How to Make A Million Dollars An Hour

How to Make A Million Dollars An Hour

Why Hedge Funds Get Away With Siphoning Off America's Wealth

Book - 2013
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"Top hedge fund managers make more than Oprah, Rupert Murdoch, and A-Rod combined--but they aren't running news and entertainment empires or playing baseball for the New York Yankees. Aren't you curious about how these hedge fund dudes make so much doing who knows what? You may even wonder if you can get there, too. After all, this is America! This book gives you the answers in a twelve-step guide to accumulating vast riches the way hedge fund managers do--by playing trillion-dollar poker with a marked deck. Through each easy step, you'll learn the sleight of hand and disregard for basic morality you'll need to move from making tens of dollars an hour to millions an hour! Along the way, you'll also question whether these hedge fund moguls make markets work better--as they and their apologists insist--or cause instability, siphon off capital, and destroy value without adding so much as a single widget to the economy." --Publisher description.
Publisher: Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley, c2013
Description: vii, 260 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781118239247
Branch Call Number: 332.64524 Leo


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Apr 18, 2013

A great, great book, but given the opacity or opaqueness of hedge funds (as Les states, they are "unregulated investment pools"), I would add to several items he didn't know or mention: not only do the banks' proprietary trading desks act as hedge funds, but the largest banks routinely own the largest hedge funds. Also, Mr. Leopold evidently isn't aware of the "internalization business," although he does inform the reader that the HFT trading hedge funds have the lead over the retail investor; I would also question his conservative figure of $2.2 trillion (the investment of the super-rich in hedge funds, many estimates put it from $4 trillion to over $16 trillion). Mr. Leopold brilliantly destroys Sebastian Mallaby (CFR propagandist) and repeats Dean Baker's verbal destruction of Harvard's Rogoff (who can't do Excel). What many do not comprehend, unfortunately (and not mentioned in Mr. Leopold's superlative book), are the "unlimited numbers": an unlimited number of investors is allowed per hedge fund; and unlimited number of commodity futures can be purchased against a category; an unlimited number of credit default swaps can be purchased against specified debt; unlimited amount of naked shorting can be done on certain stocks, thanks to the DTCC's Stock Borrow Program; and HFT (high frequency trading) is not only done on stocks, but on commodity futures, on Treasuries, on credit derivatives, and by extension on anything which is traded! Taken together and add in the "internalization business" and the arithmetic permutations are endless for financial manipulation - - and together they result in perpetual leverage!

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