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SWAG: Alternative Investments for the Coming Decade [Paperback]

Joe Roseman
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1 May 2012
Silver. Wine. Art. Gold. SWAG assets. Over the last decade, through the dot.com bust, the credit crisis, one recession, one depression and the current European sovereign debt crisis, SWAG assets have produced stunning returns. This is in stark contrast to traditional assets like equities which are typically lower today than a decade ago. This is an era of financial repression where savings rates are kept below inflation. It is an era of money printing and bail-outs where reckless borrowers get bailed out by prudent savers. Investors, be they professional fund managers, billionaires or just ordinary savers need to protect themselves against this process through SWAG. Everyone needs some SWAG.

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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781485186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781485187
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars SWAG 9 May 2012
SWAG is a very well written and timely book that provides valuable insights into current world economic problems, such as Money printing and the devastating consequences of such a process called "debasement." This must be studied and understood if one is understand how to survive, invest and prosper.

Mainstream economics and planning bodies claim money printing, or now what is called QE, is necessary to pay for our over-bloated and debt laden Western economies. But Joe shows what the true unintended consequence of such a policy is. Moreover he shows you how to protect yourself from a policy that has always led to trouble and at its worse revolutions and wars. He tells you what other wont say - that money printing is a theft and as such its just as bad as counterfeiting - which is of course considered a crime in all societies.

To protect against such a theft, one can choose from SWAG or other similar so called hard assets and of course the choice depends on many variables, but for the first time a mainstream economist has given you an alternative investment set to that suggested by the old Wall Street houses.

Because Joe Roseman has had classical economics training and has worked inside the City and with some of the Big Macro players, he carries credibility.

This book, perhaps reveals The Secret that only City and Wall Street insiders seem to know.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grab the Swag 9 May 2012
Joe Roseman is one of the few people who have worked in investment markets who is not caught up in his own ego and belief that he is always right. This book challeges a few traditional thoughts, will upset traditionalists but it is thought provoking, intelligent and a great starting point for managing your own money or challenging those people who are supposed to be doing it on your own behalf. Worth reading on the beach, in the bath or in retirement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read 24 May 2012
By wineman
A fascinating insight into the global economic crisis and a must for anyone interested in alternative assets. Joe Roseman explains this tricky subject in straight forward and relevant way. A splendid read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SWAG by Joe Roseman 9 May 2012
There is no shortage of books on the recent financial crisis, or how to make money in the new post-crisis era, but none that I am aware of are as complete as this one. Roseman's `SWAG' is bound to be controversial and denigrated by some mainstream commentators, but not only is it compelling, it is easy to read and understand despite the complexity of some of the issues it tackles. Economics is a discipline blighted by consensus thinking and this enthralling thematic compendium provides a refreshingly `Austrian' perspective on what is essentially a second crisis in mainstream `Keynesian' political economy - the aftermath of the `great moderation', aka credit boom (the first was `stagflation' in the 1970s.) It lays bare the unholy symbiosis of monetary-fiscal decadence that is leading to ever more money printing, which could tear apart our social fabric, and pioneers new investment themes to protect us from rapacious governments in the new era of financial repression. Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read book from a must read author 12 May 2012
This superb book integrates a superb analysis of how we got here and where we're likely to go, with what can practically be done about it. It's very well written and argued and contains some great pithy wisdom (eg there's no such thing as an asset which is too risky, only a position which is too big). It not really a book on how to get rich. It's a book about how to stay rich. But for me, what stands it apart is the credibility of the author. He's been a macro hedge fund manager for the last two decades with one of the most consistently successful macro funds of all time. He's seen and profited from the rolling crises of past decades. From the ERM debacle in the early 1990s to the sub-prime crisis still affecting the world today. He's no mere pundit/talking-head/attention seeker. He's seen it and done it, consistently over time. And it's worth listening to what he has to say.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Economics made easy.... 23 May 2012
I am not an economist. In fact, I find economics difficult to grasp sometimes. The financial crisis creates so many different possible problems. When i first saw this book, I thought it was not for me. I have very little in savings and economics can be confusing. But i was wrong. This book is great. It really spells out how the crisis developed and how it might unfold. It spells out what that might mean for various assets, but most importantly for me gave me an idea of what sort of world we may be heading towards and what could happen. I have no savings so I cannot look at the investment aspects of this book. But it has given me a great deal of insight into the type of world we may be entering. 5 stars. I was thinking of 4 stars as the book took over a week to arrive, but that isn't a criticism of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening read 23 May 2012
Great book. Easy to follow and useful no matter what your financial situation. If you want to create wealth - read it. If you want to protect your wealth vs others - read it. Liked it a lot. Will be interested to see if some of the fresh ideas are taken further in a sequel...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really hits the nail on the head 11 May 2012
Very easy to read. Treats a difficult subject in a way that anyone can understand. This is not just a book for rich people. It is for anyone interested in economics and how this crisis has developed. It is also for anyone looking for ways to invest and protect their savings in a world where building society returns are close to zero. Great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars steal legally
An up to date, comprehensive and to the point review of the threats and opportunities out there which influence the value of what you own; How to put your money to work... Read more
Published 22 months ago by glasnock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Alternative Investments
SWAG is a excellent introduction to investors of all levels of experience on the benefits of alternative investments in an era where returns from traditional investments (equities,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Genrefan
5.0 out of 5 stars SWAG
Financial repression, AKA wholesale government theft, will always be a major threat to savings.

This is a well thought out and constructed analysis of the potential... Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by lakeside
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious thinking from a guy who knows how
This is a really good book. Joe doesn't leap into recommending investments - he takes a serious look at the mess the world's developed economies have got themselves into - talks... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by Greg Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, thought-provoking read...
Mr Roseman's book gives a lucid and compelling account of the benefits of adding alternatives to a portfolio, and makes a watertight argument as to the benefits. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by wineinvestorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Benanke please read this
Pure logic. Finally a book on economics I can give to dad for Chanukah so he will stop bugging me with economic/investment questions over the year. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by James Vogl
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have any interest in investment this book is a must read..
Finally a book with an alternative investment strategy to the one most of us are familiar with and which everyone with a pot of money should give some serious consideration to. Read more
Published on 29 May 2012 by Classic Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars highl recommended reading
I hugely enjoyed reading SWAG. In this economic environment SWAG is what every investor should be looking for. The timing for SWAG is perfect. Read more
Published on 29 May 2012 by Patrick von Koss
5.0 out of 5 stars Roseman's SWAG
This book is a great treat for those of us who have admired his style and benefitted from his wise counsel over the years. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by JC
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