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Ouch!: Ignorance is Bliss, Except when It Hurts- What You Don't Know About Money and Why It Matters (More Than You Think) [Paperback]

Paul Knott
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16 Aug 2012

It's time to wake up or get wiped out.

We live in a world dominated by a system that most of us aren’t aware of, never mind understand. When it comes to money and how it really works, most of us are too busy, too bored or too bewildered to think about it, despite being at the sharp end of the consequences. We simply don’t recognise the game that is being played out in front of us. Well check your pockets; you’re in for a nasty shock.

OUCH! is your entertaining answer to financial fear, ignorance or confusion. Quintessentially irreverent but with a deadly serious message  - ultimately it tells you how to protect your hard earned cash and save yourself from financial meltdown.

You can’t afford to ignore it.

 



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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273772929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273772927
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Paul Knott does not work in the finance industry, he's one of us. Someone who has a passion for helping others make the most of what they have. A business turnaround specialist he is no stranger to protecting people's money in a crisis. Paul has a degree in Mathematics from University of London and a Masters in Retail Marketing from TIAS Business School in the Netherlands. He currently resides beachside in Whitstable, and Brazil.

You can catch my intermittent musings at:
http://paralyticallyincorrect.blogspot.co.uk/

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It's time to wake up or get wiped out.

We live in a world dominated by a system that most of us aren’t aware of, never mind understand. When it comes to money and how it really works, most of us are too busy, too bored or too bewildered to think about it, despite being at the sharp end of the consequences. We simply don’t recognise the game that is being played out in front of us. Well check your pockets; you’re in for a nasty shock. If not now, then soon.

OUCH! is your entertaining answer to financial fear, ignorance or confusion. Quintessentially irreverent but with a deadly serious message  - ultimately it tells you how to protect your hard earned cash and save yourself from financial meltdown.

You can’t afford to ignore it.

About the Author

Paul Knott does not work in the finance industry, he’s one of us. Someone who has a passion for helping others make the most of what they have. A business turnaround specialist he is no stranger to protecting people’s money in a crisis. Paul has a degree in Mathematics from University of London and a Masters in Retail Marketing from TIAS Business School in the Netherlands. He currently resides beachside in Whitstable, and Brazil.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Economics 3 Sep 2012
By Puntz
Format:Paperback
This is a rare beast in that its an economics book and yet it's not only clear and user freindly but also very funny - surely an unprecedented double. I read it in the hope that it would fill me in on what's gone wrong with the money systems and Ouch proved an inspired choice. It also covers much more than that and lots of it is done in easily understood metaphors. I recommend it to anybody but especially those that want to learn about how things have become so messed up and also those that want to impress their freinds by regurjatating some of the lines and facts in here like it's your own work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ouch, this is so good it hurts! 22 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
On a whim I picked up a copy this afternoon, which I have just finished in a single sitting. I have just solved my Xmas present problem! I will be going back for more copies. What a really excellent job this is. I have never been a finance guy but I do have an unhealthy obsession with monetary history (and central banking!!) and am an active private investor. I have tried many times, and failed, to make coherent to my friends some of the complex ideas in the book.

So I was a bit cynical at first but this reads like a clear and concise distillation of every quality finance book I have read plus quite a few more. There are so many really important truths about investing, behavioural traits and monetary history that it should be overwhelming. But it is not. Read it now!

Ouch!, so good it hurts......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read! 16 Sep 2012
By Rod
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I'm not one for Economic/Financial literature/jargon and the like. Thus, was strangely attracted by the cover of the book over the subject matter (I know.... I was in a rush....) and bought this whilst hurrying to avoid missing a plane. Fortunately, it turned out to be an extremely fruitful purchase and enlightening read (and hopefully a control mechanism for the wife's spending habits).

Style of writing: 9.75/10 (credit to the author's ability to make a boring subject very entertaining). Give it a read. You could learn a lot without the usual frowning and brain ache. It will probably change your view of the world (certainly money) and give rise to quite a few "what if?" questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really revealing read 3 Jun 2013
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The content of this book is so dense, without being weighty. Ideas come at you nineteen-to-the-dozen but not in such a way as to flummox you. I found the authors in jokes a little grating occasionally - but that's probably just me. Anyway, glad I read it and have bought copies for friends and family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books 30 May 2014
By manager
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I struggled through "OUCH!" but found it tough going and rather superficial. I would recommend instead the free Kindle book "MONKEY WITH A PIN" by Pete Comley or "PILLAGED How They're Looting £413m a Day from Your Savings and Pensions" by David Craig if you want to understand who is taking you money and how to keep more of it for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! Recommended!! Recommended!!! 15 April 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot praise this books enough! I devoured "Ouch!" within a number of days (if only I had one spare evening!) and cannot stop recommending it to people! This is a brilliant tome on Economics (here you are thinking: boring... and you are wrong!) which is written is such a tongue-in-cheek, funny and clear language that you just cannot get enough of it. Paul Knott did a great job of combining humour and science, stuffed his work with a large amount of interesting research and data, and thought of very easily understood metaphors.

Okay, a lot of the things are common knowledge, but I can imagine a lot of the same things will be a revelation for less informed readers. Of course, this is not a study book on Economics and you should be well aware of it after your first glance on the book cover, so don't expect tons of scientific analysis and lengthy essays. Yet there are so many fundamental truths about banking (leverage of 10%, anybody?) and investing (unregulated speculation with savers' money, anybody?), behavioural traits (men are ready to drug a person if they are a bit horny, anybody? or how about the fact that we are more likely to kill a fellow human being if ordered by authority now, than 50 years ago?) and monetary history (fiat money vs money backed by silver vs money backed by gold), the world of finance (crisis and Ponzi schemes) and the overpopulation of the world (and I am not even talking about the faked data on the actual amount of oil left in the world) that it should be overwhelming. But it is not. Read it now! Give it to your loved one, give it to your children and your parents, and don't even try to be your own broker (you don't stand a chance - check out Flash Boys for inspiration).

Of course, this is not a Bible, and the book does not give you the ultimate list to achieve monetary happiness. But it's a boiling cauldron of food for thought!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Gladwell et al 8 Jan 2013
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Move over Freakonomics and The Tipping Point.....there's a new and wonderfully irreverent kid in town! Ouch is a brilliant read. How on earth can you make the world of money interesting, informative and above all a good laugh? Well Ouch did!
I find it hard to finish books and non-fiction especially but this had me gripped and I read it in a day. And I'm know sitting here wondering why I didn't "get it" (money) before. Ouch makes the whole financial system make sense and you feel like you've been slapped in the face with the 'obvious stick'.
I actually feel like I now WANT to do something with what little money I've got and have a clue where the bear (and Bulls@#t) traps are!
Don't read it YET until I've sorted MY money out. I don't want you all knowing what's in Ouch before I've taken advantage!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A finance book thats enjoyable & informative - it must be a first!
OUCH! The pig in the vice! Sometimes I would feel like this little piggy and it was this that drew me to the book - yes I know judging a book by its cover but in this instance it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronising and unoriginal
There is nothing to recommend this book. It is badly written, littered with quotes as if the author has no original thought himself and worst of all ridiculously patronising. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Iorek
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought it would be a pleasure to learn about this!
I read this book because the title was compelling and once I'd read that I had to know what I didn't know... (and of course why it mattered). Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need To Read This.
Even if you do not think that you need to be clued up about money I implore you to read this book! I can guarantee that not only will you learn a lot but you will also really enjoy... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Barns
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes perfect sound arguments
Must read if you want a background and strong ideas of what really goes on in the financial world.
Enjoyed and finished this book in no time, you can take away and use this in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by parchment
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and clear, great read - recommended
Brilliant book on a very difficult subject to make interesting as it is written with a humourous slant. Buy it now and it will open your eyes to the mess we are in.
Published 22 months ago by Oddjobhk
5.0 out of 5 stars Hate cliches, but this is a 'must read'
I loved this book and finished it in two days, I don't normally read that quickly. If you want to find out how the banks work (or rather, how they don't), why our economic monetary... Read more
Published 23 months ago by FidoLDido
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding...
This book makes a relatively mundane subject both an informative and engaging read. A combination of intriguing analogies delivered with humour make this book really enjoyable... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2012 by Marlin
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