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The Street-Smart Trader

An insider's guide to the City

By Ian Lyall

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About the Author

Ian Lyall

Ian Lyall is the editor of 'Proactive Investors', a champion of the independent stock market trader. Before that he was the investment editor and City news editor at the Daily Mail, where he directed the coverage of some of the biggest stories to ever emerge from the Square Mile as it struggled in the grip of the credit crunch and subsequent banking crisis.

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Contents Listing

Welcome to the Real City of London

Introduction

1. In the Beginning there was Coffee
- Introduction
- Hot Drinks and Hotter Stocks
- Living Memory: Post-War Bowler Hats and Gorillas
- Big Bang
- Measuring the Success of Big Bang
- Viewing Big Bang in the Context of the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis
- What We Have Learned

2. If You Don't Know the Rules, Don't Play the Market
- Introduction
- Well-worn, but Sound, Advice
- The Full Monty
- 7 Rules for the Street-Smart Trader
- Scams and the City
- What We Have Learned

3. Share Price Manipulation and Insider Dealing
- Introduction
- Trash and Cash - How Share Prices are Easily Manipulated
- Manipulation of the Media
- On Share Ramping
- First Person: Analysing Market News
- The Inside Track on Insider Dealing
- What We Have Learned

4. The City Spin Game and How it is Played
- Introduction
- Public Relations (PR)
- First Person: The Corporate Message
- Companies and Press Attention
- The Friday Night Drop
- Speaking in Tongues - Typical Ambiguous Phrases Used by Journalists
- What We Have Learned

5. The Trouble with Analysts
- Introduction
- Going Back in Time
- What Analysts Do
- The Relationship Between Banks, Funds and Analysts
- A Bloke Called Blodget
- Analysts and the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis
- What We Have Learned

6. Market Makers and Other Professional Traders
- Introduction
- The Misunderstood Market Maker
- First Person: Meeting a Market Marker
- Proprietary Trading: The Fall and Rise of Casino Banking
- Stuck in the Middle... The Inter-Dealer Broker
- Dark Pools of Liquidity
- High Frequency Trading (HFT)
- The Methods of Institutional Investors
- The (Under)performance of Fund Managers
- What We Have Learned

7. Hedge Funds
- Introduction
- A Beginner's Guide to Hedge Funds
- Tackling Misconceptions About Hedge Funds
- Risk Consultancy
- Hedge Funds, Market Colour and Inside Information
- What We Have Learned

8. Boardroom Stock Pickers
- Introduction
- The Humanity of the Boardroom
- Monitoring Investments Made by the Boardroom
- To Follow the Trades of the Boardroom or Not
- What We Have Learned

9. Vanity, Egotism and Fear: The World of Mergers and Acquisitions
- Introduction
- Synergies in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
- Mergers and Shareholder Value
- Deal Making is Glamorous, Due Diligence is Not
- When Deals Go Bad
- Those Who Profit from M&A
- What We Have Learned

Conclusion
Endnotes
Welcome to the Real City of London

Introduction

1. In the Beginning there was Coffee
- Introduction
- Hot Drinks and Hotter Stocks
- Living Memory: Post-War Bowler Hats and Gorillas
- Big Bang
- Measuring the Success of Big Bang
- Viewing Big Bang in the Context of the 2007-2009 Financial Crisis
- What We Have Learned

2. If You Don't Know the Rules, Don't Play the Market
- Introduction
- Well-w ...

Jacket Text

To the outsider the City is still something of a mystery. Independent traders and investors may study the financial pages and log on to websites to read about the markets, yet what they find there will generally give them little concept of the realities of City business. The hard truth is that independent traders are up against dealers with more information, professional investors with greater financial clout, and investment banks and hedge funds with more powerful systems, all of which can leave the odds stacked against them and puts them a few crucial steps behind in their trades.

The Street-Smart Trader will help level the playing field. Ian Lyall - an experienced financial journalist - provides an insider's view on the big issues, garnered from candid interviews with experienced City figures. He delves into key areas, including: press coverage of the markets, the reports of financial analysts, and the activities of hedge funds. He encourages readers to question what they think they know and shows how the insights he provides can be used to help traders make more successful, profitable trades in the future.

Media Coverage

Your Trading Edge

Lyall, a financial journalist, uses his experience and interviews with City traders to demystify the inner workings of the City of London. The book is aimed at retail traders and investors so they ...

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Proactive Investors

Proactive Investors Editor Ian Lyall is the author of the Street-Smart Trader, an insider?s guide to the City. Here in an extract from his book he looks at the Ponzi scheme, named after the Charles ...

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Choice Magazine

Vilification of City slickers has almost become a national sport, so if you want to know what really goes on in the Square Mile this book promises to tell you the truth. Written by financial ...

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Proactive Investors

Editor Ian Lyall is the author of the Street-Smart Trader, a behind the scenes peek at how the City really operates. Here, for Proactive Investors readers Ian reveals some of the scams that have cost ...

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UK Analyst

Having studied finance and investment for the past 14 years and worked in the business for the past four I have learned that there is a clear difference between how the textbooks tell you how finance ...

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Ytemagazine.com

"I really like The Street-Smart Trader...this book does give readers a good look at some of the important aspects of the business."- Your Trading EdgeSeptember/October 2011

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Media Review

The Street-Smart Trader - Financial Book of the Month - Choice MagazineApril/May 2011

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Proactiveinvestors.co.uk

The Ponzi Scheme, and the greatest rip-off of all time
- Ian Lyall, Proactive Investor 3rd May 2011

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Proactiveinvestors.co.uk

Buyer beware: The Proactive Investors guide to the City's most devious scams
- Ian Lyall, Proactive Investor 26th April 2011

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Thisismoney.co.uk

North sea hit by tax storm- Ian Lyall, Daily Mail Investment Extra 26th March 2011

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Media Review

Book Review - The Street-Smart Trader - Traders Magazine25th February 2011

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Uk-analyst.com

"An ideal purchase for the private investor looking for more unconventional research tools to use when analysing stocks as well as a valuable read for anyone who is looking to get a job in the ...

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Dailymail.co.uk

City Focus by Ian Lyall: The high cost of insider trading- Mail on Sunday5th January 2011

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Proactiveinvestors.co.uk

Ian Lyall ? author of ?Street Smart Trader? speaks about his new book- Proactive Investors14th January 2011

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Dailymail.co.uk

City Focus by Ian Lyall: Truth about the Madoff 'magic'- Mail on Sunday3rd January 2011

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Dailymail.co.uk

City Focus by Ian Lyall: Scammers and the square mile- Mail on Sunday30th December 2010

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