Explain business to an innumerate child.
June 11, 2014 5:12 AM Subscribe
I'm working on a novel (yeah, yeah) in which the bad guys are, among other things, a couple of rival business-criminal assholes.
I know nearly zero about business, finance, and politics, and I don't want to talk about these folks in ways that show me to be the faffy prancing buffoon I really am.
posted by Mister Moofoo to Work & Money (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
A brief googling about basic business and finance topics mostly leads me to books about personal finance and starting a small business. Fine, but what goes on at the other end, the Bernie Madoff end of the spectrum? Maybe there's not that big a difference. I don't know; I don't even know what questions to ask. Previous attempts at learning this stuff have left me scratching my head when the materials assume I know most of the terminology already, and I really don't.
I'm looking for resources (books, mostly), educational materials, etc., about the broad concepts, the basic terminology, and how these things all relate to each other. F'rinstance, I've seen enough movies to know what a hostile takeover is, but I still don't understand stock at all. Like, what it's even for.
So teach me, MeFites. Gimme at least a middle-school education in economics, and taxes, and all that Wall Street shit. My detective has an immortal and a demon to beat.