Wall Street: Mates Checked

None of Wall Street's brash young managers of "gogo" mutual funds have gone farther faster than 36-year-old Frederick S. Mates. His $32 million Mates Investment Fund has risen 153% in per-share asset value since the beginning of 1968, the highest growth rate of any fund. A onetime English teacher who learned how money talks in 13 years as a highly successful market analyst and big-account broker, Mates is truly the personification of self-confidence. On one wall of his office, he keeps a framed parody of an old Wall Street slogan: "Invest, Then...

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