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### 48÷2(9+3) =???

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 ...

*251 comments - 4 silver bananas - Sep 1 2016 - 3:21pm - FutureGekko*### Who Taught You Math???

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 ...

*115 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 29 2015 - 1:05pm - Eddie Braverman*### Akuna Capital Math Test? (And Interview Process)

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 ...

*88 comments - 8 silver bananas - Dec 13 2017 - 9:19pm - PeterMullersKeyboard*### Probably the Worst Idea in Human History

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 ...

*72 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 17 2013 - 8:17am - Eddie Braverman*### How to break into trading?- High quant background?

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 ...

*261 comments - 3 silver bananas - Feb 26 2017 - 10:03pm - booga086*### Math or Economics Major

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 24 2018 - 10:42pm - Antonius*### Math Majors on Wall Street

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 ...

*116 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 10 2017 - 5:51pm - RUtrading*### Mental Math Practice for Consulting Case Interviews

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 ...

*66 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 1 2018 - 11:08pm - monkiesandroses*### What sector of banking/IB to pursue with strong interest in mathematics?

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 ...

*16 comments - 2 silver bananas - Jun 22 2018 - 9:05am - Jacob42*### Do banks take into account the difficulty of your major when looking at your GPA?

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 ...

*41 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 9 2017 - 5:12pm - sofa king smooth*### Math or Engineering Undergrad for a Quant?

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 ...

*15 comments - 2 silver bananas - Oct 17 2017 - 3:15am - Thunderfin*### Multiv. Calculus and Linear Algebra?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 17 2009 - 10:54pm - _HazMat7*### Qualitative Jobs in Finance

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 ...

*23 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 31 2017 - 9:03pm - PEVAN*### 3.7 GPA Double Major

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 ...

*8 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 3 2019 - 8:53pm - treyforman42*### Alternative transcript. I need a strategy.

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 ...

*35 comments - 1 silver bananas - May 10 2012 - 12:15pm - pacman007*### Math or Computer Science degree for S&T?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 23 2018 - 1:25pm - Gekko93*### How much math is enough math?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 23 2018 - 1:25pm - leadpipe*### Upenn Econ or Rutgers Undergraduate

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 & ...

*35 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 24 2010 - 12:18am - GSownsMS*### Canadian Undergrad- Ivey AEO fin mod vs. UW Math/BBA double degree

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 18 2011 - 12:09am - immaculatedx*### GS Entrepreneurs

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 ...

*26 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 16 2013 - 11:02pm - Swifty*### Are math classes necessary?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 21 2008 - 10:03pm - 2pacaintdead*### Consulting Interview Math

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 25 2017 - 2:46pm - 5khj*### Global Macro Manager without any math?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 10 2011 - 7:43pm - Diacetyl*### Add econ major to my math degree?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 1 2012 - 8:59pm - couchy*### Hey target students

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 ...

*20 comments - 1 silver bananas - Mar 11 2011 - 1:42pm - blastoise*### Math Major- Pure math, stats, or some other field

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 ...

*16 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 22 2016 - 7:47pm - Toronto*### Future job

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 7 2015 - 2:45pm - Kreed93*### Double Degree- Finance With Math or Computer Science?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 31 2011 - 11:44pm - immaculatedx*### Only scientist?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 25 2012 - 11:49am - Dragoon*### Trading Assistant Excel Skills?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 30 2014 - 9:52pm - PeterMullersKeyboard*### How high in Calculus should I go?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 6 2011 - 2:18pm - Epicuro*### You'll never be this good at math

Skip to 50 seconds, doesn't matter if you speak German math ...

*15 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 13 2013 - 12:11pm - D M*### Math/Econ from Emory or FE from GTech

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 21 2010 - 10:42pm - tu160m*### Math Slaves

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 ...

*14 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 11 2012 - 1:07pm - LIBOR*### What's more important Computer skills or math? (help me):)

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 1 2010 - 3:20pm - Xptboy*### Optiver/Tibra vs BB Mental Maths test

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 6 2010 - 2:19am - mm2*### UChicago: Econ major or Math/Econ Double Major?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 29 2011 - 5:49am - jonathang27*### Looking for advice: grad school/MFE?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 18 2012 - 10:19pm - Opi*### with a math major and little knowledge of programming, what types of jobs are suitable?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 6 2014 - 8:26pm - leewonhee7*### Quant section

We should have a quant section in this forum. math MFE PhD ...

*10 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 17 2011 - 6:59pm - GekkotheGreat*### Stats

. math ...

*9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 1 2014 - 11:39pm - averagejoe12345*### math major from top target (HYPS) wanting to go into IB

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 15 2010 - 5:53pm - CluelessOne*### Math Major and Convicted Felon

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 ...

*9 comments - 2 silver bananas - Dec 30 2011 - 3:26am - gatsby86*### Going back to Undergraduate Math?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 5 2011 - 12:20pm - lawschool121*### How quantitative is Fixed Income?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 1 2011 - 11:36am - LBL*### math question about complex derivative and martingal intergals need at least a phd to answer in physics its for a mfe pre requir

If i am a 90 degree angle, amirite? derivatives math ...

*8 comments - 2 silver bananas - Nov 3 2010 - 6:06pm - blastoise*### How strong of a math background do I need to be successful in an MSF

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 7 2010 - 8:05pm - Kevin88*### Managed to get a 3.3 GPA

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 ...

*8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 23 2009 - 8:04pm - BudFox24*### UCLA major??

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 26 2013 - 5:48pm - Joshua-Robinson*### How to succeed in calculus/math classes??

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 24 2012 - 11:54pm - Husky32*### Is mathematical modeling racist?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 14 2012 - 10:08am - Amphipathic*### Emory Non-Goizuetta Placement

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Sep 12 2011 - 5:37pm - mcon51093*### Choosing the right Career path

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 14 2011 - 10:28pm - dakilica*### Opting out of streets after 7 months for more schooling

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jul 29 2010 - 7:38pm - jacobgoldsmith*### Undergraduate NYU Stern vs Cornell physics/engineering vs Duke Engineering

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 27 2015 - 11:34pm - OTLITE*### Math/CS or Engineering?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 21 2017 - 6:31pm - Thunderfin*### Abcdefg

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*5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 1 2014 - 11:41pm - averagejoe12345*### MFE, MS Applied Math, MS Stats, or MS Computer Science?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 8 2011 - 2:58pm - B-Rock89*### If I want to switch minors?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 1 2010 - 11:57am - Seth Davis*### What uses the most math

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 19 2010 - 9:57pm - mcon51093*### Need help with Math (on case in Consulting Bible)

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 10 2011 - 10:34am - hannah29*### Cal haas or math?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Aug 14 2010 - 3:09am - Tim1*### Background and Transcript Problem

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 5 2010 - 3:50pm - bertcamel*### Feeling disillusioned..internships with my credentials?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 5 2016 - 6:56am - willowtimber*### 3 years out of math degree-> consulting/trading?

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 9 2012 - 11:02am - pseudorandom*### Freshman Interested in Finance

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 12 2014 - 3:49pm - kjerbviy243f34*### Second Concentration/Minor

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 16 2013 - 2:43am - kpx5ar4SSW*### CALLING ALL CONSULTANTS-

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 8 2015 - 4:16pm - Kreed93*### Math major, no accounting classes/exp, want to get MAcc.

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Dec 13 2014 - 4:52pm - davidee*### Guy takes dating to the next level

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 ...

*2 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jan 22 2014 - 2:16pm - Going Concern*### SAT vs ACT- Importance of Math

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 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 18 2013 - 1:37am - helpinghand*### Math and comp sci needed for hedge fund analyst work

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 comments - 1 silver bananas - Aug 1 2010 - 7:40pm - MF7791*### Does one need to be particularly good at math to work at a credit hedge fund?

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 comment - 1 silver bananas - Apr 30 2019 - 11:46pm - Dizzybird*### How to make a quant internship as a sophomore

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 comment - 1 silver bananas - Dec 13 2018 - 1:51pm - atezxelpmoc*### DC Energy Skills Test

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 ...

*- 0 silver bananas - Oct 27 2014 - 12:19am - dealflow101*