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Darren Sharma

Darren has been a credit analyst in the City of London for 23 years (there were also all-too-brief postings to Paris and Buenos Aires, which made the man, as you can imagine). In 2005 he founded Frontline Analysts to train smart people around the world to be great capital markets analysts. Hailing from Birmingham, Darren read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
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Recent Posts

The FT on creating City jobs in lower-cost locations

Darren Sharma 19/05/16 13:24

The Financial Times wrote this week about a powerful new trend – locating jobs where they can be done most efficiently. Cost pressures are not new; nor are multiple locations. The new trend is...

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Should off-site locations use cutting-edge work practices?

Darren Sharma 04/05/16 11:55

Cutting edge-work practices are non-standard ways of working which tend to increase productivity in higher value added roles. They include valets to make your staff’s lives easier, life coaching...

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Frontline Analysts in The New Yorker

Darren Sharma 21/04/16 16:17

We have the best minds in the business mentoring and training our analysts. They aren't just experienced City and Wall St. veterans, but thought leaders who are regularly published in the...

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Where are your Analysts?

Darren Sharma 23/03/16 10:30

As my friends of a certain age will understand, I often lose things. Do I lose things more than I did when I was a youth?  I’m not sure. But anyway, the solution is always the same – you need to...

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Banks suffer 'mini crisis of confidence'

Darren Sharma 07/03/16 17:58

It is hard to pin down what spooked investors in the recent rout of European financials. Read what Daniel Davies, our MD Equity has to say in this FT article. 

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Further cost cutting will require next-gen off-shoring

Darren Sharma 29/02/16 11:44

I write as results season is getting into full flow for banks. The thrust of it already seems to be that banks are promising their shareholders that they will get serious about costs.

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How we recruit the best talent to your team of analysts in India

Darren Sharma 03/02/16 10:54

I remember my first job interview. It was my first job after my postgraduate degree. The process concluded with a full day assessment centre. It was cold so I had to borrow a coat.  It didn't fit....

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Trade press carries leaked report on MiFID II - what this might mean

Darren Sharma 15/12/15 15:00

 

The Financial Times and trade press are carrying a story about a leaked draft of the MiFID II research rules. We have not seen a copy of the leaked documents yet, but from media reports, it...

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Succession planning when out-sourcing analysts?!

Darren Sharma 15/12/15 11:30

Analysts with experience in the markets are valuable to you. Some experienced analysts will be recruited externally, but you would hope that most of your experienced analysts will have been...

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How to get low staff turnover in off-shore arrangements

Darren Sharma 10/12/15 11:00

Off-shore staff are notorious for high levels of turnover. I’m guessing that McDonald's wherever you live has high turnover of staff too. Is it something about Indians? Is it something about...

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Darren Sharma

Darren has been a credit analyst in the City of London for 23 years (there were also all-too-brief postings to Paris and Buenos Aires, which made the man, as you can imagine). In 2005 he founded Frontline Analysts to train smart people around the world to be great capital markets analysts. Hailing from Birmingham, Darren read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

The FT on creating City jobs in lower-cost locations

Darren Sharma 19/05/16 13:24

The Financial Times wrote this week about a powerful new trend – locating jobs where they can be done most efficiently. Cost pressures are not new; nor are multiple locations. The new trend is...

Read More

Should off-site locations use cutting-edge work practices?

Darren Sharma 04/05/16 11:55

Cutting edge-work practices are non-standard ways of working which tend to increase productivity in higher value added roles. They include valets to make your staff’s lives easier, life coaching...

Read More

Frontline Analysts in The New Yorker

Darren Sharma 21/04/16 16:17

We have the best minds in the business mentoring and training our analysts. They aren't just experienced City and Wall St. veterans, but thought leaders who are regularly published in the...

Read More

Where are your Analysts?

Darren Sharma 23/03/16 10:30

As my friends of a certain age will understand, I often lose things. Do I lose things more than I did when I was a youth?  I’m not sure. But anyway, the solution is always the same – you need to...

Read More

Banks suffer 'mini crisis of confidence'

Darren Sharma 07/03/16 17:58

It is hard to pin down what spooked investors in the recent rout of European financials. Read what Daniel Davies, our MD Equity has to say in this FT article. 

Read More

Further cost cutting will require next-gen off-shoring

Darren Sharma 29/02/16 11:44

I write as results season is getting into full flow for banks. The thrust of it already seems to be that banks are promising their shareholders that they will get serious about costs.

Read More

How we recruit the best talent to your team of analysts in India

Darren Sharma 03/02/16 10:54

I remember my first job interview. It was my first job after my postgraduate degree. The process concluded with a full day assessment centre. It was cold so I had to borrow a coat.  It didn't fit....

Read More

Trade press carries leaked report on MiFID II - what this might mean

Darren Sharma 15/12/15 15:00

 

The Financial Times and trade press are carrying a story about a leaked draft of the MiFID II research rules. We have not seen a copy of the leaked documents yet, but from media reports, it...

Read More

Succession planning when out-sourcing analysts?!

Darren Sharma 15/12/15 11:30

Analysts with experience in the markets are valuable to you. Some experienced analysts will be recruited externally, but you would hope that most of your experienced analysts will have been...

Read More

How to get low staff turnover in off-shore arrangements

Darren Sharma 10/12/15 11:00

Off-shore staff are notorious for high levels of turnover. I’m guessing that McDonald's wherever you live has high turnover of staff too. Is it something about Indians? Is it something about...

Read More