Look To Your Left. One of You Won't Be Here Next Year.


James Gorman, head of Global Wealth Management retail at Morgan Stanley, has decided to give the ol' heave-ho to 500 of its 1,000 broker trainees. Gorman's explanation:

He described those being dismissed as "not tracking toward success" as financial advisers.

Which is a nice way of saying they're incompetent. That or firing 20 people didn't quite scratch the itch, and Gorman just decided to think bigger. FYI: From now on Gorman will no longer be known as "James Gorman." We shall now refer to him as the "Aussie Axe-man."
Morgan Stanley to Fire 500 Broker Trainees [CNNMoney via DealBook]
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Is Morgan Stanley's Next Firm-Wide Holiday Party Going To Be Held In A Starbucks Bathroom?

Sort of a trick question since, as you all know, banks haven't held firm-wide holiday parties in quite some time but if they did, is that what we could expect? Based on recent reports about a new approach James Gorman is taking with the staff, yes.