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Sovereign Money - Beyond Reserve Banking (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Joseph Huber Sovereign Money - Beyond Reserve Banking (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Joseph Huber
R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In coming to terms with the still smoldering financial crisis, little attention has been paid to the flaws within our monetary system and how these flaws lie at the root of the crisis. This book provides an introduction and critical assessment of the current monetary system. It begins with an up to date account of the workings of today's system of state-backed 'bankmoney', illustrating the various forms and issuers of money, and discussing money theory and fallacy past and present. It also looks at related economic challenges such as inflation and deflation, asset inflation and bubble building that lead to market instability and examines the ineffectual monetary policies and primary credit markets that are failing to reach some sort of self-limiting equilibrium. In order to fix our financial system, we first need to understand its limitations and the flaws in current monetary and regulatory policy and then correct them. The concluding part of this book is dedicated to the latter, advocating a move towards the sovereign monetary prerogatives of issuing the entire stock of official money and benefitting from the gain thereof (seigniorage). The author argues that these functions should be made the sole responsibility of independent and impartial central banks with full control over the stock of money (not the uses of money) on the basis of a legal mandate that would be more detailed than is the case today. This includes a thorough separation of monetary and fiscal powers, and of both from banking and wider financing functions. This book provides a welcome addition to the banking literature, guiding readers through the inner workings of our monetary and regulatory environments and proposing a new way forward that will better protect our economy from financial instability and crisis.

Austrian Banks in the Period of National Socialism (Hardcover): Gerald D Feldman Austrian Banks in the Period of National Socialism (Hardcover)
Gerald D Feldman; Introduction by Peter Hayes
R2,383 R2,232 Discovery Miles 22 320 Save R151 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is the English translation of Gerald D. Feldman's contributions to the multi-author, two-volume study OEsterreichische Banken und Sparkassen im Nationalsozialismus und in der Nachkeriegszeit, which was originally published in German by C. H. Beck in 2006. Austrian Banks in the Period of National Socialism focuses on the activities of two major financial institutions, the Creditanstalt-Wiener Bankverein and the Landerbank Wien. It details the ways the two banks served the Nazi regime and how they used the opportunities presented by Nazi rule to expand their business activities. Particular attention is given to the role that the Creditanstalt and Landerbank played in the 'Aryanization' of Jewish-owned businesses. The book also examines the two banks' relations with their industrial clients and considers the question of whether bank officials had any knowledge of their client firms' use of concentration camp prisoners and other forced laborers during World War II.

A Term at the Fed - An Insider's View (Paperback): Laurence H Meyer A Term at the Fed - An Insider's View (Paperback)
Laurence H Meyer
R338 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R145 (43%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As a governor of the Federal Reserve Board from 1996 to 2002, Laurence H. Meyer helped make the economic policies that steered the United States through some of the wildest and most tumultuous times in its recent history. Now, in A Term at the Fed, Governor Meyer provides an insider's view of the Fed, the decisions that affected both the U.S. and world economies, and the challenges inherent in using monetary policy to guide the economy.

When Governor Meyer was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in 1996, the United States was entering one of the most prosperous periods in its history. It was the time of "irrational exuberance" and the fabled New Economy. Soon, however, the economy was tested by the Asian financial crisis, the Russian default and devaluation, the collapse of Long-Term Capital Management, the bursting of America's stock bubble, and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

In what amounts to a definitive playbook of monetary policy, Meyer now relives the Fed's closed-door debates -- debates that questioned how monetary policy should adapt to the possibility of a New Economy, how the Fed should respond to soaring equity prices, and whether the Fed should broker the controversial private sector bailout of LTCM, among other issues. Meyer deftly weaves these issues with firsthand stories about the personalities involved, from Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan to the various staffers, governors, politicians, and reporters that populate the world of the Fed.

Since the end of his term, Meyer has continued to watch the Fed and the world economy. He believes that we are witnessing a repetition of some of the events of the remarkable 1990s -- including a further acceleration in productivity and perhaps another bull market. History does not repeat itself, yet Meyer shows us how the lessons learned yesterday may help the Fed shape policy today.

Shadow Banking & U.S. Financial Regulatory Policy - Overviews (Paperback): Vivian Kelemen Shadow Banking & U.S. Financial Regulatory Policy - Overviews (Paperback)
Vivian Kelemen
R1,399 Discovery Miles 13 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shadow banking refers to financial firms and activities that perform similar functions to those of depository banks. Although the term is used to describe dissimilar firms and activities, a general policy concern is that a component of shadow banking could be a source of financial instability, even though that component might not be subject to regulations designed to prevent a crisis, or be eligible for emergency facilities designed to mitigate financial turmoil once it has begun. This book develops a general framework for analysing financial intermediation, and applies these concepts to several specific shadow banking sectors. The book focuses on comparing and contrasting the fundamental economic problems of simple banking and associated policy responses to analogous problems and policy proposals in shadow banking.

The Fix - How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World's Most Important Number (Hardcover): Liam Vaughan, Gavin... The Fix - How Bankers Lied, Cheated and Colluded to Rig the World's Most Important Number (Hardcover)
Liam Vaughan, Gavin Finch 1
R525 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R137 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The first thing you think is where's the edge, where can I make a bit more money, how can I push, push the boundaries. But the point is, you are greedy, you want every little bit of money that you can possibly get because, like I say, that is how you are judged, that is your performance metric" Tom Hayes, 2013 In the midst of the financial crisis, Tom Hayes and his network of traders and brokers from Wall Street's leading firms set to work engineering the biggest financial conspiracy ever seen. As the rest of the world burned, they came together on secret chat rooms and late night phone calls to hatch an audacious plan to rig Libor, the 'world's most important number' and the basis for $350 trillion of securities from mortgages to loans to derivatives. Without the persistence of a rag-tag team of investigators from the U.S., they would have got away with it...The Fix by award-winning Bloomberg journalists Liam Vaughan and Gavin Finch, is the inside story of the Libor scandal, told through the journey of the man at the centre of it: a young, scruffy, socially awkward misfit from England whose genius for math and obsessive personality made him a trading phenomenon, but ultimately paved the way for his own downfall. Based on hundreds of interviews, and unprecedented access to the traders and brokers involved, and the investigators who caught up with them, The Fix provides a rare look into the dark heart of global finance at the start of the 21st Century.

The Myth of Independence - How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve (Paperback): Sarah Binder, Mark Spindel The Myth of Independence - How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve (Paperback)
Sarah Binder, Mark Spindel
R1,030 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R90 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An in-depth look at how politics and economics shape the relationship between Congress and the Federal Reserve Born out of crisis a century ago, the Federal Reserve has become the most powerful macroeconomic policymaker and financial regulator in the world. The Myth of Independence marshals archival sources, interviews, and statistical analyses to trace the Fed's transformation from a weak, secretive, and decentralized institution in 1913 to a remarkably transparent central bank a century later. Offering a unique account of Congress's role in steering this evolution, Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel explore the Fed's past, present, and future and challenge the myth of its independence.

Financial Innovation and Engineering in Islamic Finance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Samir Alamad Financial Innovation and Engineering in Islamic Finance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Samir Alamad
R3,550 R2,769 Discovery Miles 27 690 Save R781 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides two important contributions to existing theories in the financial innovation literature. First, it extends the existing literature of innovation orientation to a completely new field and construct that is based on a religious imperative as a framework within which financial innovation is constrained. It explains how an innovation orientation in IFIs can be directed within religious rules, which indicates that innovation orientation in IFIs is a learning philosophy. Second, the book introduces and examines the plasticity of Shariah as a shared boundary object and its dynamic role in managing tension and conflicting values in the financial innovation process. Furthermore, building on the empirical results, the study illustrates the insights that each theoretical lens affords into practices of collaboration and develops a novel analytical framework for understanding religious orientation towards financial innovation. This practical contribution, of the developed framework, could form the basis for a standardised framework for the Islamic finance industry. The book concludes by noting the policy and managerial implications of its findings and provides directions for further research.

Beyond Sticky - Get off the commodity hamster wheel and create a bank brand people love (Paperback): Martha Bartlett Piland Beyond Sticky - Get off the commodity hamster wheel and create a bank brand people love (Paperback)
Martha Bartlett Piland
R303 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For every banker who wants to get off the commodity hamster wheel, this first-of-its-kind book on bank marketing and branding shows the way. It's filled with guidance on building a value-driven brand by working through all departments in the bank. Not just for marketers, the sticky bank brand of the future is also built by human resources, operations, sales, and all other departments within the bank working together. With sections on branding, business development, customer experience, culture, and innovation, Beyond Sticky includes exercises to help bank executives break free from the commodity mindset and create new value offerings for their bank and its customers. It's a must read for bankers who want to stop chasing hot money and lowball pricing and start generating goodwill and loyalty like never before. Beyond Sticky shows the way to break out of an increasingly competitive and ever-changing marketplace.

Stumbling Giants - Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age (Hardcover): Patricia Meredith, James L. Darroch Stumbling Giants - Transforming Canada's Banks for the Information Age (Hardcover)
Patricia Meredith, James L. Darroch
R679 Discovery Miles 6 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Canada's big six banks weathered the 2008 financial crisis very well. Their adherence to tried and tested twentieth-century products and services made them a safe harbour in the financial storm. However, as the modern global information economy continues to develop, the banks must confront their innovation crisis, or they will fail. In Stumbling Giants, Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch embark on an audacious and startling examination of Canada's big banks. With banks earning forty percent return on equity from traditional retail banking, pressure from investors with short term interests has discouraged technological innovation and adaptation. Meredith and Darroch reveal the socio-technological disruptors threatening the banks' three primary product divisions - lending, wealth management, and payments - and offer innovative yet realistic recommendations for improvement. Meredith and Darroch's new vision for the Canadian banking industry involves a broad cross-section of Canadians - policy makers, regulators, customers, suppliers, investors, and bankers - and is a call to action for all interested stakeholders to work together in creating a banking system for the twenty-first century.

The Laundromat (Previously Published as Secrecy World) - Inside the Panama Papers, Illicit Money Networks, and the Global Elite... The Laundromat (Previously Published as Secrecy World) - Inside the Panama Papers, Illicit Money Networks, and the Global Elite (Paperback)
Jake Bernstein 1
R348 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Responsible Investment Banking - Risk Management Frameworks, Sustainable Financial Innovation and Softlaw Standards (Hardcover,... Responsible Investment Banking - Risk Management Frameworks, Sustainable Financial Innovation and Softlaw Standards (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Karen Wendt
R2,183 R1,740 Discovery Miles 17 400 Save R443 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides evidence on the relevance of environmental and social factors in decision making. It discusses the Gold Standard Frameworks for integrating extra-financial risks into the philosophy, culture, strategies, products and value chain management procedures of investment and banking and highlights the current emergence of global administrative law. New emerging topics like positive impact investing and finance, climate friendly markets, human rights, the enhanced role of fiduciary duties and shared values are approached with a lot of examples for practical application. Steps towards a new banking culture, a new climate for double loop learning and sustainable financial innovation are outlined and the additional benefits of robust stakeholder engagement explained. The anthology paves the way from robust impact and risk management to positive impact creation and a new investment culture. As well, challenges for the implementation and ways to overcome them are broadly discussed. The book is rooted in the fact that institutions and investors which fail to professionally integrate the management of extra-financial risk into their whole lending and investment chain and fail to move to positive impact creation may well loose positions and mandates and finally the trust of their clients, partners and stakeholders. The contributing authors of this anthology are internationally renowned experts in the field of ESG and impact investing. The compendium brings together practitioners and academics to allow a confluence of thoughts, concepts and viewpoints. This huge variety of perspectives and approaches makes this volume a comprehensive compendium on responsible investment and banking.

Distance, Rating Systems and Enterprise Finance - Ethnographic Insights from a Comparison of Regional and Large Banks in... Distance, Rating Systems and Enterprise Finance - Ethnographic Insights from a Comparison of Regional and Large Banks in Germany (Hardcover)
Franz Floegel
R2,992 Discovery Miles 29 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In response to the credit crunch during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, many have called for the re-establishment of regional banks in the UK and elsewhere. In this context, Germany's regional banking system, with its more than 1,400 small and regional savings banks and cooperative banks, is viewed as a role model in the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, in line with the 'death of distance' debate, the universal application of ICT-based scoring and rating systems potentially obviates the necessity for proximity to reduce information asymmetries between banks and SMEs, calling into question the key advantage of regional banks. Utilising novel ethnographic findings from full-time participant observation and interviews, this book presents intimate insights into regional savings banks and compares their SME lending practices with large, nationwide-operating commercial banks in Germany. The ethnographic insights are contextualised by concise description of the three-pillar German banking system, covering bank regulation, structural and geographical developments, and enterprise finance. Furthermore, the book advances an original theoretical approach that combines classical banking theories with insights from social studies of finance on the (ontological) foundation of new realism. Ethnographic findings reveal varying distances of credit granting depending on the rating results, i.e. large banks allocate considerable credit-granting authority to local staff and therefore challenge the proximity advantages of regional banks. Nevertheless, by presenting case studies of lending to SMEs, the book demonstrates the ability of regional banks to capitalise on proximity when screening and monitoring financially distressed SMEs and explains why the suggestion that ICT can substitute for proximity in SME lending has to be rejected.

Commercial Lending - Principles and Practice (Paperback): Adrian Cudby Commercial Lending - Principles and Practice (Paperback)
Adrian Cudby
R1,026 R949 Discovery Miles 9 490 Save R77 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Endorsed by the Chartered Banker Institute as core reading for one of the modules leading to the Institute's professional qualifications and chartered status, Commercial Lending supports readers that wish to develop their ability to analyze the creditworthiness of a customer and their business in the context of the current economic climate, future market and sector expectations. Commercial Lending uses a series of practical exercises and case studies, and provides the tools needed for the reader to understand and appraise a customer's business strategy. This will then enable the reader to provide appropriate funding solutions to meet the commercial needs of customers while reflecting the bank's risk appetite. These tools include: how to assess the performance and creditworthiness of a business; how to critically evaluate the robustness of cash flow; and how to undertake sensitivity analysis to quantify sustainable debt repayment capacity. This practical text will present a critical analysis of financial and non-financial information to help readers identify key risks inherent in the customer's lending proposition. Readers will go on to propose suitable funding solutions that mitigate risk and meet the needs of customer and bank. Online supporting resources include a glossary and updates to regulation.

The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Paperback): Lawrence White The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Paperback)
Lawrence White
R696 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R184 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Theory of Monetary Institutions" analyzes the often overlooked - but fundamental - questions about monetary policy regimes:


How and why have monetary institutions evolved into their present forms?
What are the leading arguments for and against government involvement in money and banking?
What models do we have for explaining how monetary authorities choose to behave in a discretionary fiat money regime, and how well do they fit?
What alternatives to the current regime are available, and how would they work?

Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance (Paperback): Brian Kettell Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance (Paperback)
Brian Kettell
R1,013 R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Save R76 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance" is a succinct guide to the key characteristics of Islamic banking highlighting how these differ from conventional banking. This detailed book illustrates how Islamic banking is consistent with the Sharia'a, a key element of which is the prohibition on collecting and paying interest. This central religious precept appears to rule out most aspects of modern finance but it does allow money to be used for trading tangible assets and business, which can then generate a profit. Brian Kettell's book looks at all aspects of Islamic banking, including chapters on its creation and evolution through to detailed discussions of the issues involved in the Sharia'a contracts of Murabaha, Mudaraba, Musharaka, Ijara, Istisna'a, and Salam. Islamic insurance (Takaful) is also covered. Finally the book takes a look at Sharia'a law and Sharia'a boards, indicating the roles and responsibilities that come with membership.

Islamic banks have been operating in places such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Dubai for some time. Conventional bankers have traditionally viewed the sector as a small, exotic niche but recent years have seen a dramatic surge in popularity. A number of Western investment banks have started working with Muslim clerics to create new ranges of financial products designed for devout Muslims, a large and growing market. Although estimates of the size of the Islamic finance industry vary greatly, everyone agrees that it is expanding rapidly and this is the perfect book for anyone looking to understand the industry.

Pricing and Liquidity of Complex and Structured Derivatives - Deviation of a Risk Benchmark Based on Credit and Option Market... Pricing and Liquidity of Complex and Structured Derivatives - Deviation of a Risk Benchmark Based on Credit and Option Market Data (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Mathias Schmidt
R1,378 R1,271 Discovery Miles 12 710 Save R107 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book introduces the "strike of default" (SOD) benchmark concept. The author determines the SOD through cross-sectional pricing between the credit market and the option market, considering the same underlying. The idea of the SOD is to combine the implied probability of default from both markets to get a time-depending share price, at which the markets believe the underlying will default. By means of credit default swaps (CDS) and option pricing methods, the SOD is determined for any exchange-listed company, where option and CDS market data are available.

Barbarians in the Boardroom - Activist Investors and the battle for control of the world's most powerful companies... Barbarians in the Boardroom - Activist Investors and the battle for control of the world's most powerful companies (Paperback)
Owen Walker
R340 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R53 (16%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Activist investors have sent shockwaves through corporations in recent years, personally targeting directors and executives at some of the world's largest companies. No longer satisfied with operating on the fringes of business, they are now a firm fixture in the boardroom. Up to a quarter of public companies could be targeted by activist campaigns in the coming years, with directors and executives at those corporations threatened with losing their jobs. The trend, which began in corporate America, has spread to the UK, Europe and Asia, taking in several high profile companies. Barbarians in the Boardroom tells a compelling story of boardroom bust ups, dumped CEOs triumphant activists and pared back companies. It reveals real-life examples and interviews with executives and investors to explain why and how activist investors have managed to storm Wall Street and tear down City citadels. Owen Walker provides an insight into the way activists think, how they decide to target a company and how directors and executives could possibly work with them rather than against them. 'A terrific book about the personalities, strategies, and tactics of high-profile activist investors. The stories are fascinating about the activist game plan and how it is changing...' Robert J. Swieringa, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University 'Excellent overview of activist hedge funds - it tells readers how these funds brought about significant changes in corporate boardrooms.' Robert C. Pozen. Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School, former Chair of MFS Investment Management "A great guide to how activist investors work - essential for corporate directors, investors and anyone with a passing interest. Filled with insights into a number of the most high-profile personality clashes and boardroom battles." Barry Parr, Co-Chair of Pension Trustees AMNT and Non-Exec Director of CrowdBnk Ltd "Barbarians in the Boardroom is an excellent forensic analysis of the new era of activist investing and the first to cover campaigns that have ousted S&P 500 boards, promoted giant mergers and permanently changed the roles played by boards of directors." Josh Black, Editor-in-Chief, Activist Insight 'The rise of shareholders activists is one of the great capital market stories of the day. Packed with riveting tales from the activist battlefront, Owen Walker's book does it full justice.' John Plender, Financial Times Columnist

The Regulation of Financial Planning in Australia - Current Practice, Issues and Empirical Analysis (Hardcover): Angelique... The Regulation of Financial Planning in Australia - Current Practice, Issues and Empirical Analysis (Hardcover)
Angelique Nadia Sweetman McInnes
R2,884 Discovery Miles 28 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book investigates the legitimacy of the current Australian Financial Services Licensee-Authorised Representative (AFSL-AR) licensing model, as specified in the Commonwealth Corporations Act 2001. The book rectifies the deficiency in scholarly attention to this matter by developing a new conceptualised framework for the financial planning discipline. It takes into account theories in agency, legislation, legitimacy and the independent individual regulatory regimes in other professions; thereafter integrating this framework with the financial planning theory to examine the legitimacy, or what was found to be the illegitimacy of licensing advisers via multiple third party conflicted commercially oriented licensees. This book makes a very useful reference to understanding financial planning licencing model in Australia.

Stabilising Capitalism - A Greater Role for Central Banks (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Pierluigi Ciocca Stabilising Capitalism - A Greater Role for Central Banks (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Pierluigi Ciocca
R2,319 Discovery Miles 23 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The role of central banks as a hinge on which the financial system rests has returned to the top of the political agenda in recent years. The global financial crisis has resulted in many changes for central banks, including renewed power in financial supervision and reduced restrictions in their implementation of monetary policies. This book argues that central banks play a key role in financial systems, presenting the European Central Bank as a specific example of an institution that uses its uniquely independent position and wide margins of discretion to provide an array of important functions. It illustrates how central banks promote the security and efficiency of payment systems, pursue price stability, and accommodate the optimal utilization of the resources, labour and capital available to an economy. Stabilising Capitalism demonstrates how these institutions also aid in dealing with the risk of financial collapse and permit the continuity of public expenditure when the government is unable to place securities in the bond market. The author concludes by suggesting that although many consider the idea of this role for central banks to be outdated, these institutions form the root of the capitalist market economy and act as a bastion against financial instability.

Private Banking - Building a Culture of Excellence (Hardcover, New): Boris F.J. Collardi Private Banking - Building a Culture of Excellence (Hardcover, New)
Boris F.J. Collardi
R2,911 R2,281 Discovery Miles 22 810 Save R630 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An insightful overview of the keys to world-class client service in the private banking sector

As the number of wealthy individuals around the world increases, private banking and wealth management companies have grown to keep pace. After the fast growth the long term success is predicated on both winning "and" keeping clients, making a client-centric model a must. "Private Banking: Building a Culture of Excellence" provides a clear, easy-to-follow guide to building a committed base, written by an industry expert.

Presenting an overview of the elements required to build a successful and client-focused private bank that delivers the kind of care and excellence wealthy clients demand, the book even includes real-life examples for a better understanding of concepts and, to help you achieve your goal.Outlines how to implement a practical strategy for success in the growing private banking sectorExplores the key drivers in the private banking industry as well as the most recent developments in the environment to help you stay on top of customer demandsIncludes case studies and other resources to show the keys to private banking done right in action

"Private Banking" provides useful, hands-on advice for building a strong, lasting business in the private banking sector.

Better Bankers, Better Banks - Promoting Good Business through Contractual Commitment (Hardcover): Claire A. Hill, Richard W.... Better Bankers, Better Banks - Promoting Good Business through Contractual Commitment (Hardcover)
Claire A. Hill, Richard W. Painter
R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Taking financial risks is an essential part of what banks do, but there's no clear sense of what constitutes responsible risk. Taking legal risks seems to have become part of what banks do as well. Since the financial crisis, Congress has passed copious amounts of legislation aimed at curbing banks' risky behavior. Lawsuits against large banks have cost them billions. Yet bad behavior continues to plague the industry. Why isn't there more change? In Better Bankers, Better Banks, Claire A. Hill and Richard W. Painter look back at the history of banking and show how the current culture of bad behavior-dramatized by the corrupt, cocaine-snorting bankers of The Wolf of Wall Street-came to be. In the early 1980s, banks went from partnerships whose partners had personal liability to corporations whose managers had no such liability and could take risks with other people's money. A major reason bankers remain resistant to change, Hill and Painter argue, is that while banks have been faced with large fines, penalties, and legal fees-which have exceeded one hundred billion dollars since the onset of the crisis-the banks (which really means the banks'shareholders) have paid them, not the bankers themselves. The problem also extends well beyond the pursuit of profit to the issue of how success is defined within the banking industry, where highly paid bankers clamor for status and clients may regard as inevitable bankers who prioritize their own self-interest. While many solutions have been proposed, Hill and Painter show that a successful transformation of banker behavior must begin with the bankers themselves. Bankers must be personally liable from their own assets for some portion of the bank's losses from excessive risk-taking and illegal behavior. This would instill a culture that discourages such behavior and in turn influence the sorts of behavior society celebrates or condemns. Despite many sensible proposals seeking to reign in excessive risk-taking, the continuing trajectory of scandals suggests that we're far from ready to avert the next crisis. Better Bankers, Better Banks is a refreshing call for bankers to return to the idea that theirs is a noble profession.

Property Boom and Banking Bust - The Role of Commercial Lending in the Bankruptcy of Banks (Paperback): Colin Jones, Stewart... Property Boom and Banking Bust - The Role of Commercial Lending in the Bankruptcy of Banks (Paperback)
Colin Jones, Stewart Cowe, Edward Trevillion
R1,830 R1,655 Discovery Miles 16 550 Save R175 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A fascinating analysis of the critical role commercial property investment played in the economic boom and bust during the global financial crisis The unprecedented financial boom stretching from the mid-1990s through 2008 ultimately led to the deepest recession in modern times and one of the slowest economic recoveries in history. It also resulted in the emergence of the draconian austerity policies that have swept across Europe in recent years. Property Boom and Banking Bust offers an expert insight into the complex property market dynamics that contributed to the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 and its devastating economic consequences. It is the first book to focus on a woefully underreported dimension of the crisis, namely, the significant role that lending on commercial property development played in the crisis. Among other key topics, the authors explore the philosophical and behavioral factors that propelled irresponsible bank lending and the property boom; how it led to the downfall of the banks; the impact of the credit crunch on the real estate industry generally in the wake of the financial crisis; the catastrophic effects the property bust had on property investors, both large and small; and how the financial institutions have sought to recover in the wake of the financial crisis. Provides valuable insights into what happened in previous booms and busts, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s, and how they compare with the most recent one Offers an expert assessment of the consequences of the global financial crisis for the banking system and the commercial property industry Examines strategies banks have used to recover their positions and manage the overhang of indebtedness and bad property assets Addresses strategies the real estate industry have used to recover from the collapse in property values Written in an accessible style, and featuring numerous insider case accounts from property bankers, Property Boom and Banking Bust disentangles the complex, tightly-woven factors that led to the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, while offering powerful lessons for property industry professionals on how to avoid having history repeat itself.

Lending, Investments and the Financial Crisis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Elena Beccalli, Federica Poli Lending, Investments and the Financial Crisis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Elena Beccalli, Federica Poli
R3,067 Discovery Miles 30 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book features contributions from leading researchers into the effect of the recent financial crisis on lending in the banking sector. They explore the emergence of alternative methods of firm financing, including crowdfunding, firm network financing and venture capital, and analyse the performance of listed European innovative firms. The book discusses related topics such as the role of loan dynamics and structure for Central and Eastern European economic growth, the liquidity policy of the European Central Bank during the Euro crisis, sovereign pensions and social security reserve funds. Lending, Investments and the Financial Crisis addresses the ways in which the strategies of institutional investors have been impacted by the crisis. The study focuses on Western, Central and Eastern Europe, while providing a wider context in terms of comparison with the Chinese banking system.

Sukuk Securities - New Ways of Debt Contracting (Hardcover): Meysam Safari, Mohamed Ariff, Shamsher Mohamad Sukuk Securities - New Ways of Debt Contracting (Hardcover)
Meysam Safari, Mohamed Ariff, Shamsher Mohamad
R1,762 R1,595 Discovery Miles 15 950 Save R167 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The essential guide to global sukuk markets worldwide Sukuk Securities provides complete information and guidance on the latest developments in the burgeoning sukuk securities markets. Written by leading Islamic finance experts, this essential guide offers insight into the concepts, design features, contract structures, yields, and payoffs in all twelve global sukuk markets, providing Islamic finance professionals with an invaluable addition to their library. The first book to fully introduce the market, this book provides a detailed overview of the sukuk market, with practical guidance toward applying these instruments in real-world scenarios. Readers will learn how sukuk securities are regulated and the issues that arise from regulations, and gain insight into the foundation and principles of Islamic finance as applied to these instruments. Extensive tables illustrate t-test comparisons between conventional bonds and sukuk, risk factors, and the issuance of different types of sukuk securities by country to give readers a deeper understanding of the markets. In 2010, the World Bank recommended sukuk as the best form of lending for growth in developing countries; since then, the value of new issues has grown at 45 percent per year. The market's present size is close to US $1,200 billion, with private markets in major financial centers like London, Zurich, and New York. This book provides comprehensive guidance toward understanding and using these instruments, and working within these markets. Get acquainted with the sukuk market, definitions, classification, and pricing Learn the different approaches to structuring and contract design Discover how sukuk is applied, including regulations, ratings, and securitization Examine payoff structures and suggested sukuk valuation in the context of Islamic finance principles With the sukuk market growing the way it is, regulators, investors, and students need to fully understand the mechanisms at work. Sukuk Securities is the complete guide to the sukuk markets, with expert insight. July 2014 saw the first sukuk listing in London. Hong Kong and Seoul have also entered this niche market. Predictions are that there will be continued high growth of sukuk debt markets around the world, all providing targeted funding via sukuk contracting modes.

Cyprus and the Financial Crisis - The Controversial Bailout and What it Means for the Eurozone (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): John... Cyprus and the Financial Crisis - The Controversial Bailout and What it Means for the Eurozone (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
John Theodore, Jonathan Theodore
R2,533 Discovery Miles 25 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The 2012-2013 economic crisis in the Republic of Cyprus is commonly attributed to a number of factors, including the exposure of Cypriot banks to over leveraged local property companies; the knock-on effect of the Greek government debt crisis; and international credit rating agencies downgrading the Cypriot government's bond credit status. What followed was unexpected and controversial: a bailout on condition of a one-time bank deposit levy on all uninsured deposits in the country's second-largest bank, the Cyprus Popular Bank; and on the uninsured deposits of large proportion of the island's largest commercial bank, the Bank of Cyprus. Many have questioned the implications of Cyprus' ties with the Russian financial system, as well as the draconian and unprecedented bailout terms imposed on the Cypriot population by the Eurozone. There has been little written from the Cypriot perspective on these events. This book presents a study of the events surrounding the recent Cypriot Financial Crisis and its impact on the Eurozone. It incorporates insights from leading protagonists in the Cypriot government and banking sectors and focuses on qualitative research to assess the events that formed the backdrop of the crisis. The book analyzes the policies of many public and private institutions and presents the crisis alongside other Eurozone bailouts to compare and contextualize the ongoing issues. Cyprus and the Financial Crisis also explains the political and historical backdrop of the events, including the wider Cypriot experience since the 1974 invasion, and the unravelling financial relationship between Cyprus, Greece and Russia. It incorporates the views of Cypriots from a wide and diverse spectrum, and presents the resilience of the island in fighting back to beat forecasts for recovery, helped by the Eldorado of gas finds off its southern shores.

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