Martin Vander Weyer

Cheques & Balances

Other People’s Money: Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People?

By John Kay

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How many more books do we need on the causes of the recent financial crisis? Wordage on that theme seems as capable of infinite expansion as, say, trading volumes of complex derivative instruments in global securities markets. In both cases, the crucial question to ask is whether more is better – and the answer in general is almost certainly not.

Yet I would suggest that even on the most overcrowded bookshelf we should find space for the wisdom and humanity of John Kay. A Financial Times columnist and non-executive director of several public companies, as well as an Oxford and LSE economist and a prolific author, Kay is billed as an ‘industry insider’. In previous books, such as The Truth about Markets (2003),

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