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Contagion: The Financial Epidemic That is Sweeping the Global Economy... and How to Protect Yourself from It

ISBN: 978-0-470-59367-7
256 pages
June 2010
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Bestselling author John Talbott outlines the troublesome economic times ahead and what can be done about them

Tough times are here, and author John Talbott-who accurately predicted the dot.com technology stock collapse as well as the recent housing, mortgage, and financial crises-argues that the coming global recession will be unlike anything we've ever seen.

In Contagion, Talbott turns his attention to this crisis and offers insights on what can be done to navigate such treacherous terrain. Talbott sets the stage by discussing how government borrowing and spending on the war, healthcare, Social Security, and corporate giveaways combined with dramatic increases in personal spending, fueled by credit card and mortgage debt, have funded unsustainable levels of personal and government consumption.

  • Offers practical suggestions as to how investors and homeowners can best weather this storm with straightforward advice on where to invest
  • Examines real estate and housing issues to help you make the best decisions possible in this arena
  • Details the best ways to utilize stocks, bonds, TIPS, and commodities, and to prosper during this global crisis
  • If you really want to protect yourself from the unfolding economic crisis, then Contagion is the book you need to read.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Bamboozled.

Chapter 2 What Didn't Cause the U.S. Housing Boom and Bust.

Chapter 3 What Did Cause the U.S. Housing Boom and Bust.

Chapter 4 The Contagion Spreads from Subprime to Prime.

Chapter 5 How Low Will Housing Prices Go in the U.S.?

Chapter 6 The U.S. Economy Was Not in Great Shape to Begin With.

Chapter 7 The United States Enters a Long Recession.

Chapter 8 The Global Economy Catches the Contagion.

Chapter 9 Too Big to Fail—The $400 Trillion Derivatives Market.

Chapter 10 Local Governments Feel the Pinch.

Chapter 11 From Wall Street to Main Street.

Chapter 12 Demographics Magnify Contagion.

Chapter 13 Which Investments and Which Countries Will Weather the Storm the Best?

Chapter 14 Stop the Bleeding.

Chapter 15 No Future without Reform.

Chapter 16 A Warning Shot Across the Bow.


About the Author.


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Author Information

JOHN R. TALBOTT is a bestselling author, a former investment banker for Goldman Sachs, and previously a visiting scholar at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. For the last decade, he has been writing full-time as an author, publishing six books and numerous peer-reviewed academic journal articles on economics and politics. His books include Slave Wages; The Coming Crash in the Housing Market; Where America Went Wrong: And How to Regain Her Democratic Ideals; Sell Now!: The End of the Housing Bubble; and Obamanomics. Talbott has served as an economic advisor to a number of developing countries, including Jordan and Russia. He has appeared live on CNN, Fox News, CNNfn, CNBC, MSNBC, and CBS, and has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Examiner, San Francisco Chronicle, and Financial Times.
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