Man vs. Markets Economics Explained (Plain and Simple)

ISBN-10: 0062196650

ISBN-13: 9780062196651

Edition: 2012

Authors: Paddy Hirsch

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After years of media coverage, do we really understand the financial engineering that brought the global economy to the brink? The lexicon of the markets is laden with terms and acronyms like leverage, securitization, MBS, CDS, and CDO. How can the average person crack the code?Veteran journalist, senior producer at NPR's Marketplace, and Whiteboard Guru. Paddy Hirsch proves it's not impossible to understand what goes on in the glass and steel canyons of Wall Street. In Man vs. Markets, he shows how most international financial transactions are the same as those taking place in stores, car dealerships, and even playgrounds on Main Street.Bonds? They're basically just loans. Futures? You probably used one when you ordered your Thanksgiving turkey last year. Options? Ever bought a fully transferable, returnable airline ticket? It's pretty much the same thing.Using the humor and the knowledge of everyday experiences, Hirsch offers accessible explanations, anecdotes, and analogies of the instruments that power our financial system and that very nearly caused its demise. Man vs. Markets breaks down what, exactly, makes the markets tick and empowers readers, whether they are contemplating an investment, arguing for reform, or simply trying to understand events making news.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction: The Financial Comer Store
Your Piece of the Action: Stocks, Shares, and Equity Trading
Racking It Up: Debt, and Why It's Not Always a Bad Thing
Under the Skin: How a Company Hangs Together
Derivatives: Devilish? Destructive? Deadly?
Your Jell-0 for My Cake: How Swaps Work
The Folding Stuff: Money, and How It Makes Its Way Around the World
The House Always Wins: The Banking System
Loosening the Beltway: The Fed, the Treasury, and How Government Gets Involved
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: Consumer Debt, Securitization, and Shadow Banking
Architects of Our Own Destruction: Decline and Recovery in the Financial Markets
Afterword
Index
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