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 the FOMC meeting. (See the Stocks section.)

Precious Metals:

Signals Show Great Upside For Gold In 2019 – Bloomberg Intelligence

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Clive Maund: Gold Price Market Update

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Second Chances: Silver To Finally Shine In 2019

Stocks (FOMC Meeting)

All eyes are on the upcoming two-day Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, December 18-19. If they bump rates up another .25% then we will probably see even deeper declines in American stocks. Some market analysts have opined that the recent stock drops are already building this planned rate hike in to the market, as a fait accompli. (Or as they say on Wall Street: “Already baked in the cake.”) But I’m not certain that will happen. If the FOMC decides to pause their rate hikes at this next meeting, then there could be a brief rally in stocks.  (Hint: That would be a good time to eject!)

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Not Enough Lifeboats: Markets Far More Dangerous Than Generally Believed


KSU Corn Market Outlook in Mid-December 2018: Supply-Demand and Prices for 2019

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Wheat at 534.500 and projected over 601, in one year forecast!

Forex & Cryptos:

When will the Dollar rally end?  Back in late September, one Canadian analyst said that it was already overdue.

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A Year Ago Today Bitcoin’s Price Hit a Record $20,000.  JWR Says: It is just a quick slip and a trip from the limousine to the gutter.

Tangibles Investing:

One key to understanding tangibles is understanding what they are NOT. I found a useful primer that describes those not fully tangible investments: Are Your Assets Current, Fixed or Intangible & What Are They Worth?


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    1. Thank you for this link. Our family, too, has been in angst over a Pennsylvania township official telling us that we cannot keep our poultry; slightly different circumstances, but it does seem to come down to power, money, and the encroaching loss of our personal freedoms regarding property rights and ownership. No neighbors complained in our case.

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