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 a possible boom in commodities in 2018.

Precious Metals:

Hedge Funds Kick Off 2018 Piling Into Gold and Silver

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Next, at The National: Will 2018 mirror 2011 as a landmark year for precious metals?

Stock Markets:

Three reasons the 2018 stock market rally is downright weird

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This gives new meaning to the phrase “The bottom dropped out of the market”: Floor collapses at Jakarta stock exchange, dozens injured

Commodities (Commodities in 2018):

Liam Denning: It’s Already Time to Start Thinking About Oil in 2019

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Moving on to this at Seeking Alpha: The Commodity Boom Of 2018

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The ultimate commodity for the 21st Century? Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Economy and Finance:

Moving on to this from IWB: Chap. 11 Bankruptcies Spike 107% from Year Ago

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CEO of JP Morgan Chase: ALL Cryptocurrency Will Be Under Government Control. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.)

Tangibles Investing:

In a  bit of web wandering, I found a classic post by Stan Deyo, that dates back to 1998: Hiding Tangible Wealth



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  1. I think if the Democrats take the House, they will impeach President Trump throwing chaos into the markets.
    Times of such uncertainty is good for gold and silver.

    Now if the Democrats capture the Senate, they will remove Trump. Their hate knows no limit.

  2. If the hedge funds are “piling into precious metals,” it probably means that the metals will not have a good year, pricewise. This, in turn, will be good for those who are still accumulating metals, as it could be the last good buying opportunity we get. Contrarian thinking.

  3. For the Senate, article II section 4 requires two thirds of those present to concur to impeach. So if all 100 members are present, the Senate would require 67 votes to remove the president. Unlikely to happen.

  4. J you are correct on the numbers but if the Democrats get just 3 Senate seats for a 52 Democrats 48 Republicans they need just 15 of the GOP.

    Question, are their 15 RHINO’s to make the 15. Well actually they would need 13 since Graham and McCain are RHINOS.

    It seems obvious to me the Democrats will do anything to get President Trump. And they do not care if the US economy goes down in the uncertainty.

    Lastly, what a perfect time for a US enemy to attack.

    Just the Black Swans

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