We are meeting one stone-cold February morning for a coffee.
In the continuing series here about the equity derivatives corner of finance, today a senior salesman at a major bank. He is in his early 30s and, this being a relatively small field, that is all that can be said about him.
Joris Luyendijk speaks to a trader who says volatility in the markets can lead him to resort a daily strategy of what amounts to gambling.
We are meeting for lunch in a restaurant near Canary Wharf. He is well dressed in a non-flashy kind of way and delivers his verdicts and observations in a staccato and confident voice, as if the world's absurdist aspects are actually quite amusing.
As head of the department where 'exotic' financial products turned toxic, he was at the centre of the financial storm in 2008 and beyond.
We are meeting for a sustainably sourced sandwich in the City, one sunny, spring day in March. He is a relaxed-looking man in his late 30s, originally from continental Europe, who calmly formulates precise sentences.
Joris Luyendijk talks to a former banker who grew afraid of what he was becoming and decided it was time to get out.
We are meeting for drinks at the Anthologist, a dimly lit City bar popular with people working in the financial markets.
We are meeting one winter morning in a juice bar near Bank, in the heart of the old City. He is an affable man in his mid-20s, English and well dressed. He is tired from a trip early that morning. Later that day he will have to travel again.
We are meeting one wonderful spring morning in the centre of the City. He is a well-dressed man in his mid-30s, speaking in a considered, intense sort of way. He orders a flat white.