Will Worsley

Just when you thought it was safe to invest . . .

Investing in Vain

They’re trying to kill Bruce Benson. If he wants to survive, he’ll have to save Vain Capital from itself.

Portraying a world of political correctness run amok, Investing in Vain is a modern satire that distills the follies of our time with memorable one-liners, jarring juxtapositions, colorful images, and deadpan humor that will have you laughing out loud.

When Bruce Benson, a nerdy quantitative analyst at Quandary Capital, stumbles upon the last great secret for beating the stock market, his entire world is turned upside down. Forced to flee, he assumes the guise of a transgender to work at Vain Capital, a Washington firm promoting morality-based investing to its self-righteous clients. There he joins buxom Alison Hartswell in her frustrating search for gay money managers to help re-elect the governor of California.

Transgender investment managers, Russian skullduggery, asset managers catering to the latest in social umbrage, and the absurd mystery underlying the ultimate stock market anomaly form elements of this riotous tale of financial markets, politics, and modern mores. Find out whether Bruce can save the day for everyone – in high heels.


Wealth Management Magazine

“Investing in Vain is a satirical farce about socially responsible investing run amok in a world of extreme political correctness. And there is much to blush about. The novel features hilarious set pieces showing the absurdity of socially conscious investing in a world without values.”

Midwest Book Review

“…an inherently fascinating, deftly crafted, unfailingly entertaining novel that is also quite thoughtful and thought-provoking at the same time. Showcasing author Will Worsley’s genuine flair for memorable and original storytelling, Investing in Vain is very highly recommended…”

Richard Lang, Author/Blogger

“Worsley has as much fun naming his characters as he does coming up with audacious schemes. You won’t want to put this one down, it’s hilarious.”

Inside the Wacky World of Investing in Vain

Will Worsley learned about what goes on inside money management firms by hiring, firing, and monitoring them on behalf of large institutions. As politically correctness began to take hold in the world of investing, he got the inspiration for Investing in Vain from watching money managers glibly assure their clients that they could outperform the ruthlessly competitive U.S. stock market while being politically correct.

“Depending on how you view them, money managers are some of the funniest people you’ll ever meet,” he says. “And there’s nothing more ridiculous than our current political environment.  I didn’t have to stray very far from reality.  I just brought the two worlds together and let the sparks fly.”

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