• After the Crash: Banking and Financial Services Outlook

    3 months ago by Olivia McNeilis

    ​September 2018 saw the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers - often portrayed in popular culture as the high profile starting pistol for the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC). During the aftermath, banking and financial services were put under intense scrutiny and continue to be subject to incredible levels of political intervention, commentary, enhanced re...

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  • 9 in 2019: The Financial Stories that Shaped the Year

    3 months ago by Olivia McNeilis

    ​This year saw the 21st century in its final throws of adolescence. A government shutdown, low unemployment, record stock market highs, and continuing trade wars all played a role in shaping 2019’s financial markets and economy. In a world of 24 hour news, recounting what happened yesterday, let alone at the beginning of the year, can be a challenge. The final year of the de...

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  • Which European City will Benefit most from Brexit?

    5 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​As the UK careens towards Brexit, a growing list of European cities are battling it out to usurp The City of London as the continent’s next financial hub. Tempered by the uncertainty a potential ‘no deal’ brings, financial institutions are already charting their departure from the English capital.What cities could replace London?Potential suitors lining up to succeed London...

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  • Insights from QuantMinds Americas

    5 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​Selby Jennings had the honor of attending and speaking at this year’s QuantMinds Americas conference, held in Boston. Oliver Cooke, Managing Director of North America, moderated a panel of esteemed professionals, exploring the topic, “What should we be teaching the next generation of Quants?”QuantMinds Americas brought together experts from banks, investment managers, regul...

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  • What Should We Be Teaching the Next Generation of Quants?

    7 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​​Oliver Cooke, Managing Director of North America, has been invited to QuantMinds Americas to moderate the much-anticipated panel, “What should we be teaching the next generation of quants?” The panel will discuss the future of quant talent and skills, as well as exploring how quant modeling compares across different sectors. Looking ahead to the event, Cooke shares some ke...

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  • Top Trends in Life & Annuities - 2019

    11 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​With a strong move into Q4, unemployment at a record breaking low, and exciting new changes coming to the market our team wanted to feature a few trends we are seeing develop in the market.  We have outlined several of the largest changes most employers have been facing and a bit of outlook on the best way to take them in stride. From exam schedules to increased regulation ...

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  • Quantitative Finance Year In Review - 2019

    11 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​Key Developments So FarSell-SideAs buy-side institutions, and the industry at large, continue to become more quantitative, Investment Banks have been increasingly investing in quantitative support within existing business lines which may or may not have had a direct quant team in the past. Specifically, this was seen across a number of European Investment Banks who invested...

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  • Insurance and Actuarial Talent Trends in 2019

    11 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​One clear trend emerges in the insurance industry — Artificial Intelligence has arrived. You may have already seen evidence of this such as algorithms in the actuarial back office all the way to chatbots for claims resolution. The AI disruption can be good for talent in this sector, as those who embrace these tools can stand out among the sea of competitors.Using AI to Incr...

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  • Selby Jennings Credit Market Update Q1 2019

    12 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​After an extremely turbulent end to 2018, credit market investors more than ever in recent memory seem to be taking a hard look at their strategic plans. Stocked with piles of fresh capital but struggling to generate deals with sufficient yield potential across familiar strategies, our clients have generally sought to broaden their mandates, and are seeking new talent to me...

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  • Trends in Investment Banking in 2019

    about 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​Because of 2018’s success in the investment banking market — an overall bullish market and record-high transactions and deals — there seems to be a significant shortage for top quality talent. As the unemployment rate keeps hovering at 3.8%, 2019 is shaping up to be a time where the struggle for talent will continue to be a priority for the entire financial sector.Pursuing ...

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  • Is Paris Set To Outstrip London As First Choice For FS Talent?

    over 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​Europe’s Financial Hubs: Paris a Contender for London’s Top Spot?Most agree that London is Europe’s No.1 banking and financial services hub, and is likely to remain so even after Brexit. However, Paris is emerging as a serious contender, with several major global banks and asset managers deciding to relocate their sales and trading operations there in recent months. We take...

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  • Legal Summer Market Update 2018

    over 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​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 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​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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  • The rise of external asset managers (EAM) in Asia

    over 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​A decade ago, External Asset Managers (EAMs) were virtually unknown in Asia, despite being well established in Europe and the USA. Now the sector is rapidly expanding, Hong Kong and Singapore have a total of 160 independent asset management firms, and collectively manage US$91.5 billion in private wealth as of 2017.Traditionally, investors in Hong Kong, Singapore and the As...

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  • Actuarial Market Update - Life & Annuities

    almost 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​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 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​oday’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.Financ...

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  • Hardware Acceleration in Trading: Introduction and Hiring Outlook

    over 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​Hardware Acceleration in TradingFor some years, HFT (high-frequency trading) firms have invested in faster software and lower latency networks, but more recently their focus has turned to increasing network bandwidth and hardware processing speeds.Looking to increase revenue, traditional software is being replaced by hardware implementations of financial algorithms bringing...

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

    over 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​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 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​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 2 years ago

    ​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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