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Alumni Experts Say Investment Industry 'Sowed Seeds Of Its Own Destruction'

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Surveying the standing-room-only audience of Kellogg students who came to hear him speak on the topic of "Investing in Times of Crisis," investment professional Brian Posner had a question. "Are all of you running money in the markets," asked the 1983 Northwestern University graduate, "Or do you just want to see what the train wreck looks like for those who are running money?" The two agreed that over-leveraging, unrealistic expectations about profits and poor - or nonexistent - risk analysis led many investment firms to the precipice they are on today.

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