Involving weightless trading and his Buzz Lightyear cape.

In an interview in the latest edition of the London-based publication Square Mile Magazine, former Goldman Sachs trader Anton Kreil has announced that he will be attempting to become the first person in history to make a financial markets transaction in Space, when he hops aboard the XCOR Lynx MKII shuttle with Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) in 2014. Technically, the World Records that Kreil and SXC will be attempting are “First Financial Transaction in Space” and “Highest Recorded Financial Transaction.” However, given that Kreil is a City-based trader, the “Financial Transactions” he will be making will be a Currency Trade and a Stock / Share Trade. In the Square Mile interview, Kreil outlined that since he is British and is flying in a US-built shuttle, trading the currency pair of Sterling US Dollar (GBP/USD), commonly known in the financial markets as “Cable”, made perfect sense. Kreil admitted: “I certainly can’t commit to trading the Euro. With the way things are looking at the moment, it may not even be around by the time we go.”

The flight will be broadcast live on the internet, so the sponsors of the trades will get instant worldwide exposure. There will be cameras inside the aircraft and Kreil will be floating weightless in the cockpit, looking down at Earth and buying the sponsor’s stock. “From the companies’ perspective, the message of being a true global pioneer is a great message. It’s an amazing situation to be involved in,” stated Kreil. The flight itself will take off from either Mohave in California or the Caribbean island of Curacao. It will take Anton four minutes to get to Space and he will be travelling at three times the speed of sound up to 103km (330,000 feet). 100km is the internationally-accepted border to Space and is known as The Karman Line. As long as Kreil executes the trade at 100km above sea level, the sponsor will hold the record. Kreil will then fly back to Earth and the entire trip will be around one hour.

SXC and Anton Kreil – “The First Trade in Space” [Press Release]
Anton Kreil [Twitter]

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  1. Posted by Corzine | July 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Bullshit. I've been executing trades in space for years.

  2. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Highest recorded financial transaction? Been there, done that.

    – J. Cayne

  3. Posted by Thought? | July 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Can you see the trees of the Sino forest from space?

  4. Posted by Alt_EST | July 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    "Highest Recorded Financial Transaction?" I'm going to crush this.

    -J. Cayne

  5. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I like how the most interesting part of this article is not that he will be breaking the surly bonds of earth to participate in the miracle of human space flight – but that once there, he will be making a currency trade.

  6. Posted by davidrusso | July 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    "Anton appeared more sanguine when also accepting the accompany "first douchebag in orbit" award."

  7. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Is the dream having a face transplant that will result in getting punched less?

  8. Posted by Texashedge | July 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Found a picture of his ship:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hytam/2882941509/

  9. Posted by CatalinaWineMixer | July 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    He's just missing Will Ferrell standing behind him: http://meansheets.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/ste

  10. Posted by lolwut | July 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Not sure if its the picture or the story but I suddenly have an urge to punch a kitten.

  11. Posted by Chiarb | July 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    He looks like my paperboy

  12. Posted by AIGThasRaycisQuant | July 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Something about examining motives

  13. Posted by The Truth | July 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Rocket launch out of Curacao? We'll be on hand!

    – Producer, World's Worst Disasters

  14. Posted by Anderson Cooper | July 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    What a homo.

  15. Posted by notjimcramer | July 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    hahahahahahaha care.

  16. Posted by HighFrequencyHater | July 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    http://www.presswire.com/pr/antonkreil/Space_Trad

    ^ This must be his nomination entry.

  17. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Considering the Jimmy Cayne, Millenium JewFalcon, and STAR jokes are all out of the way, I don't think I have any concerns.

  18. Posted by Texashedge | July 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Great comment; tough break.

  19. Posted by Spock's Ear Gauge | July 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    …And SEC jurisdiction only extends 99 km above the Earth.

  20. Posted by notjimcramer | July 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM
  21. Posted by davidrusso | July 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    gotta run – need some stitches after involuntarily punching that picture in the face.

  22. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Hitler says what?

  23. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM
  24. Posted by CFA | July 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Anton Kreil is a currency trader for a large, US based firm. He elects to make his trades with clients from outer space which adds substantially to his transaction costs. Additionally, he generally makes trade decisions 2 years prior to execution. Anton most likely has violated which of the following standards of professional conduct:

    A) Standard III(A) Loyalty, Prudence, and Care.
    B) Standard V(A) Diligence and Reasonable Basis.
    C) Standard VIII(A) General Non-Deuchebaggery.

  25. Posted by Grinders | July 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I feel… dethroned.

    -S. LaBeauf

  26. Posted by Texashedge | July 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Hilter, Mel Brooks. Same diff.

  27. Posted by E. Texas Gas trader | July 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    If there were tittie-bars in space I can assure you that the first natural gas trade from space would have already been done by now.

  28. Posted by Im_a_Dude | July 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    He must be trying to outdo Matt for a former Goldman guy looking to make headlines

  29. Posted by Stildolph | July 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Challenge accepted.

  30. Posted by Im_a_Dude | July 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    hiring a professional photographer to shoot you posing in your aviators and top gun jacket to show the world you're ready for outer space is the NKI

  31. Posted by Awaiting L2 results | July 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I just threw up in my mouth a little

  32. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    you guys have trading rooms in tittie bars?

    -guy who's trading the wrong product

  33. Posted by N'08 | July 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Most definitely, in fact my old roommate and I are looking into whether or not group discounts are available, I'll let you know what they tell us.

  34. Posted by guestosaurus | July 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    why not execute a client transaction and become the first member of the 100 mile high club?

  35. Posted by Ripley's Cat | July 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    In space, no one can hear you "bang the close".

  36. Posted by HighFrequencyHater | July 10, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I think i just blew my douche fuse.

  37. Posted by lady macbeth | July 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    only when they come to dunsinane

  38. Posted by Jon Corsine | July 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    my dream was to build a mid sized investment bank…

    either that or run jersey and bang that katz broad.

  39. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    MLK is turning in his grave.

  40. Posted by JT Marlin broker | July 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Gosh….trading in space. Guess we'll have to translate that prospectus into Klingon.

  41. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Corzine, you halfwit.

  42. Posted by Im_a_Dude | July 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    he left GS in '04. not sure why the article refers to him from 4 jobs ago.
    could be because he recent accomplishments include:
    "Co-produced and appeared in the BBC2 series "Million Dollar Traders"

  43. Posted by Hotel Sierra | July 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Anton would look much cooler if he wore AO sunglasses like the real astronauts and not those Lady Gaga looking specs.

  44. Posted by Wrong Way Corrigan | July 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    "Top Dumb"

  45. Posted by a different guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Because once you've been a vampire squid its hard to get the bloody fish smell off.

  46. Posted by King of Cos Cob | July 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Is there an Optimum wireless hotspot in space?

  47. Posted by Greg Macaphee Smith | July 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I used to squash with buzz at lake akba in the autumn.

  48. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Just think, he chose that picture from among probably 50-75 others because he thought it was the best.

  49. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Gay porn says what?

  50. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I've got some extra money. let's see, i could…
    a) quietly donate it to a wothwhile charity
    b) invest it for my own account
    c) blow it on a trip to space that will make me look like an intergalactic d bag and also reinforce negative stereotypes about my tribe.

    think i'm going to go with C.

  51. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    uhh, not sure how this has anything to do with/or reflects on, him being Jewish.

    other than that, no concerns.

  52. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    remind me again about the stereotype that Jews love to trade in outerspace?

  53. Posted by FKApmco | July 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I think we may have uncovered a new rule in the GS interview process. You must look like a muppet before you can proceed to interview no. 2

  54. Posted by DingALing | July 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Someones trying to take "master of the universe" to a whole other level

  55. Posted by Jim | July 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    This guy has Down Syndrome facies.

  56. Posted by In a cup | July 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Furiously?

  57. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Dude you are forever tarnished. Might want to change your DB handle if you want to get any respect at all around here.

    Speaking of which, have I told you you're a choad yet today?

  58. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    "What?"

    -N'08

  59. Posted by Guestard | July 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Call sign: Fistee

  60. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Still upset they put that guy into WS2. Can't remember the last time I was so disappointed.

  61. Posted by PermaGuestII | July 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Think he'll be as successfull as the first teacher in space?

    -guy who remembers his 5th grade class watching the Challenger launch on TV

  62. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Agreed.

    – Louis CK

  63. Posted by B Iteme | July 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Typical GS d-bag. He's going to trade in unregulated space.

  64. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    HARSH.

  65. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    and you are a person who uses the term "facies." just sayin'.

  66. Posted by profesh photog | July 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    he also had "just blown" his " douche fuse"

  67. Posted by I'm 5 minutes Out | July 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Call sign: "Taint"

  68. Posted by Michael Scarn | July 10, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    This is an outrage, these morally lacking Goldman thugs are the reason why we've had such terrible income equality on Jupiter for the past five years.

    -Occupy Saturn

  69. Posted by GS Insider | July 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    It's actually more like a flow chart. Alota these guys get quietly steered over to GSAM.

  70. Posted by Dogleg @ Lochnivar | July 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    If there were golf courses in space, the first propane trade from space would have been made by now.

  71. Posted by Brudda | July 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Mel Gibson perhaps?

  72. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Tim Sykes?

  73. Posted by notjimcramer | July 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    such sick headshots

  74. Posted by HighFrequencyHater | July 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    TOO SOON!

  75. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Only impressive if he successfully expenses the travel.

  76. Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    So the first financial transaction in space is going to be a $10 blowjob?

  77. Posted by Guestest | July 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    In space, shit really hits the fan.

  78. Posted by Martin S. | July 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    He looks like the douche owner of the Bamboo Lounge from Goodfellas

  79. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Mediocre pop culture ref; otherwise no concerns.

  80. Posted by jeffries | July 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    hey !

  81. Posted by structured prods | July 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    this guy hired a 60+ yr old guy from IBM and a woman who broke down crying for his fund if i recall. pure tv magic.

  82. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Really? He looks like he's 19 fucking years old

  83. Posted by Guestard | July 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    More like Walter the muppet

  84. Posted by AIG Joke Quant | July 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Good job watching the program…in the future. However, in the future try turning your head towards the TV screen, that way you will be able to tell people what the program was actually about.

  85. Posted by M. Levine | July 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    So, just to be clear, even if this guy does his silly little currency trade, the record for first maddeningly complex sale of an equity derivative from space is still up for grabs, right?

  86. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Read it as someone else poking fun of N'08 from yesterday. Also Serious Sally, welcome to Dealbreaker/sarcasm.

  87. Posted by Deleveraging | July 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Now I'm confused. Anton is your old roommate or your Pledge Bro?

  88. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    welcome to dealbreaker, anton!

  89. Posted by Guest | July 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    One small trade for Anton. One more giant cockgobbling Goldman alum making headlines.

  90. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    people who spell 'douche' 'deuche' are douches. other than that, no concerns.

  91. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    let's just ease up on the "other than that, no concerns" a bit. other than that, no concerns.

  92. Posted by Guestard | July 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM
  93. Posted by ICE | July 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Kreil : What's your problem, Kazanski?
    Iceman: You're everyone's problem. That's because every time you go out in public, you look like an asshole. I don't like you because you've ruined my look.

  94. Posted by guest | July 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    fav tweet "Anton Kreil ‏@AntonKreil

    So this is what we were up to today… ;-) http://yfrog.com/oej0kyqjj"

    The tween girl emoticon was a nice touch.

  95. Posted by justsayin | July 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Like is this on OFACs radar??

  96. Posted by Mike 'The Situation' | July 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Come on he doesn't look THAT douchey

    –The Situation

  97. Posted by HighFrequencyHater | July 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Wow just caught up on the recent N'08 dbaggery; dealbreaker gold.

  98. Posted by Jim Cramer | July 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    BOOYA!

  99. Posted by A. Vayner | July 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    noob

    – Master of the Universe

  100. Posted by Zee Deutchmark | July 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    And what do you have against me and my Teutonic brethren?

  101. Posted by timshatz | July 10, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Think it's the plucked eyebrows, gives him that "look".

  102. Posted by unwanted guest | July 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    Somebody needs to train a couple of chimps to be on either side of the historic transaction.

  103. Posted by structured prods | July 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    i forgot the whole plot honestly, but it was a little ridiculous. he just gave random people money and made them sit in an office and trade it for him. it was pretty cringe-worthy.

  104. Posted by Beast from the east | July 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    There would've been one if LightSquared had a permit to operate their network. Finding it would be pretty hard though cause your GPS would be all fucked up

  105. Posted by Timmeh | July 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    Who the hell would sponsor this horrible little pillock?

  106. Posted by Guest | July 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Your parents were the day of your birth.

  107. Posted by CasuallyRacist | July 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Looks like Robert Downey Jr.'s younger and more Down Syndrome-y brother

  108. Posted by Juelz | July 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Is that you, 50?

  109. Posted by Damocles | July 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    He looks as obnoxious as his project is.

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