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The Great Reflation: How Investors Can Profit From the New World of Money by [Boeckh, J. Anthony]
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"Tony Boeckh analyzes clearly the frightening range of factors contributing to the recent financial crisis. If that doesn't make you think carefully, his investment strategies for a world still facing high levels of risk will certainly have you riveted."
—Hon Michael Wilson, Former Ambassador from Canada to the United States; Former Canadian Finance Minister

The Great Reflation is essential reading for serious, thinking investors everywhere.  Who better than Tony to show us how this will all end, and even more important, how to position our investments and our lives to make sure we not only survive, but prosper.” 
— John Mauldin, Editor, Thoughts from the Frontline; 3 time New York Times Bestselling Author; President, Millennium Wave Investments

“This book is a must read. Tony, from all his years guiding the excellent analytic work of the Bank Credit Analyst presents a realistic outline of the post- crisis world, the many challenges, and the exciting and unpredictable times ahead.”
—Jim O’Neil, Head of Global Economic Research, Goldman Sachs

The Great Reflation is by far the best economic and investment book which I have read in the last 10 years. He is a seasoned historian, economist, and strategist with a unique ability to explain complex issues in simple, readable terms.”
—Marc Faber, Editor, The Gloom Boom & Doom Report

“This book is written by one of the long-standing and highly recognized veterans in the field of investments.  In highly readable form, it covers important forces influencing investments and a very detailed evaluation of the key sectors of investment opportunities.”
—Henry Kaufman, Henry Kaufman & Company Inc.

“Tony Boeckh is a first rate investment intellect whose work I have read for years, and his thoughts on the crisis are well-worth reading and contemplating.”
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  • File Size: 3418 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JDCSCS
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Perhaps my expectations were too high about this book but in short I was a tad let down. As for the positives:
* The book was very clearly written
* Complex topics were explained in the most basic of terms
* The book did an outstanding job of Illustrating the macro monetary situation we are in currently in by examining the recent and current financial situation, the fed's intervention and the like.

The juciest section for me was Section 1 where the Author painted an elaborate and elegant picture as to the situation we are in and how unprecedented it is. Atop of this he covered disciplines that one needs to understand in order to frame the picture that we are now in the midst of: historical contexts, long wave cycles, etc and he also does an excellent job of providing facts and charts which illustrates his points in the clearest of terms. He tends to allude to where things may be headed but never says it outright. So its pretty gripping - and like good Hitchcock movie it feels like foreshadowing of really great things that he will cover later in the book. Bravo for section 1 - get the book for this reason alone.

I was a bit disappointed in the second section - namely the investment section:
* the book did an excellent job of going through the different investment options one may face in the current environment yet I felt it was overly simplistic in some cases -- while the complexity of the first section was closer to what I expected, the investing section felt a bit like a "beginners guide" - perhaps too simplistic.

Finally, I was also disappointed as the book didn't make any predictions.
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The author talks about liquidity, credit, banking, economy, asset markets with depth, historical perspective, reason and clarity. He also has a good grasp of politics and how it influencs people's pocket book. The author has a wealth of knowledge and lays it all out in the book in a way that is easy to follow.

The book gives the reader a very good understanding of the big picture and the macro factors that affect it. I learned quite a few things.

The reasons that I can not give it a 5 stars is because

1 There is very limited coverage of equity selection. For example, what type of equities will do better relatively in an inflationary period, or the characteristics of different equities and how to select them. The author talks about equity as a whole and at a high level.

2 The author gives the Federal Reserve too high a grade. His evaluation of the incentives of the Federal Reserve system and the motives of the people running the Federal Reserve is too high and off the mark. He also praised the Fed for saving the world from a total collapse (in 2008-2009), which can never be proved true or imaginary.

Despite these short comings, investors can most likely benefit from this book.
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I have read several investment books. This was one of the most exciting, until I discovered that all of the graphs he suggest you use, to track where you are at any time in the business cycle (boom/bust cycle) are unavailable to the average person on Yahoo, MSN, or Bloomberg. Now he conveniently offers a newletter for $2000 per year, so you can get access to this data. If it smells like a duck....
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The author gives a very depressing summary of where we are now (or were, at the end of 2009), and answers many questions like: if the dollar is going down the tubes, why is china buying US treasuries? The author, for reasons that escape me, tries to NOT be austrian (for example, after you read this, the evils of the fractional-reserve banking system are quite apparent, but the author does not even attempt to make (or refute) this point). The investment advice in this book is almost completely worthless, probably because there is no good advice to be given to non-professional investors: there is no good place to put your money, at least in short-to-medium term.
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The Great Reflation is on of those books that should be read by everyone as it explains just how we got into the present financial crisis, and how it may play out. I have followed the author for 4 0 years and he is the best banking and financial system analyst I know of. Boechk takes us through monetary policy and shows us how the government has steadily attempted to inflate (keep it growing) the economy, and how the effects have masked an underlying long-term downtrend, that explains why it is so difficult to effect a recovery with massive stimulus. Boeckh aslo explains how various asset classes will react depending on the outcome of the crisis.
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The premise of the book is great. The reason it is not 5 stars is because only a couple chapters are timeless and useful. However, even though there are only a few dozen useful pages, they are better than any other in the several dozen investing books I've read.
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I became aware of Tony Boeckh through subscribing to John Mauldin's free blog, [...] (also highly recommended). Tony was a guest contributor and I liked his viewpoints well enough that I began reading his free monthly newsletter, [...] so it was a no-brainer to buy his book. It's amazing to me that these gentlemen give this content away for free!

This is a fantastic gift book for high school seniors and college aid students to introduce them to real world issues regarding finance and investing topics. This is especially true for his individual chapters in Part II regarding asset allocation, stock markets, interest rates and the bond market, U.S. Dollar, Gold, Commodities, and Real Estate. Very well written for whatever level of investor you are, new or very experienced.
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