Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives By Satyajit Das >> Book Review and Free Preview

Business, Finance, Derivatives, Investment Banking

Prentice Hall - Financial Times

The Book
The book is a story of the derivatives industry. The evolution of the industry into its current form has been charted. In the process of doing so the author has discussed all major innovations in the industry, their advantages and disadvantages.

He discusses the theoretical development (models etc) related to the industry.
Also discussed are the various disasters that have happened in the global financial industry.
Green - my first inside look at the derivatives industry so can't comment on how true the apocryphal stories in the book are. But if you are someone who has the slightest interest in the industry this is a must read for you.

The author seems to be someone totally frustrated with the industry as such and maybe this frustration is what has resulted in this masterpiece. The concepts related to the industry, and cases related to the industry have been discussed in a very entertaining fashion.

Entertaining it is, due to the brilliant wit of the author, cracking the best quality sarcastic jokes at the least expected places. Entertaining it is, because almost every major theoretical proposition related to portfolio management and options, futures and other derivatives has been torn apart ruthlessly. Entertaining it is because similar treatment has been meted out to the biggest financial institutions in the world, and to other major companies which have dabbled with the industry.

The book runs into 350 odd pages now. It would have been a tome as thick as the vedas had it been written after the current global meltdown ;)

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Please note: This review was originally published in 2008.

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