UBS Goes The Terribly Unimaginative Route, Fires People Who Were In Charge Of $3.42 billion Write-Down

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UBS has fired David Martin, head of interest-rate trading, following the firm’s first quarterly loss since 1998 due to its major exposure to a few collapsed areas of the bond market. James Stehli, head of the collateralized debt obligation unit, was also told he would no longer be receiving health care. Having lots of practice at letting people go—last week investment bank chief exec Huw Jenkins and CFO Clive Standish were shoved out the door, just as president Peter Wuffli was earlier in the year—the layoffs are rumored to have gone quite smoothly. Security was not needed to be called, though Martin, allegedly, did yell, “You motherfuckers aren’t going to get away with this,” as he exited the building.
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