Praise for Endgame "This is an extremely powerful, sobering, well-written and highly accessible book. It will demonstrate to you why there are no painless solutions to the mounting debt problems around the world something that too many people are yet to realize. It will take you on a well-documented journey through the debt supercycle, making stops around the world and at critical junctures. And it is a must-read for anyone wishing to understand the global debt dynamics and ways to protect against its bad consequences." Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO, PIMCO, and author of When Markets Collide "No one has thought more creatively about the economy. Mauldin's weekly newsletter is a must-read, and his book is even more important if you want to understand a rapidly changing world." Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the House of Representatives "Successful investors explore all possibilities. You should read this book so you can succeed in case the Endgame is our future." Jim Rogers, author of A Gift to My Children "I read everything John Mauldin writes. He travels the world and shares his financial stories like a good friend sharing a drink.
Mauldin is that rarity a skeptical optimist who calls 'em straight and rewards his clients and fans." Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Columnist, Forbes magazine "There's clearly something important going on in the world economy. Something big. Something powerful and dangerous. But something as yet undefined and uncertain. We are all feeling our way around in the dark, trying to figure out what it is. John Mauldin must have night vision glasses. He does an excellent job of seeing the obstacles. You should read this book before you knock over a lamp and stumble over the furniture." William Bonner, President and CEO, Agora Inc., and author of Dice Have No Memory and Empire of Debt "Endgame is not only a highly readable and informative account of the causes of the recent global economic and financial meltdown, but it also provides investors with a concrete investment strategy from which they can benefit while this final act in financial history is being played out." Marc Faber, Managing Director, Marc Faber, Ltd., and Editor, Gloom, Boom & Doom Report
JOHN MAULDIN is a renowned financial expert, a multiple New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. His weekly e-newsletter, Thoughts From The Frontline, was one of the first publications to provide investors with free, unbiased information and guidance. Today, it is one of the most widely distributed investment newsletters in the world, translated into Chinese, Spanish and Italian. He is regularly seen on TV and in national print media. President of Millennium Wave Investments, he is the father of seven children (five adopted) and lives in Dallas, Texas. JONATHAN TEPPER is the founder and Chief Editor of Variant Perception, a macroeconomic research group catering to hedge funds and high-net-worth individuals.
Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Endgame 1 Part One: The End of the Debt Supercycle 11 Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End 15 Chapter 2: Why Greece Matters 31 Chapter 3: Let s Look at the Rules 45 Chapter 4: The Burden of Lower Growth and More Frequent Recessions 73 Chapter 5: This Time Is Different 91 Chapter 6: The Future of Public Debt: An Unsustainable Path 109 Chapter 7: The Elements of Deflation 133 Chapter 8: Inflation and Hyperinflation 157 Part Two: A World Tour: Who Will Face Endgame First? 175 Chapter 9: The United States: The Mess We Find Ourselves In 181 Chapter 10: The European Periphery: A Modern-Day Gold Standard 215 Chapter 11: Eastern European Problems 233 Chapter 12: Japan: A Bug in Search of a Windshield 247 Chapter 13: The United Kingdom: How to Quietly Inflate Away Your Debt 261 Chapter 14: Australia: Could It Follow in Ireland's Footsteps? 273 Chapter 15: Unintended Consequences: Loose Monetary Policies and Emerging Markets 283 Conclusion: Investing and Profiting from Endgame 293 Epilogue: Some Final Thoughts 297 Notes 301 About the Authors 309 Index 311