FYIs

Turney Duff is a former Galleon trader turned memoirist, who wrote about “drug-fueled benders,” feelings of emptiness, and the time he “faked a mugging by rolling on the pavement and into a puddle until he was bleeding and bruised” as an excuse for missing work one day in “The Buy Side.” It seems unlikely that he’ll rejoin the securities industry, but in the event he does, know that he’s watching you. Read more »

Before Cristina Monteiro, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), flies abroad, she first checks to see where her colleagues will be sitting — and then chooses her own seat on the other side of the plane. “I don’t want to sleep with anyone from my office,” said Monteiro, 53, about the prospect of having a male co-worker as a seatmate on an overnight flight. “I’m very upfront about it. It’s awkward.” [Bloomberg]

  • 20 May 2014 at 9:23 AM

Jamie Dimon Has A Five-Year Plan

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer James Dimon has told investors he wants to stay with the largest U.S. bank for as many as five more years, according to people familiar with the conversation. “I’m going nowhere,” Mr. Dimon said during an April 23 lunch at a hotel overlooking Boston Harbor, according to people who attended…The new clarity is a contrast to comments made by the 58-year-old Mr. Dimon a year ago as he hinted in a private meeting with investors he might leave the bank if shareholders voted to separate his roles of chief executive and chairman, according to people familiar with that conversation. [WSJ]


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Researchers from Harvard Business School, Wharton, and the MIT Sloan School of Management have determined that venture capitalists like their pitches wrapped up in pretty packaging. If you’ve got a great idea but sense you’re not Adonis, consider hiring a male model to do the talking. Also of note, don’t even think about letting a woman make your presentation. Read more »

Activist Investors Aren’t Going Anywhere

Carl Icahn will retire some day. Some time after that, probably, Bill Ackman and Dan Loeb and Paul Singer and Barry Rosenstein, too. But for now, they and people like them have more money with which to seek to oust directors, executives and lavish organic dinner throwers than ever before. Read more »

Jenkins, 52, is trying to revive profitability at the securities unit, the biggest source of income for the London-based firm, while wrestling with demands for higher pay from its bankers. He has fallen behind on targets he set as CEO and faces calls to outline a clear plan as he prepares to meet shareholders at the annual meeting next month…His efforts to revive profit have been hampered as revenue from trading bonds, currencies and commodities dwindles across the industry and regulators press Britain’s second-largest bank to increase capital or shrink assets to meet limits on leverage. Barclays’s full-year adjusted profit excluding one-time items as well as gains or losses on the value of the lender’s debt fell 32 percent to 5.2 billion pounds. The firm raised about 5.8 billion pounds in a rights offering in October. “There’s a feeling he has lost control of the business,” Christopher Wheeler, an analyst at Mediobanca SpA (MB) in London who last week cut Barclays to neutral from outperform, wrote in a March 24 note to clients. “The threat of an uncomfortable annual general meeting is becoming very real.” [Bloomberg]