Norton Reamer is the former chief investment officer and CEO of Putnam Investments. He founded and ran United Asset Management for twenty years. In 2003, he founded and led Asset Management Finance. Each firm was a leader in its investment approach and organizational structure. He now lives and works in Boston.
"After thousands of years when only the powerful and high-born could invest, the last 400 years have brought this wealth-creating opportunity increasingly within the reach of ordinary people through the creation of corporations, public markets, and large industrial and service infrastructures.
"This has led to opportunities and challenges for billions of people in the developed world that they have only begun to address, such as the concept and funding of retirement. As a result, I was inspired to improve the process of education for these masses of new investors by creating the first detailed account of investment's history. My hope is that the book will help ordinary people and professional investors to become more conversant with where investment has come from and where it is today."