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Investing in a Post Enron World

Investing in a Post Enron World Author Paul Jorion
ISBN-10 9780071416856
Release 2002-12-22
Pages 204
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Asset-protecting strategies for the millions of investors spooked by the ongoing Enron debacle The collapse of Enron--one of the most costly bankruptcy cases in history--has led millions of investors to question the safety of their portfolios and retirement plans. Investing in a Post-Enron World gives wary investors the tools they need to determine the safety of any investment and outlines a step-by-step program for ensuring that their portfolios are shielded from sudden disasters. The first Enron book specifically for investors, Investing in a Post-Enron World pulls no punches in telling investors what to buy and whom to trust, along with red flags to watch for. Its numerous methods for minimizing risk and overexposure include: A quick course in investing and finance Guidelines for pulling the truth from financial statements Rules for "Enron-proofing" a portfolio through diversification Simple techniques for valuing a company and its stock Ways to manage downside risk How to become a "financial sleuth"

Tougher boards for tougher times

Tougher boards for tougher times Author William Andrew Dimma
ISBN-10 IND:30000109100093
Release 2006-02-21
Pages 254
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The Enron disaster, and the many other business scandals that were to follow, highlighted a crisis of confidence in corporate leadership. It became clear that management and CEOs held most of the power, and that boards were rarely serving as much more than complicit pawns. Too many directors have been asleep at the switch in recent years, and there is now clearly a need for higher standards of corporate directorship. Directors and the boards they serve on are under more intense scrutiny than ever before, and the business world has had to come to grips with the reality that too many imperial CEOs need a countervailing force—a strong, independent board of directors—to keep corporations on the right track and to balance better the distribution of power between managements and boards. A sea-change has begun, with a shift towards a newer model in which boards composed predominantly of independent directors are gaining power, demonstrating that they have backbone, and saying NO more often. Tougher Boards for Tougher Times examines the key issues, challenges, and controversies that boards have to face in the new world of corporate governance. It examines the changing role of boards and of directors in this tense and uncertain world of heightened expectations, failed promises, wholly unacceptable and egregious excess, and a growing recognition in many quarters that the stakes are high. Many of the existing books on the topic are academic, or focus on not-for-profit boards. This book offers the extensive experience and advice of one of Canada’s most experienced board members to those who must govern in corporate boardrooms

Socially Responsible Investment Law

Socially Responsible Investment Law Author Benjamin J Richardson
ISBN-10 0199715459
Release 2008-06-30
Pages 624
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Environmental harm is commonly associated with companies that extract, consume, and pollute our shared natural resources. Rarely are the 'unseen polluters,' the financiers that sponsor and profit from eco-damaging corporations, placed at the forefront of the environmental debate. By focusing on these unseen polluters, Benjamin Richardson provides a comprehensive examination of socially responsible investment (SRI), and offers a guide to possible reform. Richardson proposes that greater regulatory supervision of SRI will help ensure that the financial sector prioritizes ethically-based investments. In Socially Responsible Investment Law, he suggests that new governmental reforms should encourage companies to participate in socially responsible investments by providing a better mix of standards and incentives for SRI through measures that include redefining the fiduciary responsibilities of institutional investors to incorporate environmental concerns. By doing so, Richardson posits that corporate financiers, including banks, hedge funds, and pension plans, will become more accountable to the goals of ensuring sustainable development.

The Faber Report

The Faber Report Author David Faber
ISBN-10 9780759527256
Release 2002-05-22
Pages 304
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These days, when CNBC's David Faber talks, Wall Street listens. Unlike the talking heads that populate the financial news channels, Faber is a down-and-dirty investigative reporter. For six years, on CNBC's popular Squawk Box and in his own segments, Faber has broken story after story. Each day over one million people tune in to hear his daily report. Those who know the score know that Faber is the one to listen to -- especially now that the market isn't doing as well as it used to. Now Faber has written the smartest, most innovative investment book to be published in years. Like Harvard Business School's famous case study method, each chapter is built around a story -- the story of how a stock was presented to the public. Then Faber extracts clear, easy-to-follow lessons and instructions on how readers can learn the stocks real story, just as he does everyday on CNBC. Readers learn not just how to pick the stocks they want to invest in, but how to avoid joining the "penguins" lining up for big losses. "The Faber Report" combines practical, down to earth investment advice with wild accounts of investor fraud, company misdeeds, and famous investors and banks that have led investors astray. A quantum leap beyond the usual investment books, "The Faber Report" is essential reading for anyone who wants to profit-bulls or bears.

Expectations Investing

Expectations Investing Author Alfred Rappaport
ISBN-10 1578512522
Release 2001
Pages 224
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About 75 percent of active investors consistently deliver returns below those of passive index funds. Why? In part, it's because proven methods for valuing assets are too complex to apply-causing investors to rely on commonly used benchmarks such as current earnings and price-earnings multiples that simply don't reflect how the market prices stocks. Now, leading valuation experts Alfred Rappaport and Michael J. Mauboussin argue that the secret to beating the market stands in plain sight. Embedded in the stock price-the most accessible piece of information in the investment arena-lies all investors need to know about how the market expects a company to perform. By correctly decoding that information, say the authors, investors are on the way to anticipating changes in a company's competitive position that the current stock price doesn't reflect-and making informed buy, hold, or sell decisions before the rest of the crowd. This proven approach, expectations investing, holds the potential to change the rules and improve the odds of the stock selection game forever. The beauty of expectations investing is that it harnesses the power of the market's own tried-and-true pricing model-discounted cash flow-without requiring difficult and often dubious long-term forecasting. Highly practical, the book provides a strategic framework and corresponding tools for using price-implied expectations (PIE) to: · Interpret current prices and anticipate revisions in expectations. · Monitor signals from managerial actions such as mergers and acquisitions and share buybacks and estimate their impact on shareholder value. · Devise, adjust, and communicate management strategy in light of shareholder expectations. In addition, a unique expectations infrastructure helps track value creation from the initial triggers that shape performance to the resulting impact on sales, operating profit margins, and investment efficiency. Universally applicable to public companies across the economic landscape, Expectations Investing will enable professional investors, analysts, and executives to translate heightened uncertainty into lucrative opportunity. Alfred Rappaport is the Leonard Spacek Professor Emeritus at Northwestern's Kellogg School and is Shareholder Value Adviser to L.E.K. Consulting. He originated the Shareholder Scoreboard for the Wall Street Journal. He can be contacted at [email protected] Michael J. Mauboussin is a Managing Director and Chief U.S. Investment Strategist at Credit Suisse First Boston. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. He can be contacted at [email protected] Visit the book's dedicated Web site at:

Enron and World Finance

Enron and World Finance Author P. Dembinski
ISBN-10 9780230518865
Release 2005-12-16
Pages 257
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Four years after the debacle, the term 'Enron' has earned its place in the everyday vocabulary of business ethics. Hardly anyone understands the business intricacies of what really happened with the sophisticated energy conglomerate. Even fewer are those able to envision, beyond the business case, the ethical questions and dilemmas facing actors at any one stage of the drama. Using the collapse of Enron as a case study, this book not only shows how and where ethics came into play, but also draws lessons and discusses possible remedies that may prevent the whole financial system from falling apart as a result of either excessive greed or over-regulation.

A History of Corporate Governance around the World

A History of Corporate Governance around the World Author Randall K. Morck
ISBN-10 0226536831
Release 2007-11-01
Pages 680
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For many Americans, capitalism is a dynamic engine of prosperity that rewards the bold, the daring, and the hardworking. But to many outside the United States, capitalism seems like an initiative that serves only to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a few hereditary oligarchies. As A History of Corporate Governance around the World shows, neither conception is wrong. In this volume, some of the brightest minds in the field of economics present new empirical research that suggests that each side of the debate has something to offer the other. Free enterprise and well-developed financial systems are proven to produce growth in those countries that have them. But research also suggests that in some other capitalist countries, arrangements truly do concentrate corporate ownership in the hands of a few wealthy families. A History of Corporate Governance around the World provides historical studies of the patterns of corporate governance in several countries-including the large industrial economies of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States; larger developing economies like China and India; and alternative models like those of the Netherlands and Sweden.

Investment Blunders of the Rich and Famous and what You Can Learn from Them

Investment Blunders of the Rich and Famous   and what You Can Learn from Them Author John R. Nofsinger
ISBN-10 9780130668417
Release 2002
Pages 302
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We are all human, especially when we are investing, and that goes for the big guys too. Dispassionate economic theories say nothing about the emotional decisions we make - or the financial disasters they can cause. In this text, one of the world's leading experts on investor psychology deconstructs spectacular failures from the world's most prominent investors. They ought to have known better, but they didnt. They let overconfidence, hubris, greed or shortsightedness get the best of them. Chances are, you're making some of the same mistakes right now.

Credit Ratings and Market Over reliance

Credit Ratings and Market Over reliance Author Francesco De Pascalis
ISBN-10 9789004341852
Release 2017-06-26
Pages 248
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Credit Ratings and Market Over reliance has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Credit Ratings and Market Over reliance also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Credit Ratings and Market Over reliance book for free.

Gower Handbook of Supply Chain Management

Gower Handbook of Supply Chain Management Author John Gattorna
ISBN-10 0566085119
Release 2003-01
Pages 692
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Provides up-to-date information for manufacturers on the logistics of obtaining supplies and distributing materials to business customers, as practiced by companies in Asia, Europe, and North America.

The Corporate Objective

The Corporate Objective Author Andrew R. Keay
ISBN-10 9780857933126
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 346
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'This is legal scholarship of the finest kind, concerned with an issue of supreme political, economic and social importance. Professor Keay takes the debate on the object of the modern public corporation by the scruff of its neck and skilfully navigates between the Scylla and Charybdis of the shareholder/stakeholder debate. This book, characterised by admirable analytical clarity and a huge amount of research, faithfully summarises the debate hitherto, and propels us to the next stage with a powerful argument, which challenges, effectively, both the stakeholder and shareholder theories.' – Harry Rajak, University of Sussex School of Law, UK The Corporate Objective addresses a question that has been subject to much debate: what should be the objective of public corporations? It examines the two dominant theories that address this issue, the shareholder primacy and stakeholder theories, and finds that both have serious shortcomings. The book goes on to develop a new theory, called the Entity Maximisation and Sustainability Model. Under this model, directors are to endeavour to increase the overall long-run market value of the corporation as an entity. At the same time as maximising wealth, directors have to ensure that the corporation survives and is able to stay afloat and pursue the development of the corporation's position. Andrew Keay seeks to explain and justify the model and discusses how the model is enforced, how investors fit into the model, how directors are to act and how profits are to be allocated. Analysing in depth the existing theories which seek to explain the corporate objective, this book will appeal to academics in corporate law and corporate governance as well as law, finance, business ethics, organisational behaviour, management, economics, accounting and sociology. Postgraduate students in corporate law and corporate governance, directors, and government regulators will also find much to interest them in this study.

The Only Investment Guide You ll Ever Need

The Only Investment Guide You ll Ever Need Author Andrew Tobias
ISBN-10 0156029634
Release 2005-01
Pages 287
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A revised edition of the popular guide covers the latest tax laws and features a humorous, reader-friendly design, in a volume that includes coverage of stocks, Internet investing, and tuition and retirement savings. By the author of My Vast Fortune. Original. 100,000 first printing.

Power Failure

Power Failure Author Mimi Swartz
ISBN-10 9780385508889
Release 2003-03-25
Pages 352
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“They’re still trying to hide the weenie,” thought Sherron Watkins as she read a newspaper clipping about Enron two weeks before Christmas, 2001. . . It quoted [CFO] Jeff McMahon addressing the company’s creditors and cautioning them against a rash judgment. “Don’t assume that there is a smoking gun.” Sherron knew Enron well enough to know that the company was in extreme spin mode… Power Failure is the electrifying behind-the-scenes story of the collapse of Enron, the high-flying gas and energy company touted as the poster child of the New Economy that, in its hubris, had aspired to be “The World’s Leading Company,” and had briefly been the seventh largest corporation in America. Written by prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz, and substantially based on the never-before-published revelations of former Enron vice-president Sherron Watkins, as well as hundreds of other interviews, Power Failure shows the human face beyond the greed, arrogance, and raw ambition that fueled the company’s meteoric rise in the late 1990s. At the dawn of the new century, Ken Lay’s and Jeff Skilling's faces graced the covers of business magazines, and Enron’s money oiled the political machinery behind George W. Bush’s election campaign. But as Wall Street analysts sang Enron’s praises, and its stock spiraled dizzyingly into the stratosphere, the company’s leaders were madly scrambling to manufacture illusory profits, hide its ballooning debt, and bully Wall Street into buying its fictional accounting and off-balance-sheet investment vehicles. The story of Enron’s fall is a morality tale writ large, performed on a stage with an unforgettable array of props and side plots, from parking lots overflowing with Boxsters and BMWs to hot-house office affairs and executive tantrums. Among the cast of characters Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins observe with shrewd Texas eyes and an insider’s perspective are: CEO Ken Lay, Enron’s “outside face,” who was more interested in playing diplomat and paving the road to a political career than in managing Enron’s high-testosterone, anything-goes culture; Jeff Skilling, the mastermind behind Enron’s mercenary trading culture, who transformed himself from a nerdy executive into the personification of millennial cool; Rebecca Mark, the savvy and seductive head of Enron’s international division, who was Skilling’s sole rival to take over the company; and Andy Fastow, whose childish pranks early in his career gave way to something far more destructive. Desperate to be a player in Enron’s deal-making, trader-oriented culture, Fastow transformed Enron’s finance department into a “profit center,” creating a honeycomb of financial entities to bolster Enron’s “profits,” while diverting tens of millions of dollars into his own pockets An unprecedented chronicle of Enron’s shocking collapse, Power Failure should take its place alongside the classics of previous decades – Barbarians at the Gate and Liar’s Poker – as one of the cautionary tales of our times. From the Hardcover edition.


Enron Author Lucy Prebble
ISBN-10 9781472511409
Release 2016-01-28
Pages 176
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The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did. One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. At once a case study and an allegory, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became 'the most vilified figure from the financial scandal of the century.' This Student Edition features expert and helpful annotation, including a scene-by-scene summary, a detailed commentary on the dramatic, social and political context, and on the themes, characters, language and structure of the play, as well as a list of suggested reading and questions for further study and a review of performance history. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, Enron follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009. The play was Lucy Prebble's first work for the stage since her debut work The Sugar Syndrome, winner of the George Devine and Critic's Circle Awards for Most Promising New Playwright. Produced by Headlong, Enron premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 11 July 2009 and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September, before transferring to London's West End and to Broadway in 2010.

What Went Wrong at Enron

What Went Wrong at Enron Author Peter C. Fusaro
ISBN-10 9780471423256
Release 2002-10-01
Pages 256
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What Went Wrong at Enron has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from What Went Wrong at Enron also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full What Went Wrong at Enron book for free.

Dangerous Dreamers

Dangerous Dreamers Author Robert Sobel
ISBN-10 1587980290
Release 2000-01
Pages 276
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The story of the perpetrators of some of the most dizzing and daring financial machinations.

Putting Investors First

Putting Investors First Author Scott C. Newquist
ISBN-10 1576601412
Release 2003-08-01
Pages 202
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After all the shocks and aftershocks in corporate America post-Enron and beyond, corporate governance has become a leading topic in the news and in the boardroom. This timely and important book explores the reasons why our system of corporate checks and balances has failed and how investor trust can be regained. It addresses the thorny issues of executive management and compensation as well as the sometimes conflict-ridden nature of board and management relationships, including board composition and director compensation. Most important, Newquist and Russell present a road map of specific actions boards need to take to restore their originally mandated role: representing and safeguarding shareholders' interest. Written in a practical and succinct style, this guide will be indispensable for board members and the executives who work with them in guiding corporations across the country.