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Senior Fund Accountant was asked...17 January 2012

whats the entry for an accrual, how do you reverse the accrual once paid

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1) credit liability, debit expense 2) debit liability, credit cash

That answer is correct

Wrong answer abt reversing accrual!!!

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Brown Brothers Harriman

How far apart is the hour and minute hand a 3:15?

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No matter what time of the day, the minute and hour hand are always touching in the center of the clock face. Less

7.5 degrees

360 degrees on the clock. Each number is 360/12 = 30 degrees apart from one another. at 3:15, the minute hand is at 3 while the hour hand is 15/60 = 1/4 away from 3. So (1/4) * 30 = 30/4 = 7 + 2/4 = 7.5 degrees Less

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Who has the final decision on derivatives prices.

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The director.

This seems to be an invalid question. There are a lot of derivative instruments out there, options, futures, swap and etc and their prices are usually determined by various factors and some could be affected by the supply and demand of the market and for exchanged traded derivative theor market prices can be obtained easily. And i dont think the directors of the company taking position using those instrument have much influence on the price of the derivative. Less

Trader and investors move the price


What do fund accountants usually look at to determine whether a fund is doing well or not?

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Profit and amp; loss report


profit & loss reports

BNY Mellon

How comfortable are we with working overtime during month end closing?

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It is very common for accounting staff to work overtime during month end.

Expected of the job role as a fund accountant.

J.P. Morgan

to explain how a NAV is calculated

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NAV is net asset value. It is calculated by taking the current market value of fund's net asset (securities held by the fund minus any liabilities) and dividing it by number of shares outstanding. For example: if a fund has a total net asset of $20 million dollars and there are one million shares of the fund, then the NAV is $20 per share. Less

NAV = (assets- liabilities)/ Total number of units Assets contains stocks and bonds in portfolio and liability means fund manager fees and commision. NAV changes daily as Values of stocks and bonds fluctuates. Less


They screen your LinkedIn if you have one, and will go into detail on university projects if you have done any. So make sure your LinkedIn is consistent with your CV and don't have anything on there that you don't want to be asked about.

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If you don't pass the MCQ there is a slim chance you will be hired.

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State Street

DId you ever have a challenge with any of your managers and what did you do about it?

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If you are ever asked the question, “have you ever had a challenging situation with a manager?” It is important not to give an example that makes you look like someone who fights and causes trouble within an organization. In fact, if you are asked this question, “did you ever have difficulty with a manager or a challenge with a manager?” You can start your answer by saying, "I have never had a serious challenge with a manager”. With that being said, that is not a sufficient answer. So you do want to show that you do disagree at times with people, but you are able to find common grounds and are able to resolve issues peacefully. Something like, "There have been times where a manager and I have thought differently about a topic and we discuss it, and sometimes the manager sees my point of view, and sometimes I see theirs. But ultimately, we are able to come to a conclusion and resolve any sort of difference of a opinion quickly and smoothly.” Just saying something like that will reassure the interviewer that you’re not someone who is going to cause problems at their organization. Less


define derivatives

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Derivatives are financial assets that derives their value based on the performance of the underlying asset. Less

This is an instrument whose value is based on an underlying asset


Why we should hire you.

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Talk about all relevant skills and experience

Explain how you will contribute to the company’s mission.

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