Improvised Rationalisations

I recently had a Japanese student at my English language school who told me at his admission interview that he worked for a futures broker in Tokyo.  I didn't tell him that I traded futures, otherwise he would have perceived me as a potential client and talked to me the way futures brokers talk to clients - less than candidly, in a nutshell.

"My word Sato," I said, "that sounds like an exciting job. How do you like it?"

"I hate it." he said with a dark look. "Every morning I go to work feeling bad."

"Why? Surely it's an exciting job with an international flavour and lots of money to be made?"

"My job is to think of reasons. Every day the markets go up or down, and our clients want to know why. So we have to find a reason. That is my job."

"You mean... you invent the reasons afterwards?"

"Of course. That's my job. I hate it because every day they are waiting for me to come to work with a reason for yesterday's rise or fall and sometimes it's impossible to find a really good reason... Nobody actually knows why markets go up or down."

You have been warned.


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