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Money for Nothing: Real Wealth, Financial Fantasies and the Economy of the Future Hardcover – February 25, 2004

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"One of the few City economists whose views I trust...more often than not his contrarian approach is proved correct." -- Jeff Randall BBC BUSINESS EDITOR

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Are we really on the brink of another economic boom? Or in a lull before the next financial bust? World-renowned expert Roger Bootle weighs in on one of the most hotly debated topics today with this sure-to-be-controversial look at the very real dangers of both deflation and depression after the great illusion of the bubble. Bootle exposes the illusory wealth created by the current property boom—money for nothing—and the threat posed by a policy of protectionism. With a brave new vision for a global society, this cautionary guide to the economy of the future lays out a blueprint for that future dominated by a global wealth spiral of human values and international trade with developing countries such as China and India that produces real wealth, not financial fantasy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (February 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781857882827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857882827
  • ASIN: 1857882822
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Bootle is one of the City of London's best-known economists. As well as running Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor's panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called "Wise Men'. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.

Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne's College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.

Roger has written many articles and several books on monetary economics. His latest book, The Trouble with Europe analyses what has gone wrong with the EU and what needs to be done to put it right. This follows The Trouble with Markets, which analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. Like his previous book, Money for Nothing, which correctly anticipated the financial crisis, it has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of The Death of Inflation, published in 1996, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into nine languages. Roger is also joint author of the book Theory of Money, and author of Index-Linked Gilts.

Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In The Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year. Roger is a much sought after performer at conferences and business gatherings around the world. (See Speaking Engagements.)

He has a long and distinguished record of successful forecasting of major events and market movements, often in contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy of the time, including:

- Perceiving that before the Great Recession real estate markets were caught up in a bubble.
- Foreseeing the serious impact of the credit crunch.
- Forecasting the collapse of the dotcom boom.
- Seeing that the UK would be forced out of the ERM in 1992 and, in contrast to the official Treasury line and the views of most forecasters, predicting that inflation and interest rates would fall.
- Forecasting that rising inflation would prompt UK interest rates to be raised to 15% in 1989.
- Realising that during the "hard monetarist" phase in 1979-81, inflation was going to fall sharply despite the fact the broad money supply was growing rapidly.
- And most famously, predicting as early as October 1990, that the financial climate in Europe and North America would be transformed by sustained low inflation - and maintaining this view even though many people in the market dismissed "The Death of Inflation" as a joke.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A decade ago, economist Roger Bootle won respect for correctly predicting a long period of low inflation. In this wide-ranging look at the world economy, Bootle trades on that credibility to explain the origins of the dot-com bubble and to argue that the economy is in the midst of a housing bubble. He makes the convincing argument that stock-market gains are often little more than ephemera and he explores the idea of a knowledge-based economy. Bullish readers will be put off by Bootle's gloom and doom. Deflation has yet to occur, and the housing bubble he harps on has yet to burst in the time span since this work's publication. Still, we recommend this intriguing title to investors interested in a contrarian view of the markets and the economy.
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