The benefits are great, too.                     Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Trade of the Day: Quit Trading, Join Academia

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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Nine presidents of public U.S. universities are making more than$1 million a year, Bloomberg News reports today. Meantime, in the world of finance, “being boastful, indiscreet and vulgar is not OK,” according to Colin Fan, the co-head of investment banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

So the Trade of the Day is to quit your job as trader, and head to academia. You still might get that magical seven-figure salary and, as the chart below shows, your weekly hours are headed down, not up:

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