`Let's Just Say I'm Not Eating Any Milk And Honey'

Meshulam Riklis loves a good story. Among the Los Angeles financier's favorites, recalls a friend, is one about his days as a junior stock analyst at Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood in Minneapolis. When he called clients with recommendations, Riklis would tell half of them he expected a certain stock's price to rise, the other half it would fall. That way, Riklis would joke, "at least half the people you deal with think you're a genius."

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