Thursday, December 31, 2009
Here's a fun little quiz from the BBC about financial market events and economic developments around the world that probably wouldn't be mentioned here if I hadn't just gotten 10 out of 10. I suppose you could go back and fix your answers (like on some DMV tests) in order to get a perfect score, but that's not what was done to generate this congratulatory message:
It's a good thing question #11 wasn't, "Who's Robert Preston?" because I haven't a clue.
The ten multiple choice questions are as follows:
- Which country introduced a car scrappage scheme in January that went on to become the biggest scheme in the world?
- The price of US light crude oil hit its lowest level of the year on 12 February, but what was the price?
- Which UK company, which ran some of the best-known fashion retailers on the High Street, went into administration in March?
- Which country unveiled in April its third major economic stimulus package since the onset of the financial crisis worth $150bn (£94bn)?
- Which two well-known European carmakers announced in May they had agreed to merge?
- Which US carmaking giant filed for bankruptcy on 1 June?
- Eurozone unemployment hit a 10-year high in July, but which country had the highest unemployment rate?
- Figures released in August showed that which two major economies exited recession between April and June?
- Which country passed a provisional banking code in September that limits bonuses to no more than 100% of a banker's annual salary?
- In October, which country became the first G20 nation to raise its interest rates since the onset of the financial crisis?
- Which US food giant made a hostile bid of $16.4bn (£9.8bn) for UK confectioner Cadbury in November?
- The price of gold hit its highest level on record in December, but what was the price?
UPDATE - 12/31/09 9:45 AM PST
Uh... There are 12 questions, not 10. Nevermind that stuff above about perfection...