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By: Steve Johnson

12/30/2009 - 29 Comments

2009 was a great year and I think next year will be even better. 

Here is a list of my most popular articles in 2009, starting with the most popular.

7 Reasons Why Banks Should Increase Interest Rates
Contrary to popular government opinion, banks and the Federal Reserve should be increasing interest rates to quicken the economic recovery.

Government Takeover of GM is Unconstitutional and Illegal
The Obama administration has taken over a private owned company and fired its CEO and board of directors without the constitutional authority to do so.

I Would Prefer a 2009 Stimulus Check, To a Tax Deduction
So let me see if I understand the new economic stimulus package. Instead of the $400 stimulus check in the mail, like we got in 2008 with the Bush stimulus plan, we are going to get a deduction of our taxes taken out of our paycheck.

The Transition to Dual-Income Families Has Not Increased the Wealth of the Nation
You would think that the transition from single-income families to dual-income families that started in the 60’s and 70’s, would have led to a major increase in the wealth of families and the entire nation.

Understanding The Economy: Part 4: The Global Financial Crisis and Collapse of the Dollar
This is a summary of part 4 of a six-part class that I’m teaching at my local church.

Ammo Becomes The Best Investment of the Year
The demand for ammo is increasing because of the risks that Obama and congress pose to the restriction of the freedom of gun ownership and the deepening recession which adds to the need to protect ones property.

3 New Career Choices, Which One Would You Pick?
The other day I saw an interview with the CEO of When asked where the jobs were going to be he mentioned three industries that are most likely to be hiring in the next year.

The Frugal Live For Recessions
Recessions highlight the advantages of being frugal and living a frugal lifestyle.

10 Reasons Why the Recession Will Benefit America
Nobody likes a recession and this one could be just getting started. How could a recession be good for anyone, especially a US recession that has dragged the global economy down with it?

7 Reasons to Grow Your Savings Account While You Are Still Employed
Saving money is a fundamental money management practice.  During times of risk, like during a recession, the rate of savings quickly increases.

9 Budgeting Myths
The number of Americans that are going to start a family budget this year is going to be a record high.

How the Federal Reserve Created the Recession and How International Central Bankers are Making the Same Mistake
The goal of the Federal Reserve is to stabilize the economy, yet it has become apparent that their actions have only distorted the markets, creating booms and busts.

How To Make Money Farming In a Global Recession
The world is running out of food as global food banks have reached record lows for several years now.

A Glimps of 2010

Money was the primary concern of 2009, because of the stock market crash of 2008.  But now that everything appears to be calm, many people think the storm has passed - when in reality we have just passed into the eye of the storm.

I expect 2010 to be the year that the financial storm that started in 2007 with the housing market collapse, continues to gain momentum and moves pass the calmness that we are experiencing right now. 

At best we are going to see stagflation (no growth, high unemployment and inflation) and at worse the dollar is going to collapse on the world market and the U.S. economy will get pounded by the financial storm and its long tail will linger for many years to come.

This storm is going to cause major changes to the U.S. borrow and spend, consumer based economy and it is very likely to overwhelm the government actions to contain it. 

If you are prepared and informed, it will be a powerful site to watch from the safety of your protected investments

I am also excited to be working on some new eBooks next year along with perhaps a few seminars that I will be speaking at.  I look forward to exploring new ways to save and make money in 2010.

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Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

In discussions of today's economic meltdown and what to do about it, the Federal Reserve is a stealth helicopter: it never shows up on the radar. With the exception of a few esoteric specialists and those Ron Paul Revolutionaries who burst into chants of "Abolish the Fed!" Historian Thomas Woods notes in this important book, the Federal Reserve bears a large part of the blame for the mess we're in. In the first part of "Meltdown," Woods shows how both in theory and in practice, Fed policy fueled an artificial boom and is now leading us to a much larger meltdown.

What Has Government Done to Our Money?

Rothbard gives us an exceptionally clear, detailed description of what money is and how it has come to be manipulated by governments and central bankers into almost worthless inflationary fiat paper currency. He then explains how gold became the most respected and trustworthy currency of choice and the prospect of either hyperinflation or the greatest depression the world has ever seen may be arriving in the very near future.

Raising Money Smart Kids

With each generation the children seem to have more money available to them than their parents. With this should come responsibility and learning how to spend or save wisely. The problem is that most just learn to spend as soon as they get it, get it by begging parents or an allowance with no responsibilities involved or similar. Enter Janet Bodnar, deputy-editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, mother of three, and writer of the Money Smart Kids column in Kiplinger Magazine. This book is provides a framework within which parents can use good common sense to handle any situation.

The New Master Your Money

This book provides a step-by-step plan to financial freedom presented in an easy-to-understand format. Do you know if you have enough? Do you know how much is enough? If you can't answer these questions, The New Master Your Money is for you. Ron Blue extracts principles from God's Word and applies them to your financial portfolio. Ron's professional experience in financial planning will be an asset to you and to your family for generations to come.