Experience as Mtg. and Stock broker. Sales part seemed vacuous during the run up to/and peek of the Internet and RE bubbles. In a condition I latter realized was existential neurosis, I found meaning and purpose in taking a step back to get a better view and perspective. "Beta is a fish... the males are more flashy than the females, make strange BUBBLE nests and kill each other." Currently doing Special Situation/Activist/Fundamental Analysis. Finding value where ever I can. It is very possible for you to be right and the market to be wrong. The Street largely makes its money not from the brilliance of it's research nor "innovative" products, but rather from being a well oiled sales machine... They drink their own Kool Aid.