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Wall Street versus America : the rampant greed and dishonesty that imperil your investments

Author: Gary Weiss
Publisher: New York : Portfolio, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For several years high-profile corporate wrongdoers have been vilified by the media. Yet the problem, according to investigative journalist Weiss, is not just a few isolated instances of malfeasance. The problem is in the very fabric of Wall Street and its practices that enable and even encourage corruption--practices that are so pervasive and so difficult to combat that they are in effect perfect crimes, with the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Weiss
ISBN: 1591840945 9781591840947
OCLC Number: 66138760
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxix, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Battle of Trenton ix --
1 Mr. Grasso's Neighborhood 1 --
2 How to Be a Wall Street Prophet 12 --
3 The Best Analysts Money Can Buy 24 --
4 Dialing the Globe for Dollars 43 --
5 The Ghost of Mutual Funds Past 53 --
6 Happiness Is a Warm Fund Manager 67 --
7 Mutual Funds Aren't Bullies 79 --
8 Mutual Fund Payback Time-Not 93 --
9 It's a Bird, It's a Plane ... It's Superinvestor! 107 --
10 Hedge Funds: The Birth of a Notion 119 --
11 How to Stuff a Wild Hedge Fund 125 --
12 The Money Floats In-From Your Wallet 137 --
13 Bear in the Woods 148 --
14 The Answer: Freed-up Markets 159 --
15 Clueless in Microcapland 162 --
16 The Holistic Approach to Corporate Crime 176 --
17 The Baloney Blitzkrieg 190 --
18 Fighting Back 210 --
19 An Outbreak of Informational Bacteria 213 --
20 The Gunfight at ZiaSun Corral 223 --
21 Turning On the Lights at Yale 230 --
Epilogue: The Second Battle of Trenton 239.
Responsibility: Gary Weiss.
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For several years high-profile corporate wrongdoers have been vilified by the media. Yet the problem, according to investigative journalist Weiss, is not just a few isolated instances of malfeasance. The problem is in the very fabric of Wall Street and its practices that enable and even encourage corruption--practices that are so pervasive and so difficult to combat that they are in effect perfect crimes, with the small investor left holding the bag. Weiss describes how the ethos of Mafia chophouses, boiler rooms, and penny stock peddlers now permeates all of Wall Street. Protected from investor lawsuits by laughably corrupt arbitration systems, Wall Street firms are free to fleece unsuspecting clients with little or no risk. But as this book shows, ordinary investors can fight back and come out on top--if they learn to recognize warning signs, filter media chatter, and spot looming corporate meltdowns in advance.--From publisher description.

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