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Author: Harry S. Dent Narrator: Harry S. Dent Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780743580762
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Roaring 2000s guides listeners through the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression

The first and last economic depression that you will experience in your lifetime is just ahead. The years 2009 and 2010 will be the initial end of prosperity in almost every market, ushering in a downturn like most of us have not experienced before. Renowned economic forecaster Harry S. Dent, Jr. has developed analytical techniques that allow him to predict the impact of economic trends, including the following:

• The economy appears to recover from the subprime crisis and minor recession by mid-to-late 2009 "the calm before the real storm."

• Stock prices start to crash again between mid-to-late 2009 into late 2010, and likely finally bottom around mid 2012-between Dow 3,800 and 4,500.

• The economy enters a deeper depression between mid 2010 and early 2011, likely extending off and on into late 2012 or mid 2013.

• Asian markets may bottom by late 2010, along with health care, and be the first great buy opportunities in stocks.

• The next broad-based global bull market from 2020-2023 into 2035-2036.

Conventional investment wisdom will no longer apply, and investors must drastically reevaluate their policies in order to survive. Dent offers long and short-term recommendations that will allow families, businesses, investors, and individuals to manage their assets correctly and come out on top rather than get caught in a downward spiral. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Dent’s...theories are persuasive and elaborated in meticulous descriptions of historic economic trends and cycles. The author’s candor is refreshing, especially when he discusses how equity investments experience a wide variety of returns, including substantial losses or extraordinary gains—and that the financial press has failed to remind the public of this fact.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • Dent has always been warning that this great boom would end around 2008-2009. He now sees a bigger crash ahead and a deflationary environment that could ravage your portfolio. His warnings and predictions are well worth reading and taking seriously. David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire
  • While many talk of change these days, the real question lies in assessing in what direction things will change. Harry Dent does a masterful job using demographics and other key cycles to lay out where and when changes will come that will have sweeping ramifications for our pocketbooks, our way of life, and our nation. I cannot more highly recommend this book. Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina
  • Economists cannot forecast the economy very well, and most would admit it if their jobs didn't depend on the fiction that they can. So most economists become closet extrapolators, with some minor tweaking for visible pending developments and policy changes. Even I can see to the next corner pretty well, but I can't see around the corner. There is one exception, however. Demographics! Demography, as they say, is destiny. The reason is that you can see the future based on the facts of the present and demonstrated behavior. You can see the pig, or the pigs, going through the python. Harry Dent is the reigning expert in applying sophisticated demographic analysis to economic forecasting. His past record of getting it right speaks for itself. I hope he's wrong this time. I hope we don't have a great depression by 2010. But given his track record, I won't be betting against him. Robert D. McTeer, Distinguished Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, and former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • “What Harry Dent brings to the much-discussed subject of the now-insolvent world markets is an unrelenting grasp of both the facts and the figures behind the greatest financial collapse of modern times. His subdued tone conveys a hard edge as he tells of the hardships surrounding plummeting real estate values.”  


  • “[Dent] makes a compelling case for his predictions...This is an excellent book to challenge a broad range of library patrons.”


  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Konnie | 2/18/2014

    " Okay, When I say I read it, I'm lying. I skimmed it. Enough to know that I'm not enough there with investing and economics to understand it well--at least not without some deep, quiet study. But, it was still interesting. Harry S. Dent uses history and economic patterns to predict future economic trends. He has had a measure of success. He also has many who disagree with his predictions and assumptions. If I had a greater understanding of economics (and a quieter house in which to concentrate), I might have read more deeply and learned something that would change my spending/investing/saving habits and philosophies. But without the quiet house, it was interesting for a moment and won't change much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matriarchy | 2/17/2014

    " Skimmed. Read chapters summaries. This book is intended for people with investment resources. Not what I was looking for. Basically advises investors to abandon cities that do not have positive domestic immigration. He ignores thinks I think he should not. For instance, he thinks that since echo boomers are heading for the South and Southwest, that those are places to invest. I wonder what while happen when the water runs out. I think he optimistically underestimates current events and their long-term effects. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nick | 2/16/2014

    " Not the best book I've read, but really interesting predictions on the upcoming years. I'm pretty sure Dent is right-on with the economy tanking. But things wouldn't be interesting if we could see the future, right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/12/2014

    " Years ahead of time, he predicted the 2009 (or late 2008) dip based on his "consumer spending" cycle analysis from his book "Roaring 2000's" that I also enjoyed years ago. He feels a World War may happen in the 2020's due to cyclical historical patterns. Hmmmmm. His estimates in the book are off due to a few things, but Obama's "stimulus package" is a biggie. If you factor in this book with his web site for more current updates, that would be a good start. International investing is riskier than he's making it seem. Also, he seems to misunderstand the significance of Islam, assuming they will fade out of the scene related to world events. But overall, I found it very helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 2/6/2014

    " Tough reading. Also current immediately only then all changes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheik | 1/18/2014

    " We are in big trouble, and the bail outs are NOT going to fix the fundamental rewarding greed, fraud and screwing the american people is NOT the answer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/6/2014

    " An insightful demographics-based evaluation of the global economy, with an outlook for the next decade that is not at all cheerful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/12/2013

    " From the man who has written a lot about the economy and trends...he says this is only the beginning and we won't get out of the recession/depression for a long while...artifical help can't get us out of the hole we are in...and he basis this on history and trends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawn | 10/15/2013

    " Full of assumptions and exaggerations - not worth the time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/20/2013

    " As usual, Dent does a good job tying things together using demographics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 8/17/2013

    " An absolute must-read for anyone interested in a financial education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/18/2013

    " Makes a strong argument about the power of demographics. Hard to ignore the predictions that have come to fruition while being laughed at by the financial experts ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracykate2002 | 8/14/2012

    " Extremely technical discussion about not only the depression the author sees coming, but the numbers behind his reasoning. I've seen Mr. Dent interviewed several times and is a compelling figure, but I hope to God he's wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qusay | 2/2/2012

    " Good historical economic charts, for future updated charts he asks you to join his site/newsletter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbrief | 5/15/2011

    " I sure hope everything he forecasts in this book doesn't come to pass. However, the trends he discusses are quite interesting. THere were lots of charts and it wasn't a quick read, but as with his other books, I did learn some things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 2/16/2011

    " Dent uses demographics to explain why we are headed into another depression. Though provoking and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/3/2010

    " I have looked at the coming crash (much deeper than what has happened so far), which I see as unavoidable, from many perspectives. This is a forecast based almost exclusively on demographic trends. It is well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 6/21/2010

    " Though probably not terribly more accurate than the reading of entrails, this earnest exploration of the likely effects of intersecting secular trends, all centered around demographics, provides a possibly useful framework against which to weigh ones own view of likely future scenarios. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Void | 5/22/2010

    " I believe the author misses a number of big changes dues to monetary issues, but on a purely demographic angle he brings some brilliant insights. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanna | 9/15/2009

    " A great book. Dent analyzed the US economy from the geographic and demographic perspective. His writing is quaint yet the concepts are contemporary. On the contrary of the gloomy title, there is a foretaste of sunray and hope in the content. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J | 2/18/2009

    " Very repetitive and a little out of date "

About the Author

Harry S. Dent, Jr., is recognized as one of the most reliable economic and business trend forecasters of our time. He has been profiled and quoted in Fortune, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, and Entrepreneur and regularly appears on CNN, Fox, and CNBC. He is a Fortune 100 consultant, small business manager, new venture investor, and noted speaker and has a Harvard MBA. He stood virtually alone in forecasting the unanticipated boom of the 1990s in his book The Great Boom Ahead. He also predicted a downturn in the US that would start around 2008. In 1989, when Japan looked invincible, he forecasted that the Land of the Rising Sun was on the verge of a 12–14-year downturn, which followed in short order. He offers a refreshingly understandable view of how the economy works and suggests practical applications at all levels, uniquely using the science of demographics to identify changing trends and opportunities. He has proven that by using his approach to understanding the economy you can foresee the key economic trends that will impact your life, your business, and your investments over the rest of your life.