Morning Coffee: The six best banks to work for now. A shortcut into UBS

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Ever since the bulge bracket banking order was toppled by the banking crisis, it's been less easy to determine what constitutes a top tier bank and what doesn't. Is Bank of America a top tier bank? Is J.P. Morgan? How about Deutsche Bank or Citigroup or Credit Suisse?

Now two US academics have attempted to get to grips with the problem. Writing in Financial News, Roy Smith and Brad Hintz, finance professor and adjunct finance professor respectively at the NYU Stern School of Business, is return on equity. The higher the returns on a bank's capital markets business, the greater its share price in relation to its book value. Successful banks today are therefore those which pursue a strategy which will produce reasonable returns in the medium term.

In Smith and Hintz's chart below, the top banks to work for now are therefore in the A quadrant (Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan). The acceptable banks to work for are in the B quadrant (UBS, HSBC, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley). The banks in the C quadrant are in need of a strategic overhaul. Barclays looks particularly parlous here.

Rewards for strategy

Separately, you can get to know UBS chief information officer (CIO) Oliver Bussmann by hanging around the Fintech office space at Level 30 Canary Wharf. Business Insider reports that Bussman (also known as UBS's global head of technology) has been mentoring start-ups there. Of course, if you're working for a start-up you may not want to work for an investment bank - but it could always be your back-up option.


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