Fraud in the Markets: Why It Happens and How to Fight It

Fraud in the Markets: Why It Happens and How to Fight It

by Peter Goldmann


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A dramatic look at fraud's role in our financial markets-and how you can protect yourself

Fraud In the Markets reveals the critical role fraud played in the global financial crisis-even as many of the perpetrators continue to go unpunished. Shedding light on the reckless conduct of the former senior executives at major Wall Street firms such as Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and others just before their collapse, this timely book shows how the culture of "anything goes" on Wall Street fueled the innovation of exotic but deadly asset-backed securities.

A frank insider look at the most dramatic economic and business headlines in recent memory, you will find revealing discussion of

  • The egregiously fraudulent lending practices that engulfed the entire US mortgage industry
  • The brazenly deceptive marketing of asset-backed securities
  • A road map to prevent similar disasters from recurring

Fraud in the Markets offers forward-looking advice, with practical guidelines for protecting yourself and your company from various forms of fraud that were found to have played a role in the current economic and financial crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470507896
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/22/2010
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Peter D. Goldmann is founder and President of White-Collar Crime 101 LLC, the parent company of FraudAware and publisher of the monthly newsletter, White-Collar Crime Fighter. Peter has been the Publisher and Editor of White-Collar Crime Fighter for over twelve years and is recognized as a leading expert in the areas of fraud detection, prevention, investigation, and training. He has written numerous articles on practical approaches to fraud prevention and detection for, among others, Internal Auditor, Investor's Business Daily, the Fraud Examiner and Bottom Line/Personal. He speaks—at events sponsored by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and numerous industry trade associations. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Table of Contents



Introduction: A Brief History of Fraud in Financial Markets.

Banking Fraud in the Early Days.

Market-Building by Morgan.

Flim Flam Finance.

Savings and Loan Fraud Follies.

Beginning of the End.

Asset-Backed Securities.

Off to the Races.

Chapter 1 The Fraud Culture.

I Wanna Be Rich.

The Spread of Ethical Erosion.

What It All Means.

How We Got Here.

The Evolving Shapes of Fraud: Pressure, Opportunity, and Rationalization on Wall Street.

An Triangle or a Diamond?

A Fraud Pentagon? 

Chapter 2 The Politics of Banking Fraud.

Politics and Regulation.

Antebellum Banking.

Early Due Diligence.

Central Banking: The Drive Is Revived.

Enter the ABA.

The Warburg Factor.

Financial Regulation Today.

What If?

Is Regulation Here to Stay?

Chapter 3 Modern Day Financial Services Fraud (1980-2010).

The Fraud Culture and Today's Frauds.

The “Milken/Boesky” Era.

Fancy Financing Foments More Fraud.

The Ignominious Birth of “Pay for Performance”.


A Deluge of Derivatives.

The Good Side of CDSs.

Shortening Memories.

Enron et al.

Chapter 4 Reform, Re-Regulation, and the Persistence of Fraud.

Better Anti-Fraud Controls.

Beyond Financial Reporting Fraud.

Regulation and Legislation.

More Aggressive Action Needed.

Chapter 5 The Real Estate Bubble and Bust: The Fraud Factor.

How Did It Get So Bad?

Subprime Mortgages: Licenses to Steal.

Who Is Subprime?

Going for Broke(r).

Chapter 6 The Makings of a Meltdown.

Other Fraud-for-Profit Schemes.

Greed Grows and Fraud Follows.

Fraud for Property Schemes.

The Role (or Not) of Predatory Lending.

Chapter 7 Beginning of the End: Death by Derivatives.

Playing with Fire.

Chaos Out of Order.

Anatomy of a Subprime Deal.

The Fine Art of Corporate Deception.

Bankers Go with the Flow—Into the Tank.

Hard Money.

And Then There's AIG.

How “Toxic” Securities Ended Up in So Many Investor Portfolios.

Rating Agency Deception Redux.

And So, The End Begins.

Chapter 8 Can the Circle be Broken?

So What Now?

Critical Reform Issues.

Policing, Policy, and Propriety.

About the Author.


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