- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Pr; 1st edition (January 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580082181
- ISBN-13: 978-1580082181
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,787,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Four Elements of Financial Alchemy: A New Formula for Personal Prosperity Paperback – January 15, 2001
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Financier George Soros, in The Alchemy of Finance (1987), already used alchemy as a metaphor to suggest that investing is less than a precise science. Now Vallee appropriates the term and pursues the analogy by using the four basic symbols of alchemy as a model to represent increasing levels of risk and reward--from earth to water to air to fire. He then identifies investment vehicles appropriate to each level and lists Internet resources one can use to find additional information about the particular category of investment. Vallee includes a separate discussion of real estate and insurance and considers investment strategies tailored to one's life stage. A brief but annotated bibliography and a helpful glossary are included. As a successful venture capitalist, Vallee understands risk. He is also a software engineer and has written books and articles on astrophysics, database management, and communications. In addition, he is an award-winning science fiction author. Although not acknowledged in this current effort, Vallee also happens to have written a number of titles on UFO phenomena. David Rouse
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I am a great Vallee fan and have read most of his other books on UFO and science themes. He undoubtedly is a very intelligent person. The greater my disappointment in his faulty perception of the way money works on this planet.
He does not seem to have more than cursory knowlege of alchemy either. And he does not in any meaningful way combine money mechanics and alchemy in his book - as the title suggests.
It is utterly laughable to talk about the FED as a government institution and advise the reader to find it in the yellow pages under government. Because it IS a private bank. Their instruments are NOT stable and save - as anyone old enough to have lived thru 4 (!!!!) total losses of monetary instruments based on fiat currency in the last century alone (if you are German, like I am, and you are 90 (I am not) and you have lived in the eastern parts you have in fact experienced just that!) can vouch for.
Fannie Mae is a save heaven? and governemtal guarantees make your investment save?? no word about silver, gold and very little about real estate, the few REAL survivors of a meltdown.
All in all, anybody coming in contact with this book as a newbie would be far better off to have NOT read it. and the expert hardly needs Vallees questionable insights into the issue of living in a time of the collapse of world economies and the currency of his country.
Jacques, stick to what you are very good at!