Wall Street: The Markets, Mechanisms and Players

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This detailed guide looks at every aspect of Wall Street's activities, explaining how they work, how much they matter, and who does what. It reports on and analyzes the highs and lows in Wall Street's development and the regular occurrence of financial scandals. It examines the crisis in Wall Street that followed the collapse of the technology boom and the attacks on the World Trade Center. In short, it provides a complete overview of how Wall Street works and why it is ...

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Overview

This detailed guide looks at every aspect of Wall Street's activities, explaining how they work, how much they matter, and who does what. It reports on and analyzes the highs and lows in Wall Street's development and the regular occurrence of financial scandals. It examines the crisis in Wall Street that followed the collapse of the technology boom and the attacks on the World Trade Center. In short, it provides a complete overview of how Wall Street works and why it is important.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781861974648
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: Economist Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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RICHARD ROBERTS is Professor of African History and Director of the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. He has published widely on the social and economic history of French West Africa and has edited two volumes that have appeared in the Social History of Africa series (Law and Colonialism in Africa, coedited with Kristin Mann, and Cotton, Colonialism, and Social History of Sub-Saharan Africa, coedited with Allen Issacman).

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Table of Contents

1 What is Wall Street? 1
2 How we got here 17
3 Wall Street scandals 54
4 Markets, markets, markets 85
5 The securities industry 118
6 Banking 131
7 Insurance companies and pension funds 138
9 Stock exchanges 162
10 Futures and options exchanges 188
11 Payments system, clearing houses and depositories 200
12 Regulation and regulators 209
13 Global money centre 215
14 Wall Street in crisis 223
App. 1 Financial services industry institutions and organisations 231
App. 2: Principal players 241
App. 3: Key events 1792-2002 256
Further reading 260
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