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A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold (Peter L. Bernstein's Finance Classics)

A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold (Peter L. Bernstein's Finance Classics)

Peter L. Bernstein, Paul A. Volcker (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-470-43520-5

Sep 2008

272 pages



One of the foremost financial writers of his generation, Peter Bernstein has the unique ability to synthesize intellectual history and economics with the theory and practice of investment management. Now, with classic titles such as Economist on Wall Street, A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold, and The Price of Prosperity—which have forewords by financial luminaries and new introductions by the author—you can enjoy some of the best of Bernstein in his earlier Wall Street days.

With the proliferation of financial instruments, new areas of instability, and innovative capital market strategies, many economists and investors have lost sight of the fundamentals of the financial system—its strengths as well as its weaknesses. A Primer on Money, Banking, and Gold takes you back to the beginning and sorts out all the pieces.

Peter Bernstein skillfully addresses how and why commercial banks lend and invest, where money comes from, how it moves from hand to hand, and the critical role of interest rates. He explores the Federal Reserve System and the consequences of the Fed's actions on the overall economy. But this book is not just about the past. Bernstein's novel perspective on gold and the dollar is critical for today's decision makers, as he provides extensive views on the future of money, banking, and gold in the world economy.

This illuminating story about the heart of our economic system is essential reading at a time when developments in finance are more important than ever.

Foreword by Paul A. Volcker ix

New Introduction xv

Original Introduction xxv

Part One The Money Problem

Chapter 1 Why Worry about Money and Gold? 3

Chapter 2 Spending and Financing 8

Chapter 3 The Price of Money 16

Part Two The Creation of Money

Chapter 4 Money in Hand and Money in the Bank 29

Chapter 5 The Business of Banking 39

Chapter 6 Bank Credit and Money 49

Part Three The Control of Money

Chapter 7 The Federal Reserve System 69

Chapter 8 Federal Reserve Tools of Control 84

Chapter 9 Reserve Requirements 105

Chapter 10 Currency: A Complication 120

Part Four Gold

Chapter 11 Gold at Home 133

Chapter 12 Gold Abroad 142

Part Five Theory in Practice

Chapter 13 The Experience of 1938 to 1945 163

Chapter 14 The Experience of 1945 to 1963 176

Chapter 15 The Experience of 1966 188

Conclusion Money and Gold in the Future 203

Appendix Reading the Weekly Federal Reserve Statement 215

Bibliography 227

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

""This book reveals and discusses the link that still exists between money and gold."" (Finance & Management Faculty, October, 2008)