Stop the Investing Rip-off: How to Avoid Being a Victim and Make More Money

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As investors, many of us have put our faith in the financial services industry when it comes to the stewardship of our wealth. Unfortunately, the industry has consistently failed us on this front.

The financial services industry-including banks, brokerages, and insurance companies-is unique among all others. Through effective advertising and marketing, it's been able to evade being painted with the brush other underperforming industries have, and in most cases, their ...

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Overview

As investors, many of us have put our faith in the financial services industry when it comes to the stewardship of our wealth. Unfortunately, the industry has consistently failed us on this front.

The financial services industry-including banks, brokerages, and insurance companies-is unique among all others. Through effective advertising and marketing, it's been able to evade being painted with the brush other underperforming industries have, and in most cases, their well-designed sales pitch has allowed them to effectively prey on the emotional desires of investors.

Based on author David Loeper's nearly twenty-five years of experience with this industry's inner workings, Stop the Investing Rip-off reveals the real costs of the investments we make, details the false and misleading information sold to us, and discusses the devastating effects they can have on personal wealth. With this book as your guide, you'll gain invaluable insights into the major segments of the financial services industry, how they spin their offerings, and the questions you need to ask before committing any money to a financial product or service you may be interested in.

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Stop the Investing Rip-off sheds much-needed light on the often-unseen aspects of the financial services industry-exposing what only insiders know-and shows you how to avoid the conflicts of interest that could compromise your financial well-being.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118133064
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 1,499,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Loeper is the founder and CEO of Financeware, Inc. He has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, served on the Investment Advisory Committee of the $30 billion Virginia Retirement System, and was chairman of the Advisory Council for the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). He earned the CIMA® designation (Certified Investment Management Analyst) from Wharton Business School in 1990 in conjunction with IMCA.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1 Major Brokerages Firms 1

Chapter 2 Investment Advisers 17

Chapter 3 Hybrids-Advisory Services Provided through Brokerages 25

Chapter 4 Discount Brokers 31

Chapter 5 Financial Planners, Wealth Managers 39

Chapter 6 The Financial Press 45

Chapter 7 The Broadcast Media 51

Chapter 8 Authors, Self-Help Books, and Financial Celebrities 57

Chapter 9 Mutual Funds and ETFs 69

Chapter 10 Insurance Agents (and Insurance Companies) 81

Chapter 11 Your Company-Endorsed Retirement Plan Adviser 105

Chapter 12 Banks and Trust Companies 109

Chapter 13 Software, Web Sites, and Financial Educators 113

Chapter 14 Pitches They All Use to Sacrifice Your Life 125

Chapter 15 Resources to Protect Yourself 147

Conclusion 163

Appendix A The Other Millionaire You Make with 2.5 Percent Excess Fees 165

Appendix B The Other Millionaire You Make with 1.5 Percent Excess Fees 169

About the Author 173

Index 175

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    Informative and Easy Read

    I found this book to be a quick read, and very informative.
    For those not in the "business" this book does alot of explaining about the industry and its practices.

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