'Light years ahead of the lurid bestsellers on the crisis' – Le Monde
'Well written and will grab the interest of financial professionals before the first time they have to turn a page' – Reuters
'A triumphant romp through a decade of financial mismanagement. A must-read – The National
The Devil's Derivatives
From an award-winning journalist who has been covering the industry for more than a decade, The Devil's Derivatives charts the untold story of modern financial innovation: how investment banks invented new financial products, how investors across the world were wooed into buying them, how regulators were seduced by the political rewards of easy credit and how speculators made a killing from the near-meltdown of the financial system.
Nicholas Dunbar demystifies the revolution that briefly gave finance the same intellectual respectability as theoretical physics. He explains how bankers worldwide created a secret trillion-dollar machine that delivered cheap mortgages to the masses and riches beyond dreams to the financial innovators. Fundamental to this saga is how ‘the people who hated to lose’ were persuaded to accept risk by ‘the people who loved to win’. Why did people come to trust and respect arcane financial tools? With whom were the bankers competing to assemble the basic components into increasingly intricate machines? How did this process achieve its own unstoppable momentum –ending in collapse, bailouts and a public outcry against the giants of finance?
Provocative and intriguing, The Devil’s Derivatives sheds much-needed light on the forces that fuelled the most brutal economic downturn since the Great Depression.