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Fintech is red hot, but taking a job could be a big risk
by / on 30/07/2015 at 12:59 / in The Review

Fintech is red hot, but taking a job could be a big risk

Fintech is the career du jour; the chance for frustrated bankers to escape the hamster wheel of a finance job and go it alone in a related but more dynamic vocation. But joining a start-up is not without its risks. Last week, Bondcube – an ‘eBay’ for the bond markets set up by former Citigroup trader Paul Reynolds – announced […]

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When you’re 40-years-old and Goldman Sachs really wants you
by / on 29/07/2015 at 12:07 / in The Review

When you’re 40-years-old and Goldman Sachs really wants you

How is it when Goldman Sachs decides that it has to have you? – Not that it would quite like to recruit you on account of your exceptional academics and multiple internships, but that it has an existential yearning for you? Ask 51 year-old R. Martin Chavez, Goldman’s chief information officer since the end of 2013. Business Insider has a detailed exposé of ‘Marty’s’ person and […]

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6 jobs that tell you everything about banks in 2015
by / on 29/07/2015 at 00:02 / in The Review

6 jobs that tell you everything about banks in 2015

We’re in the quiet period: the dead months of deep summer when managing directors are on holiday and vice presidents are given a taste of power, when recruiters are on month long Starbucks sabbaticals and interns in TM Lewin suits emerge blinking into the light for Pret A Manger crayfish sandwiches before returning to their bunkers until two in the […]

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Hedge fund jobs are not as exciting as they seem: this is why I quit
by / on 28/07/2015 at 12:14 / in The Review

Hedge fund jobs are not as exciting as they seem: this is why I quit

Toby Triebel likes to think that he has a knack for grabbing an opportunity at the right time. Starting out at Goldman Sachs working in M&A during the mid-noughties boom years, he moved across to a debt restructuring role just before the financial crisis hit in 2008. “It was a move I made by chance because I had an interest […]

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The Philosophy of Warren E. Buffett
by / on 28/07/2015 at 00:46 / in The Review

The Philosophy of Warren E. Buffett

Lawrence A. Cunningham, a professor at George Washington Universityand former corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, has written numerous books including, most recently, “Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values.” Warren E. Buffett taught two generations of people to become value investors. It’s time to expand that knowledge. Value investing is a philosophy as much as a technique. […]

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Barclays investment bank has been doing some quiet but big hiring
by / on 27/07/2015 at 11:58 / in The Review

Barclays investment bank has been doing some quiet but big hiring

Barclays investment bank is between CEOs. It’s in the grips of an executive chairman with a reputation for cutting costs who may, or may not, lop limbs off the investment bank. The prognosis for the second quarter is not great. And people are leaving – despite being promoted. Nonetheless, Barclays IS HIRING. As we reported earlier this week, Barclays is actually […]

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How to quit your investment banking job gracefully
by / on 24/07/2015 at 12:18 / in The Review

How to quit your investment banking job gracefully

No matter how frustrated you are with your current position, it’s important to be seen as a ‘good-leaver’. Financial services might seem like vast to those on the outside, but it’s a connected – even incestuous – industry where maintaining the right network is key. “If you’re working under a cloud, it’s tempting to quit in dramatic style and tell […]

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The best industry for swapping into banking mid-career
by / on 24/07/2015 at 12:12 / in The Review

The best industry for swapping into banking mid-career

If you don’t beat the exemplary candidates to get into banking first time, you might be inclined to give up on your financial services fantasy. After all, there are other jobs out there where you won’t have to work so hard and might get greater job security.  If finance is resolutely your thing though, there’s no need to give up that […]

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Meet J.P. Morgan’s 2015 analyst class
by / on 23/07/2015 at 10:58 / in The Review

Meet J.P. Morgan’s 2015 analyst class

J.P. Morgan’s 2015 graduate hires are now in situ in London. Based on our random sample listed below, it looks a lot like the bank has a type: juniors at J.P. Morgan in Europe need to have excellent academics. It helps to be privately educated and to have a long list of previous internships. Unusual extracurricular activities won’t go amiss […]

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Why are all these juniors leaving HSBC’s IBD business?
by / on 22/07/2015 at 11:12 / in The Review

Why are all these juniors leaving HSBC’s IBD business?

If HSBC’s IBD business were a bucket, it might not have much water around the bottom. It’s come to our attention that plenty of HSBC’s investment banking juniors have been leaving, often for large US investment banks. In the past two months, HSBC has lost: Rohan Manaktala, Sharvil Kirtikar and Teemu Ruuska (all analysts) to BAML, Bhavneet Alg (an associate) […]

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