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Mystery Trader Revealed...And His Name Is 'Hope'

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The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper has uncovered the FX trader who dropped over $300k in a Scouse club. It is a 23-year old 'self-taught' barrow-boy named (somewhat ironically in our view) Alex Hope. Self-described as "talented (three years in and a six-figure salary, hhmm), charismatic (its amazing how much 'charisma' a GBP125k bottle of bubbly will buy), and thoroughly likeable (ditto) man. Alex Hope exudes knowledge..." and is willing to share it with you according to his website. How did he become this B.S.D. of the FX markets? "I took two months off my job at Wembley, got really obsessed with reading charts and got the guts to start trading properly." This self-made rosy-cheeked young man with a penchant for mind-numbingly-arrogant-looking photos on his website may have just become the poster boy for all that is 'great' about the free market - or perhaps a skim through his blog and media exposure will reassure us all that anything is possible as we note he does have some good taste (not just in Champagne) in RTing our posts on Twitter.


We can only HOPE that the next time he decides to go down the rub-a-dub-dub for a Leo Sayer, maybe he'll take some of us Septic Tanks with him on the the days of the ship-it-in-large-on-the-left John, done-a-yard by-breakfast spot FX trader are clearly back with us.


And here is his Bio, enjoy:

London born and bred, Alex Hope, 22, is a self-taught trader who specialises in the Foreign Exchange Market. Despite his tender years, Alex is a name to watch out for in the city; an expert in the UK economy, he works the currency markets, regularly trading millions.


Alex teaches people how to make money from trading the biggest financial market in the world, the Foreign Exchange. With a trading volume of $4 trillion a day, in his eyes it is undoubtedly the best and most exciting market to be involved in. Another specialist area for this young entrepreneur is Commodities – Gold, Silver, Copper and Platinum; all materials that have great volume and movement on a daily basis and can earn a healthy profit.


Alex knows and loves the FX market. Throughout his youth, his passions were football and…currencies! At the age of 11, Alex had a deep-rooted interest in the different currencies and relished trips across Europe where he could explore this interest first hand.


After school, he spent just over 2 years in the sporting industry as a Football Coach for Charlton Athletic Community Scheme before moving into the hospitality sector. Although he was making a modest salary of £21k, he could not deny his interest in the financial field and set about teaching himself everything he could and should know about the economy. Whilst still living at home and holding down a full time job, Alex started to trade, opening his first account with just £500; in one day he’d more than doubled his money and turned the £500 into £1100 by trading gold.


As his confidence and knowledge grew, Alex knew this was the world for him and at 20 years old he headed for the city and soon found employment at The Forex Academy in early 2010 as a FX & Commodity Trader. In July this year, he stepped into the spotlight when his career was profiled in The Daily Telegraph, subsequently Alex went onto to work at leading Trading and Commodities company, Zone Invest Group. For a career that started out trading on the local market stalls for pocket money, to a modest £21k salary in the hospitality industry, Alex has since followed his dream in the trading world and his basic salary has entered the six figure bracket!


An entrepruenerial spirit through and through, whilst working full time and in his spare time, Alex also offers private teaching for students interested in learning the tricks of the trade (both one-to-one and small groups), helping others to profit from the liquid market. Many of the individuals travel worldwide to meet with him and glean from his experience.


A talented, charismatic and thoroughly likeable man, Alex Hope exudes knowledge and you can’t help but respect and admire this self-taught and self-made young trader. Watch out trading markets, Alex Hope is kicking up a storm!


We can only assume that his current place of employ, Zone Invest, will soon be doubling his base as the offers come flooding in as momo funds rotate from AAPL to HOPE...


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Mon, 03/05/2012 - 23:48 | 2226843 alien-IQ
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I don't think he dropped 300k for drinks. I think he invested 300k in publicity.

Has it worked?

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:39 | 2226855 LouisDega
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Is he related to a boy named Sue? And dont call me Shirley!

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 23:53 | 2226857 alpharack
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Fucking unbelievable how simple minded people cannot believe this story. Markets are stupid and if you have the right algorithm then fuck markets, Soros, and above all central bankers.

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 23:55 | 2226862 Reese Bobby
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"Impossible is Nothing" -Aleksey Vayner

Mon, 03/05/2012 - 23:58 | 2226871 TicoTiger
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It's nice to read some humorous fiction once in a while. Just another PR scheme promoting a sleezy nightclub in Liverpool. Picture of the club in link doesn't look different than any cheap dive in London.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:03 | 2226883 Below Zero
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He  got a real pretty mouth....I bet he can squeal like a pig too! Weee! Weeee!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:15 | 2226899 Dasa Slooofoot
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Who are his parents?


This stinks of rich kid playing with his legacy funds.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:16 | 2226901 sitenine
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I'm eagerly anticipating the "Hope Goes Broke - Regrets $300k Night Out" story.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:34 | 2226943 Dermasolarapate...
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"Mystery Trader..."

I thought you were going to say Bernanke....

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:38 | 2226948 Schmuck Raker
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Million Dollar Bonus UNMASKED !!


Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:40 | 2226951 jonjon831983
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Wonder how much of him is a razzle dazzle shock n awe pump n dump ad for some FX company.


Or maybe I'm just jealous and annoyed.


Hm. maybe a bit of column A + B.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:42 | 2226959 lemonobrien
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as some one whose been around; he probably pissed away his daddy's money for a little PR. I'd never give my money to some one who waste it so easily. For the 300K he spent, he could of bought 100 ounces physical, and the other half on one bottle of champaign, coke, weed, and a couple of bitches...

remember the art of war; when your army is small, act big time; like you know something.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:45 | 2226966 Peter K
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It was only a matter of time before the Barak H Obama of the trading world was unmasked. Mmmmmm delicious.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:55 | 2226985 Jack Kreuz
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Another trading instructor who finds out that deceiving by pretending is very lucrative.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:57 | 2226992 rockraider3
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Any former investment bankers here remember the douche AJ, of 'models and bottles' fame?  Been a long time since I had a good laugh at that asshat, but this currency trader reminds me a lot of AJ.



Tue, 03/06/2012 - 00:59 | 2226996 Bear
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He must have shorted JY at 1.30

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:08 | 2227017 putaipan
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white cracker pimpled greed boy! how's that hopey champanechange

tastin'? just another product of whitey cameron honky greed livin' off

my tax money! typical peckerwood. cave dwellin' son of yacub buyin'

big bottles just to compensate for his tiny little anglo-albino dick !

oh, btw , did i mention he's white.

(just trying to bring the number of responses to this one up to 800 too)

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:40 | 2227079 putaipan
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c'mon guys....the previous post is going to 900! where's the hate?

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:11 | 2227024 chirobliss
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Six-figure salary... ha, won't be too many years of champagne on six figures!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:15 | 2227032 swani
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Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:17 | 2227043 element115
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His passion should be hitting the gym once in a while, pudgy bastard.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 01:40 | 2227078 cnhedge
Tue, 03/06/2012 - 07:40 | 2227347 Wakanda
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My mother's maiden name was Hope.

I look a lot like him.

He is probably my 57th cousin 77 times removed.

At least I know where the smug, arrogant, risk taking, bastard genes come from.


It's not every morning I wake up to find my peeps the laughing stock of the English speaking financial world, but hey WTF, it keeps things interesting.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 02:16 | 2227137 williambanzai7
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Well, at least he apparently did it on his own wallet and not some banks expense account like lots of other other douche bag wannabes do.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 02:39 | 2227172 BigInJapan
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Best 300K Zone Invest Group ever spent.


Man, what a flock...

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 02:41 | 2227177 zebra
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you mean

Comrade 'Hope "J6P" Amerikans'?


Tue, 03/06/2012 - 03:17 | 2227205 Jacks Cold Sweat
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COrniest ZH headline EVER!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 03:27 | 2227214 _ConanTheLibert...
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Ah how cute. This is one of those protected boys who thinks he is important and everything always goes his way.

I'll be LMFAO when he comes crashing down. And he will.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 03:43 | 2227228 FullMetalJacket
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Nothing like a planted story to help your mate's bar and your FX trading courses......

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 04:29 | 2227257 AnAnonymous
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This young, seductive chap flies high the standard of US citizenism. His achievements are the life needed proofs that anyone can make it in a US citizen society, that if you believe in yourself enough, you can live the US citizen dream.

Instead of bashing this US citizen wonderkid, wonderteen, wonderyoungadult, the other US citizens, who share the same system of values and beliefs, should explain how they base their blames.

What do you reproach him with?

His attitude? He might be cocky but he can because he is successful.

His success? Just start to work your bottom off. he is proof you can make it.

His money making ways? When most here are gold bugs, waylaying fiat traders to hoard gold?
How many gold bugs live in gold? How many gold bugs use gold as a currency on a daily basis? Most use fiat to stockpile on their cherished commodity. They are enabled by fiat.

Start looking into the mirror for once.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 04:49 | 2227269 Sandmann
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He must be Chinese because he is not American. If you are not American you must be Chinese and since you are Chinese you have no name because names are forbidden in China where individuality is a threat to the magnificence of the Imperial Communist Party of China the leading Vulture Capitalist Fund which through its Holding Company the Esteemed and Wonderfully Lucky People's Liberation Army owns most of the corporate enterprises in the Middle Kingdom of Orcdom and liberates people from their individuality and liberty.


AnAnonymous is simply another piece of coding in The Matrix

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:04 | 2227451 AnAnonymous
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This guy is not a US citizen? While it is clear he wishes so much to live the US citizen dream? Give it to him.

Conversely, as to Chinese being a threat to individuality, I wonder how they could be, considering the awesome job performed by US citizenism.

Individuality is supposed to refer to something undivided but in US citizenism, what is called individuals is actually the recollection of fragmented bits coming from various groups.

Funnily enough, groups are the undivided entity in US citizenism.

I wish the Chinese good luck to try to beat that. They are going to display imagination.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:06 | 2227455 AnAnonymous
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Ah, yes, the matrix is a piece of fiction. It has no connection to real life.

US citizens are so disconnected from reality.

Best is that they keep blaming their elite while eating all those 'cultural' pieces their elite churn out for them.

Speaking of disconnection to reality...

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:43 | 2227527 prole
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Nobody reads your posts anymore idiot.

Now get back to work those Iphones aren't going to make themselves

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 04:54 | 2227271 Sandmann
Tue, 03/06/2012 - 07:18 | 2227348 reload
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Interviewer - ` could you make me 4, 5 or 6% per MONTH?

Mr Hope - "oh, very easily"


hahahaha: just how this story started out    


Tue, 03/06/2012 - 05:51 | 2227311 mekanical
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Alex Hope's website just crashed, bandwidth exceeded.  I think zerohedge may have had something to do with that.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 05:51 | 2227313 mekanical
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Alex Hope's website just crashed, bandwidth exceeded.  I think zerohedge may have had something to do with that.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 05:55 | 2227314 The Reich
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Did I miss April 1st this year, or what?

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 07:28 | 2227335 NuYawkFrankie
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Re  ...talented, charismatic....and generally nice bloke... - Alex Hope (referring to himself).

Oh yeah? Well, if his idea of a nice bloke is being talented & charismatic as a typical self-promoting, loud-mouth, fat bastrd, cockney-wanker then, yes, I guess he probably IS a nice bloke! LOL!

Come back Nick Leeson - all is forgiven!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 07:23 | 2227350 infinity8
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His bio reads like a Martin Amis character who will have very bad things happen to him as his story unfolds.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:05 | 2227372 EmileLargo
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When I started trading  four years ago, I turned $100 into $8000 in a month margin trading gold and silver. At the end of the first month, I thought I was a friggin'genius. After I surrendered my gains (in the very next month), I took the view that leverage is for fools who want to live the high life short term and blow up. I haven't leveraged since then and have consistently returned 20-30 percent on my investments.

There is a saying that there are old traders and bold traders but there are no old bold traders. There is a lot of truth to that.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:12 | 2227375 mogul rider
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Buddy just bit it. Now that the squid and their army knwo this guys' name and IP address he is fucked.

Like Paulson, Hunt brothers, and most bloggers, etc

They telegraph how smart they are and ..........




Anti-trade bend over

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:15 | 2227377 jcaz
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Wow- Mum and Dad are gonna be pissed when they find out the crop money is gone.....

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:22 | 2227380 infinity8
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When he's tired of trading, he'll become a Rock Star!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:34 | 2227393 writingsonthewall
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Nobody who EARNS their money through HARD WORK throws it away in such a manner.


This is the fundamental problem with capitalism - we now have gamblers like this prick who think they are special because they had a winning streak.


...and of course we all suffer the consequences when they hit a losing streak.


All that money and that fat bastard couldn't even buy an exercise bike?


Easy come - Easy go.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:35 | 2227394 MrJingles
Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:46 | 2227418 DavidC
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Just tried t view his web site - Service Unavailable.



Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:52 | 2227431 Everybodys All ...
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he is going to get his you know what handed to him ...

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:59 | 2227446 John Law Lives
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He sounds like one of those "whiz kid" daytraders who made big money trading company stocks before that bubble popped.  Guys like him come and go.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:57 | 2227441 GFORCE
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Apparently he fades Stolper!

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 08:58 | 2227444 mantrid
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what's the buzz about? soon we all will be earning 6 digit salaries a month


the fact that young lads can make small fortunes in Casino Ponzi is the utlimate sign Ponzi is about to come to an end. this wouldn't be possible in gold standard regime. dumb money rushing to make fiat fortunes. FX is good to gain additional capital to buy more PMs but one should keep eyes open. once old vultures leave casino there will be no gold left to buy.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:18 | 2227477 fnordfnordfnord
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Site is down now, either pulled or crashed. There is a scam or two afoot. He uses godaddy, what a tool.

Reverse Whois: "Business For Life Ltd" owns about42 other domains

   Business For Life Ltd

   Registered through:, LLC (
   Domain Name: ALEXHOPEFX.COM

   Domain servers in listed order:

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:45 | 2227530 blindman
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Tom Waits - Xmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis - 05.02.79 Sydney, Australia

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:45 | 2227531 Apocalicious
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Remeber Alexi Vayner? (Also an ironic surname, and coincidentally identical given name). We weren't laughing with him, Alex. Confidence is admirable, puffery is amusing...

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 09:58 | 2227567 QuietCorday
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Strikes me Mr Hope doesn't really understand money if he drops £125K on a bottle of champagne and then drinks it.

Aye, lad, it's not how you make it ... it's how you spend it


Tue, 03/06/2012 - 10:02 | 2227578 Tom Green Swedish
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Next Thing you know he'll be bailing out Barclays, Lloyds and RBS.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 10:03 | 2227583 Zola
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This guy is obviously an idiot and the few tibits of knowledge he spouts on his youtube obviously come from ZH.... TYLER YOU SHOULD ASK FOR A 10% EDUCATION SERVICE CHARGE ...

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 10:13 | 2227624 majicka
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This is obviously just a ploy to get attention for his company's trading seminars/ trading courses. Lots of companies in the UK charge people outrageous amounts of money and teach them nothing that they couldn't learn from reading a few books.  I imagine his mate who runs/owns the bar is in on it too. Nice bit of publicity.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 11:37 | 2228108 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Making money in FX is not that hard.... if you have a lot a cash to begin with to ride out the swings (I'm talking a minimum $100K bankroll).  If you catch a trend, like short the Euro the last 9 months, you can pile up the cash pretty fast at 400x leverage.  You'll swing wildly but you will make $$$ if you got enough to avoid the margin calls on in the bad weeks.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 11:38 | 2228119 SmoothCoolSmoke
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So, question is, where'd tis kid get $100K?

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:30 | 2228395 LarryDavis
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As someone who HAS had sex with some pretty girls (models, actresses, "normal" chicks etc) and never paid for it directly (with my sanity for sure but never money) I don't understand shit like this. If you want pussy and you have a very disposable 300k then you must be really fucking stupid or lonely. Moreover, does he have friends? My friends are all selfish assholes but I think even they might try to reason with me. Who would let his boy go out like that spending 300 g's in a night? The implications of this are much stranger than you think. Society has made this kid (who must have some keen currency market perspecuity to make even 300k alone-he might be a dipshit but he made some fucking money) believe blowing 300 stacks at a bullshit club is a good look despite there being no rational basis for such a decision. When people on here talk about preying on the consumer and throat fucking the consumer shit like this should be referenced. Irrespective of your income, our economic/social/media systems have perpetuated the notion (very effectively at that and disseminated it on such a broad cross-cultural platform no less-jews, wasps, arabs all drop money in places like this trust me) that living above your means is fun, cool, admirable, gets you attention, etc. If they can get you to believe a jew walking around palestine 2000 years ago is the son of god then shit like this really isnt that much of a stretch. Soon you will be believing your own penis is a drinking fountain and wearing Rocawear shoes pissing on your lips and into your nostrils. Tag.

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 12:39 | 2228446 Uncle Remus
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That'll teach yas not to ignore those "In your spare time/comfort of your own refrigerator box" back-of-the-matchbook career pitches. Look at this kid! I hear there was a whole series of match books on becoming a "Community Organizer".

Got sense?

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 13:11 | 2228596 Youri Carma
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CORRECTION: 'rosy-cheeked' must be 'pinkish-hue cheeked' ;)

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 06:26 | 2231462 Faceman78
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LOL - I work in the City and we all know the truth.

Lets just say a certain spreadbetting firm have had huuuge publicity over this article... and it only cost????

price of a round ;)

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 06:26 | 2231463 Faceman78
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LOL - I work in the City and we all know the truth.

Lets just say a certain spreadbetting firm have had huuuge publicity over this article... and it only cost????

price of a round ;)

Wed, 04/04/2012 - 09:26 | 2316035 Zeff
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Lol, I've heard worse. Myron Scholes and Robert Merton, anyone?

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