Subject: Things are changing.
Have you seen the way commodity prices are tanking? I know the dollar’s been a better market, but bearing in mind what Stephen Green of HSBC was saying, it looks as though the gloom is spreading east.
Subject: Sector rotation is King!
These are not markets to sit on your hands through. You need to be doing some active trading. Frankly, business is so thin at present that I’m tempted to offer you a senior lunch just for a small switch.
Subject: Re: Fancy a summer lunch?
What a brilliant idea! I need some cheering up. The market’s all over the place, Hugh’s threatening to offer Shirley a job and Liz is working round the corner. Gow’s on Friday?
Subject: Re: Your building work.
I’ve attached my revised quote. Roof work is specialised these days – lots of health and safety implications – and the insurance makes your eyes water. If I can start next week I’ll give you a 10% discount for cash.
Subject: Our building work.
Have you seen the quote from that cheeky chappy you foisted on me? It made my eyes water, I don’t mind telling you. Still, given the leaks and the wet weather I suppose we have no choice but to accept.
Subject: Shirley Webster.
As it happens I know Shirley rather well. She’s the daughter of an ex colleague of mine who emigrated to NZ but sadly died. I feel a sort of responsibility for her – in loco parentis, so to speak. What have you in mind?