Economics & Investing For Preppers

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 it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the noteworthy bear market prediction of veteran market advisor Milton Berg. (See the Stocks section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Reset To $10,000/oz Coming “By January 1, 2018” – Rickards

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Cartel Sold 9% of Remaining Gold Supply for 2017 in One Minute


Stocks (Milton Berg):

Video: Milton Berg predicts a “30-year bear market” after perhaps a further 3% to 7% run-up: From Stocks to Bonds, the Bear-Market Signals Are Multiplying. JWR Suggests: Get out of the equities markets early, folks. Do not attempt to time the top!

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Next, at The Hollywood Reporter: Movie Theater Chain Stocks Collapse During Dismal Summer


On to this from Nick Cunningham: Looming Gas Shortage: “Imports Can’t Make Up For This”

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Post-Harvey:  Gasoline Shortages Loom On East Coast As Colonial Pipeline Shuts Down


File Under: “I Told You So”: USDCHF keeps declining – Analysis – 29-08-2017

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Poor August NFP Data ignites USD sell off

Economy & Finance:

US consumer confidence jumps in August

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Continuing to this at The Wall Street Journal: Steady Hiring Without Wage Gains Deepens Puzzle for Fed


Banks could unwind non-compliant derivatives contracts


Troubling Trends:

Prof. Paul Caron: The IRS Is Mining Taxpayer Data On Social Media In Violation Of Federal Privacy Law

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Moving on to this in The Guardian: Bank of England’s talk of rate rise while winding down QE beggars belief

Tangibles Investing:

Well worth it? What you need to know before purchasing a gas well

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Finally, over at Yer ‘Ol Woodpile Report, the editor recommended a great piece at The Art of Manliness, titled: Nine Things to Pay Top Dollar For. It contains some sage advice.


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  1. An excellent article on things to pay top dollar for. Reminds me of conversations with my father, who taught me many of the same lessons. It’s about more than money and quality products, it’s also about having respect for yourself and your appearance as a grown man.

  2. Technically covered under tools, I’d add weapons, ammo, and accessories. You don’t necessarily need to spend “top dollar “, but you certainly shouldn’t skimp, either.

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