Wall Street: The Markets, Mechanisms and Players: A Guide to the Mechanisms, Institutions and Players ("The Economist")

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Wall Street is the world's leading financial centre. What it does and how it fares has a huge impact on the American economy and also on that of the rest of the world. But what exactly is Wall Street? How has it developed? What does it do? How does it work? Who works in it? And who watches over it? This detailed guide looks at every aspect of Wall Street's activities, explaining how much they matter and who does what. It reports on and analyses the highs and lows in Wall Street's development and the regular occurence of financial scandals. It examines the crisis in Wall Street that followed the collapse in the technology boom and the attacks on the World Trade Centre. In short, it provides a complete overview of Wall Street's workings and its importance.

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This book provides an authoritative but accessible guide to what happens on Wall Street, how it works, who does what, and why it matters. It provides an overview of the scope and significance of the Wall Street financial services industry, identifying key macro-level developments and significant trends. At the micro-level, the book surveys the principal markets, activities and institutions (including individual profiles of the leading firms). The book also examines the future of Wall Street following the September 11 attack, concluding that it will continue to be a powerhouse of the US and global economies. Wall Street's long and colourful history is outlined, including succinct sketches of key events and personalities. There is also a guide to the district's leading landmarks accompanied by a map.

About the Author:

Richard Roberts is a Reader at the University of Sussex. He specialises in financial markets and centres, and is the author of numerous books and articles about international finance.

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