About Me

Hello, I'm Richard Toad, a career coach specializing in investment management and equity research. I am also the Chief Content Officer of the Instagram account @dickthesellsiderFounded in April 2020 during my time in sell-side equity research (hence "the sell sider"), @dickthesellsider is a ~14,000 follower community today with a strong presence of hedge fund, mutual fund and sell-side equity research professionals.  

I am a regular contributor on WallStreetOasis. You can also connect with me on TwitterI am a first-generation college and MBA graduate. Native Mandarin speaker. Prior to a career in high finance, I was an actuary and a risk quant for five years.  

Done both sell-side and buy-side: I began my equity research career on the sell side covering technology stocks for a ranked Wall Street analyst for three years. Subsequently, I was a generalist research analyst for a long/short equity hedge fund (my learnings detailed here) for two years. I resigned in early 2022 to build this coaching business full-time. 

From 0 to 1: When I started learning investing, I did not know the difference between investing and financing cash flow. It was all hard work and relentless hustle. I have built a big network of research professionals and developed deep understanding of the entire spectrum of investment styles. 


If you have questions, contact me using the form below. I will respond within 24 hours.