I wrote this book because I wanted to encourage individual investors to trust their own stock-picking abilities. Along the way, I hope to bust a few Wall Street myths and share some levity.

Why should you listen to what I have to say? Well, first of all, I have a lot of great stories to tell. Secondly, I’ve been in the investing business for almost 35 years, the past 27 of them teaching courses in finance at Tulane University in New Orleans, where I am founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. I graduated from Babson College and started my career in the Boston office of the old-line investment banking firm of Kidder Peabody & Co. After that, I served for more than five years as the assistant state ...

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