Morning Coffee: How to keep 22-year-old bankers happy and 42-year-old bankers employed. CLOs make a comeback
Junior bankers want better work-life balance. Forty-something bankers want new skills to stay relevant in the new era of "finance digitalization." The solution? Maybe banks should scale back juniors’ hours, take money from their bonuses and use it to retrain their more senior staff, who would otherwise become obsolete and get let go.
It's a suggestion based on observations in the FT and Bloomberg. Stereotypes suggest millennials don't want to work the long hours banks are known for, and an anecdote in the FT suggests this is very true. An FT columnist with a friend who recruits for investment banks, says millennial applicants often ask questions in interviews like: “Can I leave early on Friday afternoons to go to yoga?”
At the other end of the spectrum, Bloomberg reports that the Swiss Association of Bank Employees is pushing for Credit Suisse executives to give up their bonuses and invest them in training for older employees to get them up to speed with digital developments and new technologies. Why not, instead, ask millennial employees to give up their bonuses in return for shorter hours and reallocate their pay for training managing directors and senior VPs in new technologies? That way banks would solve two problems at once.
Separately, don’t call it a comeback – collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) have been here for years. They are, however, evolving with the times.
CLOs, which securitize bundles of leveraged loans, typically last about four-to-five years before their managers sell the portfolio, pay the CLO bondholders and give the remaining cash to equity investors. Now CLO managers are fine-tuning deal terms – shortening maturities and lowering rates more frequently – as they try to anticipate a turn in the credit cycle to higher rates and tighter lending, according to Bloomberg. It's giving CLO specialists a new lease on life.
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