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Rigged Money: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game [Hardcover]

Lee Munson
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Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

To understand the economy you have to understand one simple, but unspoken, truth: Wall Street needs money from Main Street, not the other way around. Keeping this secret from the public has been an essential part of the development of the American economy for over four hundred years, but now that you know it—and with advice from Wall Street insider-turned-realist Lee Munson—you have the power to protect yourself and your money.

Rigged Money: Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game explains in detail how the financial industry has systematically worked to convince the public that investing across different asset classes is the only way to protect wealth. At one point this was probably sage advice, but today it's an outdated rule more likely to bring disaster than success. Since asset classes—from small caps and international stocks to gold and bonds—now overlap when it comes to risk and volatility parameters, the diversification effect is gone, and with it, any reason for spreading your money around. It's this change in the financial landscape, and the rules of the game, that Wall Street doesn't want you to know about, and that this book discusses.

Revealing the truth about the system while arming you with the simple, smart, and clear advice that you need to go head-to-head with the financial giants, Rigged Money provides advice to investors on what Wall Street is doing behind your back and how you can use the same techniques and knowledge to level the playing field.

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Praise for Rigged Money

"If you've ever had the feeling that the stock market was a mug's game, this book's for you. During these tough times we need more straight talk and less marketing hype about how to invest responsibly. Lee Munson is a rare insider who's willing to tell it like it is, and he tells it very well!"—Andrew W. Lo, Chief Investment Strategist, AlphaSimplex Group

"Lee is a sharp guy who doesn't hold back on his opinions. This book is not just a repeat of what you've seen before."—Jeffrey Kosnett, Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Kiplinger.com

"It has been said that no man can serve two masters. Lee Munson understands perfectly that asset management is about serving one master—clients! Read this book and Lee will tell you why this simple truth is self-evident."—Rodney N. Sullivan, CFA, Editor, Financial Analysts Journal

"When I read Lee Munson's book, Rigged Money, I was reminded of an old Beetle Bailey cartoon by Mort Walker. A recurrent character named Zero was asked to confirm whether a Jeep's turn signals were working. He dutifully reported 'Working. Not Working. Working. Not Working.' That's a good way to describe Lee Munson's observations about the potions and prescriptions that Wall Street tries to peddle to us mere humans. If you really want to understand how we got to this peculiar investment environment, you need to read Lee's book. There are ideas and strategies that work sometimes, and fail horribly at other times. Lee takes us through the history of how these ideas get recycled and reused in an effort to take the customers' money to support Wall Street's aims. And he also gives us insights about how to avoid falling into the same traps which capture 'the crowd.' Rigged Money is a great way for readers to see the investing picture as it really is, and not as the slick commercials want you to believe it is. You should consider this book a 'buy and hold forever' asset."—Tom McClellan, Editor, The McClellan Market Report

About the Author

Lee Munson worked as a speculative traderduring the dot-com boom and bust until he had an epiphany and began to question everything about his approach to investments. Realizing that Wall Street is a game that isn't always played to give investors a fair chance at winning, Munson went on to form an asset management firm, Portfolio LLC, in New Mexico that is ranked as one of the fastest growing firms in the country. A frequent guest on CNBC's The Kudlow Report, he is a contributor for TheStreet.com and is quoted in numerous financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal, SmartMoney, and the Kiplinger Report.
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