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Naked Money: A Revealing Look at Our Financial System

Naked Money: A Revealing Look at Our Financial System

作者 : Charles Wheelan

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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查爾斯‧惠倫聰明經濟學系列,大膽揭露全球金融體系無情真相

想像一下你手中白花花的鈔票變得一文不值,甚至比大富翁的玩具鈔票還低廉時,我們的金融體系會變成什麼樣貌。到底是什麼原因促使手中的鈔票擁有真正的價值?財經暢銷書作家查爾斯‧惠倫的聰明經濟學系列第三部,以簡單的問題破解現今全球金融體系的驚人真相。

為何會有鈔票(又稱法定貨幣)的存在?為何90年代辛巴威的惡性通膨造成貨幣一文不值?央行是如何控管貨幣的製造避免發生金融危機?歐元的產生為何造成多國之間的財務危機?手機App付款機制、比特幣,以及更多新興的金融機制又會產生什麼樣的混亂現象?查爾斯‧惠倫將在本書一一解答這些問題,分享如何維繫完善的貨幣體系,避免發生通貨膨脹、通貨緊縮及資金流動不良等危機。 

Charles Wheelan’s wonderfully whimsical, best-selling Naked series tackles the weird, surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.


Consider the $20 bill.

It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth twenty dollars? In the third volume of his best-selling Naked series, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.

The search for an answer triggers countless other questions along the way: Why does paper money (“fiat currency” if you want to be fancy) even exist? And why do some nations, like Zimbabwe in the 1990s, print so much of it that it becomes more valuable as toilet paper than as currency? How do central banks use the power of money creation to stop financial crises? Why does most of Europe share a common currency, and why has that arrangement caused so much trouble? And will payment apps, bitcoin, or other new technologies render all of this moot?

In Naked Money, Wheelan tackles all of the above and more, showing us how our banking and monetary systems should work in ideal situations and revealing the havoc and suffering caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects. Throughout, Wheelan’s uniquely bright-eyed, whimsical style brings levity and clarity to a subject often devoid of both. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China, and elsewhere around the globe, Wheelan demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.
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