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Morning Coffee: Ex-Goldman banker has this advice on getting into finance. UBS’s 30 year-old traders are pretty mature

Getting into banking

Don't give up.

If you’re thinking of applying to the Goldman Sachs analyst program but are fearful that you’ll be one of 96% of people who are turned away, then take heed. – You’ll get nowhere by drowning your sorrows and applying to the Big Four accountancy firms instead. Success comes from positivity, making connections, and staying focused. So says Anthony Scaramucci, an ex-Goldman banker now better known for his hedge fund and philanthropic activities.

“Number one thing, life is unfair,” Scaramucci says in an interview with Gawker. – You might have grown up in a poor area, but don’t be bitter: “End the bitterness and and the disentitlement syndrome, where you’re like “I’m behind the eight ball so therefore I can’t get out,”  Scaramucci commands. That done, he says you need to find yourself onto a mentoring program like Big Brothers Big Sisters in New York City or Reach Out in London. And whatever you do, avoid being tempted by the career choices and mistakes of your peer group. – Scaramucci has worked as a Big Brother Mentor for 24 years and says most people don’t go on to become bankers: “I have one or two success stories, and I mostly have kids that are hitting the screen, not able or willing to break out of the sequence of events that are in their community.”

Some do break out, however. Scaramucc points out that investment mogul Leon Cooperman was the son of a plumber: “Now he’s a multibillionaire. He’s giving all the money away.”

Separately, Andrea Orcel, chief executive of UBS’s investment bank, is distracting himself from the poor performance of his M&A bankers by fretting about the age of his trading staff. In an interview with Bloomberg, Orcel said the average age of traders at UBS is 30. “That of course worries me,” he confessed, adding that he tries to mitigate the danger posed by staff who’ve never experienced rising rates by imagining the worst black swan scenarios “every month, every week, every day” and looking at their potential impact on the bank. Orcel could have laid his fears to rest by talking instead to UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti. Ermotti left school at 15 and started trading thereafter, making UBS’s traders look pretty aged by comparison.

Meanwhile:

Bank of England proposes new scheme compelling bankers changing jobs to produce references going back a full six years. (Guardian) 

High frequency trading firm Spire Europe hired 12 people last year, increasing headcount by 60%. Profits rose 537%. (Financial News) 

What separates successful traders from the rest? (Daily FX) 

ICAP brokers called themselves Big Nose and Lord LIBOR. (Reuters)

Deutsche Bank predicted to cut US credit and rates business, along with prime brokerage. (Bloomberg) 

Anshu Jain just wishes he’d managed to drive Deutsche’s share price higher. (Bloomberg)

Vikram Pandit, tech investor. (WSJ) 

Morgan Stanley’s head of Russian oil and gas research preemptively left the bank to work for the Russian government. (Bloomberg) 

Hedge fund managers are not happy: collectively, they lost $78bn in August. (Financial Times) 

This is the real reason banks are building proprietary blockchains. (American Banker) 

Photo credit: Massmo Relsig

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  1. At least with banking you are 95% at your home and not traveling in a factory in Eastern Europe from Sunday evening to Thursday. And also they pay – similar hours with 50-100% higher salaries for bankers.

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