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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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Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Henthorn
Harry Dent's theory on why spending will decrease in the future could be useful for strategic financial planing. However, I'm a natural optimist... But, as a Real estate agent... Maybe Harry's take on why vacation/second home communities could crash in value is, well... worth digesting.
Mark Geise
"The Great Crash Ahead" is at the very least an interesting look at the post-Great Recession economy. This book is full of predictions, many of which have not come true or are yet to come true. If I was to judge this book by the accuracy of the predictions, I would give it a very low rating. However, I liked the book because it forces me to look at things differently than I normally would. Dent touches on the government's interference in the economy and how this has contributed to colossal finan ...more
Robert Chapman
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy
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
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
George Roper
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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