The Value in Product Control
March 21, 2010
Good post from Robert Peston on the BBC website on part that the Product Control Group did (or rather didn't?…) play in the problems at Lehman's, according to the official US bankruptcy report on Lehman's by Anton Valukas.The post highlights the report's findings that the Product Control Group did not have the quant experience to keep up with CDO trading desk.
Interesting findings on Lehman's, but variants on this theme seem to be elsewhere too. A contact who knew Merrill's New York trading operation in the run up to the crisis recently asked me how many quants did I think used to work on the CDO trading desk. The surprising (?) answer was not one…