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Backstage Wall Street: An Insider's Guide to Knowing Who to Trust, Who to Run From, and How to Maximize Your Investments by Joshua M. Brown

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INTRODUCTION: WHO AM I?

Technically, I don’t exist. I mean, I’m here writing these words, but on paper I am a perfect impossibility.

I am a former stockbroker and current investment advisor. I started as an independent while virtually everyone who has found success in my industry began their careers at large, well-known firms. I came in through the backdoor of the investing business, fought my way through, and learned everything through sheer force of will and the intellectual curiosity of an autodidact. This is important in that my training has not been informed by or infused with the traditional brokerage firm orthodoxy.

I am an artist and writer by nature, a financial professional by choice. I have no friends “at the top” or “on the inside,” ...

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