The Investor´s Dilemma:How Mutual Funds Are Betraying Your Trust And What To Do About It Louis Lowenstein
John Meriwether, a famously successful Wall Street trader, spent the 1980s as a partner at Salomon Brothers, establishing the best - and the brainiest - bond arbitrage group in the world. In 1991, in the wake of a scandal involving one of his traders, Meriwether abruptly resigned. For two years, his fiercely loyal team - convinced that the chief had been unfairly victimized - plotted their boss´ return. In 1993, Meriwether gathered together his former disciples and a handful of supereconomists and proposed that they become partners in a new hedge fund different from any Wall Street had ever seen. And so Long-Term Capital Management was born. Meriwether & Co. truly believed that their finely tuned computer models had tamed the genie of risk, and would allow them to bet on the future with near mathematical certainty. Thanks to their cast - which included a pair of future Nobel Prize winners - investors believed them. Four years later, when a default in Russia set off a global storm that Long-Term´s models hadn´t anticipated, its supposedly safe portfolios imploded. In five weeks, the professors went from mega-rich geniuses to discredited failures. The firm´s staggering $100 billion balance sheet threatened to drag down markets around the world. At the eleventh hour, fearing that the financial system of the world was in peril, the Federal Reserve hastily summoned Wall Street´s leading banks to underwrite a bailout. Best selling author Roger Lowenstein captures Long-Term´s roller-coaster ride in gripping detail. Drawing on confidential internal memos and interviews with dozens of key players, Lowenstein crafts a story that reads like a first-rate thriller from beginning to end. He explains not just how the fund made and lost its money, but what it was about the personalities of Long-Term´s partners, the arrogance of their mathematical certainties, and the late-90s culture of Wall Street that made it all possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Roger Lowenstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhau/000060/bk_rhau_000060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for December 10th, 2012 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, ´´Inside the Koch Empire: How the Brothers Plan to Reshape America´´ - They control one of the world´s great companies, which they´re using to reshape capitalism, and politics, in their image. Liberals (and competitors) may hope they go away, but Charles Koch and his brother David are just getting started. Also, ´´Biotech´s Comeback Kid´´ - In his two years at Biogen, George Scangos has cut costs, and redirected money into smarter marketing and leaner research and development. Result: trailing 12-month sales are up 19% to $5.4 billion, and the share price has increased 212%. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Bad News Bear Grantham the Grim´´ - Investors hire Jeremy Grantham to spot irrational exuberance and bet against it. His firm, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, is entrusted to manage $100 billion. Now let´s pray Grantham is wrong - very, very wrong. Next, ´´From Pop Star to Startup Boss: The Story of Stageit´s Evan Lowenstein´´ - Former pop star Evan Lowenstein aims to build the YouTube of live music. First, he´ll have to break into the black. Then, ´´Kicking the Can: Campbell´s CEO Bets on Soup-in-a-Bag for 20-Somethings´´ - Will pouches of soup save 143-year-old Campbell´s? New CEO Denise Morrison certainly hopes so. She´s betting the company on it. Followed by, ´´Meet the Digital Upstart that Thinks Millions of Rowdy Fans Are the Future of the Web´´ - What do you get when you mix a firebrand political blogger, an Internet innovator and a few million rabid sports fans? A valuable startup. And in our final story . . . ´´Click Here for a Better Christmas´´ - ´Tis the season for giving the wrong thing in the wrong size to the wrong person. Facebook and a handful of startups aim to solve the gift problem. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/121210/pe_forb_121210_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.