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America's Financial Apocalypse: How to Profit from the Next Great Depression (Condensed Edition) [Paperback]

by Stathis
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January 21, 2008 0975577670 978-0975577677
For more than two decades, numerous experts have predicted a major depression in America. Many of these forecasts were written in the early 90s as an aftershock of the 87 Crash. While most ignored these warnings, cautious investors withdrew from the capital markets. But the expected turmoil never appeared, at least not for over a decade. In the mid-90s, the Internet was released. Soon, hundreds of companies sought to harness this new technology. By 1999, the Internet stock bubble had swollen beyond belief, and everyone wanted a piece of the action. And we all remember what happened at the start of the new millennium. While this correction revealed the most recent illusions embedded within the economy, it s only a prelude of what to expect in the coming years. Today, economics control the investment cycle rather than hype generated by Wall Street. Accordingly, Washington can only hide the realities of America s decline for so long before the truth is revealed. Currently, we are in the middle stages of a secular bear market that began in 2001. Upon examination of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1900, it is clear that the stock market must correct downward in order to compensate for the spectacular appreciation of the 90s; a period fueled by excess consumption. Today we see that competitive forces from abroad are much more influential than in the past. In the mid-1990s, President Clinton signed off on NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, promising free trade would deliver better jobs and higher wages for all. But for the majority of Americans, the opposite has occurred. America entered the free trade paradigm as a losing participant from the start since all other nations place the burden of healthcare and pension costs with the government. While it still remains as the centerpiece for the global economy, America now relies on record debt to maintain its status as the world s strongest consumer marketplace. This has created the illusion of impressive productivity, while serving to mask declining living standards for the majority. As corporate America continues to achieve record profitability, these gains have come at the expense of its core citizens; the middle class. As a result of these trends, the United States is now more dependent upon foreign nations than anytime in its history. Declining oil reserves and a foreign-funded credit bubble have positioned its fate in the hands of the world. And its vulnerable role in the New Economy threatens to erode its empire status. Already, the effects of America s decline have registered. Declining competitiveness and reliance on foreign debt can be seen by noting the weakness of the dollar. As foreign nations lose interest in financing Washington s deficits, interest rates will soar. Soon, America will face the economic burden of 76 million aging boomers. Beginning in 2011, expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will start to grow rapidly. During this same period it is likely that peak oil will have been reached; this alone promises to cause worldwide devastation. In summary, I have presented what I feel to be a strong case for America s declining economic position and weakened competitive landscape by addressing the major issues at hand the trade imbalance and federal debt, free trade, healthcare, Social Security, pensions, the real estate bubble, the war in Iraq, tensions in the Middle East, the global oil shortage, and the effect baby boomers will have as they enter what they expect to be their Golden Years. See why Stathis has been censored by the media. They don t want you to know the truth.

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In 2006, after reading a draft of America s Financial Apocalypse, a prominent fund manager told Mr. Stathis (under the condition of anonymity) YOU WILL BE A STAR AND IN HIGH DEMAND ! This senior executive promptly ordered several dozen copies for other fund managers at this large investment house. Despite the fact that Stathis contacted hundreds of TV shows over a 2-year period, they all refused to interview him. He contacted every show on CNBC (Cramer, Kudlow, Fast Money, etc.). He contacted Cavuto on FOX, the news shows on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS and BET with no response. They all have his book Cramer, Kudlow, Cavuto, Lou Dobbs, journalists at 60 Minutes and virtually everyone else you can imagine. He personally handed Pete Najarian from Fast Money his book. Ask yourself why they are keeping this critical material from you. They have all failed you. How can you ever trust them again? You see who they have selected to interview liars, fools, crooks and marketing gurus all with miserable track records; all looking to take your money in some way. America s largest media networks are politically motivated, so they continue to air lies and misinformation that has caused everyone to loss trillions of dollars. But they are also financially motivated so they don t want to upset the companies who pay for advertisements - Wall Street firms and the mutual fund industry. Stathis could have saved people from much of these losses. But the media refused to let him speak. Censorship is alive and well in America but you will never know it if you rely on the mainstream media because you won t know what they aren t telling you. They shut the truth out to protect their agendas. Stathis even offered to give a presentation to a Schwab Active Trader event during the Bear Stearns crisis when no one had a clue how bad things were. Schwab was interested - until they read his book. This fund manager did not realize that Stathis prognosis for America would be counterproductive for network ad revenues. The financial industry would be devastated by his analysis. At the same time, they realized no one who could successfully counter his arguments so they refused to air his insights because America s media industry is not interested in airing the truth until it is too late. The media serves their sponsors corporate America (including the financial industry) because they pay the bills. Stathis is no perma-bear and he has no financial agendas. Unlike others he is not trying to get you to buy gold from him or invest with him. Thus, his analysis is pure. His only agenda is to help you protect yourself from Wall Street crooks and Washington irresponsibility. Despite the controversial nature of his book, much has already come true. But there is much more to come as the book describes. Apparently, many investors didn t learn their lesson from the dotcom collapse. But Stathis did. And when he saw an even bigger collapse on the horizon, he spent 2 years of his life writing America s Financial Apocalypse to help investors. As the only expert who wrote a comprehensive analysis of America s problems prior to the collapse, it is clear that Stathis stands as the person who best understands what the future will hold and what the solutions are. This book proves he is the world s leading expert on this crisis hands down. After reading it, you will understand America far better than anyone in Washington and anyone on TV, including the so-called experts. That is a guarantee. If you haven t figured it out by now, you are on your own when it comes to your investments. And if you keep listening to the mainstream media, the same scams will continue to devastate you. You would be best to listen carefully at what Stathis has to say. Because he is the ONLY real expert who is on your side. --Confidential

About the Author

Mr. Stathis applies his as a consultant to early-stage companies, venture capital and private equity firms. He also provides public market consultation to hedge funds needing assistance with valuation, risk management and market timing. Mr. Stathis previously worked at two of Wall Street s largest firms, focusing on asset management and merchant banking. Prior to his career in finance, he was involved in several research projects in energy and the life sciences. The accuracy, depth and timing of this book have positioned him as one of America's leading investment authorities.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing (January 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975577670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975577677
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Harrowing Than Reading Chomsky........ April 13, 2008
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This book really exposes the dark side of American government and corporate craftiness. This is the stuff they don't want the masses to know, so don't expect it to be high on anybody's best seller list. The standard corporate media outlets will suppress this book to death, probably by just ignoring it. By reading AFA, one will obtain a clearer picture how the rich get richer at the expense of the sheep.The tone is serious, clear, to the point and makes one reconsider if America is really the greatest country on earth. Post-read, it makes one feel like moving to Canada or Singapore.

I found AFA to be an exponentially better read than Crashproof. My main complaint with AFA is it did not offer more specific investment advice for regular-Joe investors. I look forward to updated editions addressing this.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I read this Condensed book shortly after reading CRASHPROOF, and I thought the book was worth the read, but not the price.

As mentioned in other reviews there are many typos and punctuation flaws in the book that the publisher should have weeded out.
Where are the solutions to the issues? left me hanging
Needs better annotation
WHY so high a price?

The best analysis of how the Dollar is tied to OIL
Unique treatment of Social security, PEAK OIL, Health care
THE two depressive eras was thoughtful

Overall more of an academic read than Crashproof, but the premise of the book is the same...get ready for the BIG ONE.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Financial Apocalypse, Stathis June 3, 2008
I read Mr. Stathis very, very smart book twice. It's a great source of information for me. I was very impressed with the quality of his research and I checked out all of the references in the back of the book. Impressive! I don't think the point of the book is gloom & doom, it's just informing people of some major concerns and how things are and what might be the outcome. I remember reading once a long time ago in a different book about why the life boats of the Titanic left half full. Many people who were told to get in the life boats didn't because they didn't think the ship was sinking. Read Mr. Stathis's book, Best Regards, Keith Renick
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an inventory of America's financial problems November 29, 2008
By X. Li
If you have read any book on America's financial crisis, you don't need to read this one. This book is written more like a catalogue of current financial and economic issues. The issues discussed in this book are very broad (see other reviews), but none is discussed in depth. After reading "Empire of Debt", "Demise of the dollar", and several other titles in the same category, I didn't find anything new or different in this book. The investment advice in this book is also very general and basic.

Although lack of depth, this book is informative and packed with charts and tables, which makes this title a valuable introductory course for anyone with no prior knowledge about American financial problems.
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By Alan
This is the best book on America's problems hands down. I am puzzled why I never heard of it before since the long edition was released in 2006. Stathis does not stop at his elaborate and very intelligent assessment of America's problems. This feat is alone monumental and has not been tackled by any other authors.

He understands that a depression involves a long period of socioeconomic decay and backs this up with societal, educational and other factors in addition to the pure financial waste and mismanagement that has plagued America for many years.

He makes some very bold predictions, many of which have already surfaced, such as the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, very high inflation, record prices for oil and gold, problems with the dollar, etc. He also predicts a decline in real estate prices of 30% from the peak (it is already over 23%). He makes too many credible predictions to list here and backs them all up.

His investment guidance is excellent (the previous reviewer obviously did not read the last 2 chapters). He advises to keep cash, buy gold, oil, healthcare and invest in China. The really great thing about this book is that he creates a general investment strategy for different types of investors. And he makes predictions about the stock market which have already come true.

In conclusion, this book is priceless. It will be valuable for a long time since he covers what happens to America after the real estate and banking problem. It is remarkable that the book was first written in 2006. I hope he writes a new one for 2009.

For now, I am reading his updates online. They're the most insightful I have come across. You should check them out

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the economic mess November 23, 2008
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The author provides a comprehensive and fairly easy-to-understand discussion about how the U.S. got into the current economic mess (I'm writing this in November 2008) and the many failings of the Bush administration to correct a disastrous course of events. He also has a good deal to say about how the greed of Wall Street Bankers, Corporate CEOs, and consumers who are willing to live beyond their means all contributed to the crisis. He also points the finger at NAFTA and free trade. There is plenty of blame to go around and Stathis doesn't pull any punches. Despite an excellent explanation of how we dug ourselves into this hole, his "how to profit" solutions are somewhat general. Prudence would dictate that readers use his cautious recommendations as a starting point for additional research into the profitability of precious metals, bond funds, alternative energy companies, mutual funds and equities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good book to describe our true economic condition
The only thing I would criticize is a better indept explanation on how to analyze and pick good investments then it would be a 5 star book.
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doesn't say what to do or what to buy, what it does say to buy another book and to buy one financial group assets. sigh
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I was disappointed in this book. Within the chapter entitled Financial Mismanagement, the author described the ever increasing national debt as being a result of deficit spending,... Read more
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I've read this book several months ago and forgot about it. With the current crisis I read it for the second time. Read more
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What's interesting is that this book was first written in 2006. For me it's either more books by this author or grandma's advice. Read more
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Read the condensed version. Interesting take on how America has been boxing itself into a decline. Thought provoking on trade organizations, education, economics, etc. Read more
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