If you want to understand more about the financial crisis and how to protect yourself and your family, I believe in addition to my blogroll, these books and websites to be the most easily understood and most up-to-date for 2012.
This is my suggested reading/video list (in no particular order):
Download Martin Armstrong’s writings. You may download all of Martin Armstrong’s public letters at this link. 40+ letters available. You may view and download them for free.
Website/video series. Chris Martenson’s The Crash Course is a video series explaining the economic crisis, peak oil, and environmental issues that will impact your life in the next twenty years. This is a must-see, in-depth video series. On his website, Chris now has a 30-minute version of the Crash Course, the link will lead you to it.
Hyperinflation Report. John Williams from shadowstats.com. His 2011 Hyperinflation Report Update is now free. This report is a must read. It will let you know what to expect in the next 3-5 years.
Cycles. Bonnie Hill’s website has great links to a diverse amount of information on different types of cycles on in one place.
Book Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver by Michael Maloney. Michael does a great job of going through all the reasons you should buy precious metals in this economic environment. Then he goes through the pros and cons of all the different ways to invest in metals.
Website/blog This is an old blog, but it is an introduction to the ideas of Martin Armstrong, formally of Princeton Economics. Particularly The Economic Confidence Model and 8.6 Year Cycles. Note: Martin Armstrong is a master timer.
Video interviews This page directs you to all the recent interviews with Jim Rogers thanks to allthingsjimrogers.com. I follow Mr. Rogers advice religiously. Like me, he is not a day trader, but invests in long-term trends. Since he does not blog, we hang on his every word in the posted interviews. He is to the point and easy to understand. Oh, and in the last 40 years, he has always been right.
Video From a Rich Dad Investing Conference, this video is 25 minutes. The focus is gold and silver investing. Excellent video explaining what is happening now and will happen in the future.
Note: Robert Kiyosaki says in the video, “cash is trash”. This may confuse some people, as the dollar is gaining value right now. This is temporary. Investors are liquidating their assets and putting the money in cash reserves, waiting on the side lines. The dollar fundamentals are horrible. At some point in the not-so-distant future, through the continued printing of fiat currencies, all cash will be trash. This will happen suddenly, so have your investments in place before the herd figures this out.
Book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. This is the first book in the Rich Dad Poor Dad series. This is an easy-to-understand accounting book. I have a B.A. in Business Administration and I learned more from this book then any finance class.
Book Peter Schiff How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse. Peter does an excellent job of defining the issues leading up to the crisis and how to protect your investments.
Article Gerald Celente’s article entitled The Collapse of ’09. This is a great summary of what to expect in the next 18 months. I am not one of those that believes civilization will cease as we know it. However, there will be certain areas of the country where there are angry, unemployed people with too much time on their hands.
Side musing: words to invest by…
“There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”
Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises (1881 – 1973)