(With events in Japan) we are in Ateret HaYesod now. (From the world wide impact of the event) there is no question anymore. The way the planet is run just changed for the first time since the (biblical) Flood.
The economics of Ateret HaYesod are a lot different than the economics of the world as it was run until last year. The actual change over to Atereth HaYesod is occurring in 12 or 13 parts associated with the months of the Hebrew calendar. By the end of 5771 the changeover should be complete. It is marked by a change in economic characteristics.
Now that the world has entered Atereth HaYesod of the 6th Millennium, the world has just drastically changed spiritually as much as it did after the Great Flood. If one wants to prosper, the rules have just changed for the rest of time.
Only those who serve G-d lishma (purely for the sake of serving G-d with no ulterior motives) will prosper. There is no longer a world where someone can serve G-d to make money at the 32 2/3 level of purity.
Secondly a person who cannot judge another man without taking into account his extenuating circumstances will also not prosper anymore.
All of Esau's tricks and assumptions about how the world runs will no longer exist as of the end of the year 5771.