When I call on a client, I come by cab, and I am sleek and clean and foursquare. When I arrive in clean wool, with crackling certificates and confidential stock analyses in crisp Manila folders, the reaction —ideally and usually—is the same accorded a minister or physician. I am in charge, and everything is going to be just fine. I deal mostly with old ladies—the meek, who by dint of cast-iron constitutions have inherited sizable portions of the earth.

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The Foster Portfolio [short story] by Jr. Kurt Vonnegut. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Conversations 4 2 2,, 3. No current Talk conversations about this book. An investor attempts to help a client but cannot for the life of him fathom what it is that client wants. A fascinating study of the lengths we will go to in order to meet all of our needs. An investment adviser wonders why his client isn't interested in using his investments to better his family's living standard.

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Renowned and critically acclaimed author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. While he looks at human nature and what drives us, this story unfolds like a colorful mystery, steeped in tones of sepia. Directed by Danielle Katvan and starring Roe Hartrampf as Jim Crane, the young, ambitious, but still wet behind the ears investment banker, the story takes place many decades ago. Crane visits a possible new customer, Herbert Foster Joel Nagle in his tiny and very unassuming home.


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