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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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Book Review: Global Trends 2030

Book Review: Global Trends 2030

This book is the US intelligence community’s best assessment of critical drivers and political scenarios worldwide over the next 15 years. The overview is broken into megatrends, game changers, and potential alternative scenarios. It delineates those regions and issues that may hold both the greatest opportunities and the greatest risks in the future. Read more

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Book Review: Money

Book Review: Money

In this provocative book that sheds light on the recurring — and potentially worsening — financial crises since the beginning of the floating-exchange-rate era in 1973, the authors propose a solution that calls for a return to stable currencies through a new version of the gold standard embodied in a bill currently pending in the US Congress. Read more

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Book Review: The Value Proposition

The Value Proposition: Sionna’s Common Sense Path to Investment Success

The book is an informative guide for those striving to gain a deeper understanding of and improve their skills in value investing. Its themes include adapting to changing market conditions, defining and calculating intrinsic value, and constructing and rebalancing portfolios. Read more

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Book Review: Investor Behavior

Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing

This collection of articles by scholars in the field of behavioral finance encompasses a wide range of topics in the psychology of investing, focusing on academic work on financial planning. The book addresses a number of topics not usually covered in mainstream behavioral finance research. Read more

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