Listening to Occupy the SEC discuss Volcker, you would have thought that a few jaded Wall Street traders were talking shop on their coffee break — which, in fact, wasn’t far from the truth.
Kline, one of the group’s resident wonks on financial transactions, is a former credit derivatives trader. Alexis Goldstein, another core member, was a business analyst for Deutsche Bank’s equity derivatives desk until 2010. Akshat Tewary, a lawyer in private practice, had come to the meeting straight from work, still dressed in a white button-down and dark dress slacks. The group also includes a few newbies who’ve gotten a crash course in banking regulation, including Corley Miller, a young aspiring novelist, and Eric Taylor, an unemployed anthropologist and part-time military officer.