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Pub Date 5 Mar 2024
“The Trading Game: A Confession” by Gary Stevenson is a riveting memoir that offers a deep dive into the high-stakes world of trading. The book is a rags-to-riches tale of Stevenson’s journey from the streets of East London to becoming Citibank’s most profitable trader.
Stevenson’s writing style is compelling and intensely readable. He has a knack for capturing the drama and hubris of the trading floor, making the reader feel as if they are right there with him. His vivid descriptions and original voice bring the trading floor to life, offering a unique perspective on the world of finance.
The content of the book is both engaging and thought-provoking. Stevenson’s story begins with his childhood in East London, where he dreamed of something bigger. His talent for numbers led him to the London School of Economics, where he shocked his classmates by winning a competition called “The Trading Game”. This win gave him a golden ticket to a new life as the youngest trader at Citibank, where he dealt with nearly a trillion dollars a day.
However, the book is more than just a tale of financial success. It also explores the moral and psychological toll of the trading world. Stevenson describes how the thrill of winning started to feel like losing, and how the easiest way to make money was to bet on millions becoming poorer. This introspective look at the darker side of finance sets “The Trading Game” apart from other memoirs in the genre.
In conclusion, “The Trading Game: A Confession” is a must-read for anyone interested in finance, trading, or simply a good story. Stevenson’s vivid writing and insightful commentary make for an unforgettable reading experience.