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Prof. Janet Tavakoli

Derivatives and Securities Expert

Janet Tavakoli is a world renowned expert in derivatives, credit derivatives, collateralized debt obligations, and leverage, the complex products that brought the global financial system to its knees. She is the founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance, Inc. (TSF), a Chicago based consulting firm. In 2008 Janet also predicted the collapse of the thrift industry, Long Term Capital Management, and First Alliance Mortgage prompting Business Week to profile her as "The Cassandra of Credit Derivatives".

"Years ahead of the financial industry predicting lax underwriting and misrating of structured financial products would result in the collapse of the global credit bubble"

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In detail

Tavakoli has traded, structured and sold derivatives and structured products at major financial institutions in New York and London. Prior to that, Tavakoli was the manager of financial strategic planning for two Fortune 500 companies. She is frequently published and quoted in financial journals including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, Fortune and frequent television appearances include CNN, CNBC, BNN, among others. She has held various positions for Westdeutsche Landesbank in London, Bank One in Chicago, Merrill Lynch and PaineWebber, both in New York and Bear Stearns.

What she offers you

With over 22 years of Wall Street experience in finance, Janet Tavakoli is an expert in value investing, prudent finance that can pull the world markets out of its tailspin. She translates this in a way that anyone can grasp explaining how the value investing philosophy of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett triumphed, and continues to triumph, over greed and panic - especially when unpredictable events occur and the global financial system is in chaos.

How she presents

In Janet Tavakoli's clear, frank and engaging presentations she explains how the credit mess happened, beginning with the mortgage lending Ponzi schemes funded by investment banks, the Fed bailout and its impact on the dollar.


Janet presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Global Financial Meltdown
  • Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street
  • Value Investing versus Derivatives, Leverage and the Current State of Global Banking
  • Value Investing and What Matters in Life
  • Credit Derivatives, Collateralized Debt Obligations, Hedge Funds... and Other Complex Structured Financial Topics

Books and publications

  • 2009
    Dear Mr. Buffett: What An Investor Learns 1,269 Miles from Wall Street
  • 2008
    Structured Finance and Collateralized Debt Obligations
  • 2003
    Collateralized Debt Obligations and Structured Finance
  • 2001
    Credit Derivatives and Synthetic Structures

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