Loizou:FT.Devil's Deal_p, 1st edition

  • Andreas Loizou

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This is the ultimate insider’s tale of how international finance really operates.

This controversial first person account details the ins and outs of global finance.  Over 20 years the author has enjoyed privileged access to many of the world’s top players in money. In this book he reveals the schemes and techniques they use to conjure up enormous sums of money, whilst explaining how international finance operates: from how financial products work and what they are, to what financiers and money players actually do.

Table of contents

How it All Began

Part One        

One way ticket

Chapter 1       

From Zurich to disaster

Analyse this – Henry Blodgett

The rules of compounding

Gains and losses

Who chooses equities, and why

 Chapter 2       

Taking risks

What’s risk?

Warren Buffet and the Dalai Lama


Company specific risk

Luxuries and necessities

Five destroyed brands

Chapter 3

The leap of faith

Risk and return

Safety and danger

Hero and villain - Jérôme Kerviel

Buys and sells

The sad case of Millwall Holdings

Part Two         Welcome to the jungle

Chapter 4        Damn clients

The trading floor

Proprietary trading

How an investment bank makes money

It’s raining middlemen

Bernie Madoff

Primary and secondary market

Chapter 5       

An equitable solution

Shares and bonds contrasted

Income, profit and loss

Earnings per share

Dividend yield

Market capitalisation

P/E ratio

Growth stocks and value stocks

The Google growth story

Front, back and middle

Chapter 6

Promises, promises

What goes up must come down

The time value of money

Inflation, opportunity cost, borrower risk


Insider trading

Bonfire of the Vanities and Wall Street


Chapter 7

Very interesting, Mr Bond

Maturity and principals

Bonds and shares compared

Ratings measure risk, usually

What you need to know about rating agencies

Safety and Control

From triple A to single, solitary D

Chapter 8

Chinese walls come tumbling down

Deal toys

George Soros

Income and profit

Front running

Private equity

Every Mistake Imaginable

Sting stung

EBIT doh!                   

Music and finance

Behind the wall

The burnt out agent

Published by FT Press (February 16th 2012) - Copyright © 2012