By Pat Huddleston
Making sound investments is hard sufficient with no need to fret approximately unscrupulous monetary advisers and outright frauds. yet lately bolstered legislation will not be adequate to forestall the "professionals" cause on taking advantage of - or simply simple stealing - your funds. As an Enforcement department leader on the Securities and alternate fee, Pat Huddleston witnessed numerous humans lose their lifestyles rate reductions to reckless stockbrokers and fraudulent schemes. Now an SEC-recommended Receiver and CEO of a securities and funding fraud research employer, Huddleston has intimate wisdom of the way rip-off artists and undesirable agents function. within the Vigilant Investor, he explains WHY we fall for funding scams, HOW con artists play on our feelings, and WHAT we will do to guard ourselves from predators. With its exact check out the technological know-how of monetary choice making, the ebook blows up the preferred myths and simplistic "do's and don'ts" of making an investment whereas sharing suggestions somebody can use to accomplish due diligence even higher than the "experts." With gripping tales of exact instances, Huddleston sheds gentle at the darkish corners of the funding and teaches traders and pros alike how one can spot fraud and defend themselves opposed to monetary disaster.
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