Are bankers luckless in love?

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Cupid is decidedly absent from the Square Mile. Perhaps he got stuck on the DLR.

With 100-hour weeks, investment banks laying on services like dry-cleaning and gyms, is there any excuse ever to leave the office, let alone put time aside to look for Mr or Mrs Right?

Before you know it, your passion for work has quashed your desire for dating and you're in your 40s, consigned to singleton status.

The popularity of introduction agencies and dating websites for City professionals shows that perhaps traditional methods of searching for love are currently proving fruitless. For example, the FT reports that the County Register - an introduction agency that charges a whopping 10k for 18 months' membership - saw an influx of new business last year.

The internet provides cheaper options for financial professionals on the hunt for love, like City Dating, City Crowd or Speed Dating in the City. Though perhaps the thought of conflicting busy schedules and the prospect of spending all your time with fellow bankers might not be too attractive.

Business big-shots looking for a less salubrious option can bag themselves a sexy gold-digger at Sugar Daddie, where "successful men seek attractive women". Tasteful.

But are things really as bad as that? Can you balance the requirements of your career with a healthy love life? Or will you be spending this Valentine's Day with your laptop and a ready-meal for one?

Your thoughts please...

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