Nick Knight: His Swagger Can Sway Markets

He calls his presentations "The Nick at Nite Show," playing on the resemblance between his name and the U.S. cable-TV network that screens classic reruns. But Nicholas Knight's showmanship wasn't the only reason why Nomura Securities Co.'s 3,000 salespeople were glued to closed-circuit video monitors around the world on Jan. 17. Since his last chat with the troops in July, Nomura's London-based global strategist had been roiling markets in Japan and Southeast Asia with well-timed calls. What would he favor now?

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