Extreme Money: The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk

Extreme Money: The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk

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By (author) Satyajit Das

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  • Publisher: FINANCIAL TIMES PRENTICE HALL
  • Format: Paperback | 536 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 232mm x 32mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Harlow
  • ISBN 10: 0273723979
  • ISBN 13: 9780273723974
  • Sales rank: 63,531

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The human race created money and finance. But our inventions re-create us. Mankind mistook money--a lubricant of society and human well-being--for an end in itself. Finance, the monetary shadow of real things, came to dominate human reality. Extreme Money tells the story of how this happened--and, in so doing, it tells the story of the modern world. Bestselling author Satyajit Das draws on 33 years of personal experience at the heart of modern global finance to narrate this story. Das reveals the spectacular, dangerous money games that have generated increasingly massive bubbles of fake growth, Ponzi prosperity, sophistication, and wealth--while endangering the jobs, possessions, and futures of virtually everyone outside the financial industry. Das shows how "extreme money" has become ever more unreal; how "voodoo banking" continues to generate massive phony profits even now; and how a new generation of "Masters of the Universe" has come to dominate the world. Extreme Money is about: The new financial fundamentalism: false gods, false prophets - Faith in money, faith in risk, faith in shadows The cult of risk and the growth engine that isn't - How financial engineering replaced real engineering and illusions replaced reality Financial alchemy and the "Doomsday Debt Machine"- The rise of the global financial machine we cannot escape The new global oligarchy--and the nihilistic games they play - Too smart, too fast, too greedy, too self-absorbed--and far too dangerous

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Satyajit Das is an internationally respected expert in finance with 33 years' experience. He has worked for the "sell side" (Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch), the "buy side" (as Treasurer of the TNT Group), and as a consultant advising banks, investors, corporations, and central banks worldwide. Das is the author of many highly regarded standard reference books on derivatives and risk management. In 2006, he published the international bestseller Traders, Guns & Money, an extraordinary insider's account of the world of derivatives trading. In Traders and in a series of speeches in 2006 entitled - The Coming Credit Crash, Das anticipated many of the problems that became apparent in the financial crisis and are still affecting the global economy. He was recently featured in Charles Ferguson's 2010 Oscar(r)-winning documentary Inside Job and the 2009 BBC documentary Tricks with Risk.

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Long listed for Financial Times/ Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2011 Listed in Bloomberg's Top Business Books of the Year 2011 One of ninemsn.com.au's best business books of 2011 "...a powerful book...highly readable and informative...Anyone who decodes the ratings of the three major agencies so amusingly -- CCC means "Russian roulette with five bullets in the chamber" and D means "scrape your brains off the wall and place in a plastic bag"- demands to be read." Lindsay Tanner, former Australian Minister of Finance inThe Monthly, August 2011 " While the run-up to the global financial crisis has been well documented, Das provides his own unique insights." Luke Faulkner, Hedge Funds Review, August 2011 "...virtually in a category of its own -- part history, part book of financial quotations, part cautionary tale, part textbook. It contains some of the clearest charts about risk transfer you will find anywhere. ...Others have laid out the dire consequences of financialisation ("the conversion of everything into monetary form", in Das's phrase), but few have done it with a wider or more entertaining range of references...[Extreme Money] does... reach an important, if worrying, conclusion: financialisation may be too deep-rooted to be torn out. As Das puts it -- characteristically borrowing a line from a movie, Inception -- "the hardest virus to kill is an idea". Andrew Hill "Eclectic Guide to the Excesses of the Crisis" Financial Times, 17 August 2011 "an idiosyncratic yet withering analysis of how 30 years of financial alchemy and excessive credit have plunged us into what feels like a slow-motion depression... addresses, one by one, the overarching themes of the great credit boom and bust of the late 20th century. Black humor is Das' natural medium, and he gave me a rueful chuckle every few pages. You know that a writer is hard to pigeonhole when the advance praise compares him to both Candide and Hunter S. Thompson. I prefer to view Das as a modern-day Ishmael with an attitude, a weathered seaman who has witnessed firsthand the crazed hunt of hedge-fund captains for alpha, the great whale of superior investment returns. ... I could only endorse the conclusion. "There is no simple, painless solution" to the fix we're in, Das writes. "The world has to reduce debt, shrink the financial part of the economy, and change the destructive incentive structures in finance. Individuals in developed countries have to save more and spend less." Doomsday Debt Machine Roars as Wizard Das Chides Buffett: Books, By James Pressley, Sep 19 2011 " a fast paced ride...Das manages to be both an insider and outsider -- much of what he covers is based on first hand experience...there's no of the faux glamour that infuses many otherwise critical books on finance... this is a thoughtful, interesting and unusual book that deserves to jostle for shelf space alongside classics such as Charles Kindleberger's Manias, Panics and Crashes and Devil Take The Hindmost by Edward Chancellor. It is well worth a read by anyone seeking to grasp the broader impact of the recent crisis." Chris Sholto Heaton, Money Week, November 2011 "...Mr Das has a keen eye for an anecdote ... give[s] the reader plenty of chances to chuckle at the hubris he reveals. the views of people like Mr Das were consistently ignored in the run-up to the debt crisis.." More luck than judgment, The Economist, 15 October 2011 "...Extreme Money is not about the financial crisis, as such. It is about the history of money and the journey that brought us to 2011. Das writes in a clear, straightforward manner that is approachable to all readers and takes in a diverse range of references from Hollywood movies to mediaeval literature, with plenty of gags and reflections from his career in the industry, which make for an easy read." Nick Ferguson "A history of extreme money", 21 September 2011, Finance Asia "...exposes the shambles of a system characterised by bogus and failed economic market theory, a shamelessly rapacious finance industry, and a broad failure by governments to protect either their citizens or their productive industries from a finance industry driven by the most perverse incentives...Das writes colourfully, in short punchy sections, and countless memorable aphorisms...Politicians, please read this book." Richard Thwaites "Dangerous money games" Canberra Times, 17 September 2011 "Das is a chatty writer, with a style that combines elegance with wit, erudition and a large dollop of cynicism. He is also widely read, given to inventing unusual metaphors and quoting from sources as diverse as Trollope and Groucho Marx. As a result, he has succeeded in producing an entertaining page-turner on a subject considered both numbingly dull as well as frighteningly opaque." Devangshu Datta "World money, salted and seasoned" Business Standard, 16 December 2011 " Extreme Money is about much more than the financial crisis. ... Das is writing about the society that has been built under the suzerainty of finance over the last few decades. He uses the references to highlight, underline and contrast some of the features of this crazy society. At one level, Das gives us the conventional narrative of the crisis. ...At another level, he elaborates on the economic theory that provided the intellectual sustenance for the financial revolution. ... But at a more fundamental level, this book is about the corruption in values caused by what Das terms Extreme Money, by which he means not only the dangerous speculative games played with money, but also the attitudes and culture that have emerged out of casino capitalism. At the deepest level, this book is about hubris and the nemesis that inevitably follows." Manas Chakravarty "The money shot:The global society formed by the financial currents of the last few decades" Live Mint , 9 December 2011 "This is probably the finest financial history of the period... , it tells with great authority the real story of modern finance--how money mutated into a rogue virus-- something that finance students will otherwise never know. The book is a mirror of our financial times, a must-read for all." Debashis Basu "Extreme Money: Modern Finance--The Rogue Virus" Moneylife, 24 December 2011 "...Das dons a professorial cap to weave financial history and popular culture into an entertaining and blistering social critique of how so many have come to chase endless financial reflections of the real economy..." "No loss in the telling" Hindustan Times 23 December 2011 " Extreme Money is a morality tale of the cascade of massive wealth into the pockets of financial wizards at the cost of the stability of the global financial system... a cautionary tale from Faust warning what happens to those who trade their souls for lucre." Andrew Allentuck, Financial Post,5 Noof financial alchemy... lays bare the investment bankers' schemes and machinations which culminated in the worldwide financial crisis and Great Recession of 2007 to date... an illuminating text that has much to teach you about the world of high finance." Thomas Herold "An Inside Look Into The Masters of The Financial Sandbox", 30 August 2011 "Das' irreverent and sardonic wit permeates the book, making it an enjoyable read despite its dark tone." Barbara Whelehan "Money books for holiday giving" Bankrate.com, December 16 2011 "...an absolutely brilliant examination of the world of money and finance... a realistic, confronting and amazing critique of the machinations and workings of the global financial industry. an enlightening dissection of the world of high finance, policy making, and supposed regulation, and reveals how illusory is the ability of central banks and governments to control and manage economies ... The amount and depth of information in this book is amazing. It is essential reading for all those with an interest in the financial markets, delving into areas and subjects that most writers with a vested interest in the markets don't and won't cover.." Your Trading Edge (May-June 2012)

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"A true insider's devastating analysis of the financial alchemy of the last 30 years and its destructive consequences. With his intimate first-hand knowledge, Das takes a knife to global finance and financiers to reveal the inner workings without fear or favor." -Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at NYU Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics "Das describes the causes of the financial crisis with the insight and understanding of a financial wizard, the candor and objectivity of an impartial observer, and a wry sense of humor that reveals the folly in it all." -Brooksley Born, Former Chairperson of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) "This is the best book yet to come out of the financial crisis. Das is a graceful, witty writer, with an unusually broad range of reference. He is also a long-time master of the arcana of the netherworlds of finance and nicely balances historical sweep with illuminating detail. Extreme Money is lively, scathing, and wise. " -Charles Morris, Author of "The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash"" ""Like Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Extreme Money launches you into a fascinating and disturbing alternative view of reality. But now greed predominates, the distorted world of finance is completely global, and the people making crazy decisions can ruin us all. This is an informative, entertaining, and deeply scary account of Hades's new realm. Read it while you can. " -Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management and Author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown "You know when Lewis Caroll, Max Weber, Alan Greenspan, and Sigmund Freud all appear on the same early page that you are about to read an intellectual tour de force. Das is an authoritative and colorful critic of modern markets, and here he weaves financial history and popular culture into an entertaining and blistering social critique of how so many people have come to chase endless financial reflections of the real economy. Extreme Money speaks truth to power. " -Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance at the University of San Diego and Author of "F.I.A.S.C.O, Infectious Greed," and "The Match King" The human race created money and finance. But our inventions re-create us. Mankind mistook money-a lubricant of society and human well-being-for an end in itself. Finance, the monetary shadow of real things, came to dominate human reality. Extreme Money tells the story of how this happened-and, in so doing, it tells the story of the modern world. Bestselling author Satyajit Das draws on 33 years of personal experience at the heart of modern global finance to narrate this story. Das reveals the spectacular, dangerous money games that have generated increasingly massive bubbles of fake growth, Ponzi prosperity, sophistication, and wealth-while endangering the jobs, possessions, and futures of virtually everyone outside the financial industry. You'll learn how everything from home mortgages to climate change has become financialized, as vast fortunes are generated by individuals who build nothing of lasting value. Das shows how "extreme money" has become ever more unreal; how "voodoo banking" continues to generate massive phony profits even now; and how a new generation of "Masters of the Universe" has come to dominate the world. The new financial fundamentalism: false gods, false prophets "Faith in money, faith in risk, faith in shadows" The cult of risk and the growth engine that isn't "How financial engineering replaced real engineering and illusions replaced reality" Financial alchemy and the "Doomsday Debt Machine" "The rise of the global financial machine we cannot escape" The new global oligarchy-and the nihilistic games they play "Too smart, too fast, too greedy, too self-absorbed-and far too dangerous"

Table of contents

Prologue: Hubris Sub-prime dialects Best in show The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living Retreat Swiss inquisitions Idea of an investment Ambush Mega presentations Fording streams Liquidity and leverage Democracy of greed Pick and pay Black Sea real estate Life on the margin Racing days Dr Doom Extreme money Part 1 Faith 1 Mirror of the times Some kinda money Trading places The invention of money Barbarous relic The real thing The Hotel New Hampshire Collapse Money machines Debt clock Money is nothing The mirrored room 2 Money changes everything Mrs Watanabe goes to Wall Street FX Beauties Club Plutonomy Trickling down, trading up I shop, therefore I must be! Spend it like Beckham! Golden years Tax avoidance Japanese curse The god of our time 3 Business of business Limited consciences A brilliant daring speculation Dirty tricks Marriages and separations The house that Jack built Capital ideas WWJD -- watch what Jack did! Business dealings 4 Money for sale It's a wonderful bank! Pass the parcel Loan frenzy Plastic fantastic money Casino banking Confidence tricks The Citi of money Sign of the times 5 Yellow brick road Monumental money The battle of the 'pond' Cool Britannia Barbarian invasions Unlikely centres El-Dollardo economics The unbalanced bicycle Foreign treasure Fool's gold Liquidity vortex 6 Money honey Printing it Column inches Video money Studs, starlets Financial porn Speedy money Literary money Money for all Part 2 Fundamentalism 7 Los Cee-Ca-Go boys Dismal science Chicago Interpretation Economic politics Academic warfare The Gipper and the Iron Lady Political economy New old deal The monetary lens Unstable stability? 8 False gods, fake prophecies Mystery of price Demon of chance Corporate M&Ms Risk taming Slow and quick money Corporate practice Everything is just noise Perfect worlds Financial fundamentalism Fata morgana Part 3 Alchemy 9 Learning to love debt Fixed floor coverings By the bootstraps Leverage for everything Cutting to the bone Professor Jensen goes to Wall Street Drowning by numbers Censored loans High opportunity bonds Fallen angels Junk people Milken's mobsters The sweet envy of bankers Thank you for borrowing One bridge too far National treasure 10 Private vices Excess returns Sexy private equity Inflight entertainment Selling the family silver Holey dollar Money for nothing Public squalor, private profits Locust plagues Vain capital Amateur hour Turbulence 11 Dice with debt Securitisation recipes Slice and dice Almost as safe as houses Synthetic stuff Get copula-ed Sticky mess Several houses of one's own Cheaper cuts of mortgage ARMs race Heroes for one day 12 The doomsday debt machine Alpha-debt soup In the shadow of debt Virtual loans Counting on the abacus Intellectual masturbation Used to be smart Chain reaction Phase transition Terra icognito 13 Risk supermarkets Mind your derivatives Particle finance Hedging your bets Sewer bonds Harvard case studies The Italian job Betting your hedge TARDIS trades I will kill you later First to lose Toxic municipal siblings Playing swaps and robbers The Greek job Madman's games 14 Financial arms race Shock-Gen Evil Kerviel Soldier monks Mystere Kerviel Risk is our business Free money Credit's fatal attraction Post-modern contradictions Derivative deconstruction Pinata parties 15 Woodstock for hedge funds Keeping up with the Joneses In search of Moby Dick Style gurus Magic wand Lucky man Sharpe practice Embedded In the long run, we are all dead The game The more things change Hedgestock 16 Minsky machines Affinities and curses Crowded hours Crime without punishment Fast cars, slow hedge funds Fast cornering Children of privilege Make money not war Part 4 Oligarchy 17 War games Borrowed times Liquidity factory Six degrees of separation Paper chains Toxic pathologies Relying on the Zohar Blind capital Rent collectors Best in best possible world 18 Shell games Central bank republics Games of old maid Protection rackets Stockholm syndrome Free speech No accounting for values Mark to make believe Out of sight Creeping crumble Management by neglect Directing traffic 19 Cult of risk Growth for all season Financial groupthink Celebrity central banking Dealing with dissent Noneofuscouldanode Je ne regrette rien! Last supper 20 Masters of the Universe Money illusions Factories for unhappy people War versus money Shop floors Smiling and killing Pay grades Much more than this Attached Bonus season Plenty Tipping points 21 Financial nihilism Cosmetic consumption The physical impossibility of spending the amount earned by someone living Celebrity finance Manque not monkey Wizard and muggles In the midnight hour Last rites Safe as Snuff movies Financial nihilism Part 5 Cracks 22 Financial gravity Air pockets Mass extinction ER This is not a seminar! ICU Country for sale Crying games Financial gravity 23 Unusually uncertain Botox economics China syndrome Regulatory dialectic Patient zero Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide Built to fall End of Ponzi prosperity? Losing the commanding heights Zen finance Unusually uncertain Epilogue: Nemesis Marginal Widows and orphans Nausea Crunch porn, crash lit Economic rock stars Showtime Meta money Economic trivialities This time, it is no different! Suicide is painless The turning world Notes Select bibliography Index