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 SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at buying and reselling vintage luggage. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Theresa May Quits As PM – Gold In British Pounds Reaches £1,015 Per Ounce.

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Doyon’s vast Tintina Gold Belt potential

Economy & Finance:

At Zero Hedge: Italian Bond Yields Spike After EU Threatens $4 Billion Penalty Over Excessive Debt

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European elections could be hugely significant for the economy

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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Increased in April


At Wall Street on Parade: Mega Banks Tell SEC: Derivatives Could Blow Up Wall Street Again

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BSE in India has put together an online primer: Basics of Derivatives


Bitcoin Price Hits $8,939 in New 2019 High: What’s Driving the Hypnotic Rally?

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EU Authorities Shut Down Bitcoin Transaction Mixer

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Coindesk reports: The Real Discussion About Ethereum’s Next Hard Fork Is About to Begin

Tangibles Investing:

One odd niche in the world of antiques is vintage luggage. When it can be found in top condition, old luggage can fetch hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Because leather often deteriorates, it if difficult to find suitcases with original leather straps and handles that intact and still supple. When shopping for vintage at thrift stores, look at overall condition, at the straps, hardware, corner reinforcements, and especially linings. A truly top condition suitcase can be worth $800 or more. Old authentic travel stickers do not hurt the value of luggage, especially if they are mostly intact and from overseas destinations. A little leather lotion and some Blitz brass polish can go a long way toward making shabby old luggage look great.

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At Collector’s Weekly: Antique and Vintage Suitcases


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