Doubled Down is the story of the first investment strategist in 1970s Wall Street. There are anti-war and women’s lib demonstrations on every corner, there are long lines at every gas station, and stocks are plummeting. May Day is coming, when the commissions that the brokerages live on will be slashed.
Nevertheless, Garvey’s quest is to achieve financial independence playing at the big table that is Wall Street. In addition to the dismal background, he must deal with his two natural adversaries: the consultants, who insinuate themselves between him and his clients, and the “quants,” who want to automate his function.
He’s trying to save his marriage while resisting the newly liberated females who abound and to dodge the hit man on his tail. He just might pull it off.