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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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This demand is coming from a ravaged black neighborhood in Chicago…
Shooting of 6-year-old girl revives demand for 1,000 more cops
(Rahm promised them protection in 2011 and never delivered.)
After three shootings this week in his gang-ridden 15th Ward, Ald. Ray Lopez is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel keep a promise to hire 1,000 cops.

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"Why should the British not reject feckless policies?" - My letter in today's Financial Times.
Sir, I have read with interest the many commentaries against Brexit in the Financial Times, for example “I do not believe that Brexit will happen” (Gideon Rachman, June 28). The bias of the FT is palpable and a frequent topic of conversation among

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Tavakoli and (now) Dimon See Auto Loan Pain for Banks
Read more from Hugh Son at Bloomberg.

Of course, if you read Risk or if you circled me here, you already know this and much more.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon said the market for U.S. automobile lending is “a little stressed” and that he foresees higher losses ahead for some competitors.

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Review of Twenty Years of Inside Life in Wall Street at the San Francisco Review of Books (link below and link to Amazon below):

"A gem of a book. Fowler's writing on trading activity is probably the best of any period. As Tavakoli writes in the foreword, the traders' classic Reminiscences of a Stock Operator pales in comparison."
San Francisco Review of Books

A quote from the book:
“Before night the market sagged and my stocks could not have been sold without a considerable loss. I was like a wild thing caught in a trap, not daring to break away with the loss of a limb, and waiting in terror the coming of the cruel hunter.” 

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William Worthington Fowler’s Twenty Years of Inside Life in Wall Street or Reflections of the Personal Experience of a Speculator is a joy to read. The best Wall Street epic I've ever read.

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Brussels. If you read my memoir, Unveiled Threat, you know my views. Share it with a friend.

"This is a book that everyone who loves and wishes to support women should read." -- Washington's Blog

“Jarred my thinking and emotions. Heart wrenching!!! Every American needs to read this book!”

"Janet Tavakoli knows her stuff, has strong opinions, and turns a colorful quote." -- Financial Times

In September 2014, Tavakoli asked His Excellency Iyad bin Amin Madani, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), why criminals from so many different countries and cultures continue to band together in the name of Islam to commit mayhem and murder authorized by the highest levels of Islamic clergy.

He dodged the question.

Unveiled Threat: A Personal Experience of Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism is her answer based on her first-hand experiences, and what it means for the United States today.
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Google is manipulating search results today to make it hard for you to find stories like this one.
What Donald Trump did in his RNC acceptance speech was to raise the stakes of the election and define it in his own terms: Law and order, crime in the streets, and terror.

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From @JanetTavakoli  #RadicalIslamicTerrorism : "The beginning of Wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”– Confucius @realDonaldTrump @BarackObama

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“The name 'bear' is said to have been first given, at the time of the South Sea Bubble, to such persons as were operating to depress stocks, because they were acting the part of a man who would kill a bear for the sake of his skin.”
William Worthington Fowler

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"How to Spot a Fraud"
Think Advisor interviews Janet Tavakoli
The outspoken risk consultant talks to ThinkAdvisor about the biggest red flags for fraud and the two 'big shorts' she sees now

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Just released! My qualitative finance book, #RISK.
President of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc., speaker, business writer, novelist.
This is my official Google+ page.

“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.







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