[已注销]对《Liar's Poker》的笔记(15)

Liar's Poker
  • 书名: Liar's Poker
  • 作者: Michael Lewis
  • 副标题: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
  • 页数: 256
  • 出版社: Penguin Books
  • 出版年: 1990-10-1
  • 第9页
    Economics is practical in the sense that it gives people jobs, but it is a highly theoretical discourse in believing in the primacy of economic life.
    2011-05-31 11:32:39 回应
  • 第42页
    There is a magic moment, durign which a man has surrendered a treasure, and during which the man who is about to receive it has not yet done so. A real bond trader will make the moment his own, possessing the treasure for a magic microsecond, taking a little of it, passing it on.
    2011-08-02 23:14:07 回应
  • 第34页
    The greatest absurdity of the college investment banking interview was the people the investment banks sent to conduct them. Many of them hadn't worked on Wall Street for more than a year, but they acquired Wall Street personas. One of their favorite words was professional. Sitting stiffly, shaking firmly, speaking crisply, and sipping a glass of ice water were professional. Laughing and scratching your armpits were not.
    It's not the greatest absurdity. The greatest should be that many of Wharton kids haven't worked on Wall Street for a day, but they have already acquired Wall Street (简称猥琐) personas.
    2011-08-02 23:17:50 回应
  • 第31页
    Probably the real truth of the matter was that I was frightened to miss the express bus on which everyone I knew seemed to have a reserved seat, for fear that there would be no other.
    Main reason for most Ivy kids got into that industry. With a little help from "peer pressure," Ivy kids with ECON major chose to become a WS analyst.
    2011-08-02 23:23:50 回应
  • 第28页
    The analyst was a prisoner of his own narrowly focused ambition. He wanted money. He didn't want to expose himself in any unusual way. He wanted to be thought successful by others like him.
    犀利!剖析了analyst真正的动力 - be thought successful by others。金钱,忙碌的生活,广阔的人脉营造了一个现世中的成功形象,有什么比这个职业更能满足一个人精神上的虚荣?
    2011-08-02 23:34:42 回应
  • 第27页
    They gave themselves entirely over to their employers and worked around the clock. They rarely slept and often looked ill; the better they became at the jobs, the nearer they appeared to death.
    就算要待也不能待久除非看到升职的可能性。
    2011-08-02 23:37:52 回应
  • 第301页
    It was striking how little control we had of events, particularly in view of how assiduously we cultivated the appearance of being in charge by smoking big cigars and saying fuck all the time.
    2011-08-07 13:00:04 回应
  • 第306页
    But how can you speak of loyalty to the firm when the firm is an amalgam of small and large deceptions and riven with strife and discontent? You can't. And why even try? But now it was abundantly clear that the money game rewarded disloyalty. The people who hopped from firm to firm and, in the process, secured large pay guarantees did much better financially than people who stayed in one place.
    2011-08-07 13:03:13 回应
  • 第232页
    My client loved risk. Risk, I had learned, was a commodity in itself. Risk could be canned and sold like tomatoes. Different investors place different prices on risk. If you are able, as it were, to buy risk from one investor cheaply and sell it to another investor dearly, you can make money without taking any risk yourself. And this is what we did.
    2011-08-07 13:23:07 回应
  • 第230页
    I recall that one of the first investment bankers I met taught me a poem: God gave you eyes, plagiarize.
    2011-08-07 13:23:51 回应
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