Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. Includes more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point.
"This will change your life..."
Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.
"Excellent Car Journey Material"
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.
"The most talked about non-fiction book this year"
In 2000, the total GDP of Earth was $36 trillion. At the start of 2007 it was $70 trillion. Today that growth has gone suddenly and sharply into decline. John Lanchester travels with a cast of characters - including reckless bankers, snoozing regulators, complacent politicians, predatory lenders, credit-drunk spendthrifts, and innocent bystanders, to understand deeply and genuinely what is happening and why we feel the way we do.
"Elegance and charm, jazzing on a well-known theme"
Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...
"You must read this one, if you shop here..."
Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.
"One of the best communication books ever written"
The classic best seller by Benjamin Graham, perhaps the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century, The Intelligent Investor has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham's book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of "value investing".
The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.
"What went wrong, in a way you'll understand."
Robbie, aka the Naked Trader, is your expert and highly entertaining guide to the often baffling world of the stock market. In between cups of tea, rounds of toast and the occasional 'cuddle' with Mrs Naked Trader, he describes the straightforward techniques that have enabled him to succeed in the markets, escape the rat race and make a lot of money.
"a must read for all investors"
Money was one of man's greatest inventions. But we have become its slaves. Money: the Unauthorised Biography unfolds a panoramic secret history and explains the truth about money: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works. Martin believes that the conventional wisdom that today's financial universe evolved from barter, is wrong. Not just wrong, but dangerous.
Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.
"Informative and fascinating"
A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?
"The perfect book for that business flight"
How to Speak Money reveals how the language of money is often a tool to conceal and mislead; he explains hundreds of common economic terms, from GDP to the IMF, amortization to securitization to collateralized debt obligation; and he argues that we all need to speak money lest those who do write the financial rules for themselves.
Economics matters. But with confusing things like GDP and interest rates, it's often hard to get you head around. So What do you really need to know about economics?
Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.
"Sharp, fun and informative"
Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: >Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn't Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn't Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!
"Too tiring and too many errors"
The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.
China's Super Consumers offers an in-depth explanation of what's inside the minds of Chinese consumers and explores what they buy, where they buy, how they buy, and most importantly why they buy. The audiobook is filled with real-world stories of the foreign and domestic companies, leading brands, and top executives who have succeeded in selling to this burgeoning marketplace.
This book gives you the answers in a twelve-step guide to accumulating vast riches the way hedge fund managers do - by playing trillion-dollar poker with a marked deck. Through each easy step, you'll learn the sleight of hand and disregard for basic morality you'll need to move from making tens of dollars an hour to millions an hour!
Welcome to Forbes for December 15th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, "The 2015 Investment Guide" - The new Forbes guide profiles star do-it-yourself investors and provides tips on retirement, taxes, stocks, bonds, and investing in such alternatives as refinanced student loans and movies...
"Talent - Why Chief Human Resources Officers Make Great CEOs." "Understanding New Power" by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms. "Making Dumb Groups Smarter" by Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie. "Rethink What You 'Know' about High-Achieving Women" by Robert J. Ely, Pamela Stone, and Colleen Ammerman.
Robert J. Ely, a Professor of Business Administration and the senior associate dean for culture and community at Harvard Business School; Pamela Stone, a professor of sociology at Hunter College; and Colleen Ammerman, the assistant director of the Gender Initiative at Harvard Business School; report on how there's a real gap between what Harvard Business School alumnae expect as they look ahead to their careers and where they ultimately land.
Cass R. Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, and Reid Hastie, the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, report on behavioral research that suggests some fairly simple ways to achieve "the wisdom of crowds."
Jeremy Heimans, a cofounder and CEO of Purpose, a social business that builds movement; and Henry Timms, the executive director of 92nd Street Y, write about how power isn't what it used to be - and how you can harness that new power.
Welcome to Forbes for December 8th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, "Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala on Being Shot: 'My Weaknesses Died on That Day'" - Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for going to school. They targeted the wrong girl. Next, "Here's a Plan to Turn Around U-S Education - and Generate $225 Trillion." When you look at massive public spending areas, defense keeps us safe and health care keeps us alive, but only education holds the promise of a numeric return on a collective investment.
The most prosperous product types that have been devised in recent months are video products. Yep, video that you may actually watch from your monitor. Video that's accompanied with audio comments, which try to inform, if not to entertain as well. Get all the info you need here.
This formal essay uses three business strategies that are commonly used in strategic analysis of a business or organization. I use my profession as a mechanical contractor to form examples to help describe each of the three business strategies in action.
Outsourcing can free up your time to concentrate on the important things in your business. It also allows you to utilize the skills and expertise of other people that you may not have yourself. Remember that if you're not very good at something it will take you a long time to figure it out and complete it, and you probably won't make a very good job of it. Outsource tasks where it makes good business sense to do so and then find the right person for the job using the methods we have outlined.
Growing Up Fast is a practical audiobook about how to implement an agile process in modern business to create the necessary collaboration between marketing and innovation for business success. The first half of the audiobook covers the philosophical underpinnings of complementary opposites in nature, human interaction, and the workplace.
Catching Lightning in a Bottle traces the complete history of Merrill Lynch and the company's substantial impact on the world of finance, from the birth of the once-mighty company to its inauspicious end. Throughout its 94-year history, Merrill Lynch revolutionized finance by bringing Wall Street to Main Street, operating under a series of guidelines known as the Principles.
"Tristan Walker: The Visual Man": A bold entrepreneur with a radical startup. "This Brand-Creator Partnership is How Snapchat's CEO Should Have Tried to Make Money": Snapchat has given forward-thinking creators and marketers off-the-charts engagement. By embracing ads - that's about to end. "Why the World Is Moving to Diplo's Beat": The creative force behind a growing musical empire.
Trillion Dollar Economists explores the prize-winning ideas that have shaped business decisions, business models, and government policies, expanding the popular idea of the economist's role from one of forecaster to one of innovator. Written by the former Director of Economic Research at Bloomberg Government, the Kauffman Foundation and the Brookings Institution, this audiobook describes the ways in which economists have helped shape the world.
Natalie maneuvered her way out of poverty and up above the ranks of Harvard-educated MBAs to become the number-one ranked stock picker on Wall Street. She shows us, through anecdotes and carefully outlined investing strategies, that making the transformation to a life of financial freedom and happiness is easier than one might think.
"he Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small is a business survival manifesto for the technology revolution. As the world moves from the industrial era to the digital age, power is shifting and fragmenting. Power is no longer about might and ownership; power in a digital world is about access.
Are you an entrepreneur by heart or already have a business on the verge of starting up? Then most likely you might have already attempted doing business in a physical store. It might also be that you've attempted working with other entrepreneurs. Certainly you've heard about the latest craze for net shopping. Listen to this book to discover the latest in net shopping.
The Culture Engine shows leaders how to create a high performing, values aligned culture through the creation of an organizational constitution. With practical step-by-step guidance, listeners learn how to define their organization's culture, delineate the behaviors that contribute to greater performance and greater engagement, and draft a document that codifies those behaviors into a constitution that guides behavior toward an ideal: a safe, inspiring workplace.
Welcome to Forbes Welcome to Forbes for November 10th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, "Sean Rad Out As Tinder CEO. Inside the Crazy Saga" - In creating Tinder Sean Rad changed how people mate, and how Wall Street viewed Barry Diller. Too bad it wasn't enough to save his job. Also, "Billionaire Thomas Peterffy Practically Invented Digital Trading. Now He Wants to Be Your Broker" - At an age when many entrepreneurs step back, Thomas Peterffy has thrown himself into building a marketing-intensive discount brokerage business and a new public persona.
A generation of people around the world, from Boston to Bangkok, from New York to New Delhi, are making everyday choices in ways that defy traditional logic. They are judging where and how their clothes were made, not just how they fit. They are thinking global but buying local. They are spending their money and their time, forming loyalties, casting votes, and even enjoying entertainment based increasingly upon their desire to make a positive impact on others and the world around them.
Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.
"To pay, or not to pay tax ...?"
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.
"Can't beat a bit of Godin..."
In Smart Pricing, Wharton professors and renowned pricing experts Jagmohan Raju and Z. John Zhang draw on examples from high tech to low tech, from consumer markets to business markets, and from U.S. to abroad, to tell the stories of how innovative pricing strategies can help companies create and capture value as well as customers. They teach the pricing principles behind those innovative ideas and practices.
Strategy-to-performance gaps foster a culture of under-performance. Unrealistic plans create the expectation throughout the organisation that plans simply will not be fulfilled. This book shows how to overcome such failings and implement strategy effectively.
A best seller on both sides of the Atlantic, Fool's Gold is a key commentary on the causes of the recent financial crisis. Taking readers back to the invention of credit-derivative obligations (CDOs) at J. P. Morgan in 1994, and the subsequent exponential growth of that market, Tett explains how credit derivatives seemed a win-win for the financial world, freeing up capital, increasing profits, and diversifying risk.
"Very revealing of corporate greed"
Here is an important book for turbulent times, an accessible and engaging economic history of the world, by the world trade editor of the Financial Times.
Witty, knowledgeable, and fluent, False Economy tells extraordinary stories of economic triumph and disaster, explaining how some countries went wrong while others went right, and why it's so difficult to change course once you're on the path to ruin.
"Interesting book, terrible reading"
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.
"Interesting and insightful"
What does the world want? According to John Battelle, a company that answers that question can unlock the most intractable riddles of both business and culture. And for the past few years, that's exactly what Google has been doing.
"A bit outdated but still fascinating"
Imagine a year without spending - or even touching - money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and discovered that good friends are all the riches you need.
"the moneyless man"
Between 1995 and 2007, the Republic of Ireland was the worldwide model of successful adaptation to economic globalisation. The success story was phenomenal: a doubling of the workforce; a massive growth in exports; a GDP that was substantially above the EU average. Ireland became the world's largest exporter of software and manufactured the world's supply of Viagra. But there were two big problems....
"Measured, balanced and easy listening"
One of the most lucrative fields in business, investment banking frequently perplexes even banking professionals working within its complex laws. Investment Banking For Dummies remedies common misconceptions with a straightforward assessment of banking fundamentals. Written by experts in stock market proceedings, this book runs parallel to an introductory course in investment banking.
The 10th edition of the long-established definitive guide to the EU. From its original six members (who formed the European Economic Community in 1957) what became the European Union had grown to 27 members in 2007, with several more candidates for membership standing in the wings.
Winners and Losers tells the stories of some of the most innovative businesses of recent times, explaining how a few succeeded in creating and dominating entirely new markets while so many others die in today¹s ferociously competitive online era. Explaining clearly, with many interesting examples, what contributes to success and failure in creating and developing a company.
"Interesting all the way through"