It’s a swell time to be an investment banker at the House of Morgan. Bond traders at JP Morgan? Better luck next time. Read more »
With a strongly worded memo.
Subject: Proper Food Disposal
Well, raises for everyone at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. JP Morgan and Citi are still pondering this one. Read more »
Early this year, a New York State Lottery winner in Brooklyn approached Morgan Stanley with a problem: he needed to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars before he collected his prize money. The man, a Russian immigrant, wanted money to help move his family to a secure location before he redeemed his ticket and possibly became famous, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He also wanted advice about what to do with his prize money, which was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The bank’s wealth management unit decided to make the loan to win a new customer, a step it is increasingly willing to make as it builds up its brokerage unit…Industry sources said they had never heard of a loan against a lottery ticket, though they cited other examples of atypical collateral that other banks have loaned against, including a client in Texas who borrowed against the future offspring of his prize bulls, and a client who borrowed against future ticket sales of a professional sports team he owned. [Reuters]
It’s not all “if you don’t like your pay STFU or GTFO” tough love over at the House of Gorman. The firm’s oldest junior bankers are getting a nice little bump to their compensation to help out with liquidity issues they might be facing. Junior junior bankers are getting hope that they might one day get raises too. Read more »
Serious with colleagues, even a bit remote, Mr. Gorman can be a very demanding boss. “People looking for a John Mack-style slap on the back are not going to get it with James,” said one longtime Wall Streeter. “If you’re looking for regular affirmation, it’s going to be a lonely existence.” [...] When Mr. Gorman is uncomfortable or has bad news to deliver, he often clears his throat, and as a result, throat-clearing has entered the firm’s lexicon as code for trouble, as in: “How was the meeting with James?” “There was a lot of throat-clearing.” “Sorry to hear that.”– New York Times, JUNE 28, 2014
For those Morgan Stanley employees who have been summoned to Gorman’s office but are unsure how to interpret the clears, please refer to the following: Read more »