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A History of Interest Rates presents a very readable account of interest rate trends and lending practices over four millennia of economic history. Despite the paucity of data prior to the Industrial Revolution, authors Homer and Sylla provide a highly detailed analysis of money markets and borrowing practices in major economies. Underlying the analysis is their assertion that "the free market long-term rates of interest for any industrial nation, properly charted, provide a sort of fever chart of the economic and political health of that nation." Given the enormous volatility of rates in the 20th century, this implies we're living in age of political and economic excesses that are reflected in massive interest rate swings. Gain more insight into this assertion by ordering a copy of this book today.

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The late Sidney Homer published the First Edition of A History ofInterest Rates in 1963—a time when interest rates weren'tmaking front-page news—because he believed that acomprehensive history of this universal and basic economic andcommercial price was necessary. More than forty years later, AHistory of Interest Rates has become a classic in the fields ofeconomics and finance.

A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition presents a readableaccount of interest rate trends and lending practices spanning overfour millennia of economic history. Filled with in-depth insightsand illustrative charts and tables, this unique resource provides abroad perspective on interest rate movements—from whichfinancial professionals can evaluate contemporary interest rate andmonetary developments—and applies analytical tools, such asyield-curve averaging and decennial averaging, to the dataavailable.

A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition offers a highlydetailed analysis of money markets and borrowing practices in majoreconomies. It places the rates and corresponding credit forms incontext by summarizing the political and economic events andfinancial customs of particular times and places, including:

  • Ancient Times: Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome
  • Medieval Times and Renaissance Europe: Italy, Spain, Germany,France, and more
  • Modern Europe and North America to 1900: England, France, andother European countries, as well as the United States
  • Europe and North America since 1900: England, France, Germany,and Italy, as well as Canada and the United States
  • Other countries and regions in the 1900s: Japan, Russia, China,and Latin America

Much has transpired in the financial world since the lastedition of A History of Interest Rates was published. New creditinstruments have been introduced, the volume of outstandingfixed-income obligations has exploded, and capital now moves acrossthe globe quicker than ever before. To help you stay as current aspossible, this revised and updated Fourth Edition contains a newchapter of contemporary material as well as added discussions ofinterest rate developments over the past ten years.

Interest rates in the twenty-first century are as much a subjectof political and economic controversy as they were in antiquity.Today, they even provide a trail of clues into a nation's economic,political, and financial market health. With A History of InterestRates, Fourth Edition as your guide, you'll discover just howimportant interest rates have always been and how you can takeadvantage of the information embedded within them.

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A History of INTEREST RATES

The late Sidney Homer published the First Edition of A Historyof Interest Rates in 1963 because he believed that a comprehensivehistory of this universal and basic economic and commercial pricewas necessary. Now in its Fourth Edition, A History of InterestRates has become a classic in the fields of economics andfinance.

This one-of-a-kind guide presents a readable account of interestrate trends and lending practices spanning over four millennia ofeconomic history. Filled with in-depth insights and illustrativecharts and tables, this updated Fourth Edition provides ahistorical perspective of interest rate movements as well as a newchapter of contemporary material and added discussions of interestrate developments over the past ten years.

A sampling of eras and areas covered include:

  • Ancient Times: Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome
  • Medieval Times and Renaissance Europe: Italy, Spain, Germany,France, and more
  • Modern Europe and North America to 1900: England, France, andother European countries, as well as the United States
  • Europe and North America since 1900: England, France, Germany,and Italy, as well as Canada and the United States
  • Other countries and regions in the 1900s: Japan, Russia, China,and Latin America

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