This again…

I’ve been keeping an eye on the reported mortality spike among big-time financial players, with a guess at what might be going on behind the scenes, and now I see that things have become even creepier. I realize the website linked below may seem sensationalistic, but facts is facts, until shown otherwise.

8th international banker to die in a month jumps off building in China
February 18, 2014 1:49 PM EST

1 – William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2- Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 – Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 – Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 – Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 -Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 – Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago. No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 – Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

I don’t know, folks, like I say, this might just be a case of media inflation of distressing but otherwise normal statistics, but it’s pretty striking. Since I’m not interested in this for purely morbid reasons, however, I would ask you to join me in praying for their families and the repose of their souls.

REQUIEM aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace. Amen.

ETERNAL rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen.

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9 Responses to This again…

  1. AmoPapam says:

    Freaking freaky. And it’s at the same time we’re redoing the Vatican Bank. It’s surely all just coinky-dink.

  2. Dale Price says:

    Well, the thing is, this might be a kind of selection bias. As in, once you see a pattern, you look for more data that fits the pattern. What we’d have to know is what the suicide rate looked like before the first report.

    And, frankly, not all of these tragic persons (may God rest their souls and comfort their families) are financiers (see Nos. 2 and 5).

    That said, I have a persistent unease with the state of the financial system right now–cracking ice comes to mind. But I’m not sure this is a signal that we’re about to fall through.

  3. c matt says:

    If I were Hercule Poirot, my little grey cells would be working overtime.

    Although I think the re-doing of the Vatican Bank may be more a precautionary thing/innoculation against what is coming than a precipitator of what is going on. I fear we may be in for some rather unpleasant financial news in the not so distant future.

  4. c matt says:

    True, 2 and 5 may not be financiers, but it also depends upon what they were doing/in charge of for their companies. Large and mid-size companies all have their finance side, involved in investing and trading in various commodities which the company itself may or may not sell/manufacture. Idle cash needs to be put to use somewhere rather than laying around earning the whopping 1-3% interest so prevalent today. Could also just be paranoia/despair.

  5. Flambeaux says:

    Having spent 10 years in corporate finance I’m going to vote “despair”. In all those years I never saw evidence of the “Masonic” or other conspiracies that so many people, especially among Trad Catholics and the anti-Federal Reserve crowd, like to chatter about. I did, however, meet a lot of people whose fragile egos were bound up in material markers of status and success.

    I think the movie Margin Call captured a lot of that very well, fwiw.

  6. Flambeaux says:

    LOL
    An element of Japanese business culture extruded through the die of American horror.

    This is the specific scene in Margin Call I was thinking of:

  7. Flambeaux says:

    Warning to anyone wanting to click through the Margin Call link: foul language.
    If you’re offended or if there are tender ears who don’t yet know those words, please be warned.

    It is, however, accurate to how we talked shop.

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