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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118011341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118011348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unless you're a Wall Street banker or a Fortune 500 CEO, times are tough—tougher than they've been in eighty years. But take heart, you can survive and thrive in a global economic meltdown. And you don't need a Ph.D. in economics or a crystal ball. All you need is your own good common sense, plus the knowledge and tools this book gives you to help you protect your assets, boost your income, and build wealth even in the worst of times.

Helping folks persevere through hard times is a Weiss family tradition. J. Irving Weiss, author Martin D. Weiss's father, was a legendary economist and financial advisor who accurately predicted the Great Depression and helped his grateful clients survive—and even thrive—in the worst of times. Likewise, Martin D. Weiss, founder and Chairman of the nation's leading, truly independent rating agency, has helped hundreds of thousands of investors and consumers avoid the financial dangers all around us. He not only predicted the recent debt crisis, but specifically named, well in advance, which large companies were most likely to fail, including Washington Mutual, Wachovia Bank, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, General Motors and even Citigroup.

Yes, the U.S. government bailed out many of the failed companies. But in this book, Weiss shows how those bailouts have created new, even greater risks for investors—unexpected events ahead that you cannot only sidestep, but also turn to your great financial advantage.

In this extensively updated and expanded edition of his recent New York Times bestseller, Martin Weiss offers the same rigorous analysis and spot-on advice with which he's served his clients and subscribers so well for so many years. In plain English, he provides up-to-the-minute coverage of the very latest events sweeping the U.S. and the globe—runaway public deficits, spreading sovereign debt disasters, and the desperate attempts by governments to prop up the world economy. He:

  • Exposes the scams and self-serving deceptions brokers, banks, insurance companies, and ratings agencies employ to hide the true risks of investments and rope investors into jeopardizing their financial futures

  • Shows how to identify the true value of stocks, bonds, real estate, insurance, and other investments and design a strategy best suited to your goals and budget

  • Gives step-by-step advice on stocks, bonds, real estate, and funds, as well as immunizing 401(k)s and annuities

  • Explains the excellent investment opportunities available overseas—especially in Asia and Latin America—and how to capitalize on them

  • Provides continual support and the latest critical information, online, with follow-up emails(sign up at

  • Gives you a free tool for tracking a truly independent and unbiased rating of YOUR stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), banks, and insurers at

Especially in times like these, you are the only one you can trust to protect your financial security. The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression arms you with what you need to survive and thrive, no matter what the future brings.

From the Back Cover

"Absolutely provocative! Martin Weiss's prediction of the current economic crisis is uncanny. A must-read for the investor who wants to know what happens next!"—CHRISTOPHER RUDDY, Editor,

"Martin Weiss was 'the first to warn of the dangers and say so unambiguously.'"—THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Depressions don't happen very often. Psychologically and practically, people are never prepared for them. Martin Weiss has done an excellent job of helping readers understand what they must do to adapt to the grim realities of a depressed economy."—BILL BONNER, President and CEO, Agora Financial LLC; bestselling author of Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets and Empire of Debt

"Weiss is 'the leader in identifying vulnerable companies.'"—BARRON'S

"The author's father, Irving Weiss, was a historian of deflation. It's a shame he is not around to see the result of the unrestrained credit expansion that he so consistently warned against. Fortunately, his son carried on the legacy of his father with intelligence and aplomb."—ROBERT R. PRECHTER, Jr., author of Conquer the Crash

"In a lively and informative read, veteran investment analyst Martin Weiss provides meaningful insight into the financial dangers confronting us and serves up a course of action to avoid further wealth destruction."—DAN DORFMAN, financial columnist and commentator

"Dr. Weiss shares with us his unequaled advice for investors during these frightening times. The valuable insight in this book is vital information for all investors looking for safe harbor in a very choppy ocean."—KEVIN KERR, Editor, Global Commodities Alert

"This is Weiss's best book ever and so appropriate for the tough times! He tells all the steps we need to take now to protect ourselves and our families from financial disasters."—STEVE CROWLEY, Host, American Scene Radio and WallStreetCast

"Martin's work is always clear, direct, and actionable. Read this book and you'll have a plan for growing your wealth rather than losing it in the difficult period ahead."—ADDISON WIGGIN, Executive Publisher, Agora Financial LLC; author of I.O.U.S.A.

More About the Author

Martin D. Weiss is one of the nation's leading providers of a wide range of investment information. He is chairman of The Weiss Group, Inc. which consists of four separate corporations, including Weiss Research, Inc., the publisher of the Safe Money Report. The Weiss companies have helped thousands of individuals make informed investment decisions and objectively discriminate between strong and weak stocks, insurance companies, HMOs, banks and S&Ls.

Dr. Weiss began his career in 1971 when he founded Weiss Research, dedicated to evaluating the safety of financial institutions and investments for consulting clients. After spending two years in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar studying management techniques at Japanese financial institutions, Dr. Weiss returned to the United States in 1980 to begin issuing formal safety ratings on banks and savings institutions. His firm issued the first independent insurance ratings in 1989, the first ratings of brokerage firms in 1992, and the first HMO ratings in 1994.

Acclaimed for his accurate, objective evaluations, Dr. Weiss has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, and network news programs, including The Today Show. He has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire Magazine, Money, Business Week, Fortune, and The Institutional Investor. Plus, books by Weiss have been published in Japanese and serialized in major Japanese business magazines and newspapers such as Economisto and the Japan Economic Journal. Articles have also appeared in the London Spectator and other European economic journals.

His Weiss Ratings, based largely on the Weiss proprietary computer model, has won acclaim by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) for having beaten the competition by three to one in accuracy.

Dr. Weiss has testified before Congress and the National Conference of Insurance Legislators regarding insurance company stability, where he has proposed legislation requiring full financial disclosure to the consumer. He testified before the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations when it considered the financial difficulties befalling Blue Cross/Blue Shield member companies. He is also a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at major investment seminars in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Dr. Weiss presented to the National Press Club his solution for eliminating the conflicts of interest rampant in the brokerage industry.

Dr. Weiss is the editor of the financial newsletter, Safe Money Report, known for its track record in picking major turns in interest rates. Dr. Weiss also serves as editor or co-editor for a number of Premium Services. He is also the author of The Ultimate Safe Money Guide: How Everyone 50 and Over Can Protect, Save and Grow Their Money and Crash Profits: How to Make Money When Stocks Sink AND Soar.

Martin Weiss holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard Stooker on September 28, 2011
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1. This contains lots of useful practical information, such as the advice on selling houses in a bad market, or holding on to your house if you wish, or checking on the financial strength of banks and life insurance companies.

2. Early on he emphasizes the importance of reducing and then eliminating debt.

3. His advice for holding cash is as "safe" as it gets from everything -- except inflation.

4. He reminds readers there will be better times after the disaster, and you can get wealthy in them.

5. He restricts his recommendation to buy gold to 10% of your portfolio.

6. He documents the extent of our debt problems, and includes derivatives.

7. He stresses the need to avoid risk.

8. He recommends buying stocks that pay dividends, though implies you should do so only after the crash.


1. He recommends leveraged inverse Exchange Traded Funds to profit from market crashes. They are a form of debt and quite risky given that you can't know exactly when markets will crash.

2. He recommends currency ETFs. I agree with the concept of diversifying out of the US dollar, but why not certificates of deposit in other currencies so you at least earn some interest?

3. He wants you to get out of stocks now, before the crash, although he has no idea when it will happen. He's been predicting deflation for many years.

4. Much of his advice relies on the reader successfully timing the market and the economy. For example, the advice to buy some gold will work only if done so while government is still successfully inflating economy by injecting trillions of dollars into it.

Once a deflationary crash comes, gold will crash with it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ron on March 18, 2011
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every investor should rely on himself and solicit advise but evaluate it based on knowledge he acquires himself or herself. after dealing with different financial advisers over the years i came to the conclusion that i am more interested in my financial future than they are. this book provides excellent information and assists with the continued learning process.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PattyLu on May 20, 2011
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This book has down to earth advice for those of working age in handling their money. I am a retired senior and have depended for years on Dr. Weiss's advice contained in "The Ultimate Safe Money Guide." When "The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression" by Dr. Weiss appeared on Amazon, I purchased it immediately because I hold him in such high regard for honesty and knowledge. However, when it arrived I found it loaded with excellent information for the working-age person, but not for me since I am in a "no risk" investment category which for me means investing only in CDs. Dr. Weiss does offer information on low risk investments, but for me it is best that I stay with no risk. I discovered that I am a "no risk" person by taking the test contained in "The Ultimate Safe Money Guide."

If you are a person of working age, I cannot recommend Dr. Weiss's book "The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression" more highly. In fact, I urge you to purchase and read it so that you have a working knowledge of the world of finance as it applies to you.

As you approach retirement age, I recommend you purchase "The Ultimate Safe Money Guide" so you get a head start on handling your money in retirement.
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Martin D. Weiss is at it once again, and with The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession, and Depression--basically a newly updated edition of his, The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide which has been a huge hit and a long time bestseller.
With this new title, Weiss gives us his insight and opinion as to why the U.S. economy continues to slump, and why a rising and currently high unemployment rate -he says actually higher than we are even being told- coupled with increased government spending is likely going to take our country into a soon coming, and worse (as he calls it), double-dip recession, affecting more of our people than even the most recent one has.

Even more so than is usually the case in his writings, Weiss provides up-to-date coverage of the global events that are shaping the coming times of turmoil, and explains why the path our country is on can only lead to economic problems of epic proportions. Martin D. Weiss may not be telling of a time most of us want to envision or believe, but he sure makes the right points that will convince most readers that he is right on the money.

In these pages Weiss, exposes the horrible and sometimes seemingly ruthless ways that so many "money handlers" treat the American people. From fund managers to stock brokers to insurance companies and even real estate developers and funding companies are taking advantage of some of us. He also explains why this happens and how our government cannot really do much to keep us safe from these characters who most of us do business with on a frequent basis.
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