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Out of the Box and onto Wall Street: Unorthodox Insights on Investments and the Economy


Praise for Out of the Box and Onto Wall Street

"Mark Grant writes with conviction, panache, and an internal radar focus used on the critical issues of evolving investment markets. I read his daily commentary and this book is just as compelling."—Bill Gross, Co-Chief Investment Officer, PIMCO

"Mark Grant is among the most astute observers of the financial scene. His daily musings are read by a 'who's who' of Wall Street pros. This fascinating compilation of his writings as the financial crisis unfolded provide an invaluable guide to practicing Grant's rule number one: preservation of capital. Mark Grant has over thirty years' experience navigating and playing the great game of investing. He has not only survived in all kinds of markets, he has prospered. These writings, mostly written from his boat Wishes Granted, show why: they are astute, timely, funny, and wise. Buy a copy and become a better investor."—Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Legg Mason

"No one else combines Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Seuss, and the Marquis de Sade with Henry Paulson, Alan Greenspan, and the European debt crisis like Mark Grant. He's a true wizard with true words of wisdom for anyone who wants to understand our crazy, mixed-up financial world. Grant's You Know You Work on Wall Street When . . . is pure genius, and amazingly, it's all true."—Pimm Fox, journalist and host of Taking Stock on Bloomberg TV and Radio

"I have been privileged to know the wizard's apprentice for many years. Always thought-provoking and sometimes prescient, his observations and wisdom not only entertain, but often provide an alternative view of reality. Popular insights may be incorrect and even the wizard is not infallible, but I feel compelled to begin my day with his musings." —Andrew L. Heiskell, Executive Vice President, Mutual of America Capital Management

Mark J. Grant is Managing Director of the Corporate Syndicate Department for a publicly traded investment bank. In addition, he has run the capital markets departments and has been on the boards of four investment banks. He also served as the president of a public company in telecommunications and was on its board of directors.


Part I The Wizard Calls the Ball.

Chapter 1 The Implosion of the Housing Agencies.

Get Back to Where You Once Belonged: August 11, 2008.

The Cost of Not Honoring Obligations: August 19, 2008.

The Agencies & Uncertainty: August 25, 2008.

The GSE Agencies as an Opportunity: August 27, 2008.

What is Given Can Be Taken: September 8, 2008.

We Have Been Grievously Mislead: September 9, 2008.

One Moment Please! September 10, 2008.

Freddie Mac & The Fairy Tale: March 12, 2009.

Chapter 2 The Call on the Ten Year Treasury.

There Is No Blushing in Brussels: June 30, 2010.

Spasms of Fear: July 15, 2010.

One of These Days: August 01, 2010.

The Legacy Influences: August 19, 2010.

Highway to the Danger Zone: August 20, 2010.

"The First Class Indicator": September 07, 2010.

Chapter 3 The Importance of the Euro.

Dolphins/Pelicans-Things That Matter: March 4, 2009.

Manna From Heaven: April 17, 2009.

Greek Downgrades-The Fallout: February 25, 2010.

It Is Not All Greek To Me: March 24, 2010.

Self Determination Becomes An Issue: May 14, 2010.

If You Know How to Work It: July 28, 2010.

With an Eye on Europe Once Again: August 12, 2010.

Chapter 4 Turmoil in greece.

The Greek Tragedy Becomes Farce: January 13, 2010.

Greece on the Skids: January 29, 2010.

The Shut Down in Greece: February 11, 2010.

Greek Austerity & Other Fairytales: February 12, 2010.

The Fifth Labor of Hercules: February 22, 2010.

Why Greece Matters: March 21, 2010.

Greece for Dummies: March 23, 2010.


I Am Not Backing Down: April 14, 2010.

The EU Scenarios for Greece: April 29, 2010.

Chapter 5 The Crisis in Europe.

The PIIGS of Europe: December 16, 2009.

The Volker Rule-A Call for Action: January 24, 2010.

Achtung, Absolument & Being There: March 9, 2010.

The Fire is Out of Control: April 8, 2010.

The European Union in Stress: April 21, 2010.

The European Union in Crisis: April 26, 2010.

A Matter of Perspective: May 4, 2010.

I Make the Call-The Credit Crisis Part II: May 7, 2010.

Stopped at the English Channel: May 19, 2010.

An Easy Choice: June 2, 2010.

Record Deposits at the ECB: June 3, 2010.

Nationalism is the Trump Card: June 23, 2010.

The Wizard's Stress Test Primer: July 19, 2010.

Who Espied the Beggars's Leap: July 26, 2010.

The EU Ambassador Now Speaks for Britain: August 13, 2010.

Part II Learning to Dance Until It Moves.

Chapter 6 CPI Linked securities.

Structured Products: January 27, 2006.

The Time is Right: July 29, 2008.

The Value of CIPS: August 15, 2008.

The Mouse Trap is Baited: April 13, 2010.

The Deflation Trade: August 18, 2010.

Chapter 7 The Wisdom of Buying Senior Debt to Preferred Stock.

Ahoy - Your Key to the Treasure!!! November 17, 2008.

The Gift: November 18, 2008.

The Most Unique of Opportunities: November 19, 2008.

Songs of the Siren: November 20, 2008.

With Apologies to My Mother: November 28, 2008.

Unintended Consequences: December 10, 2008.

Seize the Opportunity (Carpe Vicis): May 15, 2009.

The Process of Elimination: December 14, 2008.

Chapter 8 AIG Debt.

Our Undiscernable Future; October 31, 2008.

His God Was Compound Interest: November 14, 2008.

Unintended Consequences and Opportunities: November 22, 2008.

The Church Separates from the State: December 26, 2008.

The Wizard’s Apprentice: July 29, 2009.

The Implications of AIG: August 9, 2009.

Citigroup, AIG & Peg Legs: August 28, 2009.

One Place to Go & One Place to Avoid: September 22, 2009.

Hold On; I'm Coming: March 10, 2010.

Chapter 9 Fixed-to Float Bonds.

A Rare Glance at the Sages: November 13, 2006.

The Fixed-to-Float Opportunity: November 17, 2009.

Rumors of the Wizard in New York: November 20, 2009.

?2010? The Specifics: December 31, 2009.

On a Mission: January 8, 2010.

The Casting of Magic: January 10, 2010.

The Most Undervalued Bonds: February 1, 2010.

Play to Win: March 11, 2010.

Chapter 10 Grant’s Gambit.

Grant's Gambit: July 4, 2010.

Bearing the Scars of Battle: July 7, 2010.

Sailing Past the Statue of Liberty: July 22, 2010.

Part III Market Issues.

Chapter 11 Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers.

The Bond Insurance Companies: December 20, 2007

The Bet to Make! March 14, 2008.

The Calm Before the Storm: March 16, 2008.

A Requiem for Bear Stearns: March 16, 2008.

The Crisis Passes; The Issues Remain: April 20, 2009.

Devastation on Wall Street: September 15, 2008.

A Look Back-Heroes & Villains: September 1, 2009.

Chapter 12 The American Credit Crisis.

Exaggerated Projections: December 27, 2007.

The Cost of the Window: March 20, 2008.

A Financial Crisis is a Normal Event: April 4, 2008.

The Financial Crisis: April 7, 2008.

Just Nowhere to Hide: July 10, 2008.

A Time for Contemplation: September 26, 2008.

And into the New Year: January 2, 2009.

The Lessons of a Financial Collapse: August 11, 2009.

Chapter 13 The Bailout.

The Death of Logic & Proportion: September 17, 2008.

On the Waterfront: September 23, 2008.

Congress Understandably Balks: September 24, 2008.

We Have Now Pledged $4.7 Trillion: November 24, 2008.

Opportunity Knocks Then Rings the Bell: January 29, 2009.

The Soap Opera “As the World Turns”: September 19, 2008.

Part IV: The Great Game.

Chapter 14 Politics.

The Squeeze is On: January 28, 2009.

A Consideration of Political Risk: February 4, 2009.

Political Risk Knocks Then Enters: February 17, 2009.

Just One Moment Please: March 5, 2009.

Pact with the Devil: April 1, 2009.

The Inclusion of Political Risk: April 6, 2009.

A Look Back - Heroes & Villains: September 1, 2009.

Pay No Attention to What They Say: September 11, 2009.

The Wisdom of Jefferson: January 28, 2010.

Chapter 15 The Great Game.

The Wizard’s Wishes for You: December 31, 2008.

The Hour of the Shire-Folk: April 28, 2009.

The Change of Rules: June 5, 2009.

Captain Hook at the Aegaean Sea: March 2, 2010.

Bearing the Scars of Battle: July 7, 2010.

And On Every Note In between: August 11, 2010.

Common Sense Dictates the Game Has Changed: August 26, 2010.

Chapter 16 You Know You Work on Wall Street When.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: January 13, 2006.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: January 28, 2006.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: March 10, 2006.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: March 21, 2006.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: March 13, 2009.

You Know You Work on Wall Street When: September 12, 2009.

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