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The Little Book of the Shrinking Dollar: What You Can Do to Protect Your Money Now Hardcover – May 8, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118245255 ISBN-10: 1118245253 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118245253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118245255
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Also a good audio book.
Larry
If you don't understand the history of fiat currency, go ahead and buy it.
willd
Its a small book and an easy read but very informative.
guyb16

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Monetary policy and dollar debasement are not generally easy concepts to understand, but as an investor it is critical that these issues be factored into investment decisions. Addison Wiggin does an exceptional job of explaining what the Federal Reserve is doing with its Zero Interest Rate Policy and the various incarnations of Quantitative Easing. The highest praise that I can give this book is that it is actually an enjoyable read, reflecting a tight writing style with concise, yet informative chapters. This book will not make you feel good about our economic prospects going forward, but it offers sound advice to help you weather the coming storm.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By willd on August 2, 2012
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I understand finance and bought the book thinking that this would provide a lot of protective strategies. It doesn't.

The 'advice' starts on about page 200 of a 225 page book and is very general. This book is mainly a promo for signing up for the advice on the authors website i guess.

If you don't understand the history of fiat currency, go ahead and buy it.

I should have known better.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Madison on August 2, 2012
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The book is a nice quick read on the history of a devaluing dollar and how the Federal Reserve has contributed to this fiasco.
However, it also has a bit of bad information. For example they state that CPI's are doctored so that the COLA (cost of living adjustments)
for benefits are intentionally lowered by not including food and energy. But the SSA uses CPI-W for all items, as does the Federal Pension System.
They do not subtract Food and Energy. The most widely reported CPI, CPI-U, also includes all items.

Clearly the CPI indexes are lowered by other means which achieves the goal of lowering reported inflation rates, which was the point, but it is not from subtracting food.
It is from substitution of items, for example, and how they continue to revise calculations to lower inflation rates. Shadowstats does a good job of demonstrating how they do this.

Sometimes the Federal Reserve subtracts food and energy to argue for low inflation in regards to monetary policy, but it depends on which branch. They also use different indexes,
but COLA does not subtract food and energy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mwarren101 on December 22, 2012
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I bought this thinking it would be of assistance in figuring out my "shrinking dollar" I guess I don't make enough ti fit in with this "travel to South America for 'business' jet set". Drives me crazy, all these facts and figures? Not one source quote. Hey, I get money doesn't go as far. Government is creating the next big crash while blaming it on big banks and their CEOs, but how about some REAL advice. Sorry I bought this book now all doom and gloom with no real direction how to protect yourself by someone who is willing and even recommends cut and run when it gets bad? Well, how bad does it have to get? I am not headed out to Uruguay anytime soon with my family in tow. How about some real answers and not scare tactics. Not sayin he isn't right! Just doesn't provide any real illumination to really what to do. Got better advice from the Zombie Survival Guide (that's humor in case you missed it).

So you feel like you want to tell your friends what to do in the upcoming days? Give the aforementioned book, at least the scenarios in it are fictional with no supporting evidence. Just like this book I am reviewing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry on December 10, 2012
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The short version of this book:

The Fed prints money and devalues the dollar. Buy gold to hedge.

Lots of jabbering, very little in the solutions dept.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on February 2, 2013
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The authors' thesis is the value of US dollars is shrinking. This part is close to beating a dead horse, and nothing particular shocking at this point, for most readers who have heard of inflation and recent financial crisis. The alternative the authors advocate, to invest in gold , is less supported by empirical evidence and more speculative. With fiscal cliff crisis in 2012, the price gold did not go up, but went down a bit (-4.5%) in 2012.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Cochran on September 27, 2012
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This book re-hashed a lot of the same thing concerning inflation. I felt it did not give enough specific advise. There are financial subscriptions that would be a better place for money.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Flores on June 30, 2012
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A very quick read, which as stated, gives several diverse ways of protecting your money. Best thing to do is give it a quick read then return and highlight possible strategies that may benefit your current and future needs.
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