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Harvey Duncan

Harvey Duncan, one of the London FX market’s more popular characters, sadly passed away this week.

Harvey had fought a long battle against cancer, which he was apparently on the way to beating, when he suffered a heart attack on Monday morning.

I first met Harvey back in the early 1980s, when he was trading USD/NLG at Chase Manhattan. He had joined the bank in 1975 and made up the motley crew of Chase dealers that used to vie for the attention of my wallet in the old Mithras. At the time of his passing, he was on sick leave from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. “Harvey was universally liked across the floor,” says Vincent Delorenzo, head of FX sales for EMEA. “He was one of those characters who made it fun to come to work every day. He had a unique sense of humour and he will be sorely missed not only at Bank of America but by all who knew him I am sure. Harvey was a true English gentleman.”

I don’t know of anyone who would disagree with Vincent’s sentiments. Harvey’s funeral service will be held at Christ Church, Copse Hill, in Wimbledon at 3pm on May 28. His family have asked that, if wished, donations are made to the David Adams Appeal Fund for the Royal Marsden Hospital at

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