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How to Profit from the Y2K Recession: By Converting the Year 2000 Crisis into an Opportunity for Your Investments and Business Hardcover – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 333 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. Ed edition (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312207069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312207069
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,922,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New millennia, historically, have caused extreme reactions. Something about seeing those double zeros on the calendar flips people into new realms of logic and mystical belief. This time, though, the manic millenarians have a scientific basis for their doomsday scenarios: Computers across the world will interpret the '00 at the beginning of the new century as 1900 instead of 2000.

John F. Mauldin believes the societal upheavals of this glitch will lead to "double-digit unemployment, a stock market down 50 percent from its highs, and hundred-billion-dollar deficits." Fortunately, he believes, there's a way to come out ahead on these calamities, as we can see them coming.

He suggests you sell your bull-market stocks and mutual funds and take your lumps in capital-gains taxes. Then he offers a number of funds and strategies that capitalize on a falling stock market. This all involves market timing, a strategy most investors have been conditioned to believe is futile.

You can't read this book and not be frightened. The Y2K problem is scary; what it could do to the world economy is scarier; what it could do to your financial security is scarier still. And the profit-making strategies are probably the scariest part of the book. You have to make a leap of faith one way or the other: believe the world economy will keep chugging along, or batten down the hatches and prepare for a derailment. How to Profit from the Y2K Recession certainly gets you ready for the latter. --Lou Schuler

From the Publisher

"The time for analysis of the Year 2000 problem is over. John Mauldin knows that, and has given us a thoughtful, practical analysis of the pitfalls and opportunities that this situation provides us. In addition to providing helpful hints to those who seek to take advantage of the Y2K problems in all sectors, How to Profit from the Y2K Recession is a useful tool for many who are confronted with technical Y2K problems of their own. Most important, however, he reminds us that in the face of trouble, we can only rely on God, our family, and our friends to bring us out of the morass." --Congressman Pete Sessions, Vice-Chairman, House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology

"John Mauldin gives us an understandable analysis of a complicated problem. His approach, in my opinion, is balanced, sane, and thoroughly researched." --Bob Mumford, president of Lifechangers, Inc.


More About the Author

John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert, a multiple New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. His weekly e-newsletter, Thoughts From The Frontline, was one of the first publications to provide investors with free, unbiased information and guidance. Today, it is one of the most widely distributed investment newsletters in the world, translated into Chinese, Spanish and Italian. He is regularly seen on TV and in national print media. President of Millennium Wave Investments, he is the father of seven children (five adopted) and lives in Dallas, Texas.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Armed with "facts" from selective and questionable sources, Maudlin is not very convincing; if the Fed thought a "Y2K Recession" was on the short-term horizon, they would be lowering rates not raising them! Does Maudlin claim he has access to better information than Alan Greenspan?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
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Most investment books give theoretical information without many specifics. Mauldin does an excellent job of providing facts, details, recomendations, and even a glimpse of his personal investments. Now that is putting your money where your mouth is. If you believe in the premise, and Mauldin provides a good case why you should, then you'll love this book. If you you do not then at least you'll learn some good down-side investment strategies. Very few resources show you how to make money in a down market or give you a strategy for winning on the Don't Pass Line.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
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John Mauldin sounds the bell for creating a Bear market. The only investor who could benefit from such pessismistic "scenarios" will be Mauldin from the sale of this book. Do yourself a favor... don't short sell your wallet or your stock.
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Unlike most of the apocalyptic Y2K books, this one focuses on the personal finance and business consequences of Y2K. It's not about stockpiling canned goods and going off into the wilderness--to the contrary, it's much more optimistic, albeit cautionary, about the impact of Y2K on everyday life. Mauldin persuasively analyzes Y2K preparation (or lack thereof) in America and abroad; he predicts that the economic and financial problems will stem largely from overseas difficulties (ie. bank failures, business failures, disruptions of imports and materials and goods manufactured abroad), rather than from major US problems. Indeed, Mauldin sees the biggest y2K related problems in US government agencies (despite the recent report about 92% preparedness, which is b.s.). And so while he does forecast a turn downwards in the stock market, as well as significant numbers of failures of small businesses that cannot handle a disruption of say 2-5 months, he does not believe that the US will suffer an economic catastrophe or another Great Depression. This is a good book to read if you want to find some specific recommendations about what to do with your money over the next couple of years, both leading up to and following on from Y2K. It's also a book for small businesspeople who want to prepare themselves for potential disruptions in their business and their communities.
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This is the book I've been looking for to pull into focus what's happening and what could happen regarding the Y2K problem. Mauldin eloquently, yet in easy to understand language, explains the world of high finance--from stocks and mutual funds to bonds, gold, silver, CD's, money market funds, and hedge funds in general and in specific to the Y2K problem. He explains how it all effects the average person--he even provides a scenario for a married couple in their forties, who need to prepare for Y2K, and then another for a couple in their 50's in addition to what your business can do to prepare for the worst. This book provides a guide for everything from money and finances to storing a little extra water and food, candles, and medicine in the event of an extended outage of services and the percentage of the country that most likely would be affected. He discusses politics and economics, "pulling no punches" regarding dangerous philosophies of isolationism. He has a deep sense of history that colors his opinions of our Fed. political/economic policies and the world as a free market. His logic will challenge you to think and act responsibly in the face of the Y2K unknowns and possible chaos. If you read any Y2K book, this one should be your first choice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
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Yeah, I lost thousands because there were three zeros in the year. I'm so glad it's never going to be "Y2K" anymore. What a bunch of bull****.
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