Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis: Finding Investment Opportunities by Tracking Global Market Trends

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Overview

In Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis, author BudConrad, Chief Economist for Casey Research, predicts a rough roadahead for us—due to economic imbalances that have built upover the past decade—but reveals how you can prosper duringthese difficult times by tracking global market trends and findinginvestment opportunities that match those trends.

With this book, Conrad outlines the long-term direction of oureconomy as driven by increasing U.S. government and trade ...

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Overview

In Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis, author BudConrad, Chief Economist for Casey Research, predicts a rough roadahead for us—due to economic imbalances that have built upover the past decade—but reveals how you can prosper duringthese difficult times by tracking global market trends and findinginvestment opportunities that match those trends.

With this book, Conrad outlines the long-term direction of oureconomy as driven by increasing U.S. government and trade deficits,oil prices, Social Security and Medicare obligations for babyboomers, the credit crisis, and the weakening dollar. He alsoexamines why some of the government's actions—such as bailingout banks and curbing interest rates—fail to address moreserious, long-term issues such as too much debt.

The crisis we have entered is not a typical business recession,but, instead, a major deleveraging which is the biggest shift sincethe Great Depression. The stagflation of the U.S. economy willpresent great challenges on a global scale. And since no markettravels in a straight line, you need to be positioned correctly,with the right investments, to protect yourself and profit from thetwists and turns you'll inevitably face in today's turbulenteconomic environment.

Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis deftlyaddresses how to gain your financial footing during these difficulttimes by highlighting global investment opportunities—such asgold, interest rates, currency, and commodities—that arelikely to help you profit in the coming years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470460351
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,352,551
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bud Conrad is the Chief Economist at Casey Research and has been a futures investor for twenty-five years, as well as a full-time investor for more than a decade. He holds an MBA from Harvard and an electrical engineering degree from Yale. Conrad has held positions with IBM, CDC, Amdahl, and Tandem. His comprehensive picture of the world's economy, based on a career of using long-term fundamental analysis, enables him to explain how this crisis arose and where it will evolve to. He uses insights learned from his engineering training to interpret how investment cycles affect our economy. He served as a local board member of the National Association for Business Economics and taught graduate courses in investing at Golden Gate University. A popular speaker, Conrad has delivered talks in New Zealand, Dubai, New York, Vancouver, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, New Zealand 3news, and has commented in many publications from the Wall Street Journal to Reuters.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The budget deficit drives the growth of all debt 3

Ch. 2 The trade deficit and U.S. dependency on foreign investments 27

Ch. 3 The big costs of health care, social security, and the military 63

Ch. 4 The Federal Reserve prints our money (stop the presses!) 77

Ch. 5 The importance of debt for predicting our economy 115

Ch. 6 The big-picture model of our economy 139

Ch. 7 What can the 1929 Great Depression teach us about today's crisis? 159

Ch. 8 What the United States can learn from Japan's lost decade(s) : 1989-2009 183

Ch. 9 What the United States can learn from German and other European hyperinflations, and from China today 211

Ch. 10 The stock market may be dead for another decade 229

Ch. 11 Energy in the 21st century : the end of the petroleum age 241

Ch. 12 Food, grain trading 261

Ch. 13 The demise of the dollar 273

Ch. 14 Interest rates : the trade of the decade 299

Ch. 15 Gold is the only real money 325

Ch. 16 Forecast for the future 369

Ch. 17 Looking over the horizon to see the best investments 385

List of tables and figures 421

About the author 429

Index 431

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