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: 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

Das Capital: Policies that boosted banks’ earnings also disguised their vulnerabilities

Bank investors are substituting, in the words of Shaw, the ‘obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real’

Satyajit Das: German court's ruling could trigger a legal crisis in the eurozone

Das Capital: The court's decision may restrict the ability of the ECB to act

Das Capital: Trust in banks wanes as savers find other ways to protect their money

The ultra-rich are switching to real assets – gold, commodities, farm land

Satyajit Das: Ditching expansionist policies is like trying to escape from Hotel California

Das Capital: It's like listening to Monty Python's mortally wounded Black Knight

Satyajit Das: The financial markets still bear little relationship to the real economy

Das Capital: Politicians everywhere have proved reluctant to tackle much-needed reforms

Satyajit Das: Each stage of the eurozone debt crisis has increased the risks Germany faces

Das Capital: The German-led strategy shows little progress and is unlikely to resolve the crisis

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