The consensus seemed to be that of all the professions in New York, the most likely one to attract guys with the personalities of serial killers is the brokerage business. Not sure if this is a compliment. Nonetheless, the brokerage business is the only business I know of in which the word “kill” is part of a standard market order. This phrase is used when you are selling a position but you are not open to negotiation. You offer the merchandise to the counterparty, in this case a buyer, and quote the price as “fill or kill at ninety-three” (or whatever the price is). The counter-party either says “fill” or “kill.” Kind of Freudian, isn’t it?
BTW, the best movie portraying the amorality of Wall Street is the magnificent Margin Call starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons, and Demi Moore. The movie was released at the end of 2011 and somehow didn’t get on the radar screen of moviegoers. But I promise it is worth your while. 5 stars.
[Source: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. Image courtesy of Neoseeker.]