This rogue trader lost £350 million but found trading big numbers as boring as ‘sorting tomatoes’

Business Insider spoke with Alexis Stenfors, author of “Barometer of Fear: An Insider’s Account of Rouge Trading and the Greatest Banking Scandal in History”, about why he found trading big numbers boring and monotonous – likening the practice to picking tomatoes.

He said: “At first, like everybody else, I think I was fascinated by the huge numbers – 10 million, 100 million, perhaps even one billion. After a while you get used to it, you see so many of those tickets and you are no longer fascinated by the huge numbers.”

“Pretty early on it didn’t take many months until those numbers became less important for me as a person, because it was just a job like anything else, like packing tomatoes.”

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