The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times

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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 ...

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Overview

"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 of Agora Financial; 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 Television

"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, I.O.U.S.A.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470598214
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,451,434
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin D. Weiss, PhD, is President of Weiss Research, Inc., and Editor of the Safe Money Report, known for warning investors of this crisis well ahead of time. He is the author of two other Wiley bestsellers, including The Ultimate Safe Money Guide: How Everyone 50 and Over Can Protect, Save, and Grow Their Money and Crash Profits: Make Money When Stocks Sink and Soar.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Why a Depression Is Inevitable.

How to Reduce Debts in Bad Times.

How to Protect Your Job in Bad Times.

Chapter 2: How to Escape the Housing Nightmare.

10 Steps for Selling Your Home in a Sinking Market Want to Keep Your House Come Hell or High Water?

Then Here’s How to Cut Expenses or Get Assistance.

Chapter 3: Sell Your Stocks—Before It’s Too Late!

How to Get Your 401(k) Out of Danger.

Chapter 4: The Hidden Traps of Wall Street.

With Most Corporate and Municipal Bonds Overrated, Here’s What to Do With Them.

How to Find Safe Insurance.

Chapter 5: How Safe Is Your Bank?

How to Save in a Depression.

What Happens to Your Money If Your Bank Fails.

Chapter 6: The Safest Place in the World for Your Money.

How to Use a Treasury-Only Money Fund for Almost All Your Banking Needs.

Chapter 7: All-Weather Investments for the Best and the Worst of Times.

How to Build Your Personal Hedge Program.

Chapter 8: How to Profit Directly from the Decline.

How to Go For Profits in a Down Market.

Chapter 9: How to Continue Making Money Even with the Worst Disasters.

How to Invest in Foreign Currencies.

Chapter 10: When to Buy the Best Bargains of the Century.

Basic Principles for Buying at the Bottom.

Chapter 11: Bonds: Your First Great Income Opportunity.

How to Maximize Your Yield with Safety.

Chapter 12: Dividends: Your Second Great Income Opportunity.

How to Find Stocks with Steadily Rising Dividends.

Chapter 13: The Great Fork in the Road: Inflation or Deflation?

How to Invest in Gold in a Depression.

Chapter 14: The Triumph of the Dollar.

Chapter 15: The Foundation for Recovery.

Chapter 16: Future Fortunes.

Five Golden Rules for Building New Fortunes.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    buyer beware

    Keep in mind when you read this book that the author was ordered to pay substantial monetary penalties to the U.S. Treasury in June 2006 for misrepresenting himself as an investment adviser when he was not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was noted in the lawsuit (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Before the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940 Release No. 2525 / June 22, 2006 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING File No. 3-12341) that "he used selective, outdated, and/or hypothetical examples of specific returns that subscribers might have realized on individual trades had they followed Weiss Research's recommendations, without advising that the overall return was or might not be profitable ... The overall performance of Weiss Research's premium services did not support these profit claims. In fact, during the relevant time period, many subscribers who followed each Weiss Research trading recommendation - as Weiss Research encouraged its subscribers to do - experienced overall returns that were substantially lower than Weiss Research's profit examples and most actually lost money."

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2008

    Caveat: Buyer beware

    Keep in mind when you read this book that the author was ordered to pay substantial monetary penalties to the U.S. Treasury in June 2006 for misrepresenting himself as an investment adviser when he was not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was noted in the lawsuit (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Before the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION INVESTMENT ADVISERS ACT OF 1940 Release No. 2525 / June 22, 2006 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING File No. 3-12341) that "he used selective, outdated, and/or hypothetical examples of specific returns that subscribers might have realized on individual trades had they followed Weiss Research's recommendations, without advising that the overall return was or might not be profitable ... The overall performance of Weiss Research's premium services did not support these profit claims. In fact, during the relevant time period, many subscribers who followed each Weiss Research trading recommendation - as Weiss Research encouraged its subscribers to do - experienced overall returns that were substantially lower than Weiss Research's profit examples and most actually lost money."

    9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2009

    Love the Weiss team

    I've been a subscriber for years. The information I recieve from Martin Weiss and his team has been right on the money. And to top it off, the information is "free". The daily updates from Money and Markets are always timely and have given me so much direction during these rough times.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    Inspiring and Helpful -- Everyone Should Own (and Read) This Book!

    I have two other books by Dr. Weiss (The Ultimate Safe Money Guide and Crash Profits), and this is beyond a doubt his best yet. The title perfectly sums up the book -- it really is the ULTIMATE depression survival guide.

    Dr. Weiss does much more than shed light on the origins of the current economic crisis; he tells you exactly how to prepare yourself and your family to survive the dark days ahead. Including how to potect -- and grow -- your money ... even in the darkest of times.

    Despite the grim subject, Dr. Weiss' clear, friendly, and sometimes irreverent style makes the book a fast, fun, and inspiring read. Even technical information is presented clearly and in a way that is easily understood. So far, I've read The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide cover-to-cover twice. And my wife is reading it as I type this.

    For anyone worried about the economy, this book is a must-read. And if you're not, you shoulg get it anyway. The information it contains is priceless ... and it makes a great conversation piece sitting on the coffee table. Especially since Dr. Weiss has graciously donated all proceeds from the book to charity!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Comprehensive survival guide for the depression

    Weiss' "The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide" is a smart, well-written book full of sound financial principles, all of which make it worth buying. Using historical examples, recent trends, and advice from dad, Weiss brings a well-rounded understanding of the current economic crisis to the reader in a simple, easy-to-understand fashion.

    His advice is summed up in a couple quotes: the depression was inevitable because of the housing bust, the mortgage meltdown, and the biggest debt crisis in history. The housing bust was cased by Fannie and Freddie Mac (as Weiss explains, "some of the largest speculative bubbles of all time were born out of government-sponsored monopolies"). And we can "kick the can down the road" (meaning we can bailout broken firms and "stimulate" the economy, but that will just delay the inevitable major crash.

    But we can't do anything about our governments' reckless behavior until the next election, so Weis offers immediate advice to readers that they can do somehting about: save, reduce debt and sell stocks (the latter one might not be such a hot idea since it appears the markets have at least started a major rebound). He gives very good advaice about looking for the bottom of the economic retraction: look for the government to capitulate (give up trying to save the world!). He recommends investing in etfs (or reverse etfs) and treasury-only MM Funds.

    This is a great read and highly recommended, though Weiss neglects a major contributor to the problem: the Federal Reserve. If you're looking for a bit more unconventional but very beneficial techniques for thriving in this economy check out Surviving the Second Great Depression: How to Take Advantage of the Government That Is Trying to Take Advantage of You. For a better summary of what got us here check out Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2009

    Right on the money

    The thing I enjoyed most about this book is the clarity it gives in such difficult economic times. Mr. Weiss cuts through the baloney and delivers a factual book on how to survive the economic crisis and find ways to make a profit. I highly recommend it.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    The answers I've been searching for!

    The Ultimate Depression Survival was just what I needed to read right now.

    Like you, I've been really concerned about the state of the economy. I wanted to know how to protect my finances, but I couldn't find straight answers anywhere.

    Until now ...

    The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide is bursting with the practical steps and guidance I needed to help me get through the recession - and even a depression - with my money and future intact.

    I discovered how I could sell my home - even though the market is the worst we've seen in ages. I learned how to offset losses in investments I can't sell right now. And I found out how to actually increase my income in the midst of the economic problems!

    It's really amazing. With this guide at my fingertips, I can't tell you how much better I feel about my financial future. I'm finally armed with the knowledge I need to weather any financial storm - no matter how bad - and protect my money - and even make it grow!

    I highly recommend this book. I believe it can make the difference for you as to whether you lose your shirt in the crisis - or come out of it with a stronger, more secure financial future.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    No More Sleepless Nights

    Dr. Weiss has written a book that even the not-so-adept financial person can easily understand and relate. During the recent months - so many words have been floating across the media - bailouts, bankruptcy, stimulus, financial tsunami - that I have encountered sleepless nights and worry for my family and our income. Thanks to Dr. Weiss, I now have a better understanding of why this crisis happened, what the next phase will be, and most importantly - how I can better prepare for the future. He explains everything from choosing my bank.keeping more of my money. paying down debt. to whether to sell or keep my home . Even better he shows steps to secure my investments and how to even grow my wealth now and when the economy recovers.
    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about theirs and their family's financial future.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Simple and informative

    Martin Weiss has provided a tool here that provides many ways to adapt to the ever changing economic crisis that we are all experiencing. This book is an easy read and very informative. Carl

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

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    Good common sense information

    With all the different pundits and gurus out there trying to get us to follow their obscure secret technique for protecting our investments, it's nice to see a common sense answer. Dr. Weiss's book gives straight forward advice on how to see your nest egg through these tough economic times. I"ll admit, I didn't know much about Dr. Weiss, I bought it because I liked the cover. But I'm glad I did.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    3 star

    Very interesting. Gives a good picture about how and why somethings have happened. Not really any detailed advice. More of a teaser to join his advise club. URL's( websites) that are listed worth going to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    Review the Ultimate Depression Survival Guide

    A great book on the current economic conditions and how to think about investing. I have read other articles and webinars from Martin Weiss, he is very informative.
    I think when investing it is wise to read the opinions of several authors who are authorities on current economic conditions as well as successful, seasoned, investment advisors. The information in this book is an aid for making my own investment decisions as well as business decisions and where to look in the market for potential investments. Ultimately we are personally responsible for the decisions we make and need to take the advise and apply it to our own situations and wait for opportunites to present themselves that we can act upon.

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  • Posted August 19, 2009

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    Handling your nest egg during a depression

    In this savings and investment "survival guide," financial publisher Martin D. Weiss proclaims that the world is entering another depression. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, his investment advisory and rating firm outperforms all other companies at "forecasting future financial trouble." Indeed, for two decades, Weiss has accurately predicted "nearly every large financial failure in the United States," including the latest financial collapse. When it comes to doom-and-gloom financial prognostications, Weiss has excellent bloodlines. His father, J. Irving Weiss, was one of the few economists who predicted the Great Depression at the time. So what does this modern-day Cassandra have to tell us? Weiss claims that as wretched as things are now economically, they will get much worse in the years to come. However, in addition to dismal tidings, he offers numerous specific, well-informed recommendations on how to protect - and even increase - your assets during the "Second Great Depression of modern times." getAbstract suggests that if you want to study fiscal advice that covers the spectrum from pessimism to optimism, this book expertly handles the pessimistic end.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Well worth the time

    A very good book outlining sensibly some of the problems, consequences and possibilities in our current failed economy. His advice makes good sense; I have begun to follow much of it. He's very clear and sensible, without becoming histrionic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2009

    The Ultimate Great Explanation on How to Survive the Upcoming Depression

    The book provides insight as to how the financial markets actually work in a depressed economy and how the government is systematically destroying the American Dream.

    The content is a must read because it gives instruction on how to protect oneself from financial devistation under the current American oligarghy.

    It requires one to be introspective about what he or she truely believes with respect to the how capital and money is formed, used and leveraged in today's society.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    Very goood, informative book

    Dr. Weiss gives the reader honest information and opinion about where the economy is, where it is headed and how we as consumers and investors can not only protect our finances but grow them as well. Very well done. We should all send a copy to our Congressman, Representatives and the White House!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide

    At last an economist that is telling it the way it is, and not sugar coating the state of the US and Global economy like the FED is doing. Great bible to help the common man survive these ever increasing hard financial times. Very readable, and interesting. Great advice to keep and establish wealth in a bear market.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    Good Basic Information

    Good basic read. In fairness, the reviewer who gave this book one star and quoted from Wikipedia on the SEC action against Weiss needed to cut and paste the entire article and do a bit further research before giving such poor marks.

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    Posted January 12, 2010

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