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The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy Hardcover – September 25, 2012

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Q& A with the Authors

David Wiedemer
  1. Who should read this book?
  2. Remember the stock market crash and global financial crisis of 2008? That was just a sneak preview of the worldwide economic downturn that is ahead. How do we know that? Because we wrote the books that predicted not only the 2008 crisis, but the even larger global economic Aftershock that is still to come. Anyone interested in protecting themselves now and during the dangerous economic changes ahead should read The Aftershock Investor.

  3. Why have so many readers responded so positively to the first two editions of Aftershock? Aren't we having an economic recovery?
  4. Sometimes when a storm is coming, some people notice it sooner than others. The first two Aftershock books have sounded an early warning to those who would listen. These books accurately predicted the fall of the real-estate bubble, the 2008 stock market crash, and our current economic problems, revealing that the so-called current "recovery" is no more than the temporary boost of massive government stimulus that will later make the coming crash all the worse. Most people will ignore the warning signs until it is too late, but for those lucky enough to see it coming, The Aftershock Investor will guide you through.

  5. What can readers learn from this book that they can't get anywhere else?
  6. Because no other book is based on the correct and most comprehensive macroeconomic view of what is happening over time, The Aftershock Investor is the only book that can not only explain what is occurring and why, but also provides detailed advice and insights regarding what to do about it and when to do it. Unlike in previous Aftershock books that focused on why these changes are happening and what is coming next, The Aftershock Investor goes even further to offer in-depth chapters on exactly what you need to know to protect assets and grow investments. For example, when to exit stocks, what bonds are safer and when will they become less safe, how to make wise real estate decisions, why and how to buy gold, what to do about annuities, whole life insurance, retirement, and much more.

  7. Will this book really help readers do anything differently than they are doing right now?
  8. Yes! The Aftershock Investor reveals an entirely new way of protecting assets and changing your investment strategies to match the changing economy, both now and in the future. The old ways of investing are over. Not only are we facing a falling multibubble economy due to decades of slowing US productivity growth, we now have a falling world bubble economy, as well. To survive and thrive in this evolving investment environment takes changing your thinking and changing your investment approach.

From the Inside Flap

The real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles have already burst, and there is more trouble on the horizon. That's the hard truth that David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer, and Cindy Spitzer—the authors who predicted the 2008 financial crisis—revealed in their books America's Bubble Economy in 2006, Aftershock in 2009, and bestseller Aftershock, Second Edition in 2011.

Now, in The Aftershock Investor, they're back with new information on what the future holds, and advice on what you need to do to survive—and even thrive—in the years ahead. The definitive guide to investing your money in today's turbulent markets with an eye to the future, The Aftershock Investor is filled with the practical knowledge you need to keep your money safe. From what to do with your home to what to do with your cash, this invaluable book is filled with fresh investment insights that you can start putting into practice right away.

Taking an in-depth look at the current and future global economic climate, the book covers such key issues as what's next for stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and other assets, why recent actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve will eventually damage the dollar, the economy, and much more.

Packed with detailed investment advice on real estate, retirement, annuities, life insurance, and buying gold and silver before, during, and after the impending crisis, The Aftershock Investor is full of prescient insights about what you can do to protect—and grow—your money as the next round of global asset bubbles burst.

Those who heeded the authors' earlier warnings were able to successfully ride out the financial crisis of 2008 and even cash in during the years that followed. Now The Aftershock Investor offers readers a second chance for protection and profit from what is yet to come.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118073541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118073544
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a completely different "sky is falling" Book. It is worth reading for its original and well researched point of view.

This Book is intended to be a 2012 edition of an earlier published book. In many cases the Author has updated the Book. In some cases, he has not. For example, the Author writes, on page 52, "No investment outlook written in mid-2012 would be complete without some mention of the upcoming presidential election." This indicates that the Book is current as of July-August 2012. Yet a few paragraphs later, he writes "Overall, 2012 should bring us short bouts of excitement followed by long periods of relative boredom--kind of like 2011." Huh? This indicates the book was written in 2011, and is predicting events that will take place in 2012. Incidentally, this statement occurs in Chapter 2, which is supposed to update the Book to mid-2012. There are just enough passages that have not been updated that make you wonder where else the Author has been sloppy. Personally, I found this issue to be irritating, but not fatal. The Author provides such an original view point, so contrary to what he calls the "Conventional Wisdom", that the Book is worth reading.

If you are looking for specific investments to protect yourself, don't buy the Book. The Author is, in some ways, no different than many other authors of similar books in that he wants you to sign up for his newsletter, individualized investment management, etc. [See the Author's website--it's not hard to find]. About half way through the Book there is a specific pitch for the Author's individual investor services and website and newsletter. This type of 'bait-and-switch' always rubs me the wrong way.
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There have been quite a few of these books the last few years, and these authors are hardly the only ones that warned of the house of cards. A much more practical book to help you make some informed investments for the next few years is John Mauldin's "the little book of bull's eye investing." Traditional investing strategies don't work so well in a bear market, but if you look for value in growth plus dividends you might even make some Benjamin's. if you want to better understand why and how we are in the present mess you might find Mauldin's book "Endgame" more valuable. I have read most of the doom and gloom investment books on the market for the last five or six years, and Mauldin seems to have the clearest insight and valuable advice.
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While I think these macroecomics experts have their hearts in the right place, truth be told, there is very little investment advice in this book. They detail, over and over and over again, the problems with a goverment debt laiden "house of cards" world economy, but they give readers little to no advice on how to act to minimize the effects of the coming inflationary period or depression and its aftershock.
I worry that this book is only a self serving promotion of their own investment services due to how little actual advice is given in the book which for Nonpersonalized advice costs 5o dollar a month!
The book uses phrases like "aftershock-proof" portfolio(page 243) but then gives no investments that are aftershock proof at all. The authors even state that huge insurance coorporations like Northwestern Mutual that weathered the Great Depression and managed to keep paying all those they owed are not safe from the "Aftershock."
I found very little useful advice and ALOT of continued attempts to convince the reader what i bet most already know, that there are severe flaws with our U.S. and world economy which will lead to a profound "correction" in market valuation of everything from the stock market to the U.S. Dollar.
This books vague nonspecific advice boils down to hope to keep playing the game by the traditional rules for now, but get out before the game ends, cause then all you can do is stock pile gold. The authors came just short of advising one to collect guns and build a bunker, but my guess is one or more of the authors has a doomsday bunker. The truth is, if the aftershock is the collapse of the markets which are all bubbles, then there is nothing you can do to protect yourself.
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While agreeing with other reviewers regarding the redundancy in this book, and its lack of good investing advice, I have some additional concerns. Having been right once, the authors seem intent on riding their horse for all it's worth. Every time their analysis appears headed towards contradicting their thesis, the analysis abruptly halts or detours. In chapter 3 they discuss the myth of the American natural growth rate, as they call it. While they are correct in assuming that there is no such thing, to discount the phenomenon without further analysis seems remiss. My own thought is that this presumed natural growth rate is a result of an American culture of entrepreneurialism that should not be discounted without good reason.

My next complaint is with the chapter on real estate. While they note that we aren't growing any more land and that therefore the supply is becoming more constrained, they proceed to assert that a true price of real estate should be parallel to inflation. Their conclusion about supply is both right and wrong. Not only is there less land as it gets developed, but much land is being removed for preservation and other non-development purposes. However, this is leading to more vertical development and increased densities, but at increased cost. The authors also fail to note that a house today has many more amenities than a house of the same square feet fifty years ago. I have seen a good report on this subject in the past, but was unable to track anything down at this time. The authors also fail to account for the cost of environmental regulation and local government exacting of fees to cover the cost of improved roads, utilities, schools, and even parks that goes into today's housing prices in some markets.
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