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The Shadow Market [Kindle Edition]

Eric J. Weiner
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Taking advantage of the Great Recession, cash-flush nations such as China, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and even Norway are using unregulated sovereign wealth funds to secure major holdings in multinational corporations and massive tracts of farmland and natural resources. They are the Shadow Market, quietly controlling political agendas as well as the flow of capital in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe - and doing so with an increasingly aggressive attitude. Eric J. Weiner's groundbreaking investigation reveals the real powers controlling our shaky recovery from the financial crisis and the economy of the twenty-first century.


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'Disturbing... Weiner succeeds in making the case that something fundamental has changed in the world with the rise of Eastern and Middle Eastern economies, and that is worth paying attention to.' --The New York Times Book Review

'Weiner out-hustles the global influence peddlers.' --Vanity Fair

'Alarming... A bleak survey of how flush authoritarian governments deploy financial means to achieve geopolitical ends.' --Bloomberg Business Week

About the Author

Eric J. Weiner has covered business and economics for more than fifteen years. The author of the critically acclaimed What Goes Up: The Uncensored History of Modern Wall Street, he has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. He lives in Massachusetts, USA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (31 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00550N7GO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Market 11 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback
A fascinating book detailing the tectonic shift in the world's economic power.
Money, power and influence are shifting from Wall Street, the multinational banks and the G7.

The new economic powerhouses look set to be the BRIC countries and other emerging economies. The new big investors are not the banks of the G7 countries, but rather, a multi-trillion-dollar network of super-rich, secretive, and largely unregulated investment vehicles--foreign sovereign wealth funds, government-run corporations and private equity funds. Taking advantage of the recession and liquidity problems in the US and Europe, cash-rich nations like China, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Norway are using their sovereign wealth funds to buy up major stakes in multinational corporations, farmland and natural resources.

Highly informative and genuinely startling, Eric J. Weiner's up-to-date account of the shift of global power is a wake up call for politicians and investors in Europe and the US. The Shadow Market moves the conversation from "international competition" to "global financial warfare," and is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the global economy or how and where to invest your money today.

The book is well researched, full of interesting facts and observations. There is an extensive bibliography for further reading.

Eric J. Wiener is a business and economics writer. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and many other publications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating revelations of global economics 27 Nov. 2011
Format:Paperback
I'll have to admit that a lot of the arguments were not new to me, a lot of the time I found myself nodding to the conclusions that Weiner was drawing. There are a lot of interesting facts, quotes and anecdotes. The overall picture that Weiner is painting is that of the decline of the west and, perhaps, at least according to Weiner, the decline of corporate entities ruling the world. In the place of Western corporations ruling the roost, the author argues that global economic power is moving east and that governments (also read as: sovereign states) will dominate the future path of the global economy. This isn't news to me. I can't say I desperately like the thought but it seems like economic reality, those holding all the power will be the ones that provide the most credit.

The book is highly readable, there is no complex analysis / mathematics or abstruse lingo. I doubt anyone would need a deep background in economics either. If you've read economic articles on any popular news website then you'd find this as easy to read, if not more so. The author combines a little bit of recent history (mostly from the 2008 crash but includes references to older events, as you'd expect) as well as his expectations of where he thinks the world is heading. The arguments are well sourced and backed up with data. As I've said, some conclusions were already something I believed but I did check the data he provided for the Chinese government's amount of credit.

I think there are a few facts in here that will shock many. A fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for Aspiring capitalists 8 July 2012
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If you fancy the likes of Currency Wars, Lexus and the Olive tree, More Money than God and Lords of Finance then you will definitely love this book. Buy it and you will have no regret whatsoever for it will reveal to you the ever emerging force of international finance: The Sovereign Wealth Funds.

It is money worth spent. 5 out of 5 Stars. *This is my 1st ever amazon review*
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