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Apr 6, 2020 - 5:25am

Stainless steel mechanics with bearings, automatic both ways, luxury wood handle, cloth instead of polyester
I have two of those, one of from Barclays and one from WeWork.

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Apr 6, 2020 - 5:15am

Probably my Barclays umbrella. I see too many idiots wearing their sleeveless vest in the summer time when it's 90 degrees out and they're sweating their ass off in the subway. Stupidest thing I've ever saw. Majority of the traders never even wear a vest outside the office and leave it on their chair. Ever since then, I don't ever wear it because I'm not a poser. I'll stick with the umbrella.

 
Apr 6, 2020 - 9:02am

Yeti mugs are probably my favorite and most useful that I've gotten. Second to that would be umbrellas or golf balls.

One thing we gave out that went over quite well was a multi tool with a flashlight - people loved that freaking thing.

 
Apr 6, 2020 - 2:55pm

A bonus check with the company name on it

Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Apr 6, 2020 - 5:43pm

Shirts from my company (I wouldn't wear any one else's).

My favorite is the Yeti's. Give me all the Yetis!

Also, very functional are portable chargers (although I have at least 10 now) and the universal cords.

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Apr 7, 2020 - 2:11pm

Under Armour duffle bag, swell water bottle, few pint glasses and coffee mugs

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Apr 7, 2020 - 4:01pm

Tide To-Go Sticks.....grabbed 10 of 'em from Citi's informational event last year and haven't looked back

" I live by the golden rule: those who have the gold usually make the rules"
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May 5, 2020 - 12:10am

My boss loves wine, so he gets cases at a time from Europe and gives them out to team members. Doesn't last, but I absolutely love it.

Consumption smoothing is retarded. If you stay in this game for a handful of years, money will be the least of your worries. Live it up, because this is the one time in your life where you might actually have time to spare.
 
May 10, 2020 - 10:39pm

My last company gave us North Face backpacks. Pretty sweet for commuting. No yetis though. They were too cheap for those.

Greed is Good!
 
May 13, 2020 - 10:16am

not super well-versed in the world of espresso but it was a nice set with the coffee grounds included, everything you need to get started, still haven't used it but might one day

 
May 13, 2020 - 1:59am

A floor trader rubber duckie with the shape of our main building in the hand lmao

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May 13, 2020 - 4:29am

Over the years I've had some awesome wholesalers, and employers that were pretty generous with gifts.
By price range under $50 Pictet gave me a muti usb fastcharger that I use daily and really enjoy. The last 10 years of my golf balls have been provided by JH, Ivy, Blackrock, MFS, American Funds, Franklin Templeton, etc. Advantus Capital gives really nice Nike Dri-fit baseball caps

$50-$100: I personally use the John Hancock Umbrella I got several years ago all the time, good quality. Blackrock and Ivy Funds have nice Nike golf polos/pullovers and cycling jerseys that I use often.

$100-250: Advantus gave me a Nike Golf Bag that is awesome. Mackenzie Investments provided my Oddessy 2 Ball putter.

$250-1000: Not the normal wholesaler swag, but Ivy funds provided me some awesome gifts while I was there. For my first municipal underwriting deal I got an engraved Mont Blanc fountain pen and mechanical pencil set. After our acquisition of Hostress all of our team members received a box of twinkies with a Yellow Face Tissot Quartz watch. But my favorite gift by far was following our venture into Formula 1 which we received engraved Tag Heuer Formula 1 watches with the Ivy & F1 logos on the face.

$+++: Again not swag technically, but certainly appreciated are fund company covered trips!
These were by far my favorites, and are separated by if they passed the tax bill on to me...
Not Taxed:
1. Weekend at Four Seasons Golf Resort Scottsdale, AZ with travel and all expenses courtesy of W&R/Ivy for leadership team appreciation
2. Week in Boston w/ John Hancock. "Due Diligence" in reality just a great week of drinking with a couple of buddies and our wholesaler.
3. Week in Quebec w/ Mackenzie. "Due Diligence" for the F1 venture at the Canadian GP.
4. Week in Austin w/ Ivy. "Due Diligence" for F1 venture at U.S. GP.

Taxed:

Honestly every trip I ever went on with Edward Jones was amazing, and I'm glad I took them over the cash bonus payouts, but if you qualified you could take 2 trips annually and they were valued at $5k each or 1 annually at $10k. Over the years I went to Hawaii, Mexico, France, Africa, but the best one by a fucking mile was in 2013 myself and several other advisors went to the BVI where we had a mooring yacht for just our group and a captain that took us anywhere we wanted to go, and our product partner, our Blackrock External, covered anything that wasn't included with the trip. Regardless of the tax bill at the end of the year all of the trips were awesome, but that one I actually priced to do again on my own dime a few years later and it would have costed about per couple 25k to repeat it with the same group size. Seriously Edward Jones does that shit right.....

I know this post ran a little long, but if it had a point to it, it would be that while AM specifically Financial Advisors/Planners don't generally take home what IB/PE guys do we do get some nice perks occasionally. Not saying the grass is greener by any means, but I sure do love free stuff!

 
Jun 23, 2020 - 6:38pm

As corny as this sounds, throughout my entire undergrad thus far I always stared in awe at the "banker bags" on the subway, and getting one at the start of my internship was a real 'I made it' moment. My jaw practically hit the floor when I opened the box it was sent in. They're also a lot more poorly constructed than I thought, having loose threads here and there and the zipper feeling somewhat flimsy, but it was still such a powerful feeling to officially own one. Please don't roast me - I'm just excited to be here.

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Sep 10, 2020 - 7:50pm

Fintech is Fun

As corny as this sounds, throughout my entire undergrad thus far I always stared in awe at the "banker bags" on the subway, and getting one at the start of my internship was a real 'I made it' moment. My jaw practically hit the floor when I opened the box it was sent in. They're also a lot more poorly constructed than I thought, having loose threads here and there and the zipper feeling somewhat flimsy, but it was still such a powerful feeling to officially own one. Please don't roast me - I'm just excited to be here.

Nice post. I guess it would have meant the same thing to me as a young man. I came into banking/finance later in life so my banker bag was just something I bought myself from the company store :). But now I'm thinking about any kids I might have inspired by using it around town.

 
Jul 13, 2020 - 11:52pm

Golf umbrella, high quality golf shirts, golf balls, all of which get used. The swell bottle is great even though I have like 5 already because I use the fuck out of them. The banker bag, while pretty common, is a good small duffel that I actually use since my other one is a bit big for just like gym clothes, shoes, and a bottle.

While all of this is nice, nothing compares to the deutche bank branded shoes.

Dayman?
 
Sep 2, 2020 - 6:06pm

Got a dope Decanter. Windbreaker/rain jackets. Jackets ALLDAY

 
Sep 2, 2020 - 6:51pm

JPM corporate challenge dri-fit T. Still a good flex for the weekend jogs.

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
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Sep 4, 2020 - 12:26pm

Unreleased Nike jerseys/apparel for a pro sports team my old firm owned

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Nov 1, 2020 - 7:21pm

I got a mousepad that had a wireless charging element and a mouse. Pretty sick, wish I got more stupid fun stuff tho

 
Nov 11, 2020 - 2:48pm

First internship I got an Adidas golf polo with the company logo on it and dueling bear/bull.  Pretty sick imo especially as a freshman.

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