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Video: Watch Jake Gyllenhaal play a grieving banker in 'Demolition'
Lifestyle, 4:01
<p>While most of them are examples of fantastic story-telling, Wall Street movies have been following pretty much the same formula the past few years. Rich guy does sketchy things financially and gets his comeuppance – “Wall Street” (technically), “Wolf of Wall Street,” the upcoming “Wizard of Lies” – or rich guy does sketchy things to people and somewhat gets away with it – “American Psycho,” “Arbitrage,” “Margin Call.”</p> <p>Well, here’s something a little different.</p> <p>Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts and directed by Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallee, “Demolition” follows the life of Davis Mitchell, a successful investment banker who’s handling the sudden loss of his wife in pretty interesting ways. Check it out:</p> <p>Vallee says it’s his most “Rock and Roll” movie to date, and let’s face it; Gyllenhaal’s been on a tear lately.</p> <p>This should be good.<br /> Photo: Wired Photostream</p>
Returns per asset class 2015 YTD [chart]
Capital Markets
<p>A chart by Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) (ETR:DBK) (FRA:DB) highlighting the returns per asset class 2015 YTD</p> <p>H/T Barry Ritholtz<br /> Returns Per Asset Class 2015 YTD</p> <p>This story originally appeared in ValueWalk.<br /> Photo: Allan Ajifo</p>
S&P cuts Brazil to junk: what it means
Asset Management
<p> S&amp;P cut Brazil's sovereign credit rating to BB+.<br /> The Bovespa index fell about 0.6 percent on Thursday. The real tumbled more than 1.75 percent.<br /> Although a downgrade was expected, the timing of the demotion was unexpected.</p> <p>Standard &amp; Poor's has downgraded Brazil’s sovereign credit rating to BB+. While the move came as no surprise, the timing did catch many analysts and investors off guard, as the demotion was expected for later this year.</p> <p>In addition, the firm maintained the outlook on the rating at negative. This also surprised most analysts.</p> <p>Read more at Benzinga, here.<br /> Photo: Sam valadi</p>
Barron's Weekend Roundup: Alibaba sinks; Apple shows new potential
Capital Markets
<p>A year ago this week, the Chinese Alibaba had the largest-ever IPO. In this week's cover story, Barron's looks at how the powerful company's stock went from peak to a downward slide. Alibaba's stock could continue to fall 50% further, Barron's writes.</p> <p>Alibaba may be falling, but Apple has good growth potential, writes Barron's. Last week Apple revealed new products, including a new iPhone and iPad Pro. As wireless phone companies switch up their plans for customers, Apple is looking to compete with annual upgrades and phone leasing options. Shares for Apple could jump 50%, Barron's writes.</p> <p>This coming week the Federal Reserve will make a decision about whether or not to raise interest rates. Growth stocks have been dominating in recent years, but rising rates could push value stocks up, writes Barron's.<br /> Photo: Világos Gergőhttps<br /> &nbsp;</p>
Aberdeen CEO talks technology and his paranoia
<p>All asset management CEOs are worried about industry disruption, says Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management.</p> <p>"As a chief executive I’m paid to be paranoid!" Gilbert wrote in a recent blog for the Press and Journal. Asset managers are waiting for the financial equivalent of Uber or iTunes to completely rip apart their traditional business models, he says.</p> <p>If Apple were to announce it was entering the money management world next year, it would strike terror in the hearts of Gilbert and his fellow CEOs. Apple isn't a financial company with the expertise of Aberdeen, Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, or others, but the company is such an innovative force that has shaken the world in less than a decade that any industry should be afraid of it, says Gilbert. "I’m not arrogant or complacent enough to think that we can rest on our laurels for a second," he writes. Even if a money manager is flexible and tries to keep up with the times, it will still be inhibited by its size and regulations.</p> <p>Gilbert isn't waiting for technology to come to him. The CEO is visiting Silicon Valley himself to learn about new fintech and encourage Aberdeen's new "innovation committee"</p> <p>"What is certain is the way we do business and interact with clients in ten-years’ time will be completely different to how we work today," Gilbert says.<br /> Photo: Niall Kennedy </p>
The most consistent performing hedge funds over the past five years
Hedge Funds
<p>Preqin issues league tables of funds that have consistently generated higher returns and lower volatility than their peers.</p> <p>Drawing on data compiled for the 2015 Preqin Alternative Assets Performance Monitor, Preqin has created league tables of Hedge Funds that have most consistently delivered strong, stable performance. The league tables do not seek in any way to endorse these funds, but rather to illustrate those that have performed the most consistently over the period June 2010 – June 2015. Seven top-level strategies are represented – Equity, Macro, Event Driven, Credit, Relative Value, Multi-Strategy, and CTA – with all of the top 10 equity strategies funds scoring over 90 out of 100 across all metrics.</p> <p>Methodology:<br /> From its Hedge Fund Analyst database of over 12,000 hedge funds, Preqin ranked the 1,358 qualifying funds (those with a full performance record of at least five years) using a percentile rank methodology over each of the following metrics: annualized return, volatility, Sharpe ratio and Sortino ratio. The score of each fund was then derived through an equally weighted average of the four percentile values, and used to determine the fund’s Consistency Rating. Where a Sortino ratio could not be calculated (due to the fund not generating a negative return in the sample period) the fund was given a percentile score of 100 for its Sortino ratio metric.</p> <p>Most Consistent Performing Hedge Funds:</p> <p> Equity Strategies – All of the top 10 consistent performing equity strategies funds scored in the 90th percentile for each metric. The highest score was for the Peregrine High Growth Fund, with a Consistency Rating of 95.5. Peregrine Capital and 36ONE Asset Management each had two funds in the top five.<br /> Macro Strategies – The top macro strategies Consistency Rating was 96.7 for the BNY Mellon ARX Extra FIM fund. ARX Investimentos and Verde Asset Management had three and four funds respectively in the top ten.<br /> Event Driven Strategies – The top ranked event driven strategies fund was Altum Credit Fund, run by Altum Capital Management, which scored 88.0.<br /> Credit Strategies – Capitania Multi Credito Privado FIC FIM, with a Consistency Rating of 91.7, was ranked leading credit strategies fund. III Capital Management had two funds in the top ten.<br /> Relative Value Strategies – The Peregrine Capital Pure Hedge Fund scored 93.5. III Capital Management also had a further two of the top ten funds in this strategy.<br /> Multi-Strategy – The TRZ Funds Global Arbitrage Fund had the top Consistency Rating of 95.7. Six of the top ten scoring multi-strategy funds are based in Brazil.<br /> CTAs – The top score for CTAs, and the highest Consistency Rating of any top-level strategy, was for the Global Sigma Plus fund, run by the Global Sigma Group, which scored 98.5.</p>
Wall Street pay is on the rise
Lifestyle, 4:01
<p>Want to make the big bucks? Dedicate your life to Wall Street.</p> <p>The average salary for bulge bracket bank analysts has risen from $70,000 to $85,000, according to a survey of 1,750 U.S.-based front-office investment bank employees at 25 different banks. Base salaries from analyst to associate to v.p., director, and managing director grow steadily, but bonuses grow exponentially, reports Business Insider. By the time someone reaches the level of managing director, bonuses often outpace base salaries.</p> <p>For an average starting analyst making about $76,000 a year, bonuses will add an additional $19,000. Associates reported making $115,000 plus $43,000 in bonuses. V.p.s make $164,000 plus $96,000 bonuses. Directors earn $216,000, with $192,000 in bonuses. Managing directors can bring home $337,000 in salary, plus $385,000 in bonuses.<br /> Photo: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig<br /> &nbsp;</p>
How to win in the #StartupLife
Lifestyle, 4:01
<p>Running a startup is not for everyone. It’s as soothing as a charging bear and as relaxing as solving physics at gunpoint. Over lava.</p> <p>No one knows this more than Molly Graham, current COO of Quip, ex-director/manager of Facebook Mobile, and former communications manager of Google.</p> <p>She recently did a Q&amp;A with First Round Review covering all the points of a startup's life, from infancy to maturity, its effects on the employees, and all the rules surrounding it. While I do believe it’s a must read for anyone interested in the startup scene, here are a few choice bits from it for anyone hoping to get a leg up – or looking to take a quick peek – at the trials and the tribulations of the startup lifestyle. I think it even applies for those in finance too.</p> <p>On the effects of scaling on employees:<br /> The emotions you feel when new people are coming in and taking over pieces of your job — it’s not that different from how a kid feels when they have to share their Legos. There’s a lot of natural anxiety and insecurity that the new person won’t build your Lego tower in the right way, or that they'll get to take all the fun or important Legos, or that if they take over the part of the Lego tower you were building, then there won’t be any Legos left for you. But at a scaling company, giving away responsibility — giving away the part of the Lego tower you started building — is the only way to move on to building bigger and better things.<br /> On building your company through your hires:<br /> Google, Facebook, and others have all conducted studies about what predicts the performance of a new hire. The single biggest indicator is who they were referred by. If you have high performers referring people, you’ll hire high performers. If you let low performers stay on staff because you’re too scared or insecure to fire them, then you’re building your future company in that mold.<br /> On your company’s culture:<br /> “The question is, what do you want your company to be like? When you see a trend over time that you don’t like, you need to aggressively manage it. Otherwise you can end up with some really bad habits as a company.”<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Check out the whole article, you’ll be glad you did.<br /> Photo: Joel Gillman</p>
A day in the life of an asset management consultant: Greek crisis and ‘healthy’ stress levels
Asset Management
<p>What is it like to work a London office of one of the world’s biggest advisory firms? A FinBuzz guest writer shares her daily working routine. </p> <p>It may look like I live in a fairy tale, but I worked hard to get it and don’t plan on slowing down any time soon. I have a degree from an American business school and moved to London right after studies. Recently I changed jobs and am very content.</p> <p>Three months ago I started a position with a financial consultancy that works with corporate and central banks in Europe, as well as insurance companies.</p> <p>8:45 AM</p> <p>I wake up, brush my teeth, and leave the house. My commute to work only takes one minute. Literally. I live and work in the West End and I am very lucky that my office of 40 employees recently moved to the area. When I knew that the office was moving, I looked for a place in the same area.</p> <p>9:00 AM</p> <p>When I get to my desk, I start the day by making myself a cup of coffee and reading all the news in FT, Economist and other major publications, looking not only for general developments, but for news in my area of expertise as well. We work a lot with EU banks, including lots of Greek projects. So every single day I read articles on the front page that I later use in my work. It is an interesting feeling, because you have to adapt and change your strategies every day, depending on how things develop in Greece. I feel that what I am doing at the moment is at the epicentre of the financial world.</p> <p>9:30 AM</p> <p>We start gathering for a team meeting. We work in teams that are constantly changing, depending on projects. The minimum time you spend on one team is three months, and the maximum – one year.</p> <p>Most of people in the office are from Europe, especially France and Greece. But we also have Italians, Germans, Chinese, Indians… everyone.</p> <p>I like working in an international team like this, because we have local people who know culture and the language of Greece in our case, but we also have contributions from the other members, who have very fresh and diverse views.</p> <p>All of us are global citizens: people from Greece who work here are not very typical Greeks, as well as people from Italy are not very typical Italians. They are more global Greeks, global Italians, etc. It seems as if we are all on the same wavelength, but each of us also contributes his/her own perks.</p> <p>So we discuss plans for the day as a team. Usually we will have a conference call with a client and decide who prepares what.</p> <p>I worked in a classic investment bank before. The business model there is traditional and you are not expected to develop quickly. All the projects that we do here are new and unique, no one has worked on anything identical before, so no one knows how exactly we approach it; there is no procedure. That’s why we feel like we are all in the same boat: senior members and people like me, who joined recently, are all welcome to put something on the table, to join the discussion, to share views and ideas. This is definitely my favourite part of everything I do workwise – discussing ideas with colleagues, brainstorming, finding a new way to do things.</p> <p>11:00 AM</p> <p>Conference call with a client. Last week I went on a business trip to Greece. I love meeting clients, because it effective to meet personally to discuss and agree on an action plan. So the conference ca</p>
Weekend reads: Dying unicorns, whiskey from space, and Putin’s bling ring
Lifestyle, 4:01
<p>From Gavin Davies on the equity crash to how bad cute, fluffy puppies are to the economy, here are some great reads for you this weekend:</p> <p> What caused the equity crash? Financial Times (paywall)<br /> VCs have 'Dying Unicorn' lists, but they aren't sharing them. Fortune<br /> Unravelling Russia’s offshore financial nexus. FT Alphaville (paywall)<br /> Strangers in strange lands. The Economist<br /> People like puppies, and it’s a big problem for the economy. Washinton Post<br /> New investigation exposes glam life of Vladimir Putin’s bling ring. BuzzFeed<br /> Chinese tech companies reportedly hiring 'cheerleaders' to motivate programmers. CBC <br /> What makes Uber run. Fast Company<br /> Fall movie preview 2015: biopics, Bond, and 'The Force Awakens.' Rolling Stone<br /> A whisky that spent nearly three years in space just landed back on Earth. Munchies<br /> Man angers neighbors by shining 'alien' fighting spotlights. UPI</p> <p>Photo: Peter Hopper</p>