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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 6 edition (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141042893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141042893
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking for an immediately practical book, then the best basic guide continues to be The Money Machine (Financial Times)

Philip Coggan's excellent primer on the City. (London Review of Books)

A marvellously clear account of the City and all the modern financial developments (Business Review)

Both interesting and informative ... it is written in a way that makes it an easy read (Business)

Fascinating (Accountancy Age)

An excellent introduction to many of the key financial institutions which do business in the City ... Even if you have been working in the City for years, it is quite likely that you will learn a great deal from this book. Certainly it makes you realize the extent of financial dealings taking place daily in the City. (citylondon.co.uk)

The Lonely Planet for things financial (Observer)

About the Author

Philip Coggan has been a journalist for the Financial Times since 1986, including spells as a Lex columnist, personal finance editor and economics correspondent.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2001
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This book is a must for anyone new to financial markets, and particularly to the City of London.
It describes the history of finance in the City and how the different markets came about, what they're about, and how government policy shaped the competitive and busy financial centre that it is now.
This book isn't an in-depth study of the markets, and its easy style will appeal to anyone wishing to gain an insight into what makes the City tick.
I read this book 3 years after I started working in financial IT, and I wished I'd read it much sooner.
Buy it for your train journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Edwards on 27 Jun. 2011
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The book is written in understandable language with any jargon fully explained. To aid the reader understand some of the topics covered the author includes many examples showing the reasoning behind much of the decisions made within the system by all parties involved. As you read through the book the author links each topic covered to how that subject material played a part in the financial crisis (2007-2009). This book is for anyone who is even slightly curious into how the city works and what all the economic newspaper columns are talking about. This book is also useful if you wish to highlight your bank manager's weakness in knowing his subject matter should you ever meet him/her.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Francis Kheng on 31 Jan. 2006
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Years of experience writing for the FT definitely makes Philip Coggan an authoritative voice on the way the city works...
A great overview of the London market, and the development of the various different financial and investment instruments/products that exist within the city.
A recommended read for anybody seeking to extend their knowledge of the London financial market.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allen Tsui on 28 Dec. 2008
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A nice simple introduction to the workings of the institutions and systems of the City of London. Written by a journalist from the Financial Times newspaper, the latter part of the book is perhaps more directed at those who are interested in making a small, personal investment in the financial markets. The book provides some account about how the City of London became one of the world's leading financial centres.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. T. Ho on 22 April 2010
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Firstly, I have to say that the book is for "outsider" of banking world (as I am) to grab basic understanding about it. And it does this successfully. Its writing is clear, its analysis (sometimes with examples) is enjoyable. It very well tells you how financial concepts move around the city and the world, work together in a whole system. And little nonsense philosophy. However, there are some (although very few) places, the author seemed forget explaining some concepts.
It does not at all work your brain hard so you can read it on your way to work.
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By Jason W on 12 Dec. 2013
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I have a background in Neuroscience, so I was looking for a book that introduce me to the world of Finance, so I could understand exactly what is going on in the news and such…

This book is perfect, extremely well written, I was so engrossed that I couldn't put it down.

It starts by broadly covering finance history (focusing more on recent history 40s onwards etc.), then going on to explain money and interest rates, banks and building societies, investment banks, the bank of england's role and function, the money markets, borrowers, investment institutions, hedge funds and private equity, shares, international bond market, insurance, risk management, foreign exchange and personal finance.

If you've read any micro/macro economic textbooks, you can probably skip through a few chapters here and there, but if you want a simple but detailed book on financial assets, this book gives a good grounding on all areas and will help you to read more advanced material.

Definitely buy if you're remotely interested in Finance and don't really understand all the different types of Financial institutions and their 'products'.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Harvey on 2 July 2003
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An excellent book. Most people hear loads of finacial terms every day, but don't really know what they mean. They maybe semi understand.
It is not at all hard to learn the basics of economics. It's a subject where if you can grasp about say, 7 rules, then you can figure out what's going on with all the others without bothering too much.
This book concentrates on expressing these rules with simple examples in plain english, which is all you need to understand a great deal of financial jargon.
Buy this book and be a veritable fountain of knowledge for the rest of your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fitzroy Pete on 15 Sept. 2011
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I bought this book upon entering a job for a financial services company, and found it to be a very clear and understandable introduction but one that didn't patronise.

I always recommend this book to any friends who want an understanding of ,for example, how the bond market works or how banks operate. Something which given current affairs is good knowledge to have.
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