The global economy has made what seems like an incredible comeback after the financial crisis of 2008. Yet this comeback is artificial. Central banks have propped up markets by keeping interest rates low and the supply of money free-flowing. They won't bail us out again next time. And there will be a next time - soon.
In The Road to Ruin , bestselling author James Rickards identifies how governments around the world are secretly preparing an alternative strategy for the next big crisis: a lockdown. Instead of printing money to reliquify markets and prop up assets, governments are preparing to close banks, shut down exchanges and order powerful asset managers not to sell. They're putting provisions in place that will allow them to do so legally. What's more, the global elite has already started making their own preparations, including hoarding cash and hard assets.
When the next one comes, it will be the average investor who suffers most - unless he or she heeds Rickards' warning and prepares accordingly.
From immigration reform to energy resources, from political paralysis to inequality and extremism, we are beset by a raft of huge and seemingly insurmountable issues. The daily newspapers, the rolling 24-hour television news, portray a world in terminal decline: the rise of IS, the Syrian refugee crisis, Beijing's financial fallibility and Putin's brazen annexing of the Crimea. The ripples are felt by us all in our everyday lives – in unemployment figures or, if we're lucky, our stubbornly flat payslips, in the crumbling roads, Tube strikes and sky-rocketing tuition fees.
What goes under-reported are the success stories. Here, taking ten of the most knotty issues we face today, Jonathan Tepperman examines unsung individuals' bold and innovative attempts against all odds and expectations to solve some of the important problems governments have struggled with for decades. Each chapter tells the story of one government that's found a way to avoid the snares that entangle most of the others. The solutions described in the book aren't speculative: they've all already been tried, and they work.
Controversial, provocative but always stimulating, Tepperman here offers a powerful, data-driven case for optimism. Written with flair and an infectious exuberance, The Fix is a book to restore hope to the pessimistic, and offer both practical advice and inspiration in a time of relentless bad news.
The untold story of the global poor: "Powerful, lucid, and revelatory, The Great Surge offers indispensable prescriptions about sustaining global economic progress into the future" (George Soros, chairman of Soros Fund Management).
We live today at a time of great progress for the global poor. Never before have so many people, in so many developing countries, made so much progress, in so short a time in reducing poverty, increasing incomes, improving health, reducing conflict and war, and spreading democracy.
Most people believe the opposite: that with a few exceptions like China and India, the majority of developing countries are hopelessly mired in deep poverty, led by inept dictators, and have little hope for change. But a major transformation is underway-and has been for two decades now. Since the early 1990s more than 700 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, six million fewer children die every year from disease, tens of millions more girls are in school, millions more people have access to clean water, and democracy-often fragile and imperfect-has become the norm in developing countries around the world.
"A terrific book" (Nick Kristof, The New York Times), The Great Surge chronicles this unprecedented economic, social, and political transformation. It shows how the end of the Cold War, the development of new technologies, globalization, and courageous local leadership have combined to improve the fate of hundreds of millions of people in poor countries around the world. Most importantly,The Great Surge reveals how we can accelerate the progress.
Economism is an ideology that distorts the valid principles and tools of Economics 101, propagated by self-styled experts, zealous lobbyists, clueless politicians, and ignorant pundits. In order to illuminate the fallacies of economism, James Kwak first offers a primer on supply and demand, market equilibrium, and social welfare: the underpinnings of most popular economic arguments. Then he provides a historical account of how economism became a prevalent mode of thought in the United States focusing on the people who packaged Econ 101 into sound bites they then repeated until they took on the aura of truth. He shows us how issues of the moment in contemporary American society labor markets, taxes, finance, health care, macroeconomic management, among others are shaped by economism, demonstrating in each case with clarity and elan how, because of its failure to reflect the complexities of our world, it has had a deleterious influence on policies that affect hundreds of millions of Americans.
The follies of finance have threatened the stability of the global economy, and the world of finance has become increasingly complex and sophisticated, but also greedy, cynical and self-interested. The Long and the Short of It provides a guide to the complexities of modern finance and explains how to put your finances in the only hands you can confidently trust - your own. In this new, wholly updated edition of The Long and the Short of It, you will learn everything you need to be your own investment manager. You will recognise your investment options, the institutions that try to sell them, and how to distinguish between fact and fiction in what companies say. You will discover the principles of sound investment and the research that supports these principles. Crucially, you will learn a practical investment strategy and how to implement it. Leading economist and hugely successful investor John Kay uses his academic credentials and practical experience to lay out the key principles of investment with characteristic clarity and dry humour. This is the only book about finance and investment anyone needs, and the one book they must have.
Peter Drucker revolutionized management thinking before there was management thinking. For nearly half a century he inspired and educated managers and powerfully shaped the nature of business with his landmark articles in Harvard Business Review.
Through Drucker’s unique lens, this volume presents a rare opportunity to trace the evolution of the great shifts in organizations and to grasp more firmly the role of managers in the ongoing effort to balance change with continuity. The book also offers managers and executives a collection of best practices as well as introspective questions that will help them improve as organizational leaders.
Infused with a perspective that holds new relevance today, these selections reveal a celebrated thinker at his best. Drucker paints a clear and comprehensive picture of management thinking and practice both as it is and as it will be.
Meetings. They hold such promise for moving your business forward, but they rarely deliver. We all know the steps we?re supposed to take to run an effective meeting, but we seldom follow them. Why? Perhaps it just doesn?t seem worth the time to pinpoint what we want to accomplish, craft an agenda, handpick participants, issue prework, and, after the meeting, send out notes summarizing key decisions and next steps.
But meeting preparation and follow-up is time well spent. This guide offers practical tips to make your meetings easier to prepare for, more enjoyable to run, and more productive. In time, these steps will become so ingrained you won?t be able to imagine running a meeting any other way. You?ll learn how to:
• determine whether you even need to meet
• manage basic meeting prep
• orchestrate group decision making
• get the most out of web- and phone-conferencing tools
• cope with chronic latecomers, windbags, and other common problems
• turn a bad meeting around
• keep the momentum going with prompt meeting follow-up
• develop a reputation for running great meetings
Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
Creating lasting wealth through investing in real estate is every investor's dream. But if it's such a proven pathway from rags to riches, why doesn't everyone invest? Why doesn't every investor make money out of property? How can you tell the difference between a 'good' property and a 'bad' one - and how can you avoid making profit-crunching mistakes that can rob you of a wealthy retirement? Throughout his experience, Philippe has discovered that the secret to making money as investor is really quite simple: there is no secret! What there is, however, is a straightforward process that any investor can follow, to build a profitable property portfolio that generates long-term wealth. In this book, Philippe explains the four simple stages of property success - planning, acquisition, transition and drawdown - and shares the pitfalls you need to be aware of in order to move forward and maximise your wealth.From mastering your budget and getting a financial education, to defining your investment strategy, designing your ultimate property portfolio and finding proven property performers to grow your wealth, Philippe leaves no stone unturned. Interwoven with personal stories of real client successes and setbacks, it's an inspiring read that has been broken down into simple steps that almost anyone can follow along. For readers who are looking to create lasting property wealth in any market, and for those who want to learn the exact strategies and processes Philippe has personally used to create independent wealth, then this book is an absolute must-read!
This is the book every sales manager wishes they had-before they accepted the job. The advice within acts as a 24/7 coach for beleaguered sales leaders dealing with perplexing dilemmas. Sales leaders (managers, directors, and vice presidents) advocate for and often succeed in getting sales training for their reps, but when they request sales management training for themselves, the answer is often no. This lack of formal instruction lowers their chances of success.
Ever wondered how the world's most successful women in the worlds of fashion, beauty, philanthropy, entertainment, social media and politics became seemingly overnight sensations?
This book will turn everything you thought you knew about succeeding, ambition, the path to following your dreams and becoming a #girlboss on its head!
This book features first-hand EXCLUSIVE essays from the women you know and love, handpicked by your intrepid authors - television journalist SAMANTHA BRETT and global influencer STEPH ADAMS.
You'll hear the success secrets and inspirational stories from the likes of;
* Meghan Markle (SUITS)
* Arianna Huffington (HUFFINGTON POST)
* Elle MacPherson (SUPER ELIXIR)
* Rachel Zoe (STYLIST)
* Kristina Bazan (SOCIAL MEDIA STAR)
* Gwyneth Paltrow (GOOP / JUICE BEAUTY)
News reporter Samantha Brett, together with Global Influencer Steph Adams, have spent more than two decades between them, interviewing and profiling some of the most inspiring and successful women around the world. The authors quickly realised that these women had a few pertinent qualities in common: they are fearless in their pursuits; unafraid to go after what they want, and do not let the fear of failure deter them. They know that every failure is just a stepping stone in their path towards their success and that there is no such thing as an overnight sensation.
Now, for the first time, a group of inspiring women handpicked by the authors, are letting you into their worlds. They are sharing their secrets to overcoming fears and challenges, and inspiring you to keep motivated and pressing forward towards tackling and achieving your goals, no matter how tough things become!
In this book you'll learn;
* Tips from the world's most successful women on how to become a #girlboss
* How to create your own empire
* How to become a social media sensation
* Tips to overcoming setbacks
* Inspirational stories and motivational tools to help you to keep going and to live your best life!
BECOME A GAME CHANGER TODAY!
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