A Beginner's Guide to the World Economy: Eighty-one Basic Economic Concepts That Will Change the Way You See the World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 18.12.2007 - 256 Seiten
In a time of rapid change in the world economy, this fascinating, concise, and user-friendly primer is the most reliable tool for keeping track of what's happening. 

What is the new economy? What is globalization? Is the euro the final seal on European Union? How is e-commerce transforming our world beyond economics? What is virtual money, and does it have real value? How do social concerns and societal ills (drugs, poverty, AIDS, endangered natural resources) play a part in the rapidly changing world economy? What are multinationals, and do they signal the end of nationalism? These and many other pertinent issues are addressed in an enlightening and entertaining handbook for those who want to be economically literate (and who doesn't?).
 

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What Is Macroeconomics?
3
What Is the Euro?
9
What Is Virtual Money?
22
Who Invests in the Global Marketplace?
23
What Is Equity?
24
What Are Exchange Rates?
28
What Is Money Supply?
34
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48
What Is ECommerce?
109
What Is the European Union?
111
How Are Communist Countries Transformed by Capitalism?
115
How Is the Former Soviet Bloc Being Integrated
116
into the World Economy?
118
What Are the Tiger Economies of Southeast Asia?
121
What Is Japan Inc ?
122
What Is the Third World?
125

Why Are Companies Referred to as Ltd Inc GmbH or S A ?
53
What Is a Balance Sheet?
56
What Is a Profit and Loss Statement?
57
What Is Net Worth?
59
What Is Bankruptcy?
61
What Is Venture Capital?
62
What Is an IPO?
63
What Is a Leveraged Buyout?
68
What Is a Multinational?
70
What Are the Risks of International Investing?
72
What Is a Stock Index?
75
How Do Investors Buy Foreign Shares?
79
What Is an Equity Fund?
81
What Is a Capital Market?
83
What Is a Bond?
84
What Are Eurocurrencies and Eurobonds?
87
How Are Ratings Used to Evaluate International Investments?
88
How Is Gold Part of the World Economy?
90
What Are Derivatives?
92
What Is an Option?
93
How Can New Economy Companies Be Compared to Traditional Companies?
105
What Is Hyperinflation?
127
What Causes the Income Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries?
129
What Can Be Done to Promote Third World Development?
131
What Is the World Bank?
135
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137
What Are Economic Austerity Plans?
138
What Is Dollarization?
140
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141
What Are FreeTrade Megazones?
143
What Are the OECD and G7G8?
145
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147
What Role Do Charities and NGOs Play in the World Economy?
149
70
151
What Is Money Laundering?
153
72
156
What Are Tax Havens?
158
How Are Illegal Goods Traded on the Worlds Black
160
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Autoren-Profil (2007)

Randy Charles Epping, based in Zurich, Switzerland and São Paulo, Brazil, has worked in International Finance for over 25 years, holding management positions in European and American investment banks in London, Geneva, and Zurich. He has a master's degree in International Relations from Yale University, in addition to degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Paris-La Sorbonne. He is currently the manager of IFS Project Management AG, a Switzerland-based international consulting company. He is also the president of the Central Europe Foundation, which provides assistance to students and economic organizations in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to several other books on the world economy, he has written a novel, Trust, a financial thriller based in Zurich and Budapest. Mr. Epping holds dual U.S. and Swiss citizenship and is fluent in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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