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Socially responsible investing/sustainability

Dare to Care
Dare to Care, a collection of ideas and initiatives to change finance as we know it, is a platform for global citizens to work together and maneuver through the world economic and financial crisis. The ideas presented within - of changing our mindset from a money-first to a care-first attitude - are meant to stimulate thoughts about our current monetary system and economy and how we truly want them to function. Author Louis Böhtlingk presents a workable method for us to change the way we think and feel about money, using it instead to support our fellow man, the Earth, and the gifts we all receive through each other and our planet.


Up from Wall Street:
The Responsible Investment Alternative

In 2008 we watched as trillions of dollars vanished before our eyes, enveloped in the crash and burn of Wall Street's bottom line. As working Americans and retirees awake from the aftermath, we're searching for answers and alternatives to the reckless loans and dicey short-term bets that ravaged our savings and retirement assets. Thomas Croft, an international expert on innovative capital strategies and jobs-oriented economic revitalization policies, makes the case that there are strategic and socially responsible investment paths to rebuilding our economy and infrastructure, reinvigorating our cities, and creating the highly-anticipated green jobs of the future.

Because People Matter
Our economy is focused on growth and profit. In any given business, success is measured by the flow of money, not the interest of the people involved. In Because People Matter, author Jurriaan Kamp tells us why there are better alternatives. Kamp argues that the world economy is not only based on money, but on human choices as well. It is those choices that can promote the change necessary to transform our current crisis into a healthier economy that serves everyone.

Wall Street/Investing

Plunder: Investigating Our Economic
Calamity and the Subprime Scandal

Award-winning journalist Danny Schechter was the first to expose Wall Street's dangerous connections to the subprime loan scandal that precipitated the economic crisis that began in 2008 and continues today. Schechter's hard look at the causes of the historic meltdown and makes the case that it was built on a foundation of greed and criminality on an epic scale. Noam Chomsky writes: "Fully living up to his reputation as the News Dissector, Danny Schechter goes right for the jugular in this rich and informative analysis of the financial crisis and its roots. Not errors, accident, market uncertainty and so on, but crime: major and serious crime. A harsh judgment, but it is not easy to dismiss the case he constructs."

The Secret of Wealth: A Common Sense Guide to Prosperity
The Secret of Wealth: A Common Sense Guide to Prosperity is not only a book about how to live a successful and wealthy life, it is-like all classics-a book on how to think. Its timeless wisdom contends that wealth is indeed a state of mind, not the result of extraordinary
talents or a lottery windfall. Financial experts Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel and James Allen, as well as business tycoons John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie have successfully built their immense wealth on the fundamental principles Hobbs describes here. Before searching for a new job, contemplating a major purchase or making any speculative investments, discover the fundamental principles of The Secret of Wealth and reap the benefits for greater financial security.

Ten Years of Wall Street
The stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression did not occur in a vacuum: their roots lie in economic events that occurred over the previous ten years. This book performs a financial autopsy on the "speculative decade" from 1919 to 1929, exploring the ruinous aftermath of World War I - in which war debts were contested and battles over reparations set the stage for a difficult international monetary situation - as well as the natural waxing and waning of economic cycles and the processes and procedures of stock exchanges that contributed to disaster. Written by a lawyer and emphasizing a legal perspective on the workings of a complex economy, this classic work of high finance offers a unique panorama on an important era of American history that is often overlooked.

Government Reports

Wall Street and the Financial Crisis:
Anatomy of a Financial Collapse

After a two-year investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigation, their report, Wall Street and the Financial Crisis: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse was released in April 2011. This is the most damning official report to date on Wall Street's role in the financial crisis. It describes the wheeling and dealing of bankers and others who benefited from the housing bubble while impoverishing the rest of America. It also offers four very clear causes of the financial crisis, including high-risk mortgage loans by commercial banks, failures by regulators that "set the stage for mortgage loan losses that were a proximate cause of the financial crisis," inaccurate AAA credit ratings by the two largest credit rating agencies, and investment bank abuses. This report and its detailed case studies are a must-read for policymakers, politicians, justice officials, bankers, journalists, academics and concerned citizens in order to understand what brought the U.S. economy to the brink of destruction.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report
Published by the U.S. Government and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in early 2011, The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report is the official government report on the United States financial collapse and the review of major financial institutions that bankrupted and failed, or would have without help from the government. The commission and the report were implemented after Congress passed an act in 2009 to review and prevent fraudulent activity. The report details, among other things, the periods before, during, and after the crisis, what led up to it, and analyses of subprime mortgage lending, credit expansion and banking policies, the collapse of companies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the federal bailouts of Lehman and AIG. It also discusses the aftermath of the fallout and our current state.

Global Trends 2025
From the Muslimization of Western Europe to the impact of HIV/AIDS around the planet, from the trials of the coming post-petroleum world to the tactical implications of an ice-free Arctic, the nations of Earth are facing more radical change than ever before in the first quarter of the 21st century. This important government report-from the United States National Intelligence Council, which has been producing assessments of national security issues for senior U.S. policy makers since 1979-casts a strategic eye at the near future and examines those factors and trends that will most dramatically shape it, including: the rapidly globalizing economy • the growing global middle class • the challenges of aging populations • migration, urbanization, and ethnic shifts.


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