When I came to the Street, my friends weren’t surprised because I had been interested in markets for years, even trading stocks and options while there were still fixed commissions and you had to go down to the brokerage office to watch the ticker tape go by as an electronic “crawler.”
They were surprised when I didn’t have anything for them when they asked for stock tips. In fact, I was spending every waking hour working on systems and deal structures in mortgage land, so even my own money stopped being in stocks, and just sat in money market funds. But they kept asking, assuming I must be a stockbroker.
After a year or two of patiently responding that I didn’t and couldn’t pay attention to stocks, I came up with an answer.