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Crash Profits: Make Money When Stocks Sink and Soar! 1st Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 072-3812484669
ISBN-10: 0471429988
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Secrets To Safely Growing Richer In Troubled Times–From New York Times Business Bestselling Author Martin D. Weiss, PhD

In Crash Profits, Dr. Weiss weaves a compelling story of Wall Street’s deceit, crimes, and blunders that gave birth to today’s treacherous investing environment. His story then crosses into the future, painting a vivid and alarming picture of the potential damage these misdeeds and mistakes could continue to cause for your stock, bond, and real estate investments in the months ahead. Best of all, Dr. Weiss gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to make PROFITS–both while the market is falling and when it recovers.

With against-the-grain attitude, seasoned market wisdom, and a fast-reading narrative style, Crash Profits outlines TEN practical strategies that will help you secure a bright financial future regardless of your age or financial situation. Using real examples fresh from today’s latest events, this invaluable guide provides a practical plan to protect you from losses and get you started immediately on a fast track to recovery and profits. With Crash Profits you will . . .

  • Never get crushed by falling stock prices again
  • Protect the value of your home and real estate
  • Win while everyone else is losing

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If continuing corporate collapses, Wall Street lies, and economic uncertainties have left you wondering whom to trust and what to do with your hard-earned money, the time to take action is now. Immediately stop any losses, get on a fast track to recovery, and potentially make more money in the next few years than most investors made in the 1990s.

Author Martin Weiss has built a national reputation as a fiercely independent critic of Wall Street practices and as the one advisor showing hundreds of thousands of investors how to make solid profits even while most others are losing their shirts. His previous bestseller, The Ultimate Safe Money Guide, gave readers the know-how to invest wisely and cautiously. Now, in Crash Profits, Weiss arms you with the tools and techniques to profit both while the market is falling and when the market recovers.

Crash Profits gives you . . .

  • The proven methods to profit from a stock market crash
  • Seven practical strategies for building wealth in any environment
  • Fifty stocks you should sell immediately–plus advice on how to sell
  • Six steps to take right away to protect the value of your home and real estate
  • More than seventy-five safe alternatives for your money, so you can sleep nights
  • Practical ways to protect your job, reduce debt, and save more
  • Specific instructions to turn economic disasters into great opportunities for profit

The message of Crash Profits is original, powerful, and comprehensive. Pick up this book and learn how to win in the market and the economy while nearly everyone else is losing.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471429988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471429982
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David J. Gannon on January 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Martin D. Wiess' Crash Profits: Make Money When Stocks Sink and Soar! is really two books in one. On one hand it is a review-and very stinging commentary-of the shenanigans that corporate executives and Wall Street investment bankers have engaged in over the past decade that have done so much to undermine investor confidence in the markets. On the other hand it is an "investment guide for hard times" which-as all such endeavors do-assures the reader of sure fire profits in the future.
This book works much better as social commentary. Mr. Weiss is a well known, very credible and knowledgeable critic of Wall Street. Here he presents a very well constructed picture of just how the excesses of recent time came about and how they have affected investment environments. His stinging indictment of the corporate world not only effectively relates events but also provides a very detailed picture of how these events have affected the average investor's views and outlook vis-à-vis the markets.
As an investment vehicle the book leaves much to be desired, as most of these books do. The problem is these books are aimed at the "average" investor but, like so many of its predecessors, it focuses on the wrong aspects of economic life in the middle class. It's not that the investment advice given is particularly flawed, it's that it fails to provide the guidance that is really needed at this point in time to really improve the economic lot of the middle class family. It talks endlessly of "investment" and virtually ignores debt, which in point of fact is the real scourge of the middle class' economic status. The "average" middle class family has approximately $40,000 a year in family income. It also has approximately $5000 in outstanding credit card debt.
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We retired exactly one year ago, and again, last year we made money from our financial assets - not much, but it beats many of our friends and associates. Our success is attributable to two basic sources, John Mauldin's free weekly newsletter (Millennium Wave Online) and Dr. Weiss' previous book, "The Ultimate Safe Money Guide". Between these two intellectual perspectives of the dynamics of our economic and political environments, my wife and I walk away with a stronger gut feel for why, how and where to protect our nest egg.
Dr. Weiss' new book is like reading one of the "Left Behind" series - but, his is a story developed around plausible outcomes of world events that seem to be developing as we speak.
The book enlightens the reader about the atmosphere of greed and corruption surrounding specific corporations, especially the analysts, brokerage firms and institutions who colluded to implement their strategies. The book gives you a "heads up" to where to park your assets. It also gives you an awareness of the necessity to filter information that you are exposed to when making financial decisions. For example, we watch CNN's L. Dobbs Report every day, but we also know that a major brokerage firm sponsors the show, thus we filter accordingly.
In summary, Dr. Weiss' two books mentioned above are "must reads" especially for those of you near or in retirement.
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By combining fiction with non-fiction, Dr. Weiss' had made his extremely bearish outlook a page turner. Advice on protecting yourself from loss during such a crisis is coupled with stratgies allowing you to prosper.
By now, it is common knowledge that many in the financial community gave bad advice to public investors with the sole purpose of lining their own pockets. Weiss' description of those abuses is worth the retelling, as it offers an additional warning to all of us.
Whether you agree with his outlook or not, there is much to be gained from reading this book. His suggestions on keeping your assets in the safest banks, money market funds and brokers is sound advice for everyone. Weiss provides lists of those safer institutions.
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By way of explanation, I read an excerpt from this book in a popular tout sheet and bought it merely to pad my order to get to the free shipping level. What a mistake. (The lesson here is to just pay your shipping charge and be done with it).
My own personal view of the equity markets is one of a longer term secular bear market and I�ve been trading options for a number of years so I should be sympathetic to Weiss� thesis. However, all of Weiss� insight in this area is summarized in 15 rules covering 4-1/2 pages. While mostly accurate, there are some glaring errors, e.g. Rules 3 and 4 advising you to avoid contracts of a certain price range. Option prices are based on the cost of the underlying shares so to avoid contracts over $500 is to limit yourself from companies with high share prices with potentially the most room to fall.
Perhaps I was expecting him to elaborate on some other bear option strategies, but all he offers is buying puts. As for directly short-selling (the only other way to benefit from �crash� markets) all he says is �don�t do it�. He fails to sufficiently describe the time decay problem with long options in his 15 rules. E.g. with respect to the interminable Japanese bear market, simply long puts may not have made you any money because of the graceful but inexorable decline punctuated with sharp rallies. You would have needed a bear-neutral strategy. The problem is that with a preponderance of contracts at a certain strike, the market makers may ride the underlying shares past the expiry so that they all close worthless.
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