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The Gathering Storm

“Amidst concerns about the world economy, the transparency and understanding of finance and indeed with a desire to try to help the world at a time of economic difficulty. Thus the concept of “The Gathering Storm” was created by Lee Robinson, a leading credit hedge fund manager based in Monaco.

The book has developed rapidly during the summer of 2010, based on a simple format: a series of leading managers and analysts have given their time free of charge to contribute a chapter. Each author then nominates a charity which will receive a portion of the revenues. The Gathering Storm has been published at cost, so all surplus revenues (not merely author royalties) will be donated to the charities which support a broad range of good causes throughout the world.

The Gathering Storm was a concept created by Trafalgar Asset Managers co-principal Lee Robinson who organised the initial contributors and subsequently enlisted the help of Patrick L Young (trader/advisor and author of “Capital Market Revolution!” “The Promiscuous Investor,” “The Exchange Manifesto”) to bring the project to fruition.

A unique perspective on world economics and markets has been created by a truly remarkable group of individuals who all managed to discern the gathering storm about to hit financial markets before the ‘credit crunch’ and subsequent market ructions.

Like so many things related to financial markets, events moved rapidly. Indeed this entire project has been completed in a fairly remarkably brief period throughout what was a rather hectic summer!

The end result is a book we hope you will find stimulating and educational as well as entertaining in parts. Thanks to some specialist partners in PR, accounting and so forth, the total cost of The Gathering Storm has been kept to an absolute minimum, allowing more money to be distributed to charity. (Note that _all_ profits are going to charity, including the publisher’s profit, not merely the author’s royalties). Perhaps most importantly of all, by purchasing this book we thank you for assisting a broad range of charities throughout the world which have been nominated by the contributors themselves.

The contributors are:

Lee Robinson
James Ferguson
John Veals
Albert Edwards
Thomas Thygesen
Lee Quaintance & Paul Brodsky
Stephen Lewis
Dylan Grice
Howard Marks
Marc Lasry
David Rosenberg
Peter Tasker
Tom Burnett & Linda Varoli
Andrew M Lees
John Mauldin
Prieur du Plessis
Patrick L Young

The contents is as follows:

Contents

About the Editors…………………………………………………………………..
About the Gathering Storm……………………………………………………
Dedication……………………………………………………………………………..
Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………….
Introduction – Lee Robinson………………………………………………….

1 James Ferguson – What Went Wrong………………………………
2 John Veals – A Hedge Fund Manager Strikes Back…………..
3 Albert Edwards – Remember the Ice Age?……………………….
4 Thomas Thygesen – Insurance Policies for Big Fires………..
5 Lee Quaintance & Paul Brodsky – Paper Chase……………….
6 Stephen Lewis – Lessons of the Crisis………………………………
7 Dylan Grice – Germany’s Hyperinflation…………………………
8 Dylan Grice – A Minskian Roadmap………………………………..
9 Howard Marks – Warning Flags………………………………………
10 Marc Lasry – Opportunities in the Distressed Debt Market..
11 David Rosenberg – Bob Farrell’s Market Rules………………..
12 Peter Tasker – How Not To Invest In Emerging Markets….
13 Tom Burnett & Linda Varoli – Broken Deals……………………..
14 Andrew M Lees – In Search of Energy……………………………..
15 John Mauldin – Kids and Greece……………………………………..
16 John Mauldin – Is this the Endgame?………………………………
17 Prieur du Plessis – US Stock Market Returns…………………..
What is in Store?
18 Patrick Young – A World of Opportunity………………………….

The Altana Charitable Trust…………………………………………………..
About Derivatives Vision Publishing…………………………………….
Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………..

Index……………………………………………………………………………………..

In total, The Gathering Storm is 410 pages including introductory sections.

The charities are:

Batten Disease Family Association www.bdfa-uk.org.uk
Child’s i Foundation www.childsifoundation.org/
The Citizen’s Foundation www.thecitizensfoundation.org
Amnesty International www.amnesty.org
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International www.jdrf.org
Paul Smith College www.paulsmiths.edu
Help For Heroes www.helpforheroes.org.uk
Kidscape www.Kidscape.co.uk
The Marks Family Writing Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca
Room To Read www.roomtoread.org/
Union Settlement www.unionsettlement.org/
ITER www.iter.org
Knightsbridge International www.kbi.org
Proud Partners www.proudpartners.co.za
Against the Odds Foundation (Poland) www.mimowszystko.org
Make a Wish Foundation www.make-a-wish.org.uk/
Trees for life www.treesforlife.org.uk
Harris & Trotter charitable trust