Great Boom Ahead: Your Guide to Personal & Business Profit in the New Era of Prosperity


Predicting the decline of Japan and the re-emergence of the United States as the most powerful economy on the planet, the Harvard economist offers readers practical advice on taking advantage of the situation.

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Predicting the decline of Japan and the re-emergence of the United States as the most powerful economy on the planet, the Harvard economist offers readers practical advice on taking advantage of the situation.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Business consultant Dent here forecasts "a long unprecedented boom without inflation'' to coincide in the late 1990s with the "baby-boom'' generation's years of maximum lifetime spending. Economic trends are absolutely predictable, the author claims, as he interrelates productivity, politics and demography with interest rates, inflation, deficits and unemployment to show how a post-WW II "automobile economy'' will yield presently to a global, U.S.-led, "customized'' economy based on minicomputers and software under personalized entrepreneurial management. Analyzing industrial cycles from 1900 into the near future, Dent postulates four product-development stages: innovation (with only high-ticket buyers), a cost-reduction-growth boom, a competitive shake-out period and a "maturity boom'' at popular prices. Identifying items entering this process (winter-sports duds yes, VCRs no) is the basis for business or investment success, according to Dent, whose scenario seems to assume stable conditions with no irrational financial panics, oil crises, world epidemics, Cold War revivals or aborted population trends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562827588
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,453,753
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Dent manages his own consulting firm, the H. S. Dent Company, and has spent the last ten years working with leading-edge companies. Since 1986 he has been researching and reporting on economic cycles. He received his M.B.A. as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School. He lives in Moss Beach, California, with his wife, Cee.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Reinventing Economics - People Count!
1 The Generation Wave 3
2 The Spending Wave 21
3 The Purchasing Power Dividend 47
4 The Tidal Wave from Tokyo 77
5 The Innovation Wave 97
6 The New Customized Economy 129
Pt. II How to Profit in the Growth Boom of the 1990s
7 The Global Boom Scenario 157
8 Investment Strategies for the '90s 180
9 Growth Markets of the '90s 192
10 Business Strategies for the '90s 220
11 Reinventing Corporations 246
Index 265
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