Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It [EPUB]
13 January 2017, 23:44
2014 | EPUB | 1.75MB
Prodded by economists in the 1970s, corporate directors began adding stock options and bonuses to the already-generous salaries of CEOs with hopes of boosting their companies’ fortunes. Guided by largely unproven assumptions, this trend continues today. So what are companies getting in return for all the extra money? Not much, according to the empirical data.
In Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It, Michael Dorff explores the consequences of this development. He shows how performance pay has not demonstrably improved corporate performance and offers studies showing that performance pay cannot improve performance on the kind of tasks companies ask of their CEOs. Moreover, CEOs of large established companies do not typically have much impact on their companies’ results. In this eye-opening exposé, Dorff argues that companies should give up on the decades-long experiment to mold compensation into a corporate governance tool and maps out a rationale for returning to the era of guaranteed salaries.
Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy [EPUB]
06 January 2017, 02:15
2016 | EPUB | 6.53MB
As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US Government.
The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed.
His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.
A page-turning real-life thriller, Lucifer's Banker is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government's justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he ''hammers'' one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.
The Street-Smart Trader: An Insider's Guide to the City [EPUB]
29 December 2016, 19:25
2011 | EPUB | 0.5MB
To the outsider the City is still something of a mystery. Independent traders and investors may study the financial pages and log on to websites to read about the markets, yet what they find there will generally give them little concept of the realities of City business. The hard truth is that independent traders are up against dealers with more information, professional investors with greater financial clout, and investment banks and hedge funds with more powerful systems, all of which can leave the odds stacked against them and puts them a few crucial steps behind in their trades.
The Street-Smart Trader will help level the playing field. Ian Lyall - an experienced financial journalist - provides an insider's view on the big issues, garnered from candid interviews with experienced City figures. He delves into key areas, including: press coverage of the markets, the reports of financial analysts, and the activities of hedge funds. He encourages readers to question what they think they know and shows how the insights he provides can be used to help traders make more successful, profitable trades in the future.