John Hughes

Not everyone would have the balls, but Adobli did and for that he deserved props. Read more »

John Hughes, the former senior trader on the ETF desk, said Adoboli told him in January last year about an internal account he called his umbrella. Prosecutors allege Adoboli created the account to pool profit from trades he hadn’t booked to use to cover up future losses. Hughes testified that he thought the umbrella referred to a profit pool that hadn’t been booked. “You live in blue sky scenarios,” Hughes wrote in an instant-message exchange with Adoboli in January 2011. “It often rains,” Adoboli responded. “I learned that last year. So I built an umbrella.” [BusinessWeek, Related: I take responsibility for my actions and the shit storm that will now ensue.”]