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Norb Vonnegut
Norb Vonnegut
"If anybody can turn international finance and hedge funds into a riveting thriller, it's Norb Vonnegut." (Jeffery Deaver) When the money talks…I listen. And I write about what happens behind the scenes in the bare-knuckled world of finance. THE TRUST, THE GODS OF GREENWICH, TOP PRODUCER.


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Mar. 19, 2010 5:47 pm
You heard me right. That's speed dating. Not speed skating. I'm in Amsterdam, where I spoke about confidence in the capital markets at a seminar hosted by NRC Focus. Over the last few days, there have also been plenty of interviews for the Dutch language version of Top Producer. My book is called Goud Geld out here. And for the record, the Gs are pronounced like the Hs of somebody in...  Read More
Mar. 18, 2010 3:59 am
The E.U. is getting tough with member nations according to  The New York Times . Strong warnings to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Get your your budget deficits in order, or else.... Excuse me if I don't buy it. Here are three things you must know about the E.U.'s track record: Nations, which use the Euro as their currency, agree to limit annual government deficits to 3...  Read More
Mar. 16, 2010 7:09 am
I just watched the 60 Minutes segment on Michael Lewis and his new book, "The Big Short." He had some terrific sound bites including my favorite about AIG: "...they didn't know the mistake they were making." Here's one reason I'm buying the book. Watch CBS News Videos Online As a stockbroker, I was wary of all the profit centers. Specialists—traders with deep and...  Read More
Mar. 11, 2010 8:46 am
On Thursday, March 18, I'm speaking in Amsterdam at a conference hosted by NRC Focus. The topic is "trust," and here's what the magazine writes: Trust is essential for markets to function properly. In a 'high trust society' like the Netherlands, where people have confidence in both fellow human beings and institutions, this fact is easily overlooked. Financial institutions traditionally have...  Read More
Mar. 5, 2010 9:05 am
Market Defies Fear of Real Estate Bubble in China A real estate bubble, fueled by bad loans and too much leverage, explains much of our stock market's turmoil since 2008. So today's article from The New York Times on the Chinese edition, caught my attention. Here are a few of the sound bites: Last year, a record $560 billion of residential property was sold in China, an increase of 80...  Read More
Mar. 5, 2010 7:59 am
For Psychic, Suit Came as Surprise You know there's a problem when your money manager: Claims to be today's Nostradamus; Names his company, Magic Eight Ball Distributing; Runs a website with wellness products like "Holy Tea." According to the SEC and The New York Times , "America's Prophet" may be "America's Fraud." You can find a copy of the lawsuit against Sean Morton by clicking his...  Read More
Mar. 4, 2010 8:00 am
You Bet! Note to BestThinking: Ike Devji is joining me on Acrimoney today to blog about asset protection and how to safeguard your wealth. I think you'll find this must-do list interesting. Norb "As an Asset Protection lawyer that works with high net worth clients nationwide I have a large variety of the most sophisticated legal and financial tools at my disposal to help protect my clients....  Read More
Mar. 3, 2010 10:19 pm
The Perfect Husband Hands down. This is the best ad I have ever seen for financial services. Yikes. Norb Vonnegut  Read More
Mar. 3, 2010 7:42 am
In case you missed Matt Lauer's interview with Harry Markopolis, here it is. Markopolis is the money manager from Boston who met with SEC four times and tried to expose Madoff's Ponzi scheme. He said some terrific things during the interview and some that give my pause: "If you don't understand the strategy, don't invest in it." Absolutely correct. I've attached a link to my post from 2009, ...  Read More
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