CSFB, Goldman, Morgan Stanley, Nomura

CSFB is to create 400 jobs in North Carolina as it has agreed to invest $100m to build a business continuity operations centre in Research Triangle Park. It has been reported that the firm will eventually move up to 850 staff to the new location from New York and New Jersey.

Goldman Sachs named 190 new Managing Directors last week. 17% were women and 42% report to offices outside the US. 28% of the new MDs work in Europe, the Middle East & Africa and 6% in Japan. 99 lucky Goldman staff were also made up to partner this time around, 17% of them women.

Institutional Investor's October issue is the big one for research analysts. Detailed therein will be lists of the best of them, with pats on the back all round. Now traditionally, firms have agreed to permit photos of their award-winning analysts to grace the pages of the magazine. But this year Morgan Stanley has said 'no'. And the firm has done this as it wishes to de-emphasise the cult of the star analyst. Firm stock analysts have to remember that they are demigods no more.

And Nomura has moved in from the sidelines and hopes to score the odd goal with Manchester United fans, who are determined to stop what looks like a full takeover attempt by US businessman and sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer. Nomura is thought to be attempting to help fans build up their own stakes in the club in order to ward off Glazer.

Finally, small wonder that those who work in the financial markets are looking towards 2005 for a fee and profit bonanza. Starting in 1875, there has been 13 years that have ended in a five. And all 13 saw the US stock market gain - and an average gain of 24.7% at that. Bring on 2005!

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