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Hopefully, all are welcome, whether you work on Wall Street, want to work on Wall Street, have a perverse interest in Wall Street, named you newest rotweiler Wall Street, or are just wondering what is here. In any case, with the way that business is done these days, a 'desk on Wall Street' can physically exist almost anywhere on the planet.

I have spent most of the last twenty years as one of the gajillion 'systems professionals' on Wall Street. (The phrase still makes me laugh, since almost all of us, when I first started, had degrees such as geology, forestry and creative writing. I think I knew one person with a computer science degree then.) As such, I can contribute to the areas that I know about the business and about the systems that support those portions of the business. I have worked at a bank, a brokerage, two inter-dealer brokers, and two financial software houses.

I am not, however, a broker or trader. I do not think that I can properly discuss many of the details of the voodoo that they do so well; it will be great fun learning more about it here. From earlier postings and her experience, I'm sure that CassWoman will be a very capable and interesting voice in that area. I hope there are many more, as well.

==> david
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