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When Genius Failed
- John Meriwether

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John Meriwether, a famously successful Wall Street trader, spent the 1980s as a partner at Salomon Brothers, establishing the best - and the brainiest - bond arbitrage group in the world. A mysterious and shy midwesterner, he knitted together a group of Ph.D.-certified arbitrageurs who rewarded him with filial devotion and fabulous profits. Then, in 1991, in the wake of a scandal involving one of his traders, Meriwether abruptly resigned. For two years, his fiercely loyal team - convinced that the chief had been unfairly victimized - plotted their boss's return. Then, in 1993, Meriwether made a historic offer. He gathered together his former disciples and a handful of supereconomists from academia and proposed that they become partners in a new hedge fund different from any Wall Street had ever seen. And so Long-Term Capital Management was born." "When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth.


Bull's Eye Investing
- John Mauldin

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The key to successful investing today is knowing where the markets and economy are going, not where they have been, and focusing on absolute returns -- real profits in your pocket. You, the contemporary investor, instinctively know that the markets of today -- and the forces that drive them -- are quite different than those of past decades. Your intuition tells you that if you are to be successful in the future, you must adjust your investment strategy to reflect the new economic realities. But what strategies? What adjustments? Where can you turn for reality-based answers? In the positive and forward-thinking Bull's Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market, financial expert John Mauldin makes a powerful case regarding the future direction of the markets and what you must do to be successful in them. Mauldin lays a solid foundation for his argument by examining six major (and very different) ways to look at the stock market as well as the numerous ways Wall Street tries to entice unknowing investors to keep buying overvalued products. Marshalling a huge array of facts and sources, Mauldin looks at these and other issues, including the effects of value, risk, market psychology, and demographics on your potential investments. He details a new approach to investing that will allow you to successfully adjust to the new reality of investing.


Automatic Wealth
- Michael Masterson

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Masterson, a self-made millionaire, draws upon his own experiences and that of experts in specific fields (retirement, investing, real estate) to offer a complete program on achieving financial independence. Organized around five key principles, the author shows readers how to increase their income and continue to save for the future; how to live more comfortably; how to gain equity in a business that will provide an income stream for the future; how to buy real estate and how to invest the rest of your money. The book will offer specific steps including how to develop wealth-building habits, find the right business to invest in and how to develop a three to fifteen year plan to reach millionaire status.


The Richest Man in Babylon
- George S. Clason

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Read by millions, this timeless book holds the key to success-in the secrets of the ancients. Based on the famous "Babylonian principles," it's been hailed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift and financial planning.  This celebrated bestseller offers an understanding of-and a solution to-personal money problems. This is the original classic that reveals the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn even more money. Simply put: the original money-management favorite is back! What can a book written in the 1920s tell modern investors about their finances? A whole lot if it's George Clason's delightful set of parables that explain the basics of money.


You've Got to Be Believes to Be Heard
- Bert Decker

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Are you uncomfortable - even afraid - about the prospect of speaking before a group of people? Do you have trouble getting your message across? When you speak, do others listen - or can you feel their attention wandering?  Effective communication is essential in business and in everyday life. The most powerful communicators reach not just our minds, but our hearts: They win our trust. You can learn to impress and persuade other people by following Bert Decker's program in You've Got To Be Blieved To Be Heard.  Decker trains over 10,000 professionals each year in the art of communicating. In this book, he distills his expertise into a fresh new approach to speaking, with examples and how-to exercises that anyone can follow. Spend a few evenings with his book, and you will discover how to win the emotional trust of others - the true basis of communicating in any situation.


The Ultimate Gift
- Jim Stovall

From the Publisher
I had a lot of big accomplishments, and I made a lot of big mistakes. One of the biggest mistakes I ever made was when I gave everyone in our family everything that they thought they ever wanted. It took me many years to figure out that everything we’ll ever do, know or have in this life is a gift from the good Lord. He has a special plan for each of us, and He has provided everything we need to fulfill that plan. I spent many years trying to achieve happiness or buy it for friends and family. Only as an old man did I come to learn that all happiness comes from gifts that God has given us. Unfortunately, the money and possessions I spread around didn’t help people to understand the gifts that have been provided for us. In trying to make up for all the times I wasn’t there, I gave them all material things. In doing so, I robbed them of everything that made my life wonderful.” The Ultimate Gift will entertain, teach and touch you as you read about Jason’s journey to receive his inheritance, the ultimate gift.



High Trust
- Todd Duncan

From the Publisher
A Wall Street Journal best-seller! There is a major difference between being a sales person in business and being in business as a salesperson. Being successful in sales has a lot to do with what's on the inside of a person, and the person's ability to establish and foster loyal relationships."


Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth
- Ric Edelman

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Bestselling author Ric Edelman has studied the wealth-making habits of these and 5,000 other ordinary Americans. What he found is revealed for the first time in this book: the eight great secrets to attaining wealth. Here you will learn to arrange your finances and make your investment decisions so you can reach your goals and achieve financial security. Including: how to turn your mortgage into a wealth-enhancing tool; why small investments work better than big ones; how to max out on your employer-sponsored retirement plan; your investments: when to hold them and when to fold them; financial news: when to pay attention and when to turn it off.



Atlas Shrugged
- Ayn Rand

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The astounding story of a man that said that he would stop the motor of the world-and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is unlike any other book you have ever read.  "A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." -The New York Times



Happiness is a Serious Problem
- Dennis Prager

From the Publisher
Prager has an astonishing ability to state simple truths we hadn't heard articulated before, at least not so clearly, in a way that makes their truthfulness immediately and powerfully obvious.


Reverse Mortgages for Dummies

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A simple, easy-to-use guide to reverse mortgages for seniors and their families. Reverse Mortgages For Dummies provides readers with the information they need to determine if a reverse mortgage is right for their situation-and if so, how to go about securing one. The book offers expert advice and detailed information on such topics as property requirements, financing fees, loan amounts, debt limits and payoffs, choosing a counselor, selecting a lender, estimating leftover equity, and more. Covering almost every issue seniors and their families need to understand about reverse mortgages, this friendly guide makes securing a reverse mortgage simple and easy.


The Art of Virtue

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Presented as formulas for successful living, The Art of Virtue captures Franklin’s timeless philosophy on such topics as: goal setting and personal achievement, obtaining wealth and preserving health, human relations and fmily living, religion and morality, aging and dying, and much, much more.  Full of profound insights, delightful humor, quotable quotes, and plenty of common sense.


The Success Principles

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Success expert Jack Canfield, the co-creator of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, has collected 64 essential lessons for attaining goals in The Success Principles. These principles include the personal basics, such as "Be clear why you're here," and "Believe in yourself," as well as those aimed at creating better relationships, such as "Speak with impeccability," and "Say no to the good so that you can say yes to the great." He also presents the essential ideas that can create success with money, teams, and starting the journey.


Value Based Fees

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Consulting fees, says Alan Weiss, are actually dependent on only two things: value provided in the perception of the buyer, and the intent of the buyer and the consultant to do the right thing--to act ethically. Unfortunately, many consultants fail to understand that perceived value is the basis of the fee, or that they must translate the importance of their advice into long-term gains for the client in the client's perception. Still others fail to have the courage and belief system that support the high value delivered to clients, thereby reducing fees to a level commensurate with the consultant's own low self-esteem. Ultimately, says Weiss, consultants, not clients, are the main cause of low consulting fees.
Value-Based Fees shows consultants how to easily and adroitly educate clients about value determining worth and consequent investment. Unlike the contingency fees of attorneys, Weiss explains, his technique is about establishing a win-win dynamic with clients, while accommodating buyers' egos that "you get what you pay for."


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Retire on the House

Excellent presentation of concepts. Some of the books we’ve seen are content to discuss an idea, throw in a financial table or chart and let the reader interpret things for themselves. Retire on the House is written in more of a school textbook fashion where complex tables and charts are explained to the reader both within the narrative and with thorough notes to the tables themselves. They present very effective case studies to illustrate the concepts in real-life situations.


The (Pocket)Idiot's Guide to Reverse Mortgages

Concise and direct. The author’s hands-on experience is reflected in the numerous practical tips she presents and in her “just the facts, ma’am” style of writing. Chapters are brief (about 15 small pages each) and neatly subdivided into main points being covered. Unlike many books where you need to set aside at least an hour of reading time to make progress, you can easily digest this book in 10 or 15 minute chunks without feeling like you’re wasting your time.




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