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How the City Really Works

How the City Really Works

The Definitive Guide to Money and Investing in London's Square Mile

Alexander Davidson


How the City Really Works is a comprehensive guide to how London's financial markets operate. It offers advice on how you can put the information it provides to practical and lucrative use and includes sections on: the City of London, the Bank of England, commercial banking, investment banking and all types of financial products.

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About the book

How the City Really Works clearly explains the workings of the City, as well as its relationships with other international financial centres.

The book features sections on the dangers of fraud and money laundering, credit derivatives, the latest governance issues, and the current state of the pensions market. It provides further coverage of the key roles within the City, from stockbrokers and foreign exchange dealers to accountants and Lloyd's underwriters, and demonstrates how they relate to each other.

Packed with information and insights on the key products - from bonds to new share offerings and derivatives - How the City Really Works gives you a crash course in: City markets; hedge funds and traders; City regulation; the City's relationships with the United States and Europe.

This informative and entertaining guide to London's financial markets offers practical advice on how you can put the information it contains to profitable use when making your investment decisions.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: The City of London;
    • Chapter - 02: The Bank of England;
    • Chapter - 03: Commercial banking;
    • Chapter - 04: Introduction to equities;
    • Chapter - 05: How to value shares;
    • Chapter - 06: New share issues;
    • Chapter - 07: Investment banking;
    • Chapter - 08: Introduction to derivatives;
    • Chapter - 09: Derivatives for retail investors;
    • Chapter - 10: Wholesale market participants;
    • Chapter - 11: Interest rate products;
    • Chapter - 12: Credit products;
    • Chapter - 13: Commodities;
    • Chapter - 14: Foreign exchange;
    • Chapter - 15: The London Stock Exchange and its trading systems;
    • Chapter - 16: Share trading venues and exchanges;
    • Chapter - 17: Post-trade services;
    • Chapter - 18: Investors;
    • Chapter - 19: Pooled investments;
    • Chapter - 20: Analysts and research;
    • Chapter - 21: Financial communications;
    • Chapter - 22: UK financial services regulation;
    • Chapter - 23: European and global regulation;
    • Chapter - 24: Financial fraud;
    • Chapter - 25: Money laundering;
    • Chapter - 26: Overview of corporate governance;
    • Chapter - 27: Accounting and governance issues;
    • Chapter - 28: Insurance and the London companies market;
    • Chapter - 29: Insurance: Lloyd’s of London;
    • Chapter - 30: Reinsurance;
    • Chapter - 31: Retail insurance, savings and domestic property;
    • Chapter - 32: Pensions in flux;
    • Chapter - 33: The shipping industry;
    • Chapter - 34: Catching the Iceland chill;
    • Chapter - 35: Islamic finance;
    • Chapter - 36: Ethics and integrity;
    • Chapter - 37: Final word

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749459680
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd April 2010
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 416 pages

About the Author

Alexander Davidson is a leading financial journalist, and a senior editor at Complinet. The Global-Investor Book of Investing Rules lists him as one of the 150 most respected financial experts in the world. He is the author of How the Global Financial Markets Really Work, The Complete Guide to Online Stock Market Investing and How to Understand the Financial Pages, all published by Kogan Page.

Alexander Davidson