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The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy

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Advice on protection and profits in the short and long term future from the experts who accurately predicted the financial crisis of 2008, and who now have more detailed information about what is yet to come

From the authors who accurately predicted the domino fall of the conjoined real estate, stock, and private debt bubbles that led to the financial crisis of 2008 comes the definitive guide to protection and profit in 2012 and beyond. Based on the authors' unmatched track record of precision predictions in their three landmark books, America's Bubble Economy (Wiley, 2006), Aftershock (Wiley, 2009), and Aftershock, Second Edition (Wiley, 2011), their next book offers what readers have been clamoring for: A detailed guide to how to put Aftershock in action, with 14 new chapters on what investors need to know to survive and thrive in the next global money meltdown. The Aftershock Investor shows readers:

  • Why recent actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve will eventually damage the dollar and hurt investors worldwide

  • How future rising inflation and interest rates will harm your specific investments, and what to do about it

  • What's next for stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, and other assets

  • Detailed investment advice about real estate, retirement, annuities, life insurance, jobs, and much more

  • How to buy and own gold and silver before, during, and after the coming Aftershock

  • How to profit rather than lose when so many asset bubbles collapse around the world

Those who heeded the authors' warnings last time were able to successfully ride out the financial crisis of 2008 and even cash in on the years that followed. Now The Aftershock Investor offers readers a second chance at protection and profit in the next financial crisis ahead.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. Part I: Aftershock
    1. Chapter 1: Bubblequake and Aftershock—A Quick Review of How We Got Here and What’s Next
      1. You Are Not Asleep with the Sheep
      2. Bubblequake! First a Rising Bubble Economy, Now a Falling Bubble Economy
      3. From Boom to Bust: The Virtuous Upward Spiral Becomes a Vicious Downward Spiral
      4. Why Don’t Most Conventional Investors See This Coming?
      5. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
    2. Chapter 2: Since We Last Spoke . . .
      1. Ignoring the Massive Money Printing (the Dollar Bubble) Is a Key Goal of the Cheerleaders
      2. Potential Triggers That Could Accelerate a Downtrend in the U.S. Economy
      3. A Closer Look at the Current U.S. “Recovery”
      4. Bottom Line: “Recovery” Is Still Driven by Massive Borrowing and Massive Money Printing
      5. Our Investment Outlook
      6. The 2012 Presidential Election
      7. In Conclusion
    3. Chapter 3: Conventional Wisdom Won’t Work This Time
      1. The Key to Conventional Wisdom: The Future Will Be Just Like the Past
      2. The Myth of a Natural Growth Rate
      3. Real Productivity Growth Is Slowing Down, Here and Around the World
      4. Warren Buffett: Master of Conventional Wisdom
      5. The Key to Aftershock Wisdom Investing: The Future Is Not the Past!
      6. This Debate Is Really Not About Inflation or Deflation, It’s About Protecting the Status Quo with Denial
      7. How to Invest in a Falling Bubble Economy
      8. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
  8. Part II: Aftershock Investing
    1. Chapter 4: Taking Stock of Stocks
      1. Love Story: How Stocks Became the Heart of Most Investment Portfolios
      2. How Are Stocks Valued? It’s All about Earnings
      3. Conventional Wisdom on Stocks
      4. Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong
      5. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      6. Our Current Recommendations
    2. Chapter 5: Bye-Bye Bonds
      1. What Are Bonds?
      2. Conventional Wisdom on Bonds: The Safety of the Recent Past Means We Can Count on More Safety Ahead
      3. Why Conventional Wisdom on Bonds Is Wrong
      4. The Final Two Bubbles in America’s Multibubble Economy Will Pop
      5. Bonds Will Fail in Three Stages
      6. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
    3. Chapter 6: Getting Real about Real Estate
      1. What Really Drives Real Estate Prices?
      2. The Real Estate Bubble Rises
      3. Conventional Wisdom about Real Estate: Continued Low Interest Rates for as Far as the Eye Can See
      4. Why Conventional Wisdom about Real Estate Is Wrong
      5. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      6. Timing Your Exits Out of Real Estate
      7. The High Cost of Doing Nothing
    4. Chapter 7: Threats to the Safety Nets
      1. All Insurance and Annuities Are Essentially Investments in Bonds, Stocks, Even Real Estate
      2. Conventional Wisdom on Whole Life Insurance and Annuities: Perfectly Safe and Worth Every Penny!
      3. Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong: Facing the Real 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room
      4. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
    5. Chapter 8: Gold
      1. Gold Was Golden for Centuries
      2. Current Conventional Wisdom on Gold as an Investment: Warren Buffett Says Stay Away!
      3. Why Conventional Wisdom on Gold Is Wrong
      4. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      5. How to Buy Gold
      6. Owning Gold as Part of a Well-Diversified Actively Managed Aftershock Portfolio
      7. How High Will Gold Go?
  9. Part III: Your Aftershock Game Plan
    1. Chapter 9: Aftershock Jobs and Businesses
      1. The Rising Bubble Economy Created Huge Job Growth; Now the Falling Bubble Economy Means Fewer Jobs
      2. Conventional Wisdom about Future Jobs Is Based on Faith that the Future Will Be Like the Past
      3. Why Conventional Wisdom on Jobs Is Wrong
      4. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      5. The Falling Bubbles Will Have Varying Impacts on Three Broad Economic Sectors
      6. Opportunities after the Bubbles Pop: Cashing In on Distressed Assets
      7. Should I Go to College?
    2. Chapter 10: Aftershock Retirement and Estate Planning
      1. Types of Retirement Plans
      2. The Conventional Wisdom on Retirement Plans
      3. Why the Conventional Wisdom on Retirement Is Wrong
      4. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      5. Retirement Q&A
      6. Estate Planning: Making the Most of Your Assets for Yourself and Your Heirs
    3. Chapter 11: Your Aftershock Investment Portfolio
      1. Aftershock Portfolio Strategy
      2. Key Components
      3. Do It Yourself or Bring in Help?
      4. Timing—Better to Move Too Early than Too Late
      5. The Last Resort: The Stock Market Holiday (the Ultimate Reason Why You Need to Move Early Rather than Later)
      6. The Moral
  10. Epilogue
  11. Appendix: Additional Background on Stocks and Bonds
  12. Index