• traders

    Addicted To Trading?

    “The human brain, these researchers say, responds to high-stakes trading just as it does to the lure of sex. And the riskier the trades get, the more the brain craves them,” Jenny Anderson of the New York Times reports. According to one study, the “brain images of drug addicts who are about to take another […]

    / Feb 7, 2008 at 9:35 AM
  • traders

    Trade Of The Year: Reverse Margin Call

    Trader Monthly’s annual Trade of the Year issue is out, and as you might expect the words “short” and “mortgages” are all over the top trades. The top short equity trade goes to Bill Ackman’s shorting MBIA while the top overall trade goes to John Paulson of Paulson Credit Opportunities for his subprime play, which […]

    / Feb 6, 2008 at 3:25 PM
  • traders

    The (Face Of The) $7.14 Billion Man

    The man picture at left is, purportedly, Jerome Kerviel, the Société Générale employee who executed a bunch of “elaborate, fictitious transactions” that cost the bank a bunch of money. Not to treat him like an object because obviously he’s a person with feelings, but we’re a bit taken a back by how good looking he […]

    / Jan 24, 2008 at 10:28 AM
  • NYMEX, Oil, traders

    The Hunt Is On: Who Paid $100 A Barrel For Oil?

    How exactly do you get bragging rights for being the guy who paid the most ever for a barrel of oil? When we first heard that a single, small trade had finally broken the $100 mark we were convinced it was a stunt, and possibly a prank. There were indications that the order might be […]

    / Jan 3, 2008 at 11:38 AM
  • Earnings Reports, JPMorganChase, traders

    JP Morgan’s Commodities Trading Troubles

    Almost lost among the widespread relief that JP Morgan Chase didn’t suffer a Citigroup or Bank of America like third quarter was the poor performance of the bank’s commodities trading operations. It’s hard to believe, but it was just last year that Jamie Dimon was telling analysts that bulking up its commodities and asset-backed securities […]

    / Oct 18, 2007 at 1:24 PM
  • traders, watch fetish

    Derivatives Trader Lets His Watch Talk For Him. But What Is It Saying?

    Today’s “Look Book,” a New York Magazine feature that displays the island’s residents at their sartorial best and (most often, statistically-speaking) worst, is about pre-schoolers. You know—kids. But since small ones don’t really give a rat’s A about this sort of stuff, and old people don’t really have much left to live for, almost all […]

    / Oct 1, 2007 at 1:50 PM
  • traders

    “You better get a bucket ’cause I’m gonna want to vomit in it”

    [Nice to see Eddie Lampert supplementing last month’s losses with some choice endorsement work, isn’t it?] Trading IS Sex, Baby [copyranter]

    / Sep 26, 2007 at 9:43 AM
  • Tim Sykes, traders

    “30 Under 30” Imbroglio Continues

    A representative from the “Trader Monthly” community just called to let us know that Tim Sykes was disinvited from the mag’s Tuesday night party for reasons greater than “the pink bathrobe.” They include the fact that: a. Tim doesn’t behave like a responsible member of the financial community. b. He showed no remorse for losing […]

    / Sep 21, 2007 at 1:55 PM
  • traders

    Corn – The Silent Killer

    …of obesity (since food manufacturers may be forced to start using a cheaper and almost by default healthier substitute for corn syrup), and comedy, as judged by the following joke, courtesy of Freakonomics: One night, a trader gets home from work, late as usual. As he’s getting undressed in the bedroom, for some reason he […]

    / Sep 13, 2007 at 11:05 AM
  • traders

    Poll Shows Traders Like Money, Stevie Cohen; Jail, Beards Not So Much

    The results of a recent poll conducted by Trader Monthly on 2,500 of the trading kind shocks and offends us. More than half the traders questioned said that they would gladly trade on illegal insider information, provided the deal would score them a $10 million profit, and there was zero chance of getting caught. Do […]

    / Aug 20, 2007 at 1:23 PM
  • traders

    We Kid The Floor Traders

    We haven’t yet read Confession$ of a Wall Street Shoeshine Boy, the latest piece of Wall Street “fact-based fiction” from Doug Stumpf, but since we’ve always wanted to know what 3 pounds of partially digested lasagna looks like, we’ll have to get on that (narrator Shoeshine Boy Gil apparently “sees into traders souls”). Michael Wolff […]

    / Jul 17, 2007 at 3:33 PM
  • Chicago, I really did invent the question mark, Outrageous claims, traders

    Next You’ll Be Telling Us That Lemon Juice Doesn’t Prevent HIV

    Trader Monthly (a long-term investing publication) submits that Chicago, and not New York, is the “greatest trading city in the world.” Discuss. (And see related). Chicago is “greatest trading city” [Reuters]

    / Jun 8, 2007 at 3:27 PM
  • traders

    Caption Contest Wednesday

    [click to enlarge. via Gawker]

    / May 23, 2007 at 3:02 PM
  • business wisdom, traders

    DealBreaker’s Version of Service Journalism: An Invitation To Insider Trading

    Recently we received an email from a reader asking for good short recommendations. We’re not in the business of stock analysis. Sure, we called Vonage correctly but that was about as hard as scoring with a sailor during fleet week. But we’re always looking to help readers, and so we thought we might as well […]

    / May 11, 2007 at 9:05 AM
  • traders

    Optiver: All Bar-Raising Positions Welcome

    Check out the latest recruiting advert from Amsterdam based derivatives trading firm Optiver. The firm, with other branches in Sydney and Chicago, employs 280 people, but emphasizes: At the moment there are only 20 women in Optiver, so female applicants for all positions are welcome! We’re not sure if the double entendre is intentional, but […]

    / May 3, 2007 at 8:37 AM
  • traders

    Are Married Wall Street Traders Sexually Frustrated?

    New York Magazine profiles “Six real New Yorkers” in a segment called “Sex Diaries” to determine who’s getting some. The article literally counts the episodes. The inevitable Wall Street entry clocks in with an end of week count that includes one act of fellatio, one act of cunnilingus and one act of intercourse with the […]

    / Apr 26, 2007 at 12:51 PM
  • After Amaranth, Regulators, Senate, traders

    Capitol Hill Gets All Gassy

    Sometimes when one door closes, another opens. And sometimes just when you try to crawl out, they pull you back in. So even if Brian Hunter is ready to open his own hedge fund shop, not everyone is moving on so quickly. (By the way, if you’ve got a copy of the Solengo prospectus, please […]

    / Mar 23, 2007 at 2:03 PM
  • traders

    Daylight Savings Time Is The New Arabs

    We’re not exactly fans of the government meddling with our time–daylight savings time is like the metric system or Presidents Day–but we had to crack a smile when we heard this morning that traders are blaming America’s “go it alone” switch to early daylight savings time on this week’s market volatility. For all we know […]

    / Mar 14, 2007 at 12:34 PM

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