Collateral Damaged: The Marketing of Consumer Debt to America
Geisst looks at the policy implications of the credit crisis and describes how the United States can get its fiscal house in order:
- Debt must be brought back onto the issuer's balance sheet.
- Investors must have the assurance of recourse to the debt issuer's own funds, rather than the empty promise of a valueless document.
- Regulators must be educated to know at least as much about financial engineering as the structured finance instruments' architects do.
This book connects the dots from consumer spending to credit cards to home-equity loans and back to credit cards.
1 The Great American Credit Machine.
2 Creating a Consumer Credit Society in the 1920s.
3 A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
4 The Rise of Credit Cards.
5 The Mortgage Explosion.
6 The Politics of Credit.
7 Policy Implications.
8 Prescription and Outlook.
The Last Partnerships was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Business Books for 2001 and has been translated into Chinese as have Wheels of Fortune and Monopolies in America. Wall Street: A History was on the New York Times Business Bestseller List for three months and was a selection of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club International. It was also on the Toronto Globe & Mail Business Bestseller List and has been translated into German, Japanese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Hebrew, and Russian. 100 Years of Wall Street was on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List, Asian Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List, and the Business Week Business Bestseller List as well as on the bestseller list in India. It has also been translated into Russian, Korean, and Chinese. A previous text, Investment Banking in the Financial System, was translated into Chinese and was a standard business school text in Beijing. His books have been translated 16 times.
Geisst was born in New Jersey in 1946. He attended the University of Richmond (BA, 1968), the New School for Social Research (MA, 1970) and the London School of Economics & Political Science (PhD, 1972) and did post-doctoral study as a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School in law and history, and at Balliol College, Oxford University in finance. He has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, including Frontline, ABC Evening News, ABC Nightline, CBS Evening News, WCBS TV, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and radio, Nippon Television, NPR, A & E, Radio New Zealand, BBC, Australian Broadcasting, TechTV, A & E, The History Channel, and the CBC. He has spoken about his work at the New York Public Library, the New York Historical Association, and the 92 Street Y among others.
From 1972-75 he taught political science in an open admissions environment at the City University of New York before taking a job on Wall Street. Subsequently, he worked as a capital markets analyst and investment banker at several investment banks in the City of London. Since 1985, he has taught finance at Manhattan College, and he was named the college's first Louis F. Capalbo Chair in Business in 1993. In 2009, he was named to the Ambassador Charles A. Gargano Chair in Global Economics. Consulting assignments in financial markets have been with Cazenove & Co., S.G. Warburg & Co., the Hudson Institute, and J.P. Morgan & Co. Listed in Who's Who, he has published professional and trade articles in magazines and journals such as the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Newsday, and Euromoney. He lives with his wife in Oradell, New Jersey.
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