TDI Podcast 149: A Briefing and The Botox Economy

Guests: Satyajit Das and Damon Southward discuss the economy and the many interesting features of the recent weeks. First up is Damon who provides us with an insight into the poisonous impact of ineffective stimulus. Then, we also spend some time looking at the Briefing platform and outlook from a seasoned analyst.


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satyajit_dasSatyajit Das has worked in financial derivatives, risk management, and capital markets for over 30 years.

Since 1994, Mr. Das has acted as a consultant to financial institutions and corporations in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Previously, between 1977 and 1994, Mr. Das worked on the `sell side‘ (Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Citicorp Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch) and the `buy side‘ (Treasurer of the TNT Group, an Australian based international transport and logistics company).

Mr. Das is the author of a number of key reference works on derivatives and risk management. His works include Swaps/ tradersgunsFinancial Derivatives Library Third Edition (2005, John Wiley & Sons) (a 4 volume 4,200 page reference work for practitioners on derivatives) and Credit Derivatives, CDOs and Structured Credit Products Third Edition (2005, John Wiley & Sons). He is the author of Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives (2006, FT-Prentice Hall), an insider’s account of derivatives trading and the financial products business filled with black humor and satire. The book has been described by the Financial Times, London as ” fascinating reading explaining not only the high-minded theory behind the business and its various products but the sometimes sordid reality of the industry”.

He is also the author (with Jade Novakovic) of In Search of the Pangolin: The Accidental Eco-Tourist (2006, New Holland), an unique narrative offering passionate and often poignant insights into the natural world and the culture of eco-travel.

Get his book, Traders Guns & Money HERE


Damon Southward oversees team of fundamental, technical and special situations analysts.

Since 1996, Damon has provided analysis over the platform and has contributed to the implementation of new products as the company‘s market coverage has expanded.

He currently manages a team of more than two dozen analysts working across the entire spectrum of services and provides commentary on the Briefing Trader product.

Damon is a graduate of Stanford University and is located in Chicago.

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