Other People's Money

Other People's Money : Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People?

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Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2016

We all depend on the finance sector. We need it to store our money, manage our payments, finance housing stock, restore infrastructure, fund retirement and support new business. But these roles comprise only a tiny sliver of the sector's activity: the vast majority of lending is within the finance sector. So what is it all for? What is the purpose of this activity? And why is it so profitable?

John Kay, a distinguished economist with wide experience of the financial sector, argues that the industry's perceived profitability is partly illusory, and partly an appropriation of wealth created elsewhere - of other people's money. The financial sector, he shows, has grown too large, detached itself from ordinary business and everyday life, and has become an industry that mostly trades with itself, talks to itself, and judges itself by reference to standards which it has itself generated. And the outside world has itself adopted those standards, bailing out financial institutions that have failed all of us through greed and mismanagement.

We need finance, but today we have far too much of a good thing. In Other People's Money John Kay shows in his inimitable style what has gone wrong in the dark heart of finance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 26mm | 289g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9781781254455
  • 56,935

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Stratospherically authoritative. Independent
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Stratospherically authoritative. * Independent * Should be read by everyone concerned with preventing the next crisis... barely a page goes by without an acute observation or pithy aphorism. * Economist * Kay is both a first-class economist and an excellent writer. * Financial Times * Mr Kay is a brilliant writer. * Wall Street Journal * An admirable debunker of myths and false beliefs - Kay can see substantial things others don't. -- Nassim N Taleb, author of The Black Swan Quite brilliant ... about as good a demonstration of Kay's skills (as economist, thinker and writer) as you are likely to find. -- Andrew Haldane * Prospect magazine * John Kay is one of the most engaging and accessible writers on economics in Britain today * Morning Star *
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About John Kay

John Kay is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times. He chaired the UK government review of equity markets which reported in 2012 recommending substantial reforms. He is the author of many books including The Truth about Markets (2003), The Long and the Short of It (2009) and Obliquity (2010), all published by Profile Books.
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