Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.


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How to Outsmart Your Smartphone at Work

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 10, 2017

Here's some unsettling (though not too surprising) news: Our so-called smartphones are making us less smart. Indeed, according to a fascinating and scary Wall Street Journal article, several psychological studies in recent years have looked at the effects of smartphone use, and what these studies all show is that we're becoming less efficient, less creative, less able Read More >

5 Tips for Millennials Looking to Advance Their Careers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  October 02, 2017

Jody Gerson, the first woman to lead a major music publishing company, has been the CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group since 2015. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Northwestern University, Gerson is partly responsible for the success of several household-name musicians, including Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, and Norah Jones. Last week, Gerson was the subject of the latest New York Times Read More >

Would You 'Take a Knee' If Trump's Words Were Directed at You and Your Job?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 25, 2017

Donald Trump doesn't discriminate. Not when it comes to whom he insults. During his campaign and nine months in office, he has insulted, among other groups, men and women, Democrats and Republicans, the abled and disabled, Caucasians and African-Americans, Catholics and Muslims, Popes and Prime Ministers, those who voted for him and those who didn’t, and, most recently, professional basketball players and professional football players. As for that last group, when Trump Read More >

Should Employees Be Allowed to Take Mental-Health Days?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 20, 2017

Just about every U.S. company I know of allows its employees to take a certain number of sick days each year. These days might be included in an employee's overall Paid Time Off package or might be treated separately from vacation days. In both cases, it's accepted that employees might get sick and thus might need a day off, from time to time, to heal. Which is to say it's widely accepted that employees' bodies might get sick and so employees might need to take sick days every once in a... Read More >

How to Avoid Blaming Others in Interviews

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 18, 2017

In interviews, it can be tricky to talk about previous or current employers. You certainly don't want to bad-mouth anyone, including an employer, manager, or coworker. But you don't want to make yourself look bad, either. After all, you're selling yourself and trying to put your best self forward in an interview. And so, what's an interviewee to do when replying to Why are you leaving your current company? and Tell me something that you could've done better in a previous job and other... Read More >

Q&A With Rafael Kuhn: A Director at Deutsche Bank

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 12, 2017

Rafael Kuhn works as a Director in Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank, focusing on Aviation as well as co-leading the bank's debt placement team in the Americas. He also supports Deutsche Bank with diversity recruitment. Vault spoke with Rafael about his background, how he got his job at Deutsche Bank, the firm's workplace culture, and the recommendations he has for students and young professionals pursuing a career in finance.  VAULT: Where did you Read More >

When Working a Crazy Number of Hours Is Not So Bad for Your Health

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 11, 2017

It's commonly thought that if you work too many hours, your health will suffer. However, according to a recent study, there could be conditions in which your health might not be compromised even if you're working 80-hour weeks. And while the results showed a link between workaholism and stress-related physical complaints, only workaholics who described themselves as unengaged or feeling trapped in their work appeared at risk for more serious health disorders. Read More >

Do You Have What It Takes to Work in a Radically Transparent Culture?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 07, 2017

I'd like to believe I have what it takes to work for Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world which is as well known for the size of its assets as for its radically transparent culture, but I'm not sure I have the stomach for it. At Bridgewater, founded by the transcendental meditating investing guru Ray Dalio, every meeting is recorded, everything employees say and do is rated, and every employee is encouraged to criticize every other employee, Read More >

50 Best Investment Banks to Work For in 2018

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 06, 2017

Today, we released our annual Vault Banking 50, a ranking of the best investment banks to work for in North America. This year, Goldman Sachs again took the top spot, ranking No. 1 and thus keeping the title of the "best investment bank to work for." Goldman edged out Evercore, which ranked No. 2, and Centerview Partners, which ranked No. 3. Goldman's overall score was 8.380, while Evercore scored 8.311 and Centerview scored 8.308. Here are the top 10 firms in this year's Banking 50: Read More >

Q&A With Kira Miles: A Tax Associate at Dixon Hughes Goodman

by Derek Loosvelt  |  September 06, 2017

Kira Miles works as a senior tax associate for Dixon Hughes Goodman in the firm’s Charlotte office. She recently spoke with Vault about how she got a job with DHG, what led her to choose DHG over other opportunities, and the advice she has for students looking to pursue a career in accounting. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. VAULT: Where did you grow up and go to school? And how did you find your way to Dixon Hughes Goodman?< Read More >

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