UBS’s Athanasopoulos on volatility, Mifid and hedging by machine

Risk30 profile: Athanasopoulos sees opportunities to cut hedging costs

George Athanasopoulos
George Athanasopoulos: "The crucible of risk is some way off"
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This is the first of 10 interviews marking Risk’s 30th anniversary. An introduction to the series is available here.

Back in the far-off days of 2011, the head of trading at a large investment bank had a vision. He called it “the crucible of risk”.

Growing capital and cost pressures meant dealers had to be leaner, he argued – they would focus on liquid instruments, and trade electronically wherever possible. All of this is pretty orthodox today, but the crucible of risk took it several steps

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