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“[A] readable, persuasive book. . . . Recommended.”
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“This is a wonderful history and description of gold and it would be in everyone’s interest to understand its conclusion.”
(Eric Sprott, CEO, Sprott Asset Management)

“An outstanding book about the coming transfer of the economic world power due to the decline of the world supremacy of the United States. Written from an economic point of view it leads to the same result as in the famous book of Samuel Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations. Willem Middelkoop’s best book so far.”
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“Willem Middelkoop and The Big Reset is right in the thick of the action! Great book; awesome statistical reference to go along with the analysis.”
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About the Author

A system reset seems imminent. The world's financial system will need to find a new anchor before the year 2020. Since the beginning of the credit crisis, the US realized the dollar will lose its role as the world's reserve currency, and has been planning for a monetary reset. According to Willem Middelkoop, this reset will be designed to keep the US in the driver's seat, allowing the new monetary system to include significant roles for other currencies such as the euro and China's renminbi.

[-]Prepare for the coming Reset
[-]In all likelihood gold will be re-introduced as one of the pillars of this next phase in the global financial system. The prediction is that gold could be revalued at $ 7,000 per troy ounce. By looking past the American 'smokescreen' surrounding gold and the dollar long ago, China and Russia have been accumulating massive amounts of gold reserves, positioning themselves for a more prominent role in the future to come. The reset will come as a shock to many. The Big Reset will help everyone who wants to be fully prepared.

[-]Note: The Dutch edition titled De Big Reset will be published in April.

[-]Reviews
[-]"This is a wonderful history and description of gold and it would be in everyone's interest to understand it's conclusion." ---Eric Sprott

[-]"An outstanding book about the coming transfer of the economic world power due to the decline of the world supremacy of the United States. Written from an economic point of view it leads to the same result as in the famous book of the late Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington "The Clash of Civilizations". Willem Middelkoop's best book so far." --- Louk de Wilde, former CEO Fortis Switzerland

[-]"A fascinating book: The Big Reset by @ wmiddelkoop! Must Read!" --- Perry Feenstra, Head of Economics desk RTL News / RTL Z

[-]About the author
[-]Willem Middelkoop is a successful entrepreneur/investor and author of four books on investing and economics. He is founder of the Commodity Discovery Fund and a bestselling author, who has been writing about the world's financial system since the early 2000s. Between 2001 and 2008 he was a market commentator for RTL Television in the Netherlands and also appeared on CNBC. He predicted the credit crisis in his first bestseller in 2007. In total he sold over 100,000 books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (February 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9089645993
  • ISBN-13: 978-9089645999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a retired UC Berkeley finance professor, and (among other financial system excesses) I have become very concerned about the potential of a serious monetary disruption, going as far back as 2006. The international monetary situation has been a festering problem since 1971 (when Nixon took us off the gold standard), and little to nothing seems to have been done about it. Moreover, our monetary problems are connected to the fiscal deficit, the dollar maintaining global reserve currency status, the Fed, inflation, current account deficits, gold carry trades, and a host of other complex moving parts. There are several scenarios which could play out, and most of these involve a serious decline in American living standards, ranging from just middling-bad to catastrophic, and some of these processes are already well under way (as you no doubt have noticed). So this book could be highly relevant to your economic future.

Most of my friends' eyes just glaze over when I try to explain the issues, to the point where I have simply given up. So I was delighted to discover this book, which is highly accessible to the average reader. It contains a minimum of financial jargon; instead, it provides very clear and careful exposition of each area contributing to the overall problem. It is as if the author constructs a large mosaic by building out each important individual subject first, and then assembling these into an otherwise complex composition, so at the end you can stand back and fully comprehend (and accept) the complete picture.

Many books on similar subjects are marred by the use of inflammatory rhetoric, unsupported claims, and sweeping generalizations of doom-and-gloom. This book does none of that. Instead, it uses very calm and precise, if simple, language.
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Willem Middelkoop may not be a familiar name to Americans, but in his home country the Netherlands he is a renowned financial analyst, commodity fund owner, former journalist and most of all, an outspoken gold bug. He has written multiple books on the financial system as well as (peak) oil, all in dutch, which became bestsellers in his home country.
Willem Middelkoop's ‘finest’ hour came when shortly after he published his book “Als de dollar valt” (which gets a surprising translation as “If the dollar collapses”, instead of “When the dollar collapses” which is more in line with its core message), the financial crisis of 2007-2008 hit the world and the Dutch economy went seriously south. Numerous appearances on national television followed, where Willem Middelkoop was invited as the dutch Dr Doom, as he was, like Nouriel Roubini, one of the very few to predict the crisis and thus capable of explaining the world going crazy during those days of deepest financial turmoil.

The Big Reset then is his first book in English and he uses the occasion to summarize his earlier books, while providing an very interesting update (more on that later) on the central premise of his work: that all fiat currencies are mortal, the end for the dollar as sole world reserve currency is nigh and there is only 1 form of real money. The latter, you guessed it, is gold. All these changes are coming upon us as part of the ‘Big Reset’.

This may hardly be a new insight in today’s world, where the likes of Max Keiser, James Rickards, Marc Faber and others hit the spotlights regularly with their latest views on how the financial world stumbles from the one crisis to the next, but what this book brings to the table is a succinctly written yet complete overview of where it all began and how it will end.
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Here are the Chapter Listings

Chapter 1 - The History of Money
Chapter 2 - Central Bankers: The Alchemists of our Time
Chapter 3 - The History of the Dollar
Chapter 4 - A Planet of Debt
Chapter 5 - The War on Gold
Chapter 6 - The Big Reset (THIS CHAPTER AVAILABLE FREE - SEE LINK BELOW)
Epilogue
Appendix I - Demonetized Currencies (1700-2013)
Appendix II - Wall Street Fines (2000-2013)
Bibliography
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If you want Chapter 6 for free go my profile page.

If you are investing in the dinar, the dong or other currencies YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK. All fiat currencies fail, they have a 100% failure rate. Gold and silver will be part of the new world currency. Will SDR's be the new currency of the world? Will you have to get out of all paper currencies, paper gold and silver? The author goes into great detail about manipulation about various markets, specifically interest rates, gold, and silver.

The appendix is great because it shows all of the fines that various banks have had to pay since 2000, it totals $100 BILLION!

Example excerpt from the book:

Wells Fargo - $869 Million - 1 October 2013

To resolve disputes over faulty loans sold to the government-backed firm before 1 January 2009.

Other topics discussed include:

What is the origin of money?
What is Quantative Easing?
How is inflation calculated?
How did central banking start?
Who supervises central banks? (THIS IS GREAT)
Why did Europe accept the dollar system?
Is China still financing the US?
Is the renminbi ready to replace the dollar?
Is Switzerland still a monetary safe haven?
Will gold be part of the reset?
Does China understand the US war on gold?
Do we need to fear more financial repression?

There is so much more but not enough space to get into it. Trust me, get this book!
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