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The Bucks Stop Here by Jim Parton

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Chapter 1

I couldn’t see the point of suffering in the City of London if the sums I earned were only mildly revolting as opposed to completely obscene. It was make or break; either up or out. I’d been a stockbroker for five years and I really wasn’t rich enough. I was doing well at UBS Phillips and Drew, a respectable, if crumby, firm but not well enough.

It seemed to me that there was a window of opportunity that led into the financial stratosphere, but it would soon be closed. My clients were Japanese investment institutions which had just poured trillions of Yen into European stock markets, optimistic that the unification of Germany and 1992 would lead to a new economic miracle. I thought I would be able to trade myself up because a lot ...

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