Morning Coffee: Deutsche Bank takes cost cutting to a whole new level. Goldman traders may lose when Blankfein retires

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If you work at Deutsche Bank, you may want to raid the supply closet and store up on as many staples and pens as you can. The German lender’s latest cost-cutting measure signals the bank is willing to slash just about anything to save a few dollars.

Earlier this month, Deutsche Bank circulated a memo noting that free fresh fruit will no longer be provided to employees, according to the FT. Bankers will now need to dip into their own wallet to stave off scurvy, it appears. Interestingly, the memo wasn’t a generic email from HR but rather a directive from Joerg Salzer, Deutsche's head of corporate services.

Salzer acknowledged that the move was “small” but was meant to “send a signal” that the bank isn’t messing around with its cost-cutting measures. What’s more, Salzer said that those who have ordered or received fresh fruit over the last few months would be receiving a personal email in the coming weeks. Clearly, any money-saving option – big or small – is on the table.

The news follows a recent report that Deutsche Bank is shortening its garden leave policy from the industry-standard 90 days for most bankers down to 60 or even 30 days for some of its staff, meaning the firm will save a month or two of salary when senior bankers exit. Deutsche Bank is set to trim as much as 20% of its U.S. investment bank under new CEO Christian Sewing.

Elsewhere, the New York Times has reportedly confirmed what has been suggested for months: Goldman Sachs president David Solomon will replace current CEO Lloyd Blankfein when he retires at the end of the year. The real news buried in the report involves the short list of contenders to replace Solomon as president. They include John Waldron, co-head of investment banking, Eric Lane, co-head of investment management, and Stephen Scherr, head of Goldman’s consumer banking division.

Conspicuously missing from the list is anyone with ties to Goldman’s securities business. Solomon himself has a background in M&A and the bank just said goodbye to two of the three trading heads – veterans with strong ties to Blankfein. A culture change is coming to Goldman Sachs and traders may not have a seat at the big table.


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