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Rogue trader : how I brought down Barings Bank and shook the financial world

Author: Nicholas William Leeson; Edward Whitley
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Few news stories have grabbed the world's headlines quite like the collapse of Barings merchant bank in late February 1995. Trusted with the finances of royalty, aristocracy, and major corporations for more than two hundred years, Barings had apparently been brought down by the covert trading activities of just one man, leaving the bank with losses of over $1 billion. Rogue Trader takes us from Leeson's humble
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Genre/Form: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas William Leeson; Edward Whitley
ISBN: 0316518565 9780316518567
OCLC Number: 34262021
Description: xi, 273 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Watford gap: from Watford to Barings --
2. Barings Bank --
3. Singapore --
4. 1993 to the 1994 internal audit --
5. 1994: the losses mount --
6. November and December 1994 --
7. January to 6 February 1995 --
8. Monday 6 to Friday 17 February --
9. Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February --
10. Monday 27 February to Thursday 2 March --
11. Hochst prison --
Postscript --
List of abbreviations --
Glossary --
Picture credits.
Responsibility: Nick Leeson with Edward Whitley.

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Few news stories have grabbed the world's headlines quite like the collapse of Barings merchant bank in late February 1995. Trusted with the finances of royalty, aristocracy, and major corporations for more than two hundred years, Barings had apparently been brought down by the covert trading activities of just one man, leaving the bank with losses of over $1 billion. Rogue Trader takes us from Leeson's humble beginnings as the son of a plasterer to the very heart of the.

Cutthroat empire he made his own: SIMEX, the Singapore money market that witnessed both Leeson's phenomenal rise to prominence and his devastating fall from grace. It is a portrait of organized chaos, revealing not only the frenetic culture of the trading pit, but also the ways in which Leeson dealt with his losses, avoided detection, and became the object of an international manhunt that sparked the most extraordinary news story in recent years. Pressure, pace, error.

Leeson reveals the inside story of this amazing chain of events. With a narrative as crisp as any thriller, Rogue Trader is the fascinating account of a man shaped by events that proved to be beyond his control.

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