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Survival Investing: How to Prosper Amid Thieving Banks and Corrupt Governments

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Most individuals and institutions hold the preponderance of their investments in common stocks, corporate bonds, mutual funds, index funds, muni bonds, money markets, bank CDs, and Treasury securities. But these conventional investments will not do well in a world dominated by corrupt, debt-laden governments and thieving bankers, brokers and middlemen. Finance guru John R. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Alesa
Mar 06, 2014 Alesa rated it it was amazing
This very radical book helped me to understand (a little bit, at least) what is happening with our country's finance. The author takes an alarmist approach, and really shakes you up. But since he accurately predicted the housing bubble bust, among other things, it seems wise to take him very seriously.

Not having a background in economics or finance, I can't evaluate this book on a technical basis. However, I love the way the author writes, and the way he simplifies concepts using very common-sen
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Marcus
Aug 29, 2012 Marcus rated it liked it
Nothing really new here, merely an updated version of Contagion (2009), which was an excellent book. Talbott spends a bit of time reviewing his excellent forecasting record. He then explains how the US and indeed the world got into the mess it now faces through corruption, market manipulation and excessive leverage. He envisions a future of high inflation which will destroy the value of most paper assets. He reverses his 2006 call and heartedly endorsed buying a home today given the ability to s ...more
David Donhoff
May 01, 2013 David Donhoff rated it did not like it
Shelves: business
For whatever its worth, I just finished… and quite disappointed.
The chapter titles held great promise, but as I dove in I discovered the author’s world view is actually very non-economic. He is of the philosophy that in general business is bad and entrepreneurs are not to be trusted in making their own economic decisions.

Once I got a “fix” on this author’s mindset, I basically speed-skimmed forward looking (hoping) for *anything* showing a grasp of the grounded reality of understanding basic eco
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Will
Nov 19, 2013 Will rated it it was ok
I'll save you a lot of time. He has two pieces of advice: buy real assets (i.e. property in areas that aren't in a massive bubble) and gold.

Here's why buying gold is bad advice: http://www.emarotta.com/is-a-financia...

The rest of the book is a rant against governments, bankers, economists, and the media. All perfectly true, but telling me how most of the reliable and reputable options are actually completely corrupted and fucked is why I bought the book in the first place.
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John Talbott is an economic consultant who has authored academic papers on economic growth and development and made presentations on the subject to the governments of Russia, Jordan, and Qatar. A visiting scholar at the Anderson School at UCLA, Talbott is also a former vice president in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs, and Company.

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