LOCAL DOLLARS, LOCAL SENSE by Michael Shuman
Americans's long-term savings in stocks, bonds, pensions, life insurance, and mutual funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1 percent of these savings touches local small businesses, the source of half the economy's jobs and output. How can people concerned with poor returns from Wall Street and the devastating impact of global companies on their communities invest in Main Street instead? Local-economy pioneer Michael Shuman shows how even unaccredited investors-- nearly 99% of Americans--can put their money into building local businesses and resilient regional economies, and profit in the process.