Economics & Investing for Preppers

Don’t miss the important wheat market news, down in the Commodities section. Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And most of these items reflect the quirky “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor):

Precious Metals:

First, over at Gold-Eagle: Gold To Remain Resilient Next Week Despite Looming Rate Hike – Analysts

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And here is an article that I missed earlier this month at Zero HedgeMining CEO Explains Why Silver Could Reach Over $136

Commodities Economics:

And following an unexpected late snow that wiped out a lot of the U.S. wheat crop, we hear of some relief: Record Australian grain exports flood market, but Black Sea challenge ahead

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Nickel demand exceeded supply by around 100,000 mt in 2016: Glencore. So it looks like the price of nickel will be steady in 2017.

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The Motley Fool: Two Reasons Oil Could Go Back to $100


On to some recent foreign exchange (Forex) news: British Pound: It All Depends on the Election Opinion Polls

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The Forex Week Ahead

Global Stocks and Bonds:

Moving on to the stock and bond markets, we read: The Four Best Dividend Stocks in Silver

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Next, Oil and Gas Stock Roundup: Mixed News Sends Oil Stocks Lower

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And the old standby: The Wall Street Journal‘s latest numbers.


We transition to a primer on derivatives, courtesy of The Motley Fool: What Is a Derivative?

Big Dang Global Bubble:

A headline from India: RBI says infusing funds into lenders won’t solve debt mess

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Next, we read: China risks another downgrade if debt bubble not fixed, says Moody’s. JWR’s Comment: Uh oh, they’ve spoken The Great Unspoken

Global Economy:

They Are Killing Small Business: The Number Of Self-Employed Americans Is Lower Than It Was In 1990

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Fed’s Bullard Says Markets Have More Dovish View on Interest-Rate Path

Tangibles Investing:

Finally, this long-standing primer over at Investopedia was recently updated:  Top Four Alternative Investments to the Stock Market


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