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Aaron Brown

Risk Manager, AQR Capital Management, Connecticut, USA
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Aaron Brown is risk manager at AQR Capital Management and the author of Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street (2011) and The Poker Face of Wall Street (2006). As well as a risk manager, he has been a trader, portfolio manager, head of mortgage securities, and finance professor. He has worked for Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Rabobank, and JP Morgan.

Articles by this Author

  • Goodbye to Cash: Financial Innovation
    by Aaron Brown
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.The financial sector operates with a speed and complexity inconceivable a generation ago and many regulators and politicians blame these changes for the recent global economic crisis. But ultimately they will create a more efficient and fairer system.
  • Default Position
    by Aaron Brown
    This article was first published in Quantum magazine.Few CEOs or heads of government demonstrate wisdom and courage when investors start buying naked credit default swap (CDS) protection against their company’s or country’s default. They are likely to complain that it is “like buying fire insurance on a neighbor’s house.”Actually it’s not like buying insurance, which is bought on physical assets. Hedging is done against the mismanagement of...

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