long term investing

A Book Review – “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market” – by Stephen T. McClellan

Two weeks ago, I was posted a review copy of the Stephen T. McClellan’s title “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market”. Below you can find our doitinvest.com review…
I was quite curious about the book since it had a good press from other reviewers. Furthermore, the author was an investment analyst for quite a long time by then, so I thought it would be interesting to see the insider’s guide on how the big banks treat their investments.

Much of the text is autobiographical anecdotes about what it’s like to be an analyst. Those parts reminded me of “Beat the Forex Dealer”, the book written by Augusto Silviani, where he has a nice small chapter dedicated to the investment analysts. Silviani told there that the analysts are…well… full of you know what. The argument was that their only job became to protect the guild and not to balance too much on one side or another, unless there was overriding evidence on it. In other words, cover yourself and be able to pretend at any time that you were on the winning side.
The book works pretty well for the reader, since McClellan has some years of experience in the field. Read More »A Book Review – “Full of Bull: Do What Wall Street Does, Not What It Says, To Make Money in the Market” – by Stephen T. McClellan

What Means the Goldman Sachs Fraud Charge for Other Banking Stocks?

I think I said this before, here on doitinvest.com: banking is a trust business. And when the trust is lost, you can bet that half of your clients are almost gone for the emergency exit.

The reason for this is quite simple – in banking a customer buys your ability to deliver a promise. He/she wants your financing for the long term (mostly desirable for the seller), your ability to generate revenue for the customer, your superior investment yields.  It is all about the money.

In their book “The Trusted Advisor”, the Harvard professors who authored it argued that a counselor of any king must strive in essence to do 2 things:Read More »What Means the Goldman Sachs Fraud Charge for Other Banking Stocks?