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Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Praise for Crash Proof and Crash Proof 2.0
"Schiff was warning us about our fragile economic foundation long before the first cracks started to appear. There are plenty of market cheerleaders out there, but if you want advice from a market realist who has been proven right again and again, read this book."
—Glenn Beck, host, The Glenn Beck Program
"The dot-com implosion proves that we all need Peter Schiff's vision of investing. His view is so global and so unique in its approach, and at a time when we all should be looking to crash-proof our portfolios, Schiff offers us this much-needed life-raft."
—Liz Claman, anchor, Fox Business Network
"For those accustomed to America's economic dominance, Crash Proof is a frighteningly forthright wake-up call. But Peter Schiff is one Cassandra whose voice deserves your rapt attention. Devoid of the usual Wall Street spin, this frank and prophetic read will make you reconsider the very foundations on which your financial house is built."
—Jonathan Hoenig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC and Fox News Channel analyst
"Schiff does an outstanding job of outlining the dangers to individual investors of the current economic environment and presents a plausible plan about how to deal with the risks."
—David W. Tice, Chief Portfolio Manager, Prudent Bear Funds
"A sober assessment of the financial problems facing our country. Reading this book will prepare you for potential outcomes that Wall Street and the mainstream financial media are completely unaware of."
—Bill Fleckenstein, founder and President of Fleckenstein Capital and MSN.com Money columnist
Schiff Discusses the Latest Worldwide Financial Crises
The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof is no longer hypothetical—it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0—Providing everything you need to protect your money.
About the Author
Peter D. Schiff is a seasoned Wall Street prognosticator best known for his accurate predictions of the performance of the stock market, commodities, gold, and the dollar. He is one of the few unbiased investment advisors to have predicted the current bear market and positioned his clients accordingly. Schiff began his career at Shearson Lehman and joined Euro Pacific Capital in 1996, becoming President of the firm in 2000. He appears frequently on Fox Business News, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. Schiff is also the author of the original edition of Crash Proof as well as The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets, both published by Wiley.
John Downes is coauthor of the bestselling Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, Barron's Finance and Investment Handbook, and Beating the Dow. He lives in Poughquag, New York.
Top customer reviews
The likes of Schiff, Ron Paul, Nouriel Roubini, the Agora Group and others not only continue to make a great deal of sense but time is showing a growing crisis. This book has been updated to reflect many of the changes which have taken place since the writing of the first book plus added fairly substantial amounts of new research/content of interest.
The content is reader friendly, easy to understand and conversational in style. A brief history and overview is provided for those new to the discussion while those with more familiarity will still appreciate the updated statistics etc... Data is provided to support assertions including a few charts etc but are helpful not complex. Schiff provides a very solid explanation on where he stands with inflation and why including his definition of inflation. For those more versed in the ongoing debate - inflation vs deflation remains a sticking point among many investors. For the average American this is not a minor consideration when it comes to deciding what to do with your investment dollar, debt or money in general. Schiff tackles what he considered the "bogus deflation threat" head-on...an essential consdieration for every investor. Whether you agree or disagree - it is certainly worthy to review the rationale with a "what if" attitude before making a final decision as to your financial future.
Peter Schiff goes on to discuss various investments and risk(s) as well as provide an update of where we are in the predicted cycle. Closely coupled with this is a frank and fairly harsh overview of the current economic policy being put into place by D.C. combined with the status of consumer debt, corporate status etc...it does not paint a pretty picture or leaves much room for optimism but goes on to tackle specific investments including....
- TIPS (the problems)
- Currency Exchange
- Mutual Funds
- Cash Accounts
Bottom Line - a worthy read for new investors, good updates for those that have read the first version. Whether you agree or not, Schiff presents important considerations every investor will want to keep in mind and does so in an easy to read method.
Just remember that this book was written in 2006/2007 and the 2009 updates are at the end of each chapter.
This country may have gone past the point of no return. I don't know and pray not. But, if there is any hope, I think it will be because people like Peter Schiff understand and speak the truth and get through to our leaders. But that will be a tough job. Most of them don't want to deal with the truth.
But when it comes to actual investment implementation, Peter Schiff tries to sell you on his "easy to get started and into" own "Euro Pacific Capital (EPC)" foreign investment firm (for easy foreign high-dividend stocks supposedly yielding better than US high-dividend stocks, and easy foreign currency holdings yielding supposedly better than US cash holdings, etc.), but EPC takes a 4.5% upfront account opening fee which is totally outrageous, and then another yearly fee. Peter Schiff's book "Crash 2.0" reports expected 8% returns on foreign investments, but if you factor that his EPC fees take 4.5% off of the first years opening investment, your profits, if his EPC mutual funds make a profit, suddenly are not much different than US high-dividend fund yields.
This means to profit you need to make 4.5% in fees the first year, plus 3.0% inflation, or at least 7.5% on your investments the first year just to break even. So given Peter Schiff's reported expected 8% return on foreign investments, you're not doing well for growth the first year (which is his books mantra), and you're only doing well for capital preservation (stopping the capital you have from losing its value).
It makes you wonder if they're charging 4.5% for opening the account for the first year how many customers actually stick around with EPC for the second year, in so much that they have to pull 4.5% out of your investment in the first year. If they make you money year in and year out, why the upfront 4.5% fee for opening the account the first year?