Get the latest market trends in your inbox

Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with the Axios Markets newsletter. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Minneapolis-St. Paul

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa-St. Petersburg news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa-St. Petersburg

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Incoming Goldman Sachs CFO Marty Chavez is a longtime technologist, with a PhD from Stanford in medical IT, two startups under his belt and a career at Goldman Sachs that included time as chief information officer. Yesterday he spoke with Axios about the role of automation in finance. Takeaways:

Past isn't prologue: Chavez acknowledges that many of the current job descriptions at Goldman Sachs won't exist in a decade from now. For example, he notes that the firm had around 600 equity exchange floor traders in 2000, and that the number is now down to two (or actually 1.5, as one of those folks also does something else). In short, that 1.5 is tasked with making sure the computers stay on or, if things go south in a hurry, turning them off.

Adaptability is key: Despite his belief in increased automation, Chavez isn't too concerned about future employment levels at Goldman, arguing that the firm has plenty of opportunity to expand into other business lines. The key for workers, ― which he says applies both on and off Wall Street ― is to not fight against automation for the explicit sake of "same job" protection, because clingy manual input will always lose in the end.

One fun thing: While at Stanford, Chavez shared an office with future Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. They both received identical offer letters from Goldman, which came after a headhunter was asked to compile Stanford computer science PhD with entrepreneurial experience. Chavez accepted, while Hastings did not.

Go deeper

1 hour ago - Health

Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!