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Acts Of God And Man

Author : Michael Powers
ISBN : 9780231153676
Genre : Business & Economics
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Much has been written about the ups and downs of financial markets, from the lure of prosperity to the despair of crises. Yet a more fundamental and pernicious source of uncertainty exists in today's world: the traditional “insurance” risks of earthquakes, storms, terrorist attacks, and other disasters. Insightfully exploring these "acts of God and man," Michael R. Powers guides readers through the methods available for identifying and measuring such risks, financing their consequences, and forecasting their future behavior within the limits of science. A distinctive characteristic of earthquakes, hurricanes, bombings, and other insurance risks is that they impact the values of stocks, bonds, commodities, and other market-based financial products, while remaining largely unaffected by or “aloof” from the behavior of markets. Quantifying such risks given limited data is difficult yet crucial for achieving the financing objectives of insurance. Powers begins with a discussion of how risk impacts our lives, health, and possessions and proceeds to introduce the statistical techniques necessary for analyzing these uncertainties. He then considers the experience of risk from the perspectives of both policyholders and insurance companies, and compares their respective responses. The risks inherent in the private insurance industry lead naturally to a discussion of the government's role as both market regulator and potential "insurer of last resort." Following a thoughtful and balanced analysis of these issues, Powers concludes with an interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of uncertainty, incorporating ideas from physics, philosophy, and game theory to assess science's limitations in predicting the ramifications of risk.

Contemporary Financial Intermediation

Author : Stuart I. Greenbaum
ISBN : 9780124059283
Genre : Business & Economics
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In Contemporary Financial Intermediation, Third Edition, Greenbaum, Thakor and Boot offer a distinctive approach to financial markets and institutions, presenting an integrated portrait that puts information at the core. Instead of simply naming and describing markets, regulations, and institutions as competing books do, the authors explore the endless subtlety and plasticity of financial institutions and credit markets. This edition has six new chapters and increased, enhanced pedagogical supplements. The book is ideal for anyone working in the financial sector, presenting professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the reasons why markets, institutions, and regulators act as they do. Readers will find an unmatched, thorough discussion of the world's financial markets and how they function. Provides a distinctive and thought-provoking approach to the world's financial markets Explores the endless subtleties and plasticity of financial institutions and credit markets Newly revised, with six new chapters and increased pedagogical supplements Presents anyone working in the financial markets and sector with a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of world markets

Ravioli Rules

Author : Alfred Manganiello
ISBN : 0988753200
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If you ever thought there was a parallel between food and management, you are right. The making of the Ravioli and its presentation is filled with management theories and practices. All types of leaders and managers can learn about effective management from Ravioli Rules. This book takes a new twist on management principles using the Ravioli making business as the teacher. In this whimsical and witty parable, Alfredo and Mario, now grandfathers, tell their two grandaughters, Abigail and Theresa, a story of their first Ravioli experience. For Alfredo and Mario it is deja vu. They are watching as their two little grandaughters are experiencing a Ravioli event almost identical to an event they had when they were the same age. For Alfredo and Mario, this event early in their lives catapulted them into a life altering and learning experience. Alfredo and Mario decide to share, with their grandaughters, the lessons learned from their experience. In this lifetime journey, Alfredo and Mario tell Abigail and Theresa a story of when and how the Ravioli first came into their lives. How the first denial of the Ravioli leads them to create a strategy to make sure they were not denied the Ravioli again. How the negative experience leads to their life altering decision to make their own Ravioli. As they journey through the discovery of the Ravioli, they even have to overcome obstacles from relatives who would not share the Ravioli recipe with them. When they finally make their first Ravioli they begin a period of reflection and action that leads to learning and sharing, culminating in their greatest lesson - a lifetime of Ravioli making experience. From a humble beginning, they made family sized Ravioli dishes evolving into a small catering business and eventually into a full production Ravioli operation. As a result of this Ravioli making experience, Alfredo and Mario have created a series of lessons called Ravioli Rules, which they are sharing with their grandaughters over their lifetime. Through their experiences they have created simple, entertaining and clear explanations on how to make Ravioli and manage the Ravioli makers. The two grandaughters, when they are mature, thank their grandfathers with the greatest Ravioli gift ever. You will never look at management and making Ravioli the same way ever again! Buon Appetito!

The Economics And Politics Of Choice No Fault Insurance

Author : Edward L. Jr. Lascher
ISBN : 9781461515418
Genre : Business & Economics
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In recent years, choice no-fault has emerged as a popular but controversial proposal for addressing the problem of high automobile insurance rates. Choice plans offer consumers the option of a lower-cost insurance policy with restrictions on filing lawsuits or a higher-cost policy with full tort rights. Some American states have implemented choice programs, and major federal choice legislation is now pending in the United States Congress. Choice no-fault has caught the attention of policy makers, the insurance industry, and academics. Until now, however, no single book has pulled together the available research on the topic. The Economics and Politics of Choice No-Fault Insurance fills that gap. Edited by scholars from different disciplines, each of whom has written extensively on automobile insurance issues, the book includes some of the best work in the area. Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis wrote the foreword. Contributors include University of Virginia Law Professor Jeffrey O'Connell, widely considered the `father of no-fault,' as well as authors of the influential RAND study of the potential effects of choice no-fault on insurance rates. The book chapters, most of which were written especially for this volume, cover topics ranging from the impact of choice no-fault on accidents and driving behavior, to the effects of choice on medical care usage, to alternative approaches for resolving accidents involving both `no-fault' and `tort' electors, to the political feasibility of choice legislative proposals. Emphasis on the potential advantages of choice no-fault is balanced by consideration of possible ill effects.

The Infatuations

Author : Javier Marias
ISBN : 9780307960733
Genre : Fiction
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book, NPR Great Reads, and Onion A.V. Club Best Book of 2013 Each day before work María Dolz stops at the same café. There she finds herself drawn to a couple who is also there every morning. Observing their seemingly perfect life helps her escape the listlessness of her own. But when the man is brutally murdered and María approaches the widow to offer her condolences, what began as mere observation turns into an increasingly complicated entanglement. Invited into the widow's home, she meets--and falls in love with--a man who sheds disturbing new light on the crime. As María recounts this story, we are given a murder mystery brilliantly encased in a metaphysical enquiry, a novel that grapples with questions of love and death, chance and coincidence, and above all, with the slippery essence of the truth and how it is told. This ebook edition includes a reading group guide.

Bookonomy

Author : Pamela Schultz Nybacka
ISBN : OCLC:760982777
Genre : Bokmarknaden / sao
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Bonnie S Household Budget Book

Author : Bonnie Runyan McCullough
ISBN : 9780312280314
Genre : Business & Economics
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A comprehensive, updated guide to setting up a monthly budget, tracking expenses, and saving money explains how to take control of daily finances, set goals and priorities, balance income and expenses, and budget for utilities, payments, maintenance, and home improvements, Original. 30,000 first printing.

Aviation Mental Health

Author : Todd Hubbard
ISBN : 9781409484912
Genre : Transportation
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This book provides an authoritative and practical guide to the assessment, management, treatment and care of pilots and other professional groups within aviation; covering a range of relevant topics, for health and human resources practitioners working in the airline industry. Pilot mental health has, hitherto, been regarded as a specialist topic in aviation medicine. Consequently, practitioners and researchers alike have been forced to consult specialist journals or seek out a relevant chapter on this topic in a general textbook to develop or update their understanding of the relevant issues. This book seeks to remedy this situation by gathering together all of the relevant insights into a single authoritative source gathered from the leading specialists in the field. It aims to cover all of the main relevant issues including the assessment, care, management and treatment of mental health problems, as well as the prevention of mental health problems among this occupational group.

Black Skin White Masks

Author : Frantz Fanon
ISBN : 9780802197603
Genre : History
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Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers. A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.

Bipolar Disorders

Author : Andreas Marneros
ISBN : 0521835178
Genre : Medical
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Bipolor disorder manifests itself in a variety of forms. It can coexist with other psychiatric conditions, and treatment efficacy can depend on the type of bipolar state. This book covers the full range of atypical, rapid cycling and transient forms of bipolar disorder, from atypical and agitated depression to schizoaffective mixed states. The most recent ICD category is covered, and the authors also look at the biology and genetics of bipolar disorder, along with issues relating to age (children and the elderly), comorbidity, choice of drug treatment and investigational strategies.

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