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 real estate options. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)

Precious Metals:

To start us off:  Will The Gold Price Hit $1,800 Again? – Morningstar

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Surviving on $3/oz has Lonmin in race against time. The same mining company has recently been hit by some labor strife.

Stock Markets:

GLOBAL MARKETS – Stock indexes dip on U.S. tax reform doubts; Bitcoin below $7000


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Bloomberg reports: A year after the Vienna Agreement, OPEC has a new job. JWR’s Comment:  Oil may power the engine of global commerce, but it is credit that lubricates it.

Taxes and Regulation:

Several readers sent this: Senate Plan Could Increase Taxes on Some Middle-Class Workers

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Trump has altered over 800 Obama-era regulations, Wilbur Ross says

Economy and Finance:

Here is a link to a newspaper article series on The Paradise Papers. Fascinating.

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The leftist CNN reports: Trump delivers ‘America first’ speech at Asia-Pacific economic summit

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Text: British PM’s speech to the CBI conference: 6 November 2017. Here is a key quote from PM May’s address: “We will get the best Brexit deal for our country, guaranteeing the greatest possible access to European markets, boosting free trade across the world, and delivering control over our borders, laws and money. We will take a balanced approach to government spending, ensuring debt is falling, and at the same time investing in our key public services and keeping taxes low. We will help businesses to create more good jobs across the country, with a modern industrial strategy that invests in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.”

Tangibles Investing (Real Estate Options):

Some preppers have learned the significance of buying real estate options.  An option on a piece of land ties up a parcel for a fixed period of time. This is particularly useful in securing  a retreat property when you don’t have either the cash or the financing yet in hand to buy it outright. Or your goal might be to have an option on a parcel that is contiguous to your existing retreat property.  This could give you the room to grow. Say, for example, that you want to add more cultivated acres for hay or crops, or you plan on the need to graze more livestock. Or you might just want to pick like-minded neighbors.

In the traditional investing world, real estate option buyers often look forward to rising land values during the option period–with the hopes of lining up another buyer (and fulfilling the contract with a bridge loan or just reassigning the contract) and flipping the property to the intended buyers.  There are several variations on land option contracts, including lease options and straight options.  This subject is far too complex for me to explain in detail, in just this column item. So I recommend a good book on the subject. It is: How to Make Money With Real Estate Options: Low-Cost, Low-Risk, High-Profit Strategies for Controlling Undervalued Property….Without the Burdens of Ownership!


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News Tips:

Please send your economics and investing news tips to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who particularly watch individual markets. And due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” investing news. We often “get the scoop” on economic and investing news that is probably ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!


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