Do you suffer from 'buy-side personality disorder'?

Do you suffer from 'buy-side personality disorder'?

by Daniel Davies

There is never a nice time to talk about nasty things. But there is a phenomenon in our industry which many people suffer from - it's an occupational hazard and it needs to be brought out into the open. At this time of year, when people in finance are often forced into close social proximity by the party season, it's more important than ever to talk about that most unspoken of conditions - 'Buy Side Personality Disorder'.

As a syndrome, BSPD has a fairly obvious set of root causes – overwork, stress and salespeople. To work in the modern asset management industry is to spend long days in the thankless task of trying to outperform ever-more efficient markets. In the process, it becomes incumbent upon practitioners to give up on any real prospect of a social life outside of work.

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