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 Swiss Franc. (See the Forex section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Holding Steady As New Home Sales Rise 3.5% In August, July Data Revised Lower

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As of Thursday, the spot silver to gold ratio was 83.08-to 1. In my estimation this is still a great time to ratio trade out of gold into silver!


Forex (Swiss Franc):

For the past few years, I’ve written a lot about hedging into Swiss Francs. That is after first getting your preps squared away and hedging into physical silver. I’m standing by my prediction of a stronger Swiss Franc (CHF), versus the US Dollar (USD). Here are some recent articles of interest:

Swiss Franc Drops as Government Readies EU Relationship Framework

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At Seeking Alpha: Swiss Franc Could See Gains Regardless Of Risk Sentiment

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Dollar gains ahead of Fed meeting; focus on rate outlook


Economy & Finance:

File under No Great Surprise: Fed hikes interest rates amid rising inflation

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Brandon Smith: The Everything Bubble: When Will It Finally Crash?

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At Zero Hedge: Europe Unveils “Special Purpose Vehicle” To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar’s Reserve Status


Tangibles Investing:

Three Underrated Handguns: Three quality handguns that rarely get mentioned.

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Video: Top 5 Underrated Guns | TFBTV. (Be sure to stick around for the humorous ending about the marketing of the Steyr M12 pistol.)



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  1. 1) A question: Did you mean to recommend trading silver for gold at this time, or gold for silver? With the ratio as it is in relation to historical gold/silver ratios, I would expect the latter.
    2) If you are holding Swiss francs, be aware that from time to time the Swiss take old notes out of circulation. After a certain date, your physical franc notes may no longer be legal tender. Be aware of this and check on line whether you need to swap your current notes for new ones.

  2. Yes, Gold is 83 times the price of Silver. Normal ratio is 20:1 typical price average or 10:1 (in the earth). Selling gold for silver would take advantage of this situation. Just remember that one ounce of gold would get you about 80 ounces of silver. And gold has a higher density than silver. Therefore the same “Monetary Value” of Silver takes a lot of room to store, relative to gold, so if you have a storage safe that is a quarter filled with gold, and you sell maybe 10% of your gold to buy silver, the silver would likely fill the rest of the safe….. Maybe buying a bigger safe might be needed! 🙂

  3. Kris, I believe he means trade your silver for gold. Both metals are undervalued by TPTB, gold even more so. I too am now seriously wanting to invest in PMs. I’m not a smart man, but I can see what’s coming economically. Good luck to you.

  4. This is a REVISED comment : Kris, I believe he means trade some of your gold. Both metals are undervalued by TPTB, silver even more so. I too am now seriously wanting to invest in PMs. I’m not a smart man, but I can see what’s coming economically. Good luck to you.

  5. I’m not a huge believer in PM’s personally. I think that they are far too easily manipulated and that they are intentionally crashed regularly by those market manipulators. As soon as they get to the point where they begin to recover their value from the intentional crash, the cycle begins anew. Granted, they are a predictable store of value, but so are tools and firearms, and I can derive enjoyment from those, so that is where I put my PM funds. That said, I have followed the advice of this blog by building a modest reserve of Swiss Francs via PayPal and whenever I make a trip through an International Airport. I too believe that it will outperform the dollar.

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