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    “Forget about suitcase nukes. Forget about anthrax. Forget about flying jetliners into skyscrapers. Forget about all forms of conventional terrorism. Hire me. I'll assemble a team of traders, some IT guys and a few guys with prime brokerage experience, and together, with a bankroll from you, we'll bring Wall Street down.
    We'll use the IT guys to build our own trading platform. I like a proprietary platform. Nice thing to own. The Russian Trading System is a good model. Next, we'll also use the IT guys to build our own ATS (alternative trading system ) or ECN (electronic communications network). An ATS is a wormhole into the dark matter of the financial universe. You have to have at least one. More than one is better.
    Then, our prime brokerage guys can do their thing. What they do is a form of wizardry. Prime brokers are wizards. They create new forms of money—swaps, derivatives and structured products—from nothing. They create portfolios from nothing. They are the merchants of mirrors. They buy, sell and trade illusions and chimeras.”

    “Merrill Lynch trading swaps and derivatives with Iran. Mullahs on the mainframe. Citigroup trading swaps and derivatives with Venezuela. Chavez on the craps table. UBS trading swaps and derivatives with almost anyone out there in the ethers—Christ, the anti-Christ—it doesn't matter to UBS. What matters is that traders keep liquidity coming out the yin-yang.
    We've seen the emergence of a new master race on Wall Street who work hand in hand with the traders. They created this market of swaps and derivatives, and help traders manipulate this market through their own brand of highly sophisticated pump-and-dump schemes and do their damned best to keep this market secret and off the books. These are the prime brokers.
    Not in keeping with their other brethren on Wall Street, either short-term traders or long-term bankers, prime brokers are the new barbarians at the gate. They augment the activities of the hedge-fund guys and private-equity guys—and then take the game to a whole other level.”

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