Take on the Street
What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know-What You Can Do to Fight Back
Publication Date: October 2002
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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 relationship between broker compensation and your trading account; the conflicts of interest inherent in buy-hold-or-sell recommendations of analysts; what exactly happens--and who gets a piece of the action--when you place an order; the "seven deadly sins" of mutual funds; the vagaries and vicissitudes of 401(k) investments; how accountants engage in sleight of hand to fake impressive company performance; how to find the truth in a company's financial statements; the real reason for the Street's hostility to full disclosure; the crisis in corporate governance, and, given these shenanigans and double-dealings, what 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 for overseeing our capital markets, and sage, essential advice on a discipline we often ignore to our peril--how not to lose money.