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The Bucks Stop Here by Jim Parton

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Epilogue

A couple of years on, and my ties with the City have not been completely cut. My bread and butter comes from translating Japanese stock market research into English, which may be even less uplifting than the job I used to do as a sycophantic but somewhat ineffectual salesman. Occasionally, news reaches me on the wind of my various ex-colleagues, and the broking companies I used to work for.

Of these five companies, I enjoyed Merrill Lynch the most (or disliked it the least) because I found the people more interesting. I put this down to an equivalent of the Frontier Spirit, in other words, if you were prepared to work there, you were willing to take personal risks in order to have a more exciting life. Failure to perform meant being ...

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