Brits

On the heels of the good news that Barclays would be increasing the bonus pool this year, which came on the heels of the bad news that the bank posted a loss for the fourth quarter, comes the not great news that about one in ten of you will be asked to pack your things and leave by the end of 2014. For those of you trying to get a sense of your odds (of being cut), they increase significantly if you happen to be based in the UK. And if you think having the words “managing director” on your business card will save you, think again. Read more »

Carl Linderum was getting ready for work one morning at his London home when he heard a pounding on his door. He figured the group of men outside were employees of his gas provider, there to badger him over a disputed bill. In fact, they were plainclothes police officers and agents from the U.K.’s financial regulator. They had come to arrest the 36-year-old trader, who ran a small hedge fund, for suspected insider trading. The arrests last February of Mr. Linderum and a colleague led to the collapse of their roughly $100 million hedge fund, Lodestone Investment Partners LLP. Seven people lost their jobs. Nearly 10 months later, the Financial Conduct Authority dropped the investigation of the two Lodestone executives and a third trader from another hedge fund who was arrested at the same time…Margaret Cole, a top agency enforcement official from 2005 to 2012, says high-profile raids and arrests are a key component of the strategy—even if they don’t yield convictions. “A large part of the deterrent effect comes from the regulator doing this, and you don’t know when they might pop up and do it again,” she says. [WSJ via Matt]

Too much talk of your “lunch date with a vat of guac” will come back to haunt you. Read more »

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Earlier this month, it was reported that Barclays’ investment bank chief Rich Ricci was working on a little something called Project Mango,* which is similar to Bank of America’s Project New BAC in that one aspect of it involves firing a bunch of people, as part of a plan to revamp the unit. According to the Journal, management is now putting the finishing touches on Project M and all that is left to decide is whether cutting 2,000 IBD jobs is enough or if they should think bigger. Read more »

Bankers’ pay needs to be curbed further to reflect the risk of a bank failure many years after a bonus has been awarded, the Bank of England (BoE) said before the annual bonus season begins next month. The European Union has already introduced curbs on bankers’ bonuses after huge payouts were criticized for helping to create the climate that led to the financial crisis in 2008. Bank shareholders, too, expressed dismay at large bonuses for bank employees despite poor returns. Measures taken so far include the requirement for a portion of bonuses to be paid in shares over several years, but the BoE’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) believes that these do not go far enough. Chunks of a bonus are typically deferred for only three years. The FPC, which takes over British bank regulation next year, said that this is not sufficient to deter bankers from taking risky decisions that can have an adverse impact many years later. [Reuters]

Jessica Mang, who traded material non-public information based on tips obtained by her Mizuho investment banker boyfriend, Thomas Ammann, because he promised to take her on vacation afterward and also because she thought his entrusting her with such a high level task was a sign he wanted to get serious, was cleared by a jury today, as was Christina Weckwerth, Thomas Ammann’s other girlfriend/execution trader. Read more »