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# Analyst Interview Questions in London, UK

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Jan 7, 2013
 You are going to see a sports tournament between two teams. Best of 7. Can only have win/loss outcomes. Devise the optimum betting strategy such that at the end of the tournament you are either up 100 or down 100. Was initially confused about starting money but he told me that you can bet any amount. 2 AnswersRight, so you were told you can bet any amount of money........surely you can just bet 100 on the first game then you'll either be up or down by 100 (as required) whatever the outcome, then for the rest of the games just bet 0 and nothing will change......It is Best of 7, meaning you should win 100 dollar if your home team won the tournament and lose 100 dollars otherwise. Just think through all possible cases.... BACKWARDS, like in pirates and golds problem. Step 1: How much you should bet on last game? Well if you team has won 4, 5 or 6 games so far, you are already up 100 dollars and therefore bet 0 dollars. If you team has won 0, 1 or 2 games you are already down 100 dollars and bet 0 dollars as well. So the only case left is you team has tied with score 3 : 3. If now you are up X dollars from initial amount and bet Y dollars, you will be up X+Y if your team won or up X - Y if your team lose. now X+Y=100 and X-Y = -100 by condition; meaning X=0 and Y=100. Step 2: apply the same reasoning. Carry this one until you reach step 7, which should tell you how much to bet in game 1. I am too lazy to carry it out though.

### Market Risk Analyst at Barclays was asked...

Oct 31, 2011
 Discuss the flaws of Black-Scholes. 2 AnswersShould have Wiki beforeThe flaws are largely in its assumptions, namely: 1. It assumes lognormal returns 2. It assumes 24/7 trading (i.e., no jumps in prices) 3. It assumes frictionless markets

### Market Risk Analyst at Barclays was asked...

Oct 31, 2011
 Tell me the different ways that you can calculate VaR (Value at Risk). 2 AnswersI think I said Monte Carlo, delta, gamma and Black-Scholes.Typically there are 3 ways in the industry to calculate VaR: 1. Historical (by far the most common, IME) 2. Parametric (not very useful, as returns tend to not be normal, unless you use EVT) 3. Monte Carlo (more often used in fixed income and other credit/debt portfolios than other asset classes)

### Analyst at Accenture was asked...

Jun 28, 2013
 Being confronted with extra documents for analysis halfway through my presentation / conclusions. 2 AnswersTake time to read the extra info, and to quickly work out what's relevent.Hello, are you able to inform me about the case study? I have a final round this week and am not sure what to expect.

### Summer Analyst at Barclays was asked...

Nov 19, 2010
 You and I are sitting at a round table, playing a game of coin. By turns we put down a coin on the table until the table is full. The first person who cannot put down another coin has lost. Do you want to put down the first or the second coin?3 AnswersFirst coin - it should be put in the middle. Then no matter where the other person will put his coin, you will put it exactly oppersite - this means, if the other person can put down a coin, you will be able to do so as well. Meaning that the first person not being able to put down a coin will be person number two. This also applies for squared tables. This is called 'Symmetric something'... Cant remember.symmetry in convexity. or in plain english... http://brainteaserbible.com/interview-brainteaser-2-players-at-a-tableThe person who cannot put down a coin can then put it in his/ her pocket, so they win in reality

Nov 26, 2009
 If you were a business analyst would you be interested in the implementation?2 AnswersAs I can't imagine being on an XP team and being barred from even comprehending the implementation I replied as such. This was obvioulsy the wrong answer.implementation of what? did you say that you spoke against Agile development? What should have been the correct answer?

### Summer Analyst Global Capital Markets at UBS was asked...

Feb 19, 2013
 You only have Net Income and Sales, which other financial number you would like to have to evaluate a company? (overall, i found the questions not very difficult)2 AnswersEBITDAexpenditure. If the company is spending more than it is, its in trouble. Also, those figures are just snapshots. You need graphs of these over time to see if any trends are emerging.

### Portfolio Analyst at BlackRock was asked...

Jun 7, 2010
 Do you talk much?2 AnswersSometimes I can speak a little too much but I tend to be very focused.Yes