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All You Need to Know About the City 2011: Who Does What and Why in London's Financial Markets (All You Need to Know Guides) [Paperback]

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28 Feb 2011 All You Need to Know Guides
All you need to know about the City: 2009/10 edition, revised and updated for the credit crunch.

The title used to train the world's finest law firms, banks, accountants and other professionals.

Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Longtail Publishing Limited; Revised edition edition (28 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955218667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955218668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The global financial crisis has made what goes in the City of London's financial markets more important and relevant than ever.

What is the credit crunch and sub-prime lending? What are toxic tranches and SIVs and why do they matter?

If you're working in, or are thinking of working in the City, this book gives you the answers. Designed to be a quick and easy read, it explains what everything is and how it all connects.

As the author - a City insider - says:
"This is all I've ever needed to know in almost 30 years of working in and around the City" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

It’s your first day at work. Your clothes are starchy new. Your shoes are stiff and pinch your feet. You don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re going. Everyone else seems to be so much more knowledgeable and confident. Everyone must be looking at you.
There goes that City new bug, they must be thinking.
Whatever you do or say, you don’t want to look an idiot.
You don’t want to torpedo your career – which stretches ahead of you, the weeks, the months, the years – on day one.
Relax. Read this book.
If this is you – and, don’t worry, we’ve all been there – this book tells you what you need to know about the City, and gives you the confidence to ask questions to find out more.
Maybe that isn’t you.
Maybe you’re walking round the City’s dark alleyways. You pause, look through an office window and see people at monitors. What are they doing?
This book tells you.
Maybe you’re at Canary Wharf, craning your neck to peer up at the tall towers. What kind of businesses need that much space?
The answers are in the next few pages.
Maybe you’re at a dinner party and the attractive person next to you says they’re ‘an investment banker’ or ‘a fixed-income trader’ or – even worse – ‘a forex trader who does cable’. What can you say that will impress the pants off them?
Read this book. It could change your love life.
Maybe you’re an armchair investor, scanning the personal finance pages of the Sunday papers. You find they’re written in gobbledygook.
This book cracks the code.
Maybe you’re studying. You need to know about the City for your assessment. Maybe you’re wondering what your studies will lead to. Maybe the City.
Read this book. Sorted.
Above all, if you’re working in, or are thinking of working in, or are thinking of having anything to do with, the City, and feel overawed and stupid because you don’t understand it, then this is the book for you.
Who this book is for?
This book is aimed principally at young, front-line, fee-earning professionals in the City – bankers, brokers, fund managers, lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, surveyors, actuaries, patent attorneys, PRs, recruiters and headhunters, among others, starting out on their careers.
But it’s also for support staff such as secretaries, PAs and business managers as well as people in mid-office and back-office functions such as Accounts, HR, IT, Business Development, PR, compliance, settlement and custody – in other words, professionals who are specialists in their own jobs but need to understand what the fee-earners do in order to support them in their roles. That’s because for City institutions to compete these days, all of their people need to understand the business.
But this book is designed to be simple. So it’s also for students at school, college or university who are thinking of working in the City or need to understand it for their studies. This book isn’t restricted to the young and inexperienced, either. The course on which it’s based has been delivered by me to a roomful of regulators. Nor just to those in the City. Many people based outside London need to know what goes on in the City because it affects their work or their clients or their pensions and savings. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 9 Aug 2011
By Mash
To understand the basic workings of the City you could spend many weeks reading the FT and Economist in conjunction with Investopedia. OR you could just read this book and garner the same information but in a better organized, more comprehensive and less time-consuming form.

I unfortunately took the first route. Nevertheless, I still found this book useful for filling in the gaps and putting each component into the bigger picture. A noteworthy inclusion, unmentioned by other reviewers, is the final chapter. It suggests field by field what to read next to deepen one's knowledge. Very useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 25 Feb 2013
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This book is just incredible!

I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to get a brief, concise and amazing overview of the financial world
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I read this book in order to get an understanding of the city as part of a career change. I found it very useful indeed. The basics were explained well and the format was easy to read and digest. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 24 Oct 2013
By dlp628
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As a finance graduate, this book is a very good guidance of what is happening in the City, and tell what the lecturers did not teach you in the class. I will highly recommend it to anyone want to have a foundation idea of the finance world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about the city 2011 22 May 2013
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My son who study in London School of Economy asked me to buy this book. He passed his exam, so I think it must be OK
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book with clear concepts 20 Jun 2012
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This books is recommended by a friend to expand my knowledge in the city. Different from most of books on the industry, it's quite interesting and explains many concepts clearly and insightfully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read for non-finance personel 29 April 2012
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The book is very easy to read and understand as most financial lingo are easily explained. Bought it as I recently started an MBA program to get up to speed on life in the City and Financial Centre. Very well worth it as you can clearly be able to understand financial reports, the FT & many more. Builds confidence to hold intelligent discussions with bankers. Great piece!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 4 Mar 2012
By justin
This is a great book which contains many useful information about the city that we are living. :) I have personally learnt a lot from this book.
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