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# Analyst Interview Questions in New York, NY

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### Quantitative Analyst at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Jan 21, 2014
 What's the best unbiased estimator for a series random variables?3 AnswersI guess it is just a Gaussian distribution (Normal dist.). Since it has the smallest uncertainty (from quantum point of view) or variance.I guess it is just a Gaussian distribution (Normal dist.), since it has the smallest uncertainty (from quantum point of view) or variance.It is the OLS estimator (with Gauss-Markov approximations and normality), by Fisher's theorem on Maximum Likelihood Estimators.

### Finance Analyst at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Apr 3, 2011
 3. Stock A has a volatility of 20%, B has a volatility of 30%, and their correlation coefficient is 50%. They have the same expect returns. Suppose we can buy x share of A, and 1-x share of B. Then what the x should be for us to invest to make our portfolio has the minimum volatility? 1 AnswerThe vols add in quadrature, with the caveat that the interference term has the correlation factor in there. So: sig(port)^2 = x^2*sig(A)^2+(1-x)^2*sig(B)^2+2*x*(1-x)*sig(A)*sig(B)*rho(AB) Take the partial with respect to x and set that equal to zero. Solve for x and get: x = 6/7

### Global Markets Analyst at Deutsche Bank was asked...

Jun 21, 2010
 Do you keep up with markets?1 AnswerI have had some trading experience, and keep up with financial news (WSJ, Barrons, Bloomberg).

### Investment Banking Summer Analyst at J.P. Morgan was asked...

Jul 11, 2012
 What are the methods of valuing a company? 1 AnswerIt's DCF(Discounted casfhflow) & Relative method, where FCFE(Free cash flow to Equity) is vital for equity shareholders & FCFF(Free cash flow to Firm) is vital for the company.

### Finance Controller Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Feb 18, 2013
 Tell me about a time when you were working in a team and your opinion was challenged.1 AnswerI asked the team member to explain their opinion. No one is perfect, so keeping an open mind when listening to a team member’s response is key. There were times a team member could convince me they were right and other times when I could explain why my opinion may be the better option.

May 14, 2011

### Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Mar 23, 2010
 how many times the hour and minute hands of the clock form right angle during one day?10 Answerseach hour creates 2 right angles...2 x 24 = 48 times a right angle is formed in one dayWrong. Think what's happening around 3 and 9 o'clock4 times?Show More ResponsesLet me show you a mathematical approach. Common sense dictates that the minute hand moves at a faster rate of 5.5 degrees a minute (because the hour hand moves 0.5 degrees a min and the minute hand moves 6 degrees a minute). We start at 12 midnight. The hands are together. For subsequent 90 degree angles to occur, the minute hand must "overtake" the hour hand by 90 degrees, then 270 degrees, then 360 + 90 degrees, then 360 + 270 degrees, then 360 + 360 +90 degrees.. and so on. This can be re-expressed as: (1)90, 3(90), 5(90), 7(90), 9(90), 11(90)... n(90). The number of minutes this takes to happen can be expressed as (1)90/5.5, 3(90)/5.5, 5(90)/5.5, 7(90)/5.5, 9(90)/5.5, 11(90)/5.5... n(90)/5.5. In one day, there are 24 hr * 60 mins = 1440mins To find the maximum value of n, n(90)/5.5 = 1440 n = 88 but as seen from above, n must be an odd number (by pattern recognition and logic) hence n must be the next smallest odd number (87) counting 1,3,5,7,9,11......87, we see that the number of terms = (87-1)/2 +1 = 44. In other words, the minute hand "overtakes" the hour hand on 44 occasions in 24 hours in order to give a 90 degree angle. Therefore the answer to your question is 44.i agree with right_ans. although i got lost in his explanation, though i'm sure it is correct. i found another answer here: http://brainteaserbible.com/Each hour has 2 occurrences of 90 degrees. In 12 hrs, it overtakes 24 times. BUT hrs 2 to 3 has only 1 NOT 2. Also hr 8 to 9 has only 1. So subtract 2 from 24. You get 22. In half a day (12 hrs) you get 22 times. Therefore in 1 day ie 24 hrs, it cross 22 * 2 = 44 times.42Relative speed is 5.5 degree/min. Time is 24*60 mins. Total distance is 5.5*24*60 degrees. How many full circles it is? 5.5*24*60/360 = 5.5*4 = 22. Each full circle contains 2 right angles (90 and 270). So answer is 22*2 = 44.44Calm down, we first must convert time to angle, two different units. The hour hand completes one full revolution each 12 hours (considering a 12 clock). So, theta_h = 360 x h/12, where theta_h is the angle that the hour hand makes with 12 hs mark and h is the number of hours since 0hs. So at 0 hs, the angle is 0, and at 12, the angle is 360 = 0. Since h = m/60, where m is the number of minutes since 0h, we have: theta_h = 360 x m/60 / 12 = 360 m / 12 x 60 = 0.5m Now, given the number of minutes since 0h, we can tell the angle of hour hand using theta_h. The minute hand angle, theta_m is: theta_m = 360 x m / 60 = 6m So the difference between theta_h and theta_m is |theta_h - theta_m| = 5.5m. Now given the minutes since 0h, we can tell the angle between hour and minute hand. Now, how many minutes we need to make |theta_h - theta_m| = 5.5m = 90? About 16.36. Since we have 12 x 60 minutes in a day, we have 12 x 60 / 16.36 gaps that satisfy 90 degrees, which is 44.

### Data Analyst at Kaplan was asked...

Jul 20, 2009
 What are 5 uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paper-weight? 7 Answers1. Prop open a door 2. Ventilate a window 3. As a fundraiser 4. To study history (as in exploring different types of brick and brick making) 5. As a unit of measureHere are some more: As a sharpening stone As a murder weapon As a wheel chock In landscaping (such as paving a walkway) To displace water in a toilet tank to reduce water use in flushingUsed as a substitute to pillow by construction workers Can also be used to hit a bad interviewerShow More Responsesor more seriously - - as a door stop (keep the door open) - as a weight object over a stack of papers or to keep a number of standing books up - with a thread to create a vertical line when aligning objects vertically - to kick it to pieces in a Karate show - to slide behind the wheel of a big vehicle (toe-truck, crane truck, etc.) to keep them from moving when pulling/lifting heavy objects from a standstill position...-To break open a coconut -For construction workers to sit on while on break -To prop up a chair with broken leg -As a dumbell, to exercise -As a hiding spot for your hamster*UN*common? -Boil it down to make glue to fix a broken coconut -For construction workers to brush their teeth after a limburger sandwich break -As a splint for a 100-year-old woman with a broken leg -Door prize for flunking this interview -Geez, I can't think of any more. Sorry.* For bludgeoning interviewer who asked a lame-o question like this one. * To weigh down a body you've dumped into a water. * To put inside a needlepoint cover and use as a doorstop. * To use less water in your toilet tank (am I showing my age?) * To break open a lock. Dang. Only 5.

### Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Nov 24, 2013
 Why6 AnswersYour subjects are more from hardware side so how could you help us?but isn't it a bit early to say that you didn't get the second round?It's been a week, i wasnt sure how much time it takes...Show More ResponsesI'll leave a comment here again once I get a reply. I hope you get one too :-)Thanks Broyo, i got it.

Jul 6, 2009