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on June 17, 2014
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. It supports its claims and assertions with footnotes, and most of these "further-reading" footnote sources were already known to me, and I furthermore can attest to the balance and accuracy of most all of those sources.

My only issue with the author is the prescriptive portion of his conclusion, which recommends only the buying of gold and silver. While this step may certainly help, it is not a panacea by any stretch, and I would have preferred that the author either leave this out completely, provide a chapter on the many other methods of increasing your personal resiliency, or just simply point the reader to the many good sources found on the web for same.

Now I no longer waste time explaining the coming monetary reset and its significance to friends, I just advise them to buy this book. I've found that people rarely change their minds unless they do the work of learning, by themselves. If they cannot be motivated to do this bit of self education, they will deserve their fate. Buy this book. Much more importantly, read it.
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on January 30, 2014
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. In straightforward language, Willem Middelkoop manages to explain how the current financial system, with the dollar at its core, has been created and amended to fit the needs of the greatest nation on earth. People that have followed the writer’s publications over time will be familiar with his highly critical view of how the USA rules the world (some of his more extreme viewpoints are better not repeated here, as they are neither repeated in the book). To American readers, this viewpoint may be refreshing. Some readers will yet note the similarity with the works of say James Rickards, which he quotes to some length in the book. However, and this pure speculation from my end, it feels as if James Rickards is not always telling all he knows, as if he’s keeping lines open to be re-invited by the Pentagon for the next round of Currency War-gaming. Willem Middelkoop shows no such restraints (either way, Willem Middelkoop has been talking about the 'World Championship in Currency Debasing' long before Currency Wars came out).

This book 'The Big Reset' is structured as a long Q&A session, which I like a lot as the questions are spot on and similar to the ones you and I are having. Each answer takes little over 1 page, so it's possible to take the information in little bits and pieces, with no need to read the book front to back in linear order. It is also well written, making it an easy and leisury read, with the occasional inclusion of graphs and tables to substantiate the text. At the end of the book an interesting list of all demonetized currencies is provided, along with the cause for the demise. The list is surprisingly long. Finally, a handy list of reference readings is included for anyone willing to dive deeper in the multitude of (financial) subjects discussed throughout the book.

So what is the core message from the author? The current financial system is no longer working, debt burdens are unsustainable and a big reset of the entire system is imminent. In fact, it is not just imminent, but actively being orchestrated, with the powers that be working behind the scenes to define the new world order to come out of the ashes of the old. According to Willem Middelkoop, the USA is still very much at the steering wheel. The dollar, thus, will still play a key role in the new system, but this time it will be joined by a basket of other currencies such as the Renminbi, Yen, Euro, Pound along with an important role for IMF’s Special Drawing Rights and, you guessed it again, gold. In a very interesting Chapter 6, Willem Middelkoop makes the compelling case that this new monetary system is concocted in a big deal between the two financial world powers: the US and China. Rumors about gold price manipulation, China’s stockpiling the bullion in vaults in the big Apple, Germany not getting all of its gold back any time soon; odd snippets of financial news all make sense after reading this book...

In the end, what does the reader take away from this book? The writer never states it explicitly, but it is written between every line of this book: make sure to own some of that gold. You will be well prepared, when (not if) the upcoming Big Reset takes the markets and your neighbors by surprise.

A highly recommended read.
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on February 14, 2014
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
Appendix I - Demonetized Currencies (1700-2013)
Appendix II - Wall Street Fines (2000-2013)

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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on March 30, 2014
A book that I really wanted to keep reading - and get back to quickly. It seems more like a compilation of writings than one message, which actually lead to in some side observations that I found of big value. For instance he briefly mentioned that Iran, Irag, Libya, and Syria all went off the 'dollar only' policy for oil sales - the same list of countries that the USA made a sales pitch for changing leadership! Being Dutch Middelkoop brings fresh views versus the American media.
It is an easy read, quite quick, but substantial. The author is perhaps more of a gold bug and alarmist than many might agree with but he nonetheless provides a logical and level headed look into the near future and a less dollar denominated era. The arguments are sound in general.
It has been a while since I had a book I did not want to put down and this was one of those.
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on March 15, 2014
This book has a lot of information in it and has nearly everything footnoted from what I can see. Much is based on fact and not the authors opinion etc. You will definitely be surprised by much of what's in the book and the references supplied to do your own due diligence etc. We live in a Ponzi scheme and much is manipulated in the financial circles. This book has the power to ruin your life as it lets pandora secret at the box. Or if you believe knowledge is power and decide to do something with it then it may save your life...Metaphorically speaking.. It's an easy read in my opinion and provides the stepping stones for further research, thought and discussion. Not something your going to discuss at a party...many people want to be in the dark, they feel better about things when they don't know , after your read this book you will know or be validated how fragile the system can be...
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on March 15, 2014
This book is a faster read than most on the subject. It does pull in all the current data and thoughts about gold from the headlines with some history along the way. This is a good first book to read about gold and money. The next step is to follow Jim Rickards and his books and his twitter account for more deeper thought on the macro view of what is going on. Being a good beginners book, I do wish every American would read this and then follow/read Jim Rickards. Good Luck in the fourth turning everyone!!!!
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on April 25, 2015
I have a shelf of financial books on the Feds demise of our money and what is "coming." This volume is a bit different because it is written by a European author, and he brings his global perspective to the table. Most us us "Yanks" don't have a clue what the rest of the world think about how the financial world has played out since WWII. Because the US dollar has always been king. This is what was different about this book. it's from a European"reset" interpretations. Yea, there is some repetition about historical material a nd the US government and it's agenda, but that ain't all bad. Most of us need to hear from a number of sources that the reset is coming to believe that it is indeed a reality. I've read worse volumes with the same message.
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on August 2, 2015
Just getting started educating myself in this area, researched many books and found this to be an excellent "primer", or first read on the topic. Well laid out, fact based and easy to read & digest. Read through it in two days, will read again and continue to use as a reference when necessary. Recommended.
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on November 23, 2014
On the positive, the book is an easy read and a good and timely introduction to the topic. A number of interesting observations is being provided and relevant questions being raised.

Where I find the book to come short relates to its organization and its analysis:

The book contains a number of pamphlets / short topics, each beginning with a question and ending with a brief discussion related to the question, often including citations from elsewhere. All too many times I find that the subsequent discussion is too shallow to properly address the question. Moreover, rather than being served occasionally quite extensive text inserts / citations from external sources I would have preferred to have the author's consolidated view of the challenges at hand. As it is now, the content more resembles a number of more or less related blog postings with occasional external text inserts. I get the impression of navigating articles on a financial blog portal rather than having an author's effort to present a coherent view of the topic.

In my view a part of the book that contributes little is Appendix II with its huge list of issued Wall Street Fines. Also, the organization of "Appendix I - Demonetized Currencies" is odd as it is neither organized by year of demonetization nor by name of country nor by name of currency. In my Kindle edition, the practical reading of book ended at 70%, the remaining 30% consists of some tables and the mentioned huge list and is adding to the page count without providing much further insights.
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on July 18, 2014
Is their a need to hold precious metals, principally gold and silver? Should this be part of your emergency fund, IRA, pension plan? How will a decline in purchasing power affect your retirement plan? These are questions you should be asking your CFP or retirement planer, but read this book first.
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