As a reward to readers, this blog is offering a free copy of The Cost of Capitalism by Robert J. Barbera, an engaging and thought-provoking account of the causes and signs of the bubbles and financial crises that have repeatedly plagued our economy, including the 2008 crash. His argument is that such crises are part of the capitalist system and are bound to re-occur. The book got very positive reviews on Amazon and I really like it too.
The book helps the individual investor to detect the indicators like rising debt levels and over-confidence that show a crisis is building. Perhaps this can allow preventative action ... though timing when to get out and back in has been shown to be extremely difficult. (Such is not Barbera's goal anyway. His thrust is to explain and suggest policy to prevent future crisis rather than to tell the investor how to protect him/herself.) Building a diversified portfolio that can weather market storms, or perhaps we should say, hurricanes is probably a more realistic objective. At the least, we can learn to bear such crises with slightly better equanimity.
To be in the random draw for the book, leave a comment with some unique name (i.e. don't comment as "anonymous"). The draw closes a week today, on Thursday, November 19th at midnight EST. The winner will be announced on the blog with a request to email a mailing address and the book will then be shipped out to any Canadian address.
In the comment, if you are so inclined, share your opinion and say what is currently your single greatest investment worry - be it another crisis, inflation, government deficits and likely rising taxes, very low growth and future returns etc.
A thank you to McGraw-Hill Canada for the complimentary copy.