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The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking

by Saifedean Ammous


‎ Wiley


‎ English


‎ 304 pages



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When a pseudonymous programmer introduced a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party to a small online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks.

The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. While Bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space.

Ammous takes the reader on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt. Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the reader with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art.

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

by Mike Michalowicz


‎ 073521414X


‎ Portfolio


‎ English


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Author of cult classics The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur offers a simple, counterintuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability. Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales – Expenses = Profit.

The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren’t always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales – Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows.

Using Michalowicz’s Profit First system, readers will learn that: Following 4 simple principles can simplify accounting and make it easier to manage a profitable business by looking at bank account balances. A small, profitable business can be worth much more than a large business surviving on its top line.

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

by G. Edward Griffin


‎ American Media


‎ English


‎ 608 pages


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Where does money come from?Where does it go?Who makes it? The money magicians’ secrets are unveiled. We get a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, their pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money.

A dry and boring subject?Just wait! You’ll be hooked in five minutes. Reads like a detective story – which it really is.But it’s all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of all history. It’s all here: the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression, prosperity.

Creature from Jekyll Island is a “must read.” Your world view will definitely change. You’ll never trust a politician again – or a banker.

Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power

by Zachary Karabell


‎ English


‎ 448 pages


‎ 1594206619


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A sweeping history of the legendary private investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman, exploring its central role in the story of American wealth and its rise to global powerConspiracy theories have always swirled around Brown Brothers Harriman, and not without reason.

Throughout the nineteenth century, when America was convulsed by a devastating financial panic essentially every twenty years, Brown Brothers quietly went from strength to strength, propping up the U.S. Financial system at crucial moments and catalyzing successive booms, from the cotton trade and the steamship to the railroad, while largely managing to avoid the unwelcome attention that plagued some of its competitors.

By the turn of the twentieth century, Brown Brothers was unquestionably at the heart of what was meant by an American Establishment. As America’s reach extended beyond its shores, Brown Brothers worked hand in glove with the State Department, notably in Nicaragua in the early twentieth century, where the firm essentially took over the country’s economy.

Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World

by Bradley Hope


‎ Hachette Books


‎ English


‎ 416 pages


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Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this “thrilling” (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a “modern Gatsby” swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in “the heist of the century” (Axios).

Now a #1 international bestseller, Billion Dollar Whale is “an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale” (Publishers Weekly), revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history. In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude-one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system.

Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund-right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street.

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them (Cryptography, Crypto Trading, Digital Assets, NFT)

by Antony Lewis


‎ Mango


‎ English


‎ 408 pages


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Understand Bitcoin, Blockchains, and CryptocurrencyAntony helps us all clearly understand the mechanics of bitcoin and blockchain. Rob Findlay, Founder, Next Money#1 Best Seller in Investing Derivatives and Natural Resource Extraction Industry, Futures, Banks & Banking, Energy & Mining, and Monetary PolicyThere’s a lot of information on cryptocurrency and blockchains out there.

But, for the uninitiated, most of this information can be indecipherable. The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains provides a clear guide to this new currency and the revolutionary technology that powers it. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies. Gain an understanding of a broad spectrum of Bitcoin topics including the history of Bitcoin, the Bitcoin blockchain, and Bitcoin buying, selling, and mining.

Learn how payments are made, and how to put a value on cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Blockchain technology. What exactly is a blockchain, how does it work, and why is it important? The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains answers these questions and more.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

by Edwin Lefèvre


‎ Wiley


‎ English


‎ 288 pages


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“Although Reminiscences… Was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer’s frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.” Worth magazine “The most entertaining book written on investing is Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefvre, first published in 1923.” The Seattle Times “After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites.” Kenneth L.

Fisher, Forbes “A must-read classic for all investors, whether brand-new or experienced.” William O’Neil, founder and Chairman, Investor’s Business Daily “Whilst stock market tomes have come and gone, this remains popular and in print eighty years on.” GQ magazine First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever.

Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your lifeand your portfolio.

The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

by Mehrsa Baradaran


‎ English


‎ 384 pages


‎ 0674237471


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Read this book.It explains so much about the momentBeautiful, heartbreaking work. Ta-Nehisi CoatesA deep accounting of how America got to a point where a median white family has 13 times more wealth than the median black family. The AtlanticExtraordinaryBaradaran focuses on a part of the American story that’s often ignored: the way African Americans were locked out of the financial engines that create wealth in America.

Ezra KleinWhen the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the black community owned less than 1 percent of the total wealth in America. More than 150 years later, that number has barely budged. The Color of Money seeks to explain the stubborn persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the black community: black banks.

With the civil rights movement in full swing, President Nixon promoted black capitalism, a plan to support black banks and minority-owned businesses. But the catch-22 of black banking is that the very institutions needed to help communities escape the deep poverty caused by discrimination and segregation inevitably became victims of that same poverty.

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

by Chris Burniske


‎ McGraw-Hill Education


‎ English


‎ 368 pages


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The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset classfrom two experts on the cutting edge With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more.

This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world’and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future. Cryptoassets gives you all the tools you need: An actionable framework for investigating and valuing cryptoassets Portfolio management techniques to maximize returns while managing risk Historical context and tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias Practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs Predictions on how blockchain technology may disrupt current portfolios In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution.

Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies

by Peter Kent


‎ For Dummies


‎ English


‎ 368 pages


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Find out the essentials of cryptocurrency mining The cryptocurrency phenomenon has sparked a new opportunity mine for virtual gold, kind of like the prospectors of a couple centuries back. This time around, you need some tech know-how to get into the cryptocurrency mining game.

This book shares the insight of two cryptocurrency insiders as they break down the necessary hardware, software, and strategies to mine Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, LiteCoin, and Dash. They also provide insight on how to stay ahead of the curve to maximize your return on investment.

Get the tech tools and know-how to start mining Pick the best cryptocurrency to return your investment Apply a sound strategy to stay ahead of the game Find cryptocurrency value at the source From the basics of cryptocurrency and blockchain to selecting the best currency to mine, this easy-to-access book makes it easy to get started today!

The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History

by David Enrich


‎ B01HM24IRY


‎ Custom House


‎ March 21, 2017


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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEARThe term Libor is obscure, but it determines a good deal of our financial lives-the interest rate on our credit card; our student loans; our mortgages; our car payments. How did a math genius, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system conspire to pickpocket you?

They were in your wallet to already. In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Liborthe London interbank offered rate, which determines interest rates on trillions in loans worldwidewas set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries.

Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a shadowy team that used hook and crook to take over the process and set rates that made them a fortune, no matter the cost to others. Among the motley crew was a French trader nicknamed Gollum; the broker Abbo, who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; an executive called Clumpy because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed Big Nose.

The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

by Ron Chernow


‎ Grove Press


‎ English


‎ 848 pages


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Published to critical acclaim twenty years ago, and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about American finance. It is a rich, panoramic story of four generations of Morgans and the powerful, secretive firms they spawned, ones that would transform the modern financial world.

Tracing the trajectory of J.P. Morgan’s empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the financial crisis of 1987, acclaimed author Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the family’s private saga and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moveda world that included Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, Franklin Roosevelt, Nancy Astor, and Winston Churchill.

A masterpiece of financial historyit was awarded the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction and selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth CenturyThe House of Morgan is a compelling account of a remarkable institution and the men who ran it, and an essential book for understanding the money and power behind the major historical events of the last 150 years.

Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps

by Daniel Drescher


‎ Apress


‎ English


‎ 270 pages


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In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.

This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications. What You’ll LearnWhat the blockchain isWhy it is needed and what problem it solvesWhy there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potentialMajor components and their purposeHow various components of the blockchain work and interactLimitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome themMajor application scenariosWho This Book Is For Everyone who wants to get a general idea of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and how it will potentially change the financial system as we know it.

Payments Systems in the U.S. – Third Edition: A Guide for the Payments Professional

by Carol Coye Benson


‎ Glenbrook Partners


‎ English


‎ 202 pages


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Payments Systems in the U.S. Is a comprehensive description of the payments systems (cards, checks, ACH, wires, and cash) that move money between and among consumers and enterprises in the U.S. In clear and lively writing, the authors explain how the payments systems work, how they evolved, who uses them, who provides them, who profits from them, and how they are changing.

Anyone in the payments industry or needing to use payments products can benefit from understanding this. The third edition updates information about each system, adds a chapter on payments innovation, and includes a glossary of industry terminology.

The LSTA's Complete Credit Agreement Guide, Second Edition

by Michael Bellucci


‎ 1259644863


‎ McGraw-Hill Education


‎ English


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The definitive guide for navigating today’s credit agreementsToday’s syndicated loan market and underlying credit agreements are far more complex than ever. Since the global financial crisis, the art of corporate loan syndications, loan trading, and investing in this asset class have changed dramatically.

Lenders are more diverse, borrowers more demanding, and regulations more stringent. Consequently, the credit agreement has evolved, incorporating many new provisions and a host of revisions to existing ones. The LSTA’s Complete Credit Agreement Guide brings you up to speed on today’s credit agreements and helps you navigate these complex instruments.

This comprehensive guide has been fully updated to address seven years of major changewhich has all but transformed the loan market as we knew it. It provides everything you need to address these new developments, including what to look for in large sponsor-driven deals, the rise of covenant lite agreements for corporate borrowers seeking fewer covenant restrictions, Yankee Loans, other products resulting from globalization, and other product developments driven by the diversification of the investor class.

A Guide to Selecting the Best Banks & Banking Books for Readers

What is banking book risk?

Interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB) refers to the current or prospective risk to the bank’s capital and earnings arising from adverse movements in interest rates that affect the bank’s banking book positions. When interest rates change, the present value and timing of future cash flows change.

Moreover, what is a banks loan book?

noun. 1A record of the loans held by a bank or finance company. … ‘He referred with approval to a submission made by counsel about a prospective buyer inspecting the loan book of a commercial lender.

Likewise, people ask, what are the differences in banking book and trading book accounts?

The trading book refers to assets held by a bank that are available for sale and hence regularly traded. … The banking book refers to assets on a bank’s balance sheet that are expected to be held to maturity. Banks are not required to mark these to market. They are usually held at historical cost.

Similarly, what is a banking book?

The banking book is a term for assets on a bank’s balance sheet that are expected to be held to maturity, usually consisting of customer loans to and deposits from retail and corporate customers.

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