Traders, Guns and MoneyKnowns and unknowns in the dazzling world of derivatives Revised edition
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Traders Guns and Money is a wickedly comic exposé of the culture, games and pure deceptions played out every day in trading rooms around the world. And played out with other peoples money.
A sensational insiders view of the business of trading and marketing derivatives, this revised edition explains the frighteningly central role that derivatives and financial products played in the global financial crisis.
This worldwide bestseller reveals the truth about derivatives: those financial tools memorably described by Warren Buffett as financial weapons of mass destruction. Traders, Guns and Money will introduce you to the players and the practices and reveals how the real money is made and lost.
The global financial crisis took almost everyone by surprise and even now new problems keep appearing and solutions continue to be elusive. In the original version of Traders, Guns and Money, Satyajit Das provided a highly prescient insight into the structure and risk of the world financial system exposing the problems that are becoming readily apparent. In a 2006 speech The Coming Credit Crash Das argued that: "an informed analysis shows that risk is not better spread but more leveraged and (arguably) more concentrated . This does not improve the overall stability and security of the financial system but exposes it to increased risk of a "crash".
Introduction to the paperback edition
1. Financial WMDs - derivatives demagoguery
2. Beautiful Lies - the 'sell' side
3. True Lies - the 'buy' side
4. Show Me The Money - greed lost and regained
5. The Perfect Storm - risk mismanagement by the numbers
6. Super Models - derivatives algorithms
7. Games Without Frontiers - the inverse world of structured products
8. Share and Share Alike - derivative inequity
9. Credit Where Credit Is Due - fun with CDS and CDO
Afterword Credit Crunch The New Known Known of Financial Markets
Satyajit Das is a leading international authority in the area of financial derivatives and treasury management. He was the treasurer for the TNT Group on Australia for six years. Prior to this he worked in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. He is the author of Swap Financing and has published widely on financial derivatives, corporate finance, treasury and risk management. He has presented seminars on financial derivatives and treasury management/corporate finance all over the world.
EXTREME MONEY: THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE CULT OF RISK, the new title from bestselling author Satyajit Das, is now available to pre-order on Amazon.
"Funny, readable and peppered with one-liners from Groucho Marx, "Traders, Guns & Money" offers an ideal primer for anyone tempted to take a walk on the derivative side."
James Pressley, Bloomberg.com
a distinctly timely book ....Traders, Guns and Money, tries to reach out to the mathematically challenged to explain how the world of derivatives really works.
Gillian Tett, Financial Times
The sexier side of finance ... at last ... a convincing picture of what life is like in today's modern financial industry.
...a fascinating and compelling insight into the world of derivatives... a page turning quality more reminiscent of a John Grisham novel than a dissertation on derivatives.
....more riveting than the Da Vinci Code...in the mould of Liars' Poker...an insiders account of how derivatives markets work...
Goola Warden, The Edge
this is possibly the best insider account of a career in investments since Michael Lewis's book Liar's Poker
.I can't recommend this book strongly enough.'
... a beginner's guide to the often unsavoury and murky world of trading...a surprisingly gripping account ....
A worthwhile read for anyone with connection to the financial world.
. must read for all CEOs, CFOs, bankers and anyone who cares about what banks are doing with their money.
Lara Wozniak, www.financeasia.com
an amusing, down-to-earth look behind the scenes of the derivatives market
.There were several times I laughed out loud
... a scalpel of a book
Financial Engineering News
Das audacity is commendable as he does not hesitate to challenge the greatest intellectuals of quantitative finance like Myron Scholes and Fischer Black .Overall, he does a splendid job of portraying the obsessive mentality of the traders that anything can be traded.
Medill Money Mavens, August 2010
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