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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Satyajit Das: The West's reward is still the riches that developing nations 'don't value'

Das Capital: For emerging nations to rise out of poverty always entailed a risky, uncertain and tragic future

Satyajit Das: When the machines are insider traders, will they be prosecuted?

Das Capital: Making mountains out of molehills sells more books than a study of molehills
Deadly job: More than 1,000 garment workers were killed in the Rana Plaza factory collapse

Satyajit Das: The West wrings its hands over Asian workers, but carries on robbing them

DAS CAPITAL: In April 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight-storey complex of clothing factories near Dhaka, Bangladesh, collapsed, killing more than 1,100. With its garments intended for export, the Rana Plaza incident quickly became “framed” from a Western perspective.

Satyajit Das: This is not a credit bubble, we are told. But it certainly looks like one

Das Capital: Even volumes of the notorious collateralised debt obligations have almost recovered to 2007 levels

Satyajit Das: Attempts to rein in China’s shadow banking system are doomed to fail

Das Capital: Economic, financial and structural reform is badly needed – but such reform is politically unpalatable

Satyajit Das: Growth of China’s shadow banking sector casts light on fault in system

Das Capital: Beijing’s attempts to rein in runaway credit expansion has also perversely encouraged growth in the sector

Das Capital: Chasing the debt dragon – China finds the credit habit hard to kick

China has had a 35-year addiction to cheap credit. The 2007/2008 global financial crisis and the resulting rare synchronous recessions in the developed world exposed China’s economy, especially its export sectors, to a large external demand shock – slowing growth. The recovery has been driven by a significant expansion in credit (known as TSF – total social financing).

Satyajit Das: Forget these financial forums: global co-ordination is a utopian dream

After the Sydney meeting, it did not take long for the feigned unanimity among G20 members to disappear

Satyajit Das: The G20's Lords of Finance will magically conjure up growth. Really?

Das Capital: Crucially, the G20 failed to confront the fragility of many emerging markets
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