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Bloomberg Tradebook Like You've Never Seen It Before

Bloomberg Tradebook held its second annual Charity Day on its trading floor in New York. Sean "Diddy" Combs, CC Sabathia, Mark Messier and other celebrities attended the charity fundraiser/costume party to help raise over $1 million in commissions for six different charities.




Although Walter White supposedly died during the series finale of Breaking Bad, he made an appearance on the Bloomberg Tradebook trading floor during the Trade It Forward charity/costume party event. White was played by David Loffredo, COO for Bloomberg Tradebook.


New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber participated in Trade It Forward to raise money for their charity, PitCCh In Foundation. The charity helps enrich the lives of inner city youth. Amber is also its co-founder and executive director.


Execution Consultants from Bloomberg Tradebook's Derivatives Desk with costumes from the The Wizard of Oz.


Now in its second year, Bloomberg Tradebook's Charity Day trading event raised over $1 million for 6 different charities in New York. Tradebook will donate the day's commissions to the charities. Last year, the Charity Day event raised over $500,000. This year's theme was "Trade It Forward" and six charities participated:

  • NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund
  • PitCCh In Foundation
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Joyful Heart Foundation
  • Only Make Believe
  • Labyrinth Theater Company



Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Stanley Cup winner Mark Messier joined the event to raise money for the NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. Messier, as well as other celebrity charity representatives, took orders from Bloomberg Tradebook clients during the day.




Raymond Tierney, the Chief Executive Officer and President of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, busts it old school during the Trade It Forward charity event.


Sean "Diddy" Combs, the rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur, also joined the event, to raise funds for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The charity's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.


Bloomberg Tradebook team members took the opportunity to have some fun and try out their Halloween costumes a few weeks early.


This lion probably didn't have his most productive trading day during the charity event, due to his proximity to the photo area and corner desk next to a busy aisle. Although he probably had a lot of fun anyway!

FACT: The male lion sleeps up to 20 hours per day, while hunting for just four hours.

(No lions were harmed in the making of this photo gallery).




Petra Němcová, the Czech supermodel, television host, author and philanthropist, enjoyed herself while on the desk during the Trade It Forward Charity Day at Bloomberg Tradebook. Němcová raised money for Only Make Believe, a group that aims to give joy and inspiration to as many sick children as it can by bringing professional actors into hospital wards to entertain children with specially created plays designed for their needs and to encourage their participation.


Another Bloomberg Tradebook employee, obviously in the spirit of the event.

Question: did he wear this on the subway on the way into the office, or did he change into the costume once he arrived?


Actor Chris Noth, who represented Labyrinth Theater Company, having fun with Eminem (Raymond Tierney, the CEO and President of Bloomberg Tradebook LLC).

Labyrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a small group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater.


CC Sabathia and Walter White (David Loffredo, COO for Bloomberg Tradebook) smile for he camera.




Bloomberg Tradebook CEO Eminem (Ray Tierney, center) with his entourage.


In this group shot, who would you name as the Bloomberg employee? (Hint: it's not the guy in the white shirt). Mark Messier (white shirt) posing with Robert Shapiro, Global Head of Trading and Execution Consulting (Bumble Bee, left), Ray Tierney, CEO of Tradebook (Eminem, center), and a few other Bloomberg Tradebook employees.

 

Greg MacSweeney is editorial director of InformationWeek Financial Services, whose brands include Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, Advanced Trading, and Insurance & Technology. View Full Bio

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Nathan Golia
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10/22/2013 | 8:27:22 PM
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I believe it's as important that the "fat cats" remember this fact as it is that people outside financial services do. But that shouldn't take away from this event which looked fun for all.
Nathan Golia
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10/22/2013 | 8:26:19 PM
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They had Declan.
Jonathan_Camhi
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10/21/2013 | 5:41:01 PM
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Yeah but did they have Walter White at the London event? That's the important question.
Jonathan_Camhi
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10/21/2013 | 5:40:19 PM
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These kind of positive charity events and initiatives are never going to get the wider recognition that some mistakes and bad moves will get. With Wall St., their failures and mistakes are just too big of a deal because people lose their money, home, savings, etc. That's the stuff that is always going to make the headlines.
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10/21/2013 | 2:59:48 PM
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That's very true, when Bear Stearns folded alot of people cheered or thought it was karma, but there were many middle class workers, secretaries etc. who lost their jobs.
KBurger
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10/21/2013 | 2:22:27 PM
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And let's not forget how many people these industries employ. It's not just "fat cat" execs and traders, it's all levels of IT, service, operations, sales, etc.
Greg MacSweeney
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10/21/2013 | 10:12:49 AM
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BTW, there was also a Charity Day event in Bloomberg Tradebook's London office at the same time. Similar format (different celebrities, of course!)
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10/20/2013 | 3:42:53 PM
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I agree, Wall Street firms are very generous with charitable donations and many firms have community services programs as part of their culture. Giving up their trading profits for a day is nice way to show they care about others who are less fortunate. Inviting celebrities to the trading desk raises it to a new level.
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10/20/2013 | 1:19:29 AM
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Say what you will about the financial services industry, but there is no question that these companies do some fantastic charity work, not to mention investing in the community and supporting local institutions. I'm not discounting the industry's problems, but NYC for sure would be a very different (and poorer) place without banks, capital markets firms, and insurance companies.
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