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Med Jones - Expert Who Predicted the Financial Crisis - Economic Crisis of 2008 - GNH - Strategy - Leadership Education

Med Jones (Yones)

Med Jones is the president of International Institute of Management – A U.S. research and education organization. Jones specializes in asymmetric strategy applications in the fields of investment, business and economics. His work on financial markets, happiness economics and public policy is widely referenced by the financial media and academic researchers. 

Who Predicted the Financial Crisis | Economic Crisis | Debt Crisis | Currency Crisis Industry Recognition:

The Smarter Investor: Does Stock Forecasting Work?
"Top economists and investors alike failed to see it (financial crisis) coming...(George Soros...Warren Buffett.. Ben Bernanke.. Alan Greenspan.. Paul Volcker..) But just when you think that such foresight is outside the reach of common man, some prognosticator emerges with a specific contrarian view and then with eerie accuracy hits the nail on the head. Take for instance, the small group of esteemed economists and financial managers that called the housing crisis.....Then there is Med Jones, the president of the International Institute of Management... Although Jones is less known, he turned out to be the most accurate in predicting many of the downturn’s details."
Steve Beck
US News & World Report


Government Policy: In The Pursuit of Personal and Political Happiness
The metric used by Med Jones is based on a series of statistical measurements and public opinion testing of what he calls economic wellness...Economic Wellness include issues like consumer and national debt, fairness of income distribution, and the relationship between and earnings and prices...Perhaps Mr. Cameron and President Sarkozy will discover that there are certain universal truths attached to what makes people and nations happy.

Alastair John Campbell,
Director of Strategy & Communications
for U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair

UK Government Tony Blair - Alastair John Cambell




Report for Congressman Hansen Clarke

Findings & Recommendations: Congress should prescribe the broad parameters of new, carefully designed supplemental national indicators; it should launch a bipartisan commission of experts to address unresolved methodological issues. … Med Jones’ (proposal)..to measure a generalized GNH by assessing seven different areas of wellness: economic, environmental, physical, mental, workplace, social, and political. Most wellness areas include both subjective results (via survey) and objective data.

Ben Beachy & Justin Zorn
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University



Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System
Med Jones, President of International Institute of Management proposed tracking seven wellness areas (for Gross National Happiness)

Prof. Philip Kotler, PhD
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University

Real Solutions for Troubled Economic Systems - Philip Kotler


Psychology Today
The enhancement of current data-based indices for annual reporting on state and regional levels of sustainable peace. This project could build on the Global Peace Index for measuring and reporting on sustainable peace worldwide, but integrate promotive, pro-social assessments. This initiative could be informed by such initiatives as the Gross National Happiness Index (Med Jones, 2006), the eight bases of a Culture of Peace (UN Resolution A/RES/52/13), and the Peace Scale (Klein, Goertz & Diehl, 2008).

Professor Dr. Peter T. Coleman
Director of the ICC and Conflict Resolution
Columbia University




Book: Bubbles, Booms and Busts
"..A prescient prediction...Yones said: It is true that the US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in 4th quarter of 2006, but the economic real growth is much less than advertised. Since 2001, economic growth has been largely fueled by rapid increases in asset prices (housing bubble) and expanding consumer debt rather than development projects, which results in non-sustainable and unhealthy (debt-driven) growth...Many Americans refinanced their homes during the real-estate boom to pay for living expenses. With the expected housing bubble bust (declining housing values), Americans could lose a significant part of their savings"

The Rise and Fall of Financial Markets
Donald Rapp, PhD


Campden Wealth Management
What did he tell the world's wealthiest families in Geneva?

Campden Conferences
(UK + Switzerland)



Follow The Doomsayer?

Often economists simply get it wrong. One of the financial experts reviewed in the research, who seems to more consistently and accurately forecast economic events, is called Med Jones.(He says) "The truth is that when people invest on Wall Street, they are essentially making bets and guesstimates about the future."
Simon Danaher
BNP Securities

BNP Paribas Securities Services



The Financial Crisis in Historical Respective
Med Jones, the American expert who predicted the financial crisis and for years warned about US uncontrolled public and consumer debt.
Research Paper
Claus Norbjerg Sondergaard
Copenhagen Business School


Applied Network Analytics
Complexity is a sign of intelligence. Simplicity is a sign of wisdom
Prof. Dr. René Algesheimer
Chair of Marketing and Market Research
Zurich University
University of Zurich


Global Economic Forecast
"Noted financial wizard...accurately predicted the US economic crisis of 2008.. It was indeed one of the best analysis I have read about the global economy in my 23 years as journalist"

Srinivasan L, Chief Reporter,
Daily Tribune



Economic Predictions Research Project
"Every decade or so, a few geniuses are discovered. For years they work hard trying to solve incredibly complex problems, they labor in relative obscurity until they achieve great results. At first they are ignored, dismissed or ridiculed by their peers, later they are recognized for their exceptional abilities and achievements. These exceptional experts saw what most of the world failed to see".

Angela Mokovich
Wall Street Economists



Economic Predictions
Med Jones provided Best Economic Predictions"

Mihai Banita
Money TV


The Financial Crisis
"A financial advisor...a market analyst with great knowledge of socio-economic matters.. he was among those who were able to predict the financial crisis that hit the United States three years ago"

Daniele Chicca
Wall Street Italia


"Economic Prediction from Horse's Mouth"

Carol Carter, Award-winning Business Journalist, 
Atlanta Business Chronicle


Economic Recovery
If there is a financial guru in the United States, it would have to be Med Yones, president of the International Institute of Management. He is one of the few experts who predicted the nation’s current economic downturn. In fact his economic predictions are generally considered to be the most accurate. What does he foresee in his crystal ball for 2010? 

Patricia C. Ress
Gazette Reporter
"Predicted the US economic crisis"

World Finance Magazine



Insight Into a Financial Crisis
"Investment adviser predicted the U.S. real estate collapse"

Claire Compton
The Prague Post
(Czech Republic)



Economic Recovery Outlook
"Very useful insight into how we got into this mess in the first place..(he) waved a lot of red warning flags back in 2007 about the economic glide path we were on as a nation and as a global community. He was in the minority back then – now, however, Jones is mainstream....Information leads to knowledge and knowledge, as we all know, is power. So maybe some of Jones’ projections here be put to good use"
Sean Kilcarr, Senior Editor
 FO Magazine

The Economic Recovery
"Investing in innovation industries is the only sustainable way out of the crisis, said Med Jones, one of the few experts who predicted the economic crisis
Jana Gavare
Daily Business Magazine

Economic expert promises speedy global recovery'"
Eugenia Vlasova, Journalist
Internovosti Russian News Agency

Executive Education Best Practices

"European CEO learns about CEO best practices... A highly respected executive leadership coach”

European CEO Magazine



"How to Evaluate a CEO?"

Korea CEO Magazine



"How to Evaluate the Board of Directors?"

CEO Magazine

CEO Magazine Australia



40 Under 40
"Business leaders who have distinguished themselves not only in their profession...who have made the Las Vegas a better place to work and live.

Rob Langrell,  Editor
InBusiness Las Vegas Magazine




Independent thinker.. warned us about the crisis.. a solution to the crisis

Gary Anthony Ramsay
President, NY Association of Black Journalists



GNH Instead of GDP?
Med Yones, president of International Institute of Management, moved the concept of the GNH to another level, treating it as a socioeconomic development metric.

Maureen Morgan
Westfair Online


Pioneering Economists
In 2005, Med Jones, an unorthodox American economist, proposed what might be the most important contribution to global socioeconomic development and public policies. He introduced the first Gross National Happiness / Well-being (GNH / GNW) model that utilized a multidimensional development framework and created the first global GNW / GNH Index as a progress measurement tool. The GNH Index served as a blueprint for later well-being development frameworks and happiness econometric models…

Prominent economists that followed in this economist's footsteps are Joseph Stiglitz (USA), Amartya Sen (India), Jean-Paul Fitoussi (France). In 2009, they published a report commissioned by (former) President of France, Mr. Sarkozy, calling for a global "statistical system which goes beyond commercial activity to measure personal well-being”. In the same year, the famous Gallup Poll launched a global well-being index survey based on a subset of the global GNH Index. In 2014 the renowned Michael Porter launched the social progress Index (SPI).

Sara Stenberg
Senior Research Fellow
GNH Institute




American Society of Public Administration - Environmental Policy

GNH, like ecological economics, embraces a systems approach, connecting many components of the the human system in order to determine overall happiness

Prof. Chad McGuire
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth




Professional Accomplishments

1. Financial Markets and Economic Forecasting

Mr. Jones is recognized as one of the few experts who predicted the US financial crisis. In his 2006 research paper, U.S. Economic Risks and Strategies, he warned about several socioeconomic risks in the decade of 2007 to 2017. In Jan 2007, he published a policy white paper challenging the US President’s State of the Union Address, the Federal Reserve Chairman and the popular opinion of mainstream economists. He warned about the US financial crisis of 2008 caused by the housing bubble and the subprime mortgages, followed by socioeconomic challenges driven by rising national debt, consumer debt, the social security deficit, inflation and currency crises. His statements and predictions are followed by many investment advisors around the world.


2. Happiness Economics and Public Policy

Jones is also considered as one of the pioneers of happiness economics. He introduced the Gross National Happiness and Well-being (GNH or GNW) Index in 2005. The Index created a blue print for future happiness indices and public policy frameworks. His paper helped launch a series of similar socioeconomic development frameworks by several countries and international organizations. To learn more, please visit: Gross National Happiness and Well-being (GNW /GNH) Research Page

He provides strategy consulting and education to governments and the global Fortune 1000 companies.

Who Predicted the Financial Crisis | Economic Crisis | Debt Crisis | Currency Crisis Research Specialization:  Strategy best practices in the fields of economics, investments and business - Think Tank Research


Media, Books, and Research References

Expert Who Predicted the Financial Crisis | Economic Crisis & Recovery (Hyperlinks)

CEO Leadership and Strategic Management Best Practices (Hyperlinks)

Gross National Happiness / Well-being / (GNW / GNH Index) vs. GDP Economics (Hyperlinks)

Socioeconomic, Leadership and Management Quotations (Hyperlinks)

Media Profile - Med Jones - President of International Institute of Management (5 MB)

Expert Media Profile (PDF)

Who Predicted the Financial Crisis | Economic Crisis Research Projects:

To learn more, visit the institute's Thought Leadership

Investment Best Practices Predictive Analytics (unpublished)

Complex Decision-making models (unpublished)

Asymmetric Strategies (unpublished)

US Economic Risks and Strategies 2007-2017, June 2, 2006

Virtuous and Vicious Economic Cycles Theory, April 16, 2005

States Socioeconomic Integrity Theory June 1, 2009

Gross National Happiness / Well-being (GNH / GNW) Jan 4, 2005

Gross National Happiness / Well-being (GNW / GNH) Survey Jan 4, 2005

The Happiness Consortium Feb 2007

Leadership Best Practices

Workplace Politics: Symptoms of Dysfunctional Organizations, January 3, 2005

Democracy Initiatives Program

Peace Initiatives Program

Call for papers on Digital Economy (pdf)



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