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Picks For a Shrinking Middle Class

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

Pardon the literary reference, but that's probably what people will say when they look back on this "increasingly Dickensian era," Cramer said.

Unlike fast-growing countries, like Brazil, China and India, the U.S.'s middle class is evaporating. In turn, the rich are spending more while everyone else is pinching pennies, he explained. As a tip of the hat to Charles Dickens, Cramer called it "A Tale of Two Cities."

However disturbing this trend may be, it's Cramer's job to help make you some money. Click ahead to see how he suggests doing so.

By Drew Sandholm
Posted 21 June 2011