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Bank to the Future: Protect your Future before Governments Go Bust [Paperback]

Simon Dixon
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Book Description

29 Feb 2012
We are in a time like no other. Those who play the game by the new rules understand that seven highly disruptive new technologies are changing the rules of work. Those who understand the rules of money and finance also know that we are sitting on a debt trap that is proving increasingly hard to finance. They are preparing now. So can you. We are also living in a time when technology is replacing jobs at a fast rate. Your career may be next. If you own a business, you need to prepare too. So how do we thrive in such unique times? Those who do not understand the new rules of finance, technology and money will lose out. This book explains the rules, how you can use them to overcome the problems you will face, and how you can prosper, during and after the massive change ahead.

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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: 1.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 482,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Dixon, the co-founder of CrowdFunding and CrowdInvesting platform -, 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 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

"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, 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and worth reading 1 Jan 2013
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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I couldnt put this book down. It is original and concise. Above all buzzing with the youthfull energy and dynamism of one who is also backed by a depth of knowledge and experience He is an insider who knows the belly of the beast!

Simon Dixon, upbeat and positive, knows the way out of the woods of the financial malaise and he shows individuals how to prepare themselves without jargon explaining how the "seven disruptive technologies" empower the individual to thrive in these unsteady times including those less fortunate in poorer countries.

The book clearly details the failiures within the current financial system which can only lead to ruin and how they can be solved by simple changes through banking reform. There are plenty of books and blogs out there railing against bankers and the financial system but this book explains how we can change it without blood on the streets.

Cleverly interwoven with interactive features linking to the internet, the author entertains in a tone of one who is genuine in his intentions to create the basis for a democratisation of finance.

Guy Dawson
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read! Highly Recommended! 14 Oct 2013
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece! 18 Feb 2013
By Katalin
I've seen Simon first on an event explaining a bit about Crowd Funding, but seemed to be far too big and valuable information to learn about in an hour. So then when the book "Bank to the Future" came out I was happy to rush to the book launch getting one of the first copies.
I've found excellent information in a very well timed approach and easy to understand way of learning about a new way of raising finance.
Highly recommend to anyone and everyone who is interested in fund raising or just in general, to build up their awareness in finance.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than rubbish
This book is even worse than his last one. We know he can't write but you would expect to be able to offer the reader something worthwhile. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robmb
5.0 out of 5 stars Map of the Future?
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. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barry E James
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling book. Just buy it..
This book was in my pile of holiday reading. Quite simply I could not put it down. I read it from cover to cover and found it compelling reading. Read more
Published 19 months ago by L. Protherough
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
This is an extraordinary book about the financial times in which we live. I'm not a banker, but my gut instinct and common sense tell me that Simon has nailed the problems of a... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sue Feehan
Simon Dixon manages to navigate lucidly, in plain English, through the history of banking, its failings and the wholly inadequate attempts by governments to regulate the industry. Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. B. Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Analysis and a Credible Thesis
Simon has produced an excellent analysis of the drivers of the current financial system and advances a credible, thought-provoking thesis. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jaan Larner
5.0 out of 5 stars relevant and eye opening
This is a book anyone in business should read, it explains where we the future of funding is and will go to and the best way to approach getting a business off the ground. Read more
Published 22 months ago by stuart b
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Bank to the Future: Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust

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Published 22 months ago by Steven Harbour
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When the Governor of the Bank of England admits that our current banking system is the worst possible system we could have, you know that banking is in crisis. Read more
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