- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586488120
- ISBN-13: 978-1586488123
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals Paperback – March 9, 2010
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believer. In this regard, he was much like Bernie Madoff. If the above market returns were consistent, then the sophisticated investors and the journalists believed that he just had to be real. Like Madoff, he was a master of building his image and reputation as a larger than life figure. Unfortunately and again like Madoff, he continually needed new money from investors to pay returns and keep his fraudulent empire cash flow positive. In the end, his empire was worth far less than the debt, as it had been from almost day one. When the game was up, he committed suicide instead of face the music of investigators and angry investors. As with the current worldwide financial meltdown, there were many enablers that helped keep this fraud alive. In the end, this tragic situation resulted in some much needed regulation of the securities markets that was enacted in the 1930s, which stayed in place until about 12 years ago! It was interesting in that even after this tragic event, many accounts and regulators were still calling for no new regulation, but keep promoting self regulation as the preferred avenue of markets.
The telling of Swedish Match corporate strategies & stock market machinations is summarily laid out but lack precision so it's hard to follow the thread of deceptions. I.K.'s originality in creating various classes of shares is fairly well described, as is the complex structures using U.S. and international markets -- but, it seems to me, they seem sketchy and incomplete.
However, finding reliable info. at this late date is virtually impossible due to much records destruction & deliberate fudging on all sides.
The conclusion? I highly recommend this book.