From Tom Dyson, founder, Palm Beach Research Group: It costs 40 cents at Amazon.com. But it’s the most valuable book they sell.
It was published in 1993. But it’s as relevant as any current book today.
I discovered it during the financial crisis of 2008. As the stock market collapsed and the banks failed, I’d been staying up all night trading the markets while watching the financial news channels.
All that “noise” was sucking me into the television and turning me into a news junkie. I was beginning to lose my perspective on the big picture…
I needed a book that could explain to me what was going on. One that could center me.
I needed a guidebook for the crisis.
Reading it for the first time was like being elevated 20 yards off the ground on a busy street corner.
In its third chapter, the book states:
With as much debt as there is today, the wave of bond and mortgage defaults would cascade through the economy. Loan defaults would wipe out banks, and foreclosure sales would depress prices and wipe out the net worth of individuals.
It goes on to explain why the crisis happened, where it would lead, and how the authorities would respond. It was like an instruction manual for my money. And it was such a relief after CNBC’s blather.
The book I’m talking about is Crisis Investing for the Rest of the ’90s by Doug Casey.
First of all, ignore the title. This book is an education in money, markets, and philosophy. I’d estimate 95% of the information in this book is timeless and will benefit you forever.
And the remaining 5% of the material—the “time-specific” stuff—is still relevant, even today.
In case you haven’t heard of the author, Doug is a famous philosopher and speculator and a longtime friend to Palm Beach Research Group readers.
As well as making a fortune, traveling the world, and giving entertaining speeches, Doug has also written four books. They’re all cult classics: The International Man, Crisis Investing, Strategic Investing, and Crisis Investing for the Rest of the ’90s.
I’d recommend them all, but Crisis Investing for the Rest of the ’90s is by far the best.
It’s been a close companion of mine since 2008… and I’ll probably refer to it for the rest of my life.
Doug composed the book in three sections. He titled the first section “What’s going on and why?” In it, he explains the basics: how money works, how politicians manipulate money, and how their manipulations always lead to bank runs and credit crunches.
Except for the timing, his forecast of the 2008 crisis was so accurate, it was eerie.
In the second section, Doug introduces the investment strategy he recommends to profit from these trends. He calls it the “Ten Times Ten Approach.” The gist is you divide your portfolio into 10 unrelated areas, making sure each has the potential to increase tenfold in value.
This way, you have the potential to make a fortune, but at the same time, you’ve spread your risk out. Even if just one of your 10 speculations pays off, you’re still a winner.
Then he discusses almost every investment you can think of—from Japanese real estate to biotech stocks to agricultural commodities to convertible bonds. And he explains how to profit in each of them.
It’s the ultimate reference guide to all the different investments you have available to you, written by a professional speculator. And with the possible exception of his call to bet against the Japanese stock market (which was a great call at the time), his recommendations are still relevant today.
But the final section is my favorite. It’s where the book blossoms into a work of total genius.
Here, Doug forecasts the big trends in warfare, science, and society. He explains his philosophies on religion, environmentalism, and politics. I won’t spoil the ending, but he comes to some radical conclusions.
The hardcover version of Crisis Investing for the Rest of the ’90s is on Amazon for 40 cents. If you can ignore the reference to the ’90s in the title, it’ll be the best 40 cents you’ll ever spend.
Please note: Early actors can snatch a copy of the book for the low price above. But as limited quantities are extinguished, prices go up to meet demand. If this happens, wait for demand to ease and purchase when prices are back down.
Reeves’ Note: There’s one specific “crisis investing” strategy that’s very powerful—especially in the wake of a big crisis. It’s a method Doug personally uses. And Tom used it to help readers make gains of up to 30% after the 2008 meltdown. Tom’s putting together a special set of training videos to go over this strategy. You can access the first video HERE. (Put away your credit card, there’s nothing to sell here.)