Moneymakers, by offering a detailed view of the banknote industry and its modus operandi, removes the industry's carefully imposed shroud of secrecy. This book has been researched over a five-year period in Europe, the USA, and Latin America. The book is based exclusively on personal Interviews and confidential mate4rial normally not accessible to outsiders. There were attempts to stop this research project.
Klaus W. Bender has peered behind the scenes of the Secret and exclusive world of the moneymakers. - Financial Times Deutschland, 2004
The errors and pitfalls at the birth of the euro make Bender's research so unnerving. - Suddeutsche Zeitung, 2004
Bender does not mince his words when he describes abuses - and there are lots of them. - Neue Zurcher Zeitung, 2004
1. From ›obelos‹ to ›e-cash‹.
2. Why the market for banknote printing is special.
Secret and farcical.
A market, but no market price.
3. How Signor Giori was able to carve out a worldwide monopoly with his printing presses.
The meeting in Alexandria.
The ›Italian connection‹.
Developer, supplier and service provider in one.
Rino and Sig.
Every triangle is perfect.
Now the ›greenback‹ too.
Pay and say nothing.
From Salboni to Abuja.
Warning from Munich.
Fat years, lean years.
4. Why Monsieur Amon had the same success with printing ink.
›Stradivarius‹ of printing inks.
The market climate is changing.
5. What caused De La Rue’s imperial aura to fade.
Urbi et orbi.
The Portals debacle.
Efforts toward an additional business line.
The underestimated competition.
6. How Giesecke & Devrient struggles for technological leadership.
In labore virtus - The puritan work ethic.
He wins who dares.
The bid for technological leadership.
7. Where hard work and politics helped Francois Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire.
›Phoenix from the ashes‹.
8. What brought Bundesdruckerei to the brink of ruin.
Global dreams ….
… and the hard realities at home.
Rescuers or robbers?
9. How Ciccone Calcográfica wasted its fiduciary capital.
Secure printing without security.
Sole note printer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Banknotes for kleptocrats.
›Real-phony‹ Bahrain dinars.
10. Why the euro became a bonanza for moneymakers.
Euro investment rapture.
The French patient.
The political note.
Ruining competitors with an equipment binge.
Mistakes, mishaps, and misprints.
The unloved rescuers.
11. Why there is a problem with the euro’s security.
Digifeiting, the new copying quality.
Icon in distress.
New euro frontiers.
12. Quo vadis euro printing?
Competition à la euro system.