Does…not…compute…

Ten people are bidding on a stock at 90, while 100 people are offering to sell it at 91. What price is the next trade?

Interviewees often say that since there are more sellers than buyers, the sellers get to determine the price. That logic usually yields an answer between 90 and 91. That’s exactly wrong. “They’re not thinking about what’s going on in the real world,” says Rubczyk. In reality, when there are more sellers than buyers, the price falls. So the next sale would probably be in the mid- to low 80s.

Some candidates would say you can’t answer that question, because there’s no formula,” says Rusczyk. “If that makes their heads explode, that’s a problem.”

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