Shut Up and Keep Talking: Lessons on Life and Investing from the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Shut Up and Keep Talking: Lessons on Life and Investing from the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Shut Up and Keep Talking: Lessons on Life and Investing from the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Shut Up and Keep Talking: Lessons on Life and Investing from the Floor of the New York Stock Exchange


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Bob Pisani is Senior Markets Correspondent for CNBC and has spent the past 25 years on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

He has been on the front line of finance for all the major events of the last quarter century, including the Asian Financial Crisis, the dot-com bubble and collapse, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the Great Financial Crisis.

What was it like to witness these events firsthand, at the center of the financial world?

In Shut Up and Keep Talking, Bob tells a series of captivating stories that reveal what he has learned about life and investing.

These include encounters with a host of stars, world leaders and CEOs, including Fidel Castro, Robert Downey Jr., Walter Cronkite, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Jack Ma, Joey Ramone, and many more.

Along the way, Bob describes how the investment world has changed, from brokers shouting on the floor of the NYSE to fully electronic trading, from investment sages and superstars picking stocks for exorbitant fees to the phenomenal rise of low-cost index funds that are saving investors millions, and from the belief that investors make rational decisions to the new age of behavioral finance, which recognizes the often-irrational nature of human decision making and seeks to understand its role in the stock market.

Bob also considers what really moves stocks up and down and tackles the big questions: why is stock picking so hard, and why is the future so unknowable?

Don’t miss this highly entertaining and revealing account of how financial markets have changed, and how they really work, from someone who was there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857199218
Publisher: Harriman House
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 308,857
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Bob Pisani is the Senior Markets Correspondent for CNBC. A CNBC reporter since 1990, Bob Pisani has covered Wall Street and the stock market from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for 25 years. In addition to covering the global stock market, he also covers initial public offerings (IPOs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and financial market structure for CNBC.

Table of Contents

About the author ix

Foreword Burton G. Malkiel x

Preface xiv

Chapter 1 Welcome to the New York Stock Exchange 3

Chapter 2 What's News? 11

Chapter 3 My Favorite Part of My Job 30

Chapter 4 Art Cashin and the Art of Storytelling 42

Chapter 5 How Do You Stop People from Panicking? 61

Chapter 6 1999: Walter Cronkite, Muhammad Ali, and the End of the Party 70

Chapter 7 The Dot-Com Bust and the End of the Rainbow 82

Chapter 8 The Wizards of Oz 94

Chapter 9 "We're Going to Take Down the NYSE" 118

Chapter 10 Lessons from Jack Bogle, and Other Masters 139

Chapter 11 9/11 and the Search for Calm 154

Chapter 12 "They Killed It": the NYSE 2000-2008 169

Chapter 13 The Financial Crisis and the Death of the Baby Boomers 184

Chapter 14 What Makes Stocks Go Up and Down? 203

Chapter 15 Can Anyone Predict the Market? 210

Chapter 16 Can Anyone Get the Future Right? 226

Chapter 17 Why Is Everyone So Bad at Predicting the Future? 233

Chapter 18 The Gang That Couldn't Trade Straight 243

Chapter 19 On Giving Financial Advice to Your Family 247

Chapter 20 Trading Hits and Misses: What I Learned Investing My Own Portfolio 254

Chapter 21 Black Sabbath and Why I Am Still Not Rational 284

Chapter 22 What I Believe about the Stock Market 291

Chapter 23 Bob 2.0: On Being a Fox and Other Things I've Learned 309

Chapter 24 A Head-Scratcher with Fidel Castro 327

Chapter 25 Barry Manilow: On Perseverance and the Art of the Comeback 336

Chapter 26 Mike Wallace and the First Commandment of Broadcast Journalism 343

Chapter 27 Aretha Franklin: People Will Open Up to You if You Find What Animates Them 351

Chapter 28 Joey Ramone: "I Got Mutual Funds!" 356

Appendix 1 ETFs and the Origin of Indexing 363

Appendix 2 Understanding Bubbles 381

Appendix 3 58 Maxims on Life, Television, and the Stock Market 388

Acknowledgments 394

Bibliography 401

Notes 413

Index 437

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