Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news 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 antique scientific and medical instruments. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)


Precious Metals:

Last Week Was Just A Taste Of The Coming Gold Short Squeeze

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Gold Cleared Its First Hurdle But The Race Is Still Running – Saxo Bank


Economy & Stock Markets:

Some excellent analysis on the current Big Dang Bubble, with supporting graphs, by Charles Hugh Smith: Pensions Now Depend on Bubbles Never Popping (But All Bubbles Pop)

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Stock Market News For Oct 12, 2018



On to this at Seeking Alpha: Commodities Recap For The Week Of Oct. 12, 2018

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Jerry Welch: Do Not Be Left Behind

Tangibles Investing (Antique Scientific and Medical Instruments):

One fairly obscure but profitable niche of tangibles investing is antique scientific and medical instruments. And one of the best web sites covering this niche is

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A great site that illustrates some antique scientific and medical Instruments to watch for is Van Leest Antiques, in Utrecht, Holland. Another is M.S. Rau Antiques, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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And of course there is always eBay.  It is obvious to look for antique scientific and medical instruments at thrift  stores, estate sales, and consignment antique stores, and then re-sell them on eBay. But you can also look for them on eBay listed in the wrong categories or those given incorrect descriptions, and then simply resell them with correct descriptions in the correct category. There is money to be made, that way! One example that was mentioned in a recent SurvivalBlog feature article about being a reseller: An antique surgeon’s bone saw was unknowingly titled/described as a  “small carpenter’s saw.”



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One Comment

  1. One caveat regarding investing in scientific and medical instruments. There have been a huge number of reproductions (fakes) of these types of items lately, made from brass, likely in India. Most of them look really good to the casual eye. If you are going to buy, then buy from a trusted source.

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