Guide to Financial Markets (Economist Series) / Edition 5

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Overview

Financial markets have been around ever since people settled down to growing crops and trading them with each other. They take many different forms and operate in many different ways. But all of them, whether highly organised, like the New York Stock Exchange, or highly informal, like money-changers in Africa, serve the same basic functions, which range from providing a way of setting prices and valuing assets, through raising capital or investing it, to managing exposure to risk.

The credit crunch and ensuing financial crisis brought home to everyone the enormous influence that financial markets exercise and highlighted the pace of innovation in them and the instruments they trade. This book explains why the different financial markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576603437
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Series: Economist Series , #24
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Levinson is a former finance and economics editor of The Economist. He was previously a senior writer at Newsweek and more recently spent ten years as an economist at JPMorgan Chase. He has published widely on economic subjects in such journals as Harvard Business Review and Foreign Affairs, and is currently senior fellow in international business at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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Table of Contents

1. Why markets matter.

2. Foreign-exchange markets.

3. Money markets.

4. Bond markets.

5. Securitisation.

6. International fixed-income markets.

7. Equity markets.

8. Futures and options markets.

9. Derivatives markets.

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