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Funny Money - In Search of Alternative Cash (Paperback, New edition): David Boyle Funny Money - In Search of Alternative Cash (Paperback, New edition)
David Boyle
R165 R116 Discovery Miles 1 160 Save R49 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Only our limited idea of money is keeping us poor. David Boyle introduces us to alternative cash and people who can conjure money - that is, spending power - out of nothing. Until recently, the growth of alternative cash had been the province of big business: phone cards, stamps, air miles and Tesco's clubcard points all have purchasing power, yet are not cash as we know it. Now, locally created money systems like `time dollars', `Womanshare' and `Ithaca hours' are being invented by communities for communities. With clarity and great humour, Boyle tells the story of this extraordinary revolution: he travels to the USA to visit the people behind local money systems; relates their vision of the future; and describes how to set up your own currency. This is no dry theoretical tome: Boyle writes about his subject in a way that is concrete, illuminating, often very funny and always highly readable. This paperback edition includes a new epilogue with an update on the latest alternative currency ideas: `You just have to cast doubt on the real existence of the money markets and they could just shrivel away. Anything could happen.' A revolution is underway now: this book tells the story of its leaders and the ideas that inspired them.

Naked Economics - Undressing the Dismal Science (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Charles Wheelan Naked Economics - Undressing the Dismal Science (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Charles Wheelan; Foreword by Burton G. Malkiel
R325 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is a new edition of the best-selling economics book that won't put you to sleep. In our challenging economic climate, this perennial favourite of students and general readers includes commentary on hot topics such as automation, trade and income inequality. Ten years after the financial crisis, Naked Economics examines how policymakers managed the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Aat Indirect Tax Fa2019 - Question Bank (Paperback): BPP Learning Media Aat Indirect Tax Fa2019 - Question Bank (Paperback)
BPP Learning Media
R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Aftershock - Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown (Hardcover, 4th Edition): David Wiedemer, Robert... Aftershock - Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown (Hardcover, 4th Edition)
David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
R520 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R150 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Secure your financial future before the next big bubble bursts Aftershock provides a definitive look at the economic climate still ahead in 2015 and beyond and details the steps you can take now to secure your financial future. Written by the authors who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, this book serves as both a warning and a game plan for investors looking to avoid catastrophic loss. This updated fourth edition has been expanded with new actionable insights about protection and profits in an increasingly confusing investment environment, and includes the latest data, updated charts and tables, and brand new coverage of monetary stimulus. With a look back at the domino fall of the conjoined real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles that triggered the last major crisis, this book paints a vivid picture of what to expect the next time the world's economy pops. You'll learn how to protect your assets before and during the coming fall, and how to capitalize on the opportunities everyone else is missing. The housing bubble has popped, toppling banks and sending shockwaves of stock market misery around the world. It may seem like the worst is over. It's not. This book shows you what's still to come, and how to ride the crest instead of being sucked under. * Learn when, why, and how the global bubble will burst * Understand the repercussions that will reach into your accounts * Get up to date on the data, with expert analysis and insight * Start protecting yourself now with a few smart investment moves The stock market, real estate, consumer spending, private debt, dollar, and government debt bubbles will burst, driving up unemployment, devaluing the dollar, and causing deep global recession. Aftershock helps you fortify your assets before the wave so you can enjoy clear skies after the storm.

Features and Challenges of the Eu Budget - A Multidisciplinary Analysis (Hardcover): Luca Zamparini, Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli Features and Challenges of the Eu Budget - A Multidisciplinary Analysis (Hardcover)
Luca Zamparini, Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The budget has been among the most pressing topics facing Brussels throughout the history of the EU. Features and Challenges of the EU Budget proposes a timely analysis of the most pertinent issues surrounding the EU budget with a multidisciplinary approach that includes historical, political, legal and economic interpretations. This thought provoking book considers the history of the EU budget and the European integration process, offering insight into the broader political implications of the budget for both Member State governments and for their citizens. Features and Challenges of the EU Budget also explores the legal and economic repercussions of the EU budget, examines the framework that controls it, and interrogates the budget's effects on European growth and competitiveness alongside its significance to the structural balances of Member States. At a time of uncertainty for the EU, this book provides a critical investigation of how political factors will affect the future of the EU budget. Featuring the unique contributions of academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, this insightful work will be of great interest to scholars and students investigating the politics, structure and economics of the EU. This book will also be useful to institutions offering courses or programmes concerning the EU and its budget.

Doug Kass on the Market - A Life on TheStreet (Hardcover): Douglas A. Kass Doug Kass on the Market - A Life on TheStreet (Hardcover)
Douglas A. Kass; Foreword by James J Cramer
R549 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R157 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Build a bulletproof portfolio with advice from a top market expert Doug Kass on the Market: A Life on TheStreet provides investment advice and guidance from one of the most renowned traders in the world. Author Doug Kass distills his years of experience as a hedge fund manager and infamous short seller to share the theory, technique, and intuition that built his reputation and his portfolio. Anecdotes about interactions with Wall Street's most famous names, including Buffett, Cramer, and Cooperman, highlight tricks of the trade, essential value investor insight, and the secrets to being a smart short. Doug Kass's reputation as a savvy investor is well-earned and widely recognized. His work on Wall Street gained him heavyweight status, and the friendship, the respect, and the ear of some of the biggest names in finance. As a CNBC regular and 2013 Buffet Bear, Kass is widely known as a trusted source of wisdom and profitable insight. In Doug Kass on the Market, readers learn valuable lessons that that will help them make smarter investment decisions. Kass lists the most important things to know when evaluating a possible long or short investment, and explains the things you're not doing to optimize your portfolio. Topics include: * Going against the grain * Data versus instinct * Valuation, bubbles, and momentum * Interest rates, inflation, and the Fed The book also describes how to short a stock properly without losing out and discusses the C-suite conversations that fund managers would never tell a lay shareholder. Kass's record proves the value of his acumen, and this book contains a comprehensive account of his talent and techniques. All investors deserve a chance at a more robust portfolio, and Doug Kass on the Market provides the information and guidance that can make that happen.

Legal Data for Banking - Business Optimisation and Regulatory Compliance (Hardcover): Akber Datoo Legal Data for Banking - Business Optimisation and Regulatory Compliance (Hardcover)
Akber Datoo
R1,281 R919 Discovery Miles 9 190 Save R362 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

A practical, informative guide to banks' major weakness Legal Data for Banking defines the legal data domain in the context of financial institutions, and describes how banks can leverage these assets to optimise business lines and effectively manage risk. Legal data is at the heart of post-2009 regulatory reform, and practitioners need to deepen their grasp of legal data management in order to remain compliant with new rules focusing on transparency in trade and risk reporting. This book provides essential information for IT, project management and data governance leaders, with detailed discussion of current and best practices. Many banks are experiencing recurrent pain points related to legal data management issues, so clear explanations of the required processes, systems and strategic governance provide immediately-relevant relief. The recent financial crisis following the collapse of major banks had roots in poor risk data management, and the regulators' unawareness of accumulated systemic risk stemming from contractual obligations between firms. To avoid repeating history, today's banks must be proactive in legal data management; this book provides the critical knowledge practitioners need to put the necessary systems and practices in place. Learn how current legal data management practices are hurting banks Understand the systems, structures and strategies required to manage risk and optimise business lines Delve into the regulations surrounding risk aggregation, netting, collateral enforceability and more Gain practical insight on legal data technology, systems and migration The legal contracts between firms contain significant obligations that underpin the financial markets; failing to recognise these terms as valuable data assets means increased risk exposure and untapped business lines. Legal Data for Banking provides critical information for the banking industry, with actionable guidance for implementation.

Revenue Management and Pricing - Case Studies and Applications (Paperback, New Ed): Ian Yeoman, Una McMahon- Beattie Revenue Management and Pricing - Case Studies and Applications (Paperback, New Ed)
Ian Yeoman, Una McMahon- Beattie
R837 R704 Discovery Miles 7 040 Save R133 (16%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Companies that are better at fulfilling customer needs make better returns. In the current state of the world economy and cutthroat competition, the essence for survival is to create more customer value as percieved by your customers relative to your competitors. From the foreword by EJ Kreiken, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Revenue Management & Pricing treats revenue management and pricing as a practical subject and demonstrates best practice throughout the tourism and hospitality industries by the extensive use of case material.

Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Global Edition (Paperback, 4th edition): Jonathan Berk, Peter DeMarzo, Jarrad Harford Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Global Edition (Paperback, 4th edition)
Jonathan Berk, Peter DeMarzo, Jarrad Harford
R1,619 Discovery Miles 16 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

For undergraduate courses in corporate finance or financial management. Help students practice and connect to real-world financial decisions Fundamentals of Corporate Finance offers a practical introduction to modern-day core principles, arming students with a problem-solving methodology, real-life financial management practices, and an overarching valuation framework that they can apply in their future careers. Updated with new examples, exercises, and statistics, the 4th Edition gives students the opportunity to practice and apply course concepts, while connecting them to the latest financial issues and policy in today's world of business. Pearson MyLab Finance not included. Students, if MyLab is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. MyLab should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson rep for more information. Pearson MyLab Finance is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

The Fundamentals of Corporate Finance - South African Edition (Paperback, 5th edition): Colin Firer, Stephen A. Ross, Randolph... The Fundamentals of Corporate Finance - South African Edition (Paperback, 5th edition)
Colin Firer, Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, Bradford D Jordan
R1,076 Discovery Miles 10 760 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This South African edition of Fundamentals of Corporate Finance provides a modern, unified treatment of corporate financial management. Its managerial focus prepares students for the pragmatic decision making and judgement needed as a financial manager - establishing a sound understanding of how to maximise the value of an organisation and avoid possible pitfalls.

Option Volatility and Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Sheldon Natenberg Option Volatility and Pricing: Advanced Trading Strategies and Techniques (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Sheldon Natenberg
R1,586 R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Save R513 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WHAT EVERY OPTION TRADER NEEDS TO KNOW. THE ONE BOOK EVERY TRADER SHOULD OWN.The bestselling Option Volatility & Pricing has made Sheldon Natenberg a widely recognized authority in the option industry. At firms around the world, the text is often the first book that new professional traders aregiven to learn the trading strategies and risk management techniques required for success in option markets. Now, in this revised, updated, and expanded second edition, this thirty-year trading professional presents the most comprehensive guide to advanced trading strategies and techniques now in print. Covering a wide range of topics as diverse and exciting as the marketitself, this text enables both new and experiencedtraders to delve in detail into the many aspects of option markets, including: The foundations of option theoryDynamic hedgingVolatility and directional trading strategiesRisk analysisPosition managementStock index futures and optionsVolatility contracts Clear, concise, and comprehensive, the second edition of Option Volatility & Pricing is sure to be an important addition to every option trader's library--as invaluable as Natenberg's acclaimed seminars at the world'slargest derivatives exchanges and trading firms. You'll learn how professional option traders approach the market, including the trading strategies and risk management techniques necessary for success. You'll gain afuller understanding of how theoretical pricing models work. And, best of all, you'll learn how to apply the principles of option evaluation to create strategies that, given a trader's assessment of market conditions and trends, have the greatest chance of success. Option trading is both a science and an art. This book shows how to apply both to maximum effect.

Work Effectively in Finance Tutorial (Paperback): Michael Fardon Work Effectively in Finance Tutorial (Paperback)
Michael Fardon
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Commercial Property Valuation - Methods and Case Studies (Hardcover): Giacomo Morri, Paolo Benedetto Commercial Property Valuation - Methods and Case Studies (Hardcover)
Giacomo Morri, Paolo Benedetto
R1,098 R791 Discovery Miles 7 910 Save R307 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

A practical guide to the best approaches for commercial real estate value assessment Commercial Property Valuation provides a comprehensive examination of principles and methods of determining the accurate value of commercial assets. This invaluable resource covers all key elements of commercial property valuation, including valuation queries, real estate report structure, market analysis, capitalization and discount rates estimation, and more. This book details the economic characteristics unique to commercial property and illustrates property-specific risk factors and mitigation strategies. Drawing from years of professional and academic experience, the authors provide accurate information on multiple valuation approaches suitable for commercial real estate such as sales comparison, income capitalization and residual land value. Favoring real-world practicality over complex formulas, this book provides a powerful set of tools to assist readers in selecting and applying the best valuation approach to various situations. Actual case studies of office buildings, hotels, high street retails, and residential developments allow readers to understand and apply appropriate valuation methodologies. Commercial property is a major investment class that offers abundant opportunities but poses unique risks. Thorough and inclusive knowledge is essential to success in this complex and competitive sector of real estate. This book provides expert coverage of critical topics allowing readers to: Identify the unique economic characteristics and potential risks of commercial real estate valuation and investment Focus on methods specific to commercial real estate valuation Learn how to select and apply the appropriate valuation method in a variety of scenarios Access sample Excel spreadsheets and ancillary online resources including slides and useful Internet links Commercial Property Valuation is an essential resource for investors, appraisers, consultants, accountants, and students in real estate courses.

An Introduction to Institutions, Management & Investments, International Edition (Paperback, 10th edition): Herbert Mayo An Introduction to Institutions, Management & Investments, International Edition (Paperback, 10th edition)
Herbert Mayo
R1,023 R861 Discovery Miles 8 610 Save R162 (16%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

AN INTRODUCTION TO INSTITUTIONS, MANAGEMENT & INVESTMENTS, 10E, International Edition offers a proven "modular" approach to help users learn finance concepts quickly and easily. The text offers a strong finance foundation focusing on Internet resources and sample number problems, cases, and calculator solutions using a Microsoft (R) Excel (R) appendix. The text introduces the time value of money using three approaches to reinforce the concept--interest tables, financial calculator keystrokes, and investment analysis calculator software created specifically for the Mayo books.

International Private Equity (Hardcover): Eli Talmor, Florin Vasvari International Private Equity (Hardcover)
Eli Talmor, Florin Vasvari
R1,246 R912 Discovery Miles 9 120 Save R334 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Bringing a unique joint practitioner and academic perspective to the topic, this is the only available text on private equity truly international in focus. Examples are drawn from Europe the Middle East, Africa and America with major case studies from a wide range of business sectors, from the prestigious collection of the London Business School's Coller Institute of Private Equity. Much more than a simple case book, however, "International Private Equity" provides a valuable overview of the private equity industry and uses the studies to exemplify all stages of the deal process, and to illustrate such key topics as investing in emerging markets; each chapter guides the reader with an authoritative narrative on the topic treated. Covering all the main aspects of the private equity model, the book includes treatment of fund raising, fund structuring, fund performance measurement, private equity valuation, due diligence, modeling of leveraged buyout transactions, and harvesting of private equity investments.

Building And Managing A Residential Property Portfolio - An Easyway Guide (Paperback): Steven Rimmer Building And Managing A Residential Property Portfolio - An Easyway Guide (Paperback)
Steven Rimmer
R232 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R54 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide 2019 - Your Complete Guide to the Tax Return for 2018/19 (Paperback, 43rd Revised Edition): David... The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide 2019 - Your Complete Guide to the Tax Return for 2018/19 (Paperback, 43rd Revised Edition)
David Genders 1
R399 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R95 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide is the UK's bestselling tax handbook, containing everything you need to know about completing a self-assessment tax return for 2018/19. It includes:

Key changes from the Budget and Spring Statements

Dealing effectively with HM Revenue & Customs

Worked illustrations showing you how to complete your tax submission

How living or working abroad affects the tax that you pay

Tax saving tips which will help you save money

Inheritance Tax and potentially exempt transfers

Whether you are self-employed, work part time or full time, are unemployed or retired, if you pay tax, The Daily Telegraph Tax Guide is invaluable. It helps ensure that you are as tax efficient as possible, offering practical advice, timetables and examples that make the complex and challenging world of tax returns easier to understand.

The Little Book of Valuation - How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit (Hardcover): Aswath Damodaran The Little Book of Valuation - How to Value a Company, Pick a Stock and Profit (Hardcover)
Aswath Damodaran
R433 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R126 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An accessible, and intuitive, guide to stock valuation

Valuation is at the heart of any investment decision, whether that decision is to buy, sell, or hold. In The Little Book of Valuation, expert Aswath Damodaran explains the techniques in language that any investors can understand, so you can make better investment decisions when reviewing stock research reports and engaging in independent efforts to value and pick stocks.

Page by page, Damodaran distills the fundamentals of valuation, without glossing over or ignoring key concepts, and develops models that you can easily understand and use. Along the way, he covers various valuation approaches from intrinsic or discounted cash flow valuation and multiples or relative valuation to some elements of real option valuation.Includes case studies and examples that will help build your valuation skillsWritten by Aswath Damodaran, one of today's most respected valuation expertsIncludes an accompanying iPhone application (iVal) that makes the lessons of the book immediately useable

Written with the individual investor in mind, this reliable guide will not only help you value a company quickly, but will also help you make sense of valuations done by others or found in comprehensive equity research reports.

New Approaches to Economic and Social History - A Concise History of International Finance: From Babylon to Bernanke... New Approaches to Economic and Social History - A Concise History of International Finance: From Babylon to Bernanke (Paperback)
Larry Neal
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, doubts have been raised about the future of capitalism. In this broad-ranging survey of financial capitalism from antiquity to the present, Larry Neal reveals the ways in which the financial innovations throughout history have increased trade and prosperity as well as improving standards of living. These innovations have, however, all too often led to financial crises as a result of the failure of effective coordination among banks, capital markets and governments. The book examines this key interrelationship between financial innovation, government regulation and financial crises across three thousand years, showing through past successes and failures the key factors that underpin any successful recovery and sustain economic growth. The result is both an essential introduction to financial capitalism and also a series of workable solutions that will help both to preserve the gains we have already achieved and to mitigate the dangers of future crises.

The Unexpected Sale - Guidance for the Executor/Administrator of an Estate (Hardcover): Alex Lehr The Unexpected Sale - Guidance for the Executor/Administrator of an Estate (Hardcover)
Alex Lehr
R384 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
AAT Indirect Tax FA2018 - Coursebook (Paperback): BPP Learning Media AAT Indirect Tax FA2018 - Coursebook (Paperback)
BPP Learning Media
R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Course Book provides all the knowledge required for the Indirect Tax unit. The Course Books cover the relevant syllabus comprehensively, at an appropriate level and in a clear, user-friendly way. Features include: practical examples, tasks to consolidate learning, in-depth syllabus coverage, chapter summaries and keywords. Our materials and online equivalents will help ensure you are ready for your assessments and prepared for your career in accounting.

The VAT Handbook (Paperback): Geoff Hull, Clive Gibson The VAT Handbook (Paperback)
Geoff Hull, Clive Gibson
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

There are thousands of VAT vendors in South Africa who are obliged to prepare a VAT return every two months. But in practice it is rather more complex, as certain rules apply to what you can and cannot claim as a legitimate amount, and on imports and exports related to your business.

But help is now at hand with The VAT Handbook, everyone’s essential guide on all matters concerning this tax.

Business Valuation - Theory and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Marco Fazzini Business Valuation - Theory and Practice (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Marco Fazzini
R1,275 R1,067 Discovery Miles 10 670 Save R208 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides an applied theoretical approach to modern day business valuation. It combines elements from both finance and accounting to help practitioners identify the most suitable method for analysis, showing when and how methods can be applied in different contexts and under specific constraints. It describes how business valuation techniques can be applied to calculate value in case of transactions, litigation, IPOs, and the fair value under an IFRS framework. The purpose of this book is to offer a guideline for the application of an integrated approach, thereby avoiding "copy and paste" valuations, based on pre-packaged parameters and the uncritical use of models. Specifically, an Integrated Valuation Approach (IVA) should be adopted that encompasses, within any specific method, a wide range of elements reflecting the characteristics and specificities of the firm to be valued. The book is based on the International Valuation Standards issued by the International Valuation Standards Council. Valuation standards allow for an alignment of both the methods and their application, providing a common basis for valuers.

Irrational Exuberance - Revised and Expanded Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Robert J Shiller Irrational Exuberance - Revised and Expanded Third Edition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Robert J Shiller
R448 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R166 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this revised, updated, and expanded edition of his New York Times bestseller, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller, who warned of both the tech and housing bubbles, cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among investors have only increased since the 2008-9 financial crisis. With high stock and bond prices and the rising cost of housing, the post-subprime boom may well turn out to be another illustration of Shiller's influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. In other words, Irrational Exuberance is as relevant as ever. Previous editions covered the stock and housing markets--and famously predicted their crashes. This edition expands its coverage to include the bond market, so that the book now addresses all of the major investment markets. It also includes updated data throughout, as well as Shiller's 2013 Nobel Prize lecture, which places the book in broader context. In addition to diagnosing the causes of asset bubbles, Irrational Exuberance recommends urgent policy changes to lessen their likelihood and severity--and suggests ways that individuals can decrease their risk before the next bubble bursts. No one whose future depends on a retirement account, a house, or other investments can afford not to read this book.

American Default - The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold (Hardcover): Sebastian Edwards American Default - The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold (Hardcover)
Sebastian Edwards
R672 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R175 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The untold story of how FDR did the unthinkable to save the American economy The American economy is strong in large part because nobody believes that America would ever default on its debt. Yet in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that, when in a bid to pull the country out of depression, he depreciated the U.S. dollar in relation to gold, effectively annulling all debt contracts. American Default is the story of this forgotten chapter in America's history. Sebastian Edwards provides a compelling account of the economic and legal drama that embroiled a nation already reeling from global financial collapse. It began on April 5, 1933, when FDR ordered Americans to sell all their gold holdings to the government. This was followed by the abandonment of the gold standard, the unilateral and retroactive rewriting of contracts, and the devaluation of the dollar. Anyone who held public and private debt suddenly saw its value reduced by nearly half, and debtors--including the U.S. government--suddenly owed their creditors far less. Revaluing the dollar imposed a hefty loss on investors and savers, many of them middle-class American families. The banks fought back, and a bitter battle for gold ensued. In early 1935, the case went to the Supreme Court. Edwards describes FDR's rancorous clashes with conservative Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, a confrontation that threatened to finish the New Deal for good--and that led to FDR's attempt to pack the court in 1937. At a time when several major economies never approached the brink of default or devaluing or recalling currencies, American Default is a timely account of a little-known yet drastic experiment with these policies, the inevitable backlash, and the ultimate result.

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