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Morning Coffee: Goldman Sachs traders keep on leaving for hedge funds. Don’t quit, go part time

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Traders don’t want to work for Goldman Sachs any more. This isn’t a statement of fact, but it’s a fair supposition based upon the facts: Goldman traders keep leaving for hedge funds.

The latest exit is 35 year-old Mitesh Parikh, the London-based former head of European spot FX trading, whom The Wall Street Journal reports is quitting for an (unnamed) hedge fund. Parikh had been at Goldman for 12 years and his departure at this juncture reportedly has nothing to do with ongoing investigations into FX fixing. In fact, it looks like the continuation of a trend – as we reported last week, hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation just hired Robert Gold, an ex-Goldman MD who left the bank in April 2013. Earlier this year, Nick Bhuta, then-head of euro governments bond trading at Goldman also quit for Tudor. Add in ex-Goldman executive directors like Nabil Kobeissi who are quitting to (optimistically) set up their own funds, and it looks like hedge funds continue to exert a pull for the bank’s traders, even if there are doubts about their business model. 

Separately, some people who quit finance have a fine time. Take this ex-Morgan Stanley derivative saleswoman who went to work for Playboy as an executive chef and is now “following her passion” by opening a restaurant in London. Or take Kevin Rogers, the ex-head of FX trading at Deutsche Bank, who quit after 15 years in June and is now happily pursuing a career singing in operettas.  Mohamed El-Erian doesn’t seem to fall into that category. Having escaped Pimco in June because he decided it was more important to ‘be a good dad than to be a good investor’, El-Erian seems to have reached the conclusion that the two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Maybe he should have simply gone part time? “Was there a way of not going 100 miles an hour and maybe going 50 miles an hour? To be perfectly honest, I didn’t explore that option,” he reflects during an interview with Reuters. 

Meanwhile:

UBS keeps poaching from Alliance Bernstein. It just hired Daniel Dowd as head of European research. (Financial News) 

If your bonus is clawed back, you may now be able to reclaim the income tax you paid on it already. (PWC) 

How it is for fixed income trades in these dark times. “Everybody I know is looking for a job — not looking for a job, looking for a career.” (Bloomberg) 

Panmure Gordon is back in the black. It’s also determined to give a bit more money to junior staff and has implemented formula-based bonuses in place of discretionary ones. (Financial Times) 

In dollar terms, living costs in London have risen by 40% since 2008. It’s now the most expensive city in the world in which to live and work. (Financial Times) 

You don’t want to work for a Wall Street bank in Russia now. (DealBook) 

How Google judges interviewees, including Googleyness (defined as being comfortable with ambiguity, having a bias to action, and a collaborative nature). (BusinessInsider)

How many millions do you need to quit banking? (Cafe)

Want to get ahead in your career? Marry a dork. (Washington Post)

Trained rats make better FX and commodities traders than leading hedge fund managers. (Enlightenment Economics) 

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