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One financial book you have to read over the holidays

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With the holiday season soon upon us, here's one book about the financial markets you have to read, which is jam-packed with action, emotion and the inside track about the success and ultimate failure of one's of the best known firms on Wall Street.

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Open Book

One financial book you have to read over the holidays

With the holiday season soon upon us, here's one book about the financial markets you have to read, which is jam-packed with action, emotion and the inside track about the success and ultimate failure of one's of the best known firms on Wall Street.

'Day One Trader'

'As I walked into the members entrance of the exchange for the first time on September 30 1982 I felt a buzz of excitement. I had realised my ambition of being a 'day-one trader'. Inside, the fluorescent lit exchange floor bustled with about three hundred traders in orange, red and blue jackets. A brief opening ceremony was overseen by Gordon Richardson, the governor of the Bank of England, before he cut a white ribbon hanging above a pulpit overlooking the floor. I felt at fever pitch as we counted down the start of trading. 'Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!' The bell rang and I watched a scrum of dealers scramble to trade Liffe’s first ever contracts in a heap of frenetic energy'.

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