Friday was a good news day overall. The jobs report was excellent; employers did a ton of hiring in May and, even better, wages are increasing. But none of that really has any direct effect on bankers. It’s two very small pieces of news – minor changes that may disturb the daily activities of bankers – that caught people’s eye.
First, cell phone policy changes. Business Insider reported that several firms are asking bankers to dump their expensive Blackberry devices they’ve used for years, forcing them instead to rely on their own phones with software encryption. J.P. Morgan will make “virtually all staff” turn in their bank-provided Blackberries within the next six to 12 months.
Credit Suisse has already reclaimed “the majority” of its work-issued phones, according to the report. Just 4,000 Credit Suisse Blackberries are currently operational. Citigroup isn’t imposing a strict mandate like J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse, but is offering big incentives to hand in their work phone.
Bankers are griping about the changes, telling Business Insider that expense reports will become more cumbersome and liabilities could become exposed when personal messages share the same home as work emails.
Elsewhere, there’s drama on Wall Street’s summer playground. Uber has been banned in East Hampton, which is actually a big deal for people who enjoy the nightlife there. Taxis there are brutal – it can sometimes take over an hour to get one – and virtually no residence is walk-able to bars, restaurants and clubs. Uber has been operational in the Hamptons since 2012. There will be more people sipping rosé at home this year, it appears.
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DB Puts Equities Staffers on Leave Amid Probe (Bloomberg)
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Wells Hiring in Prime Services (Financial News)
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