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Pages: 144

Language: English

Publisher: New Internationalist (8 Oct. 2009)

By: Peter Stalker(Author)

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This book explains the basic concepts of finance how money is created, and how decisions by banking and other financial service corporations are determining the fate of billions of people.Right from the introduction the guide sets recent events into context, indicating how the flows of money directed by an unaccountable elite increasingly shape economic, political and social activity.It traces the origins of money, as a source of exchange and a store of value, and the many weird and wonderful forms it now takes visible and invisible. How banks, investment and retail, make money and profits, and hold countries to ransom when they make losses. How companies finance their operations through stocks, shares and bonds and complex derivatives that are becoming increasingly remote from real-world activities.It also includes chapters on global currency exchange, alternative systems of banking, including microfinance, government regulation or lack of it, international institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF, and crucially a final chapter on ways of bringing global finance under control.

"As you'd expect from the title, it's a very digestable overview of the international finance system, starting from what 'money' actually is, through the increasingly weird and wonderful activities of banks, to the root causes and effects of the recent mess. As such, it's a great introduction, very clearly written, and spiced with some fascinating historical nuggets - it's a rare treat to have such lucid accounts of both the origins of money itself, and the origins of the credit crunch." Tim Chapman, writer and photographer

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  • By TWBowskill on 1 May 2013

    This book is brilliant for getting a snapshot of the Global Finance world. It starts with the origins of currency and goes on to explain the use of Fixed Income/Money Market/Derivative instruments and how they fit in to the overall GF picture. It also focuses a lot on the World Bank and IMF. The book also dedicates a section to the Financial Crisis of 2007, which is good, as many of the books pre-dating the recent crisis are misleading in their assumptions of the robustness of the (pre-crisis) banking system. I have one gripe and that is the bias the author shows toward the mentality of the World Bank/IMF/Traders. In some cases, the arguments made stem more from passion than a logical, impartial assessment of the facts. The last chapter, in particular, becomes almost like a rant (maybe justified!). Still, though, a very good short book for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the basic workings of GF.

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