Monday, July 9, 2007

Rogue Traders: Made in China

I came across two (rather old) stories about rogue traders in China:

The interesting thing about these financial disasters is how they resemble the rogue trader at Barrings Bank decades ago:

  • Arbitrage trader starts to take massive unauthorized positions.
  • One man effectively in control of both front office (trading) and mid-office (risk management).
  • The use of false account to hide losses

It seems Chinese Government Agencies and SOEs still have a long way to go in properly managing their operational as well as market risks.