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Sustainable Wealth: Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption Hardcover – October 26, 2009
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From the Inside Flap
You're a wealth builder. You work hard, and you want to have something to show for it some day. You want to send your kids to college, to plan a comfortable retirement, to sleep comfortably at night, and to achieve financial peace of mind. You want to use debt prudently, if at all, and have the ability to do what you want—financially—come hell or high water.
What should you do to ensure that the next financial calamity stays clear of your backyard? That's where Axel Merk's Sustainable Wealth comes in.
Over the course of his successful financial career, author and fund manager Axel¿Merk has led the way in identifying major economic trends before they occur. Most importantly, he has been a guiding light for investors and individual wealth builders to navigate economic crises like the recent global recession. Now, with this timely new book, Merk puts your financial decisions in a global context, showing you how "big picture" factors can influence your financial well-being.
Part I of Sustainable Wealth helps you understand the dynamics that drive this world and how they may affect your finances. Here, Merk skillfully discusses the world we live in, by highlighting the temptations of our society: the temptations of credit, consumption, policy change, and complacency. Rather than be left scratching your head about the meaning of the last Fed decision, you'll learn how the world really works and what it really means for you and your wealth.
In Part II, you'll discover how to apply these lessons to your personal finances. Merk highlights that everyone should be challenging the conventional wisdom. He then illustrates how to save, spend, and invest in a volatile world, providing clear, straightforward advice should you and/or the economy be faced with a crisis.
Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Sustainable Wealth:
Reveals why "staying the course" when governments or markets change the rules may be hazardous to your wealth
Coaches you on how to recognize major economic trends before they happen
Offers a plan to spend, save, and invest wisely in the face of an uncertain world, build a financial legacy, and achieve peace of mind
As you read Sustainable Wealth, you'll quickly be able to understand—and adapt to—today's erratic and rapidly changing markets. Financial peace of mind. That's what this book is all about.
From the Back Cover
"Finally an easy-to-read but very comprehensive study on investments in a world where sadly common sense is no longer so common—and short-term profit 'temptations' overwhelm the discipline of building sustainable wealth."—Marc Faber, Editor, Gloom, Boom & Doom Report
"Maybe had Congress gotten this book before this financial crisis, we wouldn't be in this crisis. But alas, we are, and alas, there's hope. Axel Merk not only shows Washington the way out, but more importantly, the rest of us too. Not with a lecture, but a plan, and a damn good plan, without the bull and without the jargon. It's why I love this guy. He really means it when he says he's looking out for the rest of us guys. In Sustainable Wealth, he proves it."—Neil Cavuto, Sr. Vice President and Anchor, Fox News Channeland Fox Business Network
"The right financial decisions are always essential, but become particularly important in today's turbulent times. Preparation and knowledge are required to protect you and your family, and this book provides everything you need to develop a sound plan for the future."—James Turk, founder and Chairman, GoldMoney.com
"It's hard to accumulate wealth without making many costly mistakes along the way. That has never been more true given the enormous financial risks we see today. This book may help you avoid them."—Bill Fleckenstein, Fleckenstein Capital
"Axel Merk's Sustainable Wealth is a storehouse of historical and current investment information—clearly written and packed with valuable information. I recommend this book without reservation."—Richard Russell, Publisher, Dow Theory Letters
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Top Customer Reviews
The highlights of this book were the following:
- How public policy is killing economy recovery.
- How social complacency and hubris lead to the slow downfall of the American economy
- Making the distinction between conventional wisdom and true wisdom.
- Getting a grip on one's expenses and debt and concentrate on building wealth.
This book reminds me of Kiyosaki's Rich Man, Poor Man from long ago as a financial planning book. Although it spends a considerable portion to the historical events leading up to the economic collapse and somewhat psycho-analyze why people did what they did that contributed to the economic collapse, This book ultimately focuses on modifying one's behavior to cope with the current economic conditions and build one' wealth.
The strength of this book is that it attacks conventional wisdom toward investing and stresses to be skeptical of current public policy that is targeted to fix the current economic problem. In other words, don't buy into conventional mainstream wisdom and don't rely on public policy to save you. It encourages to keep your eyes peeled to changes in the economic landscape, and consider various ways to preserve one's wealth. I am glad that this book targets conventional wisdom, complacency, and current public policy, all of which I thought were lacking in other gloom-and-doom books.
This book is quite concise, but it is a good intro to describing to the unsophisticated as to what is going on and what to do think and do next.Read more ›
Thinking a method to accomplish this would be described in detail in "Sustainable Wealth", I rushed to buy a copy. Alas, the book was crammed with endless cliches about invest wisely according to your own needs, be flexible, invest only what you can afford to lose and so on and on plowing old ground over and over. No mention was made on how to invest in foreign currencies, only that it was a good idea to do so.
Unlike many commentators, Axel is not on any extreme. He's just an experienced money manager who questions the conventional wisdom and encourages regular people to participate in their own financial future, not just follow the "experts". I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big Axel Merk fan, have followed his works for years. He usually has sound advice and I have found him not to be too ideological for my tastes. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by Satyrman63
I reread this book over the weekend as the US enters yet another period of fiscal and political volatility. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Marlon Varsace
This book was interesting and provided an alternative view to traditional investing. The book gives additional information about investing and accumulating wealth in the present... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Supermom
Different readers have varied expectations of any presentation an author makes. I personally believe Merk's analysis of the country and world financially is spot on and well... Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Wadhamite
I kinda got bored by the book from the beginning.
This book is intended for the novice - uninformed. Read more
I felt a little silly carrying this book around as the main title makes it seem like a cheesy self help finance book. Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by James J Abodeely
This book has some useful advice about life style. Without having your own house in order it's hard to do much with investments. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Roy547
At the beginning of the book Axel starts by offering some good education and current context for macroeconomics. Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Jordan M Frank
This book lacks specifics and has no revelation to sustain your wealth. Save your money, stop spending and eliminate your debts, thats the book.Published on February 3, 2010 by C. Winckler