LSU Finance Student Finishes No. 1 Worldwide in Bloomberg Exam

David Harms head shot

David Harms

April 7, 2015

BATON ROUGE – David Harms, a graduate student in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Finance, finished with the highest score worldwide in the month of February on the Bloomberg Institute’s Aptitude Test.

Harms’ score of 750 placed him in the 99th percentile and 10 points ahead of the next person.

Harms has spent the past eight years working in affordable housing in New Orleans, currently with Stirling Properties LLC as a finance/development analyst. He previously obtained a bachelor’s in economics from Rice University.

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test is two hours long with 100 multiple-choice questions and is available online at 3,500 universities and Bloomberg offices worldwide. The exam assesses strengths across a range of finance, business, career and personal competencies and helps students and recent graduates gain insight into their suitability for careers in business and finance.

The Bloomberg Institute is the educational division of Bloomberg LP.

The Department of Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board-Registered Program that offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit  our home page or call 225-578-6291.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business