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: World economy is addicted to credit and the markets seem oblivious

Midweek View: A debt write-off would result in a significant loss of wealth for lenders and trigger an economic contraction

Satyajit Das: Economies may be sick, but will the cure be worse than the illness?

Midweek View: Governments can no more control money than a gardener can control a hosepipe by grabbing the water

Satyajit Das: Libor warning signs were there, but no one acted

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Satyajit Das: Saved for now – but eurozone's chronic disease will re-emerge

Midweek View: Germany's willingness to continue financing the existence of the eurozone cannot be taken for granted

Satyajit Das: Germany might not be strong enough to save euro strugglers

Midweek view: The faith of Europe, America and the rest of the world in Germany's ability to come to the rescue is misplaced

Satyajit Das: It's wide of the mark to see this rescue as a victory

On 11 April 2011, then Spanish Finance Minister Elena Salgado stated: "I do not see any risk of contagion. We are totally out of this." A little over a year later, Ms Salgado and her party are no longer in power and Spain is well and truly in it.

Satyajit Das: Problems galore put the brakes on India's economic potential

Economic Outlook: Successive governments of every... persuasion have failed to undertake meaningful reforms

Satyajit Das: There is a misplaced reliance on the European Central Bank

Voters in Greece and France have voted against austerity. Voters elsewhere in Europe will probably follow suit in time. Despite summits and communiqués, politicians and policy makers cannot miraculously create growth overnight. The only likely action in the short run will probably come from the European Central Bank (“ECB”).

Satyajit Das: Tight rules would not have stopped JPMorgan losses

Midweek View: The most important question is whether any action short of banning specific activities can prevent such episodes
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