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

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

Money Laundering – The Next Banking Scandal ?

Square Mile Magazine  –  April 2011

Once a year, in nearly every major City firm, an unspeakably horrible punishment is meted out by sadistic bosses to their stressed-out employees. All City workers dread this annual torture but they have no choice but to endure it if they are to remain working in the finance industry. When I was a stockbroker I looked into whether it constituted ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ but found the European Union’s legislation on this matter to be woefully inadequate.  Continue reading

Public Speaking – A Hair-Raising Experience

Square Mile Magazine  –  14 June 2010

There is nothing on God’s sweet earth that used to scare me more than getting up in front of a large group of half-cut characters I haven’t met before and attempting to entertain them with witty banter for twenty minutes. A year ago, given the choice, I would have preferred to have covered my gonads in Pedigree Chum Continue reading