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How the City Really Works: The Definitive Guide to Money and Investing in London's Square Mile (Times (Kogan Page)) [Paperback]

Alexander Davidson
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3 April 2010 Times (Kogan Page)

How the City Really Works clearly explains the workings of the City, as well as its relationships with other international financial centres.

The book features sections on the dangers of fraud and money laundering, credit derivatives, the latest governance issues, and the current state of the pensions market. It provides further coverage of the key roles within the City, from stockbrokers and foreign exchange dealers to accountants and Lloyd's underwriters, and demonstrates how they relate to each other.

Packed with information and insights on the key products - from bonds to new share offerings and derivatives - How the City Really Works gives you a crash course in: City markets; hedge funds and traders; City regulation; the City's relationships with the United States and Europe.

This informative and entertaining guide to London's financial markets offers practical advice on how you can put the information it contains to profitable use when making your investment decisions.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan page; 3 edition (3 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749459689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749459680
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexander Davidson is a senior editor at Thomson Reuters GRC, and holds the Securities Institute diploma, and some technical analysis and accounting qualifications. In his early career, Alexander Davidson worked as a securities dealer but then turned his back on the City and wrote a best-selling expose, The City Share Pushers. He was one of the best-known whistleblowers in the City, ahead of his time.

He followed up with other, sometimes controversial books, particularly on stock market investing, in which he is passionately interested, and a sociological study of school uniform. He has written several Times guides to financial markets, including The Times: How the City Really Works, now in its third edition. His latest book, published in May 2012, is Money Myth, a ground-breaking read for investors which explains financial markets through the myths of the ancient world.

Davidson has often contributed as a guest writer to the national press, has broadcast widely on TV and radio on financial matters, and presented at London conferences for financial investors.

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""This book is the place to start for anyone who wants an all-in-one introduction to one of the world's greatest financial centres."" - "Business Voice", the magazine of the CBI

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How the City Really Works is a comprehensive guide to how London's financial markets operate. It offers advice on how you can put the information it provides to practical and lucrative use and includes sections on: the City of London, the Bank of England, commercial banking, investment banking and all types of financial products.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy something else 11 Jan 2007
The book is full of advertisements, which doesn't leave much room for content. Writing style is therefore pretty glib, just a collection of sentences and statements rather than flowing prose.

It reads more like an average newspaper article rather than a well-written book - buy something that hasn't been written by a journalist, poor.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Selina
This is the clearest, best explanation of the City ever published. It helped me clinch a job as a City banker. I wish I'd had this book three years ago and I'd have got ahead sooner. Read it and you will understand the City and how it works. It knocks the other books into a cocked hat. Explanations of derivatives and money markets particularly clear. This book helped me take the all important overview of the City and see where the individual products fell in place. The author has a gripping style and the book is an exciting read. A previous reviewer is right that it reads sometimes like a novel. Highly recommended - you can dip into this book but it is best to read the whole thing to get the full overview.
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By Gaurav Sharma VINE VOICE
This is the second book authored by Alexander Davidson that I have read (and reviewed). I feel it is a pretty good reference point akin to one of his previous works - How to Understand the Financial pages. The latest print copy is the third edition of this particular title, and it has shown improvement and expanded its remit to include readers who would perhaps not normally pick up such a title at the book-shop.

Following the global financial crisis, if your curiosity is aroused by how the city really works, then Davidson's work would be a good starting point when it comes to deciphering industry gobbledegook, city work practices and market dynamics. The language and tone used is simple and non-complex and can be easily comprehended by someone with a low to medium investment or financial knowledge.

Loosely spread over 375 pages, with 37 chapters containing split sub-sections, this book touches on a multitude of subjects from explaining the role of the Bank of England within our financial system to valuation of equities and shares, from spread betting to reinsurance. The later chapters discuss what went wrong in Iceland and the mechanism of Islamic finance. Ethics and integrity may not find a place in some quarters of the city but they certainly find a place in a chapter of this book.

Furthermore, it is well referenced with useful appendices. There is one minor irritant. Davidson's credentials as a financial writer hold him in good stead. As a consequence, the popularity of this book has resulted in advertisements, 12 to be exact, being scattered throughout the copy. One argument is that it disrupts the reading flow. But my answer is that, if it does, simply flip the page and come back to the advert later (if you want to).
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much advertising 1 Mar 2008
A great pity that the pages and pages of advertising weren't kept together at the beginning or end of the book. Disrupts the reading process and adds little to the book from the reader's perspective. Agree with the other reviewer who suggests buying something else.
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