Janet M. Tavakoli is the President of Tavakoli Structured Finance, a consulting firm to financial institutions, institutional investors, and hedge funds. She is frequently quoted in the business press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and was noted as "The Cassandra of Credit Derivatives" by BusinessWeek, identifying the impending crisis years before others. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, CBS Evening News, Bloomberg TV, First Business Morning News, Fox News, Fox Business News, ABC, BBC, and 60 Minutes. Ms. Tavakoli is the author of several professional finance volumes, and was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, where she taught derivatives.
Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Streetby Janet M. Tavakoli
If legendary investor Warren Buffett invited you to lunch, what would you talk about? That was the question faced by structured finance expert Janet Tavakoli after she sent the Oracle of Omaha her book on credit derivatives, and he replied with an invitation. Now, in Dear Mr. Buffett, she gives you a seat at the table for the extraordinary conversation that began
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If legendary investor Warren Buffett invited you to lunch, what would you talk about? That was the question faced by structured finance expert Janet Tavakoli after she sent the Oracle of Omaha her book on credit derivatives, and he replied with an invitation. Now, in Dear Mr. Buffett, she gives you a seat at the table for the extraordinary conversation that began at that lunch and has continued through some of recent financial history's most turbulent moments.
Dear Mr. Buffett reveals how Buffett's wisdom shines through in today's financial world, including how he uses derivatives in classic Buffett stylewith prudence, transparency, and an aversion to Wall Street's herd mentality. Sampling their wide-ranging conversations and correspondence, Tavakoli offers both Buffett's and her own sharp insights into the mortgage crisis, hedge funds, shoddy accounting practices, and overall devolution of the markets.
Along the way, Tavakoli sheds light on an aspect of Buffett's success often overlooked by those focusing on his consistent returns and distinctive value investing approach. In addition to making the right picks for steady, long-lasting gains, Buffett has also avoided many major financial meltdowns and crashes, seeming to see them coming before they arrive. Whatever your level as an investor, you'll fine-tune your own analytical skills as you discover how both Buffett and Tavakoli were able to spot danger on the financial horizon.
In Dear Mr. Buffett, you'll also find answers to questions such as:
How does Buffett find the rare opportunities for true arbitrage?
What is the Golden Fleece Award, and why does Buffett call it "a gem"?
How can Nobel laureates get investing so wrong in practice?
How does Buffett's concept of value carry over to life beyond investing?
Dear Mr. Buffett is a witty, well-told account of how principle triumphs over greed and panic, and is a must-read for all those seeking the timeless wisdom that has beaten, and continues to beat, the market.
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