Satyajit Das

Satyajit Das writes the Das Capital Column in the Independent. He has worked in financial markets for over 35 years, as a banker, a corporate treasurer and now as a consultant to banks, fund managers, governments, companies and regulators around the world. He is also the author of Traders Guns and Money and Extreme Money as well as a number of reference books on derivatives and risk-management, which double as 'door stops'. He became a banker because he wasn't good enough to be a professional cricketer, but would give up finance if anyone offered him a job as a cricket commentator or allowed him to pursue his other passion- wildlife (he is the co-author with Jade Novakovic of In Search of The Pangolin: The Accidental Eco-Tourist). He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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From the Saudi perspective, the primary benefit of high oil prices has accrued to non-Opec members

Satyajit Das: For the Saudis, low oil prices are a means of exacting revenge

Das Capital: Up to 80 per cent of shale reserves are uneconomic at prices below $80 a barrel

Satyajit Das: We need economic risk-taking, not financial risk-taking

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Das Capital: The strategy relies on the wealth effect which central bankers hope will lead to higher consumption

Sunday - Greece

Satyajit Das: Reports of US decline are greatly exaggerated – it’s still on top

Das Capital: While well below potential, the growth rate is above that of most developed countries

Satyajit Das: Of all its weapons, willingness to change is America’s strength

Das Capital: Many of America’s economic competitors find it difficult to embrace change

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