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Book Review: Asset Management

Book Review: Asset Management

This highly engaging book will be warmly received by a wide audience. Anyone teaching entry-level finance should consider adopting it, and practitioners will be well rewarded by a close reading. It belongs on the front shelves of pension and endowment managers, who should read and reread the chapters on hedge funds, real estate, commodities, and private equity. Read more

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Book Review: Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do about It

Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do about It

Focusing on the defined contribution piece of the impending retirement crisis, the authors recommend several actions, including automatic enrollment in 401(k)s and the government’s shoring up Social Security. For employees, two key steps are to start saving early and to delay retirement. This book furnishes both the motivation and the know-how to help them succeed. Read more

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Book Review: Virtual Banking

Book Review: Virtual Banking

At the intersection of banking, financial services, and technology, Virtual Banking offers an excellent view of the changes taking place in banking and financial services thanks to changes in consumer behavior and advances in Internet and mobile banking. If banks do not adapt, they run the risk of becoming irrelevant to their customers. Read more

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Book Review: Wealth Management Unwrapped

Book Review: Wealth Management Unwrapped

On the strength of its timeliness and clarity, Wealth Management Unwrapped joins the ranks of distinguished writing on private wealth. Although the book is intended primarily for people of means and family foundations, it should be mandatory reading for wealth advisers who seek to grow their businesses while developing trusted relationships with clients. Read more

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Book Review: Worldly Philosopher

Book Review: Worldly Philosopher

This beautifully written biography of German-born economist Albert O. Hirschman is well worth reading for its insights into a man who experienced the political events that gave birth to today’s world, saw the flawed ideologies that got us to where we are now, and saw how to identify and avoid those ideologies that might lead us astray in the future. Read more

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Book Review: The End of Banking

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In addition to carefully explaining how the financial sector maneuvered itself into the financial crisis of 2007–08, The End of Banking presents several unconventional ideas to do away with regulatory capital arbitrage that sticks taxpayers with the bill for bankers’ risk taking. It also promises a fairly straightforward policy framework that proposes to reduce shadow banking, decentralize financial services from too-big-to-fail banks, improve regulation, and realign the private and the public sector with transparent monetary policy. Read more

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Book Review: GDP

Book Review: GDP

Should anyone other than a statistician care about the fine points of calculating gross domestic product? In GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, economist Diane Coyle offers a striking example of why investors and policymakers ought to pay closer attention. Read more

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