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War-Time Financial Problems   By: (1867-1950)

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WAR TIME FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

by

HARTLEY WITHERS

Works by Hartley Withers

THE BUSINESS OF FINANCE. 6s. net.

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"He treats of the subject mainly in its relation to industry, and smooths the path for those who find the way rather thorny. Timely and instructive." Financial Times .

OUR MONEY AND THE STATE. 3s. 64 net.

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"It should be read at once by every taxpayer. Mr. Withers' latest book can be most heartily commended," Morning Post .

STOCKS AND SHARES. 6s. net.

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"It is a good book, it is sure of its public." Morning Post .

THE MEANING OF MONEY. 6s. net.

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"Will supersede all other introductions to monetary science; a safe and indispensable guide through the mazes of the Money Market." Financial News .

MONEY CHANGING. 5s. net.

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"Mr. Withers makes the topic interesting in spite of its obvious and irrepressible technicality. Occasionally he renders it really amusing." Financial News .

POVERTY AND WASTE. 6s. net.

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"Views its subject from the advantageous position of an impartial observer, the respective cases for capital and labour, rich and poor, being brought to the reader's attention in a convincingly logical manner." Financial Times .

WAR AND LOMBARD STREET. 6s. net.

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"Nothing could be clearer or more enlightening for the general reader." The Times .

INTERNATIONAL FINANCE. 6s. net.

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"We heartily commend a timely work dealt with in popular and simple style, a standard financial work." Morning Post .

LOMBARD STREET, 6s. net.

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A Description of the Money Market, by WALTER BAGEHOT. Edited with a new Preface by HARTLEY WITHERS. "There is no city man, however ripe his experience, who could not add to his knowledge from its pages." Financial News .

"Blest paper credit! last and best supply! That lends Corruption lighter wings to fly: Gold imp'd by thee, can compass hardest things, Can pocket States, can fetch or carry Kings; A single leaf shall waft an Army o'er, Or ship off Senates to a distant Shore; A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow; Pregnant with thousands flits the Scrap unseen, And silent sells a King, or buys a Queen."

POPE, Moral Essays .

PREFACE

At a time when Finance is of greater importance than ever before, it is hoped that this small volume may be of interest and value to the public, and help the application of war's lessons to the problems that face us in peace.

The contents, with the exception of the last article on "Money or Goods?" (which appeared in the Trade Supplement of the Times for December, 1918), have already been published in Sperling's Journal , from September, 1917, to March, 1919; they have been left as they were written, except for a few verbal corrections.

I desire to express my thanks to the Editors of Sperling's Journal and of the Times for their kind permission to reprint the articles.

H. WITHERS.

June, 1919.

CONTENTS

I THE OUTLOOK FOR CAPITAL The Creation of Capital The Inducement War and Capital

II LONDON'S FINANCIAL POSITION London after the War A German View The Rocks Ahead Our Relative Position secure Faulty Finance The Strength we have shown The Nature and Limits of American Competition No other likely Rivals

III WAR FINANCE AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN I Financial Conditions in August, 1914 No Scheme prepared to meet the Possibility of War A Short Struggle expected The Importance of Finance as a Weapon Labour's Example The Economic Problem of War The Advantages of Direct Taxation The Government follows the Path of Least Resistance The Effect of Currency Inflation

IV WAR FINANCE AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN II The Changed Spirit of the Country A Great Opportunely thrown away What Taxation might have done The Perils of Inflation Drifting stupidly along the Line of Least Resistance It is we who pay, not "Posterity"

V A LEVY ON CAPITAL The Objects of the Levy Its Origin and History How it would work in Practice The Attitude of the Chancellor The Effects of the Scheme in discouraging Thrift Its Fallacies and Injustices The Insuperable Obstacles to its Application Its Influence on Production One of the Tests of a Tax Judged by this Test the Proposed Levy is doomed

VI OUR BANKING MACHINERY The Recent Amalgamations Will the Provinces suffer? Consolidation not a New Movement The Figures of the Past Three Decades Reduction of Competion not yet a Danger The Alleged Neglect of Local Interests Shall we ultimately have One Huge Banking Monopoly? The Suggested Repeal of the Bank Act Sir E... Continue reading book >>




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