Financial Markets and Electoral Systems

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Pricing Money: A Beginner’s Guide to Money, Bonds, Futures and Swaps is an introduction to the fixed-income markets. It explains the purpose and design of the most important financial instruments, including deposits, bonds, futures and swaps, and how these instruments are used by the various players in the financial system. The book is for new recruits and potential new recruits in financial markets (consider reading it before rather than after the interview), as well as accountants, lawyers, and those wishing to understand finance. The style is engaging, accessible and non-mathematical, and hence comprehensible by those with no prior financial knowledge.

The text of Chapter 1: Money Markets and of the Table of Contents are available at jdawiseman.com, with the permission of the publisher Wiley.

Pricing Money can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.jp, B&N (same day delivery in Manhattan), as well as other bookshops: cite ISBN 978-0-471-48700-5.

Vintage Port: a request for help. Each producer makes (‘declares’) Vintage Port in some years and not in others. E.g., most of the main port houses, during twentieth century, declared about one year in four. A co-author and I are attempting to make a list of every vintage port ever declared, starting from the beginning in the late eighteeth century. Alas, official pre-World War II and nineteenth-century records are incomplete, so we are also looking at other sources. It might be that some readers of jdawiseman.com possess (copies of) cellar books, menus, wine-merchant invoices, diaries, correspondence, or other papers mentioning particular vintage ports. Please, if that’s you, contact me. We promise to handle archives gently. (This follows a similar request published in the New York Review of Books of 22nd October 2009; and another request on twitter.)

Port Vintages Effective Sept 2013, drafts of chapters are being published on PortVintages.com. Feedback welcomed.


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