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No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller Hardcover – Mar 1 2010

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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470553731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470553732
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[STARRED REVIEW] Markopolos, the whistleblower who filed five unheeded complaints against Ponzi king Bernie Madoff over nine years, has produced an astonishing true-life whodunit set amidst the personalities, plots, and international intrigue of Wall Street. Having collected damning information on money manager Madoff-the respected co-founder of NASDAQ who ran the largest financial scam in history-since 1999, Markopolos's work as a chartered financial analyst and certified fraud examiner, aided by an industry journalist and two colleagues from his days as a derivatives portfolio manager, lays bare the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a tragically inept regulating agency that "didn't give a rat's ass about protecting investors," and seemed to consider Madoff "just another guy cutting some corners." Realizing he had not one but two powerful opponents-"Madoff and this nonfunctioning agency"-Markopolos refused to give up, despite fearing for his life and his family; accordingly, he transmits his team's determination and fascination in contagious detail. The hows and whys of Madoff's eventual arrest, Markopolos's subsequent appearances before Congress, and the carnival of press coverage makes a satisfying conclusion to this strange epic; Markopolos also includes complete documentation of his formal submissions to the SEC, plus his recommendations for much-needed reform at the agency. (Mar.) (PublishersWeekly.com, March 29, 2010)

"…a salutary tale and the detailed regulatory lessons offered in the epilogue deserve attention." (Financial Times, March 2010)

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Bernie Madoff was a king of the financial world. He'd helped create NASDAQ and founded one of the most successful broker-dealers in the industry. He was also a beloved philanthropist. But very few people knew about his side business: he was quietly running the largest hedge fund in the world, a fund that eventually spread to over forty nations and handled tens of billions of dollars.

Harry Markopolos was a quant, a little-known number cruncher sitting at a desk at a Boston equity derivatives firm analyzing investment products. When a marketer for that firm, Frank Casey, handed Harry a prospectus outlining Madoff's strategy and asked him to create a similar product, he sat down and looked at the numbers. Literally within minutes Harry knew it was impossible to do. The numbers didn't add up.

For the next ten years, Harry Markopolos and the investigative team he recruited tried desperately to warn the government, the industry, and the financial press that the largest and most successful hedge fund in the industry was a total fraud and that the respected and admired Bernie Madoff was a crook. But No One Would Listen.

This is the thrilling, complete story of the pursuit of the greatest financial criminal in history—a chase that put Markopolos's life in jeopardy, led to international notoriety from his appearance on 60 Minutes, and once again opened the door to questions regarding the true effectiveness of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Markopolos's incredible investigation takes readers inside the financial industry, revealing the never-before-told stories behind the headlines. As he shows, Madoff was a creation of the anything-for-profit culture that has devastated our economy and that perhaps led thousands of industry professionals, who knew about the fraud, to adhere to the industry's code of silence.

No One Would Listen is the frighteningly true story of massive fraud, governmental incompetence, and criminal collusion that has changed thousands of lives forever—as well as the world's financial system.

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Format: Hardcover
This was an eye-opening account of the shenanigans inside the financial world and the impotence of an agency that was supposed to act as a watchdog. Kudos to Markopolos and his team for persisting in their attempt to be heard. Not only was the SEC ignoring his five attempts to make them aware that Madoff was a ponzi operator, but the media he contacted missed their chance to do what journalists are supposed to do and lost the opportunity for the story of a lifetime. Just about everyone involved dropped the ball or looked the other way. Although this has a lot of technical things about the stock market and finances, it reads like a detective novel and makes some pretty tough concepts graspable. Madoff's "empire" took down a lot of innocent people and the SEC could have stepped in years earlier and spared a lot of people a lot of grief. Markopolos' bravery has lead to an overhaul in the SEC and one would hope that the housecleaning of that agency goes far enough.
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Stunning as it is, Harry Markopolos proves that we humans are a greedy bunch. He shouldn’t have been so surprised by the magnitude of our deafness, or the willful blindness that perforates our moral conviction. This is our human makeup. It takes moral conviction to refuse undeserved gains. How many of us, regardless of stripe, would listen to what Harry was claiming if we were making a livelihood on Wall Street, or we believed we were profiting by virtue of the natural market place? The SEC is secondary. Their problem is clearly a management system stuck in neutral with lack of oversight and no political will for improvement; again lack of moral conviction.
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Is it any wonder that the global financial condition at present is in such a crisis? In this read, Harry Markopolis in great detail shows us that even the highly educated and seasoned professionals in the money business fall victim to not only a monuental betrayal of trust but also, against better judgement I might add, the propensity to allow greed to rule the day despite continued, detailed warnings of impending doom. Harry Markopolis is the 'Dirty Harry' of Wall Street. And as Eastwood was pegged as a hero on the streets, Markopolis is truly a hero watching the trading floors of the exchanges.
We need more 'Dirty Harrys'.
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This is the complete story around a decadent institution, the SEC, and a brilliant mind ( B. Madoff) who used his strings to build a sand castle...wiped away by the tide. Markopolos is the detective, and faces all the incompetence of a system built around doing nothing and collecting a pay check. This story is sad because lots of unaware people, trusting financial institutions, got crushed .
My only negative comment is around the writing style of Markopolos or his ghost: There are many repetitions of the same facts throughout the book.
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This is an outstanding book by an extraordinary individual who tirelessly kept going back to the SEC to alert them about Madoff's ponzi scheme only to be turned away on five occasions over the course of eight years (!!!). This book will make you lose all hope that any gov't agency is capable of anything other than staggering incompetence and outright stupidity. I literally read this book in two sittings - it's a perfect, suspensful mix of true crime and business. A number of Hollywood producers are lining up to acquire the rights to this book and I'm not surprised. If I could I'd give it 10 stars.
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