Nine economic and social upheavals may rock the financial markets and threaten your personal wealthbut they will also provide opportunities for prepared investors. Are you ready for them?If you're one of the 80 million American investors in the stock market, you probably follow the daily value of your portfolio. But how often do you consider trends beyond the daily or weekly ups and downs of the Dow or NASDAQ? Are you prepared for the shocks and tremors that will shake financial markets everywhere over the coming years?In Market Shock leading global economist Todd G. Buchholz alerts readers to nine trends that threaten to turn America's economy on its head. From the high-flying world of high-tech and Japan's financial resurgence to America's aging population and Europe's gradual unification, Market Shock analyzes major national and global trends, and predicts how each will impact society, the financial markets, and individual investors. For the unprepared, these tremors may bring about financial ruin. But for the savvy investor, these widespread changes offer tremendous opportunities to make money.Among the trends Buchholz identifies are:The new rules for unstable high-tech and bioscience markets The impact of increasing cultural diversity on consumer and labor markets The ramifications of global warming on the economy The aging of America and how it will bankrupt Social SecurityThe resurgence of an angry JapanHowever, as Buchholz is quick to point out, these trends do not necessarily mean doom, gloom, and a huge stock market crash. Investors who anticipate these trends using this book can not only avoid the coming crises, but can also make money by moving assets to sectors of the economy that stand to benefit from the coming cultural and economic shifts.No boring tome on finance or economics, though, Market Shock is filled with lively "news flash" scenarios, plentiful examples, and helpful advice for many kinds of readers. In clear, articulate, and witty prose, Buchholz draws from his extensive knowledge to discuss issues that will affect investors and consumers over the next ten, twenty, and perhaps even thirty years. This is a highly insightful, impeccably reasoned, and eminently readable bookand one that couldn't be more timely.