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  2. 48÷2(9+3) =???

    Off Topic

    Discuss Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday, this was originally posted 4/7/11. Can someone please let me know what the right answer actually is.... (my guess is 2)-- dont want to scan the whole thread:-/ math No Yes 344971 448243 421102 28971 164332 ...

    251 comments1 Sep 2016 -

  3. Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this originally was posted on 11/29/12. We. Are. So. Screwed. It's no secret that the educational quality in the United States has been on the decline for well over a decade. But I had no idea exactly how far we'v ...

    +1 115 comments29 Aug 2015 -

  4. I've applied for a junior trader position with this firm, and so they've sent me an email with directions to take an online mental math test. Does anybody know what the Akuna test is like, specifically? Can't seem to find too much informati ...

    +20 101 comments13 Dec 2017 -

  5. I thought I'd take a break from finance related stuff today to give you guys the heads up that you should get your affairs in order because the human race doesn't have much time left in existence. As a species, we've had some really bad ide ...

    +3 72 comments17 Jun 2013 -

  6. Heya, So what different backgrounds do you need? For example, if you want to trade fixed income securities or options, don't you need some type of mathematical background? (In that case, is an MFE a good choice?) Whereas equities, you don't nece ...

    +7 261 comments26 Feb 2017 -

  7. Math or Economics Major

    Job Search Advice

    I need to pick a major right away. I'm torn between mathematics and economics. I like both subjects, but I don't want to double major due to obvious reasons; I would consider a minor in math/stats. Overall, I enjoy economics more. I really like ...

    81 comments24 Apr 2018 -

  8. Math Majors on Wall Street

    Job Search Advice

    What are the most fitting positions for a Math Major on the Street. What types of positions do you guys think that Math Majors would be best suited for and what are the specific titles (ex. quant analyst, risk manger, etc.)? math Math Major Quantitative a ...

    +4 116 comments10 Mar 2017 -

  9. I have consulting interviews coming up, and urgently need mental math prep. Can anyone suggest online (free) resources I can use to pick up my terrible mental math skills? What math strategies are helpful to acing the math part of the consulting interview ...

    +1 66 comments1 Jan 2018 -

  10. I love math, calculus, trig, you name it. I guess let me get that off my chest now because when looking at IB all I see is people who dont need math that much and only perform basic calculations. I really like math though. I'm a high school Junior go ...

    +2 16 comments22 Jun 2018 -

  11. So I'm a transfer at UCLA studying Mathematics/Economics atm, but I'm thinking about possibly switching into a liberal arts major (Philosophy) and doing an Accounting minor in order to position myself for a higher GPA. I was wondering if firms t ...

    +1 41 comments9 Feb 2017 -

  12. Hello everyone, I will be rotating between derivatives / structured products desks in commodities (energy, ag., metals), interest rates, and fx. How often will I use multivariable calculus and linear algebra? Outside of basic partial derivatives and basic ...

    41 comments17 May 2009 -

  13. Hey everyone, Trying to decide where to apply for undergrad right now. I really like STEM (especially math and chem), so that's why I was reading up a bit about quant jobs on Wall Street. Obviously I know it's pretty unlikely to land a quant job ...

    +2 15 comments17 Oct 2017 -

  14. Qualitative Jobs in Finance

    Investment Banking

    Hey everybody, So I am deep into my "career research" concerning where I want to work in finance, and I figured I'd come here for the following question: although I do enjoy math, I don't want to spend my life number-crunching and plug ...

    +1 23 comments31 Jul 2017 -

  15. I will start applying to MBA programs next November and I have decided to pursue an alternative transcript to supplement my current stats. What classes should I take? I was thinking of taking things that I was really interested in learning about but the m ...

    +1 35 comments10 May 2012 -

  16. Which degree is more applicable to trading: math or computer science? If I major in math, then I can choose concentrations such as statistics or mathematical finance. If I major in computer science, I can probably also get a stats minor if I bust my ass. ...

    20 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  17. Ok...So what do I do. I currently go to Rutgers University and study Finance and Math. I got accepted transfer to UPenn Cas-Econ. My options are as follows... UPenn- Econ- 58k of debt total, payments look to be $700/month for ten years. Rutgers- Finance & ...

    +1 35 comments24 Jun 2010 -

  18. Hey WSO, So I think I've gained a little insight which undergrad program I will be choosing and it's looking like it will come down to Western Financial Modelling (Ivey HBA AEO) vs. Waterloo/Laurier Math Double Degree. I've compile a couple ...

    31 comments18 Apr 2011 -

  19. GS Entrepreneurs

    Investment Banking

    Should I enroll in GS 's entreprenuarial deposit series? Investment Banking CS major sales and trading Economics math target computer science schools econ Comp Sci econ/math Goldman Sachs Salary Yes Yes 406354 223618 355336 311170 451808 ...

    26 comments16 May 2013 -

  20. How much math is enough math?

    Sales and Trading

    I am currently an undergrad at a top tier state university. I have been reading some of the forum entries about trading and have read repeatedly the need to be quantitatively minded to find a job in trading... thus, I was wondering how good do you have to ...

    19 comments23 Feb 2018 -

  21. Are math classes necessary?

    Sales and Trading

    I'm an econ major at a target school and the only math I need to graduate is Calc 1 and I have AP credit for that from highschool. Would it be a problem if I didn't take any math in college? Are there any other classes that would really help in ...

    34 comments21 Oct 2008 -

  22. 3.7 GPA Double Major

    Investment Banking

    As an Econ/Math double major at a university with a target business school, what GPA do I need to get interviews at the elite bulge brackets like Goldman and boutiques like Evercore? I just finished up my freshman year with a 3.74 and I'm involved in ...

    +2 8 comments3 May 2019 -

  23. Consulting Interview Math

    Management Consulting

    This topic has been addressed many, many times, but always in scattered places. And I also get differing stories. So, I thought it might be best to start a thread in order to discuss peoples' experiences / perceptions of the math questions in MBB-typ ...

    17 comments25 Oct 2017 -

  24. Hedge funds is my biggest interest, comparable to others interest in celebrities and that kind of stuff. Now, I happend to be a nobody. I don't know anyone in finance. Heck I dropped out of school when I was 15. I guess I'm poor, uneducated and ...

    23 comments10 Nov 2011 -

  25. Add econ major to my math degree?

    Business School and GMAT

    I know a lot of people post of whether to double major, but I found it usually was the other way around from my current situation. I'm a junior studying pure math and realized today that I could probably also add an econ major if I pick my electives ...

    22 comments1 Feb 2012 -

  26. What was the hardest quiz you ever took? I just took a hour and a half quiz that was only worth 15/15 points one question:/ math Japan final four sociology pokemon goldman sach jlo No Yes 222488 204935 327668 109590 260390 ...

    +2 20 comments11 Mar 2011 -

  27. Hey I'm doing a math degree and was wondering whether I should major in pure math, stats, or some other field. Which would be most sought for in trading and even some other finance professions? math No Yes 114223 212930 86363 217149 186902 ...

    16 comments22 Apr 2016 -

  28. Hey WSO, I know there have been a couple similar threads (The one with the Wharton and some previous Waterloo DD w. S&T threads) but I still want some opinion, etc. I plan on going to the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University double de ...

    19 comments31 Mar 2011 -

  29. Only scientist?

    Hedge Fund

    I don't know how to start this thread. I am studying business and investment banking or hedge fund could be one of possibilities I could try. But most people tell me to give up because I am not a scientist. I always ask myself why a hedge fund employ ...

    18 comments25 Jan 2012 -

  30. Future job

    Job Search Advice

    I am a student attending Baruch College in NYC and am a little confused on choosing between the two below. I would appreciate any insight from those who are experienced or know of those who are experienced to help me visualize the reality and possibilitie ...

    14 comments7 Mar 2015 -

  31. Just wondering what those of you who've had this type of position have needed the most when it comes to Excel. I have basic skills, but nothing more. However, I can teach myself things pretty quickly. Have made a few contacts in this area and have a ...

    15 comments30 Apr 2014 -

  32. How high in Calculus should I go?

    Business School and GMAT

    Hello, I am not sure where this should be posted, but I think this forum is the closest. I go to a state school majoring in accounting. The required math I must take is Calculus I and II but the terminal kind (business calc). I could sign up for the nonte ...

    17 comments6 Jun 2011 -

  33. Skip to 50 seconds, doesn't matter if you speak German math No Yes 131918 339140 337006 139373 208033 ...

    +2 15 comments13 May 2013 -

  34. Math/Econ from Emory or FE from GTech

    Business School and GMAT

    So, I'm a sophomore at Emory with a 3.4 and an applied math major (basically done). I have two options for the rest of my college career. Stick with Emory and get an Econ double major and graduate with the rest of my class (2012) or go to Georgia Tec ...

    17 comments21 Dec 2010 -

  35. Math Slaves

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    Yup. This happened. Some of these questions are ridiculous. The teachers claim they were not being malicious, but its really difficult to see it that way. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/georgia-s... math slavery No Yes 388778 317458 106077 43338 ...

    14 comments11 Jan 2012 -

  36. I'm about to start my sophomore year at a non-target and have been trying to figure out my 4 year plan. Originally I was planning on majoring in a liberal arts major but found out that 1. The main options I get from that are law school (which I don&# ...

    13 comments1 Jun 2010 -

  37. Was just wondering if someone could shed some light on this. For BB 's you hardly get tested on your mental math, maybe a couple 49x49 or 78x62 but thats it. Whereas for Optiver or Tibra they make you take one of those 80 questions in 8 minutes test ...

    13 comments6 May 2010 -

  38. I am interested in pursuing a career in investment banking, and am having a hard time deciding between two academic paths. I could major in Econ or I could double major and add Math to it. The latter option would look more impressive if I kept my grades u ...

    12 comments29 Sep 2011 -

  39. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any advice/experience with moving from finance to quant finance or another more "mathy" field, possibly via grad school. So I'm graduating this semester and starting as an analyst in BB S&T. I maj ...

    11 comments18 Apr 2012 -

  40. now that I am taking all of the finance electives, I am curious btw, I am a student at University of Waterloo in Canada. I am interested in trader I'd like to know how I can land a job in Bulge Brackets firm.. I am novice but passionate about this fi ...

    9 comments6 Nov 2014 -

  41. Quant section

    Investment Banking

    We should have a quant section in this forum. math MFE PhD No Yes 351835 440731 203214 433386 166552 ...

    10 comments17 Dec 2011 -

  42. Stats

    Business School and GMAT

    . math No Yes 159602 375789 406565 428934 379724 ...

    9 comments1 Apr 2014 -

  43. I've heard a lot of people say that in the past, it wasn't uncommon for art history majors from the very top targets to break into investment banking. The commonly given explanation was that banks simply wanted to hire smart people, and that the ...

    10 comments15 Apr 2010 -

  44. Math Major and Convicted Felon

    Job Search Advice

    I am a math major who may be making a change of career-- maybe eventually to finance. My situation is somewhat unique because when I was 18 years old I was charged with a felony. At this time I have no thought of ever doing finance in the United States be ...

    +2 9 comments30 Dec 2011 -

  45. Going back to Undergraduate Math?

    Business School and GMAT

    I have been an excel monkey for a year in finance out of HYP undergrad with a 3.55 GPA in something NON-quantitative. The closest thing to a quant class I took at HYP was one on first-order logic my senior year. Since starting my job I have gained a stron ...

    8 comments5 Oct 2011 -

  46. Talkiing about Fixed Income as a whole, how quantitative is it? I know there are more quantitative products within it (cds, cdo) and less quantitative (high yielding), but on average, how much quantitative knowledge would a trader need? And on a daily bas ...

    8 comments1 Feb 2011 -

  47. If i am a 90 degree angle, amirite? derivatives math No No ...

    +2 8 comments3 Nov 2010 -

  48. How strong of a math background do I need to be successful in an MSF? In high school I took mostly AP math classes, but have not had much math exposure since then. I am starting an MSF program in about a month and am not sure if I should be spending that ...

    8 comments7 Jul 2010 -

  49. Managed to get a 3.3 GPA

    Job Search Advice

    Im in a master degree program for mathematics at a top 30 school. How bad is a 3.3 i plan on networking with alumni this break. I did undergrad finance and econ. Thanks for your comments. math Arden Asset Management GAM Fund Management Limited Permal Asse ...

    8 comments23 Dec 2009 -

  50. UCLA major??

    New User Introductions

    Hi, I'm attending UCLA and hope to eventually work in finance or consulting. I've heard people tell me that its a target, while others say it's barely a semi-target. It's at least clear that it's not as much of a target as the ivi ...

    7 comments26 Nov 2013 -

  51. I'm considering double majoring in econ/math or finance/math as I've been told that an econ or business major is considered too light on quant to be hired by a hedge fund. I'm not the best at math but have put in a ton of time trying to imp ...

    7 comments24 Nov 2012 -

  52. Interesting article in the Atlantic about Richard Burke, a Upenn statistician who works a consultant for parole boards. He has mined criminal databases and can predict the likelihood that a parolee will commit a serious crime (which determines how closely ...

    7 comments14 Jan 2012 -

  53. Emory Non-Goizuetta Placement

    Investment Banking

    I am an Emory freshman interested in majoring in math, with possible minors in CS or econ. I know Emory's undergrad b-school is well renowned, but how is my job outlook if I decide not to go the B-school route. I am most interested in S&T, but wo ...

    7 comments12 Sep 2011 -

  54. Choosing the right Career path

    Business School and GMAT

    Hi everyone, I'd like to ask anyone who's reading this to try and help me- either with advice, or with clear examples. Thank you in advance. I am a member of Grinnell Class of 2015, and I plan on majoring in economics and doing the 3-2 program w ...

    6 comments14 May 2011 -

  55. Will be completing Masters Elec Eng this Fall at big name U. Looking to go into trading @ BB starting January, but strong possibility of going to PhD by start of next fall (august?). Anybody know about employment term contracts or length of commitment? Co ...

    6 comments29 Jul 2010 -

  56. I'm a high school senior who's about to make a college decision. These are the three programs I am considering for next year. I basically have three priorities for my college experience. I'm looking for academic fulfillment. That's why ...

    5 comments27 Apr 2015 -

  57. Abcdefg

    Sales and Trading

    . math No No ...

    5 comments1 Apr 2014 -

  58. Math/CS or Engineering?

    Investment Banking

    Hey everyone, I'm trying to decide where to apply ED (since I'm an athletic recruit): Amherst College or Harvey Mudd College in LA. I would like to have the option of working on the east coast after I graduate. At Amherst, I'm thinking I� ...

    4 comments21 Oct 2017 -

  59. So I'm having a bit of a dilemma: Deciding if I should go to a master's program or straight into the quant workforce and if so, which department. A little background. I am a fairly competitive student, but attend a definite non-target state scho ...

    5 comments8 Jun 2011 -

  60. If I want to switch minors?

    Investment Banking

    Currently, I have accepted an offer from a BB and am planning classes for next semester. I am thinking about getting rid of my math minor in order to take some classes that are easier and interest me more. However, I listed my math minor on my resume and ...

    5 comments1 Nov 2010 -

  61. What uses the most math

    Investment Banking

    Hi, I've always been good at and enjoy math, and am looking into careers which use a lot of it. Engineering and actuarial are careers that everybody always suggests, but I hate science(rules out Engineering) and being an actuary sounds very monotonou ...

    5 comments19 May 2010 -

  62. Hey All- I've recently started doing cases out of WSO's Consulting Bible. If anyone has this, I'm having trouble with the math on Case 5 (Tommy's Tennis). They want us to calculate what the new price should be given that there are 15 c ...

    4 comments10 Feb 2011 -

  63. Cal haas or math?

    Investment Banking

    Hi, i've been reading some threads and have a question. I read that if you go to Cal and dont go to haas then breaking into banking is significantly harder. I want to go into finance and specifically ib after college but would rather major in math th ...

    4 comments14 Aug 2010 -

  64. On my resume I listed myself as a BBA + math minor, but my transcript still says I'm a Dual Degree seeker in Psychology major and BBA (which is actually a more overwhelming program than minoring in math). I have taken the prequisite courses for both ...

    4 comments5 Mar 2010 -

  65. Hey guys I'm an economics and maths double major at UBC (canada, yeah I know). My core major is 3.5 at the moment. I just finished my second year here and I'm in Dubai for the whole summer. I just have a couple of work experiences jotted down an ...

    3 comments5 May 2016 -

  66. I'm 3 years out from completing a pure math degree at a quality school; in the meantime I've completed one year of math grad school (did well and have good reccs but the school was a poor fit, and I realized that I probably don't want to wo ...

    3 comments9 Feb 2012 -

  67. Freshman Interested in Finance

    Investment Banking

    Hi, I'm a freshman at Penn State interested in finance (as well as law). From reading around a bit, it definitely seems like I should have gone to a better school (especially since I had the grades), but PSU was/is my dream school and I love it here. ...

    3 comments12 Mar 2014 -

  68. Second Concentration/Minor

    Investment Banking

    Hey everyone I'm looking for some help regarding choosing a second concentration or minor. I want to do some kind of IB, preferably M&A. I am also considering consulting. I just finished up my sophomore year at Boston College, I'm in the sch ...

    3 comments16 May 2013 -

  69. CALLING ALL CONSULTANTS-

    Job Search Advice

    What is a more valued major to help break into the field of consulting? I know engineering is a top pick at most places or usually a good gpa with any major... But I want to know what is more valued, math or statistics? Either decision will be followed by ...

    2 comments8 Jun 2015 -

  70. I graduated Dec '12 with a 3.8 GPA in Mathematics from a low-ranking state school. I have no accounting courses or accounting work experience. Lackluster work experience in general: about 7 years of part-time retail before/during/after undergrad, and ...

    2 comments13 Dec 2014 -

  71. http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/this-maths-phd-used-data-to-find-love-on-okcupid And you all thought the new film Her was science-fiction...looks like it's just science. math science No Yes 110148 109692 110052 160687 158272 ...

    2 comments22 Jan 2014 -

  72. SAT vs ACT- Importance of Math

    Management Consulting

    Hey all, Let me preface that the question is nitpicky but when these firms are judging you by a single piece of paper everything seems to count. I've read on a number of sources that most firms want to see M/CR on the SAT= 750/750 as a minimum. The M ...

    2 comments18 Jun 2013 -

  73. Hello, i'm currently at Wharton for undergrad. I've talked to a lot of the dual degree students doing finance and math as their degrees. I really want to know the level of math that would be the best for working at a hedge fund some day. my curr ...

    2 comments1 Aug 2010 -

  74. I've got to decide which direction I'm going to take, & when it comes to hedge funds, I'm most interested in things that fall under the credit side--special situations, distressed debt, & activism (I know that's not exclusively ...

    +1 1 comment30 Apr 2019 -

  75. I am a "freshman" math major with a 4.0 GPA (likely will stay this high for a while since I am taking similar classes next semester) at a lower tier ivy. I am on track to graduate in 2.5/3 years, so I cannot really intern as a junior. What shoul ...

    +1 1 comment13 Dec 2018 -

  76. DC Energy Skills Test

    Job Search Advice

    Looking for advice on the best way to prepare for this. From what I've heard its about 8 questions long. Primarily consists of brain teasers, math (prob/stat), and logic questions. Any suggestions? Any help at all is sincerely appreciated. math proba ...

    27 Oct 2014 -