Satyajit Das has worked in financial markets for over 30 years. Since 1994, he has acted as a consultant to financial institutions and corporations in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Between 1977 and 1994, Mr. Das worked on the 'sell side'(Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CitiGroup and Merrill Lynch) and the 'buy side' (TNT Group, an Australian based international transport and logistics company).
In 2006, Das presciently anticipated many aspects of the Global Financial Crisis In a speech that year – The Coming Credit Crash – he argued that: "an informed analysis of the structured credit markets shows that risk is not better spread but more leveraged and (arguably) more concentrated amongst hedge funds and a small group of dealers. This does not improve the overall stability and security of the financial system but exposes it to increased risk of a "crash" during a credit downturn." He has continued to be a respected commentator on subsequent developments in the crisis.
He is the author of Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives – Revised Edition (2006 and 2010), an insider's account of derivatives trading and the financial products business filled with black humour and satire.
He is also the author of Extreme Money: The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk (2011).
Das is the author of a number of key reference works on derivatives and risk management, including Swaps/ Financial Derivatives Library (2005) (a 4 volume 4,200 page reference work for practitioners on derivatives) and Credit Derivatives, CDOs and Structured Credit Products (2005).
He was featured in Charles Ferguson's 2010 Oscar winning documentary Inside Job, the 2012 PBS Frontline series Money, Power & Wall Street and a 2009 BBC TV documentary – Tricks with Risk. He is a frequent interviewee and widely quoted in the financial press in the USA, Canada, UK/ Europe, South Africa, Australia, NZ and Asia, including the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, The Independent, South China Morning Post, the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian.
He has been a featured speaker at financial and investment conferences throughout the world as well as at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and the Sydney Writers Festival.