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### Sales - Trading at Susquehanna International Group was asked...

Apr 14, 2010
 How many ways can you arange five people at a round table, such that there they are in increasing age order (clockwise or anti-clockwise)?5 AnswersTrick question, you can't. Oldest will always meet youngestWas asked this question (phrased as "what is the probability that 5 people with different birthdays will sit in increasing age order around a round table (clockwise or counter-clockwise), and the recruiter said that you should ignore the jump from the oldest to youngest. In other words, it's not a trick question -- you actually have to solve the problem. The answer is 1/12.The question is answer how many ways, nothing about probability. There are 10 ways to seat the people, 5 clockwise and 5 counterclockwiseShow More ResponsesAssuming there are five seats at the table then there are ten different ways to seat the five people in increasing age order.There are (5-1)! ways of seating 5 people around the table. Of these, there are 2 permutations wherein there will be ordered sitting (one clockwise & the other anti-clockwise). Hence, the probability is 2/((5-1)!) i.e., 1/12

### Sales and Trading Intern at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Jan 25, 2010
 How would you invest 100 million dollars2 AnswersA spectrum of different risk/returnsaa

### Sales and Trading at UBS was asked...

Feb 6, 2011
 If 80% of Ford's sales is in Europe, what would happen to company's annual revenue if the exchange rate decline from 1.5 to 1. 4 Answersthe overall revenue would decrease by 27.2% . ( the" 80%" side of revenue would decrease by 33% after drop from 1.5 to 1 : 1/1.5=0.66 1-.66=.33 Therefore the overall revenue becomes 80% * 66% +20% *1 = 0.728= 72.8% of what it was supposed to be. that's 27.2% less than it should have been)(1.5 - 1) / 1.5 = 1 / 3 .80 * 1 / 3 = .2667 = 26.67%As an economics major I would look at this a bit differently. First you have make the assumption if ford cars are a normal good or an inferior good. If they're a normal good an increase in the value of the euro relative to the dollar will be equivelant to an increase in income for europeans. However, if ford cars are an inferior good an increase in income will lead to europeans buying higher end cars because they are now better off and thus ford's sales will decrease. It is impossible to quantify the change in revenue becuase we don't know their demand curve. We can only predict whether it will be a postivie or negative change.Show More ResponsesLose money duh

### Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs was asked...

Jan 2, 2011
 Why Goldman?2 AnswersWhy not?Due to the long history and strangth of the company "Trust"

### Sales and Trading Analyst at UBS was asked...

Jan 25, 2011
 What is R squared? (Statistics)2 AnswersIsn't this linear regression? But in relation to what? V random questionR squared is the variance of the stock. When you're measuring correlations, it measures the amount of risk that the stock shares with whatever you're comparing it with (e.g. an index).

### Sales & Trading at Citi was asked...

Sep 26, 2010
 What's 46 times 454 Answers46 x 45 = 45 x 45 + 45 = (40 + 5)^2 + 45 = 1600 + 400 + 25 + 45 = 207046 x 45 = (50 x 45) - (4 x 45) = 2250 - 180 = 207045 * 46 = (45*10)* 4 + (6*45) = 1800 + 240 + 30 =2070Show More ResponsesThere is a trick for computations like45*45 55*55 65*65...they all equal to xx25 and the first two digit equal to the n*(n+1) e.g 45*45=2025 because n=4 here and 4*(4+1)=20 for this question you just need to compute 2025+45=2070 ~ nice and easy

### Sales and Trading at Bank of America was asked...

Feb 16, 2015
 Why would you like to work at BAML, specifically sales and trading?1 AnswerI was interested in working with a big company so that I could have access to the types of resources that are only available through a big company; and that, while I had limited experience with investing and the markets, I am a "people person" and excel in an environment that is fast paced and relies heavily on communication skills.

### Sales and Trading at Bank of America was asked...

Feb 16, 2015
 What experiences have you had that you feel will prepare you for this role?1 AnswerBefore attending university I was a professional Ballet Dancer with several regional companies. I have the capacity to dedicate myself towards both long term and short term goals and see results from my work.

### Sales and Trading Summer Analyst at UBS was asked...

Nov 7, 2012
 This wasn't difficult, but it's the only specific question I can remember. You're playing basketball and you're down by 2. You know you can hit a 2-pointer to tie the game with 28% probability, and then go on to win the game in overtime with 50% probability. Alternatively, you know you can hit a 3-pointer and win with 15% probability. Which do you take?2 AnswersThe 3-pointer3-pointer. First option has a probability of 14% of wining (0.28x0.5) whilst the second option gives you a probability of 28%.

### Sales and Trading Analyst at Bank of America was asked...

Nov 11, 2014
 Why did we choose you to come to our final round interview?1 AnswerMy experience, my potential
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