Where are they now? The conversation on the balcony at one EPCA function last night turned to the traders who have disappeared from the industry in the last year or two.
Out came the amusing anecdotes about the circumstances of their departure, and even the mess they left behind, and occasionally the clamouring creditors who still wait in vain to be repaid.
But do traders ever disappear without trace - Yigal, Clemens, Fran, Gary or Roy?
And while other characters slip chameleon-like from one trading or broking house to another, making use of old contacts and adapting to new roles, for others there is sadly no return.
It leads the Blog to ponder on what characteristics define the chameleons, and what it is that keeps the door firmly shut in the face of the Disappeared.
The Blog's trader checklist for whether you are likely to be the next Comeback Kid. Respond yes to any of these, and the answer is NO.
1 Did you lose your company a shedload of money?
2 Does your bellowing and bad language leave your office colleagues quaking?
3 Are you completely ineffectual such that all the other traders can eat you for breakfast?
4 Do you have a murky secret which is well known in the industry?