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 Urbanization. (See the Troubling Trends section, near the end of this column.)
Bloomberg reports: Old Wall Street Is Losing the Battle Beneath the Surface of ETFs 
Next, Nick Cunningham opines: Chinese EV Boom Could Crash Oil Prices 
Economy and Finance:
On to this: White House Says Corporate Tax Cut Would Boost Wages $4,000 
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Yellen Calls Inflation the ‘Biggest Surprise’ in the Economy . JWR’s Comments: Some of us are not so surprised. In fact some of us are anticipating lots of inflation, when interest rates inevitably bounce back.
Troubling Trends (Urbanization):
Urbanization and the Mass Movement of People to Cities.  JWR’s Comments: From a survivalist standpoint, personally mitigating the many risks of urbanization is simple: Get Thee To The Redoubt!
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Science Daily has a regular roundup of urbanization news .
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Figure of the week: Urbanization, poverty, and social protection in East Africa.  JWR’s Comments: The nexus of trouble in the next decade will probably be Tanzania and its contiguous neighboring countries, as Islamic jihadist hegemony attempts to expand.
In a Cashless World, You’d Better Pray the Power Never Goes Out . JWR’s Comment: For now, keep plenty of small denomination cash on hand. Once cash is obsolete, it will be silver dimes and quarters that could keep your family fed, in a crisis.
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