How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud

How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud

by Kenneth L. Fisher, Lara W. Hoffmans


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How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud by Kenneth L. Fisher, Lara W. Hoffmans

A timely guide to uncovering financial fraud

2008 and 2009 will be remembered for bear markets, a globalcredit crunch, and some of the largest investment scams ever. Butthese scams are nothing new, they've been repeated throughouthistory, and there will certainly be more to come. But the goodnews is fraudsters often follow the same basic playbook. Learn theplaybook, and know how to ask the right questions, and financialfraud can be easy to detect and simple to avoid.

In How to Smell a Rat, trusted financial expert KenFisher provides you with an inside's view on how to spot financialdisasters before you become a part of them. Filled within-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resourcetakes an engaging look at recent and historic examples offraudsters, how they operated, and how they can be easily avoided.Fisher also shows you the quick, identifiable features of financialfrauds and arms you with the questions to ask when assessing amoney manager.

  • Prepares you to identify and avoid financials cams that couldinstantly destroy your wealth
  • Contains examples that highlight how financial frauds arecommitted
  • Provides questions everyone should ask before entering anyinvestment endeavor

With How to Smell a Rat as your guide, you'll learn howto protect your interests and assets from unnecessary losses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470631966
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: Fisher Investments Press Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 789,237
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

KEN FISHER is best known for his prestigious "PortfolioStrategy" column in Forbes magazine, where histwenty-five-year tenure of high-profile calls makes him the fourthlongest-running columnist in Forbes's ninety-plus-yearhistory. Ken is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of FisherInvestments, an independent global money management firm. He is onInvestment Advisor magazine's prestigious IA-25 list of theindustry's most influential people; is the award-winning author ofnumerous scholarly articles; and has published five previous books,including the New York Times bestsellers The Only ThreeQuestions That Count and The Ten Roads to Riches, alsopublished by Wiley.

LARA HOFFMANS is a content manager at Fisher Investments,a contributing editor to Fisher Investments MarketMinder, andcoauthor of the bestsellers The Only Three Questions ThatCount and The Ten Roads to Riches.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.

Chapter 2: Too Good to Be True Usually Is.

Chapter 3: Don’t Be Blinded by Flashy Tactics.

Chapter 4: Exclusivity, Marble, and Other Things That Don'tMatter.

Chapter 5: Due Diligence Is Your Job, No One Else's.

Chapter 6: A Financial Fraud–Free Future.

Appendix A: Asset Allocation—Risk & Reward.

Appendix B: Same But Different—Accounting Fraud.

Appendix C: Minds That Made the Market.



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