Hi Jake -
You wanted to know what things were like at my new job. Well, for a start let me tell you about the office. It's open plan, but that does not mean a lot because there are only three of us in it!
Our workstations are arranged in a sort of island in the middle of the room, and there is a computer with an ASDL connection in the corner. This is really useful because it gives us real time information on the stocks we are following. Unfortunately there is only the one, so we are hot-desking on it. The chairs are swivel and tilt. I never realised how important it is to have ergonomic chairs until I started doing my nine to fives in one. The main perk for me is that I have my own parking bay in the underground garage, so I don't have to worry where to put my wheels during the day.
We work flexitime, though there is a core time of ten to two, when we all have to be there. The hierarchy is pretty flat - we report directly to Magnus Blake, who is the head honcho here. I don't know what sort of package the others have. I got a small golden hello, and there is a good basic salary, though anything extra is EWYK.
Anyway, I am researching a new portfolio for a single client. He wants a higher return than I am going to get from blue stock chips, so I am looking for some promising IPOs that can give over 8%. Can you put the word out with some of the venture capitalists you play golf with every Wednesday?
We'll exchange notes at the gym on Friday.