Flash Fiction #227




Josh’s orientation meeting at the investment firm was an eye-opener. He thought that he would be offering carefully researched stocks and bonds to willing buyers.

The Sales Manager said, “Our analysts are good, but we’re not here to make our clients rich. We’re here to collect a commission on every trade, whether they’re buying as stocks soar, or dumping when they dip. The economy works, because they believe that it works. If you sense any reluctance, turn up the volume! Give them a little song and dance. Most of them love the personal attention, and your paycheck will appreciate it.”


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20 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #227

  1. Hopefully, he’ll sing to his Sales Manager’s tune! A really clever take.

    Here’s mine!


  2. Jim Wheeler says:

    Oh my gosh, now that the truth is out, Wall Street is doomed!

    I’m always amused at ads wanting to “manage my wealth.” If they are so good at it, why don’t they just manage their own?


  3. wmqcolby says:

    I invest a lot and, yeah, it’s true to an extant. The trend is really to buy products of investment, which I am not for. I prefer just giving the guy a yearly commission and let him handle it. Good story, Archon.


  4. wmqcolby says:

    Sorry, I meant extent, not extant.


  5. msjadeli says:

    Sounds like you know the skinny in the field. I figured as much.


  6. Dale says:

    What an original take, Archon!
    So much for “not wanting to make their clients rich”… What’s the name of that firm so that I can avoid it? At least make me believe you are working for me!!


    • Archon's Den says:

      Most investment firms do their best to improve their clients’ financial wellbeing, in the ‘Happy Wife – Happy Life’ meaning…. but there’s a few that churn the water for only their own benefit.
      My fictional character found one such hypothetical firm. 😳

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  7. granonine says:

    What Dale said. I’m afraid that approach would have me going right out the door, singing, “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” 🙂


    • Archon's Den says:

      Such (few) firms would never let you know their true strategy. Their ‘Personal Service Policy’ would have you believing that they – and your money – could walk on water. They are usually careful to stay just inside the line that differentiates them from online, or telephone, scammers. 😳
      I’ll assume that your Bye, Bye Birdie reference is to the 1963 Dick van Dyke movie version, not the 1995 Jason Alexander remake monstrosity.

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