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Movies

Rouge Trader


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In 1995, The Far-Eastern money market is still emerging, and the scene is set for one naive young Englishman to appear out of nowhere to bend the rules. Working from the Singapore office of the Queen’s Bankers, Nick Leeson would appear to have everything going for him – a position of trust, money and a beautiful new bride. But he also has an unchecked driving ambition and an insatiable appetite for the highlife. But before long, his reckless gambling on the open market will spiral completely out of control and lead to unprecedented trading losses that he must somehow cover up and keep from his unsuspecting employers and trusting wife.

Based on a true story.

Books

Asian Godfathers | Joe Studwell


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The book was published in 2007 by the journalist Joe Studwell and is a review of Southeast Asia’s dominant families. At the time, 13 of the world’s 50 richest families were from Southeast Asia – disproportionately many in relation to the region’s overall economy. The main thesis is that the Southeast Asian godfathers (Southeast Asian oligarchs) exploit political inefficiencies and operate in comfortable domestic markets that are free from global competition. In this way, they have built up great fortunes.

A summary / brief of the book can be read here.