The World’s Worst Stockbroker

During his time at Reuters Fleming developed his writing style and learned to compose fast, clear prose.  Whilst he enjoyed his burgeoning journalism career, citing the two years he’d worked for Reuters as some of the happiest in his life, it could not support the lifestyle he was accustomed to.  Bowing to family pressure, he accepted a position at the merchant bank Cull & Co. and subsequently moved on to Rowe and Pitman.  Whilst his family connections gave him standing in the banking world and his talent for charming and socialising with clients was undeniable, the actual minutiae of money-making bored Fleming.  A former colleague remembered Ian’s time in the City by saying, ‘As a stockbroker old Ian really must have been among the world’s worst.’

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