Global Derivative Debacles: From Theory to Malpractice by Laurent L Jacque

Global Derivative Debacles: From Theory to Malpractice

byLaurent L Jacque

Kobo ebook | May 28, 2015

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This book analyzes in depth all major derivatives debacles of the last half century including the multi-billion losses and/or bankruptcy of Metallgesellschaft (1994), Barings Bank (1995), Long Term Capital Management (1998), Amaranth (2006), Société Générale (2008) , AIG (2008) and JP Morgan-Chase (2012). It unlocks the secrets of derivatives by telling the stories of institutions which played in the derivative market and lost big. For some of these unfortunate organizations it was daring but flawed financial engineering which brought them havoc. For others it was unbridled speculation perpetrated by rogue traders whose unchecked fraud brought their house down.

Should derivatives be feared "as financial weapons of mass destruction" or hailed as financial innovations which through efficient risk transfer are truly adding to the Wealth of Nations? By presenting a factual analysis of how the malpractice of derivatives played havoc with derivative end-user and dealer institutions, a case is made for vigilance not only to market and counter-party risk but also operational risk in their use for risk management and proprietary trading. Clear and recurring lessons across the different stories in this volume call not only for a tighter but also "smarter" control system of derivatives trading and should be of immediate interest to financial managers, bankers, traders, auditors and regulators who are directly or indirectly exposed to financial derivatives.

The book groups cases by derivative category, starting with the simplest and building up to the most complex — namely, Forwards, Futures, Options and Swaps in that order, with applications in commodities, foreign exchange, stock indices and interest rates. Each chapter deals with one derivative debacle, providing a rigorous and comprehensive but non-technical elucidation of what happened.

What is new in the second edition? A new chapter on JP Morgan-Chase's London Whale, an in-depth discussion of credit-default swaps, and an update of the revamped regulatory framework with Basel 2.5 and Basel III against the backdrop of the Euro crisis, along with a revised and expanded discussion of the AIG debacle.

Contents:

  • Derivatives and the Wealth of Nations

  • Forwards:

    • Showa Shell Sekiyu K K
    • Citibank's Forex Losses
    • Bank Negara Malaysia
  • Futures:

    • Amaranth Advisors LLC
    • Metallgesellschaft
    • Sumitomo
  • Options:

    • Allied Lyons
    • Allied Irish Banks
    • Barings
    • Société Générale
  • Swaps:

    • Procter & Gamble
    • Gibson Greeting Cards
    • Orange County
    • Long-Term Capital Management
    • AIG
    • JP Morgan Chase London Whale
    • From Theory to Malpractice: Lessons Learned

    Readership: Economists; undergraduates and graduates majoring in finance, economics and business administration; professionals, financial managers and CPAs in the financial service industry.
    Key Features:

    • Includes simple graphs or numerical illustrations to enhance readers' understanding of the complex world of derivatives and financial engineering step-by-step, story-by-story
    • Uses actual case studies to introduce college students, finance professionals and general readers to the world of high finance which shapes their day-to-day lives
    • Demystifies the mysterious world of financial derivatives
    • Brings alive difficult concepts by profiling the protagonists in each debacle and the corporate setting within which the derivative debacle unfolded
    • Provides a glossary of key concepts to discuss the respective derivatives product, how it is valued, trading strategies, and the workings of the market where it is traded
Title:Global Derivative Debacles: From Theory to MalpracticeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 28, 2015Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9814663271

ISBN - 13:9789814663274

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