Laid off structured finance pros look for new work
Posted Aug 17th 2008 9:40AM by Zac Bissonnette
Bloomberg reports on the career struggles of former structured finance professionals who have now found themselves unceremoniously dumped on the street as the products they built wreak havoc on the global economy. According to Bloomberg, the investment world has shed 76,670 in the past year.
One former vice president in credit strategy at Bear Stearns is setting up her own company to provide birthday parties and cupcake cooking lessons for children. A Bank of New York asset backed securities trader has left the world of high finance to open a discount hair salon with his wife. Others are becoming teachers.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Can’t these washed up masters of the universe just collect unemployment and live off their investments, and leave the world alone? They’ve already crashed the housing market and led to hundreds of billions in write downs. Now they’re going to go mess with cupcakes? Is nothing sacred?
We can take some comfort in the fact that they’re taking a pay cut. Wall Street salaries averaged $399,360 in 2007. That’s a lot of cupcakes and $12 haircuts.