I just finished reading "the money machine -- how the city works"
by Philip Coggan. This book explains, in basic terms,
the financial ideas used in the City of London. Since I have also
been reading a lot of books on Silicon valley start ups. it was
interesting to see that there was nothing on venture capital.
At the end of the book I was slightly more convicted that some
aspects of "the city" were useful.
I don't really see myself as a stockbroker, but perhaps I could
hack a bit of code for them.