Escaping Oz – Navigating the crisis
After what seemed like a bad dream, the country woke up to find themselves in the Financial Land of Oz. The housing market cratered, stocks fell, and once venerable financial institutions were on life support. The economy struggled. The Wizards stepped in with their own rescue.
The economy recovered, but not for everyone. The social fabric tore in Ferguson and Baltimore. The 2016 presidential election split the country even more.
The economy and our social fabric can recover, though our journey will require us to take a road we have traveled before but one we long ago forgot. Reliance on the Wizards will only make our country’s journey more painful. Ultimately, we have to trust ourselves. Once we pull back the curtain, we will realize we can get back home without the Wizard’s help.
This book will give you the understanding and the blueprint for shaping your financial future and that of your community. The complementary book, Escaping Oz: An Observer’s Reflections, will give you more reasons to think about our contemporary financial, governmental, and societal challenges.
About Jim Mosquera (St. Louis, Missouri Author)
Who? Jim Mosquera is a published author of fiction and non-fiction and a business professional. He wants people to understand the world around them and think for themselves.
Early Life Born in Panama City, Panama, he spent his formative years in Panama City and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated near the top of his class from the University of Missouri-Columbia with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Industrial Engineering. His Master’s thesis focused on operations research and computer simulation.Author
Professional Career After graduation, he studied economics and the markets. He worked in telecommunications serving in a variety of roles including engineering, sales, sales support, product development, and training. In 2004, he received a patent for a software application he developed with a colleague.
In addition to his regular job, he traded futures and was successful during the stock market crash of 1987. He continued his education by completing a Series 3 license (Commodity Trading Advisor). Mr. Mosquera also developed proprietary software programs used in options and futures trading.
In the late 1990s, he realized that something was amiss in the stock market. His work in telecommunications and networking led him to identify a bubble in companies related to the Internet. He warned those that he knew to remove their money from the stock market since it appeared the bubble was about to pop. It did in the year 2000.
Currently, he’s a Principal at Sentinel Consulting, a business restructuring and capital acquisition firm. He also operates the economic and financial website called The Sentinel. He contributes financial and economic articles to various publications.
Non-fiction With the knowledge gained over years of study, he created The Sentinel Financial Report. This publication inspired the creation of a book on the financial crisis of 2008 called Escaping Oz: Protecting your wealth during the financial crisis, published in 2011. He published the successor to that book, Escaping Oz: Navigating the crisis, in 2015. For Jim, the financial crisis never really ended. His latest release in the Escaping Oz series will be An Observer’s Reflections, a sometimes humorous look at some of our most pressing issues.
Fiction As a result of his non-fiction writing, Jim wrote a realistic fictional novel titled, 2020 that he published in 2016. The story is a political thriller with financial crisis, cyber terror, and alternative parties challenging the two-party status quo, culminating in the presidential election of 2020. The second book in that series, Rebellium, continues where 2020 left off. In this novel, the country reacts to the President’s historical decision while Chandler makes a chilling discovery that will shake the nation. The latest in the series, Division, sees Chandler on the brink of an existential crisis for the United States.
Mission Jim Mosquera has made it his life’s mission to learn about the world around him. His travels have taken him to 40 of the 50 states, throughout Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the European continent.