“I Only Date Guys With Bloomberg Terminals”

Yes, I actually once heard that line on the trading floor. I still cringe when I think about it, yet it reminds me how embedded in the culture those machines were. It came to mind at a dinner last week, when a former coworker brought up something really interesting about their prized Bloomberg Terminals:

We can’t talk about shit on there anymore

Apparently Bloomberg chat is becoming severely restricted and traders can no longer openly talk positions, are ‘strongly discouraged’ from discussing their personal lives, and most importantly, are banned from chatting with traders at other banks. The FT confirmed this, as JP Morgan, Goldman, and RBS have all indicated they’re going to ban “multi-firm chat rooms”.

Trading floors are a different place than my...

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