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The Aftershock Investor: A Crash Course in Staying Afloat in a Sinking Economy, 2nd Edition

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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 2013 and beyond. Based on the authors' unmatched track record of accurate predictions in their three landmark books, America's Bubble Economy, Aftershock, and Aftershock Second Edition, this new book offers what readers have been clamouring for: a detailed guide to how to survive and thrive in the next global money meltdown.

Entirely updated with three new chapters, plus more actionable insights and detailed advice, The Aftershock Investor second edition spells out clearly and concisely exactly what smart investors need to know right now, before the worldwide Aftershock hits. Specifically, readers will discover that...

  • This so-called economic "recovery" is 100% fake (see new Chapter 1)

  • And is working to temporarily support our multibubble economy (Chapter 2)

  • Based on massive money printing that will only make our problem even worse later (Chapter 3)

  • When mounting future inflation and climbing interest rates will inevitably push us over the Market Cliff (new Chapter 4)

  • Going over the Market Cliff will surprise most conventional investors (Chapter 5),

  • Crash the stock market (Chapter 6)

  • Diminish bonds (Chapter 7)

  • Depress real estate (Chapter 8)

  • Threaten insurance and annuities (Chapter 9)

  • And make gold and other precious metals soar (Chapter 10)

  • If you can keep your job or business before and during the Aftershock (Chapter 11)

  • And be smart about spending, savings, and debt (new Chapter 12)

  • You can learn now how to best protect your retirement (Chapter 13)

  • And most importantly, how to defend yourself and your assets with an innovative, actively managed Aftershock investment portfolio (Chapter 14)...

  • Before it's too late.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. Contents
    5. Acknowledgments
      1. David Wiedemer
      2. Robert Wiedemer
      3. Cindy Spitzer
    6. Introduction
    7. Chapter 1: This “Recovery” Is 100 Percent Fake
      1. Isn't a Fake Recovery Better than No Recovery at All?
      2. If the Aftershock Has Not Been Canceled, Why Hasn't It Happened Yet?
      3. Still Not Sure This Recovery Is 100 Percent Fake?
      4. Don't Believe the Stimulus Has to Eventually End? There Is a Limit to What the Government Can Do
      5. Wondering Why the Aftershock Hasn't Happened Already? “Animal Spirits” Are Keeping Us Going
      6. Please Prepare Now
    8. Part 1: AFTERSHOCK
      1. Chapter 2: Bubblequake and Aftershock—A Quick Review of How We Got Here and What's Next
        1. Not Asleep with the Sheep
        2. Bubblequake! First, a Rising Bubble Economy; Now, a Falling Bubble Economy
        3. Future Inflation Will Cause Rising Interest Rates
        4. From Boom to Bust: The Virtuous Upward Spiral Becomes a Vicious Downward Spiral
        5. Why Don't Most Conventional Investors See This Coming?
        6. What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      2. Chapter 3: Aftershock Update: They Read Our Playbook—The World Is Printing Money
        1. Central Banks Gone Wild
        2. Economists Continue to Ignore the Risks of Money Printing
        3. Why Isn't Inflation Higher Now?
        4. Even Before We Get High Inflation, Other Potential Triggers Could Accelerate a Downtrend in the U.S. Economy
      3. Chapter 4: The Market Cliff
        1. The Market Cliff Won't Be Just a “Down Cycle”
        2. Hitting the Market Cliff
        3. The Last Resort: A Stock Market Holiday
        4. When Is the Best Time to Get Out of the Stock Market?
      4. Chapter 5: 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 All about Protecting the Status Quo with Denial
      1. Chapter 6: Taking Stock of Stocks
        1. Stocks: A Love Story
        2. How Stocks Became the Heart of Most Investment Portfolios
        3. In Theory, When You Buy Stocks You Are Buying Future Earnings
        4. Conventional Wisdom on Stocks
        5. Why Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong Now
        6. What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
      2. Chapter 7: Bye-Bye Bonds
        1. How Do Bonds Make Money? “Total Return” Is the Key
        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 Now
        4. Bonds Will Fall in Four Stages
        5. What’s a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
        6. The Bottom Line for Bonds
      3. Chapter 8: Getting Real about Real Estate
        1. Real Estate Is Still a Bubble
        2. What Really Drives Real Estate Prices?
        3. After the Fundamental Drivers of Real Estate Began to Slow, the Bubble Started to Rise
        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 9: Future Threats to the Safety Nets
        1. All Insurance and Annuities Are Essentially Investments in Bonds
        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 10: Gold
        1. Gold Was Golden for Centuries
        2. Current Conventional Wisdom on Gold as an Investment: Stay Away!
        3. Why Current 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?
      1. Chapter 11: 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. Should I Go to College?
        7. Opportunities after the Bubbles Pop: Cashing In on Distressed Assets
      2. Chapter 12: Aftershock Money Smarts
        1. Don't Let Spending Become the Achilles Heel of Your Aftershock Preparations
        2. Savings: How Much Is Enough?
        3. Borrowing Money before, during, and after the Aftershock
        4. Saving and Borrowing for College
        5. Summing It Up
      3. Chapter 13: Aftershock Retirement and Estate Planning
        1. Why Conventional Wisdom on Retirement Is Wrong
        2. What's a Savvy Aftershock Investor to Do?
        3. Should I Use a Retirement Calculator to See if I am on the Right Track?
        4. Should I Take Social Security Early?
        5. Estate Planning: Making the Most of Your Assets for Yourself and Your Heirs
        6. A Good Retirement
      4. Chapter 14: Your Actively Managed Aftershock Portfolio
        1. This Economy Is Evolving—Your Investments Should Evolve, Too
        2. The Three Goals of an Actively Managed Aftershock Investment Portfolio
        3. Creating Your Actively Managed Aftershock Portfolio
        4. Active Portfolio Management: Timing Is Everything
        5. Warning: Active Management of Short Term Investments is Riddled with Potential Danger
        6. Better to Move Too Early than Too Late
        7. Government Intervention Makes Active Portfolio Management More Difficult
        8. Do It Yourself or Bring In Help?
        9. The Bottom Line
      5. Appendix A: Additional Background on Stocks and Bonds
        1. Stocks
        2. Bonds
        3. Inflation, Interest Rates, and the Aftershock
        4. Profiting from a Moving Market
        5. Profiting from Market Moving
        6. Shorting in the Aftershock
      6. Appendix B: Are the Stock and Gold Markets Manipulated?
        1. Statistical Manipulation
        2. Gold Manipulation
        3. Market Manipulation Summary
        4. Investment Impact
    11. Epilogue
    12. Index