From hedge funds to hyperinflation, credit cards to the credit crunch, the economic system has us all caught in its tentacles. Money Matters is an easy-to-understand guide that will give you a deeper understanding of the coins in your pocket and the numbers on your statements.
In his pithy style, and supported by good arguments, author David Boyle exposes the inequality, greed and instability of the economies that dominate the world’s wealth. The book covers the origin of money, the banking system, the stock markets, trading, the global flow of e-money, debt, mortgages, interest, tax, pensions, the global currency of oil, forgery, financial crashes and the dot.com explosion. But it offers promise, too, and explains the emergence of new ways of trading such as Local Exchange Currencies, the Transition Town Movement, and sustainable and ethical finance.
“David Boyle is the finest radical voice of this generation.”- Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, National Consumer Council
“Anecdotal, humourous and enlightening, this book will have you sharing its gems with all your friends.”- Permaculture Magazine
“This wry little book will tell you where money comes from, what it means, what it’s doing to the planet and what we can do to make the financial system serve the real interests of humanity again.”- The Ecologist
David Boyle has written widely about money from a green and ethical perspective. He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation and editor of their newspaper, Radical Economics. His books include Why London needs its own Currency, Virtual Currencies, The Money Changers and The Little Money Book.