Bloomberg BAT

Just took the Bloomberg BAT test today. Quick overview of it:

  • started in 2010,
  • 2 hour test with 100 questions covering News Analysis (12 questions), Economics (12 questions), Math Skills (14 questions), Analytical Reasoning (12 questions), Financial Statements Analysis (12 questions), Investment Banking (12 questions), Global Markets (14 questions), and Chart and Graph Analysis (12 questions)
  • suppose to focus on analytical reasoning instead of terminology, know how and learned knowledge

In other words it’s an assessment test given by Bloomberg Institute.

Now I’ve read a few articles and group posts on LinkedIn. Some were of how it’s not worth the time, they got high scores/ percentiles and never got a call and others where they did get call backs from their percentile scores. And in all honesty I took the sample questions from their website and got 2 out of the 3 right, I’m sure it was done that way to inspire and motivate you to take the test.

There’s some perks taking it at the school, didn’t have to pay the $65 bucks to do it online, thought it was strange when you needed a web cam to take it online. Might get my dogs in there, they love the camera.

According to them by taking it you get to:

  • Identify your personal strengths to promote to employers in interviews
  • Gain valuable feedback as relative to a career in finance
  • Get contacted for full-time and internship opportunities
  • Promote yourself to employers worldwide
  • Gain insight into different roles in finance
  • Enhance your CV/Resume

For me:

  • Want to find out strengths and weaknesses
  • Not interested in a career in finance or promoting myself, not just yet anyways
  • Want to know the different aspects of finance
  • Improve my resume, pending the score

Regardless, I don’t think it wasn’t a waste of time. There were two other people from my management class, so at least I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t majoring in finance taking the test. The whole point was to see what it was about. Now waiting the two weeks to see what I scored.


Takeout Astrology and Zodiac Placemats

Duck Pie

All those chopsticks and duck sauce packets you’ve been hoarding for years? They’re all from one mysterious company in White Plains, New York.

Growing up, every restaurant had its paper placemat. Sergio’s and Gino’s had a map of Italy with illustrations of the Tower of Pisa, a Venetian gondola, and the Colosseum. Generically Richmond restaurants had similar map of the Commonwealth of Virginia graced by cardinals and dogwood branches, the state capitol, the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg, and the Blue Ridge mountains. King’s Barbecue in Petersburg had advertisements from local funeral parlors. I remember Acapulco having something similar but Mexican, but my memory grows hazy with age.

Yen Ching had a version of the zodiac printed in bright red and yellow, an ancient and complex system of astrological philosophy reduced to a series of lobster sauce-stained horoscopes. Born in 1986, I was the Tiger – aggressive, courageous, candid, and…

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21 things they never tell you about poor countries

Emergent Economics

Prompted by Bill Gates’s annual letter and the response from the Overseas Development Institute I thought I’d list some of the things that in my experience seem to be less understood about poor countries. (I wanted to list 23 things like Ha-Joon Chang on capitalism but I couldn’t think of another two). I use the word poor on purpose because although the word risks sounding patronising or dismissive, euphemisms like developing and less-developed can be worse. Thoughts are welcome.

1. Poverty is the rule, not the exception.For most people life just isn’t as good as it is for you and I, the comfortable people from a country rich enough to allow us the literacy, time and Internet access to read blogs written by well-meaning left liberals. Poverty-as-rule-not -exception is difficult to bend our minds around because we tend to base our views about the world on direct experience. If…

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