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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Searching Finance Ltd (29 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907720375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907720376
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 842,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Simon's vision for your future and how finance will affect us all is eye-opening and a must read for all who care about protecting themselves in the rough rides -alive
--amazon

"Having disrupted traditional banking twice in my life, I think I am qualified to spot a disruption. The future that Simon talks about in this book is disruptive to not just banks, but every financial institution. Both controversial and insightful." --Mike Harris, CEO & Founder of two banks - Egg & First Direct

"We'll see some radical changes in the financial system over the next few years. Simon does a brilliant job of explaining the fundamental problems with the current system, and showing how innovation and entrepreneurs can address these fatal flaws and change finance for the better."
--Ben Dyson, Director & Founder of Positive Money

About the Author

Simon Dixon is Sir Bernard Pares Professor of Russian History at University College London.


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This well written book gives the reader an understanding of how the world could have been different, had we invented a time machine and changed the way banking worked.

Having been misled by books and documentaries before, I tend to be quite skeptical, and like to point out anything that I find suspicious. I did notice, right at the beginning that the author writes about his own business being the "world's leading" in its category. So, right from the start I had this concern that his book may not be more than a marketing tool for his business.

As I read further I began to like the author more. He certainly has done a lot of research, and seems to have organized his thoughts very well. He also does explain that his business is "for profit," and the fact that he's advertising his business through the book doesn't detract from it being a very interesting book to read.

Simon also points out that he thinks a lot of economists will disagree with what he has to say, and "that is OK; as long as we are respectful to each other, we can engage in productive debate." Personally I think that debate is a waste of time, and that we should instead be trying to learn together, but Simon's saying this does make it seem that he's considered counter arguments to his thoughts.

The interesting thing is that every single review written before mine gives Simon a five star rating. This means either that NONE of these economists has bothered to read and review his book, or that they don't actually disagree.

What I would really like to see is a computer simulation, showing how money reform can affect the world. That would be a lot easier to understand or explain than reading, or getting someone to read, an entire book.
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I bought this book because I wanted to find out Simon's views on the future of banking & finance and the economy in general.

We definitely know that the economy is not in good shape right now when Sir Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, stated that 'Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.'

I bet that not too many people know that any private bank can create money electronically.

Even though the average person may not take a deep interest in economics in general, they should find out the reasons the economy goes through the continuous cycles of boom and bust.

The first part goes how times have changed, people's attitudes to towards to economy across different generations, the 'free economy' we are living in right now and the reasons why the booms and busts happen in the economy. The second part outlines the 7 things that make the 'free economy' possible and the third part basically explores the options we can take based on what we already know.

This book shows that he knows a lot within his area of expertise. I'm not joking because he does back up his opinions with a lot of research. He also explains the concepts in a clear and coherent way.

I would recommend anyone to buy this book.
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Everyone should take the time to learn about money. If you don't understsnd (and I can guarentee that most likely you won't) how money is created and how the banks rule the world to pay themselves large greedy profits that benefit only the rich. This system is rigged to take money from the tax payer and transfer it to the wealthy. If you are fed up with polititions and the current system, and you feel you would like to see real change that makes the system work for the people instead of against the people READ this book. Additionally this is a book with a differance it is truly an interactive book asking for your personal thoughts throughout via social media and uses social media video clips to present some of the materials.
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This book was in my pile of holiday reading. Quite simply I could not put it down. I read it from cover to cover and found it compelling reading.

Simon has got our financial crisis nailed. He communicates in an easy to understand style, which works for those who know nothing about finance and also for those who do. I'm an accountant, and some of the stuff in this book was quite an eye opener for me. After telling us how it is, Simon outlines his vision for the future and leaves the reader in no doubt that he is committed to working and influencing in order to achieve it.

Reading the book has introduced me to crowdfunding - a totally new (to the UK) form of business financing. I am so interested in this concept that I altered my working schedule to go and listen to Simon speak at a conference this week. He is a man who truly walks his talk.

Buying, reading and acting on the advice in this book is highly recommended. Bank to the Future: Protect Your Future Before Governments Go Bust
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This is an extraordinary book about the financial times in which we live. I'm not a banker, but my gut instinct and common sense tell me that Simon has nailed the problems of a financial system that has forgotten about being a service industry and become a self-serving industry. It's scary stuff, but the great thing is that there is an alternative to the insanity we've created for ourselves.

The book itself is written in a straightforward way and I couldn't put it down. Simon clearly knows his stuff and is passionate about getting across the message that we need to change.

I would quibble with the early part of the book way in which he outlines how we can become almost self-sufficient in the workplace, becoming a jack-of-all-trades. I'd argue that we should concentrate on what really makes us tick and delegate functions where we procrastinate or generate poor results through lack of interest or lack of core skills. But that's a small niggle in the overall context.

Buy the book! Unless you're a banker keen to hang onto a possibly undeserved bonus, I doubt that you'll regret it.
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