In August 2008, Tetsuya Ishikawa was made redundant from his job at Morgan Stanley.
How I Caused The Credit Crunch is a work of 'faction' which takes in Ishikawa's seven years at the forefront of the credit markets, and is an expose of the human failings behind the credit crisis. It is a tale from the heart of the bewildering banking maelstrom whose catastrophic collapse has plunged the world towards the worst recession since the 1930s.
Tetsuya Ishikawa's story reveals how a young Oxford graduate finds himself in command of vast sums of other people's money; how a novice to the mysteries of hedge funds, subprime mortgages and CDOs can fix complex deals for billions of dollars in the exclusive bars, brothels and trading floors of London, New York, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and reap the benefits in a colossal annual bonus and an international luxury lifestyle.
The book, which deftly explains the arcane financial instruments now grimly associated with the credit crunch, is both a powerful tale of lost innocence and an exposé of the disturbing truth of the collective folly, frailty and greed at the heart of the banking crisis.
Tetsuya Ishikawa, Japanese by birth, grew up in London, and attended Eton College before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Throughout his banking career that included Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO, he structured, syndicated and sold Credit Derivative, CDO and Securitisation (including subprime) products to investors globally.
He currently lives in London with his wife and children.
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Published 16th April by Icon Books
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