I was in the last generation of banking professionals, who actually worked in the Wall Street!
With the last big bank moving away from it, the Wall Street is only a notion rather than the address of world's financial hub.By Akash Mitra
It just occurred to me that I was probably the last generation of banking professionals who actually physically worked in Wall Street.
When you hear the word "Wall Street", it evokes a certain imagery in your subconscious. A bustling lower Manhattan street, iconic New York Stock Exchange building surrounded by most important global investment banks. A hive of securities traders, portfolio managers and bankers running everywhere in black ties and suits.
And that was pretty much how it was back then!
Image: Yours truly at 60 Walls office of Deutsche Bank in 2015
But over the time, financial world has started relocating itself gradually from Lower Manhattan to Midtown or to the other side of the Hudson river. In fact, it started 20 years back - after 9/11.
Whatever be the trigger, the reality is biggest names - from J.P. Morgan to Goldman Sachs, from Citi Group to Deutsche Bank - all have moved away from the vicinity of this iconic street.
May be I was part of the last generation of banking professionals who actually physically worked in Wall Street!