Even high culture has acknowledged its status. Last week the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History started displaying the old Bloomberg keyboard of bond market legend Bill Gross as part of its “American Enterprise” exhibition.
For bankers, traders and money managers, these examples of the terminal’s ubiquity are entirely unsurprising, with many admitting a near-addiction. “I genuinely don’t know how I’d manage without the terminal,” says Matt Russell, a fund manager at M&G Investments in London. “It’s quite sad, really.”