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 the recent Bitcoin price rally. (See the Cryptos section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Down Slightly After April Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index Rises To 23.2

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Silver Breaking Out; Gold Finds Higher Low


In a discussion about the likelihood of a recession, I had a friend ask me: “What stocks do you think will be recession proof?”  My reply: “Precious few are recession proof. And virtually none are Depression proof.”  I’ll tell you the same thing I told him. To paraphrase: Interest rates are rising, and we are long over-due for a recession. Be ready for a bear market in equities and a long, deep recession or full scale depression. Sell some of your stocks and diversify into tangibles. For a point of reference, my net worth is presently divided (approximately): 60% in ranch land, 25% in precious metals, 14% in guns and ammunition and 1% in cryptocurrencies. I now own no stocks or mutual funds.  If you do hold any stocks, I recommend that you either put in stop loss orders or reduce your stock holdings to no more than 15% of your net worth, until the end of the upcoming recession. Furthermore, you should hedge by shifting your stock portfolio into some hopefully recession-proof stocks. Two time-proven winners seem to be Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Clorox (CLX).

Economy and Finance:

Reader H.L. sent us a link to this at Zero Hedge: Germany Recession Indicator Flashes Yellow

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Also at Zero Hedge: Philly Fed Flashes ‘Stagflation Dead-Ahead’ Warning As Prices Paid Hits 7-Year High


Wheat futures higher as renewed trade worries weigh on soybeans. JWR’s Comment: The late advent of spring does not bode well for wheat production. If the planting dates get pushed our any further, we can expect to see sky-high wheat prices next year.  This is a good time to re-stock your family’s hard red winter wheat storage!


Cryptos (Bitcoin Price Rally):

On Wednesday and Thursday, the cost of a Bitcoin crawled up out of the gutter, reaching $8,350 on Thursday evening. But this won’t be a confirmed rally until BTC holds over $9,000 for at least five days. For now, I recommend keeping your Bitcoin holdings small.


Tangibles Investing:

The rare coin market has remained weak for the past year. Both raw (ungraded) coins and slabbed coins seem to be suffering. (See the recent prices at the PCGS web site.) As most SurvivalBlog readers are aware, I lean toward bullion coins–not numismatics. I do own a few slabbed mint state coins, but most of those are in the lower grades (MS-62 and lower.) The prices in those grades seem to move in harmony with the spot prices of silver and gold. By the way, I did recently pick up some slabbed U.S. Mint Liberty platinum coins, but only because I was able to buy MS-69 slabs for just a little more than buying raw coins.


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  1. “Recession proof” stocks.

    Usually at this point in the cycle, so called Consumer Staples are at deeply discounted valuations relative to the overall market as wall street chases high fliers. This is NOT the case this time. Consumer Staples remain overvalued right now. So either nobody trusts this market or we have five more years of expansion ahead. I doubt the expansion part because of rising short term rates. There may be nowhere to hide this time except hard assets and real money.

    And I’ll say it again; The markets and economy won’t handle 3 percent rates.

  2. It’s funny that the 3% is the economic black swan and the economy will not survive. Yeah right.

    I have the grace of age in which I bought my first home when interest rate for my mortgage note at 12.7%, you read that right and the year was 1984. The US economy did not collapse and the world did not end.

    Please read more history and Study Scripture diligently and you will see things clearly

  3. Um, I was there as well. The difference now is habituation to zero. And we did have very negative effects, the S&L crash.

    And I did not say collapse nor end of the world. Please don’t put words in mouth. Clear?

  4. I also remember Larry Burkett writing something in the 1980’s along the lines of, “if the National Debt hits 4 Trillion things would come crashing down”.

    Amazing how far the “can has been kicked down the road”…

    I appreciate all the wisdom that is shared here daily!

    1. Either it can “go on forever” or “it can’t”. How far away is the magic line of ‘no confidence’? Who knows?

      I recall as a kid (in the 1980s) seeing a ‘Time’ cover with a swirling, black hole of dollar bills and the headline “1 Trillion dollars”. That wasn’t ‘the end’, obviously, but I remain convinced that, what cannot go on forever, will not go on forever.

      This is going to end badly someday. Everyday we have until then, is a gift from Almighty God to prepare ourselves.

      Love your children and us these days wisely. Let them one day reflect on your legacy (to your grandchildren) and say, “thank God Mom/Dad had the foresight & discernment to prepare for us”.

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