Sunday, 21 September 2008

A week is a long time in the markets

Stelios Haji-Iannou remarked that " If you think risk management is expensive, try an accident".

Last week we started to count the cost of not having sufficent risk management is place in the derivatives' market. There is one estimate that this market is 11 times the value of the global GDP . No one knows how long or how painful it will be to extract the leverage out of that market or what the shape of the global financial industry will look like when it is finished.

Warren Buffet told us that derivatives were "weapons of mass destruction" back in 2002 when he reported on what he found when he unravelled General Re's derivative book. No one else comes close as a risk manager in the insurance business.

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