Synopsis: What if it made perfect sense for ordinary people to kill each other for money? Better than slow grinding financial ruin and misery, and all done according to a strict code by consenting adults. This is Trading.
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- it takes five pounds

of pressure

to crush a human windpipe.

My name is Harry Fox

and four months ago

i didn't know things like that.

Back then I worked in

international asset management.

Don't worry, I'm not gonna

bore you with the details.

I'm gonna tell you what happened

when the company lost

fourteen billion overnight

and we all lost our jobs.

That's a more interesting story.


that's Vernon stynes

on the day we were all told

to clear out our desks.

He's got out-of-date

software manuals

and a personalized

hole punch in that box.

He looks happy, doesn't he?

Kevin wasn't.

- Did you Nick that

from the office?

- Yeah.

I'm gonna use it to

start up my own business.

I mean, they've,

they've gone completely.

- What are we going to get

thirty, forty thousand?

- Oh no, no, no, no,

thirteen and a half... Max.

- That won't go far.

- I've worked out, right,

that I need 2.6 million to

live for the rest of my life,

and that's giving me just above

average male life expectancy.

Educated people do tend

to have an above average

life expectancy.

- You should do what

Chuck difford did in Vegas.

' Who?

- Ah, it's not a true story.

- It's a true story.

- It's not.

- Chuck difford,

he sells everything he's got

and he walks to Vegas,

goes in the first

casino he sees,

and he puts everything on red.

- Roulette?

- Yeah.

- Fifty-fifty shot.

- Well, slightly less than

fifty-fifty, you see it's-

- he doubles his money,

he walks out,

and he never goes back to Vegas.

- And eh, how much did he win?

- 2.6 million.

- Oh, really!

- No-

- no, Vernon.

The point is it's better

to be a bum with nothing,

than a bum with not enough.

- Vernon loved that story.

So in a way, everything

that happened after that,

it's actually

Chuck difford's fault.


Vernon was always saying that

the Chinese word for crisis

combines the characters for

danger and opportunity.

Maybe it's true, but for us

opportunities were

gonna be limited.

- You have one

new message-

- hi, Harry, it's Kevin.

Did you hear anything

back from London?

Apparently, we're all f***ing

toxic because of the 14 billion.

Someone said they're looking

for people in Singapore?

Did you hear that?

Anyway, i-l, I'll,

I'll talk to you.

- We were toxic,

and they knew that in

London and Singapore,

and I wasn't like Vernon.

I was never going to

start my own business.

Anyway, don't they say that the

most successful entrepreneurs

have the same personality

traits as psychopaths?

- Hi, orla.

- Hey-ya, Vernon.

- Still smoking?

- Never quit.

- Women who quit

smoking by thirty

are believed to avoid

the earlier death risks

associated with smoking,

so you're probably not

in any real danger yet.

- That's not very

responsible advice.

- I'm not advising you to smoke,

I'm just pointing out that the

risks aren't so serious yet.

It's good.

- Heard you moved home?

- Yeah. It's, eh,

it's temporary, you know,

I'm consolidating while

i start my own business-

web consultancy,

search engine optimization.

- Sounds like a winner.

- You back home now, too?

- No, I'm just down doing my shift,

looking after dad.

- Oh, is that a regular thing?

- Yeah.

- He's got cancer.

Listen, Vernon,

I'll see you around.

- No, no; No!

Maybe we could go for lunch?

My treat.

- I'm looking after dad.

- Yeah, yeah, but maybe when

one of your brothers are down,

we could, we could do lunch?

- Then I'm not down.

- Oh yeah.

Yeah, yeah, course, yeah.

- Listen, Vernon,

good luck with the new business.

- Yeah, thank you.

- Um... well, 'bye orla.

- Do you know what

new businesses do?

They go f***ing bust

in less than a year,

nearly all of them.

Vernon was back at home.

He could afford to fail.

Me? I was handing back

the company car.

Well, it made sense.

There was no company anymore.

They were sending some guy

called clive to repossess it.

I wasn't going to

hang around for that.

- Well?


No, I'm on the bus.

- Code for the canteen is 1212b.

Code for the supplies room

is 1213b.

- So there's a code

for the codes?

- They change every

few months, so no,

there's no code for the codes.

Here's your desk.

Standard data entry-

speed and accuracy,

that's what we need.

It's not difficult.

The machines are split

into three categories.

Soft drinks.


Sanitary items.

Fill in category, location,

and amount.

Any problems, call my extension.

Don't start bothering

anybody else.

- Apparently,

if you dream about drowning

that means you've

got money worries.

I figured any job that

gave me some cash

would slow down my

sink to the bottom.

- Well, you need both the male

and the female plants together;

otherwise you won't get

the nice red berries.

- Alright, Anthony.

- Remember now,

keep them nice and moist,

especially the female.

Alright, English.

So, I heard you moved back in

with your mammy and daddy?

- Yeah.

It's only temporary.

I'm consolidating while i

start up my new business.

Did you look at my proposal?

- Ah, I already have

a website, Vernon.

- You're not even

search optimized.

Now, I can guarantee you

a significant increase

in business.

- For a fee of five thousand?

- Yeah, but that could be less.

- That could be nothing.

- Come on now, Anthony.

- Housewives have

always liked me,

and housewives buy plants.

- Yes, but,

everything's online now.

- Yeah.

- We should talk again, Anthony.

I've got lots of ideas.

- Really?

Well, come back to me

when you have a good one.

- Hello Mr. Fox,

this is Kim Ryan

I'm your new

relationship manager.

- That was the first call

from my bank in three years.

Friendly and civilized,

but I knew that would change.

They were calling

me for a reason.

- Hello?

- Mr. Fox, I've noticed that

you're now earning less

than your monthly

mortgage repayments.

- That's just temporary.

- I hope so.

You do understand that

this level of income

is not sustainable.

If things don't change soon your

apartment will be repossessed.

- Kevin was forty-eight.

Two kids in college

from his first marriage,

three in private school

from his second,

a big house, a villa in Spain,

three holidays a year.

He always said he

was never more than

one paycheck from going broke,

and it was a month

since we lost our jobs.

- Did you hear anything

about how it happened?

Head on into a tree.


- It's just some

people are saying

that it might not have

been an accident.

- Well, actually,

that makes sense.

A man of his age

recently made redundant.

Did you know for every

1% rise in unemployment,

there' s a .8% rise in suicide?


It's called "econocide."

- Kevin wasn't poor.

- He had money.

- But did he have enough?

I mean, I've worked out

that I need 2.6 million

to last my lifetime,

and he was married with kids.

- Hi, Sally.

I'm so sorry.

- Hi, Harry.

- Hi, Vernon.

- What did you say to the widow?

Should I say something to her?

- Her name's Sally, Vernon.

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