- 章节名：Chapter Four Adult Education
- 页码：第26页 2013-01-29 10:35:21
This man was old. His attitude toward his job was, by our standards, sentimental. He released his epigrams like pet doves: "When I'm trading, you see, I don't stop to pat myself on the back. Because when I pat myself on the back, the next sensation is usually a sharp kick lower down. And it isn't so pleasant." When asked the key to his success, he said, "In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king." Best of all, he gave us a rule of thumb about information in the markets that I later found useful: "Those who say don't know, and those who know don't say." As the training program neared its conclusion, the back room game of Liar's Poker grew. Bond trading had captured the imaginations of more than half the men in the class. Instead of saying "buy" and "sell" like normal human beings, they said "bid" and "offer." All aspiring traders were making markets in anything that could be quantified, from the number of points the Giants would score to the number of minutes before the first of the Japanese fell asleep to the number of words on the back page of the New York Post. At the front of the classroom each morning a young hopeful shouted, "I'll bid a quarter for your bagel." Good bond traders had fast brains andl enormous stamina. They watched the markets twelve and sometimess sixteen hours a day and not just the market in bonds. They watched dozens of financial and commodity markets: stocks, oil, natural gas,currencies, and anything else that might in some way influence the bond market. They sat down in their chairs at 7:00 A.M. and stayed put umtil dark. Few of them cared to talk about their jobs; they were as reticent as veterans of an unpopular war. They valued profits. And money. Especially money, and all the things that money could buy, and all the kudos that attached to the person with the most of it.
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