• Laws of Specific jurisdictions
      July 2014

      The Rise & Fall of Freedom in America

      by Ray Hall

      This book will show you how to get the government off your back and out of your life! Do you realize the government considers you their property? When you’re the property of others, that’s defined as SLAVERY! Do you realize the government PRESUMES it’s sovereign over you, and can tell you what you can and can’t do? Do you realize America is currently governed by forces that want to totally control you? This book is filled with REMEDIES! It will also teach you: The almost lost knowledge of the foundational principles our system was originally founded upon and how individuals can easily restore their true God given legal status as sovereigns over those pretending to be our government. It is filled with remedies that will get the government off your back and out of your life. However, you can’t be saved as long as you’re ignorant of the correct principles our system endowed us with, principles that are no longer taught because if they were, the conspirators could not get away with what they are doing.

    • Business & management
      September 2015

      Accelerating Profitability

      by Alan K. Lund

      A hands-on, participation-based book from Alan Lund, provides a road map to revive, accelerate and win at achieving profitability. Alan provides a logical guide, support tools, proven methods and author access to guide you and your business along the profitability journey. With increasing customer demands and competitive pressures to manage and control costs, you need a winning profitability strategy to compete in the race. A Roadmap to revive, accelerate and win the profitability journey!

    • Finance

      The Client-centred Financial Adviser

      The ultimate guide to building high-trust, high-profit relationships and a thriving practice 

      by John Dashfield

      State of mind is all important for a financial adviser because it is the core factor in building high-quality, client-centred relationships, something which is essential in today’s business environment. John Dashfield looks at the science behind state of mind and how understanding this leads to higher psychological functioning and increased wellbeing for the adviser.

    • Economics
      July 2014

      Europe on the Brink

      Debt Crisis and Dissent in the European Periphery

      by Tony Phillips, Mariana Montagua, Anzhela Knyazeva, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Roberto Lavagna, Christina Laskaridis, Diana Knyazeva

      Europe is suffering from a bipolar economic disorder. Financial journalists divide the continent into two groups of nations - centre and periphery - not by geography but by credit rating. Europe on the Brink is a critical investigation of the root causes of this sovereign debt crisis, and the often misguided policy choices made to resolve it. Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, together with two other finance experts, compares debt contagion in Europe with regional financial crises elsewhere, while Roberto Lavagna, former economics minister in Argentina, provides a poignant comparative analysis with his own country’s experience. Crucially and uniquely, Portuguese, Greek and Irish economists provide hard-hitting case studies from the perspective of the periphery. This much-needed book offers a heterodox economic perspective on the causes, symptoms and solutions of the biggest economic issue currently facing Europe.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2015

      The Power of Thought and Wealth

      by Dina Marielle

      Self-development in personal finance and prosperity. This book will provide the readers useful ideas and tips to improve their personal economic and prosperity. Do you experience complex debt and growing pile of bills you can`t maintain? Do you want to clean up and streamline your expenses? Do you want to earn more money? Are you confronted with unrealized goals? Do you want to do something extraordinary and become really rich? Do you think wanting lots of money makes you greedy? Do you want better harmony and quality of life? This book is about you, your mind as well as improvements in finance and prosperity. Rightholder: dina.marielle@getmail.com All rights available, excluding English language rights. I am also lookin for agent representation.

    • Banking
      June 2015

      Looking Back at the Israeli Banking System, 1965 – 2012

      A collection of articles and papers on developments and policy issues, relating to the Israeli banking system

      by Prof. Meir Heth

      This book, published recently by Rubin Mass Ltd, is a collection of articles and papers on developments and policy issues, relating to the Israeli banking system, written over a period of more than four decades by Professor Meir Heth. Heth held key positions in the Israeli capital markets. He was Superintendent of Banks with the Bank of Israel, chairman of the board of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, of Bank Leumi and of other major Israeli corporations. Israel was born in 1948, and its banking system was quite primitive in the early years. Heth, who started in the research department of the Bank of Israel in 1962, wrote several articles that are essential to the understanding of the factors that shaped the structure and business of Israeli Banking for decades to come. Among these are the methods of the Bank of Israel's monetary policy, widespread linkage of financial assets, the legal ceiling of the rate of interest and the deep intervention of the government in the working of the financial markets. Along the years the system has undergone several crises. Heth was actively involved in some of them and he devoted several papers to the issues involved. He criticized sharply for years the policy pursued by the banks of regulating their shares' prices. Following the crisis that led to a de facto nationalization of the four major banks Heth dealt in several articles with the process of reprivatizing the banks. Over the years, many banking institutions disappeared, some were declared insolvent but many more were acquired by the big banks, a process that shaped the concentrated structure of the system. Heth devoted several articles to the bankruptcy of the Israel British Bank, an event that occurred during his tenure as superintendent and had political and international repercussions. The liquidation of the bank and its British subsidiary lasted over 30 years Several articles and papers were dedicated to important policy issues: The conflict of interests involved in the banks' securities business and ways to tackle the problem, the establishment of a formal system of deposit insurance and the need of overhauling the Law of Banking in order to establish a coherent system of bank regulation. This book will be of interest to followers of the Israeli economy and to scholars following the development of banking in emerging markets.

    • Banking
      November 2015

      Lehman Brothers

      A crisis of value

      by Oonagh McDonald

      Using extensive documentary evidence and interviews with former Lehman employees, Oonagh McDonald reveals the decisions that led to Lehman's collapse, investigates why the government refused a bail-out and whether the implications of this refusal were fully understood. In clear and accessible language she demonstrates both the short and long term effects of Lehman's collapse.

    • Finance
      May 2016

      The Authority Guide to Financial Forecasting for SMEs

      Pain-free financials for finance and planning

      by Simon Thompson

      In this Authority Guide, forecasting guru Simon Thompson shows you how to build financial forecasts quickly, effectively and cheaply through his unique, proven and easy-to-follow 10-step process. By learning how to create effective forecasts you will master the ability to understand the potential financial outcomes for your business and be able to communicate financial information in order to successfully raise investment or loans.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      November 2015

      Lehman Brothers

      A crisis of value

      by Oonagh McDonald

    • Business, Economics & Law
      May 2016

      Lehman Brothers

      A crisis of value

      by Oonagh McDonald

      Using extensive documentary evidence and interviews with former Lehman employees, Oonagh McDonald reveals the decisions that led to Lehman's collapse, investigates why the government refused a bail-out and whether the implications of this refusal were fully understood. In clear and accessible language she demonstrates both the short and long term effects of Lehman's collapse. ;

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2018

      Corporate Citizenship

      The role of companies as citizens of the modern world

      by David Logan

      Private companies and multinationals have been around since the beginning of recorded history. For both good and ill they have done an immense amount to shape human culture around the world. We have just come through a period in history when communist and socialist societies tried to eliminate or severely constrain private enterprise, but companies are now back, big time. Consequently, the question now is: ‘What is their role in our global economic and social system?’ Providing goods and services and making a profit for their shareholders are important, but in that process, they also have responsibilities to their stakeholders and the wider society. Companies are in fact corporate citizens of society; just as individuals are private citizens. They exercise certain rights but also have profound responsibilities. They have to step up as good citizens and use their power and influence to help humanity face the challenges of the future. This book discusses why and how they must do that as a step towards learning to live with modern capitalism.

    • Financial accounting
      September 2014

      Learning Accountancy

      The Novel Way Second Edition

      by Author(s): Zarir Suntook

      Libraries and bookshops around the world have displayed over the years numerous books on bookkeeping and accountancy. In the very first chapter of this book, therefore, the question is asked: why then write yet another book?The traditional approach has been to introduce double entry bookkeeping principles almost at the outset and then expound those principles with the help of examples. In this book, no mention is made of double entry until Chapter 5. The book starts by demonstrating in a clear and simple way the function of cash flow statements, profit and loss statements, and balance sheets. It then explains the crucial differences between cash flow on the one hand and profit and loss on the other. The reader is only then introduced to the logic and application of the rules of double entry.The book goes on to cover a wide range of topics, including, with numerous examples, financial accounting, management information and internal control systems in a typical accounts department. This book does not aim to produce ‘full-fledged accountants,’ but rather to help the layman and the aspiring student to gain a valuable insight into both the theory and practice of bookkeeping and accountancy.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      June 2013

      Investment Portfolio Selection Using Goal Programming

      An Approach to Making Investment Decisions

      by Author(s): Rania Ahmed Azmi

      This book provides both practitioners and academics with a scientific approach to portfolio selection using Goal Programming, an approach which is capable as far as is possible of achieving a required set of preferences deemed appropriate by a decision maker. Goal Programming is perhaps the most widely-used approach in the field of multiple criteria decision-making that enables the decision maker to incorporate numerous variations of constraints and goals. The original portfolio selection problem, with risk and return optimisation, can be viewed as a case of Goal Programming with two objectives. Additional objectives representing other factors, such as liquidity, can be introduced for a more realistic approach to portfolio selection problems.This book comes in a time where scientific frameworks for investment decision-making are absolutely necessary, that is after the recent financial and economic crisis; where irrational decisions and a misuse of mathematical models had equally fed into the spiral of the financial crisis. The real-world decision problems are usually changeable, complex and resist treatment with conventional approaches. Therefore, the optimisation of a single objective subject to a set of rigid constraints is in most cases unrealistic, and that is why Goal Programming was introduced, in an attempt to eliminate or at least mitigate this shortcoming. Most mathematical models are based on very strong theoretical assumptions which are not entirely respected by markets in practice. In contrast, Goal Programming models are based on real-world cases where the most feasible solution is sought as opposed to an ideal simplified solution.Therefore, this book provides practitioners with a new and superior scientific framework for investment decision-making, while aiming to stimulate further research and development. Moreover, the book provides scientific approaches for portfolio selection with Goal Programming, which will provide added value for practitioners in complementing their financial expertise with a sound scientific decision-making framework.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      October 2009

      Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Common Factors in a Term Structure Model

      by Author(s): Ting Ting Huang

      This paper is the first that completely studies dynamical and cross-sectional structures of bonds, typically used as risk-free assets in mathematical finance, on the independence of the common factors with the empirical copula. During the last decade, financial models based empirically on common factors have acquired increasing popularity in risk management and asset pricing. Much has been published on the subject, but the technical nature of most papers makes them difficult for non-specialists to understand, and the mathematical tools required for applications can be intimidating. Although many of the copula models used in finance are theoretical, the nature of financial data suggests the empirical copula is more appropriate for forecasting and accurately describing returns, volatility and interdependence.

    • Computing & IT
      October 2013

      Business Review

      Advanced Applications

      by Editor(s): Anton Ravindran, Farid Shirazi

      Business Review: Advanced Applications, edited by Dr Anton Ravindran and Dr Farid Shirazi, provides insights and information on several essential business topics, such as cloud computing technology, and their impact on enterprises; the implementation of rolling planning instruments; the price volatility of grain markets; the standard of living in selected EU countries; the quality of disclosure in annual reports; diversity in the board room; using human resource management to increase a firm’s performance and productivity; knowledge management; information systems and internal control systems; and the impact of ICT expansion and legal and institutional frameworks on Foreign Direct Investment flows.This book will be of interest to scholars, educators, and practitioners alike in the fields of business management, marketing, finance, economics, human resource management, education and other related subjects, and will provide well-grounded informational material both in theory and in practice.

    • Development economics
      August 2018

      Evaluation of Microfinance Institutions in Varanasi with Special Reference to Client Education

      by Author(s): Vinita Kalra, H. P. Mathur

      In the last two decades, microfinance has gained growing recognition as an effective tool for improving the quality of life and the living standard of poor and low-income people. Microfinance’s popularity reached a peak when the United Nations declared 2005 the ‘International Year of Microcredit’ and when, one year later, the author of ‘Banker to the Poor’, Muhammad Yunus, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This recognition has given rise to a movement that was supposed to accomplish social and financial goals simultaneously and without any friction.However, microfinance as an industry was shaken for the first time in 2008, as a consequence of the international financial crisis, and it again suffered problems more recently. It was reported that the populist moves by politicians led to a mass default of loans, of worth more than US$1.5 billion in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the biggest market for the microfinance institutions in India. Measures taken to ensure that the 2008 crisis and its consequences are not repeated include bringing clients’ protection principles to work and building client awareness in order to make informed decisions. This book focuses on the efficacy of ‘financial education’ as a tool towards attaining client protection. It also utilizes the Microfinance Clients Awareness Index to evaluate the factors that impact the level of financial awareness for microfinance clients.

    • Public administration
      October 2013

      Sharing Concerns

      Country Case Studies in Public-Private Partnerships

      by Editor(s): Julian Teicher, Bernadine Van Gramberg, Marius Profiroiu, Cristina Neesham

      This book draws together case analyses of public-private partnerships in four different countries: Australia, France, Romania and Spain. It represents research efforts conducted from December 2007 to November 2012, and it covers a wide range of experiences in planning and implementing public-private partnerships in countries that belong to two very different socio-economic regions: Europe and Australia. The study on Australia deals with key concepts and types of public-partnerships, as well as performance and evaluation issues. While the analysis on France focuses on water sanitation and public transport services, the research on Romania highlights water and infrastructure projects. Finally, the discussion of Spain emphasizes healthcare and network services. The study illustrates that public-private partnerships are very adaptable and can take an unexpected variety of forms in different industries, types of service, regions or legal frameworks. By suggesting new directions for future comparative research in this area, we hope that this collection of country case studies will stimulate useful and enlightened discussion of the field and encourage a greater focus on the importance of context in future discussions of public-private partnerships.

    • Banking & finance: study & revision guides
      October 2014

      On Islamic Banking, Performance and Financial Innovations

      by Editor(s): Mondher Bellalah

      Islamic banking has seen rapid growth during the last two decades. This is a result of the liberalization of financial regulation, the globalization of financial markets, technological changes, product innovation, the birth of several new Islamic States, and a growing Islamic presence in the West, among other factors. New innovations have allowed economists and religious scholars to bring new products to almost all areas of banking and insurance, products which would previously have been extremely controversial. This book provides a better understanding of the Muslim community around the world of Islamic economics and its importance, especially in these days of financial crisis. The book will also serve as a reference manual for teaching the theory and practice of Islamic banking and Islamic financial innovations around the world. Islamic finance courses at universities are highly important since Islamic financial innovations remain very limited, and additional efforts have to be made in this area.

    • Economics
      April 2009

      Sub-national Fiscal Sustainability in a Globalised Setting

      by Editor(s): N. J. Kurian and Jacob John

      This collection of papers addresses the issues of fiscal federalism, centre-state relations, fiscal decentralization, unconventional methods of resource mobilization for filling the huge gap in infrastructure financing and strategies for achieving fiscal sustainability at the national and sub-national level in the globalized setting. Though a number of articles are in the context of Kerala, the overarching fiscal problems of sub-national governments are common to all. It contains detailed and in-depth analysis by eminent scholars and seasoned economic administrators, based on empirical and theoretical studies.Six decades of federal fiscal arrangement in India has resulted in centralization of fiscal powers, increase in regional imbalances and increased vertical and horizontal imbalances. Central and state government finances came under great stress during the last decade, and the situation continued in the early years of the current decade on account of a variety of reasons. The five-year period since 2003-04, however, saw significant fiscal correction and consolidation at the central and state levels. The still-unfolding implications of the global financial and economic crisis on the union and state finances are going to be severe. Both the centre and the states may take years before the targets of deficits set for March 2009 under fiscal responsibility legislations could be realized.

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