Traders close ranks against FVA critics

Traders v. theorists


Providing funds for derivatives desks was a backwater, pre-crisis. Treasurers were “the boring guys in grey suits no-one wanted to party with”, according to one. But firms could still get caught out if they neglected obligations to their treasury. One senior London-based trader at a US bank recalls being summoned, as a junior associate, to explain to the global head of rates trading why 20% of the annual profit of his multi-million-dollar book had been lost to a funding slippage. “We had basical

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