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Christine Richard - Confidence Game. How a Hedge Fund Manager Called Wall Street's Bluff

Description

An expose on the delusion, greed, and arrogance that led to America's credit crisis

The collapse of America's credit markets in 2008 is quite possibly the biggest financial disaster in U.S. history. Confidence Game: How a Hedge Fund Manager Called Wall Street's Bluff is the story of Bill Ackman's six-year campaign to warn that the $2.5 trillion bond insurance business was a catastrophe waiting to happen. Branded a fraud by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and investigated by Eliot Spitzer and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ackman later made his investors more than $1 billion when bond insurers kicked off the collapse of the credit markets.

  • Unravels the story of the credit crisis through an engaging and human drama
  • Draws on unprecedented access to one of Wall Street's best-known investors
  • This shows how excessive leverage, dangerous financial models, and blind reliance on triple-A credit ratings sent Wall Street careening toward disaster

Confidence Game is a real-world "Emperor's New Clothes," a tale of widespread delusion, and one dissenting voice in the era leading up to the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression.

Author Information

Christine S. Richard has covered financial markets in Washington, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New York. Her work on the bond insurers received awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Deadline Club, the Newswoman's Club of New York, the New York Press Club, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Her articles were included in a series on the municipal bond market that was nominated by Bloomberg News in 2007 for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey, with her husband and their daughter.

Reviews

"This a riveting account of a tenacious investor, incompetent/apathetic regulators & analysts and a company that hid information, deceived investors and used every connection it had in its attempts to silence him. At points, this reads like a John Grisham novel … except it actually happened. For me, this is the best of the ‘melt down’ books to date … hands down." — Todd Sullivan, valueplays.net, April 2010

"... Ackman’s pursuit of MBIA spanned the two major crises of capitalism of the last decade, from the earlier era of corporate fraud prosecutions epitomized by Enron and its off-balance-sheet special purpose vehicles (SPVs) to the late credit debacle stemming from the collapse of the CDO house of cards." —The Hedge Fund Law Report, May 2010

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