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Another banker commits suicide in Hong Kong

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On Tuesday, a 33-year-old trader for investment giant JP Morgan leaped to his death from the roof of the JPMorgan's Asia headquarters in downtown Hong Kong.

Drivers and pedestrians began calling police around 2 p.m., as they observed the man standing atop the 30-story Charter House building.

As officers tried to talk the man out of killing himself, he inched closer to the edge and jumped onto the busy Connaught Road, below.

The South China Morning Post reported:

A police spokeswoman said the man was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai, where he was declared dead at 2.31pm.

The man, identified only as Li, is at least the fifth financial executive to have committed suicide since late January...

-Jan 23, William Broeksmit, 58, a former senior manager at Deutsche Bank, was found hanged in his South Kensington home, in central London.

-Jan. 26, Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old executive at JPMorgan's London office jumped to his death from atop the 33-story Canary Wharf skyscraper. He fell some 500 feet, landing on the roof of the ninth floor.

-On Jan. 27, Karl Slym, 51, managing director of India-based Tata Motors, jumped to his death from the window of his room on the 22nd floor of the the Shangri-la Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.

-On Jan. 28, the body of 50-year-old Mike Dueker, chief economist at Russell Investments, was found on the side of the road, near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state. He had jumped off of a 50-foot embankment, according to the medical examiner.

Dueker worked as a researcher for the Federal Reserve for several years before coming to Russell.

Of course, several bankers and traders committed suicide in the days before the great stock market crash of 1929.

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