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Just when you thought the dollar couldn't sink any further, it continues on a down-ward spiral. And now, with this fully revised and updated edition of The Demise of the Dollar, Addison Wiggin returns to reveal the many ways you can capitalize on this opportunity.

Picking up where the bestselling original edition left off, this engaging and entertaining book examines the many reasons behind the dollar's ongoing decline—including its structural flaws, the growing trade deficit, and the euro—and discusses the proper approaches to profiting from such a dynamic event. Along the way, you'll also discover how the dollar's slide will inevitably affect both world economies and your personal portfolio.

As the dollar continues to weaken, it has become clear that the impact is going to be significant as well as far reaching. The Demise of the Dollar . . . And Why It's Even Better for Your Investments will put this situation in perspective and provide you with the information needed to financially survive and thrive during the years ahead.

About the Author

Addison Wiggin is the Executive Publisher of Agora Financial, an investment research firm based in Baltimore, Maryland. Agora publishes The Daily Reckoning, a financial newsletter with more than 500,000 readers in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, and is translated daily into French, German, and Spanish (www.dailyreckoning.com). It has received praise from mainstream publications, including Money, New York Times Magazine, and MarketWatch.com. Mr. Wiggin is the author of the original edition of The Demise of the Dollar. He is also the Executive Producer and a writer of I.O.U.S.A., a feature-length documentary film nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film is inspired by the international bestsellers Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt, which he coauthored with Bill Bonner.

Chuck Butler is the President of EverBank World Markets (www.everbank.com) and author of The Daily Pfennig, a riveting daily wrap-up of the currency markets.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised and Updated Edition edition (April 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470287241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470287248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Cautious Investor on April 9, 2008
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I read the first edition in early 2006, and it's a little breathtaking how many of its big-picture prognostications have come to pass -- especially the collapse of the housing market and the dramatically shrinking purchasing power of the bills in our wallets. Now, as the dollar tanks to record lows relative to other currencies, and we're reaping the whirlwind of endless money and credit creation by the Federal Reserve, this new (and considerably updated) edition examines where we go from here.

If anything, the historical examples cited ring even more true with the passage of the last two years. And while the outlook going forward is bleak, it is absolutely not hopeless. For anyone who suspects this might be another "goldbug" head-for-the-hills sort of book, rest assured it's not. It concludes with a host of sensible suggestions that, yes, include gold, but also a number of other hedges against a falling dollar that are worth considering as your cash buys less and less every day.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on May 1, 2008
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I love the author's ability to explain complex topics in simple ways. The formula he gives for calculating GDP made a number of light bulbs go off in my mind as I truly understood the concept for the first time. This is not to say that I couldn't "explain or calculate GDP" before; it's just that this author's explanation made it so simple that true comprehension was achieved.

The catchy chapter titles and writing style make the book an enjoyable read even though the topic is heavy. While the book starts by painting a gloomy picture and then paints over this gloomy picture with fact after fact that are even more gloomy, he does not leave you there. There is some hope provided in the closing chapters of the book and, in reality, even the gloomy chapters give hope if one considers NOT living and doing the way those chapters describ our lives.

Excellent book to help you understand economics a little better and your economics specifically.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AG on May 24, 2008
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This book was really poorly written which is unfortunate because the author does seem to have some interesting ideas.

The summary of the book is that the dollar will continue to fall because of the trade deficit, budget deficit, national dept, foreign bond holdings and the fiat basis of the dollar. There is very little content on how to actually invest - and 80&% of it is in the last 10 pages.

The problem is the author with an almost tragic frequency goes from topic to topic and back again. Each time he analyzes the issues a few inches deep. If this was a lucid summary that would have been great, the problem is he frustratingly returns to the same few issues without adding any new depth or perspective. I wanted to throw the book at the wall a few times because I was wasting my time.

This book probably would have been much better as a 10 - 20 page paper.

My advice is to read through the last 10 pages or so at the book store and save your time and money.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Readaholic on June 3, 2008
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I regretted purchasing the book because I was looking for the author's concrete, systemic suggestions of what to do in a time of the dollar's demise. I was hoping for something like model portfolios or suggested portfolios and felt that in lieu of that the author's emphasis was on why we are in trouble and what the situation is. I was in the market for what to do about it. The other information I can easily find on Austrian School websites.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JR on June 1, 2008
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I found this book to be a page-turner and a quick read -- just one weekend.

This book is exactly what I wanted. Some reviews complain the book is too deep or not deep enough. That it has too much or too little investment advice. I'd say it's just right. The points are well-substantiated, but not boring, and the investment advice is both broad enough to offer options and targeted enough to be immediately useful.

I found out about it through his free email newsletter, Daily Reckoning. It's a great place to get familiar with his ideas and to help decide whether or not to buy the book.

Wiggin synthesizes historical trends, current news, and forward-looking concepts, all in one neat little package. It tackles a difficult and expansive topic in a way that's accessible and kind of fun. Beyond five stars, I'd rate Demise of the Dollar as a 9.7 out of ten. If you're interested in America's future, I recommend buying this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jed Smith on January 14, 2009
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Based on another viewers advice, I read the last chapter #8 that was 30 pages long. This is the real meat of the book for readers looking for how-to ideas. There are some very unique insights and several great ideas to consider how to prosper with the declining dollar, coming inflation, and how to invest short and long term. For example, you can bet against the dollar, the low ongoing Yield's of T-bills, invest in gold and energy, Australia whose natural resources will be needed by many including China, etc. The preceding chapters appear to be more background economic materials though I could be wrong since I did not read them and merely glanced through them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mariusz Skonieczny on August 14, 2009
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I wanted to read this book because the topic of the U.S. dollar falling has been all over the news. I like how the author of this book explained the history of how we got off the gold standard and persuaded U.S. trade partners to peg their currencies to the U.S dollar. He argues that the change, which was over 30 years ago, is one cause of economic problems today. The gold standard was a way for countries to fix the value of their currencies based on amounts of gold reserves.

After reading this book, readers can expect to feel scared. For example, he says:

"The consequences [of falling U.S. dollar] will be huge declines in the stock market, savings becoming worthless, and the bold market completely falling apart."

"As the value of the dollar falls, that dollar will no longer be worth a dollar; it will be worth only pennies on the dollar."

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market
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