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Awkward Holiday Conversation: ‘Hi, I’m a Banker’

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Anshu Jain, co-chief executive of Deutsche Bank, has a problem with his job — it's ever so slightly embarrassing.

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He told a conference of bankers in Germany this week that, in case they hadn't noticed: "If you go to a party these days, you're asked what you do and you say you're a banker, people go all quiet."

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Spare a thought for bankers this office party season, then. When they hit the bars of Manhattan or London, there could be even more potential for social awkwardness than usual. And with more job cuts and a muted bonus season looming, there isn't even as much cash for champagne to go around any more.