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Making It to the Top: The Secrets Behind a Trader's Steady Climb From Chief Lunch Gal' to Trading

Traders Magazine, August 1999

Gregory Bresiger

Trading is hard enough. Many times the margin separating success from failure is reed thin. A winning trade is often dependent on a strong gut, an intuitive feeling. It's what ballplayers call "a good bounce of the ball" or what others might say is just plain luck. Even trading veterans can go from stars to bums and back again very quickly.

Maureen McCarthy, a managing director and head of position trading for Nasdaq and international equities at San Francisco-based BancBoston Robertson Stephens, has learned that many times in a highly successful, yet, at times, rocky career in trading.

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