How Money Got Free

Author: Brian Patrick Eha
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780746593
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Genre: Business & Economics

In the space of a few years, Bitcoin has gone from an idea ignored or maligned by almost everyone to an asset with a market cap of more than $12 billion. Venture capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, and billionaires such as Richard Branson and Peter Thiel have invested more than $1 billion in companies built on this groundbreaking technology. Bill Gates has even declared it ‘better than currency’. But can its early promise endure? Or will the next evolution of money be neutered as it goes mainstream? The pioneers of Bitcoin were twenty-first-century outlaws – cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and self-taught entrepreneurs – armed with a renegade ideology and a grudge against big government and big banks. Now those same institutions are threatening to co-opt or curtail the impact of digital currency. But the pioneers, some of whom have become millionaires themselves, aren’t going down without a fight. Sweeping and provocative, How Money Got Free reveals how this disruptive technology is shaping the debate around competing ideas of money and liberty, and what that means for our future.

How Money Got Free

Author: Brian Eha
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
ISBN: 178074658X
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Genre: Business & Economics

After ignoring it for the first few years of its existence, major investors--venture-capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, and billionaires like Richard Branson and Peter Thiel--have now decided to risk more than $1 billion of investment capital on digital-currency businesses. How did an invention that, a few years ago, wasn’t taken seriously by anyone, come to be praised by Bill Gates as "better than currency"? Bitcoin was founded on a renegade ideology by a bunch of outlaws: cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and entrepreneurs, those with a grudge against government and big banks. For some of the early adopters, now millionaires themselves, the world of global finance goes against everything they stand for, and they are not going down without a fight.

Tethered Money

Author: Gideon Samid
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 9780128034972
Release Date: 2015-07-17
Genre: Business & Economics

Tettered Money: Managing Digital Currency Transactions presents a comprehensive discussion of financial transactions using digital currencies, with the author, Gideon Samid, making the case for their expansion in tethered money. Exploring the technical, legal, and historical aspects of digital money, the author discusses how the emerging technology of money specified for a specific need or to perform a particular task will affect society. The ability to dictate, Samid argues, how money is spent could increase control over our lives and resources, enabling us to practice a certain efficiency that would, in due time, become a pillar of civilization. Informative and thought-provoking, the book describes an evolving future that, in some quarters, has already arrived. Delivers an in-depth picture of security issues related to financial transactions Explores recent regulatory developments regarding digital currencies Considers existing cryptocurrencies and alternative payment schemes

Bitcoin

Author: Jose Pagliery
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 9781623689193
Release Date: 2014-09-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Bitcoin first appeared in 2009, and it's already challenging everything we've come to accept about money, financial institutions, and even government. The digital currency can be nearly anonymous. And it can be traded internationally—without the fees, government regulation, and bank oversight of paper money. But Bitcoin is still risky. Its value fluctuates wildly. More than $400 billion of it disappeared overnight with the fall of a single trading exchange. How is that possible? And why is it so popular? CNNMoney reporter Jose Pagliery explains it all. He details the digital currency's mysterious origins. He explores the dark side of Bitcoin: a world of drugs and assassins for hire. And he examines the economic impact of this revolutionary concept through interviews with pensive economists, wary bank regulators, and free market proponents such as Ron Paul. Bitcoin: And the Future of Money explains how it works and why it matters. The book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand a financial innovation that will forever change how we think about money.

Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Author: Carol Realini
Publisher: FriesenPress
ISBN: 9781460265529
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Business & Economics

As incredible as it may seem in this hyper-connected, technologically advanced era, half the planet's population exist as "Financial nomads"-those who nourish and shelter themselves without using traditional banking services. While the wealthy live at the top of a metaphorical pyramid, taking financial security and banking services for granted, there are billions of people who struggle at the pyramid's base in an exhausting state of financial exclusion and insecurity. Times are changing rapidly, but despite global uncertainty, technology has the capacity to reach and equip people in all walks of life. Advances in communications have reconfigured the ease with which we interact with our money-and these advances can provide innovative financial services to the unbanked and underserved around the world. Financial inclusion for all is indeed within our reach, and with this conviction, authors Karl Mehta and Carol Realini propose a vision for a better world and a blueprint to get there....

The Truth Machine

Author: Paul Vigna
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250114600
Release Date: 2018-02-27
Genre: Business & Economics

"Views differ on bitcoin, but few doubt the transformative potential of Blockchain technology. The Truth Machine is the best book so far on what has happened and what may come along. It demands the attention of anyone concerned with our economic future." —Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard, Former Treasury Secretary From Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna, the authors of The Age of Cryptocurrency, comes the definitive work on the Internet’s Next Big Thing: The Blockchain. Big banks have grown bigger and more entrenched. Privacy exists only until the next hack. Credit card fraud is a fact of life. Many of the “legacy systems” once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task. Yet there is a way past all this—a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionize vast swaths of our economy: the blockchain. In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself. They reveal the disruption it promises for industries including finance, tech, legal, and shipping. Casey and Vigna expose the challenge of replacing trusted (and not-so-trusted) institutions on which we’ve relied for centuries with a radical model that bypasses them. The Truth Machine reveals the empowerment possible when self-interested middlemen give way to the transparency of the blockchain, while highlighting the job losses, assertion of special interests, and threat to social cohesion that will accompany this shift. With the same balanced perspective they brought to The Age of Cryptocurrency, Casey and Vigna show why we all must care about the path that blockchain technology takes—moving humanity forward, not backward.

Open Banking Strategy Formation

Author: Paul Rohan
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1544809581
Release Date: 2017-04-19
Genre:

Open Banking is an emerging and high-profile area in financial services. There is a 'market forces' definition of Open Banking. It refers to the use of Open APIs that enable third-party Developers to build applications and services around banks. There is also a 'regulatory' definition of Open Banking, focused on greater transparency and choices for bank account holders which is being enforced by regulators. Some commentators suggest that Open Banking could cure many ills in modern banking. The emerging Open Banking environment is often described as an Ecosystem. Healthy ecosystems have viable populations of various interacting species, ecosystem diversity, a constant evolutionary process and sufficient evolutionary potential. The potential interactions in an Open Banking Ecosystem interests many investors and entrepreneurs. Within existing banks, corporate strategists, technology specialists, business unit leaders and risk managers are also examining its impact on the landscape of financial services. As an Open Banking Ecosystem emerges, a central question must be the capability of existing banks to adapt and evolve into this new environment. Open Banking Strategy Formation examines the forces that are likely to influence the evolution of Open Banking at an industry level. The transition of the industry to Open Banking will come from a patchwork of deliberate and reactive changes by existing and emerging market participants. Open Banking Strategy Formation will help existing and new market participants to judge how and when their businesses can become part of the Open Banking Ecosystem.

The End of Alchemy Money Banking and the Future of the Global Economy

Author: Mervyn King
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393247039
Release Date: 2016-03-21
Genre: Business & Economics

“Mervyn King may well have written the most important book to come out of the financial crisis. Agree or disagree, King’s visionary ideas deserve the attention of everyone from economics students to heads of state.” —Lawrence H. Summers Something is wrong with our banking system. We all sense that, but Mervyn King knows it firsthand; his ten years at the helm of the Bank of England, including at the height of the financial crisis, revealed profound truths about the mechanisms of our capitalist society. In The End of Alchemy he offers us an essential work about the history and future of money and banking, the keys to modern finance. The Industrial Revolution built the foundation of our modern capitalist age. Yet the flowering of technological innovations during that dynamic period relied on the widespread adoption of two much older ideas: the creation of paper money and the invention of banks that issued credit. We take these systems for granted today, yet at their core both ideas were revolutionary and almost magical. Common paper became as precious as gold, and risky long-term loans were transformed into safe short-term bank deposits. As King argues, this is financial alchemy—the creation of extraordinary financial powers that defy reality and common sense. Faith in these powers has led to huge benefits; the liquidity they create has fueled economic growth for two centuries now. However, they have also produced an unending string of economic disasters, from hyperinflations to banking collapses to the recent global recession and current stagnation. How do we reconcile the potent strengths of these ideas with their inherent weaknesses? King draws on his unique experience to present fresh interpretations of these economic forces and to point the way forward for the global economy. His bold solutions cut through current overstuffed and needlessly complex legislation to provide a clear path to durable prosperity and the end of overreliance on the alchemy of our financial ancestors.

Trading Psychology

Author: Anirudh Sethi
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 9781948230810
Release Date: 2017-11-29
Genre: Business & Economics

The emotions and mental states that dictate success or failure in Stock /Commodity and Forex Markets. Trading psychology refers to the aspects of an individual’s mental makeup that help determine whether he or she will be successful in buying and selling securities for a profit. Trading psychology is as important as other attributes such as knowledge, experience and skill in determining trading success. Discipline and risk-taking are two of the most critical aspects of trading psychology, since a trader’s implementation of these aspects is critical to the success of his or her trading plan. While fear and greed are the two most commonly known emotions associated with trading psychology, other emotions that drive trading behaviour are hope and regret. In this book on trading psychology, you will learn: • The importance of controlling your emotions when making trading decisions • How to master self-discipline and stick to a trading plan • How to learn from mistakes so you do not repeat them • How to refine your skills through simulated paper trading without risking money • How to have a confident mindset while maintaining a flexible and open mind when trading The best traders are always looking for an edge. Sometimes, the largest obstacle between you and trading successfully is yourself. Success can be more about your mindset and less about the markets. From managing and evaluating your own performance to setting rules and sticking to them, these titles will help you create and stick to a trading plan, manage stress, address risk, and not be derailed by emotions or preconceptions.

Essential Quantitative Methods

Author: Les Oakshott
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137518569
Release Date: 2016-01-20
Genre: Business & Economics

The new edition of this accessible textbook provides ideal introductory coverage of quantitative methods. It offers real world business examples and case studies to illustrate problem-solving in empirical situations. Student learning is comprehensively supported by extensive online resources.

The Death of Money

Author: James Rickards
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781591847717
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Genre: Business & Economics

"This paperback edition with a new preface published 2017"--Title page verso.

Breaking Banks

Author: Brett King
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118900147
Release Date: 2014-05-05
Genre: Business & Economics

Provides transcripts from and assessments of the first season of the Breaking Banks radio show, examining the massive upheaval facing the banking industry today involving consumer shifts, technological changes and increased government scrutiny.

Bitcoin

Author: Dominic Frisby
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
ISBN: 9781783520763
Release Date: 2014-11-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Following the economic crisis of 2008, the website ‘bitcoin.org’ was registered by a mysterious computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto. A new form of money was born: electronic cash. Does Bitcoin have the potential to change how the world transacts financially? Or is it just a passing fad, even a major scam? In Bitcoin: The Future of Money?, MoneyWeek’s Dominic Frisby's explains this controversial new currency and how it came about, interviewing some of the key players in its development while casting light on its strange and murky origins, in particular the much-disputed identity of Nakamoto himself. Economic theory meets whodunnit mystery in this indispensable guide to one of the most divisive innovations of our time.

Blockchain Revolution

Author: Don Tapscott
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101980156
Release Date: 2016-05-10
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it’s too important to ignore. In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy. Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution­ary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital cur­rencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certifi­cates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes. Blockchain is also essential to understand if you’re an artist who wants to make a living off your art, a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from, an immigrant who’s tired of paying big fees to send money home to your loved ones, or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.

Currency Wars

Author: James Rickards
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781591845560
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Business & Economics

Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. At best, they offer the sorry spectacle of countries stealing growth from their trading partners. At worst, they degenerate into sequential bouts of inflation, recession, retaliation and sometimes actual violence. Left unchecked the next currency war could lead to a crisis worse than the panic of 2008.The next crash is overdue. Recent headlines about the Eurozone crisis, the bailouts for Greece, riots caused by austerity measures as well as the debasement of the dollar.