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  1. 2.8 hrs • 12/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Do you consider yourself a long-term investor? If so, chances are you have parked your money with an advisor and pay little attention to its performance and even less to the amount of risk in your portfolio. You may be told by Wall Street to buy stocks or funds and hold them, or to create a diverse portfolio to protect yourself from risk and downturns in the market. Truth be told, new studies show this approach may not be serving the long-term investor well. In his new book, Roger Davis reveals point-blank that Wall Street’s just not that into you. Drawing on an investment career spanning more than two decades, Davis delivers a dynamic and deadly accurate analysis of Wall Street’s “one-size-fits-all” approach-and why even wealthy investors should be wary. Davis, who has two decades of experience managing funds, raises valid questions about traditional investment techniques, exposing the inherent dangers of relying on any one technique as a primary risk management tool. As a listener, you will be taught critical, innovative strategies like how to stress test your portfolio and “lose your losers.” Davis reveals that most investors are less concerned about making a sizeable return on their investments than they are about protecting their wealth; yet many investors have the same unprotected exposure to the stock market that they did in 2008. This book offers investors specific steps they can take to reduce investment risk and the right questions to ask of their current advisors to understand whether they should make a change. Refreshingly candid and highly informative, Wall Street’s Just Not That Into You offers a bold and thought-provoking alternative to the many books that offer up the same old principles of years gone by.

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    Wall Street’s Just Not That into You

    2.8 hrs • 12/1/15 • Unabridged
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  2. 8.7 hrs • 10/13/2015 • Unabridged

    How the very things we create to protect ourselves, like money market funds or anti-lock brakes, end up being the biggest threats to our safety and wellbeing. We have learned a staggering amount about human nature and disaster—yet we keep having car crashes, floods, and financial crises. Partly this is because the success we have at making life safer enables us to take bigger risks. As our cities, transport systems, and financial markets become more interconnected and complex, so does the potential for catastrophe. How do we stay safe? Should we? What if our attempts are exposing us even more to the very risks we are avoiding? Would acceptance of danger make us more secure? Is there such a thing as foolproof? In Foolproof, Greg Ip presents a macro theory of human nature and disaster that explains how we can keep ourselves safe in our increasingly dangerous world.

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    Foolproof

    8.7 hrs • 10/13/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 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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  4. 7.3 hrs • 6/1/2014 • Unabridged

    A bold new remedy for the sprawling and wasteful health care industry Where else but the doctor’s office do you have to fill out a form on a clipboard? Have you noticed that hospital bills are almost unintelligible, except for the absurdly high dollar amount? Why is it that technology in other industries drives prices down, but in health care it’s the reverse? And why, in health care, is the customer so often treated as a mere bystander—and an ignorant one at that? The same American medical establishment that saves lives and performs wondrous miracles is also a $2.7 trillion industry in deep dysfunction. And now, with the Affordable Care Act, it is called on to extend full benefits to tens of millions of newly insured. You might think that this would leave us with a bleak choice—either to devote more of our national budget to health care or to make do with less of it. But there’s another path. In this provocative book, Jonathan Bush, cofounder and CEO of athenahealth, calls for a revolution in health care to give customers more choices, freedom, power, and information, and at far lower prices. With humor and a tell-it-like-it-is style, he picks up insights and ideas from his days as an ambulance driver in New Orleans, an army medic, and an entrepreneur launching a birthing start-up in San Diego. In struggling to save that dying business, Bush’s team created a software program that eventually became athenahealth, a cloud-based services company that handles electronic medical records, billing, and patient communications for more than fifty thousand medical providers nationwide. Bush calls for disruption of the status quo through new business models, new payment models, and new technologies that give patients more control of their care and enhance the physician/patient experience. He shows how this is already happening. From birthing centers in Florida to urgent care centers in West Virginia, upstarts are disrupting health care by focusing on efficiency, innovation, and customer service. Bush offers a vision and plan for change while bringing a breakthrough perspective to the debates surrounding Obamacare. You’ll learn how: Well-intended government regulations prop up overpriced incumbents and slow the pace of innovation. Focused, profit-driven disrupters are chipping away at the dominance of hospitals by offering routine procedures at lower cost. Scrappy digital start-ups are equipping providers and patients with new apps and technologies to access medical data and take control of care. Making informed choices about the care we receive and pay for will enable a more humane and satisfying health care system to emerge. Bush’s plan calls for Americans not only to demand more from providers but also to accept more responsibility for our health, to weigh risks and make hard choices—in short, to take back control of an industry that is central to our lives and our economy.

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    Where Does It Hurt?

    7.3 hrs • 6/1/14 • Unabridged
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  5. 5.5 hrs • 10/28/2013 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.4 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    The popular Today financial editor Jean Chatzky helps you navigate through the critical challenges and potential catastrophes of personal finance.You’ve just lost your job. You’ve got a baby on the way. Your parent has had a stroke. Most people seek financial help not because they’re planning for the future but because they need it ... right now! If you have money problems or are seeking immediate help to solve a dire, unanticipated financial emergency, then you need Money 911. In this invaluable guidebook, financial expert Jean Chatzky provides answers to today’s most pressing financial questions and concerns, including:  * How do I get out of debt?  * How do I avoid foreclosure?  * How do I set up a monthly budget?  * How can I improve my credit score?  * How do I get my health insurance to pay a claim?  * What should I do when I lose a parent? With Money 911, you can prepare for retirement, buy or sell a home, pick up the pieces of your personal finances, and get back on your feet—and stay there!

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    Money 911: Insurance

    1.4 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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    9.3 hrs • 11/17/2010 • Unabridged

    “My name is Wendell Potter, and for twenty years I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies. I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”—Senate testimony, June 24, 2009 Wendell Potter is the insurance industry’s worst nightmare. In June 2009, Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior vice president of CIGNA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar public relations campaigns designed to spread disinformation. Potter had walked away from a six-figure salary and two decades as an insurance executive, because he could no longer abide the routine practices of an industry where the needs of sick and suffering Americans take a backseat to the bottom line. The last straw was when he visited a rural health clinic and saw hundreds of people standing in line in the rain to receive treatment in stalls built for livestock. In Deadly Spin, Potter takes listeners behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of our absurd health care spending actually bankrolls a propaganda campaign and lobbying effort focused on protecting one thing: profits. Whatever the fate of the current health care legislation, it makes no attempt to change that fundamental problem. Potter shows how relentless PR assaults play an insidious role in our political process anywhere that corporate profits are at stake—from climate change to defense policy. Deadly Spin tells us why—and how—we must fight back.

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    Deadly Spin

    9.3 hrs • 11/17/10 • Unabridged
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