This week's Stansberry Investor Hour episode features one of the most accomplished financial journalists today. He's a returning guest, and his latest book couldn't have come out at a better time...
But first, Dan and Stansberry Digest editor Corey McLaughlin start off the episode's "opening rant" by taking on a recent headline-maker: the FTX debacle. The world is watching rapt as global authorities comb through the wreckage left by the collapse of this prominent cryptocurrency exchange... only to discover that "it's worse than we initially thought."
Among other "scandals and wonderful things that crashed and burned," as Dan puts it, no one can forget the shocking downfall of another market monolith: General Electric (GE). This company gave us life-changing innovations like the light bulb, radio broadcasts, fluorescent lamps, X-ray machines, jet engines, and more... before it went into a dramatic tailspin starting two decades ago.
That's why today, award-winning author William D. Cohan joins us for his second appearance to cover this spectacular corporate meltdown in depth. His latest book, Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon, features rare interviews with key figures from GE (like former CEO Jack Welch). Published just a week ago, it has already drawn scores of praise.
William's prolific career includes several other books – three of which are New York Times bestsellers – and writings for numerous financial publications like Fortune, Barron's, and the Financial Times, to name a few. Plus, he has 17 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) banking at some of Wall Street's biggest firms like Lazard, Merrill Lynch, and JPMorgan Chase.
Dan picks William's brain about the writing process for his book...
There's a dead body on the floor, and how did it get there? I'm doing the autopsy. I'm doing a corporate autopsy. How did GE go from being the valuable, most respected company in the world to irrelevant, being broken up, being a fraction of both what it was worth and the respect people had for it?
The two discuss GE's beleaguered history... and then William shares his No. 1 qualitative factor in fundamental analysis that investors should always consider while researching a stock.
William D. Cohan
William D. Cohan, a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase, is the New York Times bestselling author of three non-fiction narratives about Wall Street: Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World; House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street; and, The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., the winner of the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His book, The Price of Silence, about the Duke lacrosse scandal was published in April 2014 and was also a New York Times bestseller. His new book, Why Wall Street Matters, was published by Random House in February 2017. He is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and a columnist for the DealBook section of the New York Times. He also writes for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Nation, Fortune, and Politico. He previously wrote a bi-weekly opinion column for The New York Times and an opinion column for BloombergView. He also appears regularly on CNN, on Bloomberg TV, where he is a contributing editor, on MSNBC and the BBC-TV. He has also appeared three times as a guest on the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart, The NewsHour, The Charlie Rose Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, and CBS This Morning as well as on numerous NPR, BBC and Bloomberg radio programs.
He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and now lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
The transcript will be available soon.