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Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy Hardcover – January 28, 2009

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Investment guru Leeb, former editor of Personal Finance and a media commentator, reaffirms his earlier predictions, in The Coming Economic Collapse and The Oil Factor, that "the world is headed for a train wreck centered on pending massive shortages" of resources and commodities, especially oil. Though financial institutions now take center stage, Leeb asserts that the "vicious circles" he describes underlie those problems, and will only get worse as oil becomes scarcer (the Peak Oil theory, that "oil will never again be as plentiful and cheap" as it was). Another problem is increasing demand from emerging economies like China and India, and the inability of alternative energy to keep up-as they depend on yet more scarce commodities (solar cells use rare tellurium, wind mills require steel, etc.). Leeb declares gold the "most essential asset to invest in," with defense stocks a close second (in anticipation of coming resource wars), but his sobering perspective is tempered by a conclusion that "our challenge" in the coming crisis is "more sociological than economic," and that a soft landing for the U.S. could mean a simpler, "more productive" society and a return to 1950s-style prosperity.
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About the Author

Based in NYC, Stephen Leeb is one of the nation's leading experts on finances and Wall Street Trends.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 1St Edition edition (January 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446544809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446544801
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Leeb is the chief investment officer of a New York-based money management firm, and the author of seven popular books on economics and investment, including the bestselling "The Coming Economic Collapse." He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business, and an MA and PhD from the University of Illinois. Famous for his accurate predictions (especially of the dot.com collapse and $100-a-barrel oil), he is frequently quoted in the financial media, including The Wall Street Journal. He is a regular guest on Fox News, NPR, CNN, and Bloomberg.

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The Game Leeb writes about is whether or not alternative energy systems can be developed before there is painful economic collapse. "Game Over" refers to a world where the easily extractable energy and mineral resources are gone (peak commodities) and we haven't developed the alternative technologies to maintain our society in the absence of low cost oil. Leeb outlines how energy and other resource limitations have come to dominate global economics. He explains the familiar concept of peak oil, and introduces the concept of absolute peak oil, the point where the energy cost of oil production just matches the energy extracted. Further Leeb goes on to describe how the extraction of minerals, water and even food are coupled to energy production. Leeb is concerned with the problems of building out of the most common alternative energy systems to a large scale.

Much of this book is recycled material found in Leeb's earlier work
The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis which made a more technical presentation of most of the economic ideas in the first few chapters. As in the The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel this book is written for a more general audience, but unlike his other books which are mainly directed at individual investors, the first three sections of Game Over are directed to the broader questions of how our complex and technological society can deal with resource limitations, which have been magnified by rapid economic development of Asia.
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Stephen Leeb has a knack for boiling complex issues down in a concise, easy-to-understand manner for the layman. More importantly, he has an uncanny record of spotting major trends well ahead of the crowd. Investors who ignore Leeb's sage comments do so to the detriment of their wealth. The list of trends he has been out in front of over the years are numerous, but let me just touch on two of them.

A decade ago when oil prices were below $20 a barrel and inflation was less than 2 percent, Leeb had this to say about where oil and food prices were headed in his book Defying the Market:

Strong economic growth, particularly in developing countries, will create a tremendous appetite not just for energy buy for food as well, as populations move up the food chain and demand greater quantities of more protein-rich nourishment. Technological and natural limits will curtail our ability to expand the supply of food and process will rise. A variety of food-related companies will see both profits and share prices soar.

We all know what followed. Prior to the collapse in commodities in 2008 (as a result of the global financial crisis), oil prices were approaching $150 a barrel and the cost of food was going through the roof thanks in large part to strong demand from emerging economies like China and India. Oil stocks were big winners during the period and fertilizer stocks, like Mosaic and Potash of Saskatchewan, rose 15- to 20-fold while the Dow and S&P went essentially nowhere.

But Dr. Leeb's keen insights haven't stopped there.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I like Stephen Leeb alot, and agree with him almost all the time. However, this book was a rehash of his writings over the last two years, and thus was not an up to date analysis of the current market and where we are going. Often the analysis and material presented was dated material.
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Over the past two years, we have been on quite a financial roller-coaster. Stocks went from a bull market to a massive sell-off. Oil prices spiked to over $140 and then plummeted briefly to under $40. Ditto for most other commodities. T-bill yields fell so low they became money-losing investments. Gold, which many thought was a dead asset, has outperformed the S&P 500 (though it too has been volatile).

I wish I could say the chaos and uncertainty was over, but I can't. If anything, the economic and financial drama will only get worse.

However, I believe what is stated in Game Over: How You Can Prosper in a Shattered Economy, Dr. Leeb laid out for me crucial information about what lies ahead of us for the next five years, including ...How to safeguard wealth and build a substantial nest egg even as the current crisis worsens. Why today's global campaign to save the economy will only hasten an approaching catastrophe. The unstoppable forces that will fundamentally alter the fabric of human civilization.

Last fall, we saw what can happen when the economy tips just a little way onto the side of recession. It was the greatest financial meltdown since the early 1930s. A devastating event for most investors that created worldwide shockwaves. The entire investment banking industry disappeared almost overnight. Banks around the world either went bankrupt or were forced to beg for government bailouts. The U.S. government was forced to essentially take over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to prevent mortgages from becoming unavailable to the majority of Americans.

Now governments around the world are desperately taking extreme measures to pull us out of that recession before it gets any worse.
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