We look back at the time when the world began a historic transition from industrial capitalism to a new kind of economy based on new principles and new ways of thinking and behaving. And while there are certainly many similarities between what is happening today and what happened over five hundred
Solving problems is hard. If a given problem still exists, you can bet that a lot of people have already come along and failed to solve it. Easy problems evaporate; it is the hard ones that linger. Furthermore, it takes a lot of time to track down, organize, and analyze the
A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11.
China today is visible everywhere—in the news, in the economic pressures battering the globe, in our workplaces, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential—and updated with new statistics and information—this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial superpower by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how
Many warn that the next stage of globalization--the offshoring of research and development to China and India--threatens the foundations of Western prosperity. But in The Venturesome Economy, acclaimed business and economics scholar Amar Bhide shows how wrong the doomsayers are.Using extensive field studies on venture-capital-backed businesses to examine how technology really
Why Commodities get no respect? Too many so-called smart investors consider themselves diversified if they have money in stocks, bonds, real-estate, and/maybe, for the sophisticated, some currencies. But commodities rarely, if ever, hit the radar screen. Successful investors look for opportunities to buy value cheap and hold it long-term, regardless of
In the midst of the most serious financial upheaval since the Great Depression, legendary financier George Soros explores the origins of the crisis and its implications for the future. Soros, whose breadth of experience in financial markets is unrivaled, places the current crisis in the context of decades of study of
In recent years, corporations of all sizes and orientations have become more sensitive to social issues and stakeholder concerns, and they are collectively striving to become better corporate citizens (in some cases, urged on by shareholder pressure or government regulations). The best practices in corporate sustainability are no longer the exclusive
There might be an economist sitting near you right now. You might not spot him¾a normal person looking at an economist would not notice anything remarkable. But normal people look remarkable in the eyes of economists. What is the economist seeing? What could they tell you, if you cared to ask?
Accounting and finance like all other business disciplines, really are as much art as they are science. The art of accounting and finance is the art of using limited data to come as close as possible to an accurate description of how well a company is performing. Accounting and finance are
Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life. And understanding them or ferreting them out is the key to solving just about any riddle. It isn't just the boldface names inside-trading CEOs and pill-popping ballplayers and perk-abusing politicians¾who cheat. It is the waitress who pockets her tips instead of pooling them. It
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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