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Late Lunchtime Links: Is it really that hard to live on £360k, gross, in London?

Household on £400k (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Household on £400k (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

London is not the most expensive city in the world: that distinction goes to Oslo according to analysts at UBS. However, London is notoriously expensive.  UBS ranks it 10th among large cities globally for the cost of living – behind New York but ahead of Paris and Frankfurt – and says that once wages and purchasing power are taken into consideration, people in London are 17% worse off than New Yorkers and 4% worse off than people in Frankfurt.


Nevertheless, you’d think that a 32 year old single man, earning £360k a year gross and £191k net, should have been able to get by in the City.


This wasn’t the case for Kweku Adoboli. Nor does the problem appear to have been his £1k a week flat in Shoreditch. Reports instead indicate that Adoboli may have had gambling issues. Adoboli lost £123k with IG Index and at the time of his arrest was overdrawn to the tune of £4k. He had four bank accounts and two credit cards and had taken loans out with 8 pay day loan companies, including Wageday Advance, Wonga.com, Payday UK and Pounds to Pocket. On the day of his arrest, four of his accounts were overdrawn and one contained £4.


Adoboli was, clearly, a special case, but he highlights what has often been said anecdotally: financial services professionals are not necessarily good at managing their own money. Interest only mortgages have historically been common among investment bankers, as have costly divorces. The Financial Times reports that young bankers and traders are now investing in buy-to-let – despite indications that UK housing remains overpriced. Let Kweku Adoboli and his £4 bank account be a warning not to get too carried away.




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Natixis has got a new investment division devoted entirely to structured products and volatility management. (Investment Europe) 


Thanks to Mario Draghi, European banks aren’t actually deleveraging at all. (Bloomberg)


Stephen Byrne, an MD in Deutsche’s distressed team, has left. (Bloomberg)  


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The modellers’ hypocratic oath. (Mathbabe)


Sleep debt accumulated during the week can only be eliminated by going to bed 8 hours before your usual wake-up time. (Telegraph) 


Bankers should behave at work as they do at home, declares Archbishop. (Telegraph)


Comments (2)

  1. Adoboli, you poor sap. As long as you were making money, you were beyond criticism. And the prizes soon made it more attractive to carry on. As soon as you started losing it, you were to blame and utterly beyond salvage. You’re a symptom.

    It’s marvellous to see how UBS is distancing itself from the fact that this guy, hired by them, on their time, on their fast-track scheme, on their payroll, in their building, with their resources, their monitoring systems, their management structure, managed to stuff the bank big time. Rogue Trader? Rogue Environment. You decide.

  2. Bankers should behave at work as they do at home declares Archbishop. Lawks-a-mercy. That will never do, Archbish, I promise you. Not all of them are doing God’s work, you know. Even at Goldmans.

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