Derivatives: Implications for Investors

Carol Loomis has written a “must read” article on derivatives which appears in the July 6 issue of Fortune Magazine as well as online at At a time when regulation of derivatives is a major focus in Washington, it is useful to step back and take a deeper look at the events of the past several years to understand the depth of the problem and the complexities awaiting those who would try to reduce the overall level of systemic risk inherent in these complex instruments. This article provides a few excepts and comments from the article along with my views on how investors can manage risks associated with derivatives.


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