Synopses & Reviews
A Hedge Fund Tale of Reach and Grasp
recounts the ecstasy and the agony of investors in the hubris-filled years of the great secular bull market and the terrors of the financial collapse. It is a story of personal and investment triumph and tragedy in the tradition of An American Tragedy and Bonfire of the Vanities
. Though the tale is fiction, it is faithful to the actual market events of the decade of hedge fund madness and the ensuing destruction in the great bear market of 2007–2009 and its aftermath.
In A Hedge Fund Tale of Reach and Grasp, the former top-ranked global strategist for Morgan Stanley, and now a hedge fund manager, expertly weaves fact and fiction to describe how the mysterious world of hedge funds and the people who run them really works. It is the story of how the brilliant but toxic interaction of brains, intensity, raw ambition, hubris, and greed combined with the "perform or perish" creed to fuel the egregious excesses and, eventually, contribute to the bursting of the stock market and financial bubbles. Lifestyles, portfolios, and loves were recklessly leveraged creating stunning excesses, but when the world turned, it wasn't just proud fortunes that were lost; relationships and souls were ravaged as well. There is a compelling, but tragic, love story here about two people who celebrated love as a solution to spiritual isolation. The novel is also an investment chronicle, a tragic saga of how all brilliant performance is transitory and how, unfortunately, there is no stock market strategy that works forever and that too much money can't spoil.
The protagonist is Joe Hill, an authentic American hedge fund success story if there ever was one, who came from nowhere, reached for heaven, and momentarily grasped it. Joe Hill isn't the typical Wall Street whiz kid sporting an Ivy League education. Born on the wrong side of the tracks in rural Virginia, Joe had to work for everything he wanted. And he wanted it all.
A masterful mix of fact and fiction, A Hedge Fund Tale of Reach and Grasp is the inside, rags-to-riches story of one man's American dream that became the world's financial nightmare.
Financial legend Barton Biggs' fictional account of the hedge world and the broader workings of Wall Street
Barton Biggs' latest book is an inspirational rags to riches story of drive and financial talent. Told through the eyes of a fictional insider, this engaging story provides a detailed look at the hedge fund business in the late 1990s and through the first decade of the twenty-first century.
A Tale From the Hedge Fund World chronicles the life of a poor boy who ends up amassing more wealth than he ever thought possible. From studying Wall Street charts while sitting on the sidelines of football practice to realizing how so much money can be made in a short period of time, this book provides a bird's eye view of the inner workings of Wall Street and what it takes to make it there.
- Puts the word of hedge funds in perspective and reveals the competitive and lucrative nature of this field
- Other titles by Biggs: Hedgehogging and Wealth, War & Wisdom
- Also describes the bursting of the mortgage bubble and the great financial crisis that followed
No one knows more about the hedge fund world of the past twenty years than Barton Biggs. His new fable offers an entertaining look at this field and those who aspire to excel within it.
A HEDGE FUND TALE of Reach and Grasp
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for?"
A Hedge Fund Tale of Reach and Grasp is a is the account of the rise to power and fall from grace of hedge fund manager Joe Hill. Written by Barton Biggs, the tale is embedded in the actual events and stock market history of our era.The story is pure fiction, but the ebb and flow of the markets is made vivid by charts and figures. There is nothing fictional about the bull market, the speculation, the bear raids, and the collapse that followed. A Hedge Fund Tale of Reach and Grasp also tells of the stress, the odd relationships, and often bizarre personalities in a large investment management firm. It is about greed, ostentation, success, and how the participants in the bubble leveraged their lives and careers, as well as the price they paid, which many are still paying.
About the Author
BARTON BIGGS is the cofounder and managing partner of Traxis Partners, a billion-dollar macro hedge fund. He spent thirty years as a senior partner at Morgan Stanley, where he formed the firm's top-rated research department, and created and built its investment management division. He was also Morgan Stanley's investment strategist and was on numerous occasions elected by Institutional Investor magazine as the number-one ranked global strategist. He currently writes a column for Newsweek. Biggs's previous books, Hedgehogging and Wealth, War & Wisdom, are also published by Wiley and are international bestsellers.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Big Neck, Virginia.
Chapter 2: Arizona Union.
Chapter 3: New York and the Firm.
Chapter 4: Onward and Upward.
Chapter 5: Crisis and Confrontation.
Chapter 6: Moving On.
Chapter 7: Bridgestone.
Chapter 8: Revenge of the Geeks.
Chapter 9: Life Its Own Self.
Chapter 10: The Halcyon Years.
Chapter 11: Dinner at the Perots.
Chapter 12: Big Decisions.
Chapter 13: The Years of Milk and Honey.
Chapter 14: The High Probability of the Improbable.
Chapter 15: 2008: Annus Horribilis.
Chapter 16: The Age of Malevolence.
Chapter 17: The End of the Affair.
About the Author.