Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Feature Book Review: "A Hedge Fund Tale" by Barton Biggs バートン・ビッグスによる「ヘッジファンド物語」

This is about going for the hedge fund dream 100%. It is about total dedication to a career goal. This is critical for being successful in "Hedgistan" also known as Greenwich, Connecticut. It is a hedge fund trader's personal story, and his drive without compromise. He is both winning and losing along the way. It shows a clear window into how New York grows top hedge fund traders who come from all parts of the US, and indeed the world. 

This is a great read that represents a very common story of how determined people who stand out in any way, can succeed via hard work. If some hedge fund entrepreneur has fierce dedication & discipline, then a chance is always there. Outstanding competitive individuals in sports or the military, can often make this transition into the most competitive areas of finance today, meaning hedge funds. 

The main character starts out as a high school athlete. He is from the rural countryside of the USA, and is lucky enough to find a mentor in a local HNWI(High Net Worth Individual). He works for him part-time as a teen, and builds a hunger for finance. This takes him to the highest levels of New York City and then Greenwich, the ultimate home beacon of "Hedgistan", the great land of the best hedge funds. 

The private golf club memberships, multi-million dollar mansions, and luxury cars are all part of the lifestyle. Where does life style end? When do wants become needs? This is a question, along with all of the private school fees and other high-end lifestyle costs. I have seen many true similar stories similar to this fictional tale that reminded me of various real careers I have come to know. 

If you are a financial information junky like me, and have the same kind of never satisfied need for lifestyle voyeur escapes, you will not be disappointed. Ultimately, this is very satisfying! Sadly, this was the last novel by the late great Barton Biggs, the author. He was a Wall Street legend for many decades and left this great gift for a new generation of financial young turks to read and learn for inspiration. Finance by its nature is ever changing and constantly evolving. This is was a great piece of work and a wonderful read, Highly Recommended!

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