Investors today are fed lies and distortions while being exploited and neglected. In the wake of the last decade's rush to invest by millions of households and Wall Street's obsession with short-term performance, a culture of gamesmanship has grown among corporate management, financial analysts, brokers, and fund managers, making it difficult to tell financial fantasy from reality, salesmanship from honest advice.
In Take on the Street, Arthur Levitt - former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission - shows how you can take matters into your own hands. At once anecdotal (names are named), informative, and prescriptive, Take on the Street expounds on, among other subjects: the conflicts of interest inherent in buy-hold-or-sell recommendations of analysts; the "seven deadly sins" of mutual funds; how accountants engage in legerdemain to fake impressive company performance; the real reason for the Street's hostility to full disclosure; the seduction by corporate management of boards of directors; and, given these shenanigans and double-dealings, some specific steps you can take to safeguard your financial future.
With integrity and authority, Levitt gives us a bracing primer on the collapse of the system that oversees our capital markets, and essential advice on a discipline we often ignore to our peril - how not to lose money.
If you are thinking of investing in the stock market, you must hear what Arthur Levitt has to say. If you are already invested in the stock market, you should also listen to this book. In his own voice, Mr. Levitt does a great job of explaining the various ways in which Wall Street takes advantage of the little guy. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. (Andy, Chief Financial Officer)
"Should be mandatory...for anyone with a dollar invested in the stock market." (
Publishers Weekly)"Lively and illuminating....Blends backroom revelations of a first-rate political memoir with the no-nonsense advice of a basic investment primer." (
The New York Times)
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