Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives

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Traders, Guns & Money is a wry and wickedly comic exposes of the culture, games, and pure deceptions played out every day in trading rooms around the world, usually with other people's money. Whether you move in the financial world yourself, know people who do, or have the money invested in stocks, shares or derivatives, this is a fascinating read guaranteed to make you think
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Overview

Traders, Guns & Money is a wry and wickedly comic exposes of the culture, games, and pure deceptions played out every day in trading rooms around the world, usually with other people's money. Whether you move in the financial world yourself, know people who do, or have the money invested in stocks, shares or derivatives, this is a fascinating read guaranteed to make you think
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780273704744
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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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.

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Table of Contents

1 Financial WMDs - derivatives demogoguery 19
2 Beautiful lies - the 'sell' side 53
3 True lies - the 'buy' side 87
4 Show me the money - greed lost and regained 121
5 The perfect storm - risk mismanagement by the numbers 153
6 Super models - derivative algorithms 181
7 Games without frontiers - the inverse world of structured products 211
8 Share and share alike - derivative inequity 241
9 Credit where credit is due - fun with CDS and CDO 265
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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    I just can't look away...

    It's the auto wreck on the side of our economic highway-horrifying but you can't turn away from it. First of all, the author knows whereof he speaks. He quite literally wrote the book (several volumes, in fact) on derivatives. In Traders, Guns & Money, he takes us inside the world-with a twist. The names are hilarious and took me by surprise. Das says outright that he changed the names to protect the infamous, but I wasn't ready for the opening scene which pits opposing counsel from the firm Lucre and Lucre across the table from those of Killem and Billem.
     
    I lost it.
     
    The fascinating horror comes as you read, with sinking stomach, how badly hurt those dealing with these traders who, while assuring their clients that their best interests are served by the deal, are in reality playing a zero-sum game, and playing it against their own clients.
     
    More useful to the uninitiated are the description of credit derivative products. Das does a very good job diagramming just how structured finance is put together, but again, the zero-sum sense of impending doom arises as you come to realize that these products are impenetrable. Nobody could really grasp what it is they're shelling out good money (not THEIRS of course) to buy.

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