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 investing in vintage motorcycles and mopeds. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Prices Expected To Trend Higher In Quiet Holiday Week

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2018 Gold Price Forecast: A Major Bottom Is Forming


Stock Markets:

Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower After Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law

Economy and Finance:

Asset Class Year In Review: Equities, Commodities, Cryptos, And Cannabis

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Euro dips on Catalan vote; bitcoin plummets

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Forex Market Trends for Saturday 23 December 2017


Tangibles Investing (Vintage Motorcycles):

I recently had a relative mention investing in vintage motorcycles, scooters, and mopeds. From a practical prepping standpoint, I believe that a restored moped would be ideal. In a situation where gas is very scarce, owning one of these could be a life saver. That is because they get phenomenal gas mileage. (More than 100 miles per gallon is not unusual–at least with a rider who watches his diet.)

I don’t claim to be any sort of expert on motorcycles. But I did some web searches and found a few reference articles. Some of these are dated, but they are valuable reading, nonetheless.


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  1. It is probably an age thing but I also just very much enjoy looking at those older bike. Few of the new ones turn my eye with the exception of a few Triumphs, some of which look like they maintained older looking styling.

    1. One thing I like about the older bikes, especially Hondas were that they were dual-purpose, even before the term was created: High ground clearances and knobby tires.

  2. For a hoot, watch American Pickers. The prices they pay for old mopeds, Vespas and other scooters, and old motorcycles are quite surprising. Also watching the pickers gives information on what to look for on condition, parts acquisition, etc. They are also good on antique bicycles and cycle cars.

  3. I have a number of Vintage bikes from the 60s & 70s and regularly ride a couple of them. Vespas do get phenomenal mileage BUT have quite small wheels compared to other bikes. When – not if – our pavement becomes badly potholed or an off road shortcut is necessary then a cycle with 18″ or larger wheels would be a better choice.

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