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 Restored 1960s 4WDs. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Demolition Crew Strikes Gold In France, Uncovers 600 Historic Gold Coins Worth Over $100,000

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Gold Pricing Moved Little By Singapore Summit

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Sharps-Pixley: Silver’s Not-so-subtle Outperformance



USD/JPY forecast Japanese Yen on June 13, 2018

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Video from James Stanley: US Dollar Price Action Setups Ahead of FOMC, ECB, BoJ


Dead Cat Bounce? Bitcoin Price Recovery Could be Short-Lived. JWR’s Comment:  I’m glad that spent nearly all of my Bitcoin on gun parts, guns, PMAGs, and ammunition, back when each Bitcoin was worth $8,500+.

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At CCN: Bitcoin Futures Could Spur Bank Ratings Downgrades


Economy & Finance:

Flat Yield Curve May Result in a More Aggressive Fed. JWR’s Comment: Higher interest rates are coming folks! Plan (and invest) accordingly.

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When Will the Fed Raise Rates?

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AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approval Opens Floodgates for Big Media Deals


Tangibles Investing (Restored 1960s 4WDs):

Many SurvivalBlog readers will recall that restored late 1960s Ford Broncos were featured in my novel Patriots. That novel was first published in the early 1990s. Even though 25+ years have transpired, I still recommend them. They are rugged, reliable, and quite easy to work on. Just make sure that you start out restoring one that comes from a “rust-free state.”

Restored 1960s 4WDs will probably not go down in price, and they have indisputable utility. Oh, and of course they are virtually EMP proof. That is, as long as you keep the original-style ignition system. A Dodge Power Wagon with a camper shell is now my current favorite for anyone who needs more cargo room than that provided by the early Broncos.

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Hemming’s Auto NewsClassic Trucks For Sale



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  1. I’m having a ’51 Ford F3 pick up restored at the moment. probably finally be done this month. Be ready to spend a lot of money, more than I ever figured. But, when done you have a vehicle that won’t be worth less every year, done right it should increase in value.

  2. I guess I don’t understand the lure of a ‘fully restored’ old vehicle. Key here is ‘fully restored.’

    Why would you make show car out of your ‘armageddon cruiser’ or ‘bug-out vehicle?’ why not clean it up, make targeted repairs/renovations to the uncool parts, the engine, tranny, differentials, brakes, suspension, and move on with your preps?

    A shiny, sexy resto-mod ’68 Bronco is going to be a target in the AFTER. Seems like a violation of all reasonable opsec protocols. Spiff up a beater, make sure the critical pieces are strong and durable, and use it to go camping, not to the classic auto shows.

    Just my observations on the subject.

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