What's Behind the Numbers? by John Del Vecchio
A Guide to Exposing Financial Chicanery and Avoiding Huge Losses in Your Portfolio

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Learn how to detect any corporate sleight of hand—and gain the upper hand with smart investing

Investing expert John Del Vecchio and “Motley Fool” Tom Jacobs offer a compelling arguement that the secret to stock-market success today isn’t finding the next Google or eBay, but avoiding the next AIG or Enron. To that end, they offer simple, clear techniques for detecting when and how legitimate companies make their numbers look better than they are.

What's Behind the Numbers? offers seven rules for finding companies playing with—rather than by—the numbers and explains how to avoid losing money by determining exactly when a stock is about to head south.

John Del Vecchio, CFA, serves as a Principal of Ranger Alternative Management and principal of Parabolix Research, Inc.
Tom Jacobs is an investment advisor and portfolio manager with Echelon Investment Management in Dallas. He applies this book's earnings quality tests to value investing for clients.


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Tom Jacobs is considered by many of the world's greatest poker players to be one of the finest players to ever play the game. He is only one of only a small number of players ever to finish at the final table of the World Series of Poker two times (including second) and is the 2003 Limit WSOP Champion. He has been in the money twenty times at the WSOP, and as of January 2005, is ranked in the top 50 all time money winners in the World Series of Poker, Andrew Begal, an accomplished player, was a final table no-limit hold'em finisher at the 2005 World Series of Poker championships.
Published October 10, 2012 by McGraw-Hill. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The overriding message is study, study and study the numbers some more but always with this understanding: “Every financial statement offers the opportunity for manipulation, because they all interrelate.” A highly useful companion to making financial decisions, though not for the innumerate or...

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