About Nicholas Dunbar
Nick Dunbar is the founder and editor of Risky Finance.
He grew up in London and trained as a physicist at Manchester, Cambridge and Harvard universities in the late 1980s. He was inspired to become a financial journalist by university friends who had taken their mathematical skills from academia onto the trading floors of investment banks.
From 1998 until 2009, Nick was technical editor of Risk magazine. In 2005, he launched Life & Pensions, a sister publication to Risk aimed at the insurance and pensions industry . He sold Life & Pensions to Incisive Media in January 2009.
During this period, Nick wrote a series of exclusive stories on derivatives blow-ups, and in 2003 broke the story of Greece hiding debt using swaps with Goldman Sachs. In 2007 he won the State Street award for institutional financial journalism. From 2001 to 2010 he wrote a column called “Risky Finance” for the financial commentary service Reuters Breakingviews.
In 1999, he published his first book, Inventing Money: the story of Long-Term Capital Management and the legends behind it (Wiley, 1999). After publishing the Devil’s Derivatives (Harvard Business Review Press) in July 2011, Nick appeared on PBS Frontline and BBC Newsnight, and spoke at events organised by the US Senate Finance Committee, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and UK Institute of Actuaries.
From 2011 to 2013, Nick worked for the core product division of Bloomberg, where he created a risk newsletter read by thousands of terminal clients, as well as publishing stories with Bloomberg news.