Summary of Money for Nothing

Real Wealth, Financial Fantasies and the Economy of the Future

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Money for Nothing book summary
Real wealth requires real work and real value. Always did. Always will. Now, about the price of your house...


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A decade ago, economist Roger Bootle won respect for correctly predicting a long period of low inflation. In this wide-ranging look at the world economy, Bootle trades on that credibility to explain the origins of the dot-com bubble and to argue that the economy is in the midst of a housing bubble. He makes the convincing argument that stock-market gains are often little more than ephemera and he explores the idea of a knowledge-based economy. Bullish readers will be put off by Bootle’s gloom and doom. Deflation has yet to occur, and the housing bubble he harps on has yet to burst in the time span since this work’s publication. Still, recommends this intriguing title to investors interested in a contrarian view of the markets and the economy.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why short-term market gains are often ephemeral;
  • How knowledge has replaced goods as the driver of the world economy;
  • Why several major international markets are experiencing a bubble in housing prices; and
  • How to create and preserve wealth in the future.


Creating Phantom Wealth
The world’s economy still is shaking off the hangover from the biggest orgy of speculation it has ever seen, which took the form of the dot-com bubble that burst, complete with a big economic mess, in 2000.

Investors learned that apparent wealth based...
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About the Author

Roger Bootle runs the London-based consulting firm Capital Economics. Educated at Oxford, Bootle is a columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and a frequent speaker at conferences. He also is author of The Death of Inflation, an influential 1996 book that predicted an era of low inflation.

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