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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the growth of the City of London
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...
Published on 27 Nov 2001

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction but beware: 10 years out of date!
This is a great book; the short diversions on the history behind things are entertaining and informative, although at times some there are several pages of definition after definition of various financial instruments which were a little dull to read.

But BEWARE: even though this claims to be "fully revised and updated", it is actually a 2002 edition and a lot...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the growth of the City of London, 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody tells it like Philip Coggan..., 31 Jan 2006
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The easiest read of how the banking world works..., 27 Jun 2011
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Matthew R. Edwards (Lichfield, Staffs, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Money Machine: How the City Works, 28 Dec 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and enjoyable to read, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars thorough guide, 20 Dec 2009
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This book is valuable even for the financial professionals. An excellent book due to its simpicity of writting.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything most people would need to know, 15 Sep 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable, up to date explanation of how the City works, 29 April 2011
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Having worked in the City for 25 years, I bought this for a colleague who is just starting her exposure to financial services. Easily readable by Philip Coggan, journalist on the Financial Times, and with warts-and-all coverage (Madoff, credit crunch). Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Reading, 14 Sep 2010
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Scott Walford (Norwich, UK) - See all my reviews
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In my view, an essential read for anyone wishing to understand what makes the Financial Capital tick. Easily understood and covering a broad variety of specialities, this book provides an excellent insight for any reader wishing to grasp the principles of the inner workings of the City.
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