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By Martin Howell

Thousands of traders have already been victimized by means of the scams that have been Enron and Worldcom. And it isn't over. hundreds of thousands extra may be victimized by means of tomorrow's mega-billion-dollar monetary catastrophes. this can be the 1st complete, "no-sacred-cows" consultant to cutting-edge monetary scandals -- and to holding your resources from tomorrow's. in contrast to earlier books, company Cheats is completely finished: it's not almost about the net or telecom bubble, or Enron, or accounting fraud, or crooked CEOs and "see-no-evil" forums, or cheating analysts and funding homes: it truly is approximately all of those, and extra. Reuters fairness editor Martin Howell attracts on greater than 50 particular interviews with specialists in each part of the industry: prime brief dealers similar to James Chanos who observed the Enron catastrophe coming; long-time marketplace reform advocates equivalent to Former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volker, industry psychologists, even inner most detectives. notably, company Cheats is set conserving your individual difficult gained resources -- because you cannot depend on someone else to do it for you.

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Apologies to those who should have been on this list but were left off because of my forgetfulness. I also want to thank all the people whom I interviewed for this book, who so cheerfully gave of their precious time. The material in this book is drawn from a combination of firsthand reporting—mainly interviews by the author—and reports by other Reuters journalists, contemporary newspaper and magazine stories, company filings and news releases, academic studies, and books. Wherever practical I have tried to indicate the sources for the material I have used.

To my innocent friend it seemed like a no-brainer. She didn’t really understand what these guys did on the Internet, but it sounded smart, they sounded smart, and their headquarters building was impressive. Everyone seemed to be making money out of the stock market, and this was her chance to finance her studies without having to work so hard. 44 in February 2000. She had a paper profit and this seemed like good reason to celebrate, though she didn’t have as much reason as the company’s then CEO had.

Red Flag 2 Friends and Family Don’t Like a Company’s Products Two thumbs down from your nearest and dearest is a signal to heed. There are, after all, many products made by publicly traded companies that we not only understand but test on a daily basis. One-time Fidelity Magellan fund manager Peter Lynch says that investors should try to kick the tires before stumping up any cash. That may mean visiting a store, staying in a hotel, talking to friends who work for a company, or noticing which cars are becoming popular.

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