A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold (Peter L. Bernstein's Finance Classics)

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 25, 2008 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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One of the foremost financial writers of his generation, Peter Bernstein has the unique ability to synthesize intellectual history and economics with the theory and practice of investment management. Now, with classic titles such as Economist on Wall Street, A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold, and The Price of Prosperity—which have forewords by financial luminaries and new introductions by the author—you can enjoy some of the best of Bernstein in his earlier Wall Street days.

With the proliferation of financial instruments, new areas of instability, and innovative capital market strategies, many economists and investors have lost sight of the fundamentals of the financial system—its strengths as well as its weaknesses. A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold takes you back to the beginning and sorts out all the pieces.

Peter Bernstein skillfully addresses how and why commercial banks lend and invest, where money comes from, how it moves from hand to hand, and the critical role of interest rates. He explores the Federal Reserve System and the consequences of the Fed's actions on the overall economy. But this book is not just about the past. Bernstein's novel perspective on gold and the dollar is critical for today's decision makers, as he provides extensive views on the future of money, banking, and gold in the world economy.

This illuminating story about the heart of our economic system is essential reading at a time when developments in finance are more important than ever.

 

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User Review  - BrianFannin - LibraryThing

Fantastic book. Troublingly, I think I might finally understand what money is- an issue that has bothered me for most of my life. The troubling bit is that money doesn't really exist. It represents ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
SPENDING AND FINANCING
THE BUSINESS OF BANKING
THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
Cha ter 9 RESERVE RE UIREMENTS
THE EXPERIENCE OF 1938 TO 1945
THE EXPERIENCE OF 1966
Appendix READING THE WEEKLY FEDERAL RESERVE STATEMENT
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PETER L. BERNSTEIN is founder and President of Peter L. Bernstein, Inc., established in 1973 as publishers of Economics & Portfolio Strategy and consultants to institutional investors around the world. He is also the author of ten books, including three recent volumes from Wiley—Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession, and Capital Ideas Evolving.

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