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Darren Sharma

Darren has been a credit analyst in the City of London for 23 years (there were also all-too-brief postings to Paris and Buenos Aires, which made the man, as you can imagine). In 2005 he founded Frontline Analysts to train smart people around the world to be great capital markets analysts. Hailing from Birmingham, Darren read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
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Choosing a near-shore location: Dharma at Big Sur

Darren Sharma 14/06/17 11:52

Where can you efficiently locate offices for risk management and capital markets analysts? Whether you are looking at near-shore or off-shore locations, or indeed which corner of your trading...

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Life is Elsewhere, Życie jest gdzie indziej, जीवन कहीं और है

Darren Sharma 22/05/17 16:30

These days, when it comes to off-shoring thinking tasks, a lot of banks are feeling pretty jaded with wherever their off-shoring has been done. Usually that’s India. Off-shoring is quite often a...

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Why wonkishness matters for budgets - a note for CFOs, COOs & Procurement

Darren Sharma 31/03/17 16:26

We all know that offshore analysts are hugely efficient for budgets. Unhappily, local research and risk analysts tend to resist increasing their usage. Can we get past this with full buy-in from...

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Guide for risk managers part 2: planning your cost-efficient team augmentation

Darren Sharma 20/10/16 19:37

You’re a risk manager who has been mandated to plan cost-efficient augmentation of your team. You’ve opened a file, done save as, what next? Read how to move from tabula rasa to a plan. 

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First steps for risk managers who have to offshore or augment their teams

Darren Sharma 03/10/16 16:23

Costs need to come down in banking, so it’s inevitable that the CEO or COO will knock on the door of risk management and mandate offshoring or augmentation. What are the fundamental concepts you...

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The home front: managing home centre managers when augmenting

Darren Sharma 19/08/16 08:41

When introducing or upgrading an augmented research team, banks, asset managers and risk managers often hope that their home centre teams will automatically work out how to collaborate with these...

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How to convert lame outsourcing into energised outsourcing

Darren Sharma 08/07/16 11:48

Here are two things which I often hear from analysts who work with offshore resources, and I’ve been wondering how they can be consistent

- My offshore analysts are pretty poor. I have to train...

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What makes Frontline Special unique

Darren Sharma 20/06/16 10:17

I was recently asked this in a meeting with a senior team from a global bank. 

It's a great question and to answer it I had to go right back to beginning when I founded Frontline Analysts in 2005....

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Frontline Analysts cited as the partner for the future of banking

Darren Sharma 03/06/16 08:33

When thought leaders think how banks will manage costs in the future, they think of Frontline Analysts. Reuters cited us in this new article:. You can read the piece here.

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The FT on creating City jobs in lower-cost locations

Darren Sharma 19/05/16 13:24

The Financial Times wrote this week about a powerful new trend – locating jobs where they can be done most efficiently. Cost pressures are not new; nor are multiple locations. The new trend is...

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Darren Sharma

Darren has been a credit analyst in the City of London for 23 years (there were also all-too-brief postings to Paris and Buenos Aires, which made the man, as you can imagine). In 2005 he founded Frontline Analysts to train smart people around the world to be great capital markets analysts. Hailing from Birmingham, Darren read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Choosing a near-shore location: Dharma at Big Sur

Darren Sharma 14/06/17 11:52

Where can you efficiently locate offices for risk management and capital markets analysts? Whether you are looking at near-shore or off-shore locations, or indeed which corner of your trading...

Read More

Life is Elsewhere, Życie jest gdzie indziej, जीवन कहीं और है

Darren Sharma 22/05/17 16:30

These days, when it comes to off-shoring thinking tasks, a lot of banks are feeling pretty jaded with wherever their off-shoring has been done. Usually that’s India. Off-shoring is quite often a...

Read More

Why wonkishness matters for budgets - a note for CFOs, COOs & Procurement

Darren Sharma 31/03/17 16:26

We all know that offshore analysts are hugely efficient for budgets. Unhappily, local research and risk analysts tend to resist increasing their usage. Can we get past this with full buy-in from...

Read More

Guide for risk managers part 2: planning your cost-efficient team augmentation

Darren Sharma 20/10/16 19:37

You’re a risk manager who has been mandated to plan cost-efficient augmentation of your team. You’ve opened a file, done save as, what next? Read how to move from tabula rasa to a plan. 

Read More

First steps for risk managers who have to offshore or augment their teams

Darren Sharma 03/10/16 16:23

Costs need to come down in banking, so it’s inevitable that the CEO or COO will knock on the door of risk management and mandate offshoring or augmentation. What are the fundamental concepts you...

Read More

The home front: managing home centre managers when augmenting

Darren Sharma 19/08/16 08:41

When introducing or upgrading an augmented research team, banks, asset managers and risk managers often hope that their home centre teams will automatically work out how to collaborate with these...

Read More

How to convert lame outsourcing into energised outsourcing

Darren Sharma 08/07/16 11:48

Here are two things which I often hear from analysts who work with offshore resources, and I’ve been wondering how they can be consistent

- My offshore analysts are pretty poor. I have to train...

Read More

What makes Frontline Special unique

Darren Sharma 20/06/16 10:17

I was recently asked this in a meeting with a senior team from a global bank. 

It's a great question and to answer it I had to go right back to beginning when I founded Frontline Analysts in 2005....

Read More

Frontline Analysts cited as the partner for the future of banking

Darren Sharma 03/06/16 08:33

When thought leaders think how banks will manage costs in the future, they think of Frontline Analysts. Reuters cited us in this new article:. You can read the piece here.

Read More

The FT on creating City jobs in lower-cost locations

Darren Sharma 19/05/16 13:24

The Financial Times wrote this week about a powerful new trend – locating jobs where they can be done most efficiently. Cost pressures are not new; nor are multiple locations. The new trend is...

Read More