Financial Geography: A Banker's View

Financial Geography: A Banker's View

Financial Geography: A Banker's View

Financial Geography: A Banker's View

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The first edition of Financial Geography was printed in March 1998 as part of a series from the Department of Human and Economic Geography, Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law, Sweden, and was intended for undergraduates. It was subsequently translated into Chinese and published by the Communist Press, Beijing. It is deeply gratifying that another recognized publisher with corresponding distribution capabilities has now included this edition in its series. The current edition has been partially rewritten to reflect the change in the financial world. Material published in languages other than English has been extensively sourced, to give balance to the narration.

The aim of this book is to provide the reader with a general treatise on international finance. Domestic issues are taken up only when they profoundly influence international affairs. This worldwide approach places heavy requirements on data and the effort would have been positively impossible without the groundwork laid by international organizations, business companies and financial journalists. The numerous publications of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Berne, the equally numerous trade magazines of Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc, London, the penetrating analyses of the Schweizerische Rückversicherung (Swiss Re), Zürich and the worldwide news reach of the Financial Times have been the key pillars on which the effort has been built; all the more so because most sources were made available free of charge or at heavily discounted academic rates. Several other organizations also provided the same level of assistance and acknowledgement is made when appropriate.

The author's roots are in economic geography and business administration, whereas this book also covers banking and national statistics, institutional funds and payment systems, among others. The going was at times quite rough and without the advice and support from Jesper Wormstrup at BIS, Rainer Köhler at IMF, Guido Boller at Schweizerische National-bank, Christian Schmidt at Swiss Re, and Denis J. Peters at Euroclear, in particular, the manuscript might never have seen the light of day.

The wealth of numerical material notwithstanding, the book is not a reference volume. Financial markets change too rapidly for that. There is

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