• An interview with Zahra Husain - Driving Diversity and the Bottom Line

    over 2 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    Zahra Husain has over ten years’ experience working in leveraged finance and is the co-founder of Humans in Finance, alongside her brother Asad Husain and friend Sarah Laitung. They champion professionals working in Financial Services “that are committed to a better society and world.”​Zahra was kind enough to moderate our event, Driving Diversity and the Bottom Line, in par...

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  • Legal Summer Market Update 2018

    over 2 years ago

    ​As the legal market continues to grow and become increasingly competitive, we are seeing that there is a surplus of extremely talented lawyers with strong academic credentials that are juggling multiple offers and are competing against each other for opportunities on both the in-house and private practice side. There has been a lot of movement in the market as attorneys in ...

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  • Summer Compliance Hiring Update 2018

    over 2 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​The global regulatory environment and its corresponding compliance workforce have been the focus of our team’s recruitment efforts and many of our clients’ hiring needs and headaches as well. The implementation of new regulations coupled with the increased or decreased focus on existing ones, has led to compliance maintaining its position as one of 2017’s more active and ho...

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  • Actuarial Market Update - Life & Annuities

    over 2 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​OverviewAs we move into Q2, our team wanted to highlight a number of trends across the market that are affecting where talent pools are gravitating. We are currently in one of the most buoyant job markets cross the U.S. and organizations have started to pull out all the stops to attract and retain the best talent. One method that has become more popular over the past few mo...

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  • Why Financial Services Companies Should Apply UX Principles

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Today’s consumers expect more and more from financial institutions; they want customer-focused digital innovation that creates a personalized, relevant experience. According to a report by Salesforce, less than half (48%) of American consumers trust financial services with their financial information, while only 26% believe their bank has their best interests at heart.Finan...

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  • Battle of the Bulge: Why Senior Bankers are on the Move

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Senior-level hiring in the bulge bracket banks has changed dramatically in recent years. There was a time when most senior bankers would get recruited by another bulge bracket bank – a cycle that would occur every few years or so. However, an increasing number of senior bankers are now moving to boutique banks or even starting their own investment bank, rather than moving t...

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  • Buy Side Sales and Marketing Trends – Summer 2017

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Investment management has been widely described as ‘an industry in disruption’. Revenues are under strain, returns are low, and regulations are being tightened. As such, there has been increased movement within Buy Side Sales and Marketing. There are several keys trends which are currently impacting Investor relations and Business development recruitment, all of which are h...

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  • M&A Market Update: H1 2017

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​In the first half of 2017, the number of global M&A deals announced saw a 2% increase from H1 2016, at $1.6 trillion. 22,752 deals were announced globally, which is down 4% from last year. The number of deals worth more than $1 billion rose by 14% (275 deals), but remained flat in value at $946.9bn. These statistics reflect an H1 trend of acquirers moving away from mega...

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  • European M&A: End of Year Report & Salary Survey 2017

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    In comparison to 2015, which saw M&A hit levels not seen since 2007, 2016 was a much more challenging year for M&A. The UK referendum caused huge amounts of uncertainty in the first half of the year as dealmakers targeting the UK were reluctant to come to market. This led to a slowdown in M&A activity in the first half of the year with 3,110 deals worth US $342.8...

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  • Quantitative Finance Q1 2017 Market Update

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​For the purpose of this report, we have split the market between buy-side and sell-side firms. At Selby Jennings, we pride ourselves on market expertise across niche verticals encompassing quantitative finance. We are in constant pursuit of excellence delivering consistently to the clients that we serve, whether they are start-up hedge funds or multi-national banks.Developm...

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  • The fintech start-up culture in Boston

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Boston is fast becoming the hub for fintech start-ups in the US, with the rapid expansion of the sector causing increased disruption in the traditional financial services sector. The financial services industry accounts for 9% of Massachusetts’ gross domestic product (GDP), and yet McKinsey & Company recently published a report stating banks could lose up to 60% of thei...

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  • Developments in Fintech Sales and Marketing

    over 3 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Fintech companies are continuing to grow in popularity as they release innovative new products into the market. An increasing number of start-ups are entering the money transfer, payment technology, loaning, and lending space. Taking a more creative approach to the business of finance, these new start-ups have already released an impressive amount of cutting-edge technology...

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  • Cyber Security in Banking

    almost 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Cybersecurity consistently dominates headlines, where attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, frequent and ambitious. From last year’s Democratic Party email leaks to the huge data breach at Yahoo, it appears no one – and no industry – is completely safe from the threat of cybercrime.Cyber Security is a global concern and is causing particular concern in Asia. In 2...

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  • Business analytics: shaping financial services

    almost 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​An ever-increasing amount of data comes into businesses in enormous volumes, in different forms and at a range of velocities. As a result; companies are investing more time and money into analytics. By gaining greater data insight they are not only able to enhance cybersecurity and reduce customer turnover, they are also well-placed to create a more personalized customer ex...

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  • Why Consider Contracting?

    almost 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​A large number of candidates are considering contract positions or are looking to continue contracting for longer.Here are some of the benefits of contracting:1. Greater financial compensationContractor rates are traditionally higher than permanent salaries and depending on the state of the industry and location of the contract, competitive rates can be commanded. Niche ski...

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  • End of Year Report & Salary Survey 2017

    almost 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    End of Year Report​2016 was a particularly turbulent year for the financial markets. Beginning with a freefall in Chinese Equities which sent the investment world into panic mode, June brought the unexpected vote for Brexit and the year has ended with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Accordingly, reflecting the world in which they operate, the ...

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  • Blockchain – The Future of Supply Chain Finance?

    almost 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Blockchain technology, best known for powering Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, has the potential to be a game-changer for supply-chain finance. What is blockchain?Blockchain is an unalterable digital ledger that allows multiple parties to transfer and store information securely and reliably. It’s thought that it could replace complex paper financial systems because it’s...

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  • Increasing Technical Skillsets in the Middle Office

    about 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Nostalgia for the 90’s runs far beyond just fashion, TV and games. It has spread into business too. Many banking and hedge fund managers look back fondly to a time when business was more about personal relationships and simple investment strategies and less about regulators and efficient operating infrastructures.But, as businesses evolve, so too do their processes. Manager...

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  • Consolidation + Competition = Compensation

    about 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​So much of what we see in the banking sector today can be traced back to the financial crisis. Consolidation of departments is no exception. In fact, this is something that was already happening before 2008, the crash simply accelerated it. Today there is still plenty of room for consolidation to take place.Mergers and acquisitions, the drive for greater efficiency and a se...

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  • The Growth of Quants in Investment Banks

    about 4 years ago by Lara Edgcombe

    ​Picture an investment bank drawn in a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style. You’ve got traders, finance, the legal team and management; human resources and an IT team hammering away at their keyboards. Where would you expect to find quantitative analysts (quants)?Ten years ago, quants would have been tucked away on trading desks, inputting data into Excel spreadsheets and working through...

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