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The Great Crash Ahead: Strategies for a World Turned Upside Down

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In his most recent New York Times bestselling book, The Great Depression Ahead, Harry S. Dent, Jr., predicted that the stimulus plan created in response to the first crisis would hit demographic and debt saturation headwinds and ultimately fail. In 2010, the stimulus plan had started to fail, and it was already stalling by the first quarter of 2011. The Great Crash Ahead o ...more
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Published September 20th 2011 by Free Press
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Robert Chapman
This book is about the financial meltdown that has occurred and the deflationary downturn which the author believes is coming over next decade and beyond. I’m not a financial guru, so I really liked this book for the simple reason that the author explained what has happened and what he predicts will happen in very easy to understand terms.

Understanding how the US economy got to where it is now really opened my eyes. Sure I had heard the analysis on CNN and other news outlets a hundred times, but
Opinionated and foreboding, Mr Dent writes of an impending financial crash, ca. 2013-14, in this book from 2011. He predicts that the DJ will plummet to half its current resurgence. Operating a financial advice program since the late '80s, Dent makes reasonable hypotheses and explains as precisely as possible for the financially uninitiated, like myself. Spending patterns, the birth index, the generational spending wave, state pensions: Dent presents straightforward thoughts on economics. Econom ...more
Great book from an analytical perspective. Outlined the deflation trend and argued it very well and convincingly. There is little doubt the difficulties predicted (deflation/contraction and a "winter season" in some economies) are highly likely. However, the book failed to fully address some major issues: the more drastic levels of policy response and its potential impact, especially in the scenario of extreme quantitative easing and inflation risks. This makes full & complete acceptance of ...more
A thought-provoking inter-correlated analysis. Dent explains how all the contributing factors lead us to this moment. The failure of QE (quantitative easing), the asset/debt bubble, the decrease in consumer spending, and the underfund situations in the State pension and retirement benefits; concoct with the anemic GDP growth, the domino effect of the European debt, the downfall of the Japanese economy; multiply by the aging of baby boomers en masse that leads to the increase of obligation in hea ...more
Harry Dent's theory is that the state of the economy depends primarily on what the baby boomers are up to.
If they are in a stage of life when they are buying houses, raising kids, and spending a lot of money, the economy is going to be great. As they are getting older and nearing or at retirement, they're going to stop spending, start paying off debt, and save as much as they can. That time is now, and therefore the economy is going to be very slow for the next ten or twelve years, no matter how
Repeats the same basic idea ad nauseum (aging baby boomers = deflation), which contains an element of truth, but is overly simplistic.
There were a lot of graphs in this book. Lots of cycles. All about the boomers. But the
conclusions were not explained except to say people do the same things at the same stages
in life. There were supposed to be stratagies for "a world turned upside down". That seemed to
be, pay off your bills. Don't buy real estate, unless it is cheap, then get some and rent it out.
Buy bonds, and forget about using much health care when you get old. Oh, and your social
security has been stolen, sorry, nothing we c
George Roper
Using simple language Dent explains the cause of the most recent financial crisis and the factors which he believes will lead to a prolonged period of deflation, low interest rates and another major real estate market bust (this time in China). The analysis in the book is based on an examination of various waves and cycles related to demographic trends and associated spending patterns.
Dent doesn't provide a ton of new information as to why we are in this mess. But his conclusions differ substantially from Peter Schiff and David/Robert Wiedemer (Aftershock). His use of demographic tables to posit a period of coming deflation (akin to Japan's "lost decade") is VERY interesting. While I may not necessarily agree with his conclusions, it's absolutely worth a read.
Tom Vogt
If you are interested in investing and economics this is a very interesting book in terms of the impact of demographics. Harry Dent has always been controversial, but he always provides interesting and daring perspectives based on his study of demographics, although his timing of their impact on the economy and the markets is not usually very timely.
I agree with about 75% of what Dent has written here. I certainly don't hold to the same world view that he really gets into in the last chapter and conclusion of the work -- evolution and uniformitarianism. I will be reading his earlier work about the coming depression.
Michael Sweeney
Another layer added to previous book, a five star if he is as accurate as the great depression ahead. Builds confidence that you can still invest in the future and gets you out of the herd of sheeple.
George Haun
Economics from an obviously biased point of view. The data presented seems to be one sided to fit the argument. Without objectivity this reader is left unconvinced.
Not a leisure read, however, if he is correct with his theories, the book will prove to be invaluable for your financial well being in the coming years.

Did not care too much for the book. A little too over the top and felt like I needed an Economics Degree along with a Statistic Degree to follow.
Steven Wilson
Worth the read from the demographics analysis, I think his conclusions are a bit of a reach.
it's goign to get worse and he says how
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Harry S. Dent, Jr. (born 1950) is an American financial newsletter writer.

Dent writes an economic newsletter that reviews the economy in the US and around the world through demographic trends focusing on predictable consumer spending patterns, as well as financial markets, and has written several books.
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