eFinancialCareers reports that one of the more interesting things to emerge of the series of financial scandals is that, even now, trading floor banter remains a cross between a frat house and a rugby team.
For an industry that prides itself on rolling out ever more guffy corporate speak (think HSBC ‘demising’ jobs, rather than firing people), the number of ‘dudes’ and ‘mans’ to emerge in recorded communications illustrates that you need also need to maintain a cliquey school-boy mentality, according to eFinancialCareers.
Bruno Iksil allegedly pointed out to Javier Martin-Artajo that a $40m recorded loss in the portfolio could grow to $880m, he responded with: 'This is just what we explain tomorrow. You don’t need to explain that in an email, man.' In other words: 'Why you gotta be such a snitch, dude?'.
Similarly, aside from the now infamous 'Bollinger and Big Boy' emails that emerged during the Barclays’ Libor rate fixing investigation, one trader complained that someone in the team was submitting the 'highest Libor of anybody'.
'He’s like, ‘I think this is where it should be’. I’m like, ‘Dude, you’re killing us’,' said the trader.
UBS traders took the ‘bro’ buffoonery one step further, describing each other as the 'the three muscateers [sic]' and 'captain caos [sic]', as well as sending emails in which they promise to 'f*cking do one humongous deal with you'.
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