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Product Details

  • Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: GaveKal Research (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9889975211
  • ISBN-13: 978-9889975210
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Individual Investor on July 24, 2007
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The authors' location in Hong Kong gives this book a refreshing point of view which I appreciate because most of my financial reading is America centric. The book analyses the present financial and economic balance between the major economic blocks and explores various potential scenarios should things change.

The authors divide the world into four economic spheres for the purpose of their analysis: 1.- Asia, the workshop of the world with tightly controlled exchange rates to keep their currencies devalued. A change of that policy would have world wide repercussions. 2.- The Anglo world, leader in profits. Should the world economy blow up, the Anglo world will not be the detonator. 3.- Euroland, the socialist disaster waiting to happen. 4.- The rest of the world, essentially a bystander, mentioned only in passing.

In a sense, this is a sequel to "Our Brave New World" and if you have not read it, it would be good place to start before reading "The End Is Not Nigh."

I would suggest two corrections. On page 132 they show a graph "Tangible and Financial Assets as a % of Total Assets." If those numbers rely on GAAP accounting, they are wrong, I don't know by how much, but wrong they are. GAAP accounting expenses R&D which means that Windows, for example, is on the books at Microsoft at zero dollars. Clearly that is absurd. Windows is a capital investment for Microsoft, an investment that is producing revenue and profits. Windows should be included as "heavy" capital. The same applies to all other technology companies like Oracle, Apple and so on.

The second correction has to do with stock buybacks, page 136.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Reeves on February 22, 2009
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With the benefit of hindsight the premise of this book is very wrong. I read this awhile back thought it made a strong case for continued good economic times. A few of the main ideas required a significant leap of faith, which again has proven to be a mistake. The authors says it's okay that the liability side (corporations, governments etc) is going up because the asset side is going up more. Wrong, now that we clearly see the asset side was phony, corrupt and inflated with more leverage than anything real and lasting. Another big idea that made me cringe was the idea of letting certain people make massive amounts and to not complain when the amounts seem out of whack with any sense of fairness. Well, again, now we know very clearly though we knew some of this before, that much of this notion is a massive insider's game and many of these people detract value from society instead of adding any benefits, and really are only looking out for themselves.
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