A long life could be one of the great gifts that those of us alive today enjoy. On average, we are all living longer than our parents, longer still than our grandparents. Our children and their children will live even longer. Over the last 200 years, life expectancy has expanded at
The global financial crisis that shook virtually every country, government, and household in the world in 2008-09 gave way to a frustrating “new normal” of low growth, rising inequality, political dysfunction, and, in some cases, social tensions, so much so that the path of the global economy is likely to end
The ongoing turbulence in the global financial markets has drawn attention to an alternative system of financial intermediation, Islamic banking and finance. This sector has so far remained on the sidelines of the unrest. The sector has grown rapidly in recent years and this new found prominence has raised many questions
The book’s full name is ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations,’ written by Adam Smith. This book is truly a masterpiece that gives great insights into the world of economics and management. The entire book is made of six books, discussing economics and explaining how
The recent economic crisis was a dramatic reminder that capitalism can both produce and destroy. It's a system that by its very nature encourages predators and creators, locusts and bees. But, as Geoff Mulgan argues in this compelling, imaginative, and important book, the economic crisis also presents a historic opportunity to
The distribution of wealth is one of today’s most widely discussed and controversial issues. But what do we really know about its evolution over the long term? Do the dynamics of private capital accumulation inevitably lead to the concentration of wealth in ever fewer hands? Or do the balancing forces of
Mullainathan and Shafir discuss how scarcity affects our daily lives, recounting anecdotes of their own foibles and making surprising connections that bring this research alive. Their book provides a new way of understanding why the poor stay poor and the busy stay busy, and it reveals not only how scarcity leads
This book is not really about money, it is about creating the life you want. A part of that is deciding what role you want money to play in it. We all have money in our lives, what matters is that you master money and it doesn’t master you. The secret
Today we live in a trying economic environment. Every day, popular financial advisors exhaust us to hunker down, play it safe, and protect ourselves from an uncertain future. To the voices who promote fear and doubt, understanding the psychology of wealth will provide you with balance, wisdom, and optimism.
You buy financial assets for the cash flows you expect to gain. The price of a stock cannot be justified by assuming there will be other investors around who will pay a higher price in the future. That is the equivalent of playing an expensive game of musical chairs. As a
The world’s leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism
No matter what your profession, no matter what your company does, no matter what your life situation may be—we all follow this fundamental and deeply rooted agricultural process in some way throughout the days of our lives. We are all the new agrarians. But do we recognize ourselves as such? Have
The great thing about a financial crisis and a recession is that they offer everyone the opportunity to be stretched in their current jobs. Certain practices can make the experience especially productive. Confronting the greatest business challenges to occur in generations, you’re being handed a chance to become better. It’s an
It's no surprise that a record number of Americans are declaring bankruptcy while consumer debt and foreclosures are at an all time high. Many adults simply don't have the basic financial knowledge to safely navigate today's environment of predatory lending, identity theft, and nonstop consumer marketing. What's more, they don't know
In The Big Secret for the Small Investor, bestselling author Joel Greenblatt explains to everyday investors how to value a business, and why the small investor has an inherent edge over the big investment firms that have to show results month by month, quarter by quarter, year by year. Greenblatt then goes
Finally! A book about economics that won’t put you to sleep. In fact, you won’t be able to put this bestseller down. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favorite of students and general readers is more than a good read, it’s a necessary investment—with a blessedly sure rate of return.
2008 and 2009 will be remembered for bear markets, a global credit crunch and some of the largest investment scams ever. But these scams are nothing new; from Charles Ponzi to Bernard Madoff to Sir R. Allen Stanford, they've been repeated throughout history, and there will certainly be more to come
In 2007, when the world was staring into the teeth of the biggest economic catastrophe in three generations, very few economists had any idea there was any trouble lurking on the horizon. Three years into the mess, economists now offer remedies that strike most people as frankly ridiculous. We are told
There is a new reality out there–a new normal. What was once certain–that you would be able to retire comfortably; that you would pay for your kids’ education; that your home would appreciate in value–is no longer a sure thing. So much has changed on the financial landscape that it’s hard
Western culture is riddled with destructive myths about money and prosperity that are severely limiting individuals' power, creativity, and financial potential. In Killing Sacred Cows, Gunderson boldly exposes ingrained fallacies and misguided traditions in the world of personal finance.
Watching a financial crisis feels much like watching a natural crisis; as long as you are watching from distance. Although one is made by man and the other isn’t, there is something deeply mysterious about each; it isn’t quite clear how or why, or why now. Of course, each can create
The idea of collaboration has always been used within the framework of board rooms, conferences, video conferencing and the likes. Yet now, the traditional scope of collaboration is moving into mass collaboration, in where millions and millions of individuals are able to play a role in the economy like never before.
Building new knowledge of how capital markets works is everyone's job, whether you accept that or not. You are part of it, whether you know it or not. By knowingly embracing it you can know things others don'tthings finance professionals don't know yet. You needn't be a finance professor or have
Arresting every fraudster and punishing him are very expensive and require a lot of unavailable human and financial resources. The damaging effects of fraud would not be reversed, nor would lost assets or reputations be restored when fraud is discovered. It is economically more feasible to prevent fraud than to detect
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