Another one bites the dust.
Citigroup plans to shut down its proprietary trading group, with most staff exiting on Feb. 6, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. Citi is shutting down the business, it said, because of new rules that will restrict banks' ability to trade for their own account. Sutesh Sharma, the group's current head and pal of Citi Chief Executive Vikram Pandit, plans to form a hedge fund.
Citi is just the latest bank to decide prop trading isn't any longer worth the risk or the regulatory hassle. The move also illustrates how Wall Street is changing in ways that may mean jobs in the finance industry will never be the same. With bonus rules looming in the U.S. and Europe, they probably also will never be as lucrative.
The new kings of Wall Street may be those in less glamorous positions: the accountants, the compliance folks, and the financial advisers. The power is shifting geographically as well, from developed markets in Europe and the U.S. to Asia and emerging markets.
To find out more about who's getting jobs and where, check out the latest Finance Jobs Outlook on FINS.
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Don't forget the little things that often get overlooked.
1. Do it soon.
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