winter blues?


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:cool: The idea of swapping a city office for a place in the sun is something many people can only dream about.
But rising office costs in the City of London prompted futures broker James Lear to see what options were available to him.

He checked out the technology and decided he was going to work from his new home - in the south of Spain.

James now trades from his apartment near San Pedro, on the Costa del Sol, using specialist financial software.

"We used to laugh about it and say could it ever be done - could you sit with a lap top next to a swimming pool somewhere?" he said.

Sunnyside up

We used to laugh about it and say could it ever be done - could you sit with a lap top next to a swimming pool somewhere?

James Lear
The broker, originally from east London, used to trade in "the pit" on the London Stock Exchange floor, until it was closed in 1999.

"After that I moved to an office in the city and that was expensive, with anything between £1,500 and £2,000 a month for a desk and a computer.

"With the PATS system I use now you just buy the software and then it costs £500 a month to use it so it works out a lot cheaper," he said.

"The screen is laid out in a way a trader can understand. You get the prices coming in all the time from the different markets around the world and it has to be fast.

"It has got to be under a quarter of a second whenever you put an order in or else it could cost you a lot of money."

Technically able

James has a 1meg ADSL connection in his apartment linked to a PC running his trading software and a laptop that keeps him up-to-date with the financial news.

It costs 60 euros a month for the line and he says it is faster than the connection he had in his London office.

The 35-year-old broker trades mainly by shorting sterling and has to keep a close eye on any news on the quarterly interest rate changes.

James wants to expand his operation
But he said there are no barriers preventing him looking at other markets.

He said: "Time zone wise there is no problem because I can work along all the European spectrum of trade and it's even better here because I start at 0830 instead of 0730 which means I get an extra hour in bed.

"The other advantage is that Spain is such a nice place to live. I thought I would just be able to make a living but the trading has been pretty good.

"Now I want to expand the operation here and set up a little office with like-minded traders and keep the costs really low so that we can get the best of both worlds." :cool:
Jamie Lear worked on LIFFE not the LSE. Trust the BBC, can't those guys get anything right!

I don't think he would have made much money "Shorting Sterling"
either lately. This should read Short Sterling ie the LIFFE STIR contract.

Jamie is a nice guy. He's not the only one heading south. A number of ex LIFFErs have turned up in Gibraltar, of course none of them live there though, they all seem to prefer Sotogrande and Marbella for some strange reason!

They all get very low rates from the big brokers but have to churn and generally cover costs of around £1500 per month.


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Well I'm not sure about the sun...I've just moved from Cambridge UK to Toronto, Canada.....its brilliant ( so far! ) Yes yes I know its about to turn freezing cold but I'm really not that bothered. Its far cheaper than rip-off Britain in every aspect.

Mr. Charts

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Hi rossored,
Have a great life out there
Best wishes,


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So Rosso, u have finally made the move now- Congrats.........

I thought u may try the ( sunny ??) Florida- but i guess Canada is easier to get in..............


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About 50 miles to Cambridge (funnily enough, I've just moved from there!) and 40 to Hamilton, CM.

Thanks for your wishes, chaps. I'll give it a couple of months and see how it goes first of all!! :cheesy:
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