Philadelphia. The interview was over the phone and took about 20 minutes. Im wondering if anyone else who has applied/interviewed for the position has heard back. HR told me they were planning on taking 40 interns and that ...
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Corp fin- how to calculate terminal value for this project?Project- Establishing a chloromethane plant in Gujrat,India Cost of debt 8% After tax cost of debt 6% Cost of Equity 13% WACC 7.8% Cash Outflow Year 1- (150) CF Year 2- 0 CF Year 3- 18 CF Year 4- 24 CF Year 5- 39 CF Year 6-39 CF Year 7-39 The plant life is 20 years. If I have to calculate the NPV...
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FP&A Manager to Corp Dev or Strategic Finance Role?I have about 5 years experience, I left big 4 audit as a senior and I'm now the FP&A manager at a small (~30-50M rev), fast growing company. I would love to move into corporate development, but I lack the M&A experience that will likely be a barrier to entry. It's not necessarily the M&A that inter...
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Highest paying industries for corporate finance?What are the highest paying industries for corporate finance? Ie as in tech, defense, CPG, and media...
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Bloomberg Video Interview-2018 summer InternshipHi, I just received Bloomberg's video interview request and wondering if anyone have done it in the past and what kind of questions will be asked. Thanks!...
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1st year FLDP - thinking about quitting the program. Help please.Hi everyone, Just as the title states, I'm thinking about quitting the program soon. A little about myself: I graduated from a non-target university with a average GPA with a degree in Finance. Like a lot of fellow students, i didn't really know what i wanted to do with my life. By the time i lear...
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Company Interview: PNC Financial Services - Corporate and Institutional Banking Summer AnalystGeneral walk me through your resume type of questions for the most part. Almost entirely behavioral in both the on campus and super day interview. Each interviewer was very casual and laid back and it felt far more like a conversation than an interview. Only non behavioral question was focused on ho...
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Company Review: JPMorgan Chase - AssociateGood reputation( it’s the largest B.B. in the world) Comparatively fair pay ( salary is good but bonus is so so). There is no clear career track given by the management ( unlike big 4 you know where you will be at)...
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