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Is Gender Pay Discrimination a Myth?

The gender pay gap is a tricky, emotive subject to deal with at the best of times. As a recent Freakonomics podcast makes clear, even the best-known statistic about it-that women in the US make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes-can be problematic when teased apart. To be clear: that ratio is more or less correct for the population as a whole. Read More >

Guess Which MBAs Earn the Most

Are you looking for proof that, the higher you go in an organization, the less likely you are to be a victim of pay discrimination because of your gender or race? Sorry about that: As the above chart from Bloomberg shows, even at post-MBA level, a pay gap exists not only between members of different racial groups, but also between men and women within those racial groupings. At the top of the hierarchy: white and Asian males. Read More >

How to Tell If College Is Worth It

In all the discussion over student debt and the question of how big a crisis the ever-expanding mountain of it represents to the future prosperity of today's students, it's often easy to overlook one key factor: not all debt is created equal. While expensive, the cost of a medical degree or an MBA can often be paid back more easily than, say, the loans for a MFA that doesn't necessarily lead to a lucrative career. Read More >

The Lifestyle of Private Equity Professionals

Once you've landed a job with a private equity firm, you can expect to experience some of the most interesting, fast-paced work in finance. The pay and benefits will be commensurate with this kind of work-but so will the pressure. Typically, private equity investments are high-stakes ventures; if you're helping to manage a billion-dollar stake in a major company, you'll be held responsible for the outcome. Read More >

Pluses and Minuses of Working in Private Equity

Since the turn of the century, the private equity industry has grown tremendously. Today, private equity firms worldwide manage some $3.8 trillion in assets, up from "only" $716 billion in December 2000. Broadly defined, private equity is an investment in a nonpublic entity or private company. The majority of the firms that invest in private equity (some 3,300) are headquartered in the U.S. Read More >

Are Student Loan Repayments the New Killer Perk?

Whoever is doing PR for Natixis Global Asset Management should get a holiday bonus: a new employment perk aimed at millennials has earned the firm more positive press this week than any HR-related story since that guy who set his firm's minimum wage at $70,000. In case you missed it: Natixis announced that it was going to start contributing up to $10,000 towards student loan debt for every employee who had been at the firm for at least five years. Read More >

Wall Street's First CHO (Chief Health Officer) and the Benefits of Leaving Work at 7

It makes pretty good sense to me that a healthier worker is a more productive worker. Fewer sick days, fewer cigarette breaks, fewer chocolate donut breaks, more effective when not on break, etc. It also makes good sense to me that if you nearly die from working too much and/or hitting the fatty tuna and Sapporo too hard that you should alter the amount you work, amount you eat and drink, and amount of time you spend on physical exercise. Read More >

There's Nothing You Can Do About Your Student Loans

Just in case you needed any more proof that we're not likely to see a sudden U-turn from the government over the ability to clear student loans in bankruptcy, Bloomberg has another story on the subject for us today-this time detailing the lengths that Uncle Sam will go to in order to ensure that your loan will not be dischargeable in bankruptcy. The piece focuses on the case of on Tangerie Shells, a social worker with an elderly mother disabled husband, and three children to support. Read More >

If You Work For a Hedge Fund, Now's the Time to Ask For a Raise

Remember a few years back when it seemed like everyone and their mother's hedge fund manager were being busted for insider trading? Well, it turns out that what those folks were doing wasn't insider trading at all. Or, rather, it was, but back then it was illegal to trade on inside information, and now it's legal. That is, sort of legal, as long as you don't know it's insider trading and/or you don't take money for handing over an inside tip. Yes, it's all very confusing. Read More >

Is the Student Loan System on the Brink of Destruction?

In news that will bring hope to the heart of many a debt-saddled millennial, a federal court in Boston is currently considering an appeal by someone who is hoping to be able to break the decades-old restriction on discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy. If the court finds in the favor of 65-year old Robert Murphy, allowing him to discharge more than a quarter of a million dollars of student debt, there are potentially massive ramifications for the student loan industry as a whole. Read More >

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