Late Lunchtime Links: Another indication that it helps to have relatives in the industry if you want to be analyst at an investment bank

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Bred to be in banking?

Bred to be in banking?

Someone who used to be an analyst (at Goldman Sachs) has written a novel based loosely upon her experiences. She is cherubic-looking Cristina Alger, pictured here, cross-legged on a chair.

Now that she’s a novelist, Alger is no longer working at Goldman. However, it’s notable that when writing her opus she was able to draw not only upon her time in the bullpen, but upon her family history: her ancestors founded investment firm Fred Alger Management.

From this, we deduce that a little family involvement may be constructive when seeking a job at an investment bank. Goldman Sachs specifically has also been known to employ David Viniar’s step daughter and Lloyd Blankfein’s son(s). 


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