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Publisher's Summary

Humorous and entertaining, this book exposes the folly and hypocrisy of Wall Street. The title refers to a story about a visitor to New York who admired the yachts of the bankers and brokers. Naively, he asked where all the customers' yachts were? Of course, none of the customers could afford yachts, even though they dutifully followed the advice of their bankers and brokers. Full of wise contrarian advice and offering a true look at the world of investing, in which brokers get rich while their customers go broke, this book continues to open the eyes of investors to the reality of Wall Street.

©1940, 1955, 1995, 2006 Fred Schwed, Jr. Foreword © 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Introduction © 2006 by Jason Zweig (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Once I picked it up I did not put it down until I finished.... What Schwed has done is capture fully - in deceptively clean language - the lunacy at the heart of the investment business." (From the Foreword by Michael Lewis, best-selling author of Liar's Poker)
"[O]ne of the funniest books ever written about Wall Street." (Jane Bryant Quinn, The Washington Post)
"How great to have a reissue of a hilarious classic that proves the more things change the more they stay the same. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." (Michael Bloomberg)

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Great insight

I am amazed at the accuracy of how brokers talk to clients and how little has changed in 80 years!
Very good insight to know that if you invest with discipline you will be successful and you don't 'need' a broker and you CAN do it on your own. Great read for a novice like me!

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Classic book!

Very informational, yet entertaining. Before you go and lose money speculating in the market, please listen to this audio book.

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Awesome!

Funny and informative book. If you want investing book, this one is for you. Look at the mirror afterwards and see how you are loosing just like that.

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Timeless

From the story to the performance... Fantastic!
It's unbelievable that this book was written so long ago and yet still resonates today.

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Fun and Informative

This is a light-hearted, informative book about financial markets and investment. It provides timeless insight into behavioral finance. Get ready to smile!

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  • Dennis
  • Salina, KS, United States
  • 06-27-17

true then, true now

fast, clear, funny...how much has not changed in wall st, or even with modern tech. the tomfoolery if market experts is, well, timeless. if you trade, you have to read this.

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  • SA
  • GURNEE, IL, US
  • 04-19-17

must read a book for the ages

Brilliant. Timeless wisdom that has even served Warren Buffett. Anyone with any money invested in Wall street must read this

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Buffett was right - a must read

A brutally honest, and severely necessary read for any investor. You won't be disappointed, and will take something, if anything, away. If anything, the wit, wisdom and sobriety, I have not found surpassed.

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A Great Investing Book

What a great book. Could Fred Schwed actually be his real name? I recommend you buy this book, though Schwed would probably advise you not to. This is a well written, very funny piece of investing advice disguised as light humour. It is extremely well read, and the narrator perfectly translates Schwed's facetious intent. Read it the first time for pure enjoyment, then read it again and recognize it is full of pertinent investment wisdom. Jason Zweig's introduction is a bonus.

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AWESOME AND FUNNY ACCOUNT OF WALL ST

AWESOME AND FUNNY ACCOUNT OF WALL ST.... still relevant to todays wall street. Fred Schwed Jr was the Michael Lewis of 1929.

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  • rubik
  • 12-22-16

A must "listen"

Great perspective of the goings on of the financial industry. The essence of the book is that the "casino always wins".

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  • 03-24-15

It is very true!!!!!

I need to agree entirely with the author. People never change. Especially working in this area described in this fantastic book. Thank you.

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  • Zakgirl
  • 05-23-15

That guy's got your yacht!

This well-healed read, is funny and cynical, and that's what I like in a book. I couldn't put it down. It is probably the book I should have started with reading about Wall Street before investing but sometimes we don't know these things as we simply get started and ask questions later, a bit like life itself really. If you haven't read any books on investing then do read this one. A timeless classic as stated by other reviews and still has relevance but some of the younger generation might find some of the colloquialisms a little testy, although nothing a quick Google search wouldn't fix. It's funny, and I'm very tempted to ask my financial advisor, "Where's my yacht?" but like all the advice that tends to come from advisers the answer would simply be a well rehearsed response in changing the topic. A tad intellectual but holds the attention of anyone who likes dry wit, satire, and is rather cynical.