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Omer Rosen, a former derivatives banker, is working on an
autobiographical novel about love, 9/11, and the financial collapse.
His first-person account of corruption in the world of derivatives,
Legerdemath, was recently published in the Boston Review.

More at www.legerdemath.com

Entries by Omer Rosen

Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-B: Um, Okay? (Psychosomatic Confusion)

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:46 PM

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Click here for the previous part of this series and here for Part 1

It was clear I lived in a daze.

It should be clear to you that I blamed the device.

But it was...

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A So-Called Adjective

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:51 AM

I blame the fiscal cliff. And why not? It is the so-called El Niño of today, the easily scapegoated scourge of our time. Wait. Why did I just modify El Niño? Have I too adopted the so-called media's latest tic? Damn it again! Damn you fiscal cliff!

You see, at...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 4-A: Um, Okay?

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM

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So. I had decided to give up on cellphones. Okay. Right. But...um...what exactly was I supposed to do...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-C: Maslow Into Madness (Unbound)

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 7:17 PM

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The below might not make any sense even if you have read Part 3-A and Part 3-B of this series--but it definitely won't make sense if you haven't.
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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-B: Maslow Into Madness (Rabbit Holes)

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 2:00 PM

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The below might make more sense if you first at least skim Part 3-A of this series


SECTION B: TECHNOLOGY

A crude and probably mistake-filled history of modern communication that nonetheless is good...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 3-A: Maslow Into Madness

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 10:46 AM

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Warning Re Part 3 -- Sections A, B, C:

The following texts contain a lot of words. They may...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 2: Reintroduction

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:23 PM

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Click here for Part 1 of this series

In Part 1 of this series, I relayed and discussed the surprisingly angry reactions I encountered upon relinquishing my cellphone. Extreme examples were reached for,...

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Life Without a Cellphone -- Part 1: Introduction

(8) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 1:00 PM

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When I inform people that I have amputated that latest evolution in appendages -- i.e. that I do not lug around that which is commonly referred to as 'cellphone' or, in newspeak, 'smartphone,' and that by default my...

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The Healthiest Block in New York?

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:42 AM

"There'll never be a bar on this block," Jeremy Spector, the chef/owner of the Brindle Room, assured me shortly after I moved into my new apartment, "you can't legally open one too close to the churches and the block association would fight against it tooth and nail even if you...

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On Greg Smith, Goldman Sachs, and a Perp Walk Down Memory Lane

(6) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 11:23 AM

A year ago I wrote about my shady derivatives dealings during my time at Citigroup -- first in "Legerdemath," for the Boston Review, and then in "How to Deceive a Client Without Really Trying," for The Huffington Post. The corporate-derivatives team I described working in dealt...

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Footnoting David Foster Wallace: Part 1

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 10:53 AM

Co-written with Casey Michael Henry

There are recognizable rituals to the post-burial coalescence of an author's legacy: the heartfelt memorial, the vaguely similar-to-visage-seeming New Yorker cartoon, the earnest and inspiring discussions of author and work by those who knew him well (and those who didn't), his familiar words...

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From Point A To Point A By Way Of Point A

(11) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 1:49 AM

A pretentious open letter, full of generalizations and exaggerations, to current and recent high school and college students:

The following is not a lecture, though it might seem to be. Nor is it an attempt to push my views of the world, though the medium sends that message. Nor is...

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X-Men: First Class: Reviewing Magneto and the Super Jews

(45) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 5:44 PM

Ever since I converted to atheism, I have wondered what it means to be a Jew. Was I even Jewish anymore -- the 'ish' appending my classification suddenly appearing more appropriate? Such were my musings at thirteen, the only immediate change in my life a cessation of special prayers before...

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Battle of the Budget Bulge: Living Within Our Means?

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 2:08 PM

Over the past few weeks I have followed, with something oscillating between frustrated interest and frustrated apathy, what now passes for political theater. Or, I should say, budget-minded theater, for never has a topic of debate so fitted its mode.

What bothers me most is not that the show contains...

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How to Deceive a Client Without Really Trying

(5) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 5:08 PM

In my first article, "Legerdemath: Tricks of the Banking Trade," I made brief mention of Treasury-rate locks:

"Most brazenly, we taught clients phony math that involved settling Treasury-rate locks by referencing Treasury yields rather than prices."

A number of readers expressed doubt that using a settlement method based...

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The Lincoln Lawyer: A Third Take

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 6:25 PM

Perhaps, over the past couple of weeks, you watched the movie version of The Lincoln Lawyer. And perhaps, as a result, you are thinking of reading the book. I can imagine such thinking taking place immediately after the purchase of a plane ticket.

To give you an idea of what...

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Legerdemath: Tricks of the Banking Trade

(16) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:47 AM

Originally published by Boston Review

In the spring of 2000, I began a three-year stint on Citigroup's corporate-derivatives team. I was just months past my twentieth birthday, with no work experience to speak of, in a world beyond my imagination. As my boss summed me...

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