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 investing in guns from out-of-business gun makers. (See the Tangibles Investing section.


Economy & Finance:

I found this linked over at the FreeZoxee social media site: How Private Banks Create Bubbles — with the Help of Central Banks

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How to spot the next recession

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A hat tip to reader H.L. sent, who this link: The first signs of the next recession



Over at the CNBC Cheering Section:  “Stocks fell sharply on Tuesday in the biggest decline since the October rout as investors worried about a bond-market phenomenon signaling a possible economic slowdown. Lingering worries around U.S.-China trade also added to jitters on Wall Street. The DJIA fell 799.36 points, or 3.1 percent, to close at 25,027.07 and posted its worst day since Oct. 10. At its low of the day, the Dow had fallen more than 800 points.”

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Next, at Seeking Alpha: Trump bump for agriculture/farming stocks

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Also, this: After The Fall: What Does Nvidia Do From Here?


Tangibles Investing (Out-of-Business Gun Makers):

Today, I’d like to specifically mention investing in quality guns from out-of-business gun makers.

One brand to look for is L.C. Smith. If you include the period that they were owned by Marlin, L.C. Smith shotgun production began in the late 1860s and ended in 1971.  (Note: The “L.C. Smith” brand name was revived from 2005 to 2009, but that was just rebranding of Italian Fausti Stefano shotguns.)

Another company that no longer makes guns is Marbles Arms. The Marble Safety Axe Company famously made the compact Game Getter combination gun.  The Marbles company still produces some great gun sights, but they no longer produced any complete firearms.

Merwin, Hulbert, and Company manufactured guns–primarily revolvers– starting in 1876. Though the company name was carried on until 1916, all of the frames for guns that are marked “Merwin Hulbert” were produced before 1899. Thus, they are legally all Federal-exempt antiques.

Parker Brothers produced guns from 1867 to 1942. Their shotguns are widely considered the finest and most collectible American shotgun.

And those are just a few examples. Do your own research on other defunct brands. One thing is for sure: These companies aren’t making any more guns. The Law of Supply and Demand dictates that their prices can only go in one direction.

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When visiting garage sales, estate sale, and thrift stores, I suggest that you look for high quality out of production American-made  tools. In particular: Craftsman brand that are marked “Made in USA.”  With Sears soon to be out of business and the fate of the Craftsman brand uncertain, these early generation tools are bound go up in value.

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This video shows an interesting twist on tangibles investing:  Retail Arbitrage at Walmart: I Made $2500 in one night on one item

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20 Older Toys With Insane Value



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  1. On top of the Bond Yield Inversion there’s a death cross on the S&P 500 moving averages and huge resistance as the trends turn lower. The internals are still very ugly as well.

    I told you that the market and economy WON’T handle 3 percent fed funds rates and I’m sticking to it. I’ve seen JWR advocating for getting out of debt here. He’s right. Now is the time!!! Get an extra job, resell, whatever, but do it.

  2. Good articles linked above about the next recession. It is coming, judging by the bond markets, and helped along by the GM layoffs. Apparently, GM does not fully appreciate the fact that taxpayers saved their sorry company and took a loss of 11.2 Billion dollars in doing so. Now, even before any recession, they are putting 14.700 workers on the chopping block. The workers ALWAYS pay the price for poor decisions made by millionaire EXECUTIVES. They are the ones who should be cut, starting with the CEO Mary Barra.

    1. Why fire a CEO? They just get passed around and rehired, the same way pedophile priests were shipped from parish to parish to hide their crimes. Except they usually get a huge departure bonus.

    2. This is why women need to be in the home doing women things. When men were solely in charge in companies right up through the 60s, there was never a term of downsizing or layoffs. Those terms entered the workforce the same time women did with their gender equality lawsuits and male termination campaigns and incorporation sexual harassment teachings into the orientation day–which always paints manhood as a sexual predator.

      Bring the women home, save Corporate America and there will be no more layoffs, down sizings, male firings on the woman’s word alone to HR heads, gender equality lawsuits, abortions, massive divorce, and children that respect no-one.

      That will all change when women take the role God gave them as helpmate to a man and her fanny parked into a marriage for 50 years as wife and mother and in that order.

      If this woman CEO would go back to the family, and others follow, jobs security for men working for the same company for 30 years then retire with a pension–not 401Ks which the commoner has to manager–then neighborhoods are stable, then churches are stable, schools are stable, states are stable, and yes America is stable once again!

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