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Business consultant Dent contends that economic trends are highly predictable and forecasts an unprecedented boom in the late '90s.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Harry Dent manages his own consulting firm, the H. S. Dent Company, and has spent the last ten years working with leading-edge companies. Since 1986 he has been researching and reporting on economic cycles. He received his M.B.A. as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He lives in Moss Beach, California, with his wife, Cee.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; a edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562827588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562827588
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've been invested in stocks the last 15 years, most likely you are very satisfied with your results. If I said that the recent past was just a warmup for the next 10 years, you'd probably say I was out of my mind. When you look at the facts it appears that returns in the future could very well top what we've experienced over the past few years. A confluence of factors is about to change our society for the better; far better than most anticipate. In his 1993 book, The Great Boom Ahead, author Harry S. Dent, Jr. makes a very convincing case for a renaissance in the U.S. economy in the years ahead. I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book, but when I started reading it, it was obvious that Mr. Dent had done his homework. What's nice about reading a book like this, written several years in the past, is that a theory can be exposed for what it is; gold or hogwash.
When you read this book and look at what has happened to the U.S. and world economies you can see that Mr. Dent has been very close to the mark. Granted, some of his specific predictions were more than a little off, but his big picture is correct. For example, he forecasted a major recession unfolding in 1993-94, along with a weak stock market dropping the Dow down
to between 1700 and 2350. The Dow never got below 3000 after he published the book. However, the market was weak in '94, characterized by sector corrections. He did say that the market would reach new highs by the third quarter 1996, which was a great call, although he didn't specify a number.

The most compelling theory Mr. Dent espouses is called the spending wave. Basically, Mr. Dent demonstrates with demographic statistics that peoples spending peaks from ages 45-49. After age 50, spending drops off dramatically. Mr.
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I am a real estate developer of "exurb" properties just North of Dallas Texas and was introduced to Harry Dent's books just recently by an investor in our projects. After reading this book it is almost as if I read first then developed a business around Mr. Dent's real estate predictions. In fact it was just the opposite. I highly recommend this book. I know from first hand experience that when he states 20%of Americans are leaving the cities looking for homes in the exurbs, small towns within a convenient drive to the cities, that it is happening today. I have ordered several copies of this book and have given it out to my bankers, attornies, investors and customers. It is exciting to be part of the real world as predicted by Mr. Harry S. Dent, Jr.
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I recently received this book as a gift. If I had read this book when it was first published, I would be financially and intellectually wealthy. After reading it, I am at least the latter. Everyone should read this book! I am on this web site to purchase the Roaring 2000's. If it is half as good as The Great Boom Ahead, it is well worth it. Bravo Mr. Dent!
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I read the hardback edition of this book soon after it was published. I considered it an interesting hypothesis at the time, but never expected it to be as accurate as it has proven to be. Not only have we had the incredible boom Mr Dent predicted, but now we see ample evidence of global recession orginating out of asia.
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In his book, Mr Dent pretty accurately foretold the current economic boom we are in currently. His central hypothesis is extremely believable, and easy to understand. He also forecasts a coming major depression that follows this boom. I hope he updates this book! Timing is everything. Caveat: there is a lot of the vertical pronoun used throughout this book. I still recommend it for any investor.
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Harry S. Dent, Jr.'s book is remarkable both for the overall accuracy of its predictions and for the simplistic model upon which those predictions depend. Written in 1993, it claims a niche within the general family of "trend" books written by the likes of Alvin Toffler and John Naisbitt. The work anticipated our current era of super bullish markets, which it predicts will continue through 2007. The crystal ball drops a few items, given that a few years have passed since publication. Nonetheless, it offers a clear macroeconomic forecast and investment tool. If you sense the Fed just doesn't get the New Economy, this is the book for you. We [...] recommend this book to those seeking to understand the United States' era of record-breaking economic gains (and Japan's current hard times).
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Harry Dent uses a simple and overlooked correlation between the age & size of the population and its relation to the value of the Standard & Poors index. The graphs in his book show a remarkable relationship between these two indices. The book, written in 1993 when the Dow Industrials stood at 2800, predicted a solid boom in the US stock market. And indeed it has happened, our current Dow in February of 1997 at 6800. A must read for the investor who wants to know why the economy is growing so prolifically, inflation is now deflation, and unemployment is so low in the USA
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This is a very valuable book for any investor. Despite most economists' attempts to complicate matters, Dent gives the reader an invaluable insight into how profoundly simple economic prediction can be. Fundamentally, he shows how it all boils down to demographics. I'd challenge any economist to prove him wrong.
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