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  1. 16.0 hrs • 7/8/2016 • Unabridged

    The Paul Volker Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Post journalist Sebastian Mallaby has garnered New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book honors for his enthralling nonfiction. Bolstered by Mallaby’s unprecedented access to the industry, More Money Than God tells the inside story of hedge funds, from their origins in the 1960s and 1970s to their role in the financial crisis of 2007-2009.

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    More Money Than God

    16.0 hrs • 7/8/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 11.9 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A concise and revealing look into the state of the financial world after the Great Recession. The finance sector of Western economies is too large and attracts too many of the smartest college graduates. Financialization over the past three decades has created a structure that lacks resilience and supports absurd volumes of trading. The finance sector devotes too little attention to the search for new investment opportunities and the stewardship of existing ones and far too much to secondary markets dealing in existing assets. Regulation has contributed more to the problems than to the solutions. Why? What is finance for? John Kay, with wide practical and academic experience in the world of finance, understands the operation of the financial sector better than most. He believes in good banks and effective asset managers, but good banks and effective asset managers are not what he sees. In a dazzling and revelatory tour of the financial world as it has emerged from the wreckage of the 2008 crisis, Kay does not flinch in his criticism: we do need some of the things that Citigroup and Goldman Sachs do, but we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them. And many of the things done by Citigroup and Goldman do not need to be done at all. The finance sector needs to be reminded of its primary purpose: to manage other people’s money for the benefit of businesses and households. It is an aberration when some of the finest mathematical and scientific minds are tasked with devising algorithms for the sole purpose of exploiting the weakness of other algorithms for computerized trading in securities. To travel further down that road leads to ruin.

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    Other People’s Money by John Kay

    Other People’s Money

    11.9 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.7 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    A catastrophic earthquake is followed by a tsunami that inundates the coastline, and manufacturing comes to a standstill around the globe. State-of-the-art passenger jets are grounded because of a malfunctioning part. A strike halts shipments through a major port. A new digital device decimates the sales of other brands and sends established firms to the brink of bankruptcy. The interconnectedness of the global economy today means that unexpected events in one corner of the globe can ripple through the world’s supply chain and affect customers everywhere. In this book, Yossi Sheffi shows why modern vulnerabilities call for innovative processes and tools for creating and embedding corporate resilience and risk management. Sheffi offers fascinating case studies that illustrate how companies have prepared for, coped with, and come out stronger following disruption—from the actions of Intel after the 2011 Japanese tsunami to the disruption in the “money supply chain” caused by the 2008 financial crisis. Sheffi, author of the widely read The Resilient Enterprise, focuses here on deep-tier risks as well as corporate responsibility, cybersecurity, long-term disruptions, business continuity planning, emergency operations centers, detection, and systemic disruptions. Supply chain risk management, Sheffi shows, is a balancing act between taking on the risks involved in new products, new markets, and new processes—all crucial for growth—and the resilience created by advanced risk management.

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    The Power of Resilience by Yossi Sheffi

    The Power of Resilience

    15.7 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 5.0 hrs • 6/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Investing with Impact: Why Finance Is a Force for Good outlines the roadmap to reinvigorating a skeptical public and demoralized financial services industry by making the case that, contrary to popular misconception, finance is not the cause of the world’s problems; in fact, it can provide the solution. Author Jeremy Balkin presents the case that the finance industry can improve the state of the world by positively influencing the allocation of capital. Investing with Impact explains the methodology of Balkin’s 6E Paradigm, opening the toolbox to this revolutionary framework for the first time. In so doing, Balkin expands the impact investment universe, enabling mainstream capital to flow where opportunities generate positive investment returns and have demonstrable social impact. Described by the Huffington Post as the “Anti-Wolf of Wall Street,” Balkin is challenging the status quo on Wall Street by leading the intellectual debate embracing the $1 trillion frontier impact investment market opportunity. The book demonstrates conclusively that, if we can change the culture in finance, we can change the world for the better.

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    Investing with Impact

    5.0 hrs • 6/1/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 7.3 hrs • 5/13/2015 • Unabridged

    Since its release in 2006, Financial Intelligence has become a favorite among managers who need a guided tour through the numbers, helping them to understand not only what the numbers really mean but also why they matter. This new, completely updated edition brings the numbers up to date and continues to teach the basics of finance to managers who need to use financial data to drive their business. It also addresses issues that have become even more important in recent years, including questions around the financial crisis and those around broader financial and accounting literacy. Accessible, jargon-free, and filled with entertaining stories of real companies, Financial Intelligence gives nonfinancial managers the confidence to understand the nuance beyond the numbers to help bring everyday work to a new level.

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    Financial Intelligence

    7.3 hrs • 5/13/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 9.4 hrs • 4/1/2015 • Unabridged

    One thing that will never change about the business world is the presence of risk. But risk management has changed dramatically since the 2008 financial crisis, and new developments in technology and communications demand up-to-the-minute approaches for defending against threats—and seizing opportunities. Extensively updated, the second edition of Fundamentals of Enterprise Risk Management examines the latest technologies, such as Riskonnect and High Tech Electronic Platform (HTEP), and helps listeners recognize both internal and external exposures, understand crucial concepts such as risk mapping and risk identification, and align risk opportunities with their organization’s business model. Packed with practical exercises and fresh case studies from organizations such as IBM, Microsoft, Apple, JPMorgan Chase, and Sony, as well as new material on topics like the new role of Risk Owner, cutting-edge collaboration methods, and the upside of risk, this critical guide provides listeners with the tools and information they need to keep their organizations as blissfully risk free as possible.

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  7. 6.5 hrs • 8/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Million-Dollar Blind Spots will help you uncover blind spots in your company—and dramatically accelerate proper business leadership decisions. Million-Dollar Blind Spots has been hailed by industry professionals as a commonsense approach to risk management. A resource for management to find pools of cash in key departments of the company, this book will help career-motivated business executives unearth key risk areas and identify opportunities leading to sustainable growth, buzz-worthy customer value, and impressive profitability. Gary Patterson has developed clever systems to avoid costly problems, increase profits, uncover million-dollar blind spots, answer questions about why risk management is important to find pockets of hidden cash, make faster business decisions, and reduce functional silos. When your team asks, “What is financial risk management?” Million-Dollar Blind Spots provides the answers. This book contains 125 questions to assess your company and strengthen balance sheets and income statements; describes insightful flash reports, metrics, and financial reporting templates; and illuminates key requirements for business plans to improve operations and raise crucial financing for your management team projects. If you desire to run your company like Jack Welch, then get this audiobook for your entire team. Gary Patterson is a Stanford MBA, CPA, and popular speaker who has worked with over two hundred companies and negotiated more than two dozen merger and acquisition deals ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

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    Million-Dollar Blind Spots

    Produced by Made for Success
    Read by Chaz Allen
    6.5 hrs • 8/1/13 • Unabridged
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  8. 16.8 hrs • 5/6/2013 • Unabridged

    Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime crisis. Appointed by George W. Bush as the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, she witnessed the origins of the financial crisis and in 2008 became—along with Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner—one of the key players invested in repairing the damage to our economy. Bull by the Horns is her remarkable and refreshingly honest account of that contentious time and the struggle for reform that followed and continues to this day. A level-headed, pragmatic figure with a clear focus on serving the public good, Bair was often one of the few women in the room during heated discussions about the economy. Despite her years of experience and her determination to rein in the private banks and Wall Street, she frequently found herself at odds with Geithner. She is withering in her assessment of some of Wall Street’s finest, and her narrative of Citibank’s attempted takeover of Wachovia is a stinging indictment of how regulators and the banks worked against the public interest at times to serve their own needs.

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    Bull by the Horns

    16.8 hrs • 5/6/13 • Unabridged
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  9. 9.0 hrs • 2/19/2013 • Unabridged

    If you have ever bought a personal finance book, watched a TV show about stock picking, listened to a radio show about getting out of debt, or attended a seminar to help you plan for your retirement, you’ve probably heard some version of these quotes: “What’s keeping you from being rich? In most cases, it is simply a lack of belief.”—Suze Orman, The Courage to Be Rich “Are you latte-ing away your financial future?”—David Bach, Smart Women Finish Rich “I know you’re capable of picking winning stocks and holding on to them.”—Jim Cramer, Mad Money They’re common refrains among personal finance gurus. There’s just one problem: those and many similar statements are false. For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we have taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we’re smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that’s not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated. She shows how an industry that started as a response to the Great Depression morphed into a behemoth that thrives by selling us products and services that offer little if any help. Olen calls out some of the biggest names in the business, revealing how even the most respected gurus have engaged in dubious, even deceitful, practices, from accepting payments from banks and corporations in exchange for promoting certain prod­ucts to blaming the victims of economic catastrophe for their own financial misfortune. Pound Foolish also disproves many myths about spending and saving. Weaving together original reporting, interviews with experts, and studies from disciplines ranging from behavioral economics to retirement planning, Pound Foolish is a compassionate and compelling audiobook that will change the way we think and talk about our money.

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    Pound Foolish

    9.0 hrs • 2/19/13 • Unabridged
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  10. 9.5 hrs • 10/22/2012 • Unabridged

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith’s bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.” The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society—and the callous “take-the-money-and-run” mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago. Smith now picks up where his op-ed left off. His story begins in the summer of 2000, when an idealistic twenty-one-year-old arrives as an intern at Goldman Sachs and learns about the firm’s number one business principle: Our clients’ interests always come first. This remains Smith’s mantra as he rises from intern to analyst to sales trader, with clients controlling assets of more than a trillion dollars. From the shenanigans of his summer internship during the technology bubble to Las Vegas hot tubs and the excesses of the real estate boom; from the career lifeline he received from an NFL Hall of Famer during the bear market to the day Warren Buffett came to save Goldman Sachs from extinction, Smith will take the reader on his personal journey through the firm—and bring us inside the world’s most powerful bank. Smith describes in page-turning detail how the most storied investment bank on Wall Street went from taking iconic companies like Ford, Sears, and Microsoft public to becoming a “vampire squid” that referred to its clients as “muppets” and paid the government a record half-billion dollars to settle SEC charges. He shows the evolution of Wall Street into an industry riddled with conflicts of interest and a profit-at-all-costs mentality: a perfectly rigged game at the expense of the economy and the society at large. After conversations with nine Goldman Sachs partners over a twelve-month period proved fruitless, Smith came to believe that the only way the system would ever change was for an insider to finally speak out publicly. He walked away from his career and took matters into his own hands. This is his story.

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    Why I Left Goldman Sachs

    9.5 hrs • 10/22/12 • Unabridged
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  11. 17.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent labor leaders and young, cutting-edge economists and financial writers whose work is not yet widely known - capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory, giving listeners an on-the-scene feel for the movement as it unfolds while exploring the heady growth of the protests, considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform. A guide to the occupation, THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement that even the objects of its attack can find little fault with.

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    The Occupy Handbook

    17.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  12. 2.1 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Abridged

    This peerless profit-boosting guide presents seventy-eight key insights notable for their aggressive approach and contrarian perspective. Top consultant Bob Fifer shows how to turn the tables on hardball-playing suppliers and competitors. He also challenges outmoded assumptions and explains whyarbitrary budgets are sometimes the best budgets,computers often hinder more than help,bosses are frequently underpaid,customers can often be persuaded to pay more, andsuppliers can often be persuaded to pay less. By following Bob Fifer’s advice, you’ll be able to cut costs to the bone, send productivity through the roof, and double profits in the space of only six months.

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    Double Your Profits—In Six Months or Less

    Read by Bob Fifer
    2.1 hrs • 7/15/12 • Abridged
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  13. 9.2 hrs • 9/13/2010 • Unabridged

    Companies around the world turn to MIT’s Jonathan Byrnes for one reason: he can figure out where the profit is. Using his unique set of tools, he can show them which customers and businesses are cash cows, and which efforts are just a drain on resources. Most astonishing, in each case he finds that roughly forty percent of his client’s businesses are unprofitable! We are transitioning from an era of mass markets to the age of precision markets. Before, companies sought to distribute their products as widely as possible using arm’s-length customer relationships. The goal was to achieve mass production and mass distribution. Broad management metrics like aggregate revenues and costs were adequate. The management systems and processes in companies today are geared to meet this legacy objective. Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink tells you how to rethink your business for maximum profit—what to do, how to do it, what difficulties you’ll encounter, and how to overcome them. This audio book gives you the roadmap, perspective, and tools you’ll need to be a highly effective manager in this new era of business.

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  14. 33.0 hrs • 12/22/2008 • Unabridged

    Goldman Sachs is the most profitable and powerful investment bank in the world today. Fifty years ago, it was a marginal family firm with limited prospects. How did it ascend to leadership in Europe, Asia, North and South America? As a strategy consultant to Goldman Sachs for more than thirty years, Charles D. Ellis developed close relationships with many of the firm’s past and present leaders around the world. In The Partnership he probes deeply into the most important chapters in the firm’s history, revealing the key events and decisions that tell the colorful, character-driven story of how Goldman Sachs became what it is today—the illuminating stories of the great personalities who sowed the seeds of Goldman Sachs’s success. Starting as a sole proprietorship dealing in commercial paper in the mid-nineteenth century, Goldman Sachs became an innovative underwriter, struggled to survive the crash and Depression, and came out of World War II to complete what was then the single most important transaction in Wall Street’s history: Ford Motor Company’s IPO. Goldman Sachs overcame a full set of dramatic perils: Penn Central’s bankruptcy, Robert Maxwell’s abusive frauds, and insider trading scandals. Ellis demonstrates how the firm’s core values, intensive recruiting, entrepreneurial creativity, and disciplined risk taking—incorporating technology and hard work—laid the foundations, multiplied the firm’s resources and profits, and magnified its power until it became today’s Goldman Sachs: one of the most successful business organizations in the world.

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    The Partnership

    33.0 hrs • 12/22/08 • Unabridged
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  15. 1.0 hrs • 4/19/2007 • Unabridged

    Finance starts with purchase orders. If you have the orders, you can finance far more easily than if you do not. The objective of even adventure or venture investing is to bridge the gap between now and when you get the orders and subsequent payments. This audiobook focuses on the types of financing required and self-testing for you to determine what stage you are at: adventure, venture, or secured lending. This will guide you as to how to proceed in finance. The audiobook contains numerous lists, tips, and other practical advice. A must read for anyone requiring financing or giving it out to others.

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    Finance Your Business

    1.0 hrs • 4/19/07 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.8 hrs • 3/7/2005 • Abridged

    The principal author of the extraordinary bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths offers a dramatically new way to understand the art of success. Great managing, great leading, and career success -- Buckingham draws on a wealth of examples to reveal the single controlling insight that lies at the heart of each. Lose sight of this "one thing" and even your best efforts will be diminished or compromised. Success comes to those who remain mindful of the core insight, understand all of its ramifications, and orient their decisions around it. Buckingham backs his arguments with authoritative research from a wide variety of sources, including his own data and in-depth interviews with individuals at every level of an organization, from CEOs to hotel maids and stockboys. In every way a groundbreaking audiobook, The One Thing You Need to Know offers essential performance and career lessons for businesspeople at all career stages.

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    The One Thing You Need to Know

    3.8 hrs • 3/7/05 • Abridged
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