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Clash of the Financial Pundits: How the Media Influences Your Investment Decisions for Better or Worse by Jeff Macke, Joshua M. Brown

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CHAPTER 6

TOUGH GIG

A CONVERSATION WITH KAREN FINERMAN

 

Karen Finerman was the first female investor to enter the snake pit of nightly punditry in financial television. None of the rest of the cast of Fast Money knew how she really got there. We just showed up one night to find Karen sitting in the middle of frenzied stylists, producers, and lackeys. She was reading financial reports while they were laser-focused on making her a basic cable version of bimbo hot.

It was dehumanizing, as if she were prize livestock before a 4-H contest at the state fair, particularly insulting since Karen was already pretty and no one asks a pig at the state fair for stock ideas.

Karen isn’t a trader, a loudmouth, or the kind of female investment banker who tries ...

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