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To make real money in the stock market you have to act like a sleuth.
It's not enough to rely on SEC files, annual reports, and press releases. To uncover the most lucrative investments, you must dig beneath the printed surface of public information and sleuth for physical evidence. This is the only way to reveal the actual truth about a company's real value-and its future.
Investing expert Avner Mandelman honed this highly effective, money-sleuthing approach at his investment firm, Giraffe Capital Corporation. Now, in The Sleuth Investor, he shares his proven intelligence-gathering methods for obtaining exclusive information even before industry insiders do-and using it to gain a decisive edge in buying and selling stock.
Through step-by-step guidance and illustrative examples, Mandelman demonstrates how you can track the four physical elements of a company: People (employees, customers, suppliers), Product (inventory, the product's physical movement, competing products), Plant (production facilities, offices), and Periphery (physical surroundings, community, the economic eco-chain). Obtaining physical clues gives you the ability to anticipate key company developments, such as imminent high growth, a coming disaster you can short profitably, and new product launches.
Using Mandelman's strategies and techniques, you'll learn how to: Follow the physical movement of a product, either directly or indirectly, and connect it to financial results Obtain exclusive information from low-level employees to make nearly sure bets Collect information from a company's clients and suppliers-and use it to make lucrative investments Integrate legal precautions into your sleuthing
The amount of "foolish" money available to be taken by money sleuthing is enormous. Become a sleuth yourself by following the methods in The Sleuth Investor and you'll be making more money than ever before-perhaps even a fortune.
Wall Street is a funny business. All you have is your reputation. Taint it and someone else will fill your shoes. Longevity comes from maintaining that reputation.
Ask Jack Grubman, the All-Star telecom analyst from Salomon Smith Barney; uber-banker Frank Quattrone at CS First Boston; Morgan Stanley's Mary "Queen of the Net" Meeker; or Merrill Lynch's Henry Blodget.
Well, they probably won't tell you anything. But have I got some great stories for you.
Successful hedge fund manager Andy Kessler looks back on his years as an analyst on Wall Street and offers this cautionary tale of the intoxicating forces loose in the world of finance that overwhelmed sober analysis.
Kidnap for ransom is a lucrative but tricky business. Millions of people live, travel, and work in areas with significant kidnap risks, yet kidnaps of foreign workers, local VIPs, and tourists are surprisingly rare and the vast majority of abductions are peacefully resolved - often for remarkably low ransoms. In fact, the market for hostages is so well ordered that the crime is insurable. This is a puzzle: ransoming a hostage is the world's most precarious trade. What would be the "right" price for your loved one - and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? How do you (safely) pay a ransom? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business uncovers how a group of insurers at Lloyd's of London have solved these thorny problems for their customers. Based on interviews with industry insiders (from both sides), as well as hostage stakeholders, it uncovers an intricate and powerful private governance system ordering transactions between the legal and the criminal economies.
All The Tools and Techniques You Need to Invest Successfully in High-Yield, Low-Risk Index Funds
The updated Second Edition of Richard Ferri's bestselling "All About Index Funds" offers individual investors an easy-to-use guide for capitalizing on one of today's hottest investing areas_index funds. This wealth-building resource provides essential information on index funds; expert advice on how to start investing; and winning strategies for high returns with low risk.
The Second Edition of "All About Index Funds" features: Updated tables, charts, and data on performance, fees, and new funds Step-by-step guidance on active indexing and discussion of its expanding role Coverage of all new U.S. equity indexes that have changed the dynamics of the index fund marketplace and a new chapter on commodities and commodity index funds Vanguard's revision of the indexes it uses for benchmarking Discussion of the increasing popularity of ETFs for effective asset allocation
Develop your own trading system with practical guidance and expert advice In Building Algorithmic Trading Systems: A Trader's Journey From Data Mining to Monte Carlo Simulation to Live Training, award-winning trader Kevin Davey shares his secrets for developing trading systems that generate triple-digit returns. With both explanation and demonstration, Davey guides you step-by-step through the entire process of generating and validating an idea, setting entry and exit points, testing systems, and implementing them in live trading. You'll find concrete rules for increasing or decreasing allocation to a system, and rules for when to abandon one. The companion website includes Davey's own Monte Carlo simulator and other tools that will enable you to automate and test your own trading ideas. A purely discretionary approach to trading generally breaks down over the long haul. With market data and statistics easily available, traders are increasingly opting to employ an automated or algorithmic trading system enough that algorithmic trades now account for the bulk of stock trading volume. Building Algorithmic Trading Systems teaches you how to develop your own systems with an eye toward market fluctuations and the impermanence of even the most effective algorithm. * Learn the systems that generated triple-digit returns in the World Cup Trading Championship * Develop an algorithmic approach for any trading idea using off-the-shelf software or popular platforms * Test your new system using historical and current market data * Mine market data for statistical tendencies that may form the basis of a new system Market patterns change, and so do system results. Past performance isn't a guarantee of future success, so the key is to continually develop new systems and adjust established systems in response to evolving statistical tendencies. For individual traders looking for the next leap forward, Building Algorithmic Trading Systems provides expert guidance and practical advice.
Gain a clear understanding of why financial markets exist, how financial institutions serve these markets, and what services those institutions offer with the proven conceptual framework and clear presentation in this best-selling FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MARKETS, 10E, International Edition. The text weaves timely examples and practical applications throughout as it emphasizes the securities traded by and the scope of participation of financial institutions within each market. Readers focus on the management, performance, and regulatory aspects of financial institutions and explore the functions of the Federal Reserve System, the major debt and equity security markets, and the derivative security market. This edition emphasizes current financial reform with updates throughout that provide a thorough understanding of today's most recent financial changes, developments and trends.
In Investment Planning, two of the best-known authors in the investment planning field, Geoffrey A. Hirt and Stanley B. Block, have joined forces with finance expert, Somnath Basu, to show financial planners how to successfully manage their clients' investments consistent with their personal objectives and levels of risk tolerance.. . .
This landmark book carefully explains the essential theory required to understand how financial markets work_and describes step by step how best to diversify and balance a portfolio of investments to reduce risk and increase expected returns.. .
Ranging from fixed-income securities, common and preferred stock, and mutual fundsto options, futures, derivatives, and other investment vehicles, Investment Planning cuts through the complexities of today's burgeoning financial landscape with clear, concise accounts of: . . Types and uses of investment vehicles. Types of investment risk. Measures of investment risk. Measures of investment returns . Time-influenced security valuation concepts. Bond and stock valuation methods. Portfolio management and measurement concepts. Formula investing. Investment strategies. Asset allocation and diversification. EMT. Asset pricing models. Leverage of investment assets. Hedging and option strategies. Tax efficient investing. Investment strategies in tax-advantaged accounts. Taxation of investment vehicles. .
An excellent resource for preparing for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, this comprehensive reference also includes real-world case studies and listings of investment websites in each chapter_plus a broad array of at-a-glance charts and tables.. .
Authoritative and completely up-to-date, Investment Planning now offers professionals all the tools, techniques, and guidance they need to seize new opportunities in the financial marketplace and maximize returns on their clients' investments!. . .
Your indispensable guide to a stress-free retirement at an age of YOUR choice …
In this new edition of South Africa’s bestselling property book, Fast-forward Your Retirement through Property, Jason Lee provides up-to-date information on how to build a property portfolio that will allow you to take charge of your financial security for a stress-free retirement.
Retire Rich through Property takes readers through every step of the property process, but goes further by focusing on: finding the right deals for retirement purposes; how to negotiate and finance a property with retirement requirements in mind; and whether to hold on to or sell a property for financial gain.
With myriad insider tips from a property-investment expert, this book will allow the reader to push aside reliance on state- and employer-sponsored retirement benefits and work towards a secure retirement through property.
This easily accessible guide is a must-read for first-time property purchasers and experienced investors alike who are looking to fast-forward their retirement or to retire comfortably at their chosen age
This book presents the futures and options bible from the world's first, and America's largest, futures exchange. Through nine editions over three decades, the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) has provided futures and options traders with the self-published Commodity Trading Manual. Now, the CBOT has entered into an exclusive agreement with McGraw-Hill to bring you this vital book. "The Chicago Board of Trade Handbook of Futures and Options" delivers valuable information on everything from the uses and purposes of the futures market to nuts-and-bolts descriptions of day-to-day exchange operations.
Trustees play an important role in the management of the retirement fund they are affiliated to. Sadly, many trustees and boards fail to live up to their promise and potential, mainly because they’re part-time trustees without a complete understanding of their fiduciary, legal and compliance duties, obligations and responsibilities. Trustees are required to consult with experts on matters that they lack sufficient knowledge in. However, some understanding of the subject matter is required among them in order for the board to assimilate the advice that they are given. The purpose of this book is to combine most of the many fields that trustees are expected to have a knowledge of in one publication, written in easy-to-understand layman’s language, that can serve as a guide for the average trustee. The various types of retirement funds and benefits payable inside and outside of the fund are explained. Legislation with regard to minimum benefits, the responsibility of trustees to communicate to members and other stakeholders and what the minimum requirements are for this communication are also discussed. The role, fiduciary responsibility and duties of the board of trustees are carefully unpacked, the various pieces of legislation that the trustees deal with and the role that the rules of the fund play in the fulfilling of their duties are explained. All these are discussed and brought into perspective with the principles of good governance and ethics. And to make the read so much more interesting, the book includes about 50 pages of the principles of investments that a trustee should know. This publication should make trustees and boards less reliant on advice from the so-called experts whose advice leans towards their own interest. It should enable trustees to distinguish between the many excellent, honest and hardworking advisors and the few unscrupulous ones.
Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) awards are entry-level, core-skill focused qualifications from ACCA. They provide flexible options for students and employers, and as an ACCA Approved Content Provider, BPP Learning Media s suite of study tools will provide you with all the accurate and up-to-date material you need for exam success.
This book takes a practical look at the valuation models used by Wall Street Veteran consultant and educator Scott Hoover. It analyzes the limitations and idiosyncrasies of major valuation models. He examines the time value of money, cash flow analysis, discount rates, and other tools, and describes how money managers and bankers apply them to valuation.
A brilliant investor, a born raconteur and an overall smart-ass, Andy Kessler pulls back the curtain on the world of hedge funds and shows how the guys who run big money think, talk and act.
Following on the success of Wall Street Meat, his self-published book on the lives of Wall Street stock analysts, Andy Kessler recounts his years as an extraordinarily successful hedge fund manager. To run a successful hedge fund you must have an investing edge -- that special insight that allows you to reap greater returns for your clients and yourself.
A quick study, Kessler gets an education in investing from some fascinating and quirky personalities. Eventually he works out his own insight into the world economy, a powerful lens that reveals to him hidden value in seemingly negative trends. Focussing on margin surplus, Kessler comes to see that current American economy, at the apex of the information revolution, is not so different from the British economy at the height of the industrial revolution. Drawing out the parallels he develops a powerful investing tool which he shares with readers. Contrarian and confident, Kessler made a fortune applying his ideas to his hedge fund. Which only proves that they may not be as crazy as they sound.
Real estate guru Boaz Gilad shows how to make a million dollars investing in real estate--without needing a lot of start-up cash Even if you're new to real estate, you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to tap into--or even create--real estate opportunities. The secret is to target the customers and properties you understand best. Finding your niche is just part of Gilad's 10-step moneymaking program, based on the proven techniques that have made him a sought-after speaker for top corporations and real estate groups--and a millionaire. Key features You'll discover how to: Develop a niche market based on your own experience, knowledge, and skills Target and scout the right neighbourhoods and properties Accurately determine the real value of properties Use creative tactics to nail down sources of capital Understand finance and real estate calculations and formulas Negotiate effectively to win in every deal Build your own professional real estate team Find drive and inspiration to keep going Establish a great reputation for yourself And live your entrepreneurial dream!
This new edition restructures and updates the political economy view of the responsibilities and limitations of government. Public-choice and behavioural concepts are prominent. Gender issues are included. Technical concepts are explained from first principles. Economic theory is rigorously applied. Excessive technicality is avoided. The book integrates traditional public finance topics - taxation, public goods, externalities, and income redistribution - with political self-interest, bureaucracy, voting, rent seeking, corruption, and the common-pool problem of public spending. Social justice is viewed as income equality, equality of opportunity, or the right to benefit from one's own effort. Public policies studied include the environment, education, health insurance, welfare payments and entitlements under moral hazard, unemployment insurance, paternalistic impositions, and defence and public safety. This book is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses that combine economic theory with a real-world perspective on the politics of public finance and public policy. A broad scope makes the book suitable for students in all countries.
WITH HUNDREDS OF MORTGAGES NOW AVAILABLE, HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE ONE THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU?. .
Congratulations! Chances are you're buying a new home or refinancing an old one and are now in the process of applying for a mortgage loan. Before making any decisions that could affect the next 30 years of your life, arm yourself with this edition of "Tips And Traps When Mortgage Hunting," . .
There are so many loans now available for practically every situation. America's leading real estate authority, Robert Irwin, will help you cut through the confusion and find the mortgage that fits your needs and is right for your budget. If one of your biggest concerns is paying too high an interest rate, or shelling out excessive cash for closing costs, this book will save you money by showing you how to find the lowest rates available. In easy-to-understand language, Irwin explains.... . . When to use a mortgage broker and how to find the right one. How to use the latest technology to conduct a mortgage search online. How to shop for and lock in the lowest interest rate. How to avoid being denied a mortgage because of a credit problem. . .
This clear and comprehensive guide will provide you with the most up-to-date information and insider tips to help you avoid the traps of mortgage hunting and find the right mortgage at the right, /p>.
The breakthrough technique that outperforms asset allocation--and takes your portfolio to the next level. .
Over the past two decades, asset allocation has become the holy grail of investment techniques. Experts championed it, brokers and financial planners sold it, clients bought it, and few questioned the wisdom of trying to squeeze widely varying investors and their financial goals into prefabricated "one size fits all" allocation formulas..
Problem is, asset allocation has significant flaws in the way it is used today, especially for personal investors. "Asset Dedication" exposes these flaws, corrects them, and propels investors and advisors into the next generation of personal investing. This revolutionary book introduces asset dedication, an investment program based on the latest techniques in modern financial management technology that will allow you to: . . Improve a portfolio's performance by constructing a seven-step, personalized asset dedication program . Design financial strategies tailored to fit the three investing phases of life--accumulation, distribution, and transfer . Build a flexible but passive set-it-and-forget-it portfolio that matches or exceeds actively managed portfolios without high fees and "loads" . .
The time is long past for the shortcomings of asset allocation to be revealed and repaired. "Asset Dedication "shows how to build a personalized portfolio, one that has been proven through extensive backtesting to consistently outperform asset allocation and meet "your" financial wants and needs over both the short- and long-term.. .
""New ideas often take a long time to replace old ideas. The purpose of this book is to introduce a new idea: asset dedication. It is a strategy that works. The evidence is here."--From Chapter 1,"
To anyone who has taken the time to look, it has become clear that asset allocation has severe drawbacks. Chief among those is the focus on applying static, set-in-stone formulas to a narrow range of "model" portfolios and forcing a wide range of investors to follow them. This may help brokers to quickly pigeonhole investors into pre-set allocation models with their generic, impersonal formulas, but fails to provide truly customized portfolios. Meeting the widely varying needs, resources, and goals of individual investors precisely and safely is exactly where asset allocation falls short, and reveals its own fundamental flaws. .
"Asset Dedication "breaks the monopoly that asset allocation has held over individual investors. It provides a rationale for why each dollar is invested in stocks, bonds, or cash and how to dedicate the precise amount in each asset class to do the job it does best--no more, no less: . . Just enough cash to meet emergency needs . Just enough in bonds to provide sufficient and steady income . Everything else in stocks for long-term growth . .
Asset dedication represents the first major shift in investment strategy since the popularization of asset allocation in the 1980s. Historical comparisons show that it achieves better performance than the traditional and often arbitrary fixed-formula asset allocation approach. .
Asset allocation is about to replaced by a new technique that promises to shift the ways in which investors at every level, especially retirees, approach their investment decisions. "Asset Dedication "introduces you to this focused new approach, showshow to break the stranglehold that asset allocation holds on your portfolio, and helps you, once and for all, to become the master of your current and future financial success..
Invest in your financial future Featuring guidance from renowned finance expert Eric Tyson and content from other top selling For Dummies investment titles, Investing All-in-One For Dummies offers the foolproof, time-tested guidance you need to turn those hard-earned dollars into a successful and diversified portfolio. Covering everything from stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and the latest in online investing, this hands-on resource lays out an arsenal of techniques for you to select the investment accounts that best suit your particular style, needs, and goals. Investing All-in-One For Dummies offers a succinct framework and expert advice to help readers make solid decisions and confidently invest in the marketplace * Develop and manage a winning financial portfolio * Find the right investments for you, no matter your age or income bracket * Get the latest information on retirement planning, tax laws, investment options, and more * Benefit from sound strategies brought to you by a well-recognized personal finance counselor There's no time like the present to invest in your own financial future and this book shows you how.
Develop the skillset essential to successful securitisation swaps management Securitisation Swaps is a complete practitioner's guide to this unique and complex class of derivatives. This detailed examination follows the entire life cycle of securitisation swaps to give quants, structurers, traders, originators, issuers and lawyers a common reference for understanding their shared objective. Broad in scope to provide a common-ground perspective -- yet detailed enough to promote full understanding -- the discussion takes a distinctly cross-disciplinary approach that encompasses the multi-faceted knowledge base required to successfully execute these complex trades. Despite the fact that the size of the market is trillions of dollars in notional principal, securitisation swaps have thus far been neglected in both academic and practitioner literature. The numerous stakeholders that work together on these complex deals will all greatly benefit from a thorough understanding of their underlying risks and gain deep insight into the perspectives of each stakeholder. This invaluable guide provides multi-disciplinary insight that allows practitioners to: Manage securitisation swaps more effectively, from pre-trade structuring and modelling to post-trade risk management and accounting Understand the elements of securitisation and covered bonds, and how swaps mitigate risk in these types of transactions Explore how securitisation swaps differ from other derivatives and delve into their three specific risk factors -- swap prepayment risk, swap extension risk and downgrade risk Learn practical methods and strategies of risk management, accounting, pricing and transaction execution When securitisation trades go wrong, they become front-page news -- but when each participant understands accurate modelling, risk mitigation, optimal structuring, costs, pricing, commercial backgrounds and other integral practices, they are able to work together to achieve a shared objective. Securitisation Swaps provides the essential knowledge that streamlines and safeguards these important trades.
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