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Understanding Ponzi Schemes - Can Better Financial Regulation Prevent Investors from Being Defrauded? (Paperback): Mervyn K.... Understanding Ponzi Schemes - Can Better Financial Regulation Prevent Investors from Being Defrauded? (Paperback)
Mervyn K. Lewis
R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A Ponzi scheme is one of the simplest, albeit effective, financial frauds to engineer, and new schemes keep coming forward. Despite this, however, people continue to invest in them. How are we to account for the seemingly never-ending lure of such schemes? In providing answers to this central question, this concise and well-researched book examines how Ponzi schemes operate, how they differ from pyramid schemes, Ponzi finance and other financial arrangements. The author questions whether the victims have only themselves to blame, why fraudsters think that they can avoid detection, and what important insights behavioural finance theory and psychology can add. Particular attention is paid to the reasons behind the failure of financial regulation, and the types of regulatory changes needed to protect investors and avoid repetitions. The analysis is informed by case studies of 11 Ponzi schemes in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Finance and business academics interested in the operation of Ponzi schemes, and how they differ from pyramid schemes, will find this book invaluable, as will students of economics, finance, behavioural decision-making and psychology. Lawyers, psychologists, regulatory agencies and financial institutions will also benefit considerably from the analysis.

Understanding Ponzi Schemes - Can Better Financial Regulation Prevent Investors from Being Defrauded? (Hardcover): Mervyn K.... Understanding Ponzi Schemes - Can Better Financial Regulation Prevent Investors from Being Defrauded? (Hardcover)
Mervyn K. Lewis
R1,866 Discovery Miles 18 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A Ponzi scheme is one of the simplest, albeit effective, financial frauds to engineer, and new schemes keep coming forward. Despite this, however, people continue to invest in them. How are we to account for the seemingly never-ending lure of such schemes? In providing answers to this central question, this concise and well-researched book examines how Ponzi schemes operate, how they differ from pyramid schemes, Ponzi finance and other financial arrangements. The author questions whether the victims have only themselves to blame, why fraudsters think that they can avoid detection, and what important insights behavioural finance theory and psychology can add. Particular attention is paid to the reasons behind the failure of financial regulation, and the types of regulatory changes needed to protect investors and avoid repetitions. The analysis is informed by case studies of 11 Ponzi schemes in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Finance and business academics interested in the operation of Ponzi schemes, and how they differ from pyramid schemes, will find this book invaluable, as will students of economics, finance, behavioural decision-making and psychology. Lawyers, psychologists, regulatory agencies and financial institutions will also benefit considerably from the analysis.

Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (Hardcover): M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (Hardcover)
M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis
R4,604 Discovery Miles 46 040 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

According to the most recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly one in four people in the world are Muslim. In light of these numbers, Handbook on Islam and Economic Life is one of the first books to consider Islam within a broader economic sphere by focusing on the ways in which Islam shapes and interacts with the economy. With contributions from leading scholars, this unique Handbook explores how Islam impinges upon and seeks to condition major aspects of economic life including economic organisation, business and management, finance and investment, charity, mutuality and self-help, and government. It concludes by analysing the link between religion and development, the present economic circumstances in Arab countries and the vexed issue of the origins and causes of underdevelopment in Muslim countries. Covering a breadth of topics and research, this book will be essential reading for academics in both Muslim and western universities, graduates and postgraduates of Islamic studies as well as Islamic and other research institutes.

Risk and Regulation of Islamic Banking (Hardcover): Mervyn K. Lewis, Mohamed Ariff, Shamsher Mohamad Risk and Regulation of Islamic Banking (Hardcover)
Mervyn K. Lewis, Mohamed Ariff, Shamsher Mohamad
R2,426 Discovery Miles 24 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From a single product offering in 1963, the Islamic financial services industry has grown to an estimated $1.6 trillion in assets. Products must comply with profit and risk-sharing criteria and regulations preventing banks from venturing into activities with high risk and excessive uncertainty. This timely volume analyses these matters and considers the range of new products, discussing both conceptual and practical dimensions. The expert contributors examine why an ethical foundation is important and why the system requires well-thought-out regulations to ensure outcomes that protect the community's well-being. The volume explores in detail the nature of Islamic banking products and their risk elements, how the system differs from conventional banking in theory and practice, and how Islamic financial institutions are rated and regulated. It also connects Islamic finance to the mainstream theoretical literature on financial intermediation whilst exploring its differences. Offering a detailed examination of the risk and regulation of Islamic banking products, this unique volume will be of great interest to Islamic and Western universities with courses in Islamic studies and finance. Islamic research centres and training institutes, central banks and Islamic regulatory agencies will also find this a valuable resource.

An Islamic Perspective on Governance (Hardcover): Zafar Iqbal, Mervyn K. Lewis An Islamic Perspective on Governance (Hardcover)
Zafar Iqbal, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,713 Discovery Miles 27 130 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Zafar Iqbal and Mervyn K. Lewis examine, from an Islamic perspective, some central issues in public, economic and corporate governance. Amongst topics analysed are theories of justice, taxation, budget deficits, Islamic financing modes, public and private accountability, and corruption. The authors' starting point is that the Islamic perspective on governance and its differences from Western approaches requires an understanding of the basic tenets, philosophy and legal traditions of Islam. They develop the Islamic position on matters widely acknowledged as being under-researched in Islamic social enquiry, bringing a fresh and contemporary slant to governance issues by drawing insights from modern theory and practice, and combining them with classical and modern Muslim interpretations. Their analysis explicitly acknowledges self-interested behaviour, adding a public choice dimension to the limitations and workability of any governance arrangements. This unique and highly innovative book will have strong appeal for those with an interest in Islamic economics, public policy, banking, and Asian and Middle Eastern studies.

Handbook of Islamic Banking (Paperback): M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis Handbook of Islamic Banking (Paperback)
M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis
R1,127 Discovery Miles 11 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Handbook of Islamic Banking comprises 25 studies by leading international experts on Islamic banking and finance specially commissioned to analyse the various debates and the current state of play in the field. From its origins thirty years ago, Islamic banking has expanded rapidly to become a distinctive and fast growing segment of the international banking and capital markets. Despite this expansion, Islamic banking still remains poorly understood in many parts of the Muslim world and continues to be a mystery in much of the West. This comprehensive Handbook provides a succinct analysis of the workings of Islamic banking and finance, accessible to a wide range of readers. At the same time, it seeks to bring the current research agenda and the main issues on Islamic banking before a wider audience. Islamic banking offers, as an alternative to conventional interest-based financing methods, a wide variety of financial instruments and investment vehicles based on profit-and-loss sharing arrangements. These are all explored in detail along with other subjects such as governance and risk management, securities and investment, structured financing, accounting and regulation, economic development and globalization. M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn Lewis and the other contributors have created an authoritative and original reference work, which will contribute to a wider understanding of Islamic banking as well as provoking further discussion and research. It will be invaluable to all scholars, researchers and policymakers with an interest in this subject.

Untangling the Us Deficit - Evaluating Causes, Cures and Global Imbalances (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Richard A. Iley,... Untangling the Us Deficit - Evaluating Causes, Cures and Global Imbalances (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Richard A. Iley, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,138 Discovery Miles 21 380 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As the US current account deficit has expanded to a record level of $811 billion in 2006, debate about the deficit's causes and consequences has also grown. Is the deficit a product of American profligacy or a `glut of savings' in the rest of the world? Is it a serious problem or essentially benign? Untangling the US Deficit charts a course between the competing explanations in a systematic and rigorous approach, incorporating the latest academic research and market data. Particular attention is given to the China-United States trade imbalance and to the special role of the US dollar and US capital markets in global finance. This unique and well-researched book will be of great interest to academic economists and postgraduates. Policy-makers, business and market economists will also find it to be an enlightening and challenging account.

Handbook of Islamic Banking (Hardcover): M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis Handbook of Islamic Banking (Hardcover)
M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis
R3,861 Discovery Miles 38 610 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Handbook of Islamic Banking comprises 25 studies by leading international experts on Islamic banking and finance specially commissioned to analyse the various debates and the current state of play in the field. From its origins thirty years ago, Islamic banking has expanded rapidly to become a distinctive and fast growing segment of the international banking and capital markets. Despite this expansion, Islamic banking still remains poorly understood in many parts of the Muslim world and continues to be a mystery in much of the West. This comprehensive Handbook provides a succinct analysis of the workings of Islamic banking and finance, accessible to a wide range of readers. At the same time, it seeks to bring the current research agenda and the main issues on Islamic banking before a wider audience. Islamic banking offers, as an alternative to conventional interest-based financing methods, a wide variety of financial instruments and investment vehicles based on profit-and-loss sharing arrangements. These are all explored in detail along with other subjects such as governance and risk management, securities and investment, structured financing, accounting and regulation, economic development and globalization. M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn Lewis and the other contributors have created an authoritative and original reference work, which will contribute to a wider understanding of Islamic banking as well as provoking further discussion and research. It will be invaluable to all scholars, researchers and policymakers with an interest in this subject.

Public Private Partnerships - The Worldwide Revolution in Infrastructure Provision and Project Finance (Paperback): Darrin... Public Private Partnerships - The Worldwide Revolution in Infrastructure Provision and Project Finance (Paperback)
Darrin Grimsey, Mervyn K. Lewis
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This path-breaking book considers the recent trend for governments to look increasingly to private sector finance, provided by private enterprises constructing and managing public infrastructure facilities in partnership with government bodies. One outstanding feature of the book is that it brings together an academic assessment of this phenomenon with practitioner-based experience of organizing partnerships and advising government bodies in Australia, Canada, Continental Europe, Hong Kong and the UK. While the volume, as a whole, draws on this extensive experience of the market, there are also a number of specific case studies. Developments in the major advanced countries are covered, along with the potential for public private partnerships in developing countries and transition economies. Combining practitioner knowledge and academic perspective and integrating engineering, economics and finance literature, Public Private Partnerships will be of great interest to economists, engineers, investment banks and government bodies.

Reforming China's State-Owned Enterprises and Banks (Hardcover): Becky Chiu, Mervyn K. Lewis Reforming China's State-Owned Enterprises and Banks (Hardcover)
Becky Chiu, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,860 Discovery Miles 28 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book's starting point is that after two decades of experiments, during which other transition economies have effectively privatised all of their former state enterprises, China is still endeavouring to find a way to reinvent and re-engineer its own state-owned economic establishments. The authors explore these reforms along with the problems of China's state-owned banks, which have long been troubled by the adverse loans of Chinese enterprises and face foreign competition in 2007 under China's WTO commitments. Drawing on wide-ranging case studies of enterprise reform, Becky Chiu and Mervyn Lewis combine their extensive experience to give an authoritative account of China's enterprise and bank reform agenda, involving property rights, improved corporate governance and stimulating enterprise. This book will be of great interest to business economists, academic economists and those following the development of the Chinese economy.

Islamic Finance (Hardcover): M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis Islamic Finance (Hardcover)
M. Kabir Hassan, Mervyn K. Lewis
R6,363 Discovery Miles 63 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Islamic finance refers to methods of undertaking banking and financial transactions that are in conformity with the precepts of Islam. As such, the system offers a challenge to conventional Western ways of thinking about financing. This indispensable set of papers brings together the most important previously published papers on the subject of Islamic Finance from the last four decades. Issues explored include: the prohibition on interest; financing instruments; accounting and regulatory issues; institutional structures and recent developments.

The Globalization of Financial Services (Hardcover): Mervyn K. Lewis The Globalization of Financial Services (Hardcover)
Mervyn K. Lewis
R6,035 Discovery Miles 60 350 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Banking, foreign exchange, bonds, equities and insurance services are now provided through an increasingly global marketplace. In financial services, as in other activities, globalization can be seen as a process opening up national economies and markets, widening the extent and form of cross-border transactions, deepening the international character of productive activity. As such, globalization is propelled by liberalization of trade and deregulation of capital markets, underpinned by technological change which is lowering communication and transport costs and enhancing the international tradeability of services. This volume brings together a range of articles examining the nature of globalization in financial services and the implications of the internationalization process for financial and regulatory policies. Contributions range from early analyses by Milton Friedman of the Eurodollar market, Harry Johnson of regional financial centres and Herbert Grubel of multinational banking to more recent studies examining the stock market crash of 1987, the globalization of payment systems and the financial collapse of BCCI and Barings. The 38 articles are divided into six sections covering trade in financial services, multinational banking, Eurocurrency banking, offshore services, exchange and securities and regulatory issues.

Financial Intermediaries (Hardcover): Mervyn K. Lewis Financial Intermediaries (Hardcover)
Mervyn K. Lewis
R6,143 Discovery Miles 61 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume brings together some of the most important articles on the topic of financial intermediaries. Financial Intermediaries puts recent developments into an appropriate historical setting, with seminal works by Edgeworth, Arrow, Gurley, Shaw, Baumol, Tobin and Stigler combined with more recent ones by Fischer, Black, Weiss and Stiglitz.

Religion and Finance - Comparing the Approaches of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Hardcover): Mervyn K. Lewis, Ahmad Kaleem Religion and Finance - Comparing the Approaches of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Hardcover)
Mervyn K. Lewis, Ahmad Kaleem
R2,066 Discovery Miles 20 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all impose obligations and constraints upon the rightful use of wealth and earthly resources. All three of these religions have well-researched views on the acceptability of practices such as usury but the principles and practices of other, non-interest, financial instruments are less well known. This book examines each of these three major world faiths, considering their teachings, social precepts and economic frameworks, which are set out as a guide for the financial dealings and economic behaviour of their adherents. Religion and Finance explores the histories, denominational compositions and fundamental beliefs of each of the three religions and examines a host of key issues surrounding their relationship to finance. Consideration is given to the development of generally disfavoured practices such as usury, and the various instruments of sales-based debt, partnerships and equity-based financial practices allowed by these religions are examined, alongside a discussion of their socio-economic teachings and traditions. This well-written, well-constructed analysis of the financial thought of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with its insightful analysis of key financial instruments and economic practices, will be an invaluable book for anyone who is interested in, or studying, the three major Abrahamic religions and their financial practices and philosophies.

Global Finance After the Crisis - The United States, China and the New World Order (Hardcover): Richard A. Iley, Mervyn K. Lewis Global Finance After the Crisis - The United States, China and the New World Order (Hardcover)
Richard A. Iley, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,283 Discovery Miles 22 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This thought-provoking book addresses challenging questions raised in light of the aftermath of the global financial crisis that saw an accelerated rise in the economic growth of China and other emerging market economies, while the US, Japan and Europe have laboured under the great recession. The authors examine global post-crisis reordering in a long-run context, identify five fundamental flaws in global bank business models and document the explosion of gross capital flows. They tackle difficult-to-answer lines of enquiry such as: can zero interest rates and quantitative easing lift the advanced world back to growth, or will they be dragged down by the overhang of debt? Might costs on savers, retirees and distortions to the pattern of global financing render zero rates counter-productive? What issues face the BRICs? Could `China as number one' see the renminbi soon challenge the dollar and the euro as a major international currency? Providing a detailed analysis of the post-crisis world and the issues posed by the rise of China and emerging market economies relative to developed countries, this book will prove a stimulating account for academics, students and researchers in the fields of economics, money, finance and banking, and world trade. Bank and market economists as well as policymakers based in central banks, governments and think-tanks will also find this book to be an invaluable reference tool.

Global Developments in Public Infrastructure Procurement - Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships and Other Procurement Options... Global Developments in Public Infrastructure Procurement - Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships and Other Procurement Options (Hardcover)
Darrin Grimsey, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,309 Discovery Miles 23 090 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides an up-to-date study of public infrastructure in terms of the selection, procurement and delivery of projects. There is widespread acceptance that infrastructure is vital and needs increasing, yet less agreement about how it should be funded and procured. This book assesses in detail the features of various procurement options while also providing a framework for comparing their advantages and disadvantages. Drawing on international experiences and case studies, Darrin Grimsey and Mervyn Lewis consider some of the best and worst examples of public-private partnerships, new funding methods and infrastructure megaprojects. By offering a conceptual basis for infrastructure decision-making, the authors identify ways to improve infrastructure procurement processes. Focusing on urbanization as a driver of innovation in infrastructure, both the historical context and the future prospects of public infrastructure are analysed. Significantly, the book also examines China's ambitious plans to create a `high-speed rail economy' and its Belt and Road Initiative across Asia that offers an interesting contrast to infrastructure developments in the United States and other advanced economies. Global Developments in Public Infrastructure Procurement is an essential source of reference for academics and students of economics, public sector finance and urban infrastructure.

Monetary Economics (Paperback): Mervyn K. Lewis, Paul D. Mizen Monetary Economics (Paperback)
Mervyn K. Lewis, Paul D. Mizen
R1,414 Discovery Miles 14 140 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this textbook Mervyn Lewis and Paul Mizen cover all the material required for a complete course on monetary economics. Their book integrates all the immense changes of recent years. Taking the UK as their starting point, the authors have written a clear and interesting account of both theoretical and practical aspects of money's role in the economy. authors combine practical expertise with distinguished academic records both authors are experienced textbook writers international data incorporated to illuminate key concepts. grounded in theory throughout helpful chapter conclusions summarize the key ideas of each topic area

The Economics of Public Private Partnerships (Hardcover): Darrin Grimsey, Mervyn K. Lewis The Economics of Public Private Partnerships (Hardcover)
Darrin Grimsey, Mervyn K. Lewis
R5,785 Discovery Miles 57 850 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This important collection presents an authoritative selection of papers on public private partnerships. The literature is relatively new, and draws on the disciplines of both economics and engineering. As well as examining the recent experience of these schemes - whose evolution has accelerated in recent years - this insightful collection also considers the intellectual origins of the concept, and investigates the organisational and risk management aspects of PPPs. It will be an essential source of reference for all those with an interest in this topical subject. 36 articles, dating from 1991 to 2003

Public Private Partnerships - The Worldwide Revolution in Infrastructure Provision and Project Finance (Hardcover, illustrated... Public Private Partnerships - The Worldwide Revolution in Infrastructure Provision and Project Finance (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Darrin Grimsey, Mervyn K. Lewis
R2,138 Discovery Miles 21 380 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This path-breaking book considers the recent trend for governments to look increasingly to private sector finance, provided by private enterprises constructing and managing public infrastructure facilities in partnership with government bodies. One outstanding feature of the book is that it brings together an academic assessment of this phenomenon with practitioner-based experience of organizing partnerships and advising government bodies in Australia, Canada, Continental Europe, Hong Kong and the UK. While the volume, as a whole, draws on this extensive experience of the market, there are also a number of specific case studies. Developments in the major advanced countries are covered, along with the potential for public private partnerships in developing countries and transition economies. Combining practitioner knowledge and academic perspective and integrating engineering, economics and finance literature, Public Private Partnerships will be of great interest to economists, engineers, investment banks and government bodies.

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