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 crude oil supplies and prices. (See the Commodities section.)


Precious Metals:

Silver Playing Catch-up As Prices Outperform Gold Prices

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Jim Willie: Gold And Global Financial Crisis Redux


Economy & Finance:

Michael Pento – Fed Will Pursue Radical Inflation

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Foreign investors spurn U.S. Treasuries as curve threatens to invert



‘No place to hide’: The stock market’s sell-off has left investors scrambling for cover

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U.S. stocks close mostly lower in volatile trade


Commodities (Crude Oil Supplies and Prices):

At The WSJ: Little Caracas on the Prairie: North Dakota has passed once-mighty Venezuela in oil output, but still trails in other things

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Oil Technical Analysis 11 December 2018



Bitcoin was back down to $3,328.55 on Tuesday evening. There is still a strong whiff of bear in the air. Here is a recent headline: Bitcoin Oversold on Weekly Price Chart for First Time in Four Years

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Bitcoin Sextortion Scheme Seduces Victims into Installing Ransomware


Tangibles Investing:

Items to look for at garage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores




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  1. JM Bullion works for me. Keep an eye out as they quite often offer 0.49 over spot per ounce on any quantity in silver. Note the “any quantity”. Deals are posted Monday mornings and run for the week while supplies last.

    The best I have seen on Apmex is 0.69 over spot per ounce and that’s not usually on any quantity – usually have to buy a lot. Plus Apmex has had customer service issues with me so they don’t get my business any more. They probably don’t even care – lol.

  2. Go to a local coin club auction. There is usually bulk silver for sale at spot or a little over the market price. Go to NGCCOIN.COM for the latest melt price for common pre-1965 silver coins.

  3. I’ve used APMEX, and JM Bullion. I look to see who has the best deals at the time based on the spot price and premium. Usually Canadian coins optimize this, but occasionally they will have weird coin specials from Britain or Australia. They will often have free shipping as well. I haven’t bought 1/10’s, but have bought half ounces

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