What's driving an exodus at Deutsche Bank's vaunted credit desk

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Goldman Sachs exec Ram Sundaram has solidified his position as a senior leader in the firm's mighty markets division. Sundaram, named sole head of the currencies and emerging-markets team last month, is also responsible for a structured credit group known for much of its history as Principal Funding and Investments.Advertisement

Dakin Campbell took a look at why the elevation of Sundaram — and what some see as his eat-what-you-kill Wall Street mentality — came as somewhat of a surprise to insiders who see Goldman marketing itself as a kinder, gentler investment bank.

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Inside the rise of Ram Sundaram, the leader of a secretive Goldman Sachs desk that's minting billions by designing some of the bank's most imaginative — and controversial — trades.

Alex Morrell was breaking news left and right on trader moves this week. A senior credit-trading exec Wells Fargo hired just one year ago is out. And Bank of America shook up its global equities division — twice. As part of a slew of changes, the firm elevated Soofian Zuberi to cohead the group alongside Fabrizio Gallo, the division's sole leader since 2011.

Take a look at our latest org chart for Bank of America's equities division.

Over at Deutsche Bank, plenty of traders have been saying their goodbyes. That includes the bank's head of investment-grade credit trading, who left just this week. The departure adds to a long list of exits in the firm's credit-trading unit this year. Here's what's been driving a broader exodus at Deutsche Bank's vaunted credit desk, where even rock stars are feeling a pay squeeze. Advertisement

Buy now, pay later startup Affirm announced this week that it will power Shopify's Shop Pay Installments, which is set to launch later this year. The deal brings together two of the hottest e-commerce players, and Shannen Balogh explained why it's a big win for both sides. She also mapped out Shopify's power players, and you can see the full list here:

Meet 12 key execs driving Shopify, an investor darling that's seen its stock price triple since March.

More below on the hottest B2B and B2C fintechs, Neiman Marcus' exit from Hudson Yards, the empty space WeWork is marketing in New York, and a roundup of top credit execs and new hires at Apollo. Advertisement

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WeWork's long list of empty space

WeWork's availability amounts to over 20% of its portfolio, a figure that far exceeds the overall availability of space in Manhattan.Associated Press

WeWork is awash in vacancy in its biggest city, Dan Geiger reported. And the coworking giant's availability rate in New York, which includes spaces that are empty or will be in the coming months, far exceeds that of the overall market.Advertisement

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20% of WeWork's New York space is sitting empty. Here's a look at key vacancies the city's biggest office tenant is trying to fill.

Apollo power players

Apollo Global Management is stacking its bench with credit investment professionals to help scout out debt deals as the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on businesses.Apollo; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider
Apollo Global Management has been quietly building out its credit team as the pandemic rages on and investors await a flurry of deal activity.Advertisement

Recent hires have come from Bank of America and PointState Capital, and Casey Sullivan also learned about several others in the works. He took a look at Apollo's credit lineup, including senior execs who will be pulling the strings behind lending deals, and those who Apollo has tapped to help bring its credit investments to the next level.

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13 Apollo execs, rising stars, and new hires who are propelling the firm's massive push into credit investments

60 fintechs set to take off in 2020

Business Insider polled the top investors in fintech to see which startups are about to take off.Landed; Propel; Catch; Trading View; Yuqing Liu/Business Insider

The world of fintech moves fast, with no-name startups turning into fintech darlings with billion-dollar valuations seemingly overnight. Dan DeFrancesco and Shannen Balogh polled 27 fintech investors to find out which startups are on the cusp of breaking out.

The submissions were wide-ranging, touching on everything from personal finance to bill pay to data management.

You can see the list of B2Bs here: Advertisement

Investors say these 38 fintechs are the next generation of breakout B2B stars, following in the footsteps of Stripe and Plaid

And a roundup of hot consumer-facing fintechs here:

22 fintechs that VCs and big investors say are on the brink of becoming household names

Everybody's a macro trader now

Alternative data is an increasingly important part of hedge funds' investment processes, but the pandemic has changed the way firms use the info.Shutterstock

At the beginning of the pandemic, the market fell with each new update on infection numbers — and alternative data firms were quick to roll out new indices and markers to track the fallout. Advertisement

But with the S&P 500 almost back at its February highs, hedge funds trying to make sense of it all have had to reimagine the way they use their alt data. And as Bradley Saacks explains, just about every money manager is thinking big picture and looking more like a macro investor.

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Hedge funds are overhauling the way they use alt data as even quants are being forced to think like macro investors

Neiman Marcus exits Hudson Yards in Manhattan

Related and Oxford envisioned the mall as a centerpiece for foot traffic and tourism.Katie Warren/Business Insider

Neiman Marcus' surprise exit from the one-million-square-foot mall at the Hudson Yards not only knocks out the glitzy retail project's headline tenant — it could also unravel profits for the remainder of the space.

As Dan Geiger reports, developers The Related Companies and Oxford Properties had used Neiman's presence to attract other retailers to the 7-level property known as The Shops at Hudson Yards — and many of those tenants have co-tenancy clauses in their leases.

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Neiman Marcus' exit from the Hudson Yards strikes a blow to the $25 billion mega-project. Here's how the departure could unravel the 1-million-square-foot mall.

Real-estate earnings preview

Analysts are predicting one of the most bruising quarters in recent memory for major real-estate firms such as CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, and JLL, which are scheduled to report earnings in the coming weeks.

The companies depend heavily on transactions such as sales and leasing that evaporated as the pandemic stalled the economy. But while it could take years for their earnings to rebound, real-estate services companies have also diversified their revenue since the last recession, which could help guard their bottom lines.

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Wall Street analysts say this earnings season could be a bloodbath for big real-estate firms like CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield, with a Great Recession-sized hit packed into just a few months


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