This guy used to be a somebody. Now he looks up to asset managers. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Trade of the Day: Sell Wolfe's Masters of the Universe

Mark Gilbert is a Bloomberg Gadfly columnist covering asset management. He previously was a Bloomberg View columnist, and prior to that the London bureau chief for Bloomberg News. He is the author of “Complicit: How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable.”
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Sherman McCoy, the protagonist of Tom Wolfe's 1987 Wall Street novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities,"was a bond trader. Writing today, Wolfe would probably have made his Master of the Universe an investment manager.

Asset managers are likely to see their bonus pool expand by as much as 10 percent this year, Bloomberg News reports today. Fixed-income traders, meantime, are facing a cut of 15 percent. So the Trade of the Day is to wave bye-bye to bonds, where the death of volatility is likely to make profits harder to come by, and switch instead into a career in asset management, where demographics mean there'll be ever-more demand for your services.

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