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Eurex: Swimming with sharks

Eurex is clearly very proud of its new exchange-listed credit index futures. To celebrate the launch, the international derivatives exchange threw a party at the London Aquarium in Westminster, giving it the full James Bond treatment.

As the assortment of bankers, investors and the odd hack filed into the party they were met with champagne, while dancing girls pranced around in revealing outfits. The revellers then passed huge tanks filled with dangerous-looking sharks into the main party area. Other tanks were used for a synchronised swimming display while the sharply dressed guests sipped exotic cocktails and tried to make each other out in the dim but very stylish lighting.

It was honestly surprising when a government spy didn’t burst out of one of the restricted areas, while not spraying bullets and without fortuitously knocking a few goons into the shark tank, before not disappearing with one of the dancing girls and certainly without leaving Eurex exposed as the secret gun-running organization that it clearly is not.

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