Sustainable Wealth. Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption

  • ID: 2219910
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise For Sustainable Wealth

"Finally an easy–to–read but very comprehensive study on investments in a world where sadly common sense is no longer so common and short–term profit ′temptations′ overwhelm the discipline of building sustainable wealth." Marc Faber, Editor, Gloom, Boom & Doom Report

"Maybe had Congress gotten this book before this financial crisis, we wouldn′t be in this crisis. But alas, we are, and alas, there′s hope. Axel Merk not only shows Washington the way out, but more importantly, the rest of us too. Not with a lecture, but a plan, and a damn good plan, without the bull and without the jargon. It′s why I love this guy. He really means it when he says he′s looking out for the rest of us guys. In Sustainable Wealth, he proves it." Neil Cavuto, Sr. Vice President and Anchor, Fox News Channeland Fox Business Network

"The right financial decisions are always essential, but become particularly important in today′s turbulent times. Preparation and knowledge are required to protect you and your family, and this book provides everything you need to develop a sound plan for the future." James Turk, founder and Chairman, GoldMoney.com

"It′s hard to accumulate wealth without making many costly mistakes along the way. That has never been more true given the enormous financial risks we see today. This book may help you avoid them." Bill Fleckenstein, Fleckenstein Capital

"Axel Merk′s Sustainable Wealth is a storehouse of historical and current investment information clearly written and packed with valuable information. I recommend this book without reservation." Richard Russell, Publisher, Dow Theory Letters

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Foreword.

Preface.

Introduction.

Achieving Excellence as a Financial Pilot.

What Is Sustainable Wealth?

A Volatile World of Debt, Consumption, and Temptation.

Unintended Consequences.

The Flight You re About to Embark On . . .

Part I A World of Temptations.

Chapter 1 The Temptation of Credit.

The Relationship Between Credit and Debt.

Credit as Money.

The Power (and Un–Power) of Central Banks.

Sizing the Debt Problem.

A Crisis in Confidence.

Credit Crisis Consequences.

A Bond Market Bubble?

Credit as a Threat to Sustainable Wealth.

Credit as Fuel for Other Temptations.

Using Credit Wisely.

Chapter 2 The Temptation of Consumption.

The Consumption Paradigm.

The Cost of a Consumption Economy.

Long–Term Consequences.

Unwinding the Consumption Bubble.

What This All Means for You.

Chapter 3 The Temptation of Policy Change.

The Boom/Bust Cycle: Can You Fool Mother Nature?

Goldilocks Intended.

Above and Beyond: The Fed Ventures Into Fiscal Policy.

More Bad Medicine for Boom/Bust Cycles.

Regulation and Taxes: Consistency is the Best Policy.

Long–Term Policy Consequences.

Policy, Complacency, and Sustainable Wealth.

Chapter 4 The Temptation of Complacency.

Big Hat, No Cattle.

Complacency s Counterparty Risk.

The Complacency of Business Legacy.

Trust Must Be Earned Every Day.

Live Free or Die.

Part II Achieving Sustainable Wealth.

Chapter 5 Challenging Conventional Wisdom.

Recognize Your Responsibility.

Should You Use an Adviser?

The Proactivity of Sustainable Wealth.

Low–Probability, High–Risk Events.

Adaptive Investing, Rather Than Staying the Course.

The Sustainable Wealth Lifestyle.

Chapter 6 Saving and Spending in a Volatile World.

The Sustainable Wealth Grid.

Become a Scenario Planner.

Sustainable Wealth: A Store of Value.

The Individual Wealth Cycle Model.

The Importance of Pay As You Go.

Getting a Handle on Expenses.

How to Spend Less Than You Earn.

Make the Important Standard–of–Living Decisions.

Sustainable Wealth in a Volatile World.

Chapter 7 Crisis Investing.

Signs of Crisis.

Hope Is Not a Strategy.

About Insurance.

There s No Such Thing as a Safe Asset.

Finding a Place to Hide: Depression Investing.

How to Invest in a Bust.

Toward Sustainable Wealth.

Chapter 8 Profiting in a Volatile World.

Diversification.

Scenario–Based Investing.

Investing in the Future.

Stock Investing: Investing for Value.

Diversification with Real Estate and Land.

Diversification into Alternative Investments.

Profit Opportunities in an Uncertain World.

When to Sell.

How to Invest in a Boom.

Toward a Sustainable Wealth Investing Model.

Chapter 9 Sustainable Investing.

The Power of Compounding.

Doing Investing Right.

A Golden College Savings Plan.

Taking Risks Without Jeopardizing Sustainable Wealth.

Purpose–Driven Investing.

Sustainable Investing and the Sustainable Wealth Lifestyle.

Chapter 10 The Pursuit of Sustainable Wealth and Happiness.

The Rewards of Living Within Your Means.

Sustainable Work–Life Balance.

Leaving a Legacy: Sustainable Giving.

Sustaining Wealth Spans Generations.

Surgeon General s Warning: Sustainable Wealth May Be Addictive.

Final Thoughts.

Resources.

About the Author.

Index.

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Axel Merk is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Merk Investments LLC, an SEC registered investment advisory firm that manages mutual funds specializing in currencies. He has published articles describing complex economic phenomena in understandable terms and is a frequent expert presenter and moderator at conferences. Merk is a sought–after voice in financial news, known for his understandable advice and uncanny ability to predict market movements. He is a regular guest on CNBC and Fox News, and is frequently quoted inBarron′s, theWall Street Journal, Bloomberg News,USA Today, and theFinancial Times.
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