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The Aftershock Investor

The Aftershock Investor

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By (author) David Wiedemer, By (author) Robert A. Wiedemer, By (author) Cindy S. Spitzer

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 159mm x 234mm x 28mm | 536g
  • Publication date: 12 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118073541
  • ISBN 13: 9781118073544
  • Sales rank: 161,030

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Advice on protection and profits in the short and long term future from the experts who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008, and who now have more detailed information about what is yet to come From the authors who accurately predicted the domino fall of the conjoined real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles that led to the financial crisis of 2008 comes the definitive guide to protection and profit in 2012 and beyond. Based on the authors' unmatched track record of precision predictions in their three landmark books, America's Bubble Economy (Wiley, 2006), Aftershock (Wiley, 2009), and Aftershock, Second Edition (Wiley, 2011), their next book offers what readers have been clamoring for: A detailed guide to how to put Aftershock in action, with 14 new chapters on what investors need to know to survive and thrive in the next global money meltdown. The Aftershock Investor shows readers:* Why recent actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve will eventually damage the dollar and hurt investors worldwide* How future rising inflation and interest rates will harm your specific investments, and what to do about it* What's next for stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and other assets* Detailed investment advice about real estate, retirement, annuities, life insurance, jobs, and much more* How to buy and own gold and silver before, during, and after the coming Aftershock* How to profit rather than lose when so many asset bubbles collapse around the world Those who heeded the authors' warnings last time were able to successfully ride out the financial crisis of 2008 and even cash in on the years that followed. Now The Aftershock Investor offers readers a second chance at protection and profit in the next financial crisis ahead.

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David Wiedemer, PhD, is a world leader in macroevolutionary economic analysis. His work in information dynamics, technological evolution, and economic history form the basis for the predictions in Aftershock . Dr. Wiedemer is the Chief Economist for Absolute Investment Management. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ROBERT A. WIEDEMER is a Managing Director of Absolute Investment Management, a macro-focused money management firm that is in alignment with the macroeconomic analysis and perspective of Aftershock . Mr. Wiedemer holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. CINDY S. SPITZER is an award-winning author who has collaborated on more than twenty books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Buy and Hold Is Dead (Again) , America's Bubble Economy, and many others. Ms. Spitzer is President of Aftershock Consultants, a consulting firm that provides support and insights to individuals, families, and businesses, based on the ideas in Aftershock .

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DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO STAY AFLOAT IN A SINKING ECONOMY?The old ways of investing are over. Completely over. Not only are we facing a falling multi-bubble economy due to decades of declining U.S. productivity growth, we now have a falling world bubble economy too. To survive and thrive in this changing investment environment requires changing your thinking--and changing your investing approach. The Conventional Wisdom that worked so well in the past is becoming increasingly ineffective. Worse, clinging to the old ways of investing when the bubbles pop will send your hard earned assets to Money Heaven faster than in the sneak-preview global financial crisis of 2008--only this time, we won't have a quick rebound.The Aftershock Investor is your actionable guide to a brand new way of investing. Not merely a new twist on old habits, it is a sea change in innovative and dynamic portfolio management. Based on the macroeconomic insights and proven predictions of the New York Times bestseller Aftershock, Second Edition, this new way of investing will lead you through the coming economic chaos, while others are caught unaware.For those lucky enough to make the move to Aftershock investing in time, you can: Protect your assets in the coming multi-bubble popMake wise real estate decisions that fit your particular situationLearn how to buy gold, even with limited financesCreate a Dynamic Diversified Aftershock PortfolioLimit exposure to dangerous market volatility, especially in retirementTake full advantage of new investment opportunities in the Aftershock ahead"Now" is the time to discover this entirely new approach to investing--before it's too late.

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The real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles have already burst, and there is more trouble on the horizon. That's the hard truth that David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer, and Cindy Spitzer--the authors who predicted the 2008 financial crisis--revealed in their books "America's Bubble Economy" in 2006, "Aftershock" in 2009, and bestseller "Aftershock," "Second Edition "in 2011.Now, in "The Aftershock Investor," they're back with new information on what the future holds, and advice on what you need to do to survive--and even thrive--in the years ahead. The definitive guide to investing your money in today's turbulent markets with an eye to the future, "The Aftershock Investor" is filled with the practical knowledge you need to keep your money safe. From what to do with your home to what to do with your cash, this invaluable book is filled with fresh investment insights that you can start putting into practice right away.Taking an in-depth look at the current and future global economic climate, the book covers such key issues as what's next for stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and other assets, why recent actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve will eventually damage the dollar, the economy, and much more.Packed with detailed investment advice on real estate, retirement, annuities, life insurance, and buying gold and silver before, during, and after the impending crisis, "The Aftershock Investor" is full of prescient insights about what you can do to protect--and grow--your money as the next round of global asset bubbles burst.Those who heeded the authors' earlier warnings were able to successfully ride out the financial crisis of 2008 and even cash in during the years that followed. Now "The Aftershock Investor" offers readers a second chance for protection and profit from what is yet to come.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xi Introduction xiii Part I: Aftershock Chapter 1 Bubblequake and Aftershock--A Quick Review of How We Got Here and What's Next: Why Read This Book? Because We Were Right, Now You Can Be Right, Too 3 You Are Not Asleep with the Sheep 4 Bubblequake! First a Rising Bubble Economy, Now a Falling Bubble Economy 6 Future Infl ation Will Cause Rising Interest Rates 17 From Boom to Bust: The Virtuous Upward Spiral Becomes a Vicious Downward Spiral 19 Why Don't Most Conventional Investors See This Coming? 25 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 26 Chapter 2 Since We Last Spoke ... : Aftershock Update: They Read Our Playbook, the World Is Printing Money 27 Ignoring the Massive Money Printing (the Dollar Bubble) Is a Key Goal of the Cheerleaders 30 Potential Triggers That Could Accelerate a Downtrend in the U.S. Economy 33 A Closer Look at the Current U.S. "Recovery" 40 Bottom Line: "Recovery" Is Still Driven by Massive Borrowing and Massive Money Printing 45 Our Investment Outlook 46 The 2012 Presidential Election 52 In Conclusion 54 Chapter 3 Conventional Wisdom Won't Work This Time: Introducing Aftershock Wisdom Investing 57 The Key to Conventional Wisdom: The Future Will Be Just Like the Past 59 The Myth of a Natural Growth Rate 61 Real Productivity Growth Is Slowing Down, Here and Around the World 63 Warren Buffett: Master of Conventional Wisdom 65 The Key to Aftershock Wisdom Investing: The Future Is Not the Past! 69 This Debate Is Really Not About Inflation or Deflation, It's About Protecting the Status Quo with Denial 78 How to Invest in a Falling Bubble Economy 86 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 90 Part II: Aftershock Investing Chapter 4 Taking Stock of Stocks: Facing the Future of Stocks, Mutual Funds, and Index Funds 95 Love Story: How Stocks Became the Heart of Most Investment Portfolios 96 How Are Stocks Valued? It's All about Earnings 99 Conventional Wisdom on Stocks 104 Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong 108 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 115 Our Current Recommendations 116 Chapter 5 Bye-Bye Bonds: Why Bonds Are Getting Risky and When to Get Out 119 What Are Bonds? 120 Conventional Wisdom on Bonds: The Safety of the Recent Past Means We Can Count on More Safety Ahead 129 Why Conventional Wisdom on Bonds Is Wrong 132 The Final Two Bubbles in America's Multibubble Economy Will Pop 134 Bonds Will Fail in Three Stages 137 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 141 Chapter 6 Getting Real about Real Estate 147 What Really Drives Real Estate Prices? 148 The Real Estate Bubble Rises 149 Conventional Wisdom about Real Estate: Continued Low Interest Rates for as Far as the Eye Can See 151 Why Conventional Wisdom about Real Estate Is Wrong 152 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 155 Timing Your Exits Out of Real Estate 165 The High Cost of Doing Nothing 169 Chapter 7 Threats to the Safety Nets: The Future of Whole Life Insurance and Annuities 171 All Insurance and Annuities Are Essentially Investments in Bonds, Stocks, Even Real Estate 172 Conventional Wisdom on Whole Life Insurance and Annuities: Perfectly Safe and Worth Every Penny! 173 Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong: Facing the Real 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room 179 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 182 Chapter 8 Gold: The Once and Future King 189 Gold Was Golden for Centuries 190 Current Conventional Wisdom on Gold as an Investment: Warren Buffett Says Stay Away! 192 Why Conventional Wisdom on Gold Is Wrong 194 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 197 How to Buy Gold 200 Owning Gold as Part of a Well-Diversified Actively Managed Aftershock Portfolio 204 How High Will Gold Go? 205 Part III: Your Aftershock Game Plan Chapter 9 Aftershock Jobs and Businesses 211 The Rising Bubble Economy Created Huge Job Growth; Now the Falling Bubble Economy Means Fewer Jobs 212 Conventional Wisdom about Future Jobs Is Based on Faith that the Future Will Be Like the Past 213 Why Conventional Wisdom on Jobs Is Wrong 214 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 216 The Falling Bubbles Will Have Varying Impact on Three Broad Economic Sectors 218 Opportunities after the Bubbles Pop: Cashing In on Distressed Assets 228 Should I Go to College? 229 Chapter 10 Aftershock Retirement and Estate Planning 231 Types of Retirement Plans 232 The Conventional Wisdom on Retirement Plans 235 Why the Conventional Wisdom on Retirement Is Wrong 236 What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do? 238 Retirement Q&A 245 Estate Planning: Making the Most of Your Assets for Yourself and Your Heirs 247 Chapter 11 Your Aftershock Investment Portfolio 253 Aftershock Portfolio Strategy 254 Key Components 255 Do It Yourself or Bring in Help? 259 Timing--Better to Move Too Early than Too Late 260 The Last Resort: The Stock Market Holiday (the Ultimate Reason Why You Need to Move Early Rather than Later) 266 The Moral 269 Epilogue 273 Appendix Additional Background on Stocks and Bonds 275 Stocks 275 Bonds 282 Inflation, Interest Rates, and the Aftershock 290 Index 293