Derek Loosvelt

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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Are International Students Seeking US Jobs Better or Worse Off Under Trump?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 23, 2018

On April 11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services completed its latest H-1B visa lottery. This year, the USCIS received 190,098 petitions for H-1Bs-temporary work visas that U.S. companies can apply for to hire foreigners for specialty roles. That number was down from 199,000 last year and was the lowest in six years. Still, the number of submissions was much higher than the number of available visas. Each year, the U.S. government gives out 85,000 H-1B visas, of which 20,000 are... Read More >

'Scully Effect' Is Real: Study Shows 'X-Files' Inspires Women to Pursue STEM Careers

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 18, 2018

Dana Katherine Scully holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Maryland and an M.D. from Stanford. She worked for the FBI as a forensic pathologist for more than a decade and as a surgeon at a private Catholic hospital for seven years. She is also responsible for inspiring thousands of women to pursue STEM careers. Scully, as you may know, is not a real person but a fictional character, one played by the actor Gillian Anderson for 11 seasons on a TV series called The X-Files and in... Read More >

50 Best Accounting Firms to Work For

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 17, 2018

Today, we released our annual Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the Best Accounting Firms to Work For. This year, the rankings were based on a survey of more than 8,800 accountants. We asked these accountants to rate their firms in several workplace categories, including compensation, culture, training, work/life balance, hours, and business outlook. We also asked them to rate other firms in terms of prestige (they could not rate their own firms).  For the sixth year in a row, PwC to Read More >

Should Employees Have the 'Right to Disconnect' after Working Hours?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 28, 2018

In New York City, a bill was recently introduced that would give employees in the city the legal right to ignore after-hours emails and texts sent to them by their employers. The bill was based on a similar law enacted in France not that long ago. And like the French law, the NYC bill wouldn't make it illegal for employers to email Read More >

Why Your Smartphone Is Killing Your Productivity at Work Even When It's Off

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 27, 2018

We've all likely experienced, on more than one occasion, an inability to focus on something at work when we're waiting for someone to text us back, or when we're itching to check out Instagram, or when we can't wait to see if a certain someone emailed us on our personal Gmail account (and we're unable to check our Gmail on our work computer). And so, it makes sense that when we leave our smartphones on and next to us (or on us), we might not be working at our most productive. But what we... Read More >

How to Keep a 'Confidence Log' and Why

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 20, 2018

A lack of confidence is often seen as part of the reason there aren't more women in senior roles at U.S. companies. And a recent study reported on by The Wall Street Journal shows just how large this so-called "confidence gap" is. Some 63% of women enter the workforce with the confidence that they can rise Read More >

Are Standing Desks Hurting Your Health?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 07, 2018

Remember all that talk about how great standing desks were for you? How they helped you live longer, prevented lower back pain, made you more alert and thus more productive? Well, according to recent research, all that talk could very well be completely false. Instead, what standing desks are likely doing to you is not unlike what old-fashioned desks are likely doing to you. Which is killing you. Read More >

What Does 'Bring Your Whole Self to Work' Mean and Why Is It Important?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 05, 2018

You've probably heard the phrase "bring your whole self to work," but you might not know what it means, or why it's important to do it. Well, according to motivational speaker and author Mike Robbins, the phrase is shorthand for being more vulnerable, which leads to being more courageous, which leads to taking more risks, which leads to better performance at work. As a result, the phrase is very important to organizations, which Robbins says need to do two things to help employees bring... Read More >

Q&A With Rose-Gaëlle Belinga, a Morgan Stanley Technology Associate

by Derek Loosvelt  |  January 31, 2018

Rose-Gaëlle ("R-G") Belinga is a Technology Associate in the Global Expiry System group at Morgan Stanley. R-G recently spoke with Vault about how she landed an internship and full-time position with Morgan Stanley, the best aspects of working for the firm, and the advice she has for students looking to pursue a career with a top financial services firm. Below is an excerpt of that conversation.  VAULT: Where di Read More >

3 Takeaways from Twitter's COO Leaving to Lead Fintech Startup SoFi

by Derek Loosvelt  |  January 24, 2018

Yesterday, Anthony Noto announced that he was stepping down as Twitter COO to become the CEO of fintech startup Social Finance (often referred to as SoFi). SoFi, which began in 2011 as a student loan refinancing company and has since also become a mortgage lender and hedge fund investor, has had some trouble as of late. In 20 Read More >