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The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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Unless you're a Wall Street banker or a Fortune 500 CEO, times are toughtougher than they've been in eighty years. But take heart, you can survive and thrive in a global economic meltdown. And you don't need a Ph.D. in economics or a crystal ball. All you need is your own good common sense, plus the knowledge and tools this book gives you to help you protect your assets, boost your income, and build wealth even in the worst of times.
Helping folks persevere through hard times is a Weiss family tradition. J. Irving Weiss, author Martin D. Weiss's father, was a legendary economist and financial advisor who accurately predicted the Great Depression and helped his grateful clients surviveand even thrivein the worst of times. Likewise, Martin D. Weiss, founder and Chairman of the nation's leading, truly independent rating agency, has helped hundreds of thousands of investors and consumers avoid the financial dangers all around us. He not only predicted the recent debt crisis, but specifically named, well in advance, which large companies were most likely to fail, including Washington Mutual, Wachovia Bank, Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, General Motors and even Citigroup.
Yes, the U.S. government bailed out many of the failed companies. But in this book, Weiss shows how those bailouts have created new, even greater risks for investorsunexpected events ahead that you cannot only sidestep, but also turn to your great financial advantage.
In this extensively updated and expanded edition of his recent New York Times bestseller, Martin Weiss offers the same rigorous analysis and spot-on advice with which he's served his clients and subscribers so well for so many years. In plain English, he provides up-to-the-minute coverage of the very latest events sweeping the U.S. and the globerunaway public deficits, spreading sovereign debt disasters, and the desperate attempts by governments to prop up the world economy. He:
Exposes the scams and self-serving deceptions brokers, banks, insurance companies, and ratings agencies employ to hide the true risks of investments and rope investors into jeopardizing their financial futures
Shows how to identify the true value of stocks, bonds, real estate, insurance, and other investments and design a strategy best suited to your goals and budget
Gives step-by-step advice on stocks, bonds, real estate, and funds, as well as immunizing 401(k)s and annuities
Explains the excellent investment opportunities available overseasespecially in Asia and Latin Americaand how to capitalize on them
Provides continual support and the latest critical information, online, with follow-up emails(sign up at www.moneyandmarkets.com)
Gives you a free tool for tracking a truly independent and unbiased rating of YOUR stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), banks, and insurers at www.weisswatchdog.com
Especially in times like these, you are the only one you can trust to protect your financial security. The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression arms you with what you need to survive and thrive, no matter what the future brings.
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"Absolutely provocative! Martin Weiss's prediction of the current economic crisis is uncanny. A must-read for the investor who wants to know what happens next!"CHRISTOPHER RUDDY, Editor, Newsmax.com
"Martin Weiss was 'the first to warn of the dangers and say so unambiguously.'"THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Depressions don't happen very often. Psychologically and practically, people are never prepared for them. Martin Weiss has done an excellent job of helping readers understand what they must do to adapt to the grim realities of a depressed economy."BILL BONNER, President and CEO, Agora Financial LLC; bestselling author of Mobs, Messiahs, and Markets and Empire of Debt
"Weiss is 'the leader in identifying vulnerable companies.'"BARRON'S
"The author's father, Irving Weiss, was a historian of deflation. It's a shame he is not around to see the result of the unrestrained credit expansion that he so consistently warned against. Fortunately, his son carried on the legacy of his father with intelligence and aplomb."ROBERT R. PRECHTER, Jr., author of Conquer the Crash
"In a lively and informative read, veteran investment analyst Martin Weiss provides meaningful insight into the financial dangers confronting us and serves up a course of action to avoid further wealth destruction."DAN DORFMAN, financial columnist and commentator
"Dr. Weiss shares with us his unequaled advice for investors during these frightening times. The valuable insight in this book is vital information for all investors looking for safe harbor in a very choppy ocean."KEVIN KERR, Editor, Global Commodities Alert
"This is Weiss's best book ever and so appropriate for the tough times! He tells all the steps we need to take now to protect ourselves and our families from financial disasters."STEVE CROWLEY, Host, American Scene Radio and WallStreetCast
"Martin's work is always clear, direct, and actionable. Read this book and you'll have a plan for growing your wealth rather than losing it in the difficult period ahead."ADDISON WIGGIN, Executive Publisher, Agora Financial LLC; author of I.O.U.S.A.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. This contains lots of useful practical information, such as the advice on selling houses in a bad market, or holding on to your house if you wish, or checking on the financial strength of banks and life insurance companies.
2. Early on he emphasizes the importance of reducing and then eliminating debt.
3. His advice for holding cash is as "safe" as it gets from everything -- except inflation.
4. He reminds readers there will be better times after the disaster, and you can get wealthy in them.
5. He restricts his recommendation to buy gold to 10% of your portfolio.
6. He documents the extent of our debt problems, and includes derivatives.
7. He stresses the need to avoid risk.
8. He recommends buying stocks that pay dividends, though implies you should do so only after the crash.
1. He recommends leveraged inverse Exchange Traded Funds to profit from market crashes. They are a form of debt and quite risky given that you can't know exactly when markets will crash.
2. He recommends currency ETFs. I agree with the concept of diversifying out of the US dollar, but why not certificates of deposit in other currencies so you at least earn some interest?
3. He wants you to get out of stocks now, before the crash, although he has no idea when it will happen. He's been predicting deflation for many years.
4. Much of his advice relies on the reader successfully timing the market and the economy. For example, the advice to buy some gold will work only if done so while government is still successfully inflating economy by injecting trillions of dollars into it.
Once a deflationary crash comes, gold will crash with it.Read more ›
If you are a person of working age, I cannot recommend Dr. Weiss's book "The Ultimate Money Guide for Bubbles, Busts, Recession and Depression" more highly. In fact, I urge you to purchase and read it so that you have a working knowledge of the world of finance as it applies to you.
As you approach retirement age, I recommend you purchase "The Ultimate Safe Money Guide" so you get a head start on handling your money in retirement.
With this new title, Weiss gives us his insight and opinion as to why the U.S. economy continues to slump, and why a rising and currently high unemployment rate -he says actually higher than we are even being told- coupled with increased government spending is likely going to take our country into a soon coming, and worse (as he calls it), double-dip recession, affecting more of our people than even the most recent one has.
Even more so than is usually the case in his writings, Weiss provides up-to-date coverage of the global events that are shaping the coming times of turmoil, and explains why the path our country is on can only lead to economic problems of epic proportions. Martin D. Weiss may not be telling of a time most of us want to envision or believe, but he sure makes the right points that will convince most readers that he is right on the money.
In these pages Weiss, exposes the horrible and sometimes seemingly ruthless ways that so many "money handlers" treat the American people. From fund managers to stock brokers to insurance companies and even real estate developers and funding companies are taking advantage of some of us. He also explains why this happens and how our government cannot really do much to keep us safe from these characters who most of us do business with on a frequent basis.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
book is dated (2008 housing bubble burst), but a must read! great financial information. even after a business degree, a master's and 20+ years of management experience, I'm... Read morePublished 13 days ago by traveler
all the debt books are somewhat alike...not new or what to doPublished 1 month ago by alexander d mcqueen
NO new revelations or earth shattering discoveries in this book. Instead of learning to become wealthy you learn you've decreased you wealth with the purchase of this book.Published 19 months ago by Scardale914
I have read a lot of the things that Martin Weiss has written. His logic is clear in each case. We need to have someone like him in Washington because he understands what he is... Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by David Holroyd
Logical steps to a logical conclusion. The world , financially, is a dangerous place. A nice roadmap to a safe conclusion.Published on September 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book addresses a wide range of topics which I've not seen discussed before in this realm. Much of this information is relevant regardless of what may or may not happen to the... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Marvin D. Pipher
It seemed to have information that needs to be to be considered when investing in todays economy. It was interesting.Published on February 10, 2013 by Marjorie Larson