Predators and Profits: 100+ Ways for investors to Protect Their Nest Eggs

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Millions of investors have already been victimized by the scams that were Enron and Worldcom. And it's not over. Millions more will be victimized by tomorrow's mega-billion-dollar financial catastrophes. This is the first comprehensive, "no-sacred-cows" guide to today's financial scandals -- and to protecting your assets from tomorrow's. Unlike previous books, Corporate Cheats is utterly comprehensive: it isn't just about the Internet or telecom bubble, or Enron, or accounting fraud, or crooked CEOs and "see-no-evil" boards, or dishonest analysts and investment houses: it's about all of these, and more. Reuters equity editor Martin Howell draws on more than 50 exclusive interviews with experts in every facet of the market: leading short sellers such as James Chanos who saw the Enron disaster coming; long-time market reform advocates such as Former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volker, market psychologists, even private detectives. Above all, Corporate Cheats is about protecting your own hard won assets -- since you can't rely on anyone else to do it for you.

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Predators and Profits helps you uncover the kind of scandals that brought down Enron and Worldcom. Are problem stocks still lurking in your portfolio? Learn how to identify them, while there’s still time. Leading Reuters business journalist Martin Howell identifies more than 100 crucial red flags: hidden risks from greedy executives, sleepy boards, accounting shenanigans, and questionable corporate culture. It’s all public information: Martin Howell shows how to find it, assess it, and act on it.

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Foreword by John Bogle, Vanguard Group founder

Millions of investors saw their savings drained by scandals that brought financial empires like Enron and WorldCom to their knees.

Now there is a comprehensive and authoritative guide that shows investors how to protect their assets from tomorrow’s multi-billion-dollar corporate catastrophes.

Predators and Profits teaches investors how to detect tell-tale signs of trouble and how to pinpoint stocks at risk. It reveals techniques that helped short-sellers get set for Enron’s collapse with months to spare including ways to identify weak boards, greedy CEOs, and troubling business trends.

Lively and informative, this book draws on insights from successful short-sellers, market psychologists, private detectives, and more than 50 financial experts—including former SEC chair Arthur Levitt, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and top investor Bill Miller.

The book provides a roadmap to easily accessible information and enables investors to install a firewall around their precious assets.

Pipedreams, propeller heads, and early birds Why the biggest promises can lead to the biggest collapses Superstar CEOs: celebrities, showmen, rude boys, and destroyers Recognizing signs of disaster in the corner office Jets, parachutes, stealth wealth, and pay for plundering From re-priced stock options to stadium naming Sleepy, inept, and tainted boards How to tell whether the board’s doing its job Dumb mistakes smart investors still make Bringing common sense back to investing

“As investors across the globe ponder the lessons of the fanciful financial era that appears to have come to a shuddering halt, you can do no better than begin with this remarkable book by Martin Howell. Predators and profits sets a high standard in analyzing just went wrong during the classic bubble we have just witnessed and presents a thorough, easy-to-navigate compendium that is the definitive study of what went wrong with capitalism.”

óJohn Bogle, Founder,Vanguard Group

“Martin Howell’s Predators and Profits shows us many of the important reasons why we are in the worst bear market since the thirties.Well written and researched, it is must reading for anyone interested in preventing the predators from looting their portfolios, or that of millions of other investors, the next time a market fad runs wild.”

óDavid Dreman, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Dreman Value Management L.L.C.

How to guard against tomorrow’s financial scandals and protect your savings

Predators and Profits shows how to uncover the future Enrons and WorldComs still lurking in your portfolio—while there’s still time.

Reuters financial journalist Martin Howell identifies more than 100 crucial warning signs that could point to problems ahead.

Is a company rewarding failure? Is the board packed with ex-politicians? Is the audit committee qualified? Is the company selling assets to reach earning targets? Using unrealistic pension fund assumptions? Did the CEO just buy a mansion in a bankruptcy haven? It’s all public information, easy to find and use—if you know how.

Can’t afford to get burned again? You must read Predators and Profits.

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