In Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis, author Bud Conrad, Chief Economist for Casey Research, predicts a rough road ahead for us?due to economic imbalances that have built up over the past decade?but reveals how you can prosper during these difficult times by tracking global market trends and finding investment opportunities that match those trends.
With this book, Conrad outlines the long-term direction of our economy as driven by increasing U.S. government and trade deficits, oil prices, Social Security and Medicare obligations for baby boomers, the credit crisis, and the weakening dollar. He also examines why some of the government's actions?such as bailing out banks and curbing interest rates?fail to address more serious, 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 since the Great Depression. The stagflation of the U.S. economy will present great challenges on a global scale. And since no market travels in a straight line, you need to be positioned correctly, with the right investments, to protect yourself and profit from the twists and turns you'll inevitably face in today's turbulent economic environment.
Profiting from the World's Economic Crisis deftly addresses how to gain your financial footing during these difficult times by highlighting global investment opportunities?such as gold, interest rates, currency, and commodities?that are likely to help you profit in the coming years.
PART ONE ECONOMIC FORCES 1
Chapter 1 The Budget Deficit Drives the Growth of All Debt 3
Chapter 2 The Trade Deficit and U.S. Dependency on Foreign Investments 27
Chapter 3 The Big Costs of Health Care, Social Security, and the Military 63
PART TWO FINANCIAL CRISIS RESPONSE 75
Chapter 4 The Federal Reserve Prints Our Money (Stop the Presses!) 77
Chapter 5 The Importance of Debt for Predicting Our Economy 115
Chapter 6 The Big-Picture Model of Our Economy 139
PART THREE RECESSION OR DEPRESSION? 157
Chapter 7 What Can the 1929 Great Depression Teach Us about Today’s Crisis? 159
Chapter 8 What the United States Can Learn from Japan’s Lost Decade(s): 1989–2009 183
Chapter 9 What the United States Can Learn from German and Other European Hyperinflations, and from China Today 211
PART FOUR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES 227
Chapter 10 The Stock Market May Be Dead for Another Decade 229
Chapter 11 Energy in the 21st Century: The End of the Petroleum Age 241
Chapter 12 Food, Grain Trading 261
Chapter 13 The Demise of the Dollar 273
Chapter 14 Interest Rates: The Trade of the Decade 299
Chapter 15 Gold Is the Only Real Money 325
PART FIVE PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER 367
Chapter 16 Forecast for the Future 369
Chapter 17 Looking Over the Horizon to See the Best Investments 385
List of Tables and Figures 421
About the Author 429