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Advantages of using EBITDA over enterprise value in the valuation process.

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EBITDA is unrelated to enterprise value. EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. It is a relatively useless indication of a company's real earning power according to warren buffett, charlie munger, ben graham and value investors et al. EV is market cap + debt - cash and cash equivalents. This looks like it was a quick question to see if the candidate is full of it : )

I think when he said "over", he was using it to signify "divided by, as in Enterprise Value/EBITDA. The advantage is that it allows you to compare firms of different sizes and capital structures, as EV is the whole pie and EBITDA flows to both debt and equity holders. A similar question I have gotten is: "What would you use as a numerator if your denominator were EBITDA: Enterprise Value or Equity Value?"

Implement 2 functions, is_palindrome() and max_int(). The first function returns True if the given string is a palindrome, and False if not. The second function returns the largest integer that is (1) the product of two 3 digit integers, and (2) is a palindrome.

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3. Compare and contrast ROA, ROE, and ROIC. Which one is most informative and why? Use an example to illustrate your position. Tricky since lots can be said on this matter.

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Stock picks.

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What do you know about the analyst's industry?

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Looking for adaptability to their trading style. Long/Short, Market Neutral, higher volume trading style.

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What qualities can you bring to the firm?

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How would you invest $10 million today?

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Given the cost for Verizon to purchase each iPhone, the price the customer pays, and the churn rate of customers, what is the average lifespan of an iphone customer on Verizon?

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