Nicholas Dunbar grew up in London and trained as a physicist at Manchester, Cambridge and Harvard universities. He was inspired to become a financial journalist by university friends who took their mathematical skills from academia onto the trading floors of investment banks. From 1998 until 2009, he was technical editor of Risk magazine, a specialist derivatives publication. In 2005, he launched Life & Pensions, a sister publication to Risk aimed at the insurance and pensions industry. During this time, he wrote a series of exclusive stories on derivatives blow-ups which cemented his reputation as an investigative journalist, and in 2007 he won the State Street award for institutional financial journalism. He has also written a column called 'Risky Finance' for the financial commentary service Reuters Breakingviews. His first book was Inventing Money: The Story of Long-Term Capital Management and the Legends Behind It (Wiley, 1999). After publishing his second book, The Devil's Derivatives, he appeared on PBS Frontline and BBC Newsnight, and spoke at events organized by the US Senate Finance Committee, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and UK Institute of Actuaries. From 2011 to 2013, he worked for the core product division of Bloomberg, where he created a risk newsletter read by thousands of terminal clients, as well as publishing stories with Bloomberg news. He currently runs Risky Finance, a browser-based platform that he founded to enable risk professionals to make faster, better decisions by visualizing risk in companies and markets.