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# Analyst Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

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Nov 21, 2010

### Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey was asked...

Jul 18, 2014
 decompose the CAPM model and discuss limitations3 Answerssmall company premium, international premium, etcThe CAPM which is E(r) = Rf + Beta *(Rm A model that describes the relationship between risk and expected return and that is used in the pricing of risky securities. Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) The general idea behind CAPM is that investors need to be compensated in two ways: time value of money and risk. The time value of money is represented by the risk-free (rf) rate in the formula and compensates the investors for placing money in any investment over a period of time. The other half of the formula represents risk and calculates the amount of compensation the investor needs for taking on additional risk. This is calculated by taking a risk measure (beta) that compares the returns of the asset to the market over a period of time and to the market premium (Rm-rf).Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) consists of E(r) = Rf + B(Rm-Rf) Rf1 = Risk free rate which usually consists of Beta = company's stock performance against stock market Rm = Expected return from market CAPM ASSUMPTIONS Investors hold diversified portfolios This assumption means that investors will only require a return for the systematic risk of their portfolios, since unsystematic risk has been removed and can be ignored. Single-period transaction horizon A standardised holding period is assumed by the CAPM in order to make comparable the returns on different securities. A return over six months, for example, cannot be compared to a return over 12 months. A holding period of one year is usually used. Investors can borrow and lend at the risk-free rate of return This is an assumption made by portfolio theory, from which the CAPM was developed, and provides a minimum level of return required by investors.

### Marketing Database Analyst at Wells Fargo was asked...

Apr 28, 2010
 Explain to me what NPV means?1 AnswerNet present value - sum of the present values of individual cash flows

### Investment Banking Analyst at Cowen was asked...

Feb 4, 2010
 Could you walk me through the cash flows statement? What are some items that would be found under each heading?1 AnswerThe cash flows statement shows cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities. In the operating activities area, for example, you would add back depreciation expense to net income (since no cash has actually left your firm). Investing activities could include money from sales of land, and financing could include receiving cash from a loan, or giving out dividends to shareholders.

### Private Wealth Management - Capital Markets Analyst at Morgan Stanley was asked...

Mar 30, 2012
 If the interest rates go down, what happens to the value of a bond?1 AnswerBond Value goes higher to align yield with lower interest rates

Aug 30, 2013

Jun 1, 2017

### Actuarial Analyst at Esurance was asked...

Jan 17, 2013
 you have a 9x9x9 sided cube made up of 1 squaree inch squares. If all sides are painted how many cubes have no paint on any side? 6 AnswersZero... because all sides are painted; either you re-wrote this wrong or you trying to walk her through mathematical equations to answer this obviously simple question is the reason you didn't get an offer.Eric, calm yourself. Im guessing he means that all sides (like he said) are painted. i.e. only the cubes on the outside of the cube. So the way to solve would be think of an 8x8x8 cube inside of a 9x9x9 cube, where are all of the 8x8x8 cube pieces have no paint on them. I think the answer is 8 cubed or 512 then, but dont quote me on that.Since cubes on all sides are painted, I believe that you would need to eliminate a cube from each side, so I think that the answer is 7x7x7 = 343Show More ResponsesI agree with John's answer, but the wording is terrible. You have to assume that the cube is built from 9^3 one inch cubes. Then the problem becomes simple to visualize and solve. I hope the interview explained the problem clearer than this poster.shuld be one ?, 3 cubes on on x axis, 2 on y side , 2 on z side , if all sides are painted..we will only be left with middle cube which is common cube and cannor be painted,,To add in general for nXnXn cube the answer is (n-2)X(n-2)X(n-2)

### Data Analyst at Uber was asked...

Jun 1, 2017
 A car starts driving at 60 mph, one hour later a car leaves the same position going 80 mph. How much time will pass until the second car catches the first?6 AnswersUse distance = rate * time and solve for the two cars3 hours later they meet. 60(T+1)=80T. T=360*(t+1) = 80*t t = 3Show More ResponsesActually we have T for the first car, and T+1 for the second (just the opposite to what is stated above). 60T=80(T+1) T=4 If the result was T=3, as stated above, after 3 hours the first car would have passed 3*60=180 miles, while the second - 2*80=160 miles. Remeber that it left one hour later, so during these 3 hours, it travelled 1 hour less.t= 3 One or more comments have been removed. Please see our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service for more information.

Jun 11, 2014