The Book of Money: Everything You Need to Know About How World Finances Work

by Dan Smith, Daniel Conaghan

Firefly Books | September 5, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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A clear, concise, illustrated guide to the workings of the global economy.

Money is big news. Banks have collapsed, the property bubble has burst and national debts are at unimaginable levels. The Book of Money will help readers understand what is happening and how it affects them. It is a practical, understandable guide to all the nuances of the world of finance written for the lay reader.

Financial journalists Daniel Conaghan and Dan Smith present authoritative, insightful, insider knowledge in a clear manner. They provide up-to-date coverage of the most important economic issues that affect us all.

Topics include:

  • History of economics
  • Supply and demand
  • Bank collapses, the property bubble and the global meltdown
  • Stock markets, hedge funds
  • Inflation, deflation, hyperinflation
  • Pensions
  • Coinage and paper money
  • Economic forecasting
  • Interest rates
  • Economic class, the welfare state
  • How countries cope with debt
  • Electronic trading
  • Microfinance
  • Personal finance and tax systems
  • Globalization
  • The International Monetary Fund and World Bank
  • How credit ratings work
  • Can money buy happiness?

Explanations are presented in a uniquely visual style. Numerous color illustrations, graphs, charts, timelines and Jargon Buster boxes aid in comprehension. Profiles describe key figures, and panels focus on special topics such as the Global Meltdown and PayPal.

The Book of Money is an authoritative, straightforward guide to the complex world of global finance. It is an ideal introduction for the average reader new to the topic and a reliable, up-to-date review for those with some knowledge. It is an essential purchase for a large audience eager to understand our complex world.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.69 in

Published: September 5, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770851984

ISBN - 13: 9781770851986

Found in: Economic History

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The Book of Money: Everything You Need to Know About How World Finances Work

by Dan Smith, Daniel Conaghan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.69 in

Published: September 5, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770851984

ISBN - 13: 9781770851986

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Introduction It is hard to argue against the assertion that money is the single greatest invention of the human mind. In the 21st century it exists in all cultures, from tribes living in the rainforest to the cities of the planet''s most powerful industrialized nations. Familiar, divisible and acceptable, money is the lifeblood of the world: oiling the wheels of business and commerce, acting as a store of value and standing as the essential gauge of relative value. Like all the great inventions, it is impossible to imagine what life was like before money came along. Throughout history the use of money has developed with astonishing speed. Today is no different. Advances in electronic technology and the Internet indicate that the days of coins and notes are numbered. First developed in the 1980s, the global customer base for online banking is set to reach over 650 million people by 2015, while the development of near-field technology has paved the way for "contactless purchasing" via a mobile device. Estimates are that by 2016 it will be possible to pay for everything in this way. The global financial crisis Only time will tell if the recent global financial crisis, which began in 2007, will be added to the list of major financial disasters. But, painful as it may be, the economic downturn has forced everyone to look again at the way the world''s economy functions, something that may turn out to be the light at the end of a long tunnel. As people turn their attention to the wo
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 A Brief History of Money

Chapter 2 Rich World, Poor World

Chapter 3 Money and Government

Chapter 4 Banks and Banking

Chapter 5 The Markets

Chapter 6 Investing and Finance

Chapter 7 Money and Business

Chapter 8 The Science of Money

Chapter 9 Money and the Law

Chapter 10 Life Stages

Chapter 11 Saving, Spending and Giving

Chapter 12 The Future of Money

Glossary
Index
Picture Credits

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A clear, concise, illustrated guide to the workings of the global economy.

Money is big news. Banks have collapsed, the property bubble has burst and national debts are at unimaginable levels. The Book of Money will help readers understand what is happening and how it affects them. It is a practical, understandable guide to all the nuances of the world of finance written for the lay reader.

Financial journalists Daniel Conaghan and Dan Smith present authoritative, insightful, insider knowledge in a clear manner. They provide up-to-date coverage of the most important economic issues that affect us all.

Topics include:

  • History of economics
  • Supply and demand
  • Bank collapses, the property bubble and the global meltdown
  • Stock markets, hedge funds
  • Inflation, deflation, hyperinflation
  • Pensions
  • Coinage and paper money
  • Economic forecasting
  • Interest rates
  • Economic class, the welfare state
  • How countries cope with debt
  • Electronic trading
  • Microfinance
  • Personal finance and tax systems
  • Globalization
  • The International Monetary Fund and World Bank
  • How credit ratings work
  • Can money buy happiness?

Explanations are presented in a uniquely visual style. Numerous color illustrations, graphs, charts, timelines and Jargon Buster boxes aid in comprehension. Profiles describe key figures, and panels focus on special topics such as the Global Meltdown and PayPal.

The Book of Money is an authoritative, straightforward guide to the complex world of global finance. It is an ideal introduction for the average reader new to the topic and a reliable, up-to-date review for those with some knowledge. It is an essential purchase for a large audience eager to understand our complex world.

About the Author

Daniel Conaghan is an author and journalist specializing in economics, and a former financial advisor. He has written for the Economist, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph and Spectator.

Dan Smith is an author and researcher. His books include The Sherlock Holmes Companion and a history of the Second World War ''Dig for Victory'' campaign.

Daniel Conaghan and Dan Smith

Editorial Reviews

The Book of Money is much more inclusive than simply money--it is actually a primer on finance with particular attention to money. It differs from other texts on finance in its inviting appearance and attractive art work.... It could obviously serve as an introduction to finance, perhaps an introductory high school or college text, but it could also be helpful in updating those with basic knowledge of the subject to recent developments in the rapidly changing and increasingly newsworthy field of finance. Or, it could be consulted as a reference to better understand headline stories in the press.
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