As Goldman Sachs embarks upon a round of fortified cost-cutting, which jobs will be immune to the change buffeting its securities business? Try the areas Goldman plans to invest in.
During a presentation at yesterday’s Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Investor Conference, Goldman Sachs’ COO Gary Cohn said the firm is committing resources to three key businesses: ‘electronic execution in FICC (fixed income currencies and commodities) and equities, client financing in macro and micro FICC, and European FICC and prime brokerage.’
Cohn’s comments imply that anyone working on Raj Mahajan‘s global execution services team at Goldman, will be fine – particularly if they have anything to do with developing the new modular electronic Pantor trading platform, acquired by the firm last November. So too will be Goldman’s debt capital markets or “FICC financing” bankers – particularly in Europe, where Cohn is a big believer in “disintermediation” and expects DCM revenues to increase as corporates raise money from markets instead of via loans from banks. And then there are the prime brokers – whom, as the Financial Times pointed out recently, are suddenly popular everywhere as banks come to appreciate their prime brokerage businesses as the gateway to lucrative hedge fund accounts.
The anomaly in Cohn’s growth picture is European FICC, which he groups with prime brokerage. If Goldman’s investing in its European fixed income business, why are senior people like Dalinç Ariburnu leaving? Or is investment in European FICC somehow compatible with the disappearance of top FICC staff? Suggestions welcome in the comments box below.
Separately, the strange case of Steven McClatchey, a 58 year-old ex-director at Barclays investment bank in New York, is odd on several fronts. Firstly, McClatchey – a grown man – liked to play with remote controlled boats. Secondly, McClatchey arranged with a mate (also a boat enthusiast) and a plumber to have his bathroom redone in return for stock tips. And thirdly, despite being a director in IBD at Barclays, McClatchey’s job seems to have been decidedly junior in nature: ‘He was responsible for putting together a weekly PowerPoint presentation to keep executives abreast of potential mergers involving bank clients,’ says Bloomberg. McClatchey was 56 at the time, so why was he doing the job of a 23 year old analyst? Suggestions also welcome in the comments box below.
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HSBC’s got a new COO for its global markets division from UBS. (Reuters)
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Every single ultra-rich person I have met understands their edge, what they are good at, and then what they aren’t good at, and therefore should pay to get done. (WilowWallStreet)
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