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  • Capa comum: 564 páginas
  • Editora: Penguin Books; Edição: Reprint (29 de dezembro de 2009)
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ISBN-10: 0143116800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116806
  • Dimensões do produto: 13,8 x 3 x 21,2 cm
  • Peso do produto: 458 g
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Liaquat Ahamed has been a professional investment manager for 25 years. He has worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the New York based partnership of Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, where he served as Chief Executive. He is currently an adviser to several hedge fund groups, including the Rock Creek Group and the Rohatyn Group, is a director of Aspen Insurance Co. and is on the board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. He has degrees in economics from Harvard and Cambridge Universities.

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Fundamental para entender a história econômica do mundo. Mostra um momento crucial no desenvolvimento da Economia e da forma como o mundo se organizou para sobreviver ao colapso pos-1929.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Great way to learn about the politics of international finance 12 de junho de 2014
Por Stephan Campbell - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa comum Compra verificada
“Central bankers can be likened to the Greek mythological character Sisyphus,” writes Liaquat Ahamed in Lords of Finance. It’s hard to imagine Alan Greenspan heaving a boulder up a hill, but given that his career ended marred by the gravitational pull of derivatives and a pendulous business cycle, the analogy works. Of course, central bankers like Greenspan are not bound for eternity; in Lords of Finance they retire after rolling their fiscal stones halfway, then take roles as elder statesmen, marry young wives, and suckle personal fortunes while withering into obscurity.

Ahamed’s thesis is that the Great Depression was caused by misguided economic policies implemented by central bankers in Germany, France, England, and America. The book moves chronologically, first describing the politically controversial creation of central banks; then the financial impact of the world’s sudden plunge into the Great War; then the economic “consequences of peace” during post-war reconstruction; and finally the Great Depression and its aftermath.

The book’s subtitle, The Bankers Who Broke the World, implies that blame for the disastrous policies should lie with the nominal policymakers, the central bankers who made up the so-called “Most Exclusive Club in the World”: Benjamin Strong, Emile Moreau, Montagu Norman, and Hjalmar Schacht.

But blaming the central bankers is facile scapegoating. Consider an earnest question posed to an economic advisor by Winston Churchill: “You have been a politician. Given the situation as it is, what decision would you make?”

To the chagrin of a present and dissenting John Maynard Keynes, Churchill follows the advice of the advisor, which leads to economic calamity.

Blaming politicians, too, is shortcoming. To quell speculation in the pre-Depression stock market, Herbert Hoover, the engineer, and Adolph Miller, a Berkeley economist, have their own misguided policy ideas. Ahamed writes of these, “[T]hey had fallen into the first trap of financial officials dealing with complex markets––an excessive level of confidence in their own judgements.”

Lords of Finance shows economic policymaking for what it is: a muddled orgy of ideology, overconfidence, ego, theory, expertise, indicators, populism, vested interests, ignorance, and politics. Though there are individuals who possess the ability to impact financial crises, they are time and time again shackled by doubt, bureaucracy, and institutions. Nearly everyone errs; the boulder rolls down the mountain.

But circumstances have improved. Ahamed concludes by acknowledging the relative stability of the modern financial system––even as the book was published one year into the 2008 financial crisis. The world is better off because of consensus acceptance of the ideas popularized by the infallible John Maynard Keynes and the relative maturity of monetary theory.

For all of the economic insight, some of the work’s most enjoyable reading comes during tangents, when Ahamed drifts from lucid but dry discussion of interest rates and bank behavior into anecdotes about characters. Ahamed thankfully chooses to use footnotes to personify his characters, rather than expound on economic theory, which contributes to the book’s fluency and fun.

Lords of Finance is an excellent resource for anyone interested in economics, finance, and banking, or interested in seeing the Depression-era through a different lens.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Brilliant tour of pre-world war central banking 25 de novembro de 2013
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Lords of finance unveils the details and nuances of the central bank decisions in the aftermath of World War I and 1929 market crash. The early parts of the book bring history to life with scenes behind the secret Aldrich plan that ultimately resulted in the genesis of Federal Reserve (despite opposition and skepticism from Progressives and Midwestern Republicans, skepticism that has continued to live on 100 years later among contemporary Fed opponents). The psychology behind historical market actions also seems no different from market behavior of our times. We can argue that markets react much more swiftly to news in the Internet era but the length and extent of market reactions follow similar course - moves in 1912, when the US woke to news of a Russian general mobilization causing a 7% drop in Dow, and subsequently in the first half of 1929, when markets initially ignored rising cost of borrowing and Fed rate hikes to continue the bull run. While media and market bulls and bears tussled with the prognosis of market moves, no one could guess the actual exogenous event that would push the domino and lead to the Great Depression: the collapse of Clarency Harty's empire, Bank of England's subsequent rate hike to prevent a knock on effect on sterling, and subsequent liquidation of US stocks by British investors who lost money in Harty's fraudulent scheme. Other parts of the book delve into Pre-World War II German economy, Gold standard, Roosevelt's market plan, British and French central banking and provide brilliant insights. Lords of Finance is a copious research piece and brilliant narration of early 20th century central banking - well deserved Pulitzer
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5.0 de 5 estrelas We see the historical events of the Great Depression and the reactions or lack thereof by the ... 4 de julho de 2015
Por Gerrit Middelkoop - Publicada na Amazon.com
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The book presents a comprehensive picture of the central banking system and the financial woes of the twenties and thirties. The main characters are the central bankers of the UK, USA, Germany and France as well as Milton Keynes. We see the historical events of the Great Depression and the reactions or lack thereof by the bankers. The book provides a wealth of interesting historical and monetary insights and details and gives insights into the lives of the key players of that time, their public image and inadequacy to avoid the disaster of the Great Depression. A great read.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Why did the Great Depression Happen? 20 de novembro de 2014
Por JAL III - Publicada na Amazon.com
Formato: Capa comum Compra verificada
How and why did the Great Depression happen? This excellent book recounts the many decisions made by the powerful nations after World War I; describes the workings and problems of the Gold Standard; details the post-war economies in Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain, and the United States; reveals exactly what was happening on Wall Street; and follows the world's descent into recession, depression, and ultimately the Great Depression. Focusing on the leaders of the world's biggest central banks, the economic missteps, poor currency management, credit crises, international jealousies, and out-dated theories are weaved together to explain how they all played a role resulting in the greatest financial disaster of the twentieth century. As a sidelight, John Maynard Keynes, who held no power or leadership role, emerges as the only one who could see clearly what was happening. This was an in-depth account, easy to read, full of drama (and some comedy), and understandable to anyone interested in the topic.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Worth the read! 30 de abril de 2015
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