It's Not as Bad as You Think. Why Capitalism Trumps Fear and the Economy Will Thrive

  • ID: 2213605
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for It′s Not as Bad as You Think

"Perfect book for these turbulent, uncertain times. Brian Wesbury is uniquely qualified because he brings a true knowledge of history as well aspro–growth, Reagan–esque principles to help us understand and ultimately profit from an environment suff used with ignorant punditry and sheer fear. He gets it right on the origins of the crisis and how we ultimately pull out of it."
Steve ForbesCEO and Chairman, Forbes

"From almost the very beginning of the ′Great Panic of 2008′, Brian Wesbury has been appearing on my nationally syndicated radio show almost every Friday to calm listeners about the fundamentals of the American economy. Over and over again, Brian would point out that panics are terrible to live through but that they do end, and that markets do rebound, often dramatically and in relatively quick fashion. That is exactly what happened,and those who listened to Brian didn′t cash out at the bottom and miss the recovery of the spring and summer 2009.

"Now Brian brings a book–length treatment full of his gold–standard common sense. It matters that the U.S. economy has grown 45 of the last 50 years and 80 of the last 100. The fundamentals always matter, and American fundamentals are good and growing stronger. What matters most now is that government not throttle the robust recovery in its cradle.

"What matters, in other words, is experience and wisdom and Brian Wesbury has both in great supply. Read the book and get your confidence back to where it should be. Capitalism hasn′t stopped working,and American growth can be as robust again as it was for most of the three decades since Ronald Reagan turned on the engine."
Hugh Hewitt, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and New York Times bestselling author

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Chapter 1 Getting the Right Perspective.

Fear and Anger are Understandable.

History versus Emotion.

Buck Up and Remember History.

Chapter 2 Capitalism Wins (Again).

Demand versus Supply.

The History of the World.

Inventions and Innovation.


The Turning Point.

Capitalism Wins, It′s Not Over.

Chapter 3 Creative Destruction.

The Big X .

The Industrial Revolution.

The Call for Change.

A Wrong Drift, but a Cool Wind.

Inflation, Creative Destruction, and the Crisis.

Chapter 4 A Government Sponsored Recession.

The Housing Boom.

The Crisis Begins.

The Acceleration.

Why in the World Were They Doing That?

So, Why Blame Capitalists?

Chapter 5 Who Makes Your Glasses?

Are Consumers Rational?

What Is The Natural Rate of Interest?

Calculating the Natural Rate.

The Nominal GDP Rule.

Money and the Interest Rates.

The Fed–Induced Bubble.

We ve Been Here Before.

Stupid Bankers, Or Not?

It Always Ends Bad: Volcker to the Rescue.

Then .

.And Now.

Chapter 6 Mark–to–Market Mayhem.

Government Failure vs. Market Failure.

Some Mark–to–Market Accounting History.

Mark–to–Market Creates Volatility.

Suspend Mark–to–Market.

A False Feeling of Control.

A Miracle Happened.

Chapter 7 Panic and the Speed of Money.

What Recession?

The Panic of 2008.

Mark–to–Market Mayhem.

AIG, Credit Default Swaps and Derivatives.

The V–Shaped Light at the End of the Tunnel.

Chapter 8 It′s Not As Bad As You Think.

Consumer Spending.


Growth, Debt and China.



Savings Rates.

The Economy Will Recover.

Chapter 9 It′s Boom Time Again.

Don′t Fight the Fed.

1975–1976 Redux?

Can It Happen Again?

Panics End.

It Won′t Stay Down Forever.

Undervalued Markets.

Productivity and Profits.

But Government Is Growing

Chapter 10 Investing In the Midst of Mayhem.

The Super Easy Fed.

Buy U.S. Stocks for the Short– to Medium Term.

Stocks for the Long Term: Small Cap, Value and Momentum.

Inflation Plays for the Medium and Longer Term.

Foreign Equities.

Fixed Income.

Emotion and Investing.

Chapter 11 The New Normal.

Big Government Hurts.

Keynes and Government.

How Bad Can It Get?

Roosevelt, Carter or Clinton.

The Future Still Looks Bright.



About the Author.


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"Compared with most of his peers, Brian Wesbury. . . looks like a raging bull. The economy, he boldly predicts, will grow . . . the stock market remains grossly . . . This is the opportunity of a lifetime for those buying a house. . . The author rightly makes the case that the current financial crisis was totally unnecessary. Its prime cause was the imposition of mark–to–market accounting rules. . . Wesbury also explains that the potential losses from subprime mortgages and exotic financial instruments in 2007 were less threatening to the system than was the banking crisis of some 20 years ago. . . Wesbury deals decisively and persuasively with other misconceptions. The big one: that it was the collapse of the housing bubble that led to panic in the fall of 2008 . . .As for the economy′s current growth, Wesbury makes it clear that he doesn′t think it′s soundly based. In other words, investors have opportunities for big gains, but they′d better be nimble. Expansions fueled by excesses of Fed credit always end badly."

Forbes magazine
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