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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Longtail Publishing Limited; 1st edition (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955218659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955218651
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Stoakes writes books that help students and young professionals with their careers. His books on the financial markets (Know The City), how business works (Commercial Awareness) and effective business writing (Get To The Point) help students prepare for interviews and young professionals to hit the ground running and impress their supervisors. For students wondering whether to read law at university and pursue a career as a lawyer, Chris's book Is Law For You? is an invaluable guide to what the law is really like and what makes a successful lawyer. Readers say that they value his ability to make complex subjects simple and his entertaining style.

Chris has had a wide-ranging career. He has been a financial journalist and editor, a tutor on an MBA, a marketing director, a City lawyer and a partner in a City law firm, and has held a number of roles ranging across legal training, knowledge management and project management in a top ten global law firm. Chris has also run his own business and worked as a management consultant. He is also an award-wining poet.

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Do not buy if you have already purchased: "All you need to know about Global Financial Markets" as this is the UK version of that book!

From the Author

Here's the deal. I'm going to take you on a flight around the world to
show you the world's financial markets. What we're talking about is
money. Who has it, what it looks like. The bricks 'n' clicks.
Who has it is what I call the `bricks'. The bricks are real. As we look down
they'll be what you see on the ground: the international financial centres
(IFCs) where the financial institutions and the people who work in them reside
- the banks, institutional investors, hedge funds, private equity houses,
brokers, the lot. They're the people with the money.
What it looks like - what forms it takes - I call the `clicks'. These days money is just electronic entries on screens. The clicks are virtual. They're the international financial markets (IFMs), the clouds where all the money floats. What do I mean by money? Currencies and gold for sure. But all those other financial instruments with monetary value too: shares, bonds, derivatives, money market securities and so on. These things used to be traded on the ground, on the trading floors of exchanges. But now the bulk are traded in thin air, incyberspace, between brokers' screens and over the phone.
That's what I mean by the bricks 'n' clicks.
As we fly through the IFM clouds we're going to get right up close to the
weird and wonderful instruments and securities that caused the world's
financial meltdown - securitisation, sub-prime lending, structured investment
vehicles - all of that credit crunch stuff.
But as we look down we'll see an even bigger picture - the world's
economies and how they interact, and how governments stepped in to prevent
financial oblivion.
In between we're going to touch down in those IFCs: New York, Tokyo,
London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Dubai - even
Chicago, king of derivatives - getting so close we can smell them.
And along the way we'll glide above the island paradises that are the offshore
financial centres (OFCs).
By the end you'll know all about the IFMs, IFCs and OFCs which together
make up the global financial markets. You'll understand all those confusing
acronyms and bits of jargon people in the financial markets like to bandy
about. You too will be an expert.
Deal?
Strap yourself in. Time to get airborne.

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Format: Paperback
Part I was a hard act to follow, but this second instalment just about manages it.

I was worried that Part II would be the same old topics rehashed for the sake of milking Part I's success. I do detect an element of that, but I nonetheless feel like this book has standalone value: it builds on the first one, but takes an international slant, revealing some of the more exotic financial creatures one can find lurking around London, New York, Hong Kong and so on.

On occasion the book sacrifices depth for breadth (dealing with Keynesian economics in half a page, for example), but that aside, the author has chosen a good selection of topics and explained the basics of them beautifully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phirrip on 18 Dec. 2011
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All you need to know about the City Part 2. A must read for anyone who wants to get on in the city and a great follow on from part 1
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dimitri on 17 April 2011
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All you already knew about the city. nothing special. very repetitive, same comments all over the place. clearly needs more formatting and attention from the author.
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By CShen on 9 Mar. 2015
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unnecessary if you have the first book.
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Detailed overview of tte world of finance in a nutshell 5 Nov. 2012
By LeaR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found Book 1 All You Need To Know About The City super useful and Part 2 has rounded out this knowledge perfectly brining it all together. Part 2 is especially useful to US and international students of the markets in that it covers world financial markets. (Part 1 is specific to London. Part 2 is a stand-alone book not requiring the reader to have read Part 1). The author's style is very accessible and easy to follow and he is very skilled in condensing the essential knowledge down to a fine point, so the reader doesn't feel bogged down yet becomes fully up-to-speed with the mechanisms of the markets. Excellent book.
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