In 1987, I began my rookie assignment on the stock sales and trading desk for Morgan Stanley. A few weeks later the stock market crashed, and I learned my first important lesson about the pecking order on the Street. As a newcomer, my senses were on high alert. Across the floor, a trader named Chuck stood with a phone pressed hard against his ear as he barked out ear-piercing commands. Closer by, I found an island of serenity as the carnival of capital plunged into chaos. His name was Lou, and he was a smooth-talking senior salesman with a magnificent collection of suspenders. Read More
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