financial books reviews

“Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story” by Greg Smith – A Book Review

A search on Google for Goldman Sachs returns 328 million results. Created in 1869, Goldman Sachs rose quickly to be a favorite banks in the US for IPO’s and later for investment banking. Its history was always tied to acquisitions of trading funds and various financial instruments. And of course, during the sub-prime crisis in 2007, Goldman Sachs became even more famous for short-selling mortgage backed securities right before the market for those instruments collapsed. A close competitor of Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs allegedly partly maneuvered its sibling into bankruptcy, thus securing an even better position in the investment banking industry. With $29 billion in assets and a surprising repurchase of the government injection of cash into its share, Goldman Sachs remains one of the most mysterious investment banks on Earth.

No wonder that Greg Smith’s financial book (“Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story”) was expected with so much interest. As an ex-employee of the bank’s New York HQ, Smith was always critical of Goldman Sachs failing its own standards and the bank’s reference of customers such as “muppets” – after he left the bank in 2006. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this account of an investment banker’s life in Sachs is … well… critical of it. It is also not surprising that the book made the no.1 spot for most book retailers, including Amazon.Read More »“Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story” by Greg Smith – A Book Review

“Valuation – Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies” (by Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart and David Wessels) – a Financial Book Review

“Valuation – Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies” is a book written from a practical perspective by McKinsey practitioners (among the best in the world in the non-bank investment advising for M&A’s)

– The book covers almost any aspect of the corporate valuation, from a stock market perspective to an internal projects point of view;

– “Valuation” comes inside the rigorous “Wiley Finance” collection where you can expect a detailed approach on most of the finance topics.

These said, my expectations were quite high – also the promises made were substantial. And after all, I was just curious why “Valuation” is the bestselling guide on corporate valuation.

The book has a logical system building approach. Read More »“Valuation – Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies” (by Tim Koller, Marc Goedhart and David Wessels) – a Financial Book Review