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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 Predicting Future Collector Interest. (See the Tangibles Investing sections.)

Precious Metals:

Precious metals prices forecast to rise during 2018, according to survey [1]



The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. Oil Production Tops 10 Million Barrels A Day for First Time Since 1970 [2]

Economy and Finance:

Trump era ignites badly needed boom in business investment [3]

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The WSJ Reports: Bitcoin Is Falling Fast, Losing More Than Half Its Value in Six Weeks [4]


Tangibles Investing (Predicting Future Collector Interest):

This 2013 article is brief, but fascinating: Five Collectibles to Stash for Big Cash Later [5]. JWR’s Comments:  Just keep in mind that the market for collectibles is notoriously fickle.  Do plenty of research.  Just as importantly: Do your best to predict future interest, by extrapolating on previous collector crazes.  Since 21st Century America is so media-driven, it is important to regularly check on what big budget major motion pictures are “in production” about historical events. Buy collectible items related to those events before the release of those movies. And of course then re-sell them soon after the release of those films.

Also, watch for upcoming anniversaries of key events.  Oddly, the 100th anniversary of the World War I generated only lackluster collector interest. But I predict that the 100th anniversary of the Crash of 1929 will produce much greater interest.  That is just 11 years away. So start looking for collectible Stock Market Crash and Great Depression ephemera. And methinks that full sets of Depression Glass [6] may be quite big with Millennial collectors, starting as soon as 2027.


SurvivalBlog and its Editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. So please see our Provisos page for our detailed disclaimers.

News Tips:

Please send your economics and investing news tips to JWR [7]. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact [8] 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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#1 Comment By benjammin On February 5, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

Bitcoin has no (intrinsic) value. It is worse than the US Dollar. It has as much value as the Red 7 on the roulette wheel.

#2 Comment By Fred On February 6, 2018 @ 12:19 am

Stock market crash and depression era collectibles and antiques? Interesting idea.

#3 Comment By suburbanprepper On February 6, 2018 @ 12:51 am

Since I’ve been reading the Patriots book series I’ve been thinking I need to get some junk silver, and with the 80 to 1 silver to gold ratio this week I bit the bullet and made a ‘small’ trade. Looking through the individual silver pieces I was struck by the complete lack of coins from the 1920’s…does anyone know the reason for this?