Book Review: Lords of Finance

The financial crisis of 2008 was not the first. In reading Lords of Finance you see some of the obvious parallels from the 1920s. Liaquat Ahamed focuses his story on Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, Benjamin Strong of the New York Federal Reserve, Hjalmar Schact of the Reichsbank and Emile...

Book Review: No One Would Listen (Harry Markopolos on Bernie Madoff)

You can't really criticize Harry Markopolos. He was right. He had spotted something wrong with Bernie Madoff years before the biggest Ponzi scheme collapsed. Unlike many others, Markopolos contacted the Securities and Exchange Commission about his suspicions. They ignored him. Markopolos went...

Book Review: Reckless Endangerment

So what caused the 2008 financial crisis? We know that the direct cause was the meltdown in the US housing market. I think we are still trying to put together the pieces and point the finger of blame. It was a big bubble and there was an explosive reaction when the bubble burst. It took many different...

Book Review: "The Essays of Warren Buffett"

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett is often referred to as the "Sage of Omaha" and is respected for his business insight. But in many ways his reputation for sagacity is simply a by-product of a very basic, company-related project. What Buffett set out to do was to cultivate a certain...