Networking with Terminal
Hello fellow monkeys, it is very well known that most HFs use the Bloomberg Terminal, if you were an intern or analyst at a HF and had your own access to a Terminal, would you use the software to network and find FTs or lateral into a better firm?
Firms all have to store save IBs for compliance reasons. Be careful.
I also don't reply to cold ibs. I imagine most do not.
Just ask the folks involved in the LIBOR or FOREX rigging scandals how their experience with BBG logging turned out, lol.
In all (maybe harsh, but...) pragmatic reality, I would say if you find them on your BBG terminal, try and go find them on LinkedIn on your own time and try and connect that way if you're that motivated. Or look up their firm's website assuming they don't have it locked down tighter than a family office site and see if you can't find them listed on there.
Don't get caught up in lying or any other kind of misbehavior about anything if someone were to ask, but be prudent and don't give anyone a reason to ask in the first place. For example, even if it's at home but you're using the work laptop? Can still get popped. Doing it online on your work cell? Poppable again. Remember that the higher and higher you go in an industry, the smaller and smaller the pond becomes and the chance they know someone you work with or for just goes up and up.
Not sure if you're in a licensed position, but sneaking around on company time/equipment can also be a fast way to get those licenses yanked out from under you and a wonderful FINRA/SEC record that'll follow you around since your CCO/CTO/GC/HR will have access to all of those chats should they get suspicious or someone from the other firm tips them off and they pursue a case (people can be real dicks, let's be real). Not trying to be gloomy, just sharing what I've seen happen before and want to make sure my fellow monkeys take a slight pause to consider that too so they don't fall victim to it.
Mate, I think you watched too much movies.
I don't think the IT guys are receiving an alert every time someone log in on Linkedin.
I wouldn't use bloomberg or professional email adress tho.
Never said it was some default automagic notification where they check every single time. But still, that's why I said just don't even give them a reason to want to look in the first place to keep that monkey off your back. Because they can look if they feel they have some reason to. And as creepy as it sounds, some paranoid places do set up tripwires for sites like LinkedIn or will go so far as to have remote screen view software on your laptop so they can see what you see at any given time (and make sure you don't know they're watching). Again, I agree it's not usual thankfully (and I hope it never becomes usual), but I've seen it happen before and have worked in a place like that unfortunately. So I just wanted to point out that it can happen and don't want people to get stuck in a hidden trap.
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