Preface for the Set

The four books in the set are an exercise in reportage. Throughout my career, I have been primarily a consultant blessed with a wide array of projects for many different kinds of entities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. I have not been a practitioner but rather a close observer synthesizing the views of many practitioners. Although these books describe trading and the technology that supports trading, I have never written an order ticket or line of computer code in anger.

The purpose of these books is to describe what individuals and entities in the trading markets do. Bob Simon of 60 Minutes once famously asked two founders of the dot-com consulting firm Razorfish to describe what they did when they got to work ...

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