Gone are the days when stock brokers closed their afternoons in the afternoon doing deals in the pub.
But if the co-chief executives of Numis, one of the shining lights of the Square Mile, have not exchanged pints for smoothies, it is clear who has to pick up the bar-tab.
Alex Ham and Ross Mitchinson share the duties of running the stockbroker, who recently brought James Bond's favorite sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin.
Aston Martin recently floated on the London stock market
But when it comes to paying, only one man is at the helm. The Numis annual report shows that Ham earned £ 1.79 million last year, while Mitchinson earned only £ 1.29 million.
Ham takes home more because he is in charge of the corporate broking and advisory department, which makes deals and drives companies, while Mitchinson takes care of the shares.
Perhaps after the recent dire performance of Aston Martin and Funding Circle (shares have dipped in both), there may not be much of a rush with their services next year.
That would mean a smaller pay check for Cham. You wonder how he will survive on earth …
Boohoo: what about the profit margin?
There should be no tear when the fashion brand Boohoo reveals its sales figures in the third quarter in a trading update on Tuesday. But what about the profit margin?
Analysts at Peel Hunt expect strong sales growth at Boohoo, but no strong margins
Analysts at Peel Hunt expect strong sales growth in the group's brands for the last four months of 2018 – 25 percent for Boohoo itself, 80 percent for Pretty Little Thing and 100 percent for Nasty Gal.
But the pointed heads of Peel Hunt – undoubtedly when shopping for their last weekend outfits – noticed some heavy discounts around Black Friday last year.
The result is that they do not bank on strong margin performance.
Whitbread: what happens to money from Costa?
Whitbread will fill the market with the performance of the third quarter on Thursday, fresh from completing the £ 3.9 billion in Costa Coffee sales to Coca-Cola to keep only the arm of Premier Inn hotels under control.
Scribblers at RBC calculate the revenue per available room, the industry statistics for working out how well hotels have done, drops by 1.5 percent, largely as a result of a 3 percent drop from outside London.
Of more interest for shareholders will be what happens with the money from the Costa sale. RBC analysts have booked a capital return of £ 2.9 billion, which will be a nice payday for the shareholders.
Former boss of Persimmon and Brexit
Brexit has hurt players on the stock market and currency traders, but a person who is likely to keep a close eye on the proceedings is Jeff Fairburn. The former boss of house builder Persimmon left after the excitement about his huge bonus not to die.
Now, number crunchers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch believe that & # 39; everything except a & # 39; hard & # 39; Brexit & # 39; is accounted for in the share price. They think that if that is avoided, the share price will rise from £ 22 to £ 24.
It may sound like a small margin, but every pound that the price goes up or down is worth millions for Fairburn, who has yet to redeem his shares.