Lunchtime Links: Meet the 30 year old JPMorgan trader who's completely blind

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DealBook's got an interesting profile of Ashish Goyal, a London-based trader at JPMorgan who works on the FX trading desk.

Goyal, who has a degree from both a 'top Indian business school' and from Wharton, can only discern light and shadows. He's therefore unable to see computer screens, read graphs, or look at presentations. To compensate for this, Dealbook says he employs a form of screen-reading software...

... whose speed is so high that it sounds like gibberish to the untrained ear. When he needs to read graphs, which the software cannot do, Mr. Goyal goes through the data and tries to imagine the graph in his head.

On his desk, two computer screens show the usual flashing Bloomberg messages and spreadsheets of constantly changing numbers. Two keyboards are linked to headsets through which the information and figures are read out to him at rapid speeds. The same technology reads out text messages he receives on his cellphone.

Goyal says that despite his academic pedigree he had a few problems persuading anyone to hire him. His boss at JPMorgan took him on because he was one of the only candidates who, 'knew about Asian interest rates, had excellent risk management skills and knowledge of foreign exchange.'

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