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 Bitcoin investing strategy.

Precious Metals:

Asian Metals Market Update: December-14-2017


Stock Markets:

S&P 500 buybacks up 15% in the third quarter as Apple buying spree continues



Natural Gas: Morgan Stanley’s 2018 Outlook

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Goldman: These Are The Hottest Commodities In 2018



Economy and Finance (Bitcoin):

Bloomberg reports: The Bitcoin Whales: 1,000 People Who Own 40 Percent of the Market. JWR Comments:  Back in 2011, I first recommended that SurvivalBlog readers hedge into Bitcoin. Now, I’m wishing that I took more of my own advice!  (In 2011, you could buy a full Bitcoin for under $10. Recently, the price topped $17,000. Not a bad return on investment.  My current advice for the Early Adopters: Wait for a solidly “up day” in the market. Then sell into an exchange (or spend on something tangible and useful) just as many Bitcoin fractions as it takes to break even on your original investment.  That way, the remainder will be a “zero risk” investment, to hold for the long haul.  Who knows?  In another few years it may cost $700,000 to buy a Bitcoin.)

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Is Bitcoin a bubble? Here’s what two bubble experts told us

Troubling Trends:

Video: Why One In Three Detroit Properties Has Been Foreclosed On In The Last 15 Years (HBO)

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With Fed’s Likely Rate Hike Widely Anticipated, Attention Turns To Yellen’s Words

Tangibles Investing:

In Search of Antique Tools: An Antiques Roadshow tool expert, collector and dealer offers tips for acquiring old tools.



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