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Janet Tavakoli
Works at Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc.
Attended University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business
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#PopeFrancis will visit the USA in September. In Janet Tavakoli's murder mystery, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, the pope stepped aside, and for the first time, a Jesuit ruled the Vatican. Three months later, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Catholics when he became the first pope in seven centuries to willingly resign. Then, for the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, a Jesuit was elected pope. 
 
Rise of the Jesuits Companion is a short non-fiction chronicle of life-imitating-art events that occurred just after the novel's publication. Tavakoli also answers readers' questions about fact and fiction, murders, Mafia, missing money, sex, suicides, bribes, the new pope, Ignatius of Loyola, the Examen, the wealth of the Roman Catholic Church, Mary's age, memory arts, mind reading, hypnosis, autosuggestion, the "royal we," confession, and the truth about "turning the other cheek." $0.99 through July 2. Subscribers to Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited can borrow for free. http://myBook.to/rjcomp
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#Breakingnews WSJ reports Co-CEOs at Deutsche Bank to step down. Read also Thursday's post at my site, "Red Flags at Deutsche Bank": http://www.tavakolistructuredfinance.com/2015/06/deutsche-bank-red-flags/
Move follows series of financial missteps and regulatory penalties at bank
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Red Flags at Deutsche Bank.
Only a small part of Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street is about  Deutsche Bank, but 100% of subsequent push back and phishing attempts—for private, off-the-record, confidential conversations to “get your take”—have been about Deutsche Bank. Please click the link below for my short blog post on this topic.
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After I mentioned Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street was chosen as a Kindle Single, several people asked me: "What is a Kindle Single?" The short answer is that it is a short fiction or non-fiction eBook chosen by a professional editorial team working for the internal Amazon Kindle Single publishing brand. Some famous authors are among those published.

The editorial team receives thousands of submissions per month and chooses only a handful for publication under the brand.

Here's the long answer about Amazon eBook publishing, and you may be surprised by my comments about Apple. See my commentary at The Huffington Post by clicking the link.
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Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street is now A Kindle Single! Yesterday the SEC announced it charged Deutsche Bank with mismarking derivatives. Deutsche settled for $55 million. I explain in Decsions that Bill Broeksmit, my former boss at Merrill in New York, gave a presentation for Deutsche Bank in 2011 claiming the derivatives were not mispriced. He committed suicide in London in January 2014. To say that the stress he was under had nothing to do with work is not plausible, yet officials claim his death and other deaths should not raise questions...and that is just a small part of the story.
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For my Spanish-speaking readers, La Rebelión de los Jesuitas, the Spanish translation of my financial fiction novel, Archangels: Rise of the Jesuits, has just arrived on Amazon. Unlike the English edition, the Spanish edition is suitable for ages 13 and up. (Link below.)

"Conspiraciones dentro de conspiraciones, un thriller de ritmo rápido" -  Publisher's Weekly

Note: I do not speak (much) Spanish, so I did not have a hand in the translation. I had others do the job: translator, copyeditor and proofreader. I was told the result was so-so. Two good friends, one long-time friend from university days and a long-time friend who works with the Chilean sovereign wealth fund, scrubbed the manuscript; I mention the latter two in the acknowledgements. They spent months of their precious spare time, and I’m lucky to have such good friends.
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Washington's Blog says my "new book Decisions: Life and Death On Wall Street is a fascinating peek behind the curtain of the world of high-finance.  Decisions also answers the burning question: why none of the problems which caused the 2008 crisis have been fixed."
Print: http://mybook.to/decisionspr
Kindle: http://mybook.to/decisions
Good news! Amazon's Kindle Singles publishers have chosen Decisions and are migrating it to their exclusive online store within two weeks.
Janet Tavakoli has been one of the clearest voices on finance and banking for well over a decade. She wrote several books well before the 2008 crisis warning of the dangerous risks being taken by d...
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“#Deutsche Bank has critical operational issues and management issues,” said #Janet Tavakoli, president of Tavakoli Structured Finance Inc., a consulting firm in Chicago. “One cannot effectively manage risk — or measure the current situation — when internal paperwork and records are not in order.”
See also my earlier post: "Red Flags at Deutsche Bank" http://www.tavakolistructuredfinance.com/2015/06/deutsche-bank-red-flags/ 
Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen will be replaced by John Cryan, former chief financial officer of the Swiss bank UBS, Deutsche Bank said on Sunday.
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Matthew Goldstein at The New York Times Deal Book has an expose about the Department of Justice's lack of investigation into Goldman Sachs. The DOJ met with Goldman in 2010, but it wasn't about what you might think.
Justice Department officials focused exclusively on terrorism issues when it met with Goldman officials in 2010, reviving questions about the government’s priorities after the financial crisis.
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An exclusive Reuters story (link below) exposed internal tensions at Deutsche Bank between Bill Broeksmit and the bank's risk managers one month before he committed suicide. Read more about it in _Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street._ http://myBook.to/eDecisions
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The issue puts on display the opaque nature of the bank derivatives problem, a topic that is a national security concern.  “The settlement shows that Deutsche Bank was among the largest banks intentionally mis-marking derivatives books,” said Janet Tavakoli, who held senior derivatives positions in several large banks and taught on the topic at the University of Chicago. “The large banks were in more trouble than they were willing to admit during the 2008 financial crisis.”

In a ValueWalk interview, Tavakoli thinks there was a larger problem that most regulators had no idea existed. “Absent the whistle blowers, the SEC would have never known about the problem due to the fact the derivatives are so opaque,” she said. 
As Deutsche Bank agrees to pay a $55 million fine for misstating financial reports regarding their derivatives losses during the 2008 financial crisis, a leading player in the derivatives industry poi
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Jane Wollman Rusoff, contributing editor of Research Magazine / +Thinkadvisor interviewed me about the general situation in the global financial markets: "Janet Tavakoli: Sequel to Wall Street Horror Show is Coming." You can view it via the link below.
Tavakoli talks to ThinkAdvisor about three banker suicides, why another global meltdown is coming and how JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon holds onto power
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President of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc., speaker, business writer, novelist.
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“You give up things when you hire Janet Tavakoli. Things like jargon, irrelevant analysis, and poor decisions.”

Janet M.Tavakoli is one of the world’s foremost experts in credit derivatives, complex derivatives, interest rate swaps, total return swapscollateralized debt obligations, special purpose entities, credit rating agencies, and securitizations. She is the founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. (TSF), a Chicago based consulting firm established in 2003. TSF consults for financial institutionslaw firms, institutional investors, regulators, and hedge funds.

Financial regulators including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Senate Committees, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve Bank seek her advice.

Her prescient finance articles are published in professional trade magazines and she publishes commentary on her business site. She is often quoted in the financial press, and appears on business television.

Ms. Tavakoli is an internationally renowned finance book author and speaker. Her groundbreaking books include Credit Derivatives & Synthetic Structures (John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 2001), Structured Finance & Collateralized Debt Obligations (Wiley, 2003, 2008), and Dear Mr. Buffett: What an Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street (Wiley 2009).

One of her hobbies is writing financial thrillers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education
  • University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business
    MBA
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
    B.S. Chemical Engineering