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Titles in the call number range HG (Finance) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.


  • Indices, index funds and ETFs : exploring HCI, nonlinear risk and homomorphisms / Michael I.C. Nwogugu
    HG 6043 N86 2018eb

  • Microfinance and women's empowerment in Bangladesh : unpacking the untold narratives / Faraha Nawaz
    HG178.33.B3

  • Regulating the Rise of China : Australia's Foray into Middle Power Economics / Michael Peters
    HG5782

  • Exotix developing markets guide : debt and risk across the frontier / Exotix Capital
    HG 4538 E96 2019eb

  • Indebtedness in early adulthood : causes and remedies / Jeanette Carlsson Hauff, Tommy Gärling, Ted Lindblom, editors
    HG 179 I53 2019eb

  • Giving Hope : The Journey of the For-Purpose Organisation and Its Quest for Success / Robinson Roe and Peter Dalton
    HG177

  • The emergence of ETFs in Asia-Pacific / Adam Marszk, Ewa Lechman and Yasuyuki Kato
    HG6043

  • Finance and strategy inside China / Check-Teck Foo, editor
    HG 4249 F56 F56 2019eb

  • A modern perspective of Islamic economics and finance / by Ahmet Suayb Gundogdu (Istanbul Zaim University, Turkey)
    HG 3368 A6 G86 2018eb
    Traditionally, academic reflections on Islamic economics and finance have relied on a misleading understanding of Maqasid Al-Shari'ah. Much of the current research on the subject dogmatically adheres to the teachings of classical Islamic philosophers and does not appeal to practitioners of economics and finance who are looking for guidance on practical application rather than academic verbosity.
    This book aims to develop a blueprint for Islamic economics and finance by starting at the grass roots of trade and commerce. The majority of the world population, both in developed countries and emerging markets, have serious concerns over financial sustainability for themselves or their children. Islamic finance is meant to support an economy through genuine transactions and fulfil a duty to achieve a fair and prosperous society. Unfortunately, the industry has failed to fulfil this proposition and converged to conventional systems that do not link to the wider economic priorities of Islam. This book positions Islamic finance within the economic priorities of Islam while providing a cohesive understanding of Islamic economics and finance in a clear and practical manner. In doing so, the book provides the to-dos and not-to-dos of Islamic economics and finance, and instigates an Islamic monetary system in which people, not central banks, create money as long as they produce things demanded by other people.

  • The savvy investor's guide to pooled investments : mutual funds, ETFs, and more / by H. Kent Baker, Greg Filbeck and Halil Kiymaz
    HG 4521 B35 2018eb
    Do you only have a relatively small amount of money to invest? Do you think this limitation give you only a few investment choices? Well, it doesn't. Investing experts H. Kent Baker, Greg Filbeck, and Halil Kiymaz offer an essential guide to one of the most common ways to invest: a pooled investment vehicle (PIV). A PIV is an investment fund that commingles the monies of many different investors to buy a portfolio that reflects a particular investment objective. - By using PIVs, you gain a diversified portfolio, which once was only available to large investors. The Savvy Investor's Guide to Pooled Investments clearly explains the risks and advantages of investing in a PIV. This book introduces you to five PIVs - mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds (CEFs), unit investment trusts (UITs), and real estate investment trusts (REITs) - with a unique Q&A format employed to delve into issues that investors want and need to know before choosing a PIV. If you have ever felt limited by your investment choices, Baker, Filbeck, and Kiymaz explain your options to creating an investment portfolio, which is an initial step to becoming a savvy investor.

  • New principles of equity investment / Les Coleman (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
    HG 4529 C65 2019eb
    The modern finance paradigm is incomplete. Obvious gaps include poor performance of professional investors, puzzles enough in equity markets to support a sub-discipline of behavioural finance that patches over irrational biases and mispricings, and chronic, but inexplicable, financial crises. As with so many other disciplines, existing finance theory explains less than a tenth of what we see in markets and investment. A new paradigm of investment is needed.
    New Principles of Equity Investment brings together robust scientific methodology with empirical evidence to propose a new paradigm of equity investment. It begins with a wide-ranging review of investor practices using mainly US and European research and surveys, and then outlines the nature of investment risk, the links between equity returns and institutional factors, and the structure of equity markets. The result is a sophisticated description of what we know is true about investment, and a frank assessment of the limitations to investment expertise. The author then presents a coherent, workable theory of equity prices that can be applied in practice by equity investors, and explains logical investor behaviours that have been thought of as biases.
    Written by an academic with many years of practical investment experience, this book will provide new insights for equity investors who are looking for new perspectives and a better understanding of today's complex markets.

  • Banking and finance issues in emerging markets / edited by William A. Barnett and Bruno S. Sergi
    HG 1601 B36 2018eb
    The banking and finance sectors are relevant shares of modern economies and indeed drivers of growth in emerging economies. The majority of existing economic and finance textbooks focus on concepts and theories with briefly exposited real-world examples for illustration. This book, which collects chapters that are the contributions of the acknowledged experts in their fields, fills this gap by featuring in-depth analyses on prominent real-world topics in banking and finance. The book's applications of econometrics present insightful perspectives on the recent development of banking issues, stock market contagion, the impact of internet technology (IT) on stock markets, financial innovation and technology firms, and an international perspective on the loan puzzle and interest rate adjustment in emerging markets. In addition to exhaustive case studies on banking and finance in India, Hong Kong, Japan, and other Asian emerging markets, the authors coherently contribute an intellectual advancement of contemporary issues in banking and finance literature. The authors offer an essential reading and source of reference for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate courses in economics and finance.

  • Contemporary issues in business and financial management in Eastern Europe / edited by Simon Grima and Eleftherios Thalassinos
    HG 4133.7 C66 2018eb
    This special 100th edition of the Emerald book series Contemporary Issues in Economic and Financial Analysis dedicates 14 chapters to contemporary issues in business and financial management in Eastern Europe by authors invited mainly from the Rostov State University of Economics.
    As the title suggests, the chapters are a mix of studies on economic and financial aspects in Eastern Europe. Two chapters are dedicated to the green economy and finance and others to information technology in banks and the treasury, problems of fund raising for accumulated damage repair, company business and individual entrepreneurship activity strategy, competency-based management, the economic coenosis theory, the fiscal mechanism, global interaction in the world economy, bank economic capital model, corporate reporting and the concept of alienation.

  • Management of Islamic finance : principle, practice, and performance / edited by M. Kabir Hassan and Mamunur Rashid
    HG 187.4 M36 2018eb
    Islamic finance has emerged as an alternative to century-old conventional financial instruments to cater to cater to the needs of Muslims as well as non-Muslims. The industry has seen significant growth over the last two decades and has been facing omnidirectional challenges with respect to regulation, competition, and compatibility. These challenges have presented worthy debate on the principles, practices, and performance in Islamic finance globally. In this issue, we have presented issues relevant to the most recent debate on the performance, practices, and principles of the Islamic finance industry as a whole, covering eleven distinct issues. Authors have contributed to the existing body of knowledge on risk management in Islamic banks, diversification in Islamic equity markets, performance and acceptance of Islamic microcredit and Islamic banking services, long-term corporate finance using sukuk, and the social development agenda via the development of financial intuitions, SME financing, and financial inclusion. Selected topics cover the principles in relevant areas, focus on recent practices, and highlight performance on certain influential areas. The issue is aimed at academicians, researchers, and policymakers who are working in the Islamic finance industry and who would like to explore more.

  • Broken pie chart : 5 ways to build your investment portfolio to withstand and prosper in risky markets / Derek Moore
    HG 4529.5 M66 2018eb
    Investment outcomes and strategies have changed considerably since 2008. Broken Pie Chart demonstrates the failures of classical diversification and asset allocation, pointing out that the backward-looking methods used by traditional financial professionals will not work moving forward.
    Derek Moore explains why traditional risk-spreading leads to losses during sell-off periods, and contains risks that many investors do not recognize until it is too late. He also reflects on the changes in the financial market since the global financial crisis, and how these changes may affect your asset allocation and risk management decision-making in a landscape of lower rates and higher risks.
    With this work, readers can take a fresh look at their portfolios by identifying the emerging asset classes that will lead to investment success, using effective financial strategies to enhance their position, and placing smart floors, hedges and buffers to minimize risk.

  • The efficiency of mutual fund families / by Carlos S anchez-Gonz alez
    HG 173 S26 2018eb
    The investment alternatives offered by mutual funds have hada significant effect on the savings patterns of many countries. Industryresearch has primarily focused on the funds themselves rather than on theirmanagement companies, but like other financial institutions, these companies,also known as mutual fund families, have experienced great periods of bothexpansion and contraction. It is important to address the efficiency of theseinstitutions, as well.

    Carlos Sánchez González fills this gap in our knowledge withthis empirical study. He develops an innovative model that considers themanagement stages of mutual fund companies, overcoming the traditional disputebetween the different approaches used in banking and insurance research. Usingdata envelopment analysis (DEA) to evaluate efficiency levels, Sánchez Gonzálezinvestigates the Spanish case, one of the most relevant industries in the Euromarket, in order to provide insights into issues that have never been exploredbefore.

    His study consists of two parts. The first explains thebasic concepts, offers a brief explanation of the basic DEA models, and gives areview of the most important applications to financial institutions, all whiledeveloping a unique set of industry-specific variables in order to show how to applythe original slacks-based measure (SBM) approach. The second reviews the majorconcepts of SBM variations and shows how they can be applied to the Spanishmutual fund family industry in order to obtain unprecedentedly accurate empiricalmeasures of its efficiency.

    This ground-breaking work offers much food for thought toacademic researchers and postgraduate students of management, finance, andmarketing.


  • Investment behaviour : towards an individual-centred financial policy in developing economies / Arup Kumar Sarkar and Tarak Nath Sahu
    HG 4515.2 K86 2018eb
    Investment Behaviour explores the relationship between competingdemographic factors, personal awareness and perceived attitudes to risk inshaping the behaviour of individual investors in the stock market. Arup KumarSarkar and Tarak Nath Sahu analyse the suitability of using Behavioural Financetheories in understanding investor behaviour across developed, developing andunder-developed country contexts and in all types of stock markets. Across anin-depth study, the authors examine differing variables impacting on behaviour,give an overview of the empirical and theoretical literature, and also provide ananalysis of the empirical findings of their investigation. The book promotes agreater understanding the psychological foundations of human behaviour infinancial markets to facilitate the formulation of more individual-centeredfinancial policy.

  • The development of the Maltese insurance industry : a comprehensive study / Mark Laurence Zammit, Jonathan Spiteri, and Simon Grima (Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, Insurance Department, University of Malta, Malta)
    HG 8051 Z36 2018eb
    Malta is the only country in the European Union, and one of only six countries in the world, that has not had a banking crisis since the 1970s. Despite its lack of raw materials, Malta currently has one of the lowest rates of unemployment and inflation in the EU, as well as a positive GDP. Yet there are only a few studies on the development of the industry that contributes most to its economy, the financial services industry.
    Drawing upon empirical findings, archival research, and interviews, Zammit, Spiteri, and Grima fill a major gap in the literature by delivering a study of the development of the Maltese insurance industry. The authors collect literature and insights from prominent figureheads in order to outline the history of this major sector of the Maltese economy, tracing its roots back to the earliest inhabitants of the island, through to the expansion of its maritime trade, and working right up to the present with the emergence of more complex and sophisticated insurance services and products. The success of Malta's specific risk-management practices, generally characterized by risk-avoidance and prudence, is shown to have implications beyond Maltese financial policy and regulatory development: it offers concrete guidance from a small-scale "laboratory" for the complex policy and development decisions of larger nations.
    This study is of interest to students and academics of insurance, risk management, and financial services, and it offers food for thought and guidance to practitioners and policy makers.

  • Tools and techniques for financial stability analysis / by Indranarain Ramlall (University of Mauritius, Mauritius)
    HG 173.3 R36 2018eb
    Combatting financial stability risks is a highly challenging task which can by no means be concentrated into a 'one-size fits all' approach. It is important to select the appropriate tools and techniques in order to monitor, analyse, and maintain financial stability through proactive policy measures.
    Tools and Techniques for Financial Stability Analysis explores all key aspects of analytical tools and challenges for sound financial stability assessments. Comprehensive coverage is given to value at risk, stress testing, graphical tools for financial stability, the financial system stress index, as well as ratios and metrics of financial stability assessment. Finally, a concluding chapter is devoted to understand the key challenges involved in maintaining financial stability.
    This book will prove valuable to central bankers, economists, and policy-makers who are involved in the field of financial stability, as well as researchers studying the field.

  • The corporate, real estate, household, government and non-bank financial sectors under financial stability / by Indranarain Ramlall (University of Mauritius, Mauritius)
    HG 173 R36 2018eb
    Sound financial stability assessments necessitate intensive analysis of different sectors, namely, the household sector, the corporate sector, the real estate sector, the government sector, and the non-bank financial sector.
    This volume provides a complete analysis and risk assessment of each of these sectors which make up the subtle and intricate fabric which contribute to financial stability. The book considers:
    * Micro-prudential and macro-prudential regulations and how they constitute core ingredients to ensure a sound and smooth functioning financial system. * The role of household debt as a coveted economic indicator of the building up of financial instability pressures. * The relation of the real estate sector to the prevalence of financial crises through asset price bubbles. * The role of the corporate sector in financial stability risk analysis. In particular, the balance sheets of the corporate sector are widely examined to uncover feasible risks to financial stability. * The role of the government sector, with particular emphasis being laid on public debt management.
    This book will prove valuable to central bankers, economists, and policy-makers who are involved in the field of financial stability, as well as researchers studying the field.

  • The banking sector under financial stability / by Indranarain Ramlall (University of Mauritius, Mauritius)
    HG 1601 R36 2018eb
    Many economies in the world are characterised by a bank-based financial system, that is, the financial intermediation process is mostly performed by banks. It is therefore critically important to undertake a fully-fledged analysis of the banking sector with respect to financial stability risks.
    The Banking Sector Under Financial Stability considers the unique position of banks which by nature assume higher risks, but with a low equity to total assets ratio. It recognises that balance sheet analysis of banks becomes a key element in financial stability risk assessment and that the sources of banks' funding also pose risks to financial stability. The book also gives due consideration to the interactive forces which prevail among banks, macroeconomic states, asset prices, the household sector, and monetary policy. The differences between the US and the European Union are also covered at length, as are the various credit risk models pertinent for banks.
    This book will prove valuable to central bankers, economists, and policy-makers who are involved in the field of financial stability, as well as researchers studying the field.

  • Building a cashless society : the Swedish route to the future of cash payments / Niklas Arvidsson
    HG1125 .A73 2019eb

  • New models of financing and financial reporting for European SMEs : a practitioner's view / Eva Kaili, [and 2 others], editors
    HG4027.7 .N49 2019eb

  • Inflation targeting and financial stability : monetary policy challenges for the future / Michael Heise
    HG230.3

  • Islamic finance, risk-sharing and macroeconomic stability / editors, Muhamed Zulkhibri and Turkhan Ali Abdul Manap
    HG187.4

  • Understanding Central Banks / Nils Herger
    HG1811

  • Eliminating the IMF : An Analysis of the Debate to Keep, Reform or Abolish the Fund / Imad A. Moosa and Nisreen Moosa
    HG3881.5.I58

  • Applying fuzzy logic for the digital economy and society / Andreas Meier, [and 2 others], editors
    HG4529.5 .A67 2019eb

  • Solvency II in the insurance industry : application of a non-life data model / Maria Heep-Altiner, [and 2 others], editors
    HG 8781 S65 2018eb

  • The handbook of municipal bonds / Sylvan G. Feldstein, Frank J. Fabozzi, [editors]
    HG 4726 H36 2008eb
    In The Handbook of Municipal Bonds, editors Sylvan Feldstein and Frank Fabozzi provide traders, bankers, and advisors--among other industry participants--with a well-rounded look at the industry of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Chapter by chapter, a diverse group of experienced contributors provide detailed explanations and a variety of relevant examples that illuminate essential elements of this area. With this book as your guide, you'll quickly become familiar with both buy side and sell side issues as well as important innovations in this field.

  • Investing in financial research : a decision-making system for better results / Cheryl Strauss Einhorn ; foreword by Tony Blair
    HG 152 E55 2019

    Every day, people around the world make financial decisions. They choose to invest in a stock, sell their holdings in a mutual fund or buy a condominium. These decisions are complex and financially tricky--even for financial professionals. But the literature available on financial research is dated and narrowly focused without any real practical application. Until now there's been a gap in the literature: a book that shows you how to conduct a step by step comprehensive financial investigation that ends in a decision.

    This book gives you that how.

    Investing In Financial Research is a guidebook for conducting financial investigations and lays out Cheryl Strauss Einhorn's AREA Method--a research and decision-making system that uniquely controls for bias, focuses on the incentives of others and expands knowledge while improving judgement--and applies it to investigating financial situations. AREA is applicable to all sorts of financial sleuthing, whether for investment analysis or investigative journalism. It allows you to be the expert in your own life.

    The AREA Method provides you with:
    -Defined tasks that guide and focus your research on your vision of success;
    -A structure that isolates your sources, giving you insight into their perspectives, biases and incentives;
    -Investigative resources, tips and techniques to upgrade your research and analysis beyond document-based sources;
    -Exercises to foster creativity and originality in your thinking;
    -A sequence and framework that brings your disparate pieces of research together to build your confidence and conviction about your financial decision.


  • The new stock market : law, economics, and policy / Merritt B. Fox, Lawrence R. Glosten, and Gabriel V. Rauterberg
    HG 4551 F69 2019eb
    The New Stock Market covers a wide range of issues including the practices of high-frequency traders, insider trading, manipulation, short selling, broker-dealer practices, and trading venue fees and rebates. The book illuminates both the existing regulatory structure of our equity trading markets and how we can improve it.

  • Cryptocurrencies and blockchains / Quinn DuPont
    HG 1710 D87 2019eb

    From their shadowy origins in Bitcoin to their use by multinational corporations, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are remaking the rules of digital media and society. Meanwhile, regulators, governments, and the public are trying to make sense of it all.

    In this accessible book, Quinn DuPont guides readers through the changing face of money to show how blockchain technology underpins new forms of value exchange and social coordination. He introduces cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to readers in terms of their developers and users, investment opportunities and risks, changes to politics and law, social and industrial applications - and what this all means for the new economy. The author argues throughout that, rather than being a technical innovation, cryptocurrencies and blockchains are social technologies enabling developers and users to engage in unprecedented experiments with social and political levers.

    Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains dispenses with hype and offers sober reflection on this crucial and timely topic. It is essential reading for students and scholars of culture, politics, media, and the economy, as well as anyone who wants to understand, take part in, or change the future of work and society.


  • Alexander Hamilton and the origins of the Fed / Jack Rasmus
    HG 2563 R255 2019
    The US in 1913 was one of the last major economies to establish an institution of a central bank. The book examines, however, the history and evolution of central banking in the US from the perspective of central banking functions--i.e. aggregator of private lending to the federal government, fiscal agent for the government, regulator of money supply, monopoly over currency issuance, banking system supervision, and lender of last resort. The evolution of central banking functions is traced from earliest pre-1987 proposals, through the Constitutional Convention and Congressional debates on Hamilton's 1st Report on Credit, the rise and fall of the 1st and 2nd Banks of the United States, through the long period of the National Banking System, 1862-1913. The book describes how US federal governments--often in cooperation with the largest US private banks in New York, Philadelphia, and elsewhere in the northeast--attempted to expand and develop those functions, sometimes successfully sometimes not, from 1781 through the creation of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Other themes include how rapid US economic growth, and an expanding, geographically dispersed private banking system, created formidable resistance by banks at the state and local level to the evolution and consolidation of central banking functions at the national level. Whenever central banking functions were dismantled (1810s, 1830s) or were weakened (after 1860s), the consequences were financial instability and severe economic depressions. The book concludes with a detailed narrative on how, from 1903 to 1913, big eastern banks--leveraging the Panic of 1907, weak economic recovery of 1909-13, and need to expand internationally--allied with Congressional supporters to prevail over state and local banking interests and created the Fed; how the structure of the 1913 Fed clearly favored New York banks while granting concessions to state and local banks to win Congressional approval; and how that compromise central bank structure doomed US monetary policy to fail after 1929.

  • Trading and pricing financial derivatives : a guide to futures, options, and swaps / Patrick Boyle, Jesse McDougall
    HG 6024.3 B67 2019eb

    Trading and Pricing Financial Derivatives is an introduction to the world of futures, options, and swaps. Investors who are interested in deepening their knowledge of derivatives of all kinds will find this book to be an invaluable resource. The book is also useful in a very applied course on derivative trading. The authors delve into the history of options pricing; simple strategies of options trading; binomial tree valuation; Black-Scholes option valuation; option sensitivities; risk management and interest rate swaps in this immensely informative yet easy to comprehend work.

    Using their vast working experience in the financial markets at international investment banks and hedge funds since the late 1990s and teaching derivatives and investment courses at the Master's level, Patrick Boyle and Jesse McDougall put forth their knowledge and expertise in clearly explained concepts. This book does not presuppose advanced mathematical knowledge, though it is presented for completeness for those that may benefit from it, and is designed for a general audience, suitable for beginners through to those with intermediate knowledge of the subject.


  • A global guide to fintech and future payment trends / Peter Goldfinch
    HG 1692 G65 2019

    Being able to make and receive payments is an essential facet of modern life. It is integral to the banking and finance systems, and it touches all global citizens. In some areas, payment systems are rapidly evolving - moving swiftly from paper payment instruments, to electronic, to real-time - but in others, underdeveloped payment systems hold back economic and social development.

    This book is intended to assist the reader in navigating the payments landscape. The author explores highly topical areas, such as the role of payment systems in enabling commerce to contribute to the development of emerging economies, the evolution of payment systems from paper instruments to computerization, the role of cryptocurrencies, and the slow decline of plastic credit and debit cards owing to alternative forms of payment being introduced.

    Altogether, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of payment and offers projections for the future, encouraging readers to explore their own predictions, using the framework that the book has provided. It is vital reading for technologists, marketers, executives and investors in the FinTech sector, as well as academics teaching business and technology courses.


  • Fintech in a flash : financial technology made easy / Agustín Rubini
    HG 173 R83 2019eb

    The financial services technology industry is booming and promises to change the way we manage our money online, disrupting the current landscape of the industry. Understanding fintech's many facets is the key to navigating the complex nuances of this global industry. Fintech in a Flash is a comprehensive guide to the future of banking and insurance. It discusses an array of hot topics such as online payments, crowdfunding, challenger banks, online insurance, digital lending, big data, and digital commerce.

    The author provides easy to understand explanations of the 14 main areas of fintech and their future, and insight into the main fintech hubs in the world and the so-called unicorns, fintech firms that have made it past a $1 billion valuation. He breaks down the key concepts of fFintech in a way that will help you understand every aspect so that you can take advantage of new technologies. This detailed guide is your go-to source for everything you need to confidently navigate the ever-changing scene of this booming industry.


  • The financial rules for new college graduates : invest before paying off debt and other tips your professors didn't teach you / Michael C. Taylor
    HG 179 T3786 2018

    An indispensable guide for any recent graduate that provides simple, easy-to-follow rules for making smart personal finance choices during the first decade of one's career.

    * Demonstrates how simple choices, especially in the years after college, can guarantee (barring misfortunes such as catastrophic illness or drug addiction) a lifelong, healthy relationship with money

    * Illustrates how to apply the attitudes inherent in modesty, skepticism, and optimism to all financial decision-making, both upon graduating and in the future

    * Includes a math refresher for understanding the basic principles of interest rates, credit card debt, investment, and retirement savings

    * Demystifies without boring, simplifies without condescending to, and above all highlights the relevance and practical applications of financial planning during one's first ten years out of school


  • Financial literacy in Europe : assessment methodologies and evidence from European countries / Gianni Nicolini
    HG 179 N5335 2019eb

    Are people ready to take pivotal financial decisions like choosing a mortgage, saving for retirement, or investing their savings? How does the degree of knowledge about financial products and services affect the quality of their choices? Can financial fraud be prevented by increasing consumer financial knowledge?

    Financial Literacy in Europe addresses these important questions and more. In the first part, the author investigates the concept of financial literacy by analyzing its components and comparing different definitions from previous studies. This then forms a comprehensive measure of financial literacy to be applied in empirical studies that analyze the role of financial literacy in explaining consumers' financial behaviors. In the second part of the study, the author uses brand new data collected by the Consumer Finance Research Center (CFRC) from several European countries (the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, and Spain) to assess financial literacy in Europe and highlight similarities and differences across countries.

    Filling an important gap in previous research, the author develops a rigorous approach in the measurement of financial literacy in order to examine European financial literacy issues in great detail. This book, therefore, is a useful resource for assessing the effectiveness of single financial education programs or planning national strategies on financial education. It can also support policy makers in developing financial regulation and consumer protection strategies, considering the consumer perspective and their ability to deal with financial markets and institutions.

    in Europe and highlight similarities and differences across countries.

    Filling an important gap in previous research, the author develops a rigorous approach in the measurement of financial literacy in order to examine European financial literacy issues in great detail. This book, therefore, is a useful resource for assessing the effectiveness of single financial education programs or planning national strategies on financial education. It can also support policy makers in developing financial regulation and consumer protection strategies, considering the consumer perspective and their ability to deal with financial markets and institutions.


  • The dumb things smart people do with their money : thirteen ways to right your financial wrongs / Jill Schlesinger
    HG 179 S285 2019
    Do you have a "friend" who is super smart, has a great career, holds a graduate degree, has even saved a chunk of money for retirement, but who keeps making the same dumb mistakes when it comes to money? Is this "friend" you?

    After decades working as a Wall Street trader, investment adviser, and money expert for CBS, Jill Schlesinger reveals thirteen costly mistakes you're probably making right now with your money without even knowing it. Drawing on heartfelt personal stories (yes, money experts screw up, too), Schlesinger argues that it's not lack of smarts that causes even the brightest, most accomplished people among us to behave like financial dumb-asses, but simple emotional blind spots.

    By breaking bad habits and following Jill's pragmatic and accessible rules for managing your finances, you can save tens, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention avoid countless sleepless nights.

    Practical, no-nonsense, and often counterintuitive, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money tells you what you really need to hear about retirement, college financing, insurance, real estate, and more. It might just be the smartest investment you make all year.

  • Blockchain economics : implications of distributed ledgers : markets, communications networks, and algorithmic reality / editors Melanie Swan [and four others]
    HG 173 B574 2019
    This practical introduction explains the field of Blockchain Economics, the economic models emerging with the implementation of distributed ledger technology. These models are characterized by three factors: open platform business models, cryptotoken money supplies, and Initial Coin Offerings as a new and official form of financing. The book covers a variety of approaches from a business and academic perspective, ranging from financial theory, complexity, and open innovation networks to behavioral economics, self-determination theory, public policy, and financial inclusion.Unlike existing titles, this book draws on worldwide blockchain industry experts to define the new discipline of Blockchain Economics and provide novel theoretical and conceptual resources for the future of this fast-developing economy. The primer also highlights the wider theme of blockchain as an institutional technology, in that many value transfer interactions might be shifted to automated networks, decreasing the number of human-operated institutions.As well as stimulating further research, and implementation by business innovators and public policy strategists, the book can also be used as a foundational textbook in courses on Blockchain Economics. remove

  • Behavioral finance : what everyone needs to know / H. Kent Baker, Greg Filbeck, and John R. Nofsinger
    HG 4515.15 B339 2019
    We are taught not to throw good money after bad or to cry over spilt milk. Yet we do both, otherwise we would not be taught not to. People often make choices based on what has been lost rather than what can be gained. Such choices are particularly costly in the world of finance.Behavioral Finance: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG provides an overview of common shortcuts and mistakes people make in managing their finances. It covers the common cognitive biases or errors that occur when people are collecting, processing, and interpreting information. These include emotionalbiases and the influence of social factors, from culture to the behavior of one's peers. These effects vary during one's life, reflecting differences in due to age, experience, and gender. Among the questions to be addressed are: How did the financial crisis of 2007-2008 spur understanding human behavior? What are market anomalies and how do they relate to behavioral biases? What role does overconfidence play in financial decision- making? And how does getting older affect risktolerance?

  • Too smart for our own good : ingenious investment strategies, illusions of safety, and market crashes / Bruce I. Jacobs
    HG 4521 J2523 2018
    How investment strategies designed to reduce risk can increase risk for everyone--and can crash markets and economies




    Financial crises are often blamed on unforeseeable events, the unforgiving nature of capital markets, or just plain bad luck. Too Smart for Our Own Good argues that these crises are caused by certain alluring investment strategies that promise both high returns and safety of capital. In other words, the severe and widespread crises we have suffered in recent decades were not perfect storms. Instead, they were made by us . By understanding how and why this is so, we may be able to avoid or ameliorate future crises--and maybe even anticipate them.




    One of today's leading financial thinkers, Bruce I. Jacobs, examines recent financial crises--including the 1987 stock market crash, the 1998 collapse of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management, the 2007-2008 credit crisis, and the European debt crisis--and reveals the common threads that explain these market disruptions. In each case, investors in search of safety were drawn to novel strategies that were intended to reduce risk but actually magnified it--and blew up markets. Too Smart for Our Own Good takes a behind-the-curtain look at:




    * The inseparable nature of investment risk and reward and the often counterproductive effects of some popular approaches for reducing risk

    * A trading strategy known as portfolio insurance and the key role it played in the 1987 stock market crash

    * How option-related trading disrupted markets in the decade following the 1987 crash

    * Why the demise of Long-Term Capital Management in 1998 wreaked havoc on US stock and bond markets

    * How mortgage-backed financial products, by shifting risk from one party to another, created the credit crisis of 2007-2008 and contributed to the subsequent European debt crisis




    This broad, detailed investigation of financial crises is the most penetrating and objective look at the subject to date. In addition, Jacobs, an industry insider, offers invaluable insights into the nature of investment risk and reward, and how to manage risk.




    Risk is unavoidable--especially in investing--and financial markets connect us all. Until we accept these facts and manage risk in responsible ways, major crises will always be just around the bend. Too Smart for Our Own Good is a big step toward smarter investing--and a better financial future for everyone.










  • Rated agency : investee politics in a speculative age / Michel Feher
    HG 101 F4413 2018

    The extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation--among companies, governments, and individuals--generated by financialization.

    The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned less with immediate income from labor than with appreciation of their capital goods, skills, connections, and reputations. In this book, in clear and compelling prose, Michel Feher explains the extraordinary shift in conduct and orientation generated by financialization.

    That firms, states, and people depend more on their ratings than on the product of their activities also changes how capitalism is resisted. For activists, the focus of grievances shifts from the extraction of profit to the conditions under which financial institutions allocate credit. While the exploitation of employees by their employers has hardly been curbed, the power of investors to select investees--to decide who and what is deemed creditworthy--has become a new site of social struggle. Above all, Feher articulates the new political resistances and aspirations that investees draw from their rated agency.


  • Monetary policy in sub-Saharan Africa / edited by Andrew Berg and Rafael Portillo
    HG 1359 M66 2018
    Low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa present unique monetary policy challenges, from the high share of volatile food in consumption to underdeveloped financial markets; however most academic and policy work on monetary policy is aimed at much richer countries. Can economic models andmethods invented for rich countries even be adapted and applied here? How does and should monetary policy work in sub-Saharan African? Monetary Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa answers these questions and provides practical tools and policy guidance to respond to the complex challenges of this region.Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have made great progress in stabilizing inflation over the past two decades. As they have achieved a degree of basic macroeconomic stability, policymakers are looking to avoid policy misalignments and respond appropriately to shocks in order to achieve stabilityand growth. Officially, they often have adopted "money targeting" frameworks, a regime that has long disappeared from almost all advanced and even emerging-market discussions. In practice, though, they are in many cases finding current regimes lacking, with opaque and sometimes inconsistentobjectives, inadequate transmission of policy to the economy, and difficulties in responding to supply shocks. Monetary Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa takes a new approach by applying dynamic general equilibrium models suitably adapted to reflect key features of low-income countries for the analysisof monetary policy in sub-Saharan African countries.Using a progressive approach derived from the International Monetary Fund's extensive practice and research, Monetary Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa seeks to address what we know about the empirics of monetary transmission in low-income countries, how monetary policy can work in countriescharacterized by underdeveloped financial markets and opaque policy regimes, and how we can use empirical and theoretical methods largely derived in advanced countries to answer these questions. It then uses these key topics to guide policymakers as they attempt to adjust food price, terms of trade,aid shocks, and the effects of the global financial crisis.

  • Merger masters : tales of arbitrage / Kate Welling and Mario Gabelli
    HG 4521 W38765 2018
    Merger Masters presents revealing profiles of monumentally successful merger investors based on exclusive interviews with some of the greatest minds to practice the art of arbitrage. Michael Price, John Paulson, Paul Singer, and others offer practical perspectives on how their backgrounds in the risk-conscious world of merger arbitrage helped them make their biggest deals. They share their insights on the discipline that underlies their fortunes, whether they practice the "plain vanilla" strategy of announced deals, the aggressive strategy of activist investment, or any strategy in between on the risk spectrum.

    Merger Masters delves into the human side of risk arbitrage, exploring how top practitioners deal with the behavioral aspects of generating consistent profits from risk arbitrage. The book also includes perspectives from the other side of the mergers and acquisitions divide in the form of interviews with a trio of iconic CEOs: Bill Stiritz, Peter McCausland, and Paul Montrone. All three took advantage of M&A opportunities to help build long-term returns but often found themselves at odds with the short-term focus of Wall Street and merger investors. Told in lively, accessible prose, with bonus facts and figures for transaction junkies, Merger Masters is an incomparable set of stories with plenty of unfiltered lessons from the best managers of our time.

  • Market rules : bankers, presidents, and the origins of the Great Recession / Mark H. Rose
    HG 2481 R67 2019

    Although most Americans attribute shifting practices in the financial industry to the invisible hand of the market, Mark H. Rose reveals the degree to which presidents, legislators, regulators, and even bankers themselves have long taken an active interest in regulating the industry.

    In 1971, members of Richard Nixon's Commission on Financial Structure and Regulation described the banks they sought to create as "supermarkets." Analogous to the twentieth-century model of a store at which Americans could buy everything from soft drinks to fresh produce, supermarket banks would accept deposits, make loans, sell insurance, guide mergers and acquisitions, and underwrite stock and bond issues. The supermarket bank presented a radical departure from the financial industry as it stood, composed as it was of local savings and loans, commercial banks, investment banks, mutual funds, and insurance firms. Over the next four decades, through a process Rose describes as "grinding politics," supermarket banks became the guiding model of the financial industry. As the banking industry consolidated, it grew too large while remaining too fragmented and unwieldy for politicians to regulate and for regulators to understand--until, in 2008, those supermarket banks, such as Citigroup, needed federal help to survive and prosper once again.

    Rose explains the history of the financial industry as a story of individuals--some well-known, like Presidents Kennedy, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton; Treasury Secretaries Donald Regan and Timothy Geithner; and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon; and some less so, though equally influential, such as Kennedy's Comptroller of the Currency James J. Saxon, Citicorp CEO Walter Wriston, and Bank of America CEOs Hugh McColl and Kenneth Lewis. Rose traces the evolution of supermarket banks from the early days of the Kennedy administration, through the financial crisis of 2008, and up to the Trump administration's attempts to modify bank rules. Deeply researched and accessibly written, Market Rules demystifies the major trends in the banking industry and brings financial policy to life.


  • The financial markets of the Arab Gulf : power, politics and money / Jean-François Seznec and Samer Mosis
    HG 187 P35 S49 2019

    Financial markets across the Arabian Peninsula have gone from being small, quasi-medieval structures in the 1960s to large world-class groupings of financial institutions. This evolution has been fueled by vast increases in income from oil and natural gas. The Financial Markets of the Arab Gulf presents and analyzes the banks, stock markets, investment companies, money changers and sovereign wealth funds that have grown from this oil wealth and how this income has acted as a buffer between Gulf society at large and the newfound cash reserves of Gulf Cooperation Council states (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain) over the last fifty years.

    By assessing the development of institutions like the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, the Public Investment Fund and the National Bank of Kuwait, The Financial Markets of the Arab Gulf evaluates the growth of the markets and provides a detailed, critical, snapshot of the current form and function of the Gulf's financial markets. It argues that the markets have been controlled by various state institutions for socio-political reasons. In particular, the Saudi state has used its sophisticated regulatory regime to push for industrialization and diversification, which culminated in the Vision 2030 plan. The UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman have also been strongly involved in establishing modern markets for similar purposes but have done so through different means, with varying results, and each in line with what has been considered their respective comparative advantages.

    Along with critically surveying these institutions and their role in global finance, the book also presents case studies depicting transactions typical to the region, including the highly profitable documentary credits of commercial banks, the financial scandal of certain financiers and their regulatory arbitrage between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, a review of the Dubai's trade miracle, and an assessment of the value and importance of the privatization of Saudi Aramco.


  • The blockchain and the new architecture of trust / Kevin Werbach
    HG 1710 W47 2018

    How the blockchain--a system built on foundations of mutual mistrust--can become trustworthy.

    The blockchain entered the world on January 3, 2009, introducing an innovative new trust architecture: an environment in which users trust a system--for example, a shared ledger of information--without necessarily trusting any of its components. The cryptocurrency Bitcoin is the most famous implementation of the blockchain, but hundreds of other companies have been founded and billions of dollars invested in similar applications since Bitcoin's launch. Some see the blockchain as offering more opportunities for criminal behavior than benefits to society. In this book, Kevin Werbach shows how a technology resting on foundations of mutual mistrust can become trustworthy.

    The blockchain, built on open software and decentralized foundations that allow anyone to participate, seems like a threat to any form of regulation. In fact, Werbach argues, law and the blockchain need each other. Blockchain systems that ignore law and governance are likely to fail, or to become outlaw technologies irrelevant to the mainstream economy. That, Werbach cautions, would be a tragic waste of potential. If, however, we recognize the blockchain as a kind of legal technology, which shapes behavior in new ways, it can be harnessed to create tremendous business and social value.


  • The behavioral investor / Daniel Crosby
    HG 4515.15 C74 2018
    From the New York Times bestselling author of the book named the best investment book of 2017 comes The Behavioral Investor, an applied look at how psychology ought to inform the art and science of investment management. Joint Gold medallist at the Axiom Business Book Awards 2019 - Personal Finance / Retirement Planning / Investing.In The Behavioral Investor, psychologist and asset manager Dr. Daniel Crosby examines the sociological, neurological and psychological factors that influence our investment decisions and sets forth practical solutions for improving both returns and behavior. Readers will be treated to the most comprehensive examination of investor behavior to date and will leave with concrete solutions for refining decision-making processes, increasing self-awareness and constraining the fatal flaws to which most investors are prone. The Behavioral Investor takes a sweeping tour of human nature before arriving at the specifics of portfolio construction, rooted in the belief that it is only as we come to a deep understanding of "why" that we are left with any clue as to "how" we ought to invest. The book is comprised of three parts, which are as follows: - Part One - An explication of the sociological, neurological and physiological impediments to sound investment decision-making. Readers will leave with an improved understanding of how externalities impact choices in nearly imperceptible ways and begin to understand the impact of these pressures on investment selection.- Part Two - Coverage of the four primary psychological tendencies that impact investment behavior. Although human behavior is undoubtedly complex, in an investment context our choices are largely driven by one of the four factors discussed herein. Readers will emerge with an improved understanding of their own behavior, increased humility and a lens through which to vet decisions of all types. - Part Three - Illuminates the "so what" of Parts One and Two and provides a framework for managing wealth in a manner consistent with the realities of our contextual and behavioral shortcomings. Readers will leave with a deeper understanding of the psychological underpinnings of popular investment approaches such as value and momentum and appreciate why all types of successful investing have psychology at their core. Wealth, truly considered, has at least as much to do with psychological as financial wellbeing. The Behavioral Investor aims to enrich readers in the most holistic sense of the word, leaving them with tools for compounding both wealth and knowledge.

  • The reality of money : the metaphysics of financial value / Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir
    HG 220.3 E69 2018

    What is money and how does it acquire its value? How do we assign a measurable monetary value to human goods that do not seem quantifiable? What role does money play in the structure of society? Is money an illusion or is it real? Despite the enormous impact of money on the structure of human society, as well as its effect on our daily decision-making, surprisingly little philosophical work has been done on money to date. This book examines the metaphysical foundations of money as well as the power structures that characterize the world of finance, connecting the ontology of money to considerations about inequality and other real-life issues. By throwing light on the metaphysical structure of money and financial value, Eyja M. Brynjarsd ttir seeks to further the philosophical discussion of money and contribute to a broader critique of the monetary system.


  • Land of the fee : hidden costs and the decline of the American middle class / Devin Fergus
    HG 3756 U54 F47 2018
    Politicians, economists, and the media have put forth no shortage of explanations for the mounting problem of wealth inequality - a loss of working class jobs, a rise in finance-driven speculative capitalism, and a surge of tax policy decisions that benefit the ultra-rich, among others. Whilethese arguments focus on the macro problems that contribute to growing inequality, they overlook one innocuous but substantial contributor to the widening divide: the explosion of fees accompanying virtually every transaction that people make. As Devin Fergus shows in Land of the Fee, these perfectly legal fees are buried deep within the verbose agreements between vendors and consumers - agreements that few people fully read or comprehend. The end effect, Fergus argues, is a massive transfer of wealth from the many to the few: largebanking corporations, airlines, corporate hotel chains, and other entities of vast wealth. Fergus traces the fee system from its origins in the deregulatory wave of the late 1970s to the present, placing the development within the larger context of escalating income inequality. He organizes the bookaround four of the basics of existence: housing, work, transportation, and schooling. In each category, industry lobbyists successfully influenced legislatures into transforming the law until surreptitious fees became the norm. The average consumer is now subject to a dizzying array of charges in areas like mortgage contracts, banking transactions, auto insurance rates, college payments, and payday loans. The fees that accompany these transactions are not subject to usury laws and have effectively redistributed wealth fromthe lower and middle classes to ultra-wealthy corporations and the individuals at their pinnacles. By exposing this predatory and nearly invisible system of fees, Land of the Fee will reshape our understanding of wealth inequality in America.

  • Do central banks serve the people? / Peter Dietsch, François Claveau, Clément Fontan
    HG 1811 D545 2018
    Central banks have become the go-to institution of modern economies. In the wake of the 2007 financial crisis, they injected trillions of dollars of liquidity - through a process known as quantitative easing - first to prevent financial meltdown and later to stimulate the economy. The untold story behind these measures, and behind the changing roles of central banks generally, is that they have come at a considerable cost.

    Central banks argue we had no choice. This book offers a powerfully original examination of why this claim is false. Using examples from Europe and the US, the authors present and analyse three specific concerns about the way central banks in developed economies operate today. Firstly, they show how unconventional monetary policies have created significant unintended negative consequences in terms of inequalities in income and wealth. They go on to argue that central banks may have become independent of governments, but have instead become worryingly dependent on financial markets. They then proceed to analyse how central bankers, despite being the undisputed experts on monetary policy, can still err and suffer from multiple forms of bias.

    This book is a sobering and urgent wake-up call for policy-makers and anyone interested in how our monetary and financial system really works.

  • City of debtors : a century of fringe finance / Anne Fleming
    HG 3711 U6 F55 2018

    Since the rise of the small-sum lending industry in the 1890s, people on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder in the United States have been asked to pay the greatest price for credit. Again and again, Americans have asked why the most fragile borrowers face the highest costs for access to the smallest loans. To protect low-wage workers in need of credit, reformers have repeatedly turned to law, only to face the vexing question of where to draw the line between necessary protection and overreaching paternalism.

    City of Debtors shows how each generation of Americans has tackled the problem of fringe finance, using law to redefine the meaning of justice within capitalism for those on the economic margins. Anne Fleming tells the story of the small-sum lending industry's growth and regulation from the ground up, following the people who navigated the market for small loans and those who shaped its development at the state and local level. Fleming's focus on the city and state of New York, which served as incubators for numerous lending reforms that later spread throughout the nation, differentiates her approach from work that has centered on federal regulation. It also reveals the overlooked challenges of governing a modern financial industry within a federalist framework.

    Fleming's detailed work contributes to the broader and ongoing debate about the meaning of justice within capitalistic societies, by exploring the fault line in the landscape of capitalism where poverty, the welfare state, and consumer credit converge.


  • A cash-free society : whether we like it or not / Kai A. Olsen
    HG 221 O47 2018
    Information technology is changing the world through automation, by bypassing middlemen and by digitization. We see dramatic effects today in the music industry, going from CDs to streaming, in newspapers, from paper to online, and in the banking industry, from branch offices to the Internet. One of the most fundamental changes is the replacement of physical cash, money and coins, by bits in a computer. A Cash-Free Society is about this dramatic change. It shows the advantages and disadvantages and discuss how we - consumers, businesses and the society -can prepare for a new world where cash is no longer king. Banks are closing down branch offices and removing cash services. Customers wishing to withdraw money as cash are directed to ATMs. But the number of ATMs is declining. Mobile payments, either for paying bills or for person to person transactions will be the last nail in the coffin for cash . These changes are fed by the overwhelming advantages, both for consumers and businesses, to electronic payments. In the countries that lead this transition to a digital economy, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, nearly all transactions, both in volume and number, are digital. Today less than 3 percent of consumer payments are in cash in Norway. Though there are some disadvantages, there are clear benefits: cheaper transactions, less crime, simpler tax processing and it will become more difficult to operate in the black-market economy.

  • Mastering the market cycle : getting the odds on your side / Howard Marks
    HG 4521 M3214 2018

    A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL , AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

    Named one of the Best Business Books of 2018 by Business Insider

    The legendary investor shows how to identify and master the cycles that govern the markets.

    We all know markets rise and fall, but when should you pull out, and when should you stay in? The answer is never black or white, but is best reached through a keen understanding of the reasons behind the rhythm of cycles. Confidence about where we are in a cycle comes when you learn the patterns of ups and downs that influence not just economics, markets and companies, but also human psychology and the investing behaviors that result.

    If you study past cycles, understand their origins and remain alert for the next one, you will become keenly attuned to the investment environment as it changes. You'll be aware and prepared while others get blindsided by unexpected events or fall victim to emotions like fear and greed.

    By following Marks's insights -- drawn in part from his iconic memos over the years to Oaktree's clients -- you can master these recurring patterns to have the opportunity to improve your results.

  • Going broke : why Americans (still) can't hold on to their money / Stuart Vyse
    HG 3766 V97 2019
    Over the last four decades, debt, bankruptcy, and home foreclosures have risen to epidemic levels, and the personal savings rate has sunk dangerously low. Why, in the richest nation on earth, can't Americans hold on to their money?First published in 2008, Stuart Vyse's Going Broke described the epidemic of personal debt that existed in the years leading up to the Great Recession, and anticipated the home mortgage crisis that started it. Ten years later, a fully-updated new edition tackles the post-recession era of economicrecovery. Today total household debt has actually surpassed pre-recession levels, and some of the same problems that preceded the crash are back again. But the shape of our troubles has changed: the new face of financial failure features auto repossession, bankruptcy, eviction, wage garnishment, andbeing sued for unpaid bills. Vyse offers a unique psychological perspective on the financial behavior of the many Americans today who find they cannot make ends meet, illuminating these and other causes of our wildly self-destructive spending habits. But he doesn't entirely blame the victim, arguinginstead that the mountain of debt burying so many of us is the inevitable byproduct of America's turbo-charged economy together with social and technological trends that undermine our self-control.This new edition illuminates everything from the rise of the credit card and ballooning student loan debt, to the expansion of new shopping opportunities provided by social media, revealing how vast changes in American society over the last 40 years have greatly complicated our relationship withmoney. Vyse concludes with both personal advice for the individual who wants to achieve greater financial stability and with pointed recommendations for economic and social change that will help promote the financial health of all Americans.

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  • Borrowed time : two centuries of booms, busts, and bailouts at Citi / James Freeman and Vern McKinley
    HG 2613 N54 C72245 2018

    The alarming, untold story of Citigroup--one of the largest financial institutions in the world--from its founding in 1812 to its role in the 2008 financial crisis, and the many near-death experiences in between.

    During the 2008 financial crisis, we were told that Citi was a victim of events beyond its control--the larger financial panic, unforeseen economic disruptions and a perfect storm of credit expansion and private greed. To save the economy and keep the bank afloat, the government provided huge infusions of cash through multiple bailouts that frustrated and angered the American public.

    But, as Wall Street Journal writer James Freeman and financial expert Vern McKinley reveal, the 2008 crisis was just one of many disasters Citi has experienced since its founding more than two hundred years ago. In Borrowed Time they reveal Citi's disturbing history of instability and government support. It's a story that neither Citi nor Washington wants told.

    Citi has long been tied to the federal government in a relationship that has benefited both. From its earliest years, its well-connected leadership--most of its initial stockholders had owned stock in the Bank of the United States--took massive risks that led to crisis. But thanks to a rescue by private investors, including John Jacob Astor, the bank survived throughout the nineteenth century.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. The scale of the financial panic of 2008 was hardly unprecedented. As Borrowed Time shows, crisis and outright disasters have been surprisingly common during the century of government-protected banking--especially at Citi.


  • Pricing credit products / Robert L. Phillips
    HG 3755 P46 2018

    In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, it became apparent that pricing loans in a way that is profitable for lenders and sensitive to risk is anything but simple. Increasingly, lenders are following the lead of other retailers by segmenting their market and more precisely targeting customers. To do this successfully, lenders must engage analytic approaches, such as machine learning and optimization, in setting prices for each segment.

    Robert L. Phillips worked with major banks and financial services companies for more than a decade to help them improve their pricing capabilities. This book draws on his experience, as well as the latest academic research, to demonstrate how lenders can apply the proven techniques of price optimization to responsibly improve the profitability of their loans. It is a go-to resource for academics and professionals alike, particularly lenders who are looking for ways to do better business in an increasingly competitive (and regulated) market.


  • Optimization methods in finance / Gérard Cornuéjols, Javier Peña, Reha Tütüncü
    HG 106 C67 2018
    Optimization methods play a central role in financial modeling. This textbook is devoted to explaining how state-of-the-art optimization theory, algorithms, and software can be used to efficiently solve problems in computational finance. It discusses some classical mean-variance portfolio optimization models as well as more modern developments such as models for optimal trade execution and dynamic portfolio allocation with transaction costs and taxes. Chapters discussing the theory and efficient solution methods for the main classes of optimization problems alternate with chapters discussing their use in the modeling and solution of central problems in mathematical finance. This book will be interesting and useful for students, academics, and practitioners with a background in mathematics, operations research, or financial engineering. The second edition includes new examples and exercises as well as a more detailed discussion of mean-variance optimization, multi-period models, and additional material to highlight the relevance to finance.

  • Big mistakes : the best investors and their worst investments / Michael Batnick
    HG 4521 B38 2018
    A Must-Read for Any Investor Looking to Maximize Their Chances of Success

    Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments explores the ways in which the biggest names have failed, and reveals the lessons learned that shaped more successful strategies going forward. Investing can be a rollercoaster of highs and lows, and the investors detailed here show just how low it can go; stories from Warren Buffet, Bill Ackman, Chris Sacca, Jack Bogle, Mark Twain, John Maynard Keynes, and many more illustrate the simple but overlooked concept that investing is really hard, whether you're managing a few thousand dollars or a few billion, failures and losses are part of the game. Much more than just anecdotal diversion, these stories set the basis for the book's critical focus: learning from mistakes. These investors all recovered from their missteps, and moved forward armed with a wealth of knowledge than can only come from experience. Lessons learned through failure carry a weight that no textbook can convey, and in the case of these legendary investors, informed a set of skills and strategy that propelled them to the top.

    Research-heavy and grounded in realism, this book is a must-read for any investor looking to maximize their chances of success.

    Learn the most common ways even successful investors fail Learn from the mistakes of the greats to avoid losing ground Anticipate challenges and obstacles, and develop an advance plan Exercise caution when warranted, and only take the smart risks

    While learning from your mistakes is always a valuable experience, learning from the mistakes of others gives you the benefit of wisdom without the consequences of experience. Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments provides an incomparable, invaluable resource for investors of all stripes.


  • How to get grant money in the humanities and social sciences / Raphael B. Folsom
    HG 177.5 U6 F65 2019
    A valuable and engaging guide to applying for--and getting--grants in the humanities and social sciences

    Scholars in the humanities and social sciences need money to do research. This book shows them how to get it. In this accessible volume, Raphael Folsom shares proven strategies in a series of short, witty chapters. It features tips on how graduate students, postdocs, and young faculty members can present themselves and their work in the best possible light. The book covers the basics of the grant-writing process, including finding a mentor, organizing a writing workshop, conceptualizing the project on a larger scale, and tailoring an application for specific submissions. The book includes interviews with nine of the most respected scholars in the country, each of whom has evaluated thousands of grant applications. The first authoritative book on the subject, Folsom's indispensable work will become a must-have resource for years to come.

  • Bond pricing and yield-curve modelling : a structural approach / Riccardo Rebonato (EDHEC Business School, EDHEC Risk Institute)
    HG 4651 R33 2018
    In this book, well-known expert Riccardo Rebonato provides the theoretical foundations (no-arbitrage, convexity, expectations, risk premia) needed for the affine modeling of the government bond markets. He presents and critically discusses the wealth of empirical findings that have appeared in the literature of the last decade, and introduces the 'structural' models that are used by central banks, institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, academics, and advanced practitioners to model the yield curve, to answer policy questions, to estimate the magnitude of the risk premium, to gauge market expectations, and to assess investment opportunities. Rebonato weaves precise theory with up-to-date empirical evidence to build, with the minimum mathematical sophistication required for the task, a critical understanding of what drives the government bond market.
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