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WSO Hall of Fame: Trading Forum The Wall Street Oasis Trading Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the trading industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navigate here. If you th...
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Energy Prop ShopsDoes anyone have any info about the following energy prop trading shops: Glencore Mercuria Arcadia Masefield Vitol Trafigura Gunvor How would you rank them in terms of prestige? How do they compare with trading at a BB? Any info would be appreciated...
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Company Interview: DRW Trading Group - Trading Analyst at DRWWhat will you do with 1 million dollars? Actually this question also came up in an interview of another company. If I am investing xxx dollars for the clients. I will first ask for the investor’s goals first. Because the strategies are depended on different purposes. if they’re investing over ...
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Morgan Stanley Summer Analyst Offer Does anyone know if MS offers different positions for different groups? For example: Interviewing for Fixed Income or Institutional Equities but getting an offer for a different group. Has that happened to anyone? ...
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Interested in market making I'm currently a PE analyst but lately Iv been very interested in market making/prop trading and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss the industry and its future. Whats the average day like and how I would I go about breaking into the industry ? ...
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Trading Vol in an IB - what are the good resources for Rates, Credit, FX, Equities? Market-makers' help greatly appreciatedHi guys, I'm a junior market maker at a US bank working on a desk close to the vol desk in my asset class. I am very passionate about the Vol side and I have created this thread hoping that it will become a primer about the different resources people should use to learn about vol in different asset ...
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Citi S&T vs BlackRock Advisory Hi there, I am fortunate to land internship offers from Citi S&T and BlackRock Aladdin Client Services recently. If my end goal is to work in portfolio management, which position should I go for? I was told that BlackRock has great internal mobility so I'm wondering how easy will it be to transfer f...
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RBC central Funding GroupHey has anyone heard about the central funding group at RBC? The group used to be called the Alternative Assets group but has recently changed their name. I have an upcoming interview with the group and was hoping to better understand the role and reputation....
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Python, Java or R?I have been going through some applications recently and the number of questions about technology or programming language knowledge have increased a lot, from BlackRock to Citadel. Hence, which programming language is the best one to dedicate hours of study?...
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2018 Sales and Trading Recruiting (Intern)Hey guys, there's too much IB and not enough S&T. So lets get a thread going on the recruiting timeline for Sales and Trading. Comment below with any info that you have. Feel free to ask questions along the way!...
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Prop Trading from a Non-Target? Hey monkeys, I'm interested in possibly pursuing prop trading in the future. I'm likely going to be going to a nontarget on the west coast (Harvey Mudd; exceptional STEM school but not really the best place for finance). I know that some financial firms recruit there (Bloomberg, Citadel and DE Sh...
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What's the most money you've lost in a day / trade?Everyone who's traded has their ups and downs. What's the biggest loss you've taken due to your mistake, miscalculation, or just plain bad luck?...
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I'm glad humans on the trading floor are losing their place to machines...because SJWs are trying to hit it now: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-17/female-intern-sues-offensive-and-degrading-french-bank-flagrant-misogyny -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ''The intern said her m...
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - 4-Good work/life balance -Interesting job -Good location -Nice boss -Good benefits compared to other banks. -Had the feeling that the company was somewhat more focused on short-term results than developing talent internally...
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Company Interview: Susquehanna International Group - internI was asked not to reveal the questions but the amount of cv based questions vary person to person. some people i have talked to have exclusively been asked maths questions while some had a 50/50 ratio. They asked me about cluedo which really threw me off but you didnt need to know the game it was j...
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Frankfurt - a city on the riseHi everyone, as WSO always seems to be very American I thought i'd start an European discussion There was an article on Bloomberg last week giving updates on which banks are moving headcount from London to Frankfurt/Paris/Dublin. (headline: "Brexit Winner Frankfurt gets another shot a Finance Star...
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Shell Trading Development Programme Assessment/InterviewI just received an invitation to take the Shell TDP assessment, and I was wondering if any TDP alum can share their insight. Also, I hear the interview is brutal.. so if anyone has anything to say about that I would appreciate it. Thanks...
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Company Interview: Optiver - Trader TraineeThe second round technical interview with a senior trader is a little bit tricky. 1. How many baozi were consumed in Shanghai per day? 2. Card game: 52 cards in total except jokers. 1-10, J, Q, K represent 1-13 respectively. Randomly draw one card from the set, what is the expected value? What abou...
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Company Review: CIBC World Markets - CIBC intetrnThe overall experience was good enough to recommend other people to get internship in there. However, it was not very entrepreneur.. The company gave me a lot of interesting projects to let me code and I actually improved a lot of coding skills....
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Citadel Technical InterviewI recently got invited to do a 30 min technical interview with a trader at Citadel. I'm really excited about this but I also feel like I'm really unprepared for the probability questions. The last time I did probability was during my freshman year and I've forgotten nearly everything. Does anyone ha...
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Company Interview: Deutsche Bank - InternThe face to face interview was mainly about market questions (my ideas of USD/CNY exchange rate), technical questions (Describe interest rate parity and Mundell-Flemming Model, what's Funds outstanding for foreign exchange), resume based questions (about my past internship experience) and behavior q...
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BAML Houston SuperdayAnyone out in Houston today-tomorrow for the BAML superday they're having for commodities looking to hang b4 their interview?...
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Best strategy for career change into S&T or PWM?I am currently employed as a consultant at a large, mid-tier consulting firm, however, I have always had an interest in S&T and PWM and have lately been considering going back to school for an MBA to achieve this goal. I just wanted to get some insight into whether, having this goal in mind, it m...
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I have a superday with Citi next month - any tips?Hey guys, So I went through an accelerated process with Citi and will automatically go to a superday with them next month. Any tips for this? Never had a superday before so don't really know what the whole process is going to be like. Is mental math a really big factor? I am not the best at this,...
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Company Interview: Citigroup - Citi Quantitative AnalystYou call a family that has two children. The mother picks up and says they have at least one boy. What is the probability they have two boys? You call a family that has two children. A boy picks up. What is the probability the other is a boy? Person A flips a coin. If he lands heads, he wins. If ...
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What is structured products trading?I was wondering what structured products trading in equities would be? What sort of products are these? Are they illiquid or liquid? Where does the demand come from?...
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Company Interview: AllianceBernstein - Sophomore Diversity Rotational InternThe most unexpected question I received was a case study since I was under the assumption that most if not all questions asked to a sophomore would be behavioral. The question I initially received was "How would you valuate Uber as a company. What is the company's worth and how would you project tha...
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Company Interview: Trafigura - Graduate Program How many coke cans can fit into a tanker. What's your leadership. How many hand-made coffee sold last year in Shanghai. Please price the CDS. Please tell me how to negotiate a future contract. Provide an example where you creatively addressed a complex problem. Explain the situation, your thought pr...
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Citi HK S&T OffersHas anybody heard back for offers yet? Did my superday 2 weeks ago, and went through an additional phone interview last Friday. Just wondering if anyone interviewing for HK office have received any updates?...
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Morgan Stanley Fixed Income Summer Analyst Superday 2018 Does anyone have any insight to how Morgan Stanley's FI superday is? Haven't found too much online about it n very curious. Thx!! :) Congrats to all who've received offers! ...
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Day Trading, back office to Hedge FundHello Everyone, I am just about to graduate with my MBA from a decent state school on the west coast. I was wondering how to become a successful day trader on the side while I try to break into the finance industry. My plan is to find a low-level back office job and eventually move my way up and cr...
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Top Sales & Trading desksDoes not seem to be a ton of updated info out there. Looking to know what the top banks are for each product (FX, Commodities, FI, etc) based upon flow, the street's opinion, Hf exit ops, culture Thanks...
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Series 57 tips on how to studyI recently took the Series 57 but I failed. I used Knopman for the exam but I thought it was far from actual exam. I`m very confused now. I want to know how everyone studied for the exam. Thanks....
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BMO Capital Markets S&T in NYCAnyone have any info on the prestige or compensation for first-year analysts/ how bonuses are given out since its a rotational program?...
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Company Interview: Evercore - Equity SalesNothing unexpected. General interview questions. High emphasize on behavioral. Why equity sales/ research? Why company? Tell me about a time- situational questions found in the wso interview guide. Few resume based, be open to talking about what is listed on the resume. For example interests or extr...
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Licensing For DummiesSeeing as there have been a few recent posts about the NASD/FINRA Licensing exams, I thought it would be prudent to discuss them with you guys, since most of you monkeys looking for full-time employment on the street will need to take them in some way, shape or form. Very simply, the licensing exa...
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Are entry-level S&T trading analysts essentially dealers?Can someone clarify this for me? Because entry-level analysts trade flow and not prop, they don't take any positions. They generate profit from bid-ask spreads? So their job basically consists of market-making and providing liquidity. So where does P&L come from? Forgive me for being naive or u...
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Company Interview: HSBC - Sales and TradingThe questions are really not that difficult, apparently, the recruiters do not have your resume for a "fair recruitment" by HR. To me, I did not make much sense. Anyway, so the questions that were most unexpected would probably be the 20 personality questions they asked - what would you do if your b...
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Dominion Group International: How to Avoid Getting Ripped-Off in Tokyo RestaurantsJapan is one of the countries with a low crime rate. Although a lot of Japanese that are kind-hearted and honest, there’s still some who have bad motives when it comes to business. Get to experience the modern technology fused with Japan’s history and culture in Tokyo. It is the capital of Japa...
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Dominion Group International: Restaurants in Japan Tied to ScamIn 2013, some restaurants in Japan have been linked to food scam. Their menu has deceived the diners and lied about their profit. Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co. disclosed that dozens of its restaurants misrepresented the food on their menus. The “revelations” that emerged affected several other esta...
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Best Coding Languages for S&TMonkeys, I am incoming to the S&T industry and have learned that coding languages are bound to be extremely helpful in the near future. As I am still in school, what coding languages would you recommend that would be most beneficial for Sales and Trading positions?...
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HSBC Markets HirevueJust received an invitation for HSBC markets hirevue, anyone has experience with this? Is it mostly behavioral or some technical as well? Thanks...
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Where are all the S&T monkeys?Been on WSO for a while now and I just realized that everyone on this site is either aiming for IB or working in IB. Made me ask: Do many college kids aim for S&T (seems like everyone ik is aiming for IB) and how's the S&T industry holding up nowadays?...
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Morgan Stanley Offers 2018 summerHas anyone received a Morgan Stanley offer recently? I know they have been doing super days but not sure if they have offered anyone...
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Company Interview: Optiver - Trading InternThere were lots of mental maths questions in a very short period of time. The HR interview asked about the eur:usd rate and what the biggest index in Europe is. The rest of the questions were pretty standard but I expect some difficult problems at the technical round. The sequence test was more diff...
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How does the US/North Korea tension affect S&T in the major IB's?How will the banks benefit from this? to my understanding, clients will want to trade (sell off risky assets + move towards safer investments) - which will help raise commissions through more trade volume?...
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How to prepare for S&T summer analyst internship?Hi, starting in S&T as a summer analyst in a few weeks at a BB, was wondering what I should be doing now to prep / what I should be reading? any advice is greatly appreciated!...
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Key Market Trends/News for S&T and Capital Markets InterviewsWhat are the key market trends/current event topics as of late (2017) that we should know about, have an opinion on, and be familiar with when it comes to S&T/capital markets interviews? More importantly, what's an exemplar answer to 'what are your views of the markets'? What are examples of opini...
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Current Job Market for Sellside TradersHow does everyone rate the sell side job market for traders right now? It seems pretty weak according to careers boards? If so, what is causing it to be so weak? ...
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Company Interview: JPMorgan Chase - global marketJPMorgan interview is just average difficult, basically behavioral, with very limited technical questions. Phone interviews are very sales and trading in that fashion... Stock pitches/ How would you invest if you have 10 million USD?/ Market News/ basic knowledge about derivatives/ Resume based ques...
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Company Interview: Wolverine Trading - Data Analyst InternPhone interviews were pretty standard brainteasers and fit questions. There was a Bayes question, some expected value questions, and a sorting algorithm question. The second phone interview went pretty in-depth into my previous coding experience, so make sure to be prepared to talk about the project...
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Company Interview: CME Group - Market risk analyst internNone - It was pretty straight forward. They did ask some brain teasers though which i will add. If you are going into the derivatives sector and don't know what a derivative is then you probably should research it on your own time. A.) 10 foot rope ladder hangs over the side of a boat with the bott...
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If you could pick one product to trade, what would it be?If you could pick any product to trade right now, what would it be? Just interested in the answers people give - feel free to be as broad or specific as you want. ...
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Sales & Trading: Has work been extremely slow for you these recent few months?So the question is, has work been slow for you these recent few months? (I'm a sales trader and have been having a hard time looking busy especially with the low volatility market environment.) And if so, what are you doing to keep busy or at-least look busy? ...
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Bulge Bracket Trading in Government BondsHow similar are trading roles in BBs in government bond trading to that you would do as a fixed income PM in a hedge fund? Are the skills transferable? Does it matter if cash bonds or derivatives of the bonds? Are you able to take risk or are you just executing client flow?...
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How Hard To Break In W/No Experience These Days?So, as the title says. Have been trying for quite a while to break into the industry, work experience is non-finance so far, closest I have is a previous operational position. I've been working hard on picking up skills to bring myself in line with what's desired for the current market (Python, C+...
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Macro rates salesCurrently work as an analyst in London in exotic equity derivatives sales. I got an interview at another bank for a "macro rates sales" position. The job description was very short with no description of the instruments. Has anyone heard of this type of sales role before? to me, as an EQD guy this c...
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Company Interview: Morgan Stanley - Bank Resource Management InternWhy should we hire you over someone from a target school/Ivy school? Mentioned how I faced more adversity to get to the same place they have and balance it with working a job. What do you think about the current markets? Talked about interests in oil and energy by pitching a thesis that oil prices...
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Company Interview: BP - BPTell me about a time when somebody in a team was underperforming and what you did to help? This relates to one of BP's core values of teamwork. Having received the feedback from the interview, they said they were looking for a clear example of when you went out of your way to assist someone, and th...
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final round at BB for only 30 mins. Good or BadHi all. For my final round at a BB in APAC, my interview was only 30mins video conference, not superday. Does this ever happen? ...
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Company Interview: BNP Paribas - Global Markets InternWhat is the most important trait that makes a successful salesperson? If you had 10 million dollars, how would you invest it? If North Korea were to bomb South Korea right now, how would that affect your position on the airline stock that you just pitched? If North Korea were to bomb South Korea rig...
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Superday Invitation Reneged?I was invited to a BB firm's securities superday the other week that will take place the week after Thanksgiving break. I've already made flight and hotel reservations and what not through the firm. My application status as of a week ago was invited to interview but I just received an email today th...
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Company Interview: Morgan Stanley - Morgan Stanley 2018 FI S&TWhat is the equation for duration on bonds? (there are 4 types of duration and didn't know the equations, just the factors) How do you calculate duration square root of 400 how many big macs sold in the US a year If you have 10 stacks of coins, with 10 coins in each stack and all of them weight 10 ...
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where can i get a job in trading with no education backaround?i want to give a troubled 23year old i talk to some pointers on where to get a job in this field, hes shown interested and has a passion about it. thanks guys for your time...
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JP Morgan Investor Services SuperdayMonkeys-- Just received an invitation for a JPM Investor Services superday for Friday, Nov. 3rd. I have had a couple superdays so I know the logistics. This superday, however, is scheduled from 8am - 5pm. It says we will have three half-hour interviews, programming, and networking opportunities. An...
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Company Interview: Morgan Stanley - MS S&TWhat has sports taught you most? (D1 athlete) What is something that you have read about the news? They asked me to pitch them a stock, then followed up with some questions about the stock - what did you look for when you picked this stock, how did you go about valuing, competitors, etc They typical...
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Stipend and other benefitsI have been offered an internship at a BB in HK. I have not received the contract. It will take time. I am in the penultimate year in a target college from my country. My question is what stipend can i expect. Also, will there be any allowance towards accommodation...
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Company Interview: BNP Paribas - Quantitative TraderAlgebra questions during the written test were definitely not easy. You need a strong background in linear algebra, otherwise you fail at least the first half of the test. They actually make you use algebra in a slightly different way (as compared to textbooks) to define ridge regression. For the i...
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Company Review: Bank of America Merrill Lynch - DirectorThe people on the team are great and supportive. There is an effort underway to help with work/life balance. . The bank remains risk averse. The sales/trading balance is skewed too far to sales. The company feels massive and bureaucratic....
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Company Interview: RBC Capital Markets - Summer AnalystThe questions were generally very simple. Most fit questions and they asked what I thought about the future of trading positions, some of the major threats for the position. They claimed the interviews would be very technical but they were not at all. Prepare mostly for fit questions and brainteaser...
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Asset Backed Corporate Zero Coupon Bond Offering Matures in October 2022. ISIN SE0004870624. Price is 57%. Traded in Euros. DVP. 450 million remaining ...
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Profiting off stock movementsHi there, I am an industry outsider and recently over lunch someone brought up an interesting method - if you have say $50k in savings, and you decide to go and buy any blue chip reliable stock, in a maximum of 3 days you would have made 1% if you follow the market movements. That is $500. Looking ...
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Company Review: TD Securities - Great bank to work for in CanadaGreat hours, managers that really support your development, new hires get access to education reimbursements right away.. Some managers have no idea how to work with people, the equities group is very fragmented from the rest of the bank....
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Worst equity trading environment?Any thoughts on the current environment in US equities and derivatives? Vol has been persistently so low for so long, and everyone I talk to says this is about the worst trading environment they've ever seen. So, what are your views? From my perspective, it is very difficult to tell whether the para...
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Company Interview: Akuna Capital LLC - Junior Quant TraderPure math questions. I prepared for algorithm questions and probability questions cuz it was a quant trading position yet I got asked with some geometry and derivative integration questions. Also the game was pretty fun and you dont really need to know background about trading/option market, they wi...
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Company Review: Credit Suisse - Credit Suisse technical analystCredit Suisse has excellent employment benefits, good health care plans and 401k contribution. Office facilities are good with medical facility, gym and cafeterias.. Credit Suisse does not make big profits and is probably paying below market salary and bonuses compared to American banks....
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Company Interview: Jane Street Capital - Jane Street Business Development Summer AnalystI was asked to estimate the number of coins in Hong Kong during mid-day if I were standing at Central station. Typically I think these questions are more characteristic of consulting/strategy interviews - but Jane Street is definitely looking for a specific fit. There was also a question about a b...
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Morgan Stanley VS CitiHey, could you share some advice on which London summer internship to choose: Equity Research at Citi or Sales&Trading at Morgan Stanley? I am mostly concerned about the conversion rate because I heard that Citi is growing more than MS. I am also worried about the effects of Mifid 2 on Equity Resea...
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GS Securities Principal Funding and Investment?Interested in hearing about the PFI desk at Goldman and any of the principal desks left in the rotational program. Thanks!...
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my mom bought in on the fb hype...Before i could advise her not to, she went and bought 30 shares. [quote] I bought 30 shares at $38 because I wanted to, i wanted to be a part of facebook. I'm going to hold it. Cramer said (she watches him religiously) not to buy it until later, but overall he thinks people should own facebook ...
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