A History of Interest Rates

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Rutgers University Press, 1996 - Business & Economics - 688 pages
The late Sidney Homer published the First Edition of A History of Interest Rates in 1963 because he believed that a comprehensive history of this universal and basic economic and commercial price was necessary. Now in its Fourth Edition, A History of Interest Rates has become a classic in the fields of economics and finance.

This one-of-a-kind guide presents a readable account of interest rate trends and lending practices spanning over four millennia of economic history. Filled with in-depth insights and illustrative charts and tables, this updated Fourth Edition provides a historical perspective of interest rate movements as well as a new chapter of contemporary material and added discussions of interest rate developments over the past ten years.

A sampling of eras and areas covered include:

  • Ancient Times: Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome
  • Medieval Times and Renaissance Europe: Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and more
  • Modern Europe and North America to 1900: England, France, and other European countries, as well as the United States
  • Europe and North America since 1900: England, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as Canada and the United States
  • Other countries and regions in the 1900s: Japan, Russia, China, and Latin America
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
17
Part Two Medieval and Renaissance Europe
69
Renaissance Interest Rates in Western Europe
133
England in the Eighteenth Century
147
Europe in the Eighteenth Century
166
New Sterling Issues by Foreign Governments
204
Nineteenth Century
234
Prices and Yields of LongTerm Dutch Government
237
Twentieth Century
522
Twentieth Century
528
Annual Averages 19301989
534
Annual Averages 19301989
538
Canada in the Twentieth Century
542
Twentieth Century
546
Summary and Analysis of Interest Rates in Europe
551
Review of Medieval and Modern Western European and American LongTerm Interest Rates
554

Nineteenth Century
252
Nineteenth Century
272
The United States in the Eighteenth
274
Summary of LongTerm HighGrade American Bond
286
110
294
120
304
Part Four Europe and North America Since 1900
327
19461990
366
131
414
England in the Twentieth Century
436
France
460
137
472
Twentieth Century
480
Twentieth Century
486
Twentieth Century
492
Twentieth Century
498
Twentieth Century
504
Twentieth Century
510
Annual Averages Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
516
Switzerland
520
and American ShortTerm Interest Rates
567
Japan
571
18831989
575
Australia New Zealand
581
Annual Averages 19301989
584
Annual Averages 19301989
589
Russia
593
China
607
Latin America
619
Annual Averages 18701989
621
156
624
Annual Averages Twentieth Century
627
Annual Averages 19301989
631
The 1990s
634
19901995
637
19901994
646
Notes
661
161
665
Index
679
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