The canaries in the global coal mine

A visit to the Bank of Ireland Global Markets trading floor reveals a surprisingly calm and quiet atmosphere

17th September, 2017
Kevin Twomey: ‘Every period is dominated by big market events’Pic: Fergal Phillips

If the image in your head of what a trading floor looks like is a bunch of men screaming orders into multiple telephones while looking frantically at a bank of computer screens displaying share prices, it is mostly wrong and the product of movies such as Wall Street. The era of braces, striped shirts and shouting “Buy!” and “Sell!” across a room passed decades ago when computers took over most trading activity....

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