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Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit From the Economic Collapse, 2nd Edition


Praise for Crash Proof and Crash Proof 2.0

"Schiff was warning us about our fragile economic foundation long before the first cracks started to appear. There are plenty of market cheerleaders out there, but if you want advice from a market realist who has been proven right again and again, read this book."
Glenn Beck, host, The Glenn Beck Program

"The dot-com implosion proves that we all need Peter Schiff's vision of investing. His view is so global and so unique in its approach, and at a time when we all should be looking to crash-proof our portfolios, Schiff offers us this much-needed life-raft."
Liz Claman, anchor, Fox Business Network

"For those accustomed to America's economic dominance, Crash Proof is a frighteningly forthright wake-up call. But Peter Schiff is one Cassandra whose voice deserves your rapt attention. Devoid of the usual Wall Street spin, this frank and prophetic read will make you reconsider the very foundations on which your financial house is built."
Jonathan Hoenig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC and Fox News Channel analyst

"Schiff does an outstanding job of outlining the dangers to individual investors of the current economic environment and presents a plausible plan about how to deal with the risks."
David W. Tice, Chief Portfolio Manager, Prudent Bear Funds

"A sober assessment of the financial problems facing our country. Reading this book will prepare you for potential outcomes that Wall Street and the mainstream financial media are completely unaware of."
Bill Fleckenstein, founder and President of Fleckenstein Capital and Money columnist

Schiff Discusses the Latest Worldwide Financial Crises

The economic and monetary disaster, which seasoned Wall Street prognosticator Peter Schiff warned of in the bestselling first edition of Crash Proof is no longer hypothetical—it is here today. And while most people believe that the economic collapse is over, the reality is that it has only just begun. That's why he's returned with Crash Proof 2.0—Providing everything you need to protect your money.

Peter D. Schiff is a seasoned Wall Street prognosticator best known for his accurate predictions of the performance of the stock market, commodities, gold, and the dollar. He is one of the few unbiased investment advisors to have predicted the current bear market and positioned his clients accordingly. Schiff began his career at Shearson Lehman and joined Euro Pacific Capital in 1996, becoming President of the firm in 2000. He appears frequently on Fox Business News, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV, and has been quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the Financial Times, and the New York Times. Schiff is also the author of the original edition of Crash Proof as well as The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets, both published by Wiley.

John Downes is coauthor of the bestselling Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms, Barron's Finance and Investment Handbook, and Beating the Dow. He lives in Poughquag, New York.

Author's Note, Crash Proof 2.0 vii

Preface xv

Introduction: The Delusion of Real Wealth xxi

1 The Slippery Slope: Consumers, Not Producers 1

2 What Uncle Sam, the Mass Media, and Wall Street Don't Want You to Know 33

3 For a Few Dollars More: Our Declining Currency 63

4 Inflation Nation: The Federal Reserve Fallacy 91

5 My Kingdom for a Buyer: Stock Market Chaos 129

6 They Burst Bubbles, Don't They?: The Coming Real Estate Debacle 159

7 Come On In, the Water's Fine: Our Consumer Debt Problem 199

8 How to Survive and Thrive, Step 1: Rethinking Your Stock Portfolio 237

9 How to Survive and Thrive, Step 2: Gold Rush—Be the First Person on Your Block to Stake a Claim 283

10 How to Survive and Thrive, Step 3: Stay Liquid 317

Epilogue 339

Books for Further Reading 345

Glossary 349

Index 353