new rules

“Confusion and inaccuracy” is what we’re calling you-know-what now (insideray radingtay). Read more »

Vulgarities and indiscreet chatter have percolated through Wall Street’s trading floors and online chat rooms for many years, and might have stayed there were it not for a string of recent regulatory crackdowns. Now, thanks to investigations that have produced reams of internal communications among traders and brokers, a window has opened onto the predominantly male locker room culture of finance. Some banks — anxious to avoid further embarrassments — are taking steps to clean up that culture. “Some of you are falling way short of our established standards,” Colin Fan, the co-chief of the investment banking division at Deutsche Bank, the big German lender, said in a recent internal video, outlining a code of conduct that has echoes of the famous etiquette guidelines published nearly a century ago by Mrs. Post. “Let’s be clear,” Mr. Fan continued. “Our reputation is everything. Being boastful, indiscreet and vulgar is not O.K. It will have serious consequences for your career, and I have lost patience on this issue.” [Dealbook]

  • 28 Feb 2014 at 2:15 PM

Barclays Cares About Its Junior Bankers Too Ya Know

Like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Bank of Montreal, and Citigroup before it, Barclays has decided that all work and no play make for grumpy junior mistmakers. Unlike the “protected weekend” adopted by JPMorgan and Citi, and the 36-hour weekend favored by Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, the Brits are taking a three-pronged approach to unshackling its little workers bees from their desks by: making sure they take their vacations, not letting anyone work more than 12 days straight without a break to catch their breath, and forbidding the assigning of projects after 12 on a Friday, unless it’s really important in which case, settle in. Read more »

Like JP Morgan, Citi’s junior bankers will now have one weekend a month to spend as they please (though keep those Blackberries on), according to a memo sent out today. Read more »

BMO’s initiative actually began over the summer, before Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Credit Suisse decided to throw their young a bone. Like JPMorgan, BMO’s new rules include a “protected weekend,” though unique to the Canadiens’ plan is a clause that states senior managers wishing to assign work after 2PM on a Friday must receive written permission from their bosses, something execs at the aforementioned banks would likely ponder for a moment, laugh, and then have the person who proposed the escorted out of the building by security. Read more »

Following moves by Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to give junior bankers 36 hours off each weekend and one whole weekend off a month, respectively, Bank of America has announced that its young worker bees should go ahead and think about taking a couple Saturdays or Sundays off every now and again. Read more »

Well, technically they can, but it generally backfires after the brokers tell them to “check out the scoreboard– this is my world now, sweet cheeks, and you’re just livin’ in it.” Read more »