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2/1/14

It's painless and it brings on many changes

A little list of suicides in the last week:

  • William Broeksmit, ex- MD, Deutsche Bank asset managment, aged 58.
  • Karl Slym, MD, Tata Motors, aged 51
  • Gabriel Magee, leader of Fixed Income/Rates tech team JP Morgan London, aged 39 (who in time-honoured style jumped 500 feet from his own 33rd floor office building window to his death).
  • Tim Dickenson, director of communications and human resources, Swiss Re London.
  • Mike Dueker, chief economist at Russell Investments Seattle, aged 50.

FP has most of the names here and also comments on this uptick in high-flying (no pun intented) financial whizzos all topping themselves. Meanwhile, one "Toronto advisor who wished to remain anonymous" said, "It can be very stressful. You are judged on how you perform and you are responsible,” he adds. “The big key is to really understand what your client’s needs and goals are and get them to look longer term … if you can do that, you can alleviate the stress." He's anonymous because of the shame surrounding suicide, as even having your name remotely attached to the subject gets people all icky. But that's another story.