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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.
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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.

 

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Nathan Golia
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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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Nathan Golia,
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10/22/2013 | 8:26:19 PM
re: Bloomberg Tradebook Like You've Never Seen It Before
They had Declan.
Jonathan_Camhi
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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.
Byurcan
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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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Greg MacSweeney,
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10/21/2013 | 10:12:49 AM
re: Bloomberg Tradebook Like You've Never Seen It Before
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.
KBurger
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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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