Transcript: John Mack – The Huge Image



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ANNOUNCER: That is Masters in Enterprise with Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg Radio.

BARRY RITHOLTZ, HOST, MASTERS IN BUSINESS: This week on the podcast, boy, do I’ve an additional particular visitor, John Mack, legendary CEO of Morgan Stanley. Man, that is only a masterclass on management, on group constructing, on understanding a enterprise and understanding what to do on your shoppers. So not solely that they provide you enterprise, however they provide you their loyalty and their ongoing respect. I don’t know what else to say apart from my dialog with Morgan Stanley’s John Mack.

I’ve been wanting ahead to this dialog for fairly some time. As quickly as I noticed the ebook got here out, I’ve to actually get the within dope from John. And so let’s begin with the start. You begin at Smith Barney in 1968. What was so compelling a couple of North Carolina child from Duke going to Wall Road?

JOHN MACK, FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MORGAN STANLEY: Effectively, it’s fairly easy. So I used to be on scholarship at Duke, an athletic scholarship and cracked C5 in my neck. So my scholarship was solely legitimate for 4 years, and I wanted one class to graduate. I had little or no cash, and my father had handed away once I was in faculty. So I wanted a job. And I went down and knocked on the door at an organization known as First Securities of North Carolina.

A man named Invoice Bonner stated, look, you understand, nothing concerning the enterprise, I’ll put you within the again workplace. And you’ll go to your one class day by day forward, after which go in your lunch hour and are available again and go to work. So it was me and 9 ladies within the again workplace, and so they had the previous IBM pc punch playing cards. That’s how way back it was. So I obtained a way and a really feel for the enterprise.

And I obtained to know a woman named Fannie Mitchell, who ran job placement for Duke College. So when folks would come down and say, you understand, Procter & Gamble or IBM, whoever it might be, she would say, you bought to speak to this John Mack. And I believe, you understand, I might see her within the cafeteria and most college students would ignore. I’d sit down, have a cup of espresso along with her or have lunch along with her. In order that’s how I obtained concerned with the securities enterprise.

After which the Smith Barney was on the town and so they have been going to open an workplace in Atlanta, and so they ended up hiring me to go to their Atlanta workplace. So I come as much as New York in ’68 and I’m working at Smith Barney, and so they determined due to the explosion of quantity, the New York Inventory Change stopped all new branches from opening. So I obtained an opportunity to go within the municipal bond division. That’s what I did. I used to be a trader-salesman, and I discovered lots about danger. And I additionally discovered lots about ingesting at lunch, and you bought to be very cautious.

RITHOLTZ: Going out with shoppers, having a few drinks. Hey, you come again to the desk, slightly buzzed, what occurs? Are you able to make a buying and selling mistake that means?

MACK: Effectively, not solely you’ll be able to, I did. We went all the way down to Chez Yvonne, for those who keep in mind that years in the past, down on Wall Road. U.S. Belief was my shopper, a man named Jimmy Degnan. And U.S Belief was the advisor for the state workers of New York, which is a large pension fund.


MACK: So we sat there and we drank for a minimum of three hours.

RITHOLTZ: Now, wait, are you usually a drinker throughout lunch, or if the shopper is ingesting, you bought to maintain up?

MACK: I’m a shopper man. Nobody needs to drink alone. So if he’s ingesting or she’s ingesting, I’m ingesting. I got here again and I made a mistake. And thank God, they didn’t hearth me. And over time, we eradicated that and glued it. After which I discovered be very cautious while you exit to lunch on Wall Road.

RITHOLTZ: So inform us slightly bit concerning the tradition on the road within the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. What was it like?

MACK: It was a loopy time. The factor of politically appropriate didn’t exist.

RITHOLTZ: To say the very least.

MACK: All proper. So I’m 21, 22 years previous. I’m at Smith Barney. I’m a municipal dealer. Then I am going into the company bond market. And I hear about these loopy events that Wall Road was throwing and I solely went to at least one and left. I imply, it was principally strippers and other people getting drunk. And you understand, I got here from a city of about 12,000 folks in North Carolina, a Baptist faith, primarily. It was a brand new world for me, however it taught me lots. You bought to concentrate and you bought to just remember to don’t get drunk at lunch and you bought to ensure you inform the reality.

RITHOLTZ: Telling the reality is actually a key half, and that’s a theme that comes up many times in your ebook. We’ll get to that in slightly bit. You talked about the New York Inventory Change didn’t permit any new branches to be open. I’ve a obscure recollection of Wall Road being closed on Wednesdays to atone for the paperwork. Inform us slightly bit about that.

MACK: That’s appropriate. They closed on Wednesday to atone for the paperwork, and all of the companies, whether or not it was, to start with, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley at the moment didn’t have an enormous secondary enterprise, we needed to clear up the again workplace. So that you’d shut at midday and take a look at to determine the securities go to Y and these securities go to Z.

RITHOLTZ: Actually paper certificates, runners up and down the road —

MACK: Completely. Completely.

RITHOLTZ: — and delivering.

MACK: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: Speak about, you understand, historical expertise. One of many belongings you talked about was that by the Nineteen Eighties, there have been two key forces driving adjustments on Wall Road; deregulation and expertise.

MACK: Proper. Right.

RITHOLTZ: Inform us about that.

MACK: Effectively, the markets have been altering, they have been world. And as they grew to become world, and also you have been competing world wide, it was clear that you simply wanted to unencumber our securities enterprise to be extra energetic on a worldwide foundation. So we removed a whole lot of regulation. We obtained extra oversight, however not regulatory management. I imply, clearly reported to the SEC, York Inventory Change, et cetera. But it surely wasn’t smothering. I imply, you understand, we weren’t used to it. But it surely was the best factor for the New York Inventory Change to do. There needed to be extra regulation.

And you understand, as I stated earlier, it’s a worldwide market, and also you wish to make it possible for we signify in New York Inventory Change and actually America the right means, and it labored. And the U.Okay. was a lot stricter than we have been; and in Germany, they restricted than we have been. And clearly, the Japanese have been stricter than we have been. And over time, all these completely different regulatory areas from world wide, got here up with a conclusion that we’d like type of an total administration system for danger and regulatory oversight. So for those who took an enormous danger in China, in Japan or in Europe, you wanted to roll that up, so the U.S. regulator or the U.Okay. regulator may see what your total danger was. I believe that was an enormous and a vital transfer.

RITHOLTZ: You spent the primary a part of your profession primarily in fastened revenue. First, you talked about municipals —

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — then company. What was the enchantment of the bond facet of the enterprise?

MACK: Effectively, initially, once I joined Smith Barney, I used to be going to go to Atlanta within the retail workplace and canopy Florida and different southern states. After which I obtained to know a man named George Wilder who had been within the municipal bond enterprise, and a man named John McDougall who was a municipal bond dealer. And so they satisfied me, you understand, I would like you to remain in New York, you’re an ideal salesman, and you may promote and commerce munis with us.

And I like New York and I just like the enterprise, and I just like the funding world of huge pension funds, cash managers and issues like that. So we did a mix of issues, we lined shoppers, after which we happy the will of retail salesmen who wished to purchase munis in New York state or in California or Florida. In order that’s how I obtained into the bond enterprise.

RITHOLTZ: What was it like attempting to construct a group on a bond desk that described within the ebook, may get slightly frenetic?

MACK: Yeah, it was. However you understand, we constructed it over an extended time frame, and all of us grew up over that time frame. And also you’ve discovered that, primary, you needed to be upfront. You needed to focus in your shoppers. You couldn’t get drunk at lunch, which often, all of us obtained drunk at lunch and typically made a mistake. And also you be taught to focus in your shopper and you understand, it grew to become a really private enterprise. And you bought to know who they have been, you bought to know their households.

And I bear in mind once I was at Smith Barney after which at F.S. Smithers, I used to be given the worst accounts as a result of I went from buying and selling to sale, so we’ll dump all these accounts on John Mack.

RITHOLTZ: Give it to the child.

MACK: You bought it. And there was a gentleman named Dick Vanskoy on the Mellon Financial institution, who managed and suggested the state workers of Pennsylvania academics and retirement funds. Big —

RITHOLTZ: That’s an enormous account in Pennsylvania.

MACK: It was big.


MACK: However he was robust as nails. And also you discovered in a short time, that you simply higher be in your toes while you take care of Dick. And I obtained to know him, he was an ideal mentor, taught me lots concerning the enterprise. And I spent a whole lot of time in Pittsburgh, even to the purpose that my spouse and I might exit. I imply, I bear in mind going out to Pittsburgh with these big funds, it was most likely the most important account within the nation, at Mellon Financial institution at the moment.

RITHOLTZ: Actually?

MACK: And a man named Jackie Kugler at Salomon Brothers, and Salomon was the dominant participant within the bond market. They have been the primary broker-banker for the pension funds for the state of Pennsylvania, each the academics and the workers. And I simply stored digging away, working laborious at it. And over time, I grew to become the primary supplier they handled.

And George Polachek (ph), who came visiting from Ukraine after the Russians again then took over in World Struggle II, was operating it. He had been at Solar Life in Canada. And I obtained together with him effectively, and I did a whole lot of enterprise with the Mellon financial institution, to the purpose I grew to become their primary broker-dealer. And Polachek (ph) who liked martinis, walked onto the Salomon ground and screamed out to Kugler, how does it really feel to be quantity two? That’s the setting we’re in.

And I’ll let you know, I imply, I believe enterprise is private. And we obtained to know the folks at Mellon financial institution, whether or not it was, you understand, Sally Yeh’s daughter who was in med faculty, or George Polachek (ph) who was going again over to Europe for some time. We actually labored at attending to know folks and constructing belief. And on the finish of the day, it’s all about belief and it’s all about delivering what you say you’re going to do. And with the assistance of lots of people, that’s what we did. And naturally, my associate in all this was Christy Mack. And as I stated earlier, my shoppers say, look, John, we actually don’t care about you. It’s on Christy, yeah.

RITHOLTZ: Your spouse?

MACK: Yeah. No. She was superior, and is superior.

RITHOLTZ: So you finally grow to be head of the Fastened Revenue Division.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And what was it prefer to go from gross sales and buying and selling to managing an entire group of salespeople and merchants?

MACK: Effectively, it was very completely different and I discovered in a short time, thank God for Dick Fisher, that it’s important to be extra balanced and never as, I don’t know what the phrase is, aggressive, ruthless, uncouth, all of these phrases. We used to take a seat in clusters of 4 salespeople collectively, and we most likely had 5 clusters. And one in every of my guidelines have been that the desk can by no means be empty, you all the time want one particular person there. As a result of, you understand, if nobody is there and the telephone rings, nobody is choosing it up.


MACK: Sometimes, you understand, nobody was there. And I’d stroll in and be actually pissed off about it, and attain over and I might simply clear the desk off on the ground.

RITHOLTZ: Like, wipe every little thing —

MACK: All the things.

RITHOLTZ: — onto the ground?

MACK: Proper. And thank God for Dick Fisher and he stated, look, John, you bought the largest gun within the agency, in that division. Your job isn’t use your gun. So I discovered lots from him and I calm issues down. I wasn’t as aggressive, wasn’t as pushy, however I used to be nonetheless demanding. And look, it’s an ideal enterprise with nice alternatives, however you bought to concentrate. You bought to concentrate to the folks round you. You bought to concentrate to your shoppers.

And this concept of particularly at Morgan Stanley, the surest solution to be fired at Morgan Stanley is the phrase obtained again, you bought a shopper laid someplace, you’re gone. There’s no debate, no dialogue. So we actually centered on attempting to get near our shoppers, give them what they wanted, introduce them to different shoppers that additionally had comparable asset administration tasks. And Morgan Stanley at the moment was actually rising from a pure funding financial institution that lined, you understand, AT&T, IBM, Southern Cal, you title it, they’d it, the Authorities of Japan. And we actually labored at imbuing that tradition of top quality enterprise in a firstclass means into the Morgan Stanley gross sales and buying and selling enterprise.

RITHOLTZ: So let’s speak slightly bit about a few of the belongings you mentioned within the ebook. You described how completely different Wall Road is right now from while you started. Inform us slightly bit concerning the means of finance being institutionalized, and the way the tradition has modified.

MACK: Effectively, I believe the largest change is the markets grew to become so massive and world, that Wall Road needed to change. So for those who return to once I began the enterprise, principally, your shopper base was right here in america. However over time, as globalization occurred, your shoppers could be everywhere in the world. And other people have been increasingly centered on what are the utmost returns we will make in investing. And it obtained to be a 24 hours a day buying and selling, whether or not you’re in China or Japan or Europe or U.S. So that you needed to be in your sport, and also you additionally needed to be obtainable to do enterprise at night time. And our merchants oftentimes will keep up all night time to fulfill inquiries coming in from China or be there early within the morning for London.

So globalization was the massive change, after which expertise added to it. Know-how allowed folks to see markets and right here we’re at Bloomberg, they have been taking a look at machines. They may let you know what was occurring in Hong Kong or what was occurring in Europe. So the markets grew to become 24/7. And consequently, you had the workers and in my case, the fastened revenue division, you wanted folks world wide to have the ability to fulfill shoppers who’re traders, and on the identical time, fulfill shoppers who’re elevating cash by Morgan Stanley. So if AT&T was doing an enormous bond deal, we wish to make it possible for, you understand, the Japanese, the Chinese language and simply go world wide, the Center East, London and again to New York, that every one of our shoppers obtained an opportunity to see and speak to a salesman who had details about the transaction we have been doing for AT&T.

So globalization was the massive change. Then add to that, and right here we’re at Bloomberg, expertise. You understand, once I obtained within the enterprise, there was no expertise. You had slightly machine that might do rates of interest for you. You understand, you’d put in a value and it will provide you with what the yield is. However now, you go into Morgan Stanley, you go into JPMorgan or Goldman, it makes no distinction. Each desk has a field with information and data. And for those who return once I obtained within the enterprise in early, early ‘70s, matter of truth, within the late ‘60s, that didn’t exist. I imply, folks would exit for lunch, and you understand, take a pair hours. You didn’t miss something. However right now, you don’t depart your desk.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. And I’d say the very least. So that you helped to construct a really particular tradition at Morgan Stanley. What goes into constructing a aggressive funding financial institution? How do you create and maintain that tradition?

MACK: Effectively, I believe by and huge, individuals who come into the enterprise are aggressive. They wish to obtain and so they wish to do effectively. What I used to be attempting to do was to take all this, I assume braveness is the mistaken phrase, this aggressiveness, this skill to construct enterprise, and the way do you make it right into a one agency versus the blokes in San Francisco, they get an order, don’t share it with New York. If we do it, you understand, we’ll get extra of a fee.

So what I used to be attempting to do once I took over the fastened revenue division is to create a one agency entity. I name it the one-firm agency. And I introduced in a man named Tom DeLong, who I’ve met on an airplane. So Christy and I have been out in Utah, we have been looking to buy a home as a result of we began choosing up snowboarding. And by the best way, I’m a horrible skier. So I’m speaking to this man on the airplane and I stated to him, what do you do? And he stated, I’m a professor at BYU, and I’m coming again to speak to AT&T, their administration group about, you understand, managing folks and evaluations, et cetera. And I stated, effectively, look, I’d such as you to come back in and see me when you may have time. I’d like to speak to you.

So Tom is available in. And by the best way, now, Tom is a professor at Harvard College. So Tom is available in and he interviews my senior group. And he is available in, he stated, effectively, right here’s what folks assume, to get forward at this division, they need to be your mates.


MACK: Precisely. That’s proper. And in the event that they’re not your pal, they don’t make it. And he stated, that might not be actuality, however that’s what all of them imagine.

RITHOLTZ: That’s the notion.

MACK: So he stated, what it is best to do is about up an unbiased group of individuals. Allow them to make a presentation to you of the expertise that ought to be promoted. And you understand, when you’ve got a robust objection, you’ll be able to say that, however by and huge, it is best to settle for what they put in entrance of you. In order that’s precisely what they did. They took me choosing who’s going to be promoted. And there was a promotion committee, and likewise a compensation committee. After which they’d come to me and make suggestions. And so that you didn’t favor one particular person, you had someplace between 4 and eight folks on these committees.

And once they introduced it to me, until I had one thing very particular that I’d say, effectively, let me let you know why I disagree, I accepted the advice. And that transfer actually modified the tradition of the division, and it got here into, you understand, you don’t need to be Max’s pal (ph) or anybody else. It’s about being skilled, direct and sincere. And your friends would do the analysis on the way you’re doing, what you’re doing and what try to be doing.

RITHOLTZ: That is the total 360 evaluate.

MACK: Precisely.

RITHOLTZ: And the friends would additionally anonymously evaluate their managers.

MACK: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: And what was the outcomes from these types of issues?

MACK: Effectively, in some circumstances, we discovered that managers weren’t setting the best tone so far as being energetic and dealing with them. They have been reluctant, oftentimes, to exit with salesmen and assist them entertain with shoppers or spend time with shoppers. So it actually put extra stress on managers to be concerned and never simply sit in an workplace or on a buying and selling desk on the far finish, and simply, you understand, benefit from folks working laborious, however they’re not concerned. So we obtained extra concerned.

And it additionally obtained us to eradicate a few of the managers. Whenever you noticed these 360 critiques and a few of the information, and you then would dive into it and discover out they’re proper, we’re not going to have folks like that at this agency. So not a whole lot of discount at headcounts, however a couple of folks we requested to go away.

RITHOLTZ: And also you talked concerning the willingness of senior administration to help with shoppers. You appeared to be prepared to leap on a airplane to go wherever on the earth, China, to Tokyo. It didn’t matter for those who may assist shut a deal. You have been there.

MACK: That’s true. I imply, primary, I really like the enterprise. I imply, to go to China and construct the relationships we inbuilt China, or go to Europe, it didn’t make any distinction the place I went. I really like the enterprise. And you understand, China was simply opening up. And one of many guys who was once on the World Financial institution stated, you understand, John, what China actually wants, I believe it was Ed Lim, it wants an funding financial institution.

So we fashioned a small funding financial institution owned primarily by the Chinese language, however Morgan Stanley on 30% of it. And we constructed a securities enterprise with the Chinese language in China. And Wang Qishan, who was the Vice Premier, he was the gentleman I labored with. And it took a whole lot of time, however the Chinese language wished create their very own capital markets. They wished to be unbiased, and so they wished the flexibility to go world wide and lift cash, as a result of we do in any American funding financial institution.

And I’ll let you know one of many issues that basically touched me. We’re speaking about China, however let’s say China Communist. We’re speaking about diehard communists. Wang Qishan who was operating the central financial institution at the moment, after which he was given the accountability by Zhu Rongji to construct a securities enterprise. And I’m working with him to do that three way partnership and he flies over to New York, and we’re sitting in my workplace on no matter ground at Morgan Stanley. And we’re there for about an hour and a half, we’re making zero progress. We’re not getting wherever.

And I’ve been in Europe with him and talked to him over there. We have been making progress there. And now right here he’s in New York and there’s like an enormous heavy stone on him. I checked out him and I lastly discovered he’s a sequence smoker. I stated Qishan, mild him up. He stated, I can’t try this. I stated, what do you imply you’ll be able to’t try this? He stated, in New York, you’ll be able to’t smoke inside. I stated, in my workplace, you are able to do something you need. Gentle him up. And he smoked Luckys. Are you able to think about smoking Luckys? He smoked Luckys, he lit up, we obtained the deal performed.

RITHOLTZ: No filter, proper?

MACK: No filter. We obtained the deal performed. And I preserve reflecting again, you bought to concentrate to the one that’s within the room with you.

RITHOLTZ: However I’m impressed that he is aware of the native guidelines and customs in New York.

MACK: Yeah. Very respectful.

RITHOLTZ: That’s actually spectacular. So that you open this three way partnership in China. Is Morgan Stanley the primary U.S. Financial institution to open a three way partnership in China?

MACK: It was. I do know the U.Okay. banks, Hong Kong financial institution out of a U.Okay. possession. However we have been the primary financial institution. However you understand, I’m certain JPMorgan had some type of outlet there, however extra for banking and taking deposits and doing conventional banking enterprise. However from a buying and selling viewpoint, securities enterprise, due to Ed Lim, who as I stated, labored on the UN stated, you understand, China actually wants capital markets and this funding banking enterprise. And together with his assist, we began a small funding financial institution there which continued to develop.

RITHOLTZ: So not simply the division in China grew, however all of Morgan Stanley grew. And ultimately, you got here to comprehend, hey, we now have all this funding banking and buying and selling expertise, however we don’t have a retail drive, the best way any individual like Merrill Lynch does. And lo and behold, alongside comes Dean Witter —

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — doubtlessly an ideal merger candidate. Inform us slightly bit about why that appeared like a good suggestion at the moment.

MACK: Certain. Effectively, what we noticed in Merrill Lynch, which historically had been a pure retail agency, due to their big community, primary, they’d higher info not solely from what’s occurring within the retail market, but additionally from establishments. You understand, for those who have been in Des Moines in Iowa, and also you knew the native president of the First Financial institution of Iowa, you bought higher info. And in the event that they have been going to purchase Treasury securities, or municipals, you bought that order.

So we noticed that we have been getting restricted info. After which Sears, who had purchased Dean Witter. I believe it was Ed Brennan and Phil Purcell had been a administration marketing consultant I believe from McKinsey, however undecided of that. And he satisfied Brennan that, you understand, for those who actually are going to be in retail, you may have Sears shops in every single place. Each metropolis of 100,000 folks, there was a Sears retailer. And he stated, you understand, we should open up Dean Witter places of work in all these Sears shops, and that’s what they did. And it grew and grew.

After which they got here to the purpose that Purcell satisfied Sears, let’s spin it out and take this firm public. So Morgan Stanley was chosen to be the lead underwriter on the spin-out of Dean Witter from Sears. So Dick Fisher calls me and I meet Purcell, who I favored, and I checked out their enterprise and the data they have been getting from shoppers versus what we have been getting. And so they have been in each, effectively, what number of Sears shops are there? They have been in every single place.

RITHOLTZ: At their peak, I believe there have been like 3,000 one thing.

MACK: Yeah. So they’d higher info.


MACK: So, you understand, we talked and talked. And eventually, we got here to the conclusion on a handshake to do the deal. Sears and Dean Witter was a lot bigger in market cap than Morgan Stanley. So it was agreed upon, and he wouldn’t do it with out being the CEO. And we had a few dinners in New York with Dick Fisher and him, Ed Brennan. And to get the deal performed, he needed to be the CEO. So Fisher says to me in a non-public assembly in his workplace, I’m not going to allow you to do that journey or do that administration coaching. I stated, effectively, Dick, at that time, it’s not our agency, it’s shareholders’ agency. And for me to say that to Dick Fisher was type of ridiculous as a result of he was all the time educating me concerning the enterprise. And he was a beautiful man and a sensible man.

So I stated, look, that is what is sensible for shareholders. I’ll take the quantity two job. Phil is an efficient man. I’ll get together with him. And let’s do that merger. And we did. And what we additionally inherited after we did that merger was Uncover card.

RITHOLTZ: Which was additionally a cash machine.

MACK: It was a cash machine. However you understand, we clashed, and we clashed within the sense, like I stated I believe earlier, if I have been out in Sacramento, seeing the state funds of California, and I had an additional hour, I might drop by, you understand, the native workplace, the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter workplace, and go and speak to a salesman. And clearly, you understand, salesmen who’re on fee, by and huge, do an excellent job, however all the time have complaints.

And I heard the complaints and I got here again and I talked to the supervisor of all retail, and I talked to Purcell. After which Purcell stated to me, you understand, John, you’ll be able to’t try this. I stated, what do you imply I can’t try this? You may’t simply drop into workplace and speak to them. I stated, effectively, final time I checked, you understand, you’re the CEO, however I’m president of the agency. I’m in Sacramento, seeing Safeway shops, and also you’re telling me I can’t go into the workplace and speak to them? He stated, effectively, you understand, Ed Brennan would by no means try this at Sears. And I stated, you understand, this isn’t severe. And so proper then, we knew we had a problem.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. He was very danger averse and also you have been very hands-on.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: It looks like from day one, a conflict of the Titans was teeing up.

MACK: Yeah. However not from day one. I imply, look, they’d constructed an ideal enterprise in retail, Dean Witter. They’d brokers everywhere in the nation doing enterprise. They didn’t have a global enterprise. I believe they thought worldwide was going to Canada. It was simply two completely different cultures. And nobody challenged or spoke up both to a man named Jimmy who ran the retail enterprise or, clearly, Purcell who ran each retail establishment and the bank card enterprise.

And my view at Morgan Stanley and I did this with Dick Jake Fisher, and other people did it with me. In my workplace, I don’t care what you say to me. I wish to hear it and it didn’t matter whether or not you didn’t try this. And that was the massive cultural change.

RITHOLTZ: So given the kind of face to face when it comes to tradition, Purcell’s group, a minimum of for some time, appear to have received. You ultimately got here to comprehend he was lowering your authority —

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — step-by-step. And at a sure level, you’re like, I don’t wish to simply be a figurehead.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And so that you resigned.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: Inform us what that was like too, you’d been at Morgan Stanley for fairly some time.

MACK: Yeah. Effectively, it was troublesome, however I couldn’t keep there below a philosophy or a administration type the place you’re not allowed to go to your boss and inform them, you understand, I believe you’re a jerk. And I had numerous folks say that to me and I didn’t get even with them. I simply modified a few of the issues. Generally they have been proper. I wasn’t certain. It’s simply two completely different cultures.

I imply, Morgan Stanley constructed its enterprise on telling shoppers precisely what they thought. They didn’t sugarcoat it. They didn’t attempt to say, you understand, possibly slightly this, slightly that. They instructed the shopper, these are the problems. And that’s the best way I grew up, and that’s the best way Dick Fisher was. In order a lot as I attempted to alter, I used to be depressing. I couldn’t do it. And he put me in control of the retail system, however every little thing was bounced by him earlier than I may make any choices. Look, it’s their type, it had been profitable. The retail enterprise was necessary to the agency. And by placing retail and establishment collectively, we had super clout. However from a managerial viewpoint, it’s not the tradition I wished to be in.

RITHOLTZ: Let’s speak slightly bit a couple of interval the place you have been simply bored {golfing}. You permit Morgan Stanley. You’re actually undecided what the following chapter in your life goes to be. And you then get a telephone name concerning the mess that was Credit score Suisse.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: What made you interested in coming in and attempting to scrub up Credit score Suisse First Boston?

MACK: Effectively, I obtained a name from Lionel Pincus and I assume —

RITHOLTZ: From Warburg Pincus?

MACK: Proper. They’d an enormous funding with the Swiss and so they weren’t pleased with what was occurring. So I met with him, and I met different folks within the administration of Credit score Suisse. And I stated to Christy, I might relatively do that job and remorse it than not do that job and remorse it. In order that’s how I made the choice.

RITHOLTZ: Remorse minimization framework.

MACK: Precisely.

RITHOLTZ: A great way to consider it. We must always speak extra about your spouse as a result of it looks like she recurrently provides you good recommendation and ship you off to apologize for one thing you stated.

MACK: That’s true.

RITHOLTZ: And also you speak about that within the ebook. We’ll circle again to that later. So I’m amused by the headline, Wall Road Fears Huge Mack Assault. What was the expectation put up Morgan Stanley? What did the road assume you’re going to come back in and do with Credit score Suisse?

MACK: Effectively, in Morgan Stanley once I thought, particularly within the fastened revenue division and at the moment, it’s the one factor I ran, that we have been too fats. You understand, we have to do a discount. So I did and —

RITHOLTZ: And this isn’t simply headcount. You described some fairly egregious spending —

MACK: Oh, yeah.

RITHOLTZ: — occurring at Credit score Suisse.

MACK: Yeah. Effectively, it was completely uncontrolled. And you understand, the Swiss have been type of absentee landlords. And so they have been used to getting all this cash in a Swiss checking account and some huge cash coming in, I assume, from different elements of the world. So it was fairly simple once I obtained there, that we needed to do some headcount discount. Once I obtained there, by my bankers who had labored for me at Morgan Stanley, who have been massive in expertise, Frank Quattrone —

RITHOLTZ: Certain. Big.

MACK: — and his group. And once I noticed what sort of cash they have been making, it was mind-boggling. So I flew out to see them and I stated, look, guys, I’ll pay you some huge cash. There’s no query about that. However what you’re doing, and the amount of cash you’re making now versus the remainder of the agency, and utilizing the steadiness sheet within the agency is unacceptable. So we’re going to have to determine a means. I would like you to make some huge cash. I believe it’s an ideal motivator. However that is completely uncontrolled. And I want I may bear in mind precisely a few of the numbers, however they have been numbers like I’d by no means seen earlier than.

RITHOLTZ: It was order of magnitudes bigger than the remainder of the road?

MACK: It’s massive. They obtained a bit of each deal. They did.

RITHOLTZ: Personally?

MACK: Personally. So you understand, one in every of them says, you understand, John, that is in our contract. However I believe this compensation is means out of kilter. And simply so as to add slightly coloration to this, once I stated to them I wish to come out and I would like you to come back to New York, and we obtained to speak about these contracts. And that is after 9/11. And so they say, effectively, we’re afraid to try this. I stated, effectively, inform me why. Effectively, after 9/11, we don’t go to New York. I stated, okay, choose a metropolis, I’ll meet you within the metropolis. So I met them in Denver. Once I take into consideration that, how absurd that’s.

So I flew out to Denver, and I took Steve Volk who had been at Shearman & Sterling because the lead lawyer, lead associate. He had joined me to assist clear up Credit score Suisse. So I sit with George Boutros, Quattrone and I believe a man named Brady, and I stated, look, I would like you to make some huge cash. I don’t have any challenge with that. However that is craziness and I can’t try this. And so they stated, effectively, look, it might be craziness, however that’s our contract. I stated, it might be your contract and I’ll see you in courtroom and we’ll combat it out. And I gave up the contracts, however I nonetheless paid them some huge cash. However you’ll be able to’t create a tradition when you may have one-offs doing no matter they wish to do.

RITHOLTZ: You described it as anybody with a private fiefdom is a horrible concept for a agency.

MACK: Completely. And so they’re good. They have been good. You want to a room filled with Frank Quattrones. However you bought to be managed and you bought to be a group participant.

RITHOLTZ: So somebody stated to you round this time, hey, we’ve given up some huge cash. What about you, John, what have you ever given up?

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And what was your response?

MACK: I gave up the contract.

RITHOLTZ: So that you gave up a couple of third of your wage?

MACK: Yeah, I did.

RITHOLTZ: That’s an enormous chunk of money.

MACK: However for those who’re going to ask folks to surrender their contract, you’ll be able to’t be completely different than them. This time period that I run from Tom DeLong, it’s a one-firm agency, all of us need to be in it collectively. So for me to maintain the contract, it’s simply not the best factor to do. And likewise, I discovered a lot from Dick Fisher. I’m wanting means down the highway. I’m not wanting about what’s going to occur subsequent week or two weeks from now.

RITHOLTZ: Effectively, that’s an excellent technique in investing to say the very least. You wrote within the ebook, the Swiss and Swiss bankers have been not like every other bankers you’re employed with within the U.Okay., in China, in Japan. What made the Swiss a lot of a one-off?

MACK: Effectively, they have been very unbiased. They’d a lock on sure shoppers, whether or not it was leaders out of the Center East or oligarchs in Russia, they obtained some huge cash coming in as a result of they have been Swiss. They’d an ideal franchise, and so they actually lived off their non-public banking enterprise. And of their funding banking enterprise, they’d a man who was very gifted, very good named Allen Wheat and so they had different those who are available. However everybody was operating it for their very own return into their very own pocket.

And so once I obtained there, I lower commissions. I obtained Frank and his guys to surrender a few of their cash. And somebody stated, you understand, we’re slicing commissions and getting much less. Will you surrender your contract? And I did. So it simply wasn’t being managed. And the Swiss, you understand, they make some huge cash as a result of they get cash from all of the locations that possibly JPMorgan and others wouldn’t take. They did a whole lot of investing with that cash. They obtained to hold on a few of it. It’s an ideal system for operating a really worthwhile enterprise.

However the world was altering, and disclosure was changing into increasingly open. Individuals wish to know, you understand, who has the cash, the place’s it going, how’s cash being transferred. And we lastly obtained that to begin shifting and altering in Switzerland. And I used to be fairly robust on them. And naturally, they thought I used to be essentially the most conceited particular person they ever met, and I assumed they have been the dumbest folks I’ve ever met so —

RITHOLTZ: Within the ebook, you described truly saying that to their face.

MACK: I did.

RITHOLTZ: Given how secretive they’re and the way lower than group focus they have been, you knew this match wasn’t going to final without end. How lengthy did you final at Credit score Suisse?

MACK: I believe I lasted a minimum of two years, possibly three.

RITHOLTZ: Lengthy sufficient to begin displaying a revenue within the agency.

MACK: Oh, yeah. We began being profitable. It was nice. I imply, I bear in mind the Olayan Group out of the Center East stated to me, and so they have been an enormous investor in Credit score Suisse, John, you’ve performed an ideal job. We’re lastly being profitable once more. However I can’t take folks telling me, you understand, you don’t have entry for this, you don’t have entry for that. My view, which drove him loopy, was to open up their vault and let the European Jews are available and say how a lot cash Credit score Suisse took when World Struggle II began.


MACK: You understand, how concerning the work they’d? What’s a financial institution doing with a Renoir in a secure?

RITHOLTZ: What was the response to that?

MACK: They didn’t prefer it.

RITHOLTZ: Yeah. I can think about.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: So that you ended up leaving Credit score Suisse not lengthy after.

MACK: Effectively, they wouldn’t renew my contract.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. So it wasn’t such as you have been out after which fired. It was after your contract ended.

MACK: No, I used to be fired.

RITHOLTZ: So non-renewal and what was the firing like? Inform us slightly bit about that. Was it comparatively well mannered and nice? The Swiss, they’re not fairly German, they’re not fairly French, their customs are slightly bit completely different than the remainder of Europe.

MACK: Effectively, once I went to Credit score Suisse, they stated that I may choose somebody that I favored and trusted, a pal to go on the board. And I requested a man named Tom Bell, who’s an in depth pal of mine, he used to run Y&R promoting company, after which he ran Cousins Properties in Atlanta, to go on the board. Then he known as me after their assembly and stated, John, be ready, they’re going to fireplace you tomorrow. I stated, effectively, thanks for heads-up. So I went in, they fired me.

And I sat and I stated, you understand, Walter, what do you consider this? Making an attempt to get them to speak, however they didn’t need any a part of speaking. And look, you understand, I don’t have any challenge with the agency. I assume you may say I used to be aggressive or obnoxious, one or the opposite. However we turned the place round.


MACK: We began being profitable. However, look, I don’t assume typically, we now have to ask my mates and individuals who know me. I don’t assume I’m conceited. However clearly, I got here throughout as conceited know-it-all. And so they shot me so, you understand —

RITHOLTZ: However you had performed an excellent job there. Let’s speak a bit about Mack the Knife, proper?

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: So there’s Chainsaw Al, there’s Neutron Jack. I don’t get the sense that you simply have been as blase about having to cut back headcounts as another CEOs have been.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: It struck me that Mack the Knife kind of rankled you slightly bit, a minimum of that’s the way it comes throughout within the ebook.

MACK: Yeah. I didn’t thoughts it. I imply, being generally known as Mack the Knife, it type of constructed a popularity for me. I’d go to a bar someplace, I’d go to Christmas social gathering with a whole lot of Wall Road guys, and invariably, somebody could be pointing and says Mack the Knife.


MACK: I’ve an ego. I like that. I’m Mack the Knife.

RITHOLTZ: That’s fairly good. So now, you get fired at Credit score Suisse.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And in the meantime, Morgan Stanley run by the considerably danger averse, Phil Purcell, begins falling behind all their opponents.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And lo and behold, there may be an agitation to have some change —

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Inform us what occurs subsequent.

MACK: Effectively, I’m at Pequot which is a hedge fund with —

RITHOLTZ: Artwork Samberg.

MACK: — Artwork Samberg and having an excellent time. And Morgan Stanley is falling on. After which Parker Gilbert, who had been the chairman of the agency, and I believe going all the best way again, his stepfather was one of many unique companions. And JPMorgan spun out and began Morgans —

RITHOLTZ: Wasn’t he associated to Henry Morgan additionally? I imply —

MACK: That I don’t know. I don’t assume so, however I don’t know that. Charles Morgan was associated to Henry Morgan, who was not on the Administration Committee, however there was a relationship going all the best way again to the Morgans. So Parker obtained along with numerous retired companions who personal an amazing quantity of Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter inventory now. And so they went on a marketing campaign to drive personnel out, and on the finish of the day, they have been profitable.

RITHOLTZ: And also you get the telephone name?

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: You, once more, briefly considered it. What did your spouse say to you?

MACK: Effectively, she stated I needed to do it. She stated, John, that agency is a part of you and also you’ve performed a lot. You bought to return and do that.

RITHOLTZ: So that you simply return.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: Your first day of labor, you walked into the buying and selling room to ship simply, hey, I’m again. What’s that have like?

MACK: Effectively, I believe Christy, who’s my spouse, would say, apart from having our youngsters, it was the happiest second of her life. She would say that, John, we grew up at Morgan Stanley. We knew the tradition. And to come back again, and to have folks simply operating to get to the door to welcome us in, it was emotional. I assume a whole lot of it’s simply the circumstances. They hadn’t been managed the best way I believe they need to have been managed. They didn’t have a reference to the management of the agency. They’d grow to be danger averse. And it was now not, you understand, the sense of you do effectively, you get rewarded. So the meritocracy factor had simply dissipated away.

So to stroll in and have folks scrambling to, you understand, get to see me or —

RITHOLTZ: Had it felt good?

MACK: Yeah, it did. It did good. And I’ll always remember once I obtained up into the auditorium to speak to folks and I stated, you understand, I all the time wished to see all of you once more, however I by no means thought I might see you by coming again in right here, again to Morgan Stanley and doing it. But it surely was a thrill. I imply, you understand, you don’t get many probabilities to redo, or recorrect, or change what had occurred and return the best way it was. And we have been in a position to try this, and it was a excessive. And you understand, I get Christy and listen to me. To her, as I stated, apart from the children, that was the spotlight of our marriage. So I started working on it and do another issues.

RITHOLTZ: And I discussed while you first got here in, and I’m certain you don’t bear in mind this, the day you have been introduced in, you have been doing a media tour. And I’ve a vivid recollection of sitting in a make-up chair within the greenroom at CNBC.


RITHOLTZ: And also you and another folks blow in, hello, I’m John Mack.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: Hello. Good to fulfill you. What was that about? I requested and somebody stated, oh, that’s John Mack. He simply got here again to run Morgan Stanley. I’m like, oh, isn’t that nice? And that was, I don’t know, was it ’05? It’s like 15, 17 years in the past?

MACK: Yeah, one thing like that. Sure.

RITHOLTZ: Yeah. Actually, actually fascinating. And also you in a short time rebuilt the agency’s tradition. Inform us what you probably did to carry again the one-firm agency —

MACK: Certain.

RITHOLTZ: — and the meritocracy. How did you get Morgan Stanley again on the straight and slender once more?

MACK: Effectively, primary, you needed to return it to meritocracy. And we had a whole lot of conferences both in massive teams, small teams. Christy and I, one of many issues we did early on, if there was a golf outing at Morgan Stanley with shoppers, for those who went out, it’d be all males. And sometimes, there’d be one girl who performed golf. So Christy and I stated, effectively, let’s do issues. I would like ladies to be in control of entertaining them than doing their very own golf outings.

So we obtained David Ledbetter and his guys are available, and we did golf classes up in Buy, New York for our ladies professionals. After which we took them all the way down to North Carolina six or seven months later, at a membership we belonged to known as Landfall and we had, you understand, the golf academics come up and work with them. And the fantastic thing about it’s now the ladies have their very own golf outing women-only, which I believe is terrific.

So what we tried to do is pull folks collectively and speak about how do you make this an ideal agency once more, as a result of the roots are there, the bones are there. And it was about reaching out and bringing folks collectively, and dealing for our shoppers and ensuring that we handled folks pretty.

RITHOLTZ: So there’s a quote of yours within the ebook that I discovered fascinating. You wrote, sure risk-taking conduct multiplied exponentially when funding banks have been transformed from partnerships to publicly traded corporations. I couldn’t agree extra.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: Inform us your ideas.

MACK: Effectively, the thought was when it was a associate’s cash, they have been way more conservative.

RITHOLTZ: They have been actually joint in a number of liabilities, actually on the hook —

MACK: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: — if the agency misplaced cash. That’s obtained to focus your consideration.

MACK: Oh, it does. And relying on the place you have been, which agency, however the tradition, Morgan Stanley had been a pure funding financial institution, and so they actually didn’t have gross sales and buying and selling both in equities or in fastened revenue. However what grew to become obvious that companies like Salomon Brothers, have been making big inroads as a result of Jackie Kugler at Salomon may name the CFO at IBM or AT&T and say, hear what pension funds are pondering and doing along with your inventory. We expect there’s a chance you may float $100 million fairness deal or bond deal. They’d higher info.

And Morgan Stanley didn’t have that gross sales and buying and selling enterprise. We weren’t speaking to portfolio managers as merchants. We have been speaking to them as we’re pricing AT&T at 7-1As (ph). What number of would you like? That’s the best way it labored. However different companies, together with Goldman Sachs, they have been a two-way store. They have been shopping for and promoting debt and equities with pension funds, and get a whole lot of info. What have been they on the lookout for? And what have been they doing? And you then take that again and also you present it to New Jersey Bell Phone otherwise you present it to, you understand, AT&T or IBM. You’re bringing that CFO or that treasurer extra info, so he can work out what’s the following transfer for AT&T or Southern Bell?

RITHOLTZ: So was it inevitable that these companies needed to go public simply so they’d entry to these swimming pools of capital to increase into buying and selling and underwriting and every little thing else?

MACK: Yeah, as a result of on the finish of the day, the chance element went up dramatically. And you understand, for those who undergo the disaster, most likely if you weren’t a public firm, you’d have worn out the partnership. So that you wanted to have a robust base of capital and promoting fairness, and being within the public market gave you that. It additionally gave you the liquidity to go available in the market to lift extra fairness for those who want it, or do a bond do.

RITHOLTZ: I used to assume, hey, massive mistake going from partnership to public —

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — due to the change in danger profile. But it surely kind of sounds prefer it was inevitable that every one these partnerships would ultimately go public.

MACK: Yeah. Effectively, you understand, what’s fascinating, for those who have a look at Lazard, they nonetheless do enterprise. It was truncated. It’s not what it was once. Should you’re a CFO or a CEO, you wish to know what are the hedge funds doing? State of California, State of New York, massive swimming pools of cash of their pension funds, what are they pondering? What do they want? You need that type of information. You wish to know what are traders on the lookout for?

And I believe, you understand, for those who look again, and it was troublesome, we went by a tough time. The Dean Witter merger actually modified the agency. Now, you had unbelievable banking, with the retail. And the quantity of knowledge that you may carry to a CEO or CFO about markets after which the distribution community you now had was an enormous benefit. And I believe that’s one of many causes Morgan Stanley has performed so effectively.

RITHOLTZ: Actually fascinating. We’ll speak about books in a short while, however you appear to all through your ebook, quote Ron Chernow’s Home of Morgan lots.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: How useful was that in doing all your analysis to jot down this?

MACK: Effectively, I had learn the ebook years in the past, so I didn’t do a whole lot of work to dig down. So I might say little or no.

RITHOLTZ: Oh, actually?

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: As a result of he simply goes berserk on the analysis facet.

MACK: That’s proper.

RITHOLTZ: All the things he does is so deeply and richly researched.

MACK: He was by no means a bond salesman like me.

RITHOLTZ: Effectively, you have been truly on the within, so it’s slightly completely different. One of many different belongings you wrote was everyone obtained the monetary disaster mistaken. And within the run-up to it, folks simply didn’t anticipate the underside draw (ph) out that a lot. Inform us slightly bit about what occurred with Morgan Stanley, main as much as the monetary disaster?

MACK: Effectively, primary, we had an excessive amount of danger. There was no query about that. However we weren’t alone. And we didn’t have a fortress steadiness sheet like a JPMorgan would have or perhaps a Citibank. You understand, nobody is aware of when the bullets are available, however the bullet got here and shot a whole lot of us. And a whole lot of these corporations both merged or went out of enterprise.

And all I can say is thank God for the Japanese and what they did. I imply, that was the lifesaver. They obtained us by.

RITHOLTZ: Thanks, Mitsubishi with Morgan Stanley.

MACK: Yeah. And as I stated to you earlier, they remembered our tradition as a result of we might all the time have Japanese trainees. And so they stood up, and that’s what saved us.

RITHOLTZ: So that you inform a narrative within the ebook, you may have Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Tim Geithner coming to you to say, hey, you guys need to discover a merger associate.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And the response is we now have $180 billion in capital. That is going to be a painful interval, however we’ll survive.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: What was their response?

MACK: They didn’t care.

RITHOLTZ: Didn’t care?


RITHOLTZ: Get extra capital.

MACK: Completely.

RITHOLTZ: So that you attain out to Financial institution of Mitsubishi.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And also you’re ready for the time period sheet to come back in.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And it’s midnight, and it’s 2:00, and it’s 4:00 a.m. It’s 6:00 a.m. After which Tim Geithner calls, after which Hank Paulson calls, after which a 3rd time, Tim Geithner calls. What occurs subsequent?

MACK: Effectively, what occurs, the test flew in to Boston, and we needed to ship one in every of our bankers as much as choose up the test and fly again. So he was at residence. It’s over the weekend. And he went up in his dungarees and trainers, and picked up a test for, I don’t know, a billion some, and introduced it down. I obtained a duplicate of it framed in my workplace again on the townhouse. The Japanese saved us. They saved us as a result of they bear in mind our tradition. And we used to coach tons of Japanese bankers at Morgan Stanley.

RITHOLTZ: So that you’re ready for the ultimate phrase from Financial institution of Mitsubishi.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: I believe you understand the place I’m going.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And now, Geithner requires the umpteenth time and your secretary pokes her head after which says, it was the top of New York Fed —

MACK: Of New York Fed. Proper.

RITHOLTZ: — Tim Geithner and he’s insistent.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And also you principally stated, we’re going to determine this out ourselves.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And you probably did.

MACK: And we did. Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And what’s your relationship with Tim now?

MACK: I favored him.


MACK: I imply, hear, to me, I hope it’s not private to him. And the purpose was I’m attempting to save lots of the agency. I can’t take all these calls once I’m speaking to the Japanese. So you understand, we’re below the gun. He’s a good man. However he had his job to do and I had my job to do. And on the finish of the day, it labored.

RITHOLTZ: And actually, the Treasury Division faucets Morgan Stanley to assist with the AIG bailout.

MACK: Yeah, they did.

RITHOLTZ: In order that was an excellent working relationship. You truly had an excellent relationship with Hank Paulson —

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: — from when he was CEO of Goldman.

MACK: Yeah, he’s one of the best. Effectively, look, he’s sincere. He’s good. He’s simple. He will get issues performed. I’ve a whole lot of respect for Hank Paulson.

RITHOLTZ: Earlier than we get to our favourite questions, there have been a few little curveballs I wished to throw you. There’s a narrative within the ebook, you talked about any individual who you go to, who you understand is a big Duke basketball fan. And also you requested him to surrender a part of his bonus, as you have been doing.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And really begrudgingly, he did it for the group.

MACK: Proper.

RITHOLTZ: And you then get Coach Okay concerned. Inform us that story. It’s charming.

MACK: Effectively, he was an enormous fan of Duke and I wanted him onboard with what I used to be attempting to do. And he gave up some energy and cash to accommodate me. And Mike Krzyzewski is an efficient pal of mine, an in depth pal of mine. So I known as Coach Okay and I stated, Mike, do me a favor. Will you name this gentleman and simply inform him how a lot I respect what he’s performed and that you’re pleased that you simply helped my pal John Mack out? So Mike calls the man and he stated, look, I wish to let you know what you probably did is absolutely one thing. John Mack is, he didn’t name me an a-hole, he stated John Mack is a egocentric robust man, and what you probably did simply warmed his coronary heart. And I wish to thanks as a result of he’s my pal. The salesperson was on cloud 9.

RITHOLTZ: I can think about. After which one other curveball I obtained to ask you —

MACK: Certain.

RITHOLTZ: — you as soon as stole Barton Biggs’ automotive.

MACK: We hid it. His automotive was a dump.

RITHOLTZ: Proper. It was a clunker. He had a damaged rear window.

MACK: Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: He simply taped it off. He didn’t even substitute the window.

MACK: Yeah, we hid the automotive and he was like —

RITHOLTZ: And you then had a make-believe sheriff from North Carolina name him?

MACK: Proper. Yeah.

RITHOLTZ: And what was his response?

MACK: Effectively, he laughed on the finish, however he had no concept what was occurring. And Bart is a superb man, however he is an efficient man to tug pranks on. So what I’ve discovered in pulling pranks —

RITHOLTZ: Of which there are quite a few examples within the ebook.

MACK: However right here’s what I’ve discovered, although. When the prank is on you, snort. As a result of everyone seems to be attempting to get me in a method or one other.

RITHOLTZ: Very, very humorous. So we solely have a couple of minutes left.

MACK: Certain.

RITHOLTZ: Let me soar to a few of my favourite questions that we ask all of our company. Inform us about your early mentors who helped to form your profession.

MACK: Primary, Dick Fisher, simply arms down. He would name me and say, look, John, you bought to do that. I do know you’re aggressive. You’re an ideal salesman. You may’t handle folks and attempt to threaten them and scare them. You bought to ease up. So he did that. Additionally, I may go to him if I had an issue, a query. So he was with out query, my greatest mentor.

And the opposite particular person shouldn’t be that she mentored me, she’s my spouse. She’ll say, John, you understand, you wish to attain out to that particular person and you understand their child is sick. You bought him into Kids’s Hospital, the Morgan Stanley Kids’s Hospital. So she’s been a beautiful associate in telling me, you understand, you’re being slightly too aggressive, again down. And I believe she’s proper, I’ve softened up. Yeah, I believe I’ve softened up. And that’s one other factor. Morgan Stanley obtained behind us and we constructed this Kids’s Hospital, which the workers love. They go up there on the weekends, and so they learn tales to youngsters.


MACK: That’s the way you construct a tradition, that you simply do issues like that. And I’m attempting to thank Frank Bennack who’s at Hearst Company. He stated to me he thought that was one of the best signal of company philanthropy he’s ever seen. So if a while you’re up close to New York Presbyterian Uptown, for those who go into the Kids’s Hospital, Morgan Stanley Kids’s, you’ll see on the wall that Morgan Stanley gave some huge cash. And you then’ll see names of hedge funds and different shoppers, once they heard what we’re doing, they gave cash.

And you understand, New York is big. You bought, you understand, the Philadelphia Kids’s Hospital. You bought them in Boston. New York Metropolis didn’t have a standalone kids’s hospital. And our workers will go up there now and skim books to the children on the weekend typically.


MACK: It’s a great factor we did. We’re actually, actually pleased with it.

RITHOLTZ: You need to be very happy with that. You talked about books. Let’s speak about a few of your favorites and what are you studying at the moment.

MACK: Effectively, truly, I simply learn my ebook once more. My favourite ebook all-time is Gone with the Wind. Are you able to imagine that?

RITHOLTZ: That’s an enormous ebook, proper?

MACK: It’s a massive ebook. So I’m taking historical past of the south at Duke College. And one of many belongings you needed to do, you needed to learn 50 pages each different day a couple of historical past or one thing with a sound. So I picked up Gone with the Wind. I didn’t put it down till I completed it.

RITHOLTZ: Actually? Wow.

MACK: Should you haven’t learn it, you bought to learn it.

RITHOLTZ: Seen the film, by no means learn the ebook.

MACK: The ebook is superior.

RITHOLTZ: Actually?

MACK: It’s simply superior. So —

RITHOLTZ: What kind of recommendation would you give to a latest faculty graduate who’s enthusiastic about a profession in finance or investing?

MACK: Effectively, primary, it’s important to pursue it. You bought to get within the door. Hopefully, you may have a background that can enable you to. In case your training, let’s say you’re a historical past main, I used to be a historical past main. In case your training doesn’t put you naturally into that glide path, then take programs and get into that glide path. Go to highschool at night time, get your MBA, that helps.

However extra importantly, work out how do you get to know folks inside that firm. Make sure that your job you may have now, you’ve carried out effectively in it. And get to know folks within the firm and get launched by them to the top of a division or division. However you may get in it. I imply, there’s a whole lot of methods to get on this enterprise. And a method of doing it, go work for JPMorgan, their asset administration enterprise. Go work for a hedge fund. Go work for lots of people who’re within the enterprise and be taught type of the day-to-day gross sales and coaching enterprise.

And if you wish to be an M&A specialist, my recommendation is you have to have a level in accounting or an MBA the place you’ll be able to actually zero in and have the coaching that you have to do and try this. You are able to do that enterprise. Should you didn’t have any expertise, if they provide you an opportunity, my level is you bought to offer them sufficient info that they wish to provide you with an opportunity. And the best way you do that’s do further work, or work for a hedge fund, or work for, you understand, whoever it might be and also you’ll get that shot.

RITHOLTZ: And our final query, what have you learnt concerning the world of investing right now that you simply want you knew 50 years or so in the past, while you have been first getting began?

MACK: That nice corporations that you simply put money into, it is best to maintain. And I all the time was on the lookout for the revenue and I made cash on it. However a few of these corporations, effectively, take Apple Laptop.

RITHOLTZ: Good instance.

MACK: I’ll provide you with an ideal instance. My son, 11 years previous, Morgan Stanley takes Apple public. I purchase him a pc. He says, dad, it is a nice firm, I wish to purchase inventory in it. And he’s like 11 or 12 years previous, and he buys shares on it. I believe that small buy is effectively price over a pair million {dollars} when he did.


MACK: So he understood nice corporations and his father did. You maintain them. He’s by no means bought a share.


MACK: And it’s simply been a house run. So I imagine —

RITHOLTZ: Effectively, dad is a dealer. The son is an investor.

MACK: An investor. That’s proper. A wise investor. So I imagine you purchase nice corporations and maintain them, and that’s what we do now. We’ve got a household workplace that helps me, we work with them. And we nonetheless meet and speak to a whole lot of traders.

RITHOLTZ: Fairly fascinating. John, thanks for being so beneficiant along with your time. We’ve got been talking with John Mack, former CEO of Morgan Stanley, and writer of the fascinating ebook Up Shut and All In: Life and Management Classes actually from a Wall Road Warrior.

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