GUEST COMMENT: Do M&A bankers actually add value?

GUEST COMMENT: Do M&A bankers actually add value?

Earlier this year, Guy Kawasaki, the US venture capitalist, made the following comment to the New York Times: "With investment banking, you make a lot of money, and…

Lunchtime Links: 400m of fees lost in a sad day for bonuses

Lunchtime Links: 400m of fees lost in a sad day for bonuses

It's a sad, sad day for ECM bonuses at Credit Suisse, HSBC and JPMorgan, and a sad, sad, day for M&A bonuses at Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan Cazenove,…

Investec returns to form and hires selectively

Investec returns to form and hires selectively

Investec is keeping its promises. Stephen Koseff, Ceo of the London-listed South African bank, said at the end of last year that impairments had peaked and the group…

Financial cities of the world, ranked according to their living standards

Financial cities of the world, ranked according to their living standards

Mercer has produced the latest iteration of its Worldwide Quality of Living Survey, and the implications are clear. If you intend to combine a career in financial services…

Unfortunately for bonuses, 2009 is a difficult act to follow

Unfortunately for bonuses, 2009 is a difficult act to follow

With the UK coalition government poised to announce measures to 'tackle unacceptable bonuses' in today's Queen's Speech, banks won't need much excuse to suppress cash bonuses this year.…

Bankers’  pay under scrutiny in South Africa

Bankers’ pay under scrutiny in South Africa

Angry investors and furious shareholders criticising excessive bankers' bonuses, tut-tutting ministers threatening curbs on remuneration. Until recently this was a British scenario, observed with some deta

Is there any point in doing an MBA if you want to work in sales and trading?

Is there any point in doing an MBA if you want to work in sales and trading?

MBA employment is looking up. According to one LBS MBA who's graduating this year, most people in his class have secured the financial services jobs they want for…

GUEST COMMENT: Status anxiety, and how to cure it

GUEST COMMENT: Status anxiety, and how to cure it

There are common assumptions about which motives drive us to seek high status; among them, a longing for money, fame and influence. However, once food and shelter have…

In SA banking it’s good to have friends in high places

In SA banking it’s good to have friends in high places

Goldman Sachs has not had much good press recently, but in South Africa it has quietly landed a coup. Tito Mboweni, the well-respected former governor of the SA…

When it makes sense to cheat on your recruiter

When it makes sense to cheat on your recruiter

Firstly, a brief health warning: there are almost no circumstances in which you can benefit from alienating recruitment firms. They do have long memories, you will get blacklisted;…

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