You could see how bad things were by how empty the restaurant was.

From: e-trader@stella-am.com
To: george.lark@virgin.net
Subject: Good to see you.
You could see how bad things were by how empty the restaurant was. This market is not making life any easier. I’m rather relieved I’m excused from running my fund temporarily. And the Lisa problem has subsided. Keep in touch.

From: e-trader@stella-am.com
To: stephen.james@stella-am.com
Subject: The Value Added fund.
Frankly I haven’t a clue what to do – you’re still in charge while I work on this merger. My gut instinct tells me to buy below 4,000 on the Footsie, but my chartist friends tell me there’s a big sell-off due.

From: e-trader@stella-am.com
To: hugh.golder@stella-am.com
Subject: The Dork!
You bet I know Ricardo. What on earth possessed you to hire him as CIO? He’s a corporate banker, not an investment manager, though in this climate he’s probably anxious to bury his banking roots.

From: e-trader@stella-am.com
To: steve.falcon@rosenifa.co.uk
Subject: Our merger.
There’s not much I can tell you at this stage, but it happens I will be involved quite closely with the putting together of our respective funds. Once I’ve some information to pass on I’ll be in touch.

From: guy.northrop@constellationif.com
To: e-trader@stella-am.com
Subject: Reviewing the funds.
You are the person I’m to liaise with about the rationalisation of our range. Victoria Ovantine spoke highly of you so I’m sure we’ll work well together.

From: shirleyw@constellationif.com
To: e-trader@stella-am.com
Subject: I’m back!
But I’d rather be back home. It’s so cold and damp here – I’d forgotten how much I liked the New Zealand weather. Still, if the rumours I hear are true, I might be heading home permanently soon.
To be continued…