This is an endlessly interesting collection for anyone who has a passion for science and data. All illustrated and full of fascinating information, the Freakonomics-style books cover the topics of big data, maths and money and will delight anyone who enjoys numbers and economics.
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Man vs Big Data explains everyday data in an accessible style, revealing how data is used for medical advancements, developing everyday tools and recording our movements and actions; Man vs Maths explains how we use everyday mathematics to do everything from building a skyscraper to finding love; and Man vs Money reveals how money plays a role in everything the world revolves around, covering issues including modern banking, crowd funding and virtual currencies.
This pocket-sized and fully illustrated book is packed full of information that will help you crack the world of money and understand the economic theories that have shaped the world and the way we all live.
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Providing accessible accounts of everything from how Keynesian models work to the ways in which inflation affects interest rates, this is a book for anyone who is interested in finance but needs a little guidance getting their head around the more complex side of it.
Among the global finance issues covered are recessions, economic forecasting and globalisation.
It's Robert Kiyosaki's position that "It is our educational system that causes the gap between the rich and everyone else." He laid the foundation for many of his messages in the international best-seller Rich Dad Poor Dad -- the #1 Personal Finance book of all time -- and in Why the Rich Are Getting Richer, he makes his case...In this book, the reader will learn why the gap between the rich and everyone else grows wider. In this book, the reader will get an explanation of why savers are losers. In this book, the reader will find out why debt and taxes make the rich richer. In this book, the reader will learn why traditional education actually causes many highly educated people, such as Robert's poor dad, to live poorly. In this book, the reader will find out why going to school, working hard, saving money, buying a house, getting out of debt, and investing for the long term in the stock market is the worst financial advice for most people. In this book, the reader will learn the answers Robert found on his life-long search, after repeatedly asking the question, "When will we learn about money?" In this book, the reader will find out why real financial education may never be taught in schools. In this book, the reader will find out "What financially education is...really."
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Traditional economic theory studies idealized markets in which prices alone can guide efficient allocation, with no need for central organization. Such models build from Adam Smith's famous concept of an invisible hand, which guides markets and renders regulation or interference largely unnecessary. Yet for many markets, prices alone are not enough to guide feasible and efficient outcomes, and regulation alone is not enough, either. Consider air traffic control at major airports. While prices could encourage airlines to take off and land at less congested times, prices alone do just part of the job; an air traffic control system is still indispensable to avoid disastrous consequences. With just an air traffic controller, however, limited resources can be wasted or poorly used. What's needed in this and many other real-world cases is an auction system that can effectively reveal prices while still maintaining enough direct control to ensure that complex constraints are satisfied. In Discovering Prices, Paul Milgrom-the world's most frequently cited academic expert on auction design-describes how auctions can be used to discover prices and guide efficient resource allocations, even when resources are diverse, constraints are critical, and market-clearing prices may not even exist. Economists have long understood that externalities and market power both necessitate market organization. In this book, Milgrom introduces complex constraints as another reason for market design. Both lively and technical, Milgrom roots his new theories in real-world examples (including the ambitious U.S. incentive auction of radio frequencies, whose design he led) and provides economists with crucial new tools for dealing with the world's growing complex resource allocation problems.
How to make money investing in high-quality, low-risk stocks Purple Chips presents a unique stock-picking method based on identifying great companies based on simple visual examinations of financial health, applying three basic criteria to distinguish high-performing purple chip stocks from mere blue chip investments. The book also delves into the psychology of investing, arguing that most investors are better suited to winning small gains often and losing occasionally, rather than taking small losses often and winning big from time to time. In seven succinct chapters that feature plenty of helpful examples, graphs, and charts, author John Schwinghamer presents a simple and effective way to win with stocks. For more information, please visit www.PurpleChips.com.
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The use of common and civil law to licence and govern Islamic financial institutions is examined in detail in this book. It also makes international comparisons and discusses specific laws, from Iran (where all banking is shariah compliant) to Malaysia and the gulf, where Islamic financial institutions compete with conventional banks. As most Islamic banks operate under national banking laws, consideration is given as to how their assets and liabilities differ from their conventional counterparts and what the implications are for risk management. The remit of the guide includes takaful operators, fund management and shariah compliant securities as well as Islamic banks. Key Features *Detailed examination of Islamic banking laws *Evaluation of regulatory systems governing Islamic finance *Global coverage including the Islamic world and countries with Muslim minorities *Examples of the deposit and financing terms and conditions offered by leading Islamic banks Key Words: Islamic banking; Islamic finance; shari'ah compliant securities; sukuk; takaful; Islamic funds
Acclaim for Joel Greenblatt's New York Times bestseller THE LITTLE BOOK THAT BEATS THE MARKET "One of the best, clearest guides to value investing out there." Wall Street Journal "Simply perfect. One of the most important investment books of the last fifty years!" Michael Price "A landmark book-a stunningly simple and low-risk way to significantly beat the market!" Michael Steinhardt, the dean of Wall Street hedge-fund managers "The best book on the subject in years." Financial Times "The best thing about this book-from which I intend to steal liberally for the next edition of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need-is that most people won't believe it...That's good, because the more people who know about a good thing, the more expensive that thing ordinarily becomes..." Andrew Tobias, author of The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need "This book is the finest simple distillation of modern value investing principles ever written. It should be mandatory reading for all serious investors from the fourth grade on up." Professor Bruce Greenwald, director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing, Columbia Business School
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On the heels of his 2010 New York Times bestseller Conspiracy of the Rich, Robert Kiyosaki takes a new and hard-hitting look at the factors that impact people from all walks of life as they struggle to cope with change and challenges that impact their financial world. In Unfair Advantage -- The Power of Financial Education Robert underscores his messages and challenges readers to change their context and act in a new way. Readers are advised to stop blindly accepting that they are 'disadvantaged' people with limited options. They are encouraged to act beyond their concept of limited options and challenge the preconception that they will struggle financially all of their lives. Robert's fresh approach to his time-tested messages includes clear, actionable steps that any individual or family can take, starting with education. Education becomes applied knowledge, a powerful tactic with measurable results. In true Rich Dad style, readers will be challenged to understand two points of view, and experience how financial knowledge is their unfair advantage. Why do the rich get richer even in a financial crisis? In his new book, An Unfair Advantage, Robert confirms his message and challenges readers to change their context and act in a new way. Readers are advised to stop blindly accepting that they are 'disadvantaged' people with limited options and challenge the notion that they will struggle, financially, all their lives. What does school teach you about money? In most cases, the answer is "Not much." If there is any financial education, the courses are taught by financial planners and bankers...the agents of Wall Street and the big banks, the very people that caused and profited from the financial crisis. This book is about real financial education. This book is about how debt and taxes make the rich richer &hellip and why debt and taxes makes the poor and middle class struggle. This book explains why the rich get richer, paying less in taxes, while the middle class shrinks -- with many losing jobs, homes, and retirement -- and paying more in taxes. This book is about the five unfair advantages a real financial education offers. The Unfair Advantage of Knowledge The Unfair Advantage of Taxes The Unfair Advantage of Debt The Unfair Advantage of Risk The Unfair Advantage of Compensation These five unfair advantages are the outcomes of real financial education.
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"This is that rarity, a useful book."--Warren Buffett Howard Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, he is today sought out by the world's leading value investors, and his client memos brim with insightful commentary and a time-tested, fundamental philosophy. Now for the first time, all readers can benefit from Marks's wisdom, concentrated into a single volume that speaks to both the amateur and seasoned investor. Informed by a lifetime of experience and study, The Most Important Thing explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career. Utilizing passages from his memos to illustrate his ideas, Marks teaches by example, detailing the development of an investment philosophy that fully acknowledges the complexities of investing and the perils of the financial world. Brilliantly applying insight to today's volatile markets, Marks offers a volume that is part memoir, part creed, with a number of broad takeaways. Marks expounds on such concepts as "second-level thinking," the price/value relationship, patient opportunism, and defensive investing. Frankly and honestly assessing his own decisions--and occasional missteps--he provides valuable lessons for critical thinking, risk assessment, and investment strategy. Encouraging investors to be "contrarian," Marks wisely judges market cycles and achieves returns through aggressive yet measured action. Which element is the most essential? Successful investing requires thoughtful attention to many separate aspects, and each of Marks's subjects proves to be the most important thing.
The ideal review for your financial mathematics course More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum's Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in their respective fields, Schaum's Outlines cover everything from math to science, nursing to language. The main feature for all these books is the solved problems. Step-by-step, authors walk readers through coming up with solutions to exercises in their topic of choice. Coverage of a wide variety of practical applications using actual business and financial transactions Each chapter presents principles and formulas, together with solved problems relevant to each subtopic, followed by a set of supplementary problems with answers Review problems at the end of the book for additional study or self-testing Chapter topics include: Exponents and logarithms; Progressions; Simple interest and discount; Compound interest and discount; Simple annuities; General and other annuities; Amortization and sinking funds; Bonds: Capital Budgeting and depreciation; Contingent payments; Life annuities and life insurance
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Rich Dad's CASHFLOW Quadrant is a guide to financial freedom. It's the second book in the Rich Dad Series and reveals how some people work less, earn more, pay less in taxes, and learn to become financially free. CASHFLOW Quadrant was written for those who are ready to move beyond job security and enter the world of financial freedom. It's for those who want to make significant changes in their lives and take control of their financial future. Robert believes that the reason most people struggle financially is because they've been spent years in school but were never been taught about money. Robert's rich dad taught him that this lack of financial education is why so many people work so hard all their lives for money...instead of learning how to make money work for them. This book will change the way you think about jobs, careers, and owning your own business and inspire you to learn the rules of money that the rich use to build and grow their wealth.
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How the wealthy and powerful abuse finance to skim immense profits Debasement of the dollar as a result of ill-use of leverage is destroying the global economy, and in Leverage, well known market commentator Karl Denninger follows the path of money throughout history to prove that currencies are debased when moneyed and powerful interests pull the levers of government and policy to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. The result is ugly: the value of everything including gold falls, and even personal safety is at risk in a world where there is limited money even for essentials like food and fuel. History is littered with the collapse of monetary and economic systems from Rome to Germany to Zimbabwe. * Presents an inside look at how moneyed and powerful interests debase the dollar through the willful and intentional failure to honestly represent short and long-term mathematical truths that underlie all economic systems * Shows how, if imbalances are not corrected, financial crises will reoccur again and again * Authored by Karl Denninger, who has been running the popular website The Market Ticker since 2007
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Get the keys to success in both sales and life (with a new foreword by bestselling author Ken Blanchard) Napoleon Hill's timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich , has the distinction of being the best read self-help book of the twentieth century. Not so well known is how Hill earned his livelihood before he wrote Think and Grow Rich . How to Sell Your Way Through Life , written in the depth of the Great Depression, explains how Hill spent many years perfecting his skills as a master salesman and sales trainer. The information is as relevant in today's economy as it was in a time very similar to ours. How To Sell Your Way Through Life brings you the practical information that can only be obtained from the experience of success. This dynamic guide is based on the lives and careers of hundreds of salesmen who started with nothing and worked up to leading positions in their fields. Key advice presented includes Auto-Suggestion, your first step in salesmanship "Qualifying" your prospective buyer Neutralizing your buyer's mind The habit of doing more than you are paid for How to budget your time Your master plan for getting a position Even if you're just getting your start, How To Sell Your Way Through Life gives you the keys to success in both sales and life.
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The 2008-2009 market meltdown and house price collapse has reset the credit and property cycles, and smart investors are now looking for the upside. But Where Will the Next Bull Runs Come From, and How Can Investors Take Advantage? The world is now facing staggering change, including exponential performance growth in many technologies. We can expect computers that are smarter than people, self-driven cars and a truly intelligent Internet. We are also facing a biotechnological revolution enabling personalized medicine, fourth generation biofuels, radical extension of human life expectancy, exponential growth in farm yields, and even the recreation of extinct species. Furthermore, our energy sector is facing a complete transformation which will eventually make our energy supply limitless. Meanwhile, our population will grow, age and urbanize, and - largely due to emerging market growth - global purchasing power will have quadrupled by 2050. What will this mean for commodity prices, the environment and growth sectors such as real estate, global finance and luxury? Supertrends explains not only what will happen, but also how and why. Having himself run several hugely profitable funds through seeking out long term opportunities and having set up and sold several award winning technology and new media companies, author Lars Tvede shows readers how to identify and profit from the investment opportunities of the future. If you need to be prepared for the rest of your life, this is the book for you.
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This book provides the most comprehensive treatment of the theoretical concepts and modelling techniques of quantitative risk management. Whether you are a financial risk analyst, actuary, regulator or student of quantitative finance, Quantitative Risk Management gives you the practical tools you need to solve real-world problems. Describing the latest advances in the field, Quantitative Risk Management covers the methods for market, credit and operational risk modelling. It places standard industry approaches on a more formal footing and explores key concepts such as loss distributions, risk measures and risk aggregation and allocation principles. The book's methodology draws on diverse quantitative disciplines, from mathematical finance and statistics to econometrics and actuarial mathematics. A primary theme throughout is the need to satisfactorily address extreme outcomes and the dependence of key risk drivers. Proven in the classroom, the book also covers advanced topics like credit derivatives. * Fully revised and expanded to reflect developments in the field since the financial crisis* Features shorter chapters to facilitate teaching and learning* Provides enhanced coverage of Solvency II and insurance risk management and extended treatment of credit risk, including counterparty credit risk and CDO pricing* Includes a new chapter on market risk and new material on risk measures and risk aggregation
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COST-SAVING STRATEGIES FOR STOCKPILING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AND BECOMING FULLY PREPARED-WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK! You need to get prepared before disaster strikes. But supplies can be expensive. This book solves the problem. Packed with inexpensive DIY projects for keeping your family safe in any worst-case scenario, this helpful handbook's smart and frugal approach shows how to stay on a stable financial footing while fully preparing for any life-threatening situations. The Penny-Pinching Prepper offers dozens of affordable and easy-to-implement solutions, including how to: * Stock a Prepper pantry on $10 a week * Build a stove from used tin cans * Create a water filter with two free 5-gallon buckets * Craft a lamp that burns inexpensive vegetable oil * Devise a storm shelter using 10-cent trash bags
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A quick and easy guide to help you learn the basics of accounting. The ability to negotiate a deal. Confidence to oversee staff. Complete and accurate monitoring of expenses. In today's business climate, these are must-have skills. But all too often, comprehensive business books turn the important details of best practices into tedious reading that would put even a CEO to sleep. This bestselling series is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts that can't be found anywhere else. From hiring and firing to strategizing and calculating revenues, these guides can help you learn core business and career concepts-no MBA required! So whether you're a new business owner, a manager, or entry-level employee, this series has the answers you need to conduct business more efficiently.
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The definitive big picture on the financial crisis, from the man behind the Oscar-winning documentary that exposed the workings of the new economic elite Based on explosive interviews, court documents and corporate archives, Inside Job traces in gripping detail how decades of deregulation gave birth to a predator nation, with power players cycling through positions in government, academia and Wall Street - and continuing to do so even in the wake of the global financial crisis. With stunning clarity, Charles Ferguson delivers an uncompromising accounting of how a new economic oligarchy has wrested control of our politics and the prospects for real recovery.
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It is never too early to get a financial reality check to ensure long term financial security. Practical, savvy, and wide-ranging, Own Your Financial Freedom will inform women of important financial constructs prior to marriage and educate women on the 'what-if' of a divorce proceeding and post-divorce money management. By making effective money decisions at every stage of your life, if a divorce is ever inevitable, you will feel far more in control and aware of what you are entitled to, making divorce a straightforward process and not a lengthy battle. Packed with essential advice from professionals and financial gurus, Own Your Financial Freedom will help anyone navigate through the emotionally, economically and legally challenging divorce procedure. From understanding entitlements, coming to a settlement and to planning long-term investments, this book is an essential guide to achieving financial freedom
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This contributed volume seeks to provide a unique window on the globalization process by analyzing the dynamics of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe and Asia, as well as its influence on the renewal of public policies and regulations, both transnational and local. It discusses the link between the trans-nationalization of productive and business systems and the renewal of local regulations in the light of concerns over competitiveness and attractiveness, as well as new social tensions. Multinational corporations (MNCs) as key actors of globalization are central for understanding the new interactions between the global, regional and local dimensions as well as for highlighting the challenges of regulation both at transnational level and within national boundaries. Research approaches along two broad lines are presented: First, a theoretical and empirical approach that examines links between the strategies of multinationals and local public policy in order to contribute to a better understanding of the institutional dynamics of social regulation. Second, a comparative approach that compares regional spaces, with particular attention to Europe on the one hand, and to the two great emerging powers, China and India, on the other.
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How to Make Money in ISAs and SIPPs by investment expert Stephen Sutherland is the first book of its kind to focus on how to secure a richer retirement using the UK's two top tax shelters; ISAs (Individual Savings Account) and SIPPs (Self-Invested Personal Pension). It's the ultimate guide for 'affluent' DIY investors approaching retirement or in retirement looking to achieve better returns. Inside, you will learn how ISAs and SIPPs can boost your returns, create a tax-free income for life and reduce the risk of running out of money during retirement. The book has a foreword by Richard Koch (author of The 80/20 Principle with over a million copies sold in 34 languages). Readers will discover: How to create a 'tax-free' lifetime income stream, a fast easy way to find funds 'in the money flow', when to buy and exit at the optimum time, how to protect your wealth when downtrends are triggered, insider secrets for saving thousands in fees and charges...and much more! How to Make Money in ISAs and SIPPs is aimed at ISA and SIPP investors, or those thinking of investing, who are unhappy with their investment performance and want to boost their returns. It's perfect for business owners, self-employed professionals, corporate executives, wealthy retirees and financial professionals. It's also essential reading for investors who have at least GBP250,000 actively invested.
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Whether you are saving for a particular goal, planning towards retirement or simply maximising your capital, financial guru Alvin Hall helps you to: Make more informed choices about your investments. Learn basic analysis techniques to minimize risk and maximize reward. Understand your own risk tolerance and find an investment style that suits your personality and circumstances. Investing in the stock market can be a complex business, but with practical examples and clear definitions, Alvin makes it a highly accessible one, regardless of your investment experience. Fully revised and updated with the latest financial information, The Stock Market Explained provides easy comparisons of the features, benefits, rewards and risks among the different asset classes. This is the ultimate guide to feeling more comfortable (and smarter) about your investment decisions.
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An economic and legal analysis of derivative hedging instruments in Islamic finance. The Islamic finance industry faces the challenging task of attempting to reconcile the risk management demands of business entities with the difficulties posed by the seemingly rigid stance taken by some Shari'ah scholars over hedging practices. Offering a fresh perspective, Sherif Ayoub confronts the challenge by reformulating how we might think about the theorisation of economic matters in the Islamic faith. He also considers the associated perceptions of permissibility that have until now been confined to the legal sphere, with a focus on contractual elements. Ayoub sheds light on the way the Islamic finance industry conceptualises the role of financial instruments. Paying particular attention to derivatives in a market risk management framework that adheres to the objectives of Islamic jurisprudence, readers will come to understand the issues surrounding the avoidance of Riba (usury), Gharar (excessive uncertainty) and Maysir (gambling). It scrutinises the rationale and basis of Shari'ah Resolutions and Standards set by various bodies in the Islamic finance industry prohibiting the use of derivative hedging instruments. It uses economic theory and actual market practices to show the benefits of the contemporary risk management framework. It introduces new topics that are relevant to the discussion including the conceptualisation of money, gambling and financial intermediaries.
The recent financial crisis was an accident, a "perfect storm" fueled by an unforeseeable confluence of events that unfortunately combined to bring down the global financial systems. Or at least this is the story told and retold by a chorus of luminaries that includes Timothy Geithner, Henry Paulson, Robert Rubin, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan. In Guardians of Finance, economists James Barth, Gerard Caprio, and Ross Levine argue that the financial meltdown of 2007 to 2009 was no accident; it was negligent homicide. They show that senior regulatory officials around the world knew or should have known that their policies were destabilizing the global financial system and yet chose not to act until the crisis had fully emerged. Barth, Caprio, and Levine propose a reform to counter this systemic failure: the establishment of a "Sentinel" to provide an informed, expert, and independent assessment of financial regulation. Its sole power would be to demand information and to evaluate it from the perspective of the public--rather than that of the financial industry, the regulators, or politicians.
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