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Mrs Moneypenny
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15 May 2003
Mrs Moneypenny was a launch columnist in the Financial Times weekend magazine The Business, and now continues in Financial News. In 1992, with a newly minted MBA, not long married and with a young child, Mrs Moneypenny embarked on a career in the City. The next nine years were to see her initiated into the way the capital markets really operate. Moving to Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and producing two more children en route, by the time she left the Square Mile to set up her own business she had worked across most investment banking disciplines and with many extraordinary characters. This entertaining and enlightening book is a guide to what it's really like working in the city. It opens with Mrs Moneypenny applying for jobs, covers her rise through the ranks to her appointment to run an investment bank in Japan and finishes with her decision to trade in the long hours and big bonuses for more control over her life. Along the way you will learn how the City works, why people are paid so much money, and much, much more. If you want to know what every female stockbroker needs to carry in her handbag or how to survive a dawn raid, Mrs Moneypenny's lively guide to the City will be an eye-opener.

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  • Hardcover: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books; 1st edition (15 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749924160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749924164
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mrs Moneypenny is the author of a column in the Weekend Financial Times that ran from October 1999 until March 2014. She is a businesswoman based in London, has three children who she refers to as Cost Centres #1,2 and 3, and a sports-obsessed Australian husband. She is also a philanthropist in the areas of employabilty and social mobility, and a strong advocate for having more women in senior positions. Mrs Moneyenny presented every episode of the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers, and has performed her one-woman show at the Edinbugh Fringe and off-Broadway.

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About the Author

Mrs Moneypenny wrote her memorable column in the Weekend FT's magazine The Business. She also contributes monthly columns in the specialist financial press both in the UK and in Australia. - A former investment banker, she quit the City in November 2000 to buy into a small business in central London. - Has an MBA from the London Business School and is completing a PhD at the University of Hong Kong. - Is a frequent speaker on the financial markets and has appeared on Radio 4.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it! 21 May 2003
Well worth a read for anyone that's thinking of entering a career in the city. Give it to your nephews/nieces and God children before the banks do the milk rounds! As someone that worked in an investment bank with no idea what fund managers, sell side and buy side actually did it's been an entertaining and educational read (what can I say, I worked in IT!).....I've had a few odd looks from people on the train as I chuckled out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is 28 Aug 2003
As a woman who has recently left the city having done some pretty similar jobs to Mrs Moneypenny I would certainly recommend anyone working in or interested in working in investment banking to read this book. Not only does it offer some hugely amusing opportunities for character spotting it is also a very useful guide to some of the more basic activities, jargon etc that you sometimes don't find out for years.
The author's analysis of women in banking is spot on - why are they more loyal, why do they always get paid less and why do they put up with it - and what sometimes happens if you get so fed up that you take your employers to court (not always good things...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 2 Jun 2003
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As someone who lives on the edge of the city and has lots of family and friends who work in it this book is an essential read to help interpret the strange ways of those that work in the financial sector. The book is highly amusing account of Mrs Moneypenny's time in the city and explains in simple terms how the city works. It's a must read for anyone that had ever been too intimidated to ask just what trading PA means.....if you want to know the answer I suggest you read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, laugh-out-loud read. 31 May 2010
This is a really good piece of writing by Mrs.Moneypenny. It will make make you laugh, surprise you and teach you. Highly recommended to anyone, from beginners in the financial world to high-flying City workers.
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