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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Searching Finance Ltd (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907720375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907720376
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Dixon, the co-founder of CrowdFunding and CrowdInvesting platform - BankToTheFuture.com, has become recognised for his contribution towards the development of Banking and Finance.

An ex-Investment banker who quit to create a training company for more social investment bankers followed by BankToTheFuture.com. His motivations can be summarised in his TED talk on 'Changing The Rules In Banking' that can be found on YouTube as well as his book 'Bank To The Future'.

Through his work with entrepreneurs raising finance for their companies and investors, investing in private companies, he has guest spoke at hundreds of universities, financial institutions and political events worldwide, as well as being featured on Channel 4, BBC and Bloomberg sharing his journey from tea boy to Stock Broker, to City Trader, to Investment Banker to CEO, all before the age of 30.

As an active campaigner and consultant on the need for banking and monetary reform, he has written for publication like the Financial Times and City AM and most major press and television. A quick search of 'Simon Dixon' on YouTube will show you some of his television appearances on the future of banking.

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"Simon's vision for your future and how finance will affect us all is eye-opening and a must read for all who care about protecting themselves in the rough rides -alive
--amazon

"Having disrupted traditional banking twice in my life, I think I am qualified to spot a disruption. The future that Simon talks about in this book is disruptive to not just banks, but every financial institution. Both controversial and insightful." --Mike Harris, CEO & Founder of two banks - Egg & First Direct

"We'll see some radical changes in the financial system over the next few years. Simon does a brilliant job of explaining the fundamental problems with the current system, and showing how innovation and entrepreneurs can address these fatal flaws and change finance for the better."
--Ben Dyson, Director & Founder of Positive Money

About the Author

After founding the world's leading online training company for students seeking careers in investment banking with billionaire Peter Hargreaves, Simon dedicated himself to 'banking reform through education, politics and entrepreneurship.

As founder of BankToTheFuture.com, an online social network where users can fund, borrow, raise funds and invest, Simon has first hand experience of how hugely disruptive technologies like social networking, crowdfunding and person to person lending can disrupt an entire industry.

Simon Dixon's mission is to create a working model of banking reform as well as continue to campaign for banking reform by implementing the proposed reforms outlined by the not-for-profit organisation 'Positive Money'.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Oberauer on 1 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
This well written book gives the reader an understanding of how the world could have been different, had we invented a time machine and changed the way banking worked.

Having been misled by books and documentaries before, I tend to be quite skeptical, and like to point out anything that I find suspicious. I did notice, right at the beginning that the author writes about his own business being the "world's leading" in its category. So, right from the start I had this concern that his book may not be more than a marketing tool for his business.

As I read further I began to like the author more. He certainly has done a lot of research, and seems to have organized his thoughts very well. He also does explain that his business is "for profit," and the fact that he's advertising his business through the book doesn't detract from it being a very interesting book to read.

Simon also points out that he thinks a lot of economists will disagree with what he has to say, and "that is OK; as long as we are respectful to each other, we can engage in productive debate." Personally I think that debate is a waste of time, and that we should instead be trying to learn together, but Simon's saying this does make it seem that he's considered counter arguments to his thoughts.

The interesting thing is that every single review written before mine gives Simon a five star rating. This means either that NONE of these economists has bothered to read and review his book, or that they don't actually disagree.

What I would really like to see is a computer simulation, showing how money reform can affect the world. That would be a lot easier to understand or explain than reading, or getting someone to read, an entire book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Yau on 13 Nov. 2013
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I bought this book because I wanted to find out Simon's views on the future of banking & finance and the economy in general.

We definitely know that the economy is not in good shape right now when Sir Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, stated that 'Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.'

I bet that not too many people know that any private bank can create money electronically.

Even though the average person may not take a deep interest in economics in general, they should find out the reasons the economy goes through the continuous cycles of boom and bust.

The first part goes how times have changed, people's attitudes to towards to economy across different generations, the 'free economy' we are living in right now and the reasons why the booms and busts happen in the economy. The second part outlines the 7 things that make the 'free economy' possible and the third part basically explores the options we can take based on what we already know.

This book shows that he knows a lot within his area of expertise. I'm not joking because he does back up his opinions with a lot of research. He also explains the concepts in a clear and coherent way.

I would recommend anyone to buy this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sagar Lakhani on 14 Oct. 2013
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"Simon Dixon's book, Bank To The Future: Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust, is an excellent read. I have urged my friends to read this book and gain the wealth of knowledge contained in the book. The information Simon Dixon shares in Bank To The Future will be required knowledge in the very near future. I have learned what the free economy looks like, with the rise of seven hugely disruptive technologies paving the way for this new economy of 'free'dom: [1] the World Wide Web, [2] Digital Money, [3] Social Networks, [4] Crowdfunding, [5] Person-to-Person Lending, [6] Microfinance Platforms, and [7] the Mobile Smart Phone. Thank you Simon Dixon for the invaluable information contained in Bank To The Future: Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry E James on 8 Oct. 2012
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This book is not just food for thought - it's a banquet that's packed with some shocking and even more penetrating insights, together with the facts that back them up. As Neils Bohr remarked of Quantum Mechanics "if you're not profoundly shocked by it, you haven't understood it yet".

No one knows it all - I already knew that. But after 30 years tracking the latest technology and the impact of the Internet on humanity it's rare to be either shocked or even surprised. I'm almost through my first reading of "Bank To The Future" (I will need to read it at least twice more I think) and I'm both.

I'm no economist. I understand the impact and potential of Internet technology - and that the human race has been co-evolving with it for more than two decades now - but Simon's ability to put it all together with it's impact in the financial realm, and the impact of that on us all (now in our current rolling-crisis and into the future), is breathtaking even so.

Yet he's not just a pundit or an activist he's at the forefront of the most potent and exciting wave yet, which combines both revolutions and has the potential to not just dig us out of the deep, deep hole we are now in but to permanently change work, finance and our whole world. (He's at the forefront of Crowdfuning with BankToTheFuture.com in case you didn't already know).

Crowdfunding is a tidal wave. Not waiting to happen but already detectable, mappable and inevitable. Here is the map.

In a word: Phenomenal!
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