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Heard on the Street: Quantitative Questions from Wall Street Job Interviews Paperback – 12 Feb 2008


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Timothy Crack; 11th revised edition (12 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970055269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970055262
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,378,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Note on latest editions: Heard on The Street is in its 15th (August 2014) edition with ISBN 9780994103864; Basic Black-Scholes is in its 3rd (August 2014) edition with ISBN 9780994103857; Foundations for Scientific Investing is in its 3rd (December 2014) edition with ISBN 9780994118219/9780994118202 (paperback/hard cover). If you cannot easily find the latest edition of the book you want, then copy and paste the ISBN into Amazon's search box.

Dr. Timothy Falcon Crack did PhD coursework at MIT and Harvard, and graduated with a PhD in Financial Economics from MIT. He has degrees in Mathematics (with a lot of Statistics), Finance, and Financial Economics and a diploma in Accounting/Finance. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society of Investment Professionals. He has won six university teaching awards and been nominated for five others.

Dr. Crack has published in the top academic journal in Finance (The Journal of Finance), the top practitioner-oriented journals in Finance (The Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Futures Markets), and the top pedagogical journal in Finance (The Journal of Financial Education). He has also published in what was the top interdisciplinary Business journal (The Journal of Business). He has written six sole-authored books: "Heard on The Street: Quantitative Questions from Wall Street Job Interviews," "Basic Black-Scholes: Option Pricing and Trading," "Foundations for Scientific Investing," a "Test Questions" book to accompany the Foundations book, and two "Pocket Heard on The Street" books (one with quantitative questions from finance job interviews, and one with brain teasers, thinking questions, and non-quantitative questions from finance job interviews).

Dr. Crack taught at the university level from 1985 to 2000, and again from 2004 onwards, including four years as a front line teaching assistant for MBA students at MIT, and five years teaching undergraduate, MBA and PhD courses at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. He is now a chaired full professor of Finance in New Zealand.

Dr. Crack has worked as an independent consultant to the New York Stock Exchange and to a foreign government body investigating wrong doing in the financial markets. His most recent practitioner job was as the head of quantitative active equity research for the UK and Continental Europe in the London office of what was the world's largest institutional asset manager.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 May 2007
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An excellent book, covering a wide range of basic topics that a would-be quantitative analyst needs to be comfortable with. Something few beginners appreciate is that both during interviews and during subsequent work as a quant analyst, a really deep, intuitive grasp of the basics is infinitely more important that nodding acquaintance with a host of fancy theories.

If you want to enter the profession, the 4 books I'd buy and really understand is this and its twin volume on Black-Scholes, Joshi's finance book, and Duffy's C++ book - if you really master the contents of those four, you're well on your way to success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Niemer on 20 Nov 2008
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You need to work through that book before you go to ANY IB interview! It had questions I got asked in interviews at MS in both M&A and trading. Heard from a front office IT person that they got asked questions also.

I contains quite a lot of questions and I didn't have the time/nerve to go through all of them only to find out that I was asked a brain teaser at the end of chapter 1 in the interview - if only I had worked through everything more than once! So my advice: work through this book well before you go for interviews.

Having said that, I was also asked lots of questions which were not included in the book so you will also need to work through other relevant books in your area (eg Wilmott/Damodaran).

Re the 1-star review: it's not a general interview book and it's not advertised as such!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tonycooray on 18 Feb 2012
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This is a must read for capital markets interview along with Crack 2009. I found it very useful not only for the quantitative questions, but also for the competency based questions, which are non technical questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sharma on 16 Sep 2012
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This book is a good read for all aspiring Finance applicants.
This gives you a good flavour of the real thing. I love going through brain teasers and this one has some good ones.
I read this book after being in the industry for a while ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmg on 11 Feb 2011
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Excellent book - very thorough, and covers almost all of the technical interview questions I've ever heard. A must for anyone applying to quantitative jobs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WM on 7 Jan 2011
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The writer expresses his views from the interviewers' perspective and also reviews most of the possible solutions to a question
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