Those of you who read my post on why I left Invested Development may have been interested to know the exact details of what I plan to do next. I would love to answer all the handwritten letters I’ve received personally, but think a blog post addressed to everyone might be easier. So here goes: I have accepted a position in Goldman Sachs’ newly launched South Pole office and will begin my work in Antarctica June 1st. This may come as a shock to some of you, but for me, the decision couldn’t have been any easier. Antarctica is the next logical place for massive economic growth to occur.
One of my fondest childhood memories was reading Jim O’Neill’s Building Better Global Economic BRICs paper in 7th grade and, although I disagreed with the attention Jim gave Russia over Indonesia, I knew he was on to something. The resulting coverage by the financial media led me to start taking Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and convert to Buddhism in an effort to make sure that I would be able to stay above the poverty line after college graduation. With all the work I was putting in, I’m sure you can imagine my frustration when Jimmy released Global Economics Paper 134 and was now claiming that Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey, South Korea, and Vietnam had the highest potential of becoming, along with the BRICs, the world’s largest economies in the 21st century.
It seemed impossible to stay ahead of the curve, so I spent the next few years scouring the globe for investment opportunities in obscure countries like Ethiopia. Finally, it hit me last week: Antarctica. While everyone else is scrambling to keep up with the hottest markets in Asia and Africa, I’m heading to Earth’s southernmost continent to work for the best investment bank ever, Goldman Sachs!
Landing the job wasn’t easy and wouldn’t have been possible at all, had I not tuned out the irony in American Psycho and invested in myself via Brooks Brothers. Fortunately everything worked out for the best, so I’ll be spending the next two to forty years preparing complex financial analyses, supporting the preparation of detailed memoranda and participating in various marketing activities of the firm.
Goldman Sachs has adopted the term “Growth Markets” to describe some of the world’s most dynamic and fast-growing economies, like Antarctica. This video offers some insights into the power of Antarctica from three perspectives: business, macroeconomic, and economic empowerment.
Australia has a GDP of over one trillion dollars and Antarctica has nearly twice the landmass! So I look forward to joining the GS South Pole team and riding the Antarctica gravy train straight to the top. Looking forward to updating everyone on how things go down there! What an exciting time!