Curbed San Francisco highlighted an infographic created by Zumper, a real estate data website, regarding median prices for a one-bedroom apartment by neighborhood in the nation’s most expensive market: San Francisco.
Zumper also compiled one bedroom median rent prices in the top ten most expensive markets.
Of course, there were signs of a global slowdown over a year ago with the sluggish performance of Caterpillar’s international sales, a fair proxy and leading indicator (again, if you heeded these subtle indications, then much praise to you).
Now, please reference the often-referenced Baltic Dry Index (BDIY), a harbinger of things to come in global trade:
This idea doesn’t mean that there’s no value created by financiers, arbitrageurs, banks, and such. There is—to a point. However, it seems that more often than not professionals plying their trade in these endeavors seem to cross the line from addressing social needs and creating value to becoming parasites on society by transferring wealth through unbecoming and outright questionable practices.
So, perhaps we can strive to be more like George Bailey and less like Mr. Potter in our daily lives.
He opens the article by stating “when you start your career, you might think you’re setting out to change the world. But the world is far more likely to change you.” He then questions what happens to some of these young, well educated professionals who begin their careers in finance with a sense of idealism and hope to live a meaningful life.
These observations seem to apply to other careers, too, particularly in healthcare and education. For example, many aspiring doctors and ones early in their career have noble and caring ambitions; some of these same doctors eventually become disenfranchised by a system that is bureaucratic, inefficient, corrupt, and driven by greed.
Nevertheless, the article is brief, so we encourage you to read the whole piece as Lewis refers to several occupational hazards of working on Wall Street, including some often overlooked ones:
Anyone who works in finance will sense, at least at first, some pressure to pretend to know more than he/she does. [What one pretends to know is unknowable.]
Anyone who works in Big Finance will also find it surprisingly hard to form deep attachments to anything greater than him/herself. [People inside a big firm have no serious stake in its long-term fate; they can do what they’re doing at some other firm—so long as they maintain their stature in their market.]
More generally, anyone in Big Finance will feel enormous pressure to not disrupt or question existing arrangements. [The financial sector fiercely resists useful, disruptive entrepreneurship and market-based change. It also has the resources—monetarily and politically—to prevent these improvements from happening.]
In summary, he suggests that the intense pressure to conform, to not make waves, has got to be the most depressing part of life in finance for a genuinely ambitious young person. He also recognizes the opportunity—and need— for a Silicon Valley-style scorched-earth entrepreneurship on Wall Street right now.