Book Giveaway: “The Fearful Rise of Markets”

by Team Dinks on June 29, 2010 · 16 comments

Hey Dinks! Got another book giveaway for you.  We haven’t read it ourselves yet, but we’ll share part of the press release down below so you can get a feel for what you’d be in store for. And we’re giving out THREE of these!  Scroll down to see how to enter…

The Fearful Rise of Markets: Global Bubbles, Synchronized Meltdowns, and How To Prevent Them in the Future by John Authers

From their press release: In The Fearful Rise of Markets, Authers addresses the risks of a developing “New Bubble,” and provides insights and solutions for the financial markets for 2010 and beyond. Authers also illuminates the multiple roots of the repeated financial crises of the past two decades, including massive shifts in the global balance of economic power; the shift of key decisions from banks to capital markets funded with “other people’s money”; the wholesale financialization of key asset classes that were once closed to most investors; and massive failures of both academic theory and government policy.

John Authers provides both concerned readers and policymakers alike with answers on why financial market bubbles occur more frequently, why this could be happening again right now, and what to do about it. Readers will find in The Fearful Rise of Markets:

  • An exploration into the inner workings of today’s highly unstable, crisis-prone financial system with an eye to the future potential problems
  • Prescriptions for reforming global finance – and sound advice for individual
  • investors in the meantime
  • A global view with comprehensive context: how we got here, and why we’re still at risk.

In The Fearful Rise of Markets readers will gain the historic perspective of the current financial crisis on a global level that is needed if we are to work out how to prevent a future crisis.

Want a free copy?

Drop a comment with your own theory as to why we had this recent meltdown, and you’ll be entered to win!  We’ll pick the 3 winners this Friday night (July 2nd) @ 10pm via  Good luck!

More from Amazon: The Fearful Rise of Markets: Global Bubbles, Synchronized Meltdowns, and How To Prevent Them in the Future
*GIVEAWAY NOW OVER: The three lucky winners are: Juan R., Forest, and Becky. Congrats! I’ll be hitting you up via email shortly to get your mailing info. To the rest – stay tuned! Have a pile more of books waiting to go to a good home.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa June 29, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Too loose credit and consumers getting involved with financial instruments they know nothing about.

2 Theodore Lambrou June 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Sub-prime mortgage crisis and lack of regulation in the OTC derivative market, which as of now is a free for all. Also, the presidents “working group” needs to revamp and modernize its use of circuit breakers.

3 One Frugal Girl June 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Too many people trying to get rich quick. That includes the banks, lenders, brokers and home buyers looking to flip.

4 Juan R. June 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

The economy is a mess because it’s a vicious cycle and our infrastructure is diminishing.

The cycle I’m speaking of is this one:

1. People lose their jobs.
2. Less/No income means they can’t spend as much.
3. Not spending hurts businesses forcing them to cut jobs.
4. Repeat steps 1-3.

While some of the people who get fired find a new job right away, others have a harder time finding a new job. Even though they may be eligible for government assistance, at that point, they can only barely make ends meet and even then, only the bare necessities are being met such as rent, food and perhaps utilities.

As far as infrastructure is concerned, I’ve noticed that more and more people are going to school for the wrong reasons. As a student myself, I see many people disillusioned by the prospects of a high paying job in a field they have no interest in other than it pays well. They are going for high paying jobs, which although admirable and are very capitalistic of them; it is completely disintegrating this countries infrastructure.

Hard jobs, trade jobs, blue collar jobs are looked down upon and really without these, no new jobs can rise up to fill the void. Realistically, no child in this society dreams about becoming a plumber or an electrician or a construction worker. Even if they did, people would wonder if perhaps they were suffering from a rare mental condition. It’s almost as if working at a job that involves physical labor is something that only happens to people at the end of their rope who are desperate for work and have no other skills to get a better job.

With this stigma, who is going to fill in the jobs for the electricians, the plumbers, the brick layers, the lock smiths, the concrete workers, the steel workers who create the rebar that reinforces said concrete, the lumber jacks that cut down trees for lumber, the technicians who lay power, cable, telephone, and fiber optic lines, the miners who dig for silicon, copper, gold, and other elements that are present in most electronics today. All these jobs are an integral part of creating and sustaining our country’s economy; each one is a cog in our economic machine and with pieces missing, the machine doesn’t run.

5 peggy July 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

Several factors, including the increase of marketing and advertising to the rising middle class. I understand companies are trying to make money like the rest of us, but the heavy push of brand names onto middle class Americans is disgusting and degrading. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking that success means a McMansion, two Lexus SUVs in the driveway, and a Coach bag on each shoulder.
But enough ranting. I guess the real culprit would be too many easy access to credit via credit cards and loans.

6 Forest July 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

Not enough people reading personal finance blogs!

7 Christine July 2, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Lack of responsibility and materialism. Everyone wants stuff now, and so they charge it on a credit card. Its permeated throughout our entire society that we SHOULD have this or that. Not that we can earn this or that. It’s way way to easy to dig yourself into a hole now. Through credit cards, mortgages, etc etc. And having such easy access to everything really doesn’t help. The bankers want to give people what they want, and the people want what they want.

The good part is that I think people are getting better now!

8 Kristy July 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I think it’s all about greedy people running around getting rewarded for being greedy.

9 Becky July 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Society has convinced people to “keep up with the Jones'” and that you must have the new “IT” things. Enter credit cards, loans, and just a general lack of being able to manage money properly. I can’t wait until my husband and I are DEBT FREE!!!!

10 Ashley July 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Too much greed, not enough personal/professional responsibility and definitely not enough financial education

11 Danielle July 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Well, I’ve watched the news and it is no one’s fault because no one will take responsibility. It is certainly not my fault for purchasing a home with zero $ down that is now worth 40% of the original value. It is not my friend’s fault for walking away from her mortgage when she got pissed about the drop in home values and simply decided not to pay regardless of whether she could afford it. It’s certainly not the government’s fault because then we have to pick a side. It’s not the banks’ faults because then, well, something would be their fault. No one is to blame. It was a natural disaster. Just like the oil spill. I’m pretty sure I read that on Facebook.

12 Carlos Alonso July 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

It was entirely due to greed – not only from banks and other financial institutions but also from the general public trying to make an easy buck. One basic facet of financial investments are know what you are buying. Very few, if any, knew what they were getting into and the system was dommed to failure.

13 judyyy July 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Too many people who want to government to give them a handout.

14 Dianna Thomas July 2, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Well just about everyone here has made some great points–but I too believe the most is greed

15 Cynthia Williams July 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Too many people trying to make money by playing with money rather than actually producing something useful.

16 Team Dinks July 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm


The three lucky winners are: Juan R., Forest, and Becky. Congrats! I’ll be hitting you up via email shortly to get your mailing info. To the rest – stay tuned! Have a pile more of books waiting to go to a good home.

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