The ‘Cityboy’ Film

17 March 2014  –  Square Mile Magazine

WHEN GERAINT ANDERSON DECIDED TO MAKE A FILM VERSION OF HIS BEST-SELLING MEMOIR CITYBOY, HE SOON DISCOVERED THAT, AS WITH BANKING, MONEY TALKS AND BULS**T WALKS…

THE STORY

The script is everything. If you don’t have something that’s interesting, exciting and original then no-one’s going to want to direct it, act in it or finance it. Continue reading

Slavery In The City

Unpublished – 2o Aug 2013

Any sensible person recruiting suicide bombers knows that your target demographic has got to be young, insecure men. These impressionable chaps can easily be manipulated into believing that throwing their life away for some nebulous cause is a price worth paying.  It should come as no surprise then that this same strategy is utilized by all the world’s leading investment banks!  Continue reading

Pumped Up Petrol Prices

The Daily Mail  –  17 May 2013

Every major investment bank’s trading floor has a number of different ‘tribes’. There are the barrow-boy bond traders and the nerdy research analysts, the upper-crust equity salesmen and the derivatives ‘rocket scientists’.

But at the four banks I worked at during my 12-year City career, there tended to be one breed louder, flasher and brasher than the rest — the commodity traders. Continue reading

Did Cocaine Cause The Crunch

The Guardian  –  15 April 2013

“Wall Street got drunk” was George W Bush’s typically incisive take on the main cause of the emerging financial crisis in July 2008. Two years later the governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, explained in his Mansion House speech that “the role of a central bank in monetary policy is to take the punch bowl away just as the party gets going” Continue reading

Money Laundering At HSBC

The Times  –  July 2012

A year ago I wrote several articles predicting that money laundering would be the next major scandal to rock the financial world … and if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids at Barclays I might just have been proven right! Still, I maintain that the pervasive money laundering at HSBC that the US Senate Committee report has bought to light this week is a far more pernicious crime Continue reading

Bear Raids: The Grizzly Reason Why You Should Hate The City

The Independent  –  22 June 2012

If you ask most people why they take an instant dislike to cityboys they are likely to reply “because it saves time”. However, question them further about what it is Cityboys do that is so unacceptable and you’ll undoubtedly hear a lot of nebulous guff about “earning too much cash” or “creating the Continue reading

The Bear Raid

Square Mile Magazine  –  May 2012

Just months into my City career a friendly trader educated me about the potential profits to be made from a nice bit of market manipulation. Over a quiet pint he told me of a ‘friend’ (almost certainly him) who had spread false take-over rumours about a crappy little pharmaceutical company whose shares had been festering on his books for weeks. Continue reading