Another day, another investment bank in trouble.Recently, there has been a lot of chatter about Lehman Brothers ( LEH), whose stock plunged amid rumors of major trouble at the investment bank. While your company may never be the focus of heated commentary on CNBC and the financial blogs (insert sigh of gratitude here), Lehman's troubles offer a lesson to any business facing tough times. When you're under attack, fight back by taking swift, decisive action. Staying vague and downplaying rumors of weakness will only bring on more scrutiny. In the case of Lehman Brothers, the trouble began as yet more fallout from the subprime mortgage mess that has ensnared countless other banks. With Lehman's announcement that it needed to raise $6 billion in new capital earlier this month, along with its quarterly loss, analysts have been wondering if it's just the tip of the iceberg. Almost immediately,
That means the company can face its critics from a stronger position than Bear did. "When Bear was collapsing, I was getting clients calling me every day, worried about getting their money out," says Bove. "So far, none of my clients have called me about Lehman."