Epilogue: Keep it Simple

“It's a great topic you have chosen and I fully support your intention on preventing the next crash. But I feel that the world is controlled by a bunch of morons that either just want as much money and power as possible for themselves – or are afraid to question the status quo. I think that the solution lies in educating the people of our planet on how it works so that we together can create a new system where the power is more distributed (as opposed to concentrated) – I am certain such a system is much less likely to crash. With a currency that means something and cannot just be diluted by a government to boost the economy's statistics and please the markets and thereby the few in monetary power. I think you get my point – good luck with the book! Use your famous names and great intellects [and good looks, ed.] for the future good of humanity :)”

“How to prevent economic crises?, how to have a long-term stable global economy?, are we complicating a simple thing (economy and its study)?, what should an individual do to shield from inconsistencies of the economy?”

“Qualitative analysis also needs to be included.”

—Answers to the survey question: “What topics should definitely feature in the book?” at wilmott.com

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