Pining for the "good old days" of Wall Street?
(NOTE: This is a new edition of the classic work, not a scanned reproduction of an old library book.)
When the New York Stock Exchange's primary purpose was to raise the capital the United States needed to finance the infrastructure of a young and growing country?
When conservative investors bought stocks to buy and hold for the long haul?
When brokers had the best interests of their clients at heart?
When the stock exchange listed only high quality stocks for sale?
When corporations did not deceive creditors by using the same property as the basis for multiple issues of bonds?
When Wall Street investment bank focused on providing good service, not in coming up with new financial products -- that is, inventing ever more new and risky ways to separate ordinary investors from their money?
When a man and a company's word was good, so you didn't have to study the fine print of every security before investing?
When a stock's current market price was fairly representative of its true value?
When Treasury bonds paid enough interest to support retirees?
Then DON'T read this book!
You'll be horribly disillusioned.
The author was a New York broker who wrote to warn ordinary people of the many dangerous ways to invest.
Much of what he wrote reminds us of modern Wall Street, without the complications made possible by computers.
It was the Gilded Age, according to Mark Twain . . .
The "robber barons" were creating industrial fortunes
Financiers got wealthy manipulating stocks on Wall Street
The young United States needed roads, farms, railroads and water works, and investors unknowingly were paying five to six times their actual costs
The western frontier was still being tamed, but every small town could have a speculator running the risk of "stock-gambling" and the resultant bankruptcy and even suicide -- like day trading without your own PC.
So check out book that blows the lid the insider secrets of Wall Street past . . .
Then substitute "biotech or Internet" for "railroad" and the latest craze for "water works" and you'll have a guide to warn you not to fall for the ways investors can lose their shirts in the 21st century . . .
Reviews: "A unique and insightful book! Producers will benefit from it just as much as investors will, as it helps to unlock the secrets of making smart film investments, and profitable financial structures." Clark Peterson Producer of the Academy Award-winning Monster and numerous other films "This book captures the essence of independent film financing like nothing else I've read before. I've produced and executive produced over 25 features films and 2 TV series in my 30 year career. I was also a Sales Agent and Development and Acquisitions executive for many years. I wish I had that book when I started; It reveals many best practices that investors should absolutely be aware of." Paco Alvarez, Film & TV executive, Forward Motion Entertainment "Rene's book is a must-read for anyone that wants to understand better where the value lies in producing film whether you are an investor, producer or academic. And unlike most "must read" books this one is as readable as it is rewarding" Michael, Hennessy, President and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) "Even though originally intended for investment professionals, the book "INVESTING IN FILMS" is a useful guide even for a filmmaker and "indie-producer" like me. I read the book last summer, during the initial phase of the production of a film that will soon be released. It has extended my understanding of the flow of creativity/production/distribution that constitutes the making of a film, allowing me to escape from my territorial and limited dimension while helping me to reach a more professional level, even though my project is self-managed and self-financed. Precision, effectiveness, conciseness, clarity and rhythm: these are the qualities that allow you to finish this book in an afternoon and to keep it as a useful and easy to access reminder in the months to come. I realized that rigorous investors can improve the chances of a film project to find its audience successfully with more sharpness, strength and clarity. Just like Rene Bourdages style." Christine Reinhold, Artistic Director - Founder, Teatro Primo Studio - Film Beyond "Rene gives the reader a complete panoramic view on investing in the film industry. He helps make the investment process understandable and friendly. This book allows people to enter the film business universe, including people who manage investment funds and make entertainment investments an attractive addition to their portfolio. Rene Bourdages has written a book that is a "must read" for any investor interested in the film industry." Fabio Cesnik, Partner at Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Law Firm. President of the Media and Entertainment Committee at the Lawyers' Institute of Sao Paulo "Rene Bourdages is a brilliant entertainment expert. In this new book called INVESTING IN FILMS, Rene does an impressive job at highlighting key information to quickly become Hollywood business savvy. This is a generous regroupment of best kept secrets, shared with everyone who is passionate about the business side of showbusiness." Evelyne Ouellet, CEO, SAFIRA Entertainment "Rene's book is a succinct, accessible guide to the practical do"s and don'ts of investing in film. I recommend it to anyone considering to invest in this risky but sometimes highly profitable industry." Jeremy Spry, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Muse Entertainment This book has intentionally been crafted for busy business investment professionals. It focuses on what the best investors have been secretly doing in recent times. It will help any serious investors whether, High Net Worth Individual, Hedge Fund and Private Equity Fund Manager, Family Office Chief Investor Officers to avoid costly mistakes and improve their ROI by knowing what to look for in filmed entertainment financing."
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