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 fickle collectors.  (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals

First off, over at Zero Hedge: Mexican Congress Debates Monetization Of The “Libertad” Silver Ounce

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Silver forecast for the week of September 18, 2017, Technical Analysis


S&P 500 closes at record high; Dow posts best week since December


The latest USDA food and feed commodities numbers: World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates


US Dollar Recovery Likely in 2018 say Westpac Strategists

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And next there is this, at Reuters: Sterling soars to highest since Brexit on BoE rate-hike bets

Economy & Finance:

Equifax hack: two executives to leave company after breach

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And Reuters had this: What crackdown? Expect more China deals, bankers say



Welcome to the 21st Century, Mr. Jetson: Options and Futures on the Blockchain Board of Derivatives

Troubling Trends:

Next, at Bloomberg: Down $20 Billion, Boeing Stuffs Pension Fund With Its Own Shares

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Card Sharks: ATM skimming grows more sophisticated. (Auto-start video.)


Tangibles Investing (Fickle Collectors):

You’ve been warned that these markets are fickle. Here is the latest: Value of classic cars and fine art plunges as photographs soar

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Collectible trucks increase in value far beyond what you might expect


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  1. Misleading numbers on the trucks; costs were listed in dollars at the time of sale and inflation has not been taken into account.
    $2,834 for a 69 Bronco would be $19,273 in today’s dollars, adjusted for inflation. If you have a perfect, undriven minty 69 you could probably get that or more today, but what about the costs of insurance, storage and maintenance over the years?

  2. These prices have GOT to be for “museum quality” restorations! The thing you need to ask yourself is “Does this vehicle rate a museum quality restoration?” Honestly; a $45K OLD Chevy Blazer??

    Being almost EMP proof aside; when all the new paint and new interior are removed, The rock-hard fact is that these are old pieces of machinery that are hard to find parts for. If a vehicle’s only use is to look pretty in the garage, it has no place in my garage…

  3. On modern collectable trucks.

    Look into any model of Ford Explorer Sport Trac, especially the Adrenalin model. Mine is a 2010 Limited model bought new in 2011. I love my truck. Planning to keep it until I rot or it does, which ever comes first.

    Of course, it’s going to be a lawn ornament after and EMP or CME. However it will be a classy lawn ornament.

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