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What are some good resources you would recommend to industry hires to brush up on finance/economic/business terminology?

Allison asked on Nov 28, 2018 - 2 answers

Have received feedback from my sponsor that something I should work on is knowledge of standard business/economic/finance terms, especially so my graph analysis will be sharper. Any good resources you can recommend, specifically ones that refer to common short forms or acronyms?

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For charts specifically I would recommend the following sources to learn from (prioritized):

  1. Study "Say it with Charts" book by Barbara Minto
  2. Learn basic statistics (Any GMAT or MBA prep guides)
  3. Check all available MBB presentations and publications. Practice to derive conclusions and check yourself with the actual ones from the article / presentation
  4. GMAT IR part (Official guide and Manhattan prep)
  5. "Consulting Bible" and "Vault guide for consulting" - check the chapters on cases with graphs in these books

As for the business knowledge, I find it particularly useful to read the Company reports, equity reports, IB roadshow docs - usually have a good overview of company and industries. Then just google the concepts you don't know


Thanks! Appreciate the response. — Allison on Nov 28, 2018

Clark Kent replied on Nov 28, 2018
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Hi Allison,

If you have limited time and want to be familiar with terms, try a site Investopedia. Here, you get to understand concepts and terms, e.g. WACC

Or Or mbaskool has one bit called 'business concepts' or smtg. This should prove useful.

If you have time to spare and are targetting something specific (e.g. financial accounting vs. cost/management accounting, then sites like would be useful.

There's also MOOC. Join Coursera, etc. There should be courses that are specific to your needs.

Hope this helps.

Hi, Thanks fo the sources provided ! Do you have in mind some websites with infos about sectors ? (drivers, outlook, recent changes.. ) Many Thanks — Pierre on Nov 28, 2018

This is exactly what I'm looking for because I'm in a bit of a time crunch. Thanks so much! — Allison on Nov 28, 2018